Kate & Phillip

May 20

Trentadue Winery, Geyserville, California


From our Q&A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

It was really hard for us to choose just three details, but we agreed on (1) the solar eclipse, (2) the ceremony, and (3) keepsakes from the day.  When we first got engaged, we weren’t quite sure how to go about choosing a date.  Phil started scouring the Internet for significant dates in 2012, and he found a solar eclipse on May 20, which happened to be a Sunday.  We had met under a full moon, so it seemed fitting that we’d be married under a solar eclipse.  We didn’t think about it much more after that until about a month out from the wedding.  In lieu of favors, we ordered enough eclipse glasses for everyone, and crossed our fingers that we would have a clear day.  The weather and timing were perfect…not a cloud in the sky, and the eclipse happened in the middle of the cocktail hour.  We’ll never forget the image of all of our guests, dressed up for a garden party, scattered around the lawn with funny white glasses on, wine glasses in hand, looking and pointing up at the sun.

Our second favorite detail was our ceremony, particularly our officiants.  Neither one of us is particularly religious, so we decided to have a primarily secular ceremony, and the thought of interviewing officiants didn’t really sit well with either of us.  We knew we wanted to be married by someone who knew us well.  So we turned to two of our best friends, Zak and Lea (married in 2009), who actually set us up on our first date.  When Zak and Lea got married, Phil and I were part of the wedding party, and their ceremony was so beautiful.  Thinking back, we knew they would do an amazing job with ours, and they did.  Our ceremony was fairly short and sweet, we had three readings from my father, one of my bridesmaids, and Phil’s godmother.  We also had a beautiful Anglican blessing from Phil’s great uncle.  We did a wine ceremony in which we placed a bottle of Trentadue wine along with love letters to each other into a box, which we locked and will open on our fifth wedding anniversary.  We also wrote our own vows, and a series of promises which Zak and Lea read and we affirmed.  I maintain that our first-look session was the only thing that kept me from devolving into a sobbing mess during the ceremony.

Our third favorite detail from the day is the keepsakes it involved.  First, handkerchiefs were really special for our wedding.  I had two embroidered for my mother and father as gifts.  Phil’s mother also brought handkerchiefs for the ladies in the family.  And my “borrowed” was a vintage handkerchief that belonged to my godmother’s late mother Mary.  It was embroidered in blush pink (one of our wedding colors) with an M, for Mary, and in this case, also Mariner, my new name.  Phil got each of his groomsmen a skeleton pocket watch and I got each of my girls a unique vintage pink perfume bottle and a little chrysanthemum ring in her favorite color.


Photography: Bliss by Blue Sky’s | Event Planner: Lowe House Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Trentadue Winery | Floral Design: Vanda Floral Design | Catering: Pacific Connection Catering | Videography: Daydreamer Cinema | Cake: Da Bombe Cake Co. | DJ and Ceremony Harpist: AMS Entertainment Wine Country | Bride’s Gown: Pronovias, purchased at Wolsfelt’s Victorian Bridals, Aurora, Illinois | Veil: Meg’s Veils | Groom’s Suit: Indochino |  Pocket Watches: Art Inspired Gifts | Eclipse Glasses: American Paper Optics