Stacy first met Scott while visiting her sister at Chico State, when she was just 18 and he was 20. But it wasn’t until six years later, in 2006, that they rekindled their relationship at a Super Bowl party, and officially started dating by August of that same year. They spent the next five years traveling—to Europe, Mexico, Oregon, San Diego and San Francisco—where many of the social couple’s friends reside.

Then one night, October 20, 2011, to be exact, Stacy, knowing Scott wouldn’t be home until 10 p.m., stayed late at school. When she finally opened the door to their address, she was shocked to be greeted by a house filled with candles and roses. Scott was down on his knee, rose petals spelling out the unspoken question, “Will you marry me?” Stacy said yes, of course, and they headed off the next day to celebrate their engagement in Lake Tahoe.

Eleven months later the couple married at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, officiated by her uncle Steve, as it was extremely important to the pair to have someone that knew them personally conduct the most important part of their big day. Keeping it a family affair, the couple’s cousin used a camcorder to capture the day’s biggest moments. And the bride herself is an event planner by profession, so she and her boss acted as the wedding designer and the wedding planner, respectively. Hilariously, after Uncle Steve accepted his official position in his niece’s wedding, he henceforth referred to himself as “the pope.” Taking the joke one step further, the bride’s mother and aunt presented Steve with a mitre (pope’s hat) at the rehearsal dinner, which Steve ceremoniously placed on his head right before declaring the couple husband and wife.

“We didn’t want the day to be too serious, so we tried to make little details­—like guests receiving a little cup of Champagne when they entered the ceremony—to help make it a more relaxed and happy atmosphere.”

At the beginning of their planning, Stacy and Scott discussed what each felt was the most important component they wanted in their wedding. For the groom, that meant having a full bar. The bride really wanted to throw a party and have fun, hence the inclusion of live entertainment. Both, however, really wanted their bridal party to feel special. “We didn’t want to do the basic bridal party introductions, so we spiced it up a little bit,” Stacy says. Each member’s name was called, they stepped forward, a bio paragraph was read, and then their song started and they danced onto the dance floor. “It was a fun way to begin the reception and to let the guests know a little bit more about the people who are so special to us.” The newlyweds were then introduced to “Party Rock Anthem” and the whole bridal party broke into a choreographed dance.

Perhaps the best example of keeping this group tight-knit while the couple tied the knot were the differently flavored wedding cakes that adorned the guests’ tables. A placard asked, “Don’t like your flavor? Every table has a different flavor, so ask around and share.” Share, indeed.

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