It took an episode of The Bachelorette to inspire Rocklin native Jesse to pop the question to his then girlfriend, Tricia. “During the show, Jesse was pacing the floor and acting very restless. When it was time for bed I walked into the room first and to the right of me I read, ‘Will You Marry Me?’ with a yes and no check box,” she says. Yes, Jesse painted this on their bedroom wall. “In my pajamas and makeup-less face, I turned around and Jesse [was] down on one knee proposing with a beautiful ring. I asked for the paintbrush and checked the yes box!”
Both Tricia and Jesse wanted a romantic vintage wedding, one where they could create everything so that it was something they could be proud of. “We booked all of our vendors in the beginning and then relaxed for a few months while we had some downtime,” says the bride.
“Our favorite part of the planning [process] was shopping at yard sales for six months straight collecting all of our wedding pieces and making décor.”
The couple chose a valley with beautiful scenery for their ceremony. With nine bridesmaids, five groomsmen, the officiator and the bride and groom, it was a challenge to fit the whole wedding party on their homemade platform—but to the delight of the guests in attendance, they did it.
The backyard setting for the reception was warm and romantic. Lights, including crystal chandeliers, were strung everywhere, to help create the vintage elegance they desired. A memorable moment was watching people on the swing made by Jesse. Guests also took plenty of images in the photo booth and others danced the night away. “We don’t remember many people just sitting around,” shares the bride. “Everyone really enjoyed themselves!”
Tricia recalls walking into the reception and seeing both her and Jesse’s vision come together as one of the highlights of day. “Everything flowed really well and our guests seemed so happy,” she beams. “It was rewarding.”