It was a rainy night in Sacramento when two weary-eyed customers entered the bar Fire Dance. Kaci was coming off of finals at Sacramento State and Nick had finished his 11th night in a row of work. But the two were able to stay awake long enough to meet, share a beer, make a date for the New Year and eventually, four years later, make a lifelong commitment to one another.
For this couple, family is what sealed their bond. “I knew we were meant to be together when I learned of Nick’s extraordinary love for his family,” Kaci says. “He treats his family with respect; he values his relationship with his parents, and his siblings are his best friends.” Nick learned of Kaci’s commitment to her loved ones early on. “I knew the first time I visited her place that we were meant to be together,” he says. “Everything was so cute and organized, with happy pictures of her friends and family everywhere.”
Though a vacation to St. Thomas had a not-so-smooth beginning, it ended with sand, sunsets and an engagement. The couple was alone when Nick dropped to one knee and pulled out a glass ring he bought on the island—not daring enough to carry the real ring in a suitcase onto a sailboat.
About a year later, the couple tied the knot with a large ceremony of 250 guests at the Holy Spirit Church, nestled in Land Park. A power outage, just one hour before the union, turned what could’ve been a disaster into a romantic candlelit ceremony. A reception followed at The Elks Tower, located in Midtown Sacramento, just a few blocks from the couple’s loft. The ballroom’s original detail complemented the classic, vintage theme of the wedding.
Kaci didn’t want to lose the beauty of the venue, so included amber uplighting on the room’s columns to highlight the detail. Tables were draped in dazzle charcoal linens and lined with beaded metal flatware. In the center, tall glass vases with curly willow, ivory hydrangeas, circus roses, phalaenopsis and peonies stood. In addition, several gold votives were placed on each table.
The head table was fit for a queen, king and their royal court of 26. Located in the center of the ballroom, two large trumpet vases overflowing with ivory hydrangeas, ivory calla lilies and apricot roses sat tall on the table.
Some of the little touches to make the reception unique included a lounge in the mezzanine—complete with padded benches, pillows and tall cocktail tables covered in orange dazzle linens and votives—a photo booth, signature cocktails and a giant stage for the band.
What stood out most for the bride and groom? “The unbelievable amount of love, joy and support in one room—250 guests, friends and family celebrating our love was captivating,” Kaci says. For Nick, it was the fated power outage. “Once I walked inside and saw the votive candles and the light coming through the stained glass windows, I was quickly reassured. Watching Kaci walk down the aisle, feeling the breeze come into the church, I smiled and thought to myself, ‘This is the way it was meant to be.’”
Kaci & Nick's Wedding Resources
- Chocolate cake with layered filling of white chocolate mousse, mocha, and chocolate truffle.
- White cake with layered fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
- Loved and appreciated ALL of our vendors; everyone was incredible. Our guests are still raving about the food and the live music (James Cavern and The Hits).
- Special thanks to James Cavern for learning three new songs for our ceremony!
- UNIQUE moment -- a tree fell on an electrical line in the parking lot of the church, just one hour before the ceremony. All of the power went out. Kendra, our wedding planner, and the church's coordinator, Jim DeShon quickly outfitted the church with votive candles and a battery-operated, mini-string of white lights. All of the doors to the church were opened to let in the natural light, and the windy breeze that killed the power also kept the church cool during the ceremony; we actually couldn't have planned it better! The lights turned on about two-thirds of the way through the ceremony as Father Kinane asked if we would welcome children into our family and raise them in the Catholic Church. As Nick and I answered, "We will," in unison, the entire church lit up!
- Hire a wedding planner. Kendra Pfeiffer-Wershing was a godsend. It is because of her that our day went off without a hitch and we (including our families) were able to relax and enjoy our special day. Also, Kendra made the planning process run incredibly smooth and kept us very organized. She's a blast to work with!
- To take a modern spin on the disposable cameras at the guests' tables, we turned to social media. On each of our tables we had a self-standing sign that read, "Help us enjoy all of the moments we may miss tonight...follow us on Instagram and tag us in your photos (and then we included our username/hashtags giving our guests direction to share with us and share with everyone at the event). At the end of the night we had 240 photos in the hashtag album from all of our guests! It was fun to scroll through and see how everyone else was enjoying our day. Several of our friends who have gotten married since (four couples!) used this same idea. It's awesome and doesn't cost anything!