This couple knows the meaning of “amour.” Nina and Shane met in high school Spanish class at Oak Ridge High School and have been together ever since.
“The romance started there so we felt that it was only right to get married in our home town,” says Nina of their outdoor wedding under the oak tree at Serrano Country Club.
“I went to at least 10 different venues but none of them spoke to me like Serrano,” Nina says. “It’s such a beautiful and classy venue with spectacular views of the foothills. It was also very convenient to have our ceremony and reception on the same grounds.”
One hundred guests, including 30 out-of-towners celebrated the wedding. The 40-minute Christian ceremony included personal touches like use of the groom’s family bible.
One of the day’s big moments? When the couple saw the reception setup, right before any of the guests saw it. “Seeing the room that we helped to create come to life was breathtaking,” Nina says. “It was better than we could have imagined.”
One of Shane’s favorite moments was seeing his bride. “My favorite wedding day memory was seeing my wife come down the aisle in her beautiful dress,” he says. “It was a picture perfect moment that I will never forget.”
Nina accessorized with studded diamond earnings and a pearl and diamond chunky statement bracelet given to her by her bridesmaids. The five bridesmaids, who posed for photos with parasols, wore grey chiffon dresses and pale pink heels with bows on the back.
Shane wore a black slim fit tux with an ivory shirt and an ivory tie. His five groomsmen wore coordinating black tuxes with ivory shirts, black vests and black ties—and all with pale pink socks.
The wedding’s simple décor in pink, grey and ivory created a look the bride calls a, “vintage chic vibe.” The cake, which was made by one of the mothers of the bride’s best friends, exemplified that style. The three-tiered white cake with cheesecake filling featured ivory fondant, was lined in pale pink and showcased fresh white and pink flowers.
Nina, who felt challenged by the need to please everyone, says ultimately, “the bride and groom should do what they want to do because you want to look back without any regrets.”
She’s also an advocate for welcoming help from friends and family. “You will stress yourself out if you try to do everything on your own,” Nina says.
When asked what she would have done differently if she had the chance, the bride joyfully responds, “I wouldn’t change a thing. It sounds cliché but my wedding was literally perfect.”