Shasta and Mike met on a blind date through a mutual friend. And while Shasta had a back-up plan for a quick getaway—she would have to get back to work after her lunch break—should the date be terrible, she definitely didn’t end up needing it.
On date number two they shared their first kiss. “He told me, ‘You are not leaving without a kiss.’ It caught me off guard since he usually has a quiet and reserved demeanor,” Shasta says. “I finally asked him about that night. He said, ‘I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to be stuck in the friend zone.’”
Mike soon proposed during their first stop on a weeklong road trip. They picked their date immediately for the close synchronization of 10-12-13. Even with 16 months to plan, Shasta wouldn’t procrastinate. They figured the date would be a popular one, and they acted fast to lock in their top vendor and venue choices.
The couple lives in the heart of El Dorado County, where they have a wide selection of wineries as potential wedding settings. “We had our wedding in the lovely Shenandoah Valley at Helwig Winery,” Shasta says. “The theme we did was ‘rustic elegance,’ because we’ve always been the country type and would feel the most comfortable in our cowboy boots and Levi jeans.”
For the rustic décor, the couple used old wagon wheels, hay bales, burlap, old wooden crates, old seat springs, rusty buckets, horseshoes, barn wood signs, wine barrels and peacock feathers. The groom used his carpentry and welding skills to make and build some decorations. “I made our wedding altar out of cedar split rails and a special welcome wedding sign with barn wood,” he says. “It brought the wedding to life,” the bride adds.
And to, literally, drive home the classically country feel? They bought a vintage 1954 Chevy truck to use as a photo prop and a future DIY project. “We bought the Chevy to make it one of our first husband-and-wife projects by planning to build it into a hot rod,” the groom says. “We thought it would be cool to have the ‘before’ Chevy pictures on our wedding day and take ‘hot rod’ Chevy pictures after the project is completed.”
Though most of the planning was relatively stress-free, the low came with finalizing the guest list when some hadn’t RSVP’d. “I had a tough time making the ceremony and reception assigned seating and shuttle schedule because of not acquiring the final guest count until the last minute,” the bride remembers.
Yet, on the big day, every moment was unforgettable.
“Our wedding didn’t ‘fly by,’ like you hear most newlyweds say,” Shasta says. “Mike and I had promised each other to take in every special moment that occurred that day.”
“During the course of the evening, we even made time for ourselves by taking a stroll in the moonlight and soaking it all in while still being in complete shock that we were married!”
Shasta & Mike's Wedding Resources
"Don’t Blink" by Kenny Chesney
"Can’t Help Falling in Love with You" by Elvis Presley
"The Good Stuff" by Kenny Chesney
"I Hope You Dance" by LeaAnn Womack
"Strawberry Wine" by Deanna Carter
"Shameless" by Garth Brooks
Didn't have one
"Man! I feel like a Woman" by Shania Twain
"Queen of my double-wide trailer" by Sammy Kershaw
Vanilla cake with strawberry filling and buttercream frosting; Yellow cake with nutella and cream cheese frosting
Grey thistles, blue iris, green and white carnations (not sure of the flower names)
Mason Jar Cupcakes, Clarisse Fanning “Piece of Cake”
- Our special moment was our first dance. We had the guests line up in a circle in the moonlight and light sparklers, hence they were the “keeper of the stars,” the sparklers burned for the exact amount of minutes as our song played. The song was “the keeper of the stars.”
- I would love to give an extra thanks to Jaymie Cedeno, my hair and makeup artist. My makeup and hair stayed perfect for well over 14 hours. She was also a great support with the wedding jitters the morning of the wedding.
- I believe Domonic Fournier is the best DJ we have ever had the pleasure of working with. He was so patient, timely, and forthcoming with any and all of our song choices. He also kept the wedding flowing smoothly.
- Most wedding food is over-priced and average taste, however, this was not the case for Billy Bones BBQ, it was amazing. It came out hot and fresh. It was so good my guests are still telling me how great it was. Some of my guests even asked for to-go containers to have lunch the next day. ☺
- Hanging Horseshoe Rustic Designs did a fabulous job executing our vision on decorations and signs by utilizing horseshoe for our theme “Lucky in Love.”
- Designs by Vickie Nutter had unmatched penmanship to design our wedding stationary. I was also pleasantly surprised by the jewelry she made for my bridesmaids and flower girls.
- Some tips we would give future brides and grooms is that you should pay a little more money for the best photographer and hire a videographer because all you have left from your wedding are the memories caught on camera and film. We are happy that we can reminisce the best day of our lives whenever we want.
- We also recommend doing extra research in finding the best DJ that is compatible with the bride and groom’s personality. They are the voice and energy of the entire wedding day.
Our wedding was perfect in every way, and so was the after party. The only thing we would have done differently was we would have held off traveling the day after our wedding to get to our honeymoon destination. We needed a day to recover from all the festivities.