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From the Bride:

“Tarek and I met at yoga.
At our yoga studio, the teacher of the class of over one hundred yogis regularly begins class by asking students to introduce themselves to someone they don’t know to “shrink the world.” One day, Tarek and I were practicing close to each other and turned and said hello. That quick meet and greet eventually resulted in this marriage … and our expanding the world with our beautiful son, Eli!

That first meeting was just a brief “hello” and exchange of names, but after several weeks of flirting and chatting, I eventually invited him to a whiskey tasting party I was having at my house. He came, and basically never left. We quickly knew we were going to be together forever, and given our ages, we decided to try to start a family. We were lucky enough to get pregnant quickly, and our son Eli was born on October 27, 2015.  

e wanted to create an adult summer camp type of vibe — fun, energetic, and relaxed. Evergreen Lodge was the perfect place for such a vibe! We picked each of our vendors based on that idea of creating an organic and energetic feel.”

 

The Team:

Venue: Evergreen Lodge
Planner/Designer: Alison Events
Floral Designer: Natalie Bowen Designs
Photographer: Jesse Leake

I will always remember Jessie & Matt’s wedding as the one where the parents of the bride & groom (especially the dads) danced harder than anyone else. And there was A LOT of competition… this was one incredible party! We were lucky to work with an awesome team to share the fun:

Here is a bit more about the couple from the bride:

“We met at Dartmouth College, but we really only started spending time together during Matt’s senior year. He was in NYC over Thanksgiving staying with a friend’s family, and it was also my 21st birthday. We went out with a group of friends and Matt and I ended up talking for hours in the lobby of the hotel I was staying in. The rest is history!”

The Team:

PLANNER: Alison Events
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jose Villa
FLORAL DESIGN: Kathleen Deery Design
VENUE:  Burlingame Country Club

This wedding almost didn’t happen because Lizzie (and several other guests) got incredibly ill the night before the wedding (food poisoning I believe!!)  All I can say is if this was me, I would have called it all off and stayed in bed but she powered through the day.  Just goes to show you that love conquers all!   More about the couple and their day from the bride:

“We met randomly in a taco place in San Francisco almost three years ago. Keith had the guts to strike up a conversation with me as I was sitting with my best friend having dinner after spending a Saturday watching football with friends. Four hours later we closed the place down and met the next night for a real date. Turns out we had multiple friends in common but we were both happy to have met on our own terms. Keith had just moved into the city from Grad School and I had lived here for a couple of years. Being from the area, one of the fun things about when we first started dating was getting to explore the city and show Keith why I loved living here so much. We explored most of Northern California together, going to West Marin for oysters, Healdsburg for wine tasting and Lake Tahoe for skiing in the winter and hiking, biking and lake activities in the summer. I think a big moment for us was a trip we took together last summer to Europe. After spending several days with my family in Italy, the two of us spent a week in Paris together. We rented a little apartment and settled right into Parisian life. I think everyone can attest that traveling with someone tells you a lot about who they are. It might have while we were sitting at a café enjoying our pain au chocolats and espressos or while we were strolling on the Pont des Arts bridge but I think we both realized on that trip that we were in it for the long haul. Keith proposed last December on a weekend trip to Carmel and I can’t believe I got to marry him.

When deciding on where to get married, it was hard for us to pass on the opportunity to have it at my parent’s house in Tahoe. It has become a place where we spend almost all of our holiday weekends and birthdays and any other time we can get out of the city and it has become very special to us both. The thought of getting to share this place with Keith’s family and friends from the East Coast got us very excited and thinking about how it was going to become even more of a special place to us if we could get married right in the backyard convinced us that this was our spot. Since this was going to be somewhat of a destination wedding we knew we were going to need some help. After doing some diligence and meeting with a few wedding planners, we chose Melissa Panico from MAP Events to help. She has a ton of experience pulling off some great wine country weddings and knew exactly what vendors we could use locally and what we should bring in. From there, we really relied on Melissa’s recommendations for the majority of our vendors. Tracy Radeff from Radeff Design Studios was one of the only vendors that we were set on having be a part of our wedding. Tracy assisted with my sister’s wine country wedding nine years ago and we knew she had impeccable taste and was fantastic to work with. Additionally, Tracy and Melissa had worked on several events in the past so we knew we really had the dream team. Tracy and Melissa were essential in our wedding planning process and made it such a joy to plan that I’m almost getting sad that it’s almost over! We are beyond excited that our wedding day is almost here and can’t wait to see all the hard work in action. We really had the best team helping with our wedding and we wouldn’t have asked for it any other way.”

The Team:

Wedding Planner:  Melissa from MAP Events
Photographer:  Catherine Hall
Venue:  Private Residence
Floral Designer:  Radeff Design Studio
Hair & Makeup:  TEAM Hair & Makeup

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