Happy Real Weddings Wednesdays, folks! Today, we’re celebrating Elyna and Chris’s beautiful indoor ceremony complete with tons of dancing, gorgeous champagne gowns and stunning photography – courtesy of Azara Images! Keep scrolling to read all about it. Happy Wednesday, and happy reading!

Couple smiling at each other.

Bride-to-be holding her groom's face on a balcony.

Bride and groom posing in front of a large green shrub.

Tell us a little about you and your beloved.

We met a decade ago in San Francisco while we were each taking classes on relationships and self-inquiry. We married other people (who I’m thrilled to say we are still close with), both got divorced and went on a magical walk as friends where we re-discovered each other. Chris proposed in a lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains while we were paddle boarding with our families. He opened the box with the ring at the perfect moment when we were standing in circle of rocks under the water. We were both wowed. As a professional planner of transformational experiences and retreats – I enthusiastically took on the experience of planning our wedding. I wanted it to be a day that impacted everyone who attended in a positive way.

The Stone Room at Miner's Foundry in Nevada City, set with decor, table and chairs.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

I danced down the aisle – which wasn’t planned!

Bride-to-be about to walk into her wedding at The Stone Room at the Miner's Foundry.

Bride and groom standing at the altar together.

Bride and groom walking down the aisle together after saying "I do".

What else would you like to share about your big day?

I’m thrilled to say that we had many people tell us, “This was the best wedding I ever went to”. We really did things our own way.

Bride and groom sitting a their sweetheart table.

What advice would you give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?

Do it your way and think of the experience for others – it’s that sweet spot that I found to be the secret sauce.

Bride and groom doing their first dance as newlyweds.

Anything you would have done differently?

I would have remembered that everyone’s attention is on the bride! And I would have done some journaling and therapy before the wedding to prepare for that much attention (which I am not used to)!

Bride hugging her father on the dance floor.

Photo of the guests dancing at the wedding reception.

Photos courtesy of and copyright Azara Images used with permission.

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