Sacramento Weddings

When modern meets classic, you get a style that endures, and when those two elements combine in love, you get a love for all time. Stephanie and Scott met in the most modern of ways—on an online dating site—yet their classic values and commonalities are what brought them together for life.

When Scott proposed to Stef, they sat atop Twin Peaks in San Francisco; after asking her to spend forever with him, she gave a resounding, “Yes!” During their eight-month engagement, Stef took on the majority of the planning herself. When they decided on a spring wedding at The Inn at Park Winters, Stef says it was more than just the exclusive use of the property for the day that captured their interest. “We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding and Park Winters has beautiful grounds that we fell in love with,” she explains.

The couple didn’t want their celebration to be over the top and opted for simple yet classic décor, with chocolate and deep magenta serving as accent colors to their clean, white palette. They chose a traditional approach to the ceremony with a modern twist, forgoing bridesmaids and groomsmen and inviting their friends to enjoy the celebration as guests instead. For Stef, the most unique and special element was something both “old” and “borrowed.” Stef explains, “I carried an antique cloth horseshoe in my garter that my husband’s grandmother originally carried down the aisle in her wedding and has been passed down through each generation in the family since.”

While Scott says watching Stef make her way down the aisle was the most memorable part of the day for him, Stef makes a poignant observation about the fast-paced feeling of the day. “The ceremony and reception were a whirlwind that never stopped, whereas the first look was the only point where time actually slowed down and we had a few moments to appreciate each other…just the two of us,” she explains.

One of the most fun and unique elements of having their wedding at Park Winters was the ability for friends and family to camp on-site. Says Stef: “After the official reception was over, we got to spend time with all of our friends who stayed the night camping, relaxing in the oversized hot tub, and then see everyone again at an intimate breakfast the next morning.”

—Abigail Blank