Jody and Larry’s Bernardus Lodge wedding, in Carmel Valley, was intimate and romantic. If you’ve never visited Bernardus Lodge, get your keys and drive there immediately! The landscaping at this resort is calming and classic with Mediterranean colors and the mix of olive tress, lavender and vineyards. I was unfamiliar with Carmel Valley, but am in love with it now. It’s close enough to the beautiful Northern California coast, but is protected from the cool fog by a stunning mountain range. This is what allowed Jody and Larry to have both an outdoor ceremony and reception. As you can see, I am inspired by the textures and layers the venue provides me, and the service is impeccable. Jody’s beauty was easy to capture, as her look is so timeless. The red lips and long veil were striking. Of course, who can resist a man in uniform? Larry was so handsome and so in love with his bride. I am so excited for their new lives together and am thrilled the day was so memorable. Congratulations to Jody and Larry!
This breathtaking Indian wedding at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards was a feast for the eyes. Tanvi and Ernest chose this beautiful Wine Country venue for its beautiful vineyards and grounds and the indoor reception space big enough for their rockin’ reception. I loved how they incorporated Tanvi’s Indian heritage as well as a Western style later that day.We were all thrilled that the San Francisco Chronicle feautred the wedding in their Style section as well! I’ve included the great article the paper published. Congratulations to Tanvi and Ernest! Wedding Coordination: Holliday Events Florals:Daily Rose Designs Cake: The Cake Maker Music: Music Mantra – Devin Maharaj, Make-up: Penney Doh, Gown: Ramona Keveza
Tanvi Amin jokes that she met her “old-fashioned” husband the “old-fashioned way.”
It was in 2008 on a random Thursday night that Tanvi and some friends wandered into the Lion Pub in Pacific Heights for an early-evening drink. A recent transplant from Southern California, where she’d grown up, Tanvi, a dental hygienist, now 34, was fairly new to the city but already wary of Northern California men, many of whom she found a tad arrogant.
So she was immediately charmed by the bartender, Ernest Obrock, also 34, who came across as confident but not cocky. The two struck up an easy conversation, and by the end of the evening, Ernest suggested they meet the following Friday at a movie.
“I’m going anyway, so if you’d like to join me I’ll have a ticket there for you,” he’d said.
Absolutely no numbers or e-mail addresses were exchanged. Tanvi was impressed. This was a guy who was very comfortable to be out in the world by himself – plus he’d put absolutely no pressure on her to say yea or nay. The following week she found him in front of the theater – yes, holding two tickets for the James Bond film.
The two started a relationship slowly. Ernest, who’d grown up in a military family, had lived many places, including Germany and Italy; he had put in five years as an infantry sergeant in the Army. He was considering several career options, and though he found Tanvi intriguing, he was in no hurry for a serious relationship. (He later returned to school for a degree in hospitality and now works in finance for the Starwood Group.)
At one point, Tanvi, who’d never started a relationship that slowly, asked if “things were going anywhere.” Ernest told her he was interested, but if she wanted someone who moved quickly, he wasn’t her guy.
Tanvi’s previous relationships had always started with a bang, yet despite her confusion about her suitor’s hesitancy, she was also smitten. Ernest was a true gentleman: Not only did he always open doors for her, she was impressed by his thoughtfulness and consideration of both her and others. Coming from a traditional Indian family, Tanvi also appreciated his respect for elders. He routinely called people sir and ma’am.
As for Ernest, he was surprised by Tanvi’s depth – and pleased that their quirky senses of humor seemed to match up.
“I’d never met anyone like Tanvi before; she’s intelligent and mature,” he said. “But I have a thespian side, and she always thinks my antics are cute.”
At nine months in, Ernest returned from a holiday with his parents a changed man: He’d spent the entire vacation talking about Tanvi.
“I sent her a postcard every day,” he admitted. He was in deeper than he thought. From that moment on, the couple started seeing each other every day.
In May 2013, at a frequent Wine Country getaway weekend, Ernest proposed on one knee, smack in the middle of the Sonoma town square. “It was simple, romantic and really about us,” Ernest said. From then on the two began planning their Sonoma nuptials, held at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards on May 3.
With 150 guests, the ceremony was traditionally Indian (though with far fewer guests than a traditional Indian wedding), but the reception was flavored from the West. After the ceremony, Tanvi changed from a custom coral chaniya choli/lengha-style dress into a white silk one-shoulder gown designed by Romona Keveza. The groom wore an Indo-Western sherwani suit in royal blue and later a suit by Hugo Boss.
Following traditional Indian vows, the couple broke into dance and were joined by friends in a choreographed Bollywood flash mob. Their guests were mesmerized.
“It was entirely out of character for us,” said Tanvi, who said they’d taken dance classes to prepare. “But it was so much fun.”
“People were screaming,” Ernest said of the flash mob, adding: “But I liked the symbolism in the Indian traditions.” He noted that there was even a fire that the couple circled while saying prayers.
“My parents had never seen anything like it,” he said. “Even my father, originally from Cleveland, wore traditional Indian dress.”
This engagement session in Pacifica was both romantic and playful. Andrea and Mardy’s wedding was taking place in the California Wine Country, so using the lovely Northern California coast seemed the perfect compliment for the engagement session. We, of course, played on the picturesque beach and used the vibrant cliffs as backdrops, but Mardy also wanted to do a few images of him being Superman! What fun! I loved how he had the t-shirt ready under his shirt and Andrea played a perfect Lois Lane. Congratulations to Andrea and Mardy!
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