Wedding Date: October 27, 2013
Photography by Colleen Riley Photography
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We met each other freshman year of college, both of us having different recollections of the first time meeting! Matt says he tried to spark up a conversation during the first week of school, but I don’t recall talking to him for the first time until the last week of school!
We spent the entire year seeing each other in passing on campus, smiling at each other but never saying a word. Matt felt like he was shut down the first time and it took him the entire year to try again. We never ended up dating but remained in contact sporadically through the years.
Twelve years later, we connected and gave ourselves a real shot at being together. After our first year together, we got pregnant with our son, Kian. Matt proposed the day after he was born. Our wedding planning was a breeze! We are both very easy going and we planned it all in about 3 months!
What was the most amazing part of your day? Having all of our loved ones from all over the world all together in one room.
Ceremony Site: The Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco
Ceremony Musicians: Nick Rossi Trio
Officiant: Our dear friend Jessica got officiated just for us!
Reception Venue: The Prescott Hotel
Photographer: Colleen Riley Photography
Cake/Desserts: Mini Cupcakes and Macaroons
Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Nordstrom Rack
Make-up: My friend Rita is a professional make up artist! She did my make up as my wedding gift.
DJ/Entertainment/Band: Jason Kick
Photo Booth: We used an iPad wedding photo booth app, had our iPad on a tripod and our photographer provided a backdrop.
Furniture Rentals: Abbey Rentals
Transportation: SF Mini Bus and UBER
Honeymoon Location: TBD
First Dance Song: “At Last” by Etta James
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Weddings don’t have to be expensive! With the proper time and planning, you can save a lot by doing things yourself or having friends help.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? Made it more intimate so we could have more quality time with certain people!
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Photos courtesy of and copyright Colleen Riley Photography.
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