Heather and Scott had an instant connection when they met at a mutual friend’s dinner party. After countless phone conversations, Scott made the three-hour drive to Campbell to take Heather out on their first date. Scott likes to tell everyone that they had their first kiss that night over a cauliflower taco. Their instant connection turned into fast friends and it’s that friendship that is the basis for their entire relationship.

After Scott had shoulder surgery, he asked Heather to come up for the weekend to spend time with him while he healed. He suggested they go to Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys while she was in town. They enjoyed a nice lunch and decided to walk the grounds while they waited for their tour to begin. When they came to a shaded seating area Scott got down on one knee and, with one arm in a sling and the other holding a ring, asked Heather to marry him. Heather was so excited that she had a difficult time getting any words out. Scott had to confirm multiple times that she said yes. Finally she got the word out he was hoping for: “Yes!”

The couple had a short dating period of around six months and wanted a relatively short engagement as well, so they began their wedding planning almost immediately. They knew they wanted a wedding of approximately 125 guests and let that guide their decisions. They also knew they wanted vendors who worked well together, so they went with preferred vendors from their venue. Heather and Scott loved how excited the vendors were to work together.

Because the couple’s relationship moved fairly quickly, many of their guests only knew the bride or the groom, not both. Heather and Scott wanted a lot of the focus to be on the guests and making sure everyone felt welcome. They made sure to acknowledge as many people as possible.

The entire day was filled with sweet joy and overwhelming support for the bride and groom, but there was someone else there who stole a few hearts: their English bulldog, Lola. She was a gift to Scott to brighten his days during his 13 months of chemo, and Lola just so happens to be the couple’s most well behaved pet, so they were excited to include her in their big day. Lola served as ring bearer, enjoyed a doggy bed at the sweetheart table and even enjoyed her very own “I Do Too” cake, specially made for her. Scott’s 1950s trucks also played a special role in the wedding and were a unique touch to the décor. Some of Heather and Scott’s favorite photos are the ones taken in the bed of one of the trucks.

The day of the wedding was overflowing with emotions: happy, nervous and some stress, but for Heather, the strongest emotion was humility. She says, “We just couldn’t be happier with all the friends and family that showed up to support us.” 

—Kelley Saia