They say your spouse should be one of your best friends, so for Maddy and Sam—who were best friends from the beginning—it’s safe to say that they picked a good match. Although, according to Sam, “I knew Maddy was the woman I would marry fairly quickly,” despite being in the “friend zone” for some time.
Sam proposed on the shore of Lake Tahoe while out for a romantic walk with Maddy. He had hacked into Maddy’s Pinterest account, stealing some of her top ring pins and taking them to Randolph’s Jewelers in Placerville for inspiration for a custom ring. Right after saying, “Yes!” Maddy told Sam that the ring was exactly what she wanted. Needless to say, he came clean on his fanciful detective work.
Although the couple already had a venue in mind, through a mutual friend they found Donna Mullen who was hoping to start hosting weddings at her home. At their first tour of Still Meadow Manor, they immediately fell in love, and booked the intimate venue. Maddy recalls, “Every time we came over to look at something or chat about the details, Donna had a bottle of wine from her private cellar and an amazing appetizer spread. We miss those days!” The venue lent itself beautifully to the Midsummer Night’s Dream inspiration that Maddy and Sam envisioned. Candles, chandeliers, a vintage lounge and a cigar bar were among the details that brought this idea together.
Maddy and Sam were thrilled to incorporate so many friends and family into the wedding. The officiant was Sam’s best friend’s sister, Sara Jaurequi, and Maddy’s entrance song was played and sung by Sara’s dad. Maddy, along with her mom, mother-in-law and three sisters all met at Flowers on Main where they were taught how to make bouquets and arrangements—together, they created 90 different arrangements for the wedding.
On the morning of her wedding, Maddy made time to fit in a hot yoga class and followed the grueling workout with a manicure. “It was really nice having the whole morning to myself to get centered and to soak in the fact that my wedding day had actually arrived,” Maddy says. She returned home to find a single, heart-shaped rose accompanied by a sweet note from her soon-to-be-husband.
All of the details came together so beautifully and, despite incredible nerves, they both shared the vows they had written themselves. Maddy says the day was a blur, but reciting her vows, dancing with her dad and enjoying a huge celebration were moments that stand out for her.
Maddy & Sam's Wedding Resources
"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
"How Sweet It is" by James Taylor
"Single Ladies" by Beyonce
"Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen
- white Hydrangeas
- white Peonies
- blush and pink Victorian roses
- pink astilbe
- white astilbe
- Maiden hair ferns
- Italian Ruskus
- Willow Eucalyptus
- Seeded Eucalyptus
- Bay Leaves
- White and Pink Lisianthus
- Rose petals
- The venue owner and her staff were absolutely unbelievable, down to every last detail. AND we originally had another venue picked out and by chance a friend let us know that her friend wanted to start doing weddings at her house. Of course we were a little skeptical but we decided to give her friend Donna a call to set up a meeting. When we went to her house we were blown away. The gardens were amazing and her home was just our style. We immediately let her know that we wanted to get married at our house and would cancel our plans to wed at the original venue. We would constantly go to the venue to talk details with Donna and she always had wine and appetizers laid out for us. I think we started going over to her house just for fun, food and fodder. Needless to say we are still super close friends after the wedding.
- The caterer was also wonderful…the food got many compliments as “the best wedding food ever.” And to be honest, we weren’t sure how that would go having BBQ style food at a wedding. We really wanted our wedding to be about all of the things locally that we enjoy, from obviously the venue (only a couple miles from our home), to the local wines from Boeger Winery, and the food.