The Couple:  Kelly and John Holden
Wedding Date:  August 13, 2011
Photography by Shoops Photography
Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  We went on a blind date on August 13, 2006 and haven’t stopped dating since that first date. We knew we had met our perfect partner and friend for life. We support each other in life and business and everything in between. Kelly is a commercial transportation insurance broker and part-time massage therapist in Folsom and John is self-employed and owns Holden Sheetmetal Custom Car Restoration in Shingle Springs. We recently moved to property in Placerville which is close to quadding, camping and rafting. We truly represent the statement, “they are perfect for each other…they have so much fun.”
What was the most amazing part of your day?  Coming home to be with each other. We just moved in together for the first time just four weeks before the wedding. Living on acres takes work and we both like the effort it takes to make a house a home.
What else would you like to share about your big day?  Our day was special in that we got married at a special friend’s estate. The fact that we had 125 close family and friends there to share it with us, in 106 degree heat, was amazing. The day was perfect in every way.

Ceremony Site & Reception Venue:  Private Home
Photographer:  Shoop’s Photography
Caterer:  Family friend
Cake:  Family friend
Flowers:  We went to the flower mart and then all handmade by Jaimie Bailey.
Favors:  Palm Tree favors assembled with a picture taken by our amazing photographer from our engagement shoot.
Wedding Dress:  House of Brides
Bridesmaid Dresses:  BCBG
Hair:  Lynn McShane-Freeman
Makeup:  Rachelle Ruggles
Invitations:  Andrea Jones
DJ/Entertainment/Band:  Robert Vela
Honeymoon location:  Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out?  Ted our amazing bartender for keeping everyone happy in the heat.
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?  Take your time and go with your heart — you will change your mind a dozen times. Let friends help — they want to and you will need it. Have fun with it. We had nine classic cars at our wedding, all cars John had restored. It was like a car show and wedding. People wore flip flops and Hawaiian shirts,which tied into our theme. People told us that our wedding was the most fun wedding they had been to in years!
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?  Nothing. The day was perfect — too short, but perfect.

Photos courtesy of Shoop’s Photography.

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