The Couple:  Kathy Hourmand and Jason Laneve

Wedding Date:   July 3, 2010

Photography by Shepard Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  We met 16 years ago and have been lucky enough to grow together as best friends and now as teammates. Marriage was never something that mattered because our commitment to one another was so strong.  However, we couldn’t think of a good reason not to make it official.  So when Jay popped the question on Christmas, it was an absolute yes from Kat! It’s been a wonderful new stage of our relationship ever since.

What was the most amazing part of your day?  At the ceremony, seeing each other at the end of the aisle as well as the family style dinner where we shared lots of laughs and toasts! Also, having our maltese/child, Angel, as our ring bearer/flower girl…seeing her trot down the aisle all by herself and then later during the ceremony wander behind us to “take care of some business” was a real treat.

What else would you like to share about your big day?  It  was so wonderful to celebrate our love of many years in a beautiful vineyard setting with an intimate group of family and friends, it’s exactly what we wanted, and we’re so proud of being able to create something like that together. Since Jay is Italian and Kat is Iranian, we had an idea of a Mediterranean event and it was done so nicely that many of our guests said they felt like they were on a Tuscany hillside.

Ceremony Site:  ParaVi Vineyards

Reception Venue:  ParaVi Vineyards

Photographer:  Shepard Photography   

Cake:  Assorted individual desserts by Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts

Flowers:  Camino Flower Shop

Favors:  Olive oil bottles prepared by the bride

Wedding Dress:  Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier

Hair:  Talayeh Hourmand

Makeup:  ConniMaree Catano

Invitations:  Wedding Paper Divas

DJ/Entertainment, Lighting and Lounge Furniture:  Sonny Gallardo of Exquisite Events & Entertainment 

Honeymoon location:  Mini-moon in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe

First Dance Song:  “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?  Know your vision going in and don’t let anyone deter you from that.  If it’s important to you, take the time to explain exactly what you want but in the end don’t sweat the small details…no one will notice those things. In the end it’s a celebration of you and your partner and there’s nothing people love more than a good party!

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?  Perhaps gotten a “day of” wedding planner. It’s tough to justify this when you’ve done all the work leading up to the special day but it might have been worth it to hand the final day off to someone else to worry about and to keep everything organized. Also, we were torn between two caterers who seemed equally as good in their tastings but price wise were far different. We decided to go with the cheaper caterer which turned out to be a mistake. While her samples were good, she clearly lacked the experience to produce an event like the one we wanted. In making wedding decisions, couples want to be as economical as possible without sacrificing quality so perhaps pick a couple areas where you are willing to spend more and in turn spend less in other areas that may not be as important to you.

Photos courtesy of Shepard Photography   

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