The Couple: Kate & Rich
Wedding Date: April 20, 2013
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Rich and I went to high school together in Greenwich, CT. However, he was an all-star senior and I was a choir singing freshman. Fast forward 15+ years later and through Match.com, we were reunited and it was love at first site.
After dating for nearly two years, Rich proposed beachfront in Mexico on Christmas Day 2012 in front of our families. We decided to have a small wedding with our most immediate family at our favorite place, Yosemite National Park. Yosemite was where we had our first vacation together and where our love grew even stronger. Because of the small size and the help of my amazing mother, we were able to have our dream wedding just 4 months later.
What was the most amazing part of your day? There are too many to count! What comes to mind is the reading of our vows together on The Ahwahnee at Yosemite National Park‘s Wedding Lawn with Yosemite Falls in the background. It can’t get any better than yet!
What else would you like to share about your big day? Getting married at The Ahwahnee at Yosemite National Park was beyond my wildest dreams. Everything was perfect from the spectacular staff, the ambiance and the history of this magical site.
Ceremony and Reception Site, and Caterer: The Ahwahnee at Yosemite National Park
Ceremony Musicians: Boris Nixon on Cello and KC Simba-Torres on Violin from Spin City DJ Services
Officiant: Patty Waterso, Bride’s Aunt
Photographer: White Daisy Photography
Cake/Desserts: The Ahwahnee at Yosemite National Park‘s traditional Boysenberry Pie and California Fresh Fruit Tart with Lemon Curd.
Flowers: Natalie Gallaso Designs
Favors: Traditional Jordan Almonds
Bridal Attire: Haute Bride
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Rent the Runway
Hair: Julie Davidson from Julianne Beaute
Makeup: Cheryl Ballah from Julianne Beaute
Invitations: Paper Source
DJ/Entertainment/Band: Kirk Moulin from Spin City DJ Services
Honeymoon Location: St. Regis Princeville Resort and Sheraton Kauai Resort
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out that we missed in the above questions? Robes from Plum Pretty Sugar, Shoes from Jimmy Choo, Ties from Glendon Lambert, Gift Bags in Guest’s Rooms from ATLASHEARTS on Etsy.
First Dance Song: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? It’s so easy to get carried away. I think it’s important to keep focused on what truly matters, which is celebrating and honoring your love together. By keeping it real and authentic to us, we had very little stress throughout the entire process.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? I would have worn in my shoes more! Ouch!
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.
Photos courtesy of and copyright White Daisy Photography.
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