Megan can still remember the first time she saw Nick. “It was the first day of the Fall 2008 Semester and before we could even begin class, this guy wanted to give a presentation about the benefits of studying abroad,” she says. “I can still remember Nick standing up in front of class, going on and on about his experience in Italy and all I could think to myself was, ‘Seriously, dude? Can we please just start class already?’” It would be another year before they were formally introduced on Labor Day weekend. “It was one of those days that could only be saved by a burrito and a cold Mexican beer. Or a pretty girl who engages you in some heartfelt conversation,” says Nick.
The couple got engaged during Megan’s move from Los Angeles to Livermore. “Now, if I asked Megan to marry me at the beginning of the day, clearly nothing would’ve gotten done, and there was a U-Haul that needed unpacking. So, she had to work for it,” says Nick. “After a few arguments about where to put the couch and how best to fit it through the door, we were finally moved in. Well, mostly. I got down on one knee and pulled the ring from my pocket and said, ‘Megan, will you spend the rest of your life with me?’”
With family coming from all over and as far as New Zealand, they picked the special destination of Lake Tahoe for the wedding. “It was so important to Nick and me that everyone at our wedding felt included, loved and had the time of their lives,” says the bride.
Northstar California was the last venue they toured. “They don’t say ‘save the best for last’ for nothing,” says Megan. “When we visited atop of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, we knew this was the spot that we would become husband and wife.”
“Our ceremony was, in a word, ‘awesome,’” shares Nick. “Other than being really windy (Megan’s veil smacked her mom in the face), it was perfect. We were surrounded by our closest friends and family, on top of a mountain, overlooking the forest and trails that were below us. Nothing but pure happiness.”
Having Nick’s dad, David, officiate also made the ceremony extra special. “He loves Megan like his own daughter, plus he got to work in one of his favorite movie lines, saying our happiness ‘makes my heart soar like a hawk,’ among other things,” adds Nick.
Guests moved on to the reception at the Zephyr Lodge at the top of Northstar California. “I can still remember walking into the lodge for the first time,” says Megan. “My first thought was, ‘Oh my goodness! This is my wedding?!’ My vision was not just met, but it was exceeded.”
Nick’s favorite part of the day was seeing Megan at their first look. “I knew she would look beautiful, but actually seeing her for the first time took my breath away,” he remembers “Plus, we got to ride up on the chairlift together and have a little bit of alone time between our photographer yelling back to us, ‘Kiss her cheek! Oh, that looks good!’ I was a nervous wreck leading up to that, and having her by my side pre-ceremony did so much to calm me down. Oh, and getting introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Piermarini for the first time was a pretty close second!”
First Dance Song
“Give In To Me” by Leighton Meester & Garrett Hedlund
Father/Daughter Dance Song
“Beauty and the Beast” by Angela Lansbury and “Daddy’s Little Girl” by Blaine Roy
Mother/Son Dance Song
“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
Bouquet Toss Song
“Sorority Girl” by Luke Bryan
Garter Toss Song
“Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G.
Last Dance Song
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
Details about the cake
We had our own personal mini naked cake; a naked, almond poppy seed with amaretto and apricot compote. For guest desserts there were peanut butter & strawberry cookies, lemon bars, blueberry and peach bourbon pie pops, vanilla, raspberry & peanut butter and red velvet chocolate cake pops, AND vanilla, salted caramel & Bavarian cream and spice, coffee Bavarian cream cupcakes.
Details about the flowers
To say that my florist, Abby, is amazing, would not even be close enough to describe how beautiful she made our wedding. When Abby and I started discussing my vision, I didn’t have any specific flowers or colors in mind. All I said was that the venue is so naturally beautiful, and I wanted to use large greenery and “organic” colors to highlight that natural beauty. Abby took my vision and exceeded it. All night our guests kept asking about our florist; they were blown away by all the arrangements and the various types of flowers that were used to enhance the space.
Details about the favors
Anything else you’d like to share about your wedding?
All of our vendors were rock stars! From the Glam squad, to our DJ, our photographer & videographer and the entire team at Northstar – they all played a key role in the beauty of the day.
Any tips you’d give brides and grooms planning their wedding today?
“Ladies, if you ask the groom to give his opinion of floral arrangements and napkin colors, chances are we’re going to say, “Babe that looks great,” and we’ll mean it. I know colors need to coordinate and compliment each other, because let’s face it, you’re likely planning this and every little detail needs to be PERFECT. And it should be. However, this next part may come as a surprise but sometimes, we (men) just don’t care. And its not to take away from your vision or anything, but we (I was anyway) are much more focused on the day itself and celebrating our love than table decorations. The wedding is happening regardless.
Men, if she asks what you think of something and you don’t care, DO NOT SAY “I DON’T CARE!” Prepare yourself for the blaze of 1000 suns and all eternal hellfire, because that’s what’s coming if you do. My best man told me a simple “Yes dear,” will put a stop to most disagreements before they morph into something bigger and I can attest that’s pretty damn accurate. Also, keep in mind, “Happy wife, happy life.” It’s your day too, but really, who’s done more of the planning and can rattle off every detail of the itinerary, you or her? That’s what I thought. You will not win this one, and in all honesty, is it really that important to?
To sum up, there are going to be things that each of you want and agree on, and things that one half wants and the other half does not (or it just doesn’t matter one way or another to them). Planning a wedding is a lot like marriage itself; its takes time and dedication, and a bit of compromise to get what you want. Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy the hell out of your special day. At the end of it all ladies and gentlemen, you’re marrying your best friend, so if the napkins are forest green when they were supposed to be dusty pine green, only you know and honestly, no one cares.” – Nick
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