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Wedding Decor 101

A calligraphy artist shares her tricks of the trade. by Alejandra Saragoza Choose Wisely “The first step is deciding which material fits best with your wedding style,” says Giverink. “If it’s rustic, then use wood. If it’s more formal, then choose a mirror with a pretty, fancy frame.” Get Real While you may be eager to do everything yourself, be realistic about your capabilities. “[Don’t] tackle big things like seating charts unless [you’re] super crafty because [you’ll] get overwhelmed,” she says. Instead, take on the easy stuff (small drink signs, dessert menus), and leave the larger pieces (seating charts, mirrors) to the pros.

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Glam It Up Add embellishments, such as leaf garlands. If your creative well is running dry, use Pinterest to get inspired. “Browse through signs to see what you love,” says Giverink. “Then, make it your own so it matches your wedding style.” Above All Else Giverink’s biggest piece of advice: Use a ruler and painter’s tape to ensure straight lines, and spell check everything before you start. “You want your sign to look professional, so check your spelling, use a ruler, and practice,” she says.

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First, Mariko Giverink’s handpainted signs became popular on Etsy, where they started selling like hotcakes. Then, she picked up sign-writing gigs at local hot spots, such as Coffee Shop in Walnut Creek. Now, the Concord resident has big-name clients, including Target, and sells thousands of signs across the country. Giverink creates all types of signs for her Etsy shop, Bee Curious Designs, but her specialty is wedding decor. The artist paints specialized boards for each wedding—she never creates the same sign twice. Whether you want a chalkboard cocktail menu or a wooden sign leading guests to the ceremony, here are Giverink’s tips for creating the perfect wedding signs. etsy. com/shop/beecuriousdesigns.

Practice Makes Perfect Practice before you start. “You can’t just grab a piece of wood and start writing on it,” says Giverink. She suggests using a sample to get a feel for the paint and the texture of your material, so it’s easier to get into a flow—and less likely that you’ll make mistakes.

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The Finishing Touch

Bridal boutiques give tips for the perfect accessories. b y K at i e H e n r y

You found the dress. You’ve got the shoes. Now it’s time to put the finishing touches on your wedding day attire. It’s easy to find earrings, a necklace, and other bling that you like, but will they accentuate the dress? Here are some tips from the pros at Walnut Creek’s Kinsley James Couture Bridal and Lafayette’s Lace and Bustle Bridal., Neckline: Illusion To enhance the beauty of the delicate and often–embellished neckline, forgo the necklace. Instead, pair earrings, such as a cluster of crystals, with an elegant, single–strand bracelet.

Neckline: Strapless Sweetheart There are many options for this versatile dress style. Make sure that you are the focal point (instead of your jewelry) by pairing a dramatic earring—a chandelier or drop style—with a delicate necklace, such as a single pearl. Or, lose the necklace and add a halo–style headpiece to match your earrings. Neckline: High Neck Don’t overembellish an already detailed high neck or shoulder–strapped dress with too many accessories. Instead, choose a substantial earring (a cluster or small drop) and a simple headpiece. Pair these accessories with a plain cathedral veil to up the drama. 1 A delicate bracelet; 2 Pair a stunning headpiece with drop earrings; 3 Up the drama with a necklace that drops down the back. 18 d ia b l o w e d d i n g s

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Neckline: Plunging A simple drop necklace accentuates this ever–popular style. Or skip the necklace and choose a chunky earring, such as a large pearl. If the back plunges too, consider a choker piece with a drop down the back.

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Get the Party Started

Here’s how to plan the bachelor or bachelorette party of the century. by Rachelle Cihonski

Looking for a spot to throw your pre-wedding bash? Here are a few options to get your wedding party pumped for the big day. (Go ahead, tear this page out and hand it to your maid of honor or best man.) For the Groom: If he wants to . . . drink Saddle up to the bar at Sauced BBQ and Spirits in Livermore or Walnut Creek. With bourbon on tap and the best Southern-style BBQ in the East Bay, Sauced is the manliest spot to get sauced. If he wants to . . . compete Bowling, arcade games, bocce, beer garden— Oakland’s Plank has it all. Grab a round of beers and challenge the groom to a game of billiards.



If he wants to . . . pick up a new skill Head to Diving Dog Brewhouse in Oakland to brew your own beer. Choose from 26 recipes while drinking already–perfected pints. Since your concoction must ferment for a few weeks, you’ll go back for a bottling appointment, then take it home to enjoy with the boys.

For the Bride: If she wants to . . . drink Sip your way through Livermore’s wine country—no DD required. The Livermore Wine Trolley is a party on wheels. Hop on the trolley in downtown Livermore, and visit four wineries on this guided tour—all tastings, lunch, and groovy tunes included. livermore 2 0 d ia b l o w e d d i n g s


If she wants to . . . play Sign up the bridal party for a night of vino and acrylics at Pinot’s Palette in Danville. Instructors demonstrate the painting stepby-step, then you try recreating a work of art while you sip and swirl. If she wants to . . . pick up a new skill Join a girls–night–out cooking class at Sur La Table in Walnut Creek, which includes cooking—and sampling—delights such as caramel and pear skillet cake.


If she wants to . . . dance For the country-loving bride, Overland Country Bar and Grill in Oakland’s Jack London Square hosts line dancing on the third Thursday of every month. Grab your cowgirl boots and get there early, before the dance floor gets too crowded.

1 Cruise through Livermore wine region on the trolley; 2 Get sauced at Sauced BBQ; 3 Pinot’s Palette; 4 Hitch a ride on a Velocipede bike tour.

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If he wants to . . . workout Grab 13 of your closest guys and bike around Oakland—from Independent Brewing Company to Jack London Square and back. You might not break a sweat on Velocipede Tours’s bike trolley, but you’ll earn an extra beer peddling off those calories. oakland

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Touching Traditions East Bay brides share how they made a custom their own. b y L a u r e n B o n n e y

The adage “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” has become a time-honored tradition for brides. But how can you make it all your own? These four local ladies shared their sweet spin on the wedding classic. Old:

“Pieces of my grandma’s wedding dress and my mom’s cut into hearts [were] sewn into my dress.” –Lisa Johnson, Martinez, married May 30, 2015

and almost every day since.” –Kim Slagle, Pleasanton, married October 4, 2014 Borrowed:

“[I will wear my] mama’s diamond earrings, given to her by my dad on their 30th wedding anniversary.” –Elizabeth Schroeder, Walnut Creek, to be married October 20, 2017 Blue:


“My mom and grandmother both used a garter that fits a lucky penny. I [wore] it as well.” –Alyssa Maria Belluomini Vargas, Dublin, married October 8, 2016

“My mother’s wedding ring was remade into a necklace I wore on my special day,

1 Alyssa Vargas’s garter; 2 Touches close to the heart for Lisa Johnson; 3 Kim Slagle’s necklace.

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Head to Treasure Island for flea market goods—and fun. Planning a wedding can be a lot of work, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Head to the Treasure Island Flea market on the last weekend of every month (except December) for two days of live music, food trucks, local booze, and unique finds for your big day. With more than 400 vendors and makers selling antique, vintage, repurposed, and upcycled items alongside art and originally designed pieces, you’ll find one-of-a-kind elements to add to your wedding decor. Look for toasting glasses for your sweetheart table or succulent terrariums for your centerpieces. Perhaps you’ll find rustic lanterns for outdoor spaces, hand–painted frames for pictures of you and your beau, or just inspiration! At the Treasure Island Flea market, you’re sure to find something unique, making for an extra special happily ever after. —L. B.

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Q: How did you learn about feng shui? A: I was living in New York City, working in software, executive development, and sales, and I felt like there was more to life than making six figures. When two of my sisters were diagnosed with cancer, I became interested in Tibetan Buddhism, which led me to feng shui. Q: How does feng shui help relationships? A: Feng shui is based on the philosophy of the Tao, that everything is connected. In practicing feng shui, we feel more aligned with the natural world. Everything has chi—or energy—and feng shui is all about creating, maintaining, and keeping the positive chi moving, while avoiding getting stuck on things that aren’t serving you. The art of feng shui is about bringing people back home to themselves and to each other, literally and figuratively. Q: How would you use it to help a new relationship? A: Feng shui is [about] space clearings and blessings. Chi energy can hang around for hundreds of years. Perhaps there was once a lot of fighting in the environment—splitting of chi—or financially draining chi; all those energies

have to be cleared. I offer indoor citrus-water blessings created specifically for the client and perform a rain of external rice blessings with very specific hand motions. Rice is a grain of nourishment that clears predecessor chi, pacifies obstacles, and replaces those with abundance and nourishment. It’s an act of generosity. Q: Can feng shui be used to pick a wedding date? A: Yes, you should pick an auspicious date using your birthday. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on a 60-year cycle with 12 animals and five elements. I recently worked with a woman who was a rabbit—a sign that harmonizes with monkey and dog—so she chose an October wedding, which corresponded to the year of the monkey and the month of the dog. Q: How did you work with her to create positive energy in her home? A: Feng shui is about recognizing the subliminal messages in your environment. What we surround ourselves with is very influential. For relationships, the goal is to create a sanctuary for rest and romance. The master bedroom should be Zen: calm, sensual, and luxurious. We bought red pillows and a gold bedspread. The floors were bare so we put down a big rug. Now, when [the couple] get out of bed, they are touching cozy surroundings. Pairs reinforce harmony, so we

picked matching bedside tables and two strong lights. And, of course, we wanted low-light options. Anthropologie sells eco soy candles that smell incredible. Q: What about the bed and its placement? A: It’s always best to start with a queen bed if possible. Split box springs make king beds a recipe for disaster. Make it one bed, not a divorce bed. And try to have a solid wall behind the headboard; it’s like having a mountain at your back. Q: What should couples avoid in their bedrooms? A: TVs are very yang. I recommend [my clients] take the TV out of their bedroom. [I] don’t like fireplaces; they’re too active and create conflict. Never paint the walls red—too yang. You would begin to “see red” and cultivate anger. [I] generally want soft, romantic wall colors. [I] encourage couples to not have pictures of their kids or images of solitary figures. Q: What about the rest of the house? A: The feng shui bagua [or energy] map locates relationship energy in the far-right corner of the house, as well as in any given room or space. It could be your dining room, your kitchen, your office or cube at work, your garage—even your car. Just go to the main entrance, point your arm to the far-right corner, and get to work! Why not put up a beautiful portrait of you and your partner? mandala ■

The Right Stuff The far-right room of the house and far-right corner of every room represent love relationships. So it’s important to clear negative chi from these areas. Here are 10 de-cluttering tips from Michele Duffy to empower romance in your life. Remove: • Any representations of peo- ple who are alone or single. •

Any item that is symbolic of an old relationship. Make sure any ties to relationships of yesteryear are nowhere near this corner.

• Anything in threes. •

Dead or unwelcoming plants (such as cacti), sharp objects, or art or photos of anything not clearly beautiful and loving.

Games—you don’t want your relationship to have games. Make sure there aren’t any in your relation- ship corner.

• Clutter—do not let this be your area for storage (aka “baggage”). • Anything you do not use regularly, do not like, or consider unnecessary. • Dirt and dust. (Make this area sparkle!) • Garbage cans or bags. • Anything broken or needing repair.

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Ice Cream Tacos

Mountain View–based Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos brings hand-dipped fun to the party! Opt for catering straight from the food truck, where guests can choose from four to seven ice cream flavors and four dips, including white chocolate and peanut butter. The tacos are made to order, and Rocko’s also provides frozen bananas for those who want a “healthier” option. (650) 762-5608, rockos

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Hot Chocolate and S’mores Bar Planning a winter wedding? East Bay–based Sweet Wonders Candy Buffet and Event Design offers several hot chocolate buffets, from a satisfyingly sweet package (steamed milk and white chocolate powder mix) to a gourmet indulgence (whipped cream, chocolate syrup, caramel, and more). Pair a cup of hot cocoa with one of Sweet Wonders’s s’mores bars, such as the basic s’mores buffet that is designed for at least 25 guests, or the fresh gourmet s’mores buffet that includes all the fixings plus fresh bananas, strawberries, and whipped cream. (510) 342-9418,

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Kristen Gates & Cole Breidenbach R e s o rt at S q uaw C r e e k , O ly m pi c Val l ey


risten Gates and Cole Breidenbach moved to San Francisco within two weeks of each other—but when they met, the Walnut Creek natives were dating other people. Luckily, fate intervened. Soon they were single, and free to date each other. “We were instantly best friends. Everything just worked,” says Kristen. A few years later, the two planned an evening stroll through the city. The fog rolled in, but despite the weather, Cole convinced Kristen to go for that walk. “What I didn’t know is that [Cole] was trying to silently coordinate with his friend, who was dressed as a tourist and hiding with a camera to capture the [proposal],” says Kristen. The two set a summer date and chose the natural elegance of Tahoe’s Squaw Valley as their backdrop. White, green, and gray elements complemented the outdoor setting, and Kristen incorporated her love of Christmas into her big day. “It seemed appropriate that, since we were in the mountains, I should have a Christmas tree at the wedding,” she says. “I had wooden ornaments made . . . and asked guests to write us a message for our first Christmas [as newlyweds].” After a romantic escape to Tahiti, the couple moved to the East Bay. “We plan to buy a home [near] Lafayette. If Cole has his way, we will have a Bernese mountain [dog] the day after we move into our new home,” says Kristen. —Rachelle Cihonski

Bridal Gown: Lovely, San Francisco | Groom’s Suit: Bar III at Macy’s | Invitations: Minted | Flowers: Stems by Diana, Truckee | Catering: Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley | Dessert: Cookies from Wild Cherries Coffee House, Truckee | Entertainment: Epik Entertainment, Reno/Tahoe area | Rentals: Celebrations! Party Rentals and Tents, Roseville | Hair: JD Davidson at Status Salon, Pleasanton | Makeup: Kathryn Horen of Bay Area Beautiful, Livermore | Photographer: Stacey Pentland Photography, Walnut Creek | Planner: Summit Soiree, Truckee 36 d i a b l o w e d d i n g s

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An Intimate Affair

Taylor Tompkins & Patrick Dunton


atrick Dunton and Taylor Tompkins both went to Las Lomas High School, but after graduation, they went their separate ways—Patrick to Chico and Taylor to San Diego. When they reconnected after college, they knew they were destined to be together. After getting engaged over a home-cooked meal, Patrick and Taylor planned an intimate wedding in Sonoma. “From the

start, the only non-negotiable for the wedding was that it be a day filled with love . . . It was important to us that we make a point of having people there that meant something to us and not get carried away with the guest list,” says Taylor. During the ceremony, Taylor wore her mother’s wedding veil, her sisters read “A Lovely Love Story,” and Patrick’s brother, Alan, officiated. The reception was full of personal touches: A wall was decorated with pictures of friends and family, songs were dedicated to guests, and Taylor did the hora in honor of her Jewish step grandmother. “I loved the hora!” says Taylor. “While I was holding on for dear life, I remember looking over at Patrick, and he was dancing and laughing. It made me happy to see him so happy. I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life.” The newlyweds honeymooned in Costa Rica in an open-air bungalow, eating farm-fresh food, hiking along private beaches, and swimming in waterfalls. The couple lives in Livermore, but hope to continue their travel adventures. —Alejandra Saragoza

Bridal Gown: Kinsley James Couture Bridal, Walnut Creek | Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations: BethLovesPaper | Flowers: Mandolin Flowers, San Francisco | Catering: Ramekins, Sonoma | Dessert: Ramekins, Sonoma | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals, Daly City; Encore Events Rentals, Sonoma County | Hair: Moira Ziolkowski, Katie Nash | Makeup: Katie Nash | Photographer: Stacey Pentland Photography, Walnut Creek | Planner: Ali DiLuvio Events, Santa Rosa | Signage, Escort Card Frame: Kristin Clarke Designs, Walnut Creek 38 diablo weddings

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Cassia Homann & Trevor Sollitt G a r r É V i n eya r d a n d W i n e ry, L i verm o re


hile a sophomore at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, Trevor Sollitt came up with a clever way to ask Cassia Homann to the homecoming dance. “Trevor wrote on a volleyball, ‘Will you go to the dance with me?’ and rolled it to me during class,” says Cassia, who played on the volleyball team. “I said yes!” Fast-forward to a Sunday afternoon in August 2014. Under the pretense of hitting a volleyball around at a local park, Trevor had set up the perfect serve. “I had two volleyballs with me,” says Trevor. “I switched out the first [one] with the volleyball [that had] the question written on it. I caught her completely off guard!” Cassia and Trevor capped their romantic tale with a storybook-themed wedding, naming tables after favorite books, attaching vintage keys to the place cards, and dancing to “Storybook Love” from The Princess Bride, one of their favorite movies. “It was a true party,” Cassia says. “Lots of laughter, happy tears, and sweet moments.” Cassia’s mom even surprised the bride with a choreographed dance to Mamma Mia!’s “Super Trouper,” something she had planned for an entire year. The couple honeymooned in Maui and lives in Fremont, where they are teachers. “We want to have children eventually, but for now we’re enjoying the time with just the two of us,” says Cassia. “I’ve married my best friend, so it’s a blast!” —Casey Cantrell

Bridal Gown: J’aime Bridal, Pleasanton | Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations: David’s Bridal | Flowers: Sarah’s Garden, Danville | Catering: Garré Vineyard and Winery, Livermore | Dessert: Primrose Bakery, Pleasanton | Entertainment: Amos Productions, Livermore | Rentals: Pleasanton Event Rentals, Pleasanton | Makeup: Brittney Kannel at Chantilly Lace Salon, Livermore | Photographer: Rachel Capil Photography, Pleasant Hill | Videographer: Amos Productions, Livermore | Planner: Lindsay Lauren Events, Danville

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Storybook Romance

High School Sweethearts

Julia Hu & Mark Vismonte Th e C lub ho u s e at B o u n da ry Oak , Wal n u t Creek


ark Vismonte and Julia Hu’s love story began in high school at Panda Express, when he asked her to be his girlfriend. Seven years later, they celebrated their anniversary at a location a little more fitting for the occasion: The French Laundry. They arrived at the restaurant early, and while waiting in the courtyard, a waiter brought them a covered bowl with “snacks” to munch on. Mark lifted the lid—and then Julia saw a ring. “That’s when he dropped to one knee and proposed,” says Julia. “I think I went into shock!” Julia and Mark took that same ingenuity to their wedding, personalizing the ceremony with DIY projects—such as engraved wooden escort cards made by Mark—and signature cocktails. “I wanted our guests to have fun,” says Julia. “It was absolutely the best to see our closest friends and family together to celebrate with us.” Julia and Mark honeymooned in Bora Bora, staying in an over-water bungalow. “[It was] definitely the most amazing place we’ve visited so far,” says Julia. The couple recently moved from San Francisco to New York temporarily. —C.C.

Bridal Gown: Brides of California, Sunnyvale | Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse, San Francisco | Invitations: CZ Invitations | Flowers: Stems and Petals, Pinole | Catering: The Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, Walnut Creek | Dessert: SusieCakes, Lafayette | Entertainment: Denon and Doyle, Pacheco; 143 Photo Booth, San Jose | Makeup: By LiAnn, San Francisco | Photographer: Rachel Capil Photography, Pleasant Hill | Videographer: Vow and Covenant Wedding Films, Pleasanton d i a b l o w e d d i n g s 41

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Running to Love

Katie Wanket & Eric Henry D i a b lo R a n c h , Wa l n ut Creek

from her own mom to call Eric back. After a few days of phone tag, the two decided to meet up for, you guessed it, a run. “Our first ‘date,’ although neither of us thought of it that way, was a run around Lafayette Reservoir. We didn’t stop talking the entire time,” says Katie. Six years later, Eric got down on one knee while the couple was on their favorite run—the Lafayette Rim Trail at the reservoir. “Since it was where we had our first run together, I knew it would be the perfect place to ask her to marry me,” says Eric. f it wasn’t for a nosy Katie and Eric picked another neighbor and meddling mothers, Katie Wanket and favorite place for their rustic Eric Henry—both from Pleasant wedding: Diablo Ranch on Mt. Hill—might have never met. Or Diablo. The ceremony was filled with personal touches, from married. the flowers (bells of Ireland for Knowing that both Katie Katie’s Irish heritage) to the and Eric were runners, and groom’s accessories (Eric carried knowing both of their mothhis grandfather’s wedding ring ers, the neighbor decided the in his suit pocket). youngsters should meet. She “We wanted to create a day arranged for Katie to pop into reflective of the both of us,” says the running store where Eric Katie. “We even strayed from worked for a quick introduction, hoping the rest would be the traditional processional to incorporate a Dave Matthews history. Band song (“#34”) because Eric But it wasn’t that easy: Katie is a huge fan.” was leaving on a month-long After celebrating their backpacking trip through Ireland, and neither she nor Eric nuptials—and fulfilling their number one goal: family and made plans to connect when friends dancing all night—the she returned. But those moms couple planned an Italian got to meddling, and Eric’s honeymoon. convinced him to give Katie a They now live in Walnut call before she left, wishing her Creek and welcomed their first a good trip. child this November. —Annabel When Katie returned, she was bombarded with demands Finnegan

Bridal Gown: Joanna’s Bridal Boutique, Danville | Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom, Walnut Creek | Invitations: BHLDN and Wedding Paper Divas | Flowers: Katherine Bergman Floral Designs, Walnut Creek | Catering: Jeff Anderson | Dessert: A Sweet Affair Bakery and Cafe, Walnut Creek | Entertainment: Denon and Doyle, Pacheco | Rentals: Chairs for Affairs, Concord | Photographer: Ambrose and Katharine of Jerry Yoon Photographers, Oakland

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Persistence Pays Off

Colleen Jensen & Keith Murphy

moved to the Bay Area after college. Two years after their first date, Keith proposed on Treasure Island. They had stopped to take pictures of the cityscape Fa i r m o n t Sa n F r a n c i s c o, san fran ci sco when Keith dropped to one knee. His brother and sister-inlaw filmed the proposal, and the group celebrated with brunch at Walnut Creek’s Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar. (Colleen’s mom even flew up from Southern California to surprise her.) Colleen planned an elegant wedding at the Fairmont San Francisco. “When we walked onto the 24th floor and saw the incredible views from the Crown Room, we knew we had to get married there,” says Colleen. The wedding was black tie, with a mix of white, cream, and ivory, and accents of blush pink and gold. Toasts were made with pink champagne, the couple sat close together on a blush-studded bench at the sweetheart table, and their four-tier cake included a fondant outline of the Golden Gate Bridge. Keith wore a pocket square f Keith Murphy hadn’t been so persistent, Colleen Jensen created by Colleen’s mother from a piece of the bride’s dress may have never said yes. and a locket that Colleen made Keith, a San Ramon native, for him with photos of his late says it was “love at first sight” grandmothers “so they could when he met Colleen at Mr. be close to his heart.” Lucky’s in Walnut Creek. But The couple, who honeyfor Colleen, it was Keith’s permooned in Maui, are busy severance that won her heart. remodeling their Walnut Creek “We met in November 2012. home. “[We hope to] start a Once I finally gave him a chance, we had our first date the family and have two beautiful, healthy, and happy babies one following June,” says Colleen, day,” says Keith. —R.C. an Orange County native who

Bridal Gown: Vera Wang Bride, San Francisco | Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations: Aerialist Press, Walnut Creek | Flowers: Anne Mendenhall Flowers, Walnut Creek | Catering: Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco | Dessert: Inticing Creations, San Francisco | Entertainment: Niall Stevenson of Four Leaf Entertainment, San Francisco; Frank Rosato and Phil Devencenzi of Why These Coyotes, Oakland | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Burlingame | Hair: Sixteen Eighty Eight A Hair Studio, Walnut Creek | Makeup: Ashley Bias Makeup, Jillian Maltez Makeup | Photographer: Tiffany Green Photography, Rocklin | Videographer: Matter Video, Dublin | Planner: Lindsay Lauren Events, Danville 44 diablo weddings

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From Fireworks to Forever

Amy Nguyen & Kevin Walker


evin Walker and Amy Nguyen’s first (blind) date went so well, it ended with a trip to the happiest place on earth. “We had such a great time that we [ended up] going to Disneyland . . . We made it there just in time to watch the fireworks,” says Amy. Kevin had just graduated from UCLA, and Amy was a sophomore at Cal State Fullerton. Kevin, a Walnut Creek native, was moving back to the Bay to start law school at UC Berkeley. “When we decided to do long distance, we both realized that we were in the relationship for the long haul,” says Kevin. Amy transferred schools the next year, joining Kevin in NorCal. A few months later,

Kevin timed his San Francisco proposal at the marina just as the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge. The pair tied the knot in Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral with a reception in the ornate Julia Morgan Ballroom. “I didn’t want to get caught up in trying to match colors to a venue as beautiful as the Julia Morgan Ballroom, so I went with a neutral palette that allowed the architectural beauty of the ballroom to shine,” says Amy. But it was the personal touches that made their wedding extra special. A Polaroid camera was set next to the guest book, where friends and family could “leave a photo and wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs.” In true millennial fashion, they also custom-designed a Snapchat filter for guests to use at the wedding. To honor Amy’s heritage, the couple changed into Vietnamese ao dai gowns during the reception. Guests also took home custom-made cookies that looked like the bride and groom. After a honeymoon in Spain, the couple moved to the Lamorinda area, where they plan to start a family—after completing a semester in Asia through the Berkeley Law Field Placement Program. —R.C.

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Venue Embrace the country setting of Diablo Ranch for a wedding steeped in breathtaking beauty. Have your reception in the old barn— perfect for an intimate affair. Walnut Creek, bayarearanch Dress Choose a simple lace gown paired with a mid-length veil for a traditional look. But swap out heels for cowgirl boots to give a fun twist to the classic ensemble.

1 Ranchero Chic Say “I do” to the rolling hills and stunning views on Mount Diablo.

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Decor Build on the ranch’s rustic charm and cover your tables with Mexican wool blankets and sophisticated place settings from Frances Lane. Add Mexican prayer candles for a romantic feel and vases filled with pinto beans for a playful finish. San Francisco, Flowers Mix soft pinks and light greens with bold pops of color from Green Snapdragon Floral Design and Consultation, and incorporate a modern touch with succulents like cacti. Santa Rosa, green

Extra Touch Celebrate your newly married titles with hand-painted señor and señora signs from Bee Curious Designs, adding the finishing touch to your sweetheart table. Concord, curiousdesigns. Additional Credits: Hair and Makeup: Penney Do, PDArtistry, Bay Area, — Paper Products: Sweet and Crafty, Larkspur, sweetand — Photographer: Elise Nicole Photography, Concord, elisenicole — Styled: Mariko Giverink, Concord.

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Vibe Traditional touches with modern elements create an elegant and rustic celebration.

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Vibe Travel back in time to an era of glamorous sophistication. Venue The Jefferson Street Mansion is a gorgeous backdrop for an elegant celebration. The impressive façade and wisteriastrewn grounds are a picture-perfect place to begin your marriage. Benicia, jeffersonstreetman Dress Keep it romantic in a satin gown with a sweetheart neckline and gold lace appliqué on the bodice. Add a strand of pearls, a bold lip, and classic chignon hairstyle for a timeless look.

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pop some bubbly and celebrate like movie stars.

Decor Go deco with gold, silver, and blush tones, Depression– era glass, and chairs with scalloped accents from Standard Party Rentals. Play up the vintage feel with gilded frames, candlesticks, and just a touch of sparkle. Richmond, standard Flowers Delicate petals and lush greenery stun in floral designs by Florali. Incorporate blooming vines like pink jasmine or small branches of kumquats for a textured floral arrangement. Walnut Creek,

Extra Touch Give your guests a sweet treat with pink macaroons, meringues, and small chocolates from Lettie Cakes. San Francisco, face cakes. Additional Credits: Hair: Michelle, Pins and Curls, San Francisco, — Jewelry: Jewelry Exchange Co., San Francisco, jewelryexchangeco. com. — Linens: Napa Valley Linens, Emeryville, nvlinens. com. — Makeup: Lynn Yee Makeup, San Francisco, lynn — Photography: Elise Nicole Photography, Concord, elisenicole — Signage: Bee Curious Designs, Concord, shop/beecurious designs. — Styled and Designed: Nariné Birindjian, Sweet and Crafty, Larkspur, — Vintage Furniture: Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals, Fremont, seventh

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Venue The Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchants Exchange is an architectural masterpiece made for an extraordinary gathering. San Francisco, juliamor Dress Be bold and beautiful in an embellished gown fit for royalty from Swati Couture. Rich jewel tones, gold and silver embroidery, and intricate beading creates a gorgeously exotic ensemble. Palo Alto,

3 Royal India Raise a toast to a regal evening.

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Decor Wow your guests with bright place settings from Bright Event Rentals. Goldrimmed glasses ground the table in tradition, while blue chargers add a surprise to embellished dishes. Brisbane, Flowers A single centerpiece offers simple elegance. Add color to make it lively. Red roses, blue hydrangeas, and purple orchids from Fringe Flower Company will pump up your venue with vivid hues. Walnut Creek,

Extra Touch End with an opulent cake with edible pearls from Pâtisserie Angelica for a seamless finish to your royal wedding. Sebastopol, patisserieangelica. com. Additional Credits: Chairs: Blueprint Studios, San Francisco, blue — Hair and Makeup: BeautifulOne Makeup Artistry, Morgan Hill, beautifulonemake — Jewelry: Reveti Fine Jewelry, Palo Alto, — Photography: Brian MacStay Photography, Concord, brianmac stayphotography. com. — Styled and Designed: Tamara J Events, Napa, tamarajevents. com.

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Vibe A colorful blend of texture and pattern transforms the big day into a cultural celebration.

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resource guide bridal boutiques / cakes and sweets / caterers / entertainment / florists / invitations photographers / rentals / venues / wedding planners

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Bridal Boutiques Blossom’s Bridal and Formal 6700 Amador Plaza Rd., Dublin (925) 560-0402, Flares Bridal and Formal 1700 N. Broadway St., Ste. 100, Walnut Creek (925) 939-3306, Free People 1540 Olympic Blvd., Walnut Creek (925) 952-8426, **I Do! Bridal Boutique 5332 College Ave., Oakland (510) 282-0730, J’aime Bridal 719 Main St., Pleasanton (925) 846-8459, Janene’s Bridal Boutique 2418 Central Ave., Alameda (510) 217-8076,

Kinsley James Couture Bridal 1623 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek (925) 330-9228, **Lace and Bustle Bridal 3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Ste. E, Lafayette (925) 298-4100, La Soie Bridal 1413 Cypress St., Walnut Creek (925) 933-9988, Lovely 2266 Union St., San Francisco (415) 962-7415, Sari Palace 1000 University Ave., Berkeley (510) 841-7274, 56 diablo weddings

Vera Wang Bride 180 Geary St., San Francisco (415) 400-0370, The Wedding Party 2612 Alcatraz Ave., Ste. 3, Berkeley (510) 420-1338,  

Cakes and Sweets Café Attila 2211 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Ste. B, San Ramon (925) 837-2886, Cake Creations by Bev Livermore (925) 216-0482, Cake Delight 147 N. Livermore Ave., Ste. B,

Livermore (925) 373-7786,

Indie Cakes and Pastries 2530 10th St., Ste. 3, Berkeley (510) 220-3057,

Carolyn Wong Cakes Berkeley (510) 717-0798,

Inticing Creations San Francisco (415) 205-9422,

**Danville Chocolates 175 E. Prospect Ave., Danville (925) 314-0001,

Itty Bitty Bakeshoppe Lafayette (925) 658-2461,

Fox and Fawn Bakehouse Benicia (707) 280-0667,

Jasmine Rae Cakes San Francisco (415) 621-2464,

Gala Bakery 1432 Vía Lacqua, San Lorenzo (510) 278-8004, Glass Slipper Gourmet Concord (925) 685-9042,

Kara’s Cupcakes 1388 N. Main St., Walnut Creek (925) 933-2222, Katrina Rozelle Pastries and Desserts 215 Alamo Plaza, Ste. B, Alamo

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Joanna’s Bridal Boutique 500 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville (925) 552-6675,

A single day. A lifetime of memories. At DoubleTree by HiltonTM Pleasanton at the Club, we know your wedding is the most important day of your life. So whether you’re dreaming of an intimate gathering or a huge celebration, we’re committed to getting every detail just right. Pleasanton, CA part of the Livermore Valley is just 30 minutes from San Francisco and San Jose and offers so much for you and your wedding guests to enjoy... Wine Tasting, Golfing, Shopping. We can assist with guestrooms, a rehearsal dinner, your outdoor ceremony & reception... DoubleTree by Hilton. Where the little things mean everything.TM (formerly known as Hilton Pleasanton at the Club)

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Bridges Restaurant and Bar offers an inviting and warm atmosphere for celebrating wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and mimosa bridal shower brunches. In this urban-casual setting, let our celebrity executive chef, Kevin Gin, create a personalized wedding menu that will dazzle your guests. Bridges offers elegant

• E  xquisite food and customized menu • Accommodate up to 150 guests • Impeccable service • Stress-free planning

dining areas, a contemporary bar and lounge, and an open patio surrounded by lush greenery. Open air bar and live music options available.

Contact Bridges today to schedule your tour of our event dining area and special event seasonal menu options. 480 Hartz Avenue, Danville | | 925-820-7210 Looking to kick off your event at a wine bar? The Vine at Bridges provides guests with the East Bay’s Premier Wine Experience. Wine bar, specialty tastings, customized food and wine parings, and more than 350 artisan produced, hand selected wine for purchase in our retail shop.

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(925) 837-6337; 5931 College Ave., Oakland (510) 655-3209,

TLCakes 647 First St., Brentwood (925) 513-3688,

Le Gâteau Elégant 1479 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek (925) 937-2253,

Torino Baking Berkeley (510) 548-2900,

Noland’s Cake Shop 205 Main St., Ste. B, Pleasanton (925) 462-3333, Old Towne Danville Bakery 105 Town and Country Dr., Ste. G, Danville (925) 837-7844, Primrose Bakery 350 Main St., Ste. D, Pleasanton (925) 249-1261, Rachel Dunn Chocolates 1021 Detroit Ave., Concord (925) 798-4321, Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos (650) 762-5608, Sarah’s Sweets Danville (925) 389-3371, Sugar Mill Cake Co. Oakland (510) 610-8616, SusieCakes 3598 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette (925) 299-0210, Sweet Adeline Bakeshop 3350 Adeline St., Berkeley (510) 985-7381, A Sweet Affair Bakery and Cafe 2001 N. Main St., Ste. 150, Walnut Creek (925) 943-2253; 1815 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Ste. F, Walnut Creek (925) 944-1910, Sweet Wonders Candy Buffet and Event Design (510) 342-9418,

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The Whole Cake 4629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland (415) 828-7464, 

Componere Fine Catering 5836 San Pablo Ave., Emeryville (510) 420-0900, Culinary Excellence 8210 Capwell Dr., Oakland (510) 644-0612,


Elegant Occasions Catering and Event Planning 827 Arnold Dr., Ste. 7, Martinez (925) 372-6660,

Absolute Celebrations Catering 2603 Camino Ramon, Ste. 200, San Ramon (925) 858-1049, The Arlington 269 Arlington Ave., Kensington (510) 525-2757,

Englund’s Cafe and Catering 4061 Port Chicago Hwy., Ste. J, Concord (925) 609-5989, Fraiche Catering by Patrick David Danville/San Francisco (925) 683-2800,

Aurora Catering Castro Valley (510) 582-9529,

Grace Street Catering 4629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland (510) 523-1600,

**Barbara Llewellyn Catering and Event Planning 434 25th St., Oakland (510) 832-1967, Blue Heron Catering Oakland (510) 533-0781, Bon Vivant Catering and Event Productions 1848 First St., Livermore (925) 606-5535, Carrie Dove Catering and Events 1552 Beach St., Ste. C, Emeryville (415) 460-9995, Checkers Catering and Special Events 83 Wright Brothers Ave., Livermore (925) 968-1121, **Classic Catering 2653 Pleasant Hill Rd., Pleasant Hill (925) 939-9224,

La Bocca Fina Hayward (510) 264-0276, Lantern Catering 1941 Oak Park Blvd., Ste. 10, Pleasant Hill (925) 322-8414,

Ralph’s Catering Brentwood (925) 625-2307, RoliRoti Gourmet Rotisserie (510) 780-0300, Serves You Right Catering Berkeley (510) 527-8809, **Shish Grill 1061 Market Pl., Ste. A1, San Ramon (925) 415-3270, Simply Catered Brentwood (925) 240-1812, Small Thyme Catering Concord (925) 437-3327, Sunrise Bistro and Catering 1559 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek (925) 930-6323, Wilma Lott Catering 3840 Alhambra Ave., Martinez (925) 372-8612,  

Entertainment DJS

La Tapatia Mexican Cuisine 1802 Willow Pass Rd., Concord (925) 685-1985; 536 Main St., Martinez (925) 229-3866,

A Sound Explosion Event Productions 253 Riddell Ln., Alameda (510) 864-2111,

Miraglia Catering 2096 Burroughs Ave., San Leandro (510) 483-5210,

Amos Productions 5715 Southfront Rd., Ste. C1, Livermore (925) 449-3847,

On the Vine Catering Livermore (925) 518-7244, Paula LeDuc Fine Catering 1350 Park Ave., Emeryville (510) 547-7825,

Brad Kinney Productions 7011 Koll Center Pkwy., Pleasanton (800) 734-1372, Daley Entertainment Agency (D.E.A.) Brentwood (925) 766-8677, Denon and Doyle 5528 Pacheco Blvd., Bldg. B,


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Ste. 200, Pacheco (925) 944-5021,

Hayward (408) 981-6451,

Fantasy Sound Event Services 320 Stealth Ct., Livermore (925) 373-1934,

The Exeter String Quartet Oakland (510) 839-3828,

Four Leaf Entertainment San Francisco (415) 699-6048, In the Mix Productions 23897 Thurston Ct., Hayward (510) 214-3701, Magic Entertainment 309 Coal Mine Ct., Clayton (925) 628-5801, Mark Davis DJ Services Livermore (209) 229-1666,

Kevin Toqe Music (Guitarist and vocalist) Walnut Creek

MWE Martinez (925) 228-6275,

925 Entertainment Group San Ramon (925) 413-7166,

Pacific Entertainment (Plus musicians) 125 Sunset Cir., Ste. 48, Benicia (707) 364-2642, Perry’s Mobile Disc Jockey 65 Mosswood Ct., Livermore (925) 606-1732, Quantum Party Productions 111 Center Ave., Ste. M, Pacheco (925) 586-8316, Thump Sound 4283 Clarinbridge Cir., Dublin (510) 331-1746, 21st Century Sounds 3195 Danville Blvd., Ste. 7, Alamo (925) 938-2858,

Krista Strader (Harpist) Pleasant Hill (877) 415-4277, Musical Heart Strings (Classical) Martinez (925) 603-3002,

Prime Time Entertainment (Plus performers) 2430 Research Dr., Livermore (925) 449-1724, The Turnaround Jazz Ensemble Oakland (510) 387-8096,

Katherine Bergman Floral Designs Walnut Creek (925) 210-0487,

Bouquetière Floral Designs Berkeley (925) 209-6812,

Laura Miller Design Oakland (510) 336-9226,

Cattails Florist 9000 Crow Canyon Rd., Ste. M, Danville (925) 736-9494, Delford West Flowers Livermore (925) 606-8818, East Bay Flower Company 206 Sycamore Valley Rd. W., Danville (925) 837-3418, Florali 2345 Boulevard Cir., Walnut Creek (925) 934-6877, Floralisa Hercules/Rodeo (510) 734-4475,

PERFORMERS Celebrity Gems Entertainment (Various entertainers) 4061 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Ste. 118, Castro Valley (510) 581-5964,  



A Loves in Bloom Martinez (925) 408-6702,

An Elegant Touch of Strings (Classical) Oakley (925) 625-4363,

Angels Petals Martinez (925) 951-8046,

Bennetta Heaton Harp Studio (Harpist) Danville (925) 820-1169

Anne Mendenhall Flowers Walnut Creek (925) 287-8142,

Busta Groove! (Band)

Belle-Flower 5745 Horton St., Ste. B,

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Emeryville (510) 284-7081, Bloomies on Main 6654 Knoll Center Pkwy., Ste. 150, Pleasanton (925) 931-1290,

Flower Bowl Florist 2325 Boulevard Cir., Walnut Creek (925) 935-0800, The Flower House 2021 Las Positas Ct., Ste. 153, Livermore (925) 960-1375, **Fringe Flower Company 1489 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek (925) 278-2697, Good Scents 3513 Main St., Ste. B, Oakley (925) 625-5550, Katharina Stuart Floral Art and Design 1230 Contra Costa Dr., El Cerrito (510) 406-3404,

Kay Wolff Design 1177 Grizzly Peak Blvd., Berkeley (510) 540-1931,

Livermore Valley Florist 224 S. J St., Livermore (925) 443-3450, Mandolin Flowers San Francisco Megan Haney Designs 2021 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Bldg. D, Ste. 3, Walnut Creek (925) 962-1119, Pat Gibbons Floral Designs El Cerrito (510) 527-3197, Paula’s Family Florist 1412 A St., Antioch (925) 756-6000, The Petal Company Pleasanton (925) 245-0008, The Petal Pusher Pleasanton (510) 512-5372, Poppy’s Petalworks 2860 Laguna St., San Francisco (415) 806-2950, Ribbons and Roses Custom Florals Brentwood (925) 634-3832, customflorals Sarah’s Garden Danville (415) 699-8206, Stems and Petals Pinole

resource guide florists

(510) 685-7079, Sunshine Flowers Wedding and Event Design Martinez (925) 228-6123,

Susan Gildea Personalized Printing 3020 Ashby Ave., Berkeley (510) 883-0890, Twig and Fig 2110 Vine St., Berkeley (510) 848-5599,

Tri Valley Flowers 5311 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton (925) 469-1300,


Tumbleweed Floral Truck Danville (925) 785-6546,

AGB Photographics Oakland (415) 504-7791,

Twigss Floral Studio Danville (925) 272-9334,

Angie Capri Photography 1980 Olivera Rd., Ste. C, Concord (925) 338-1104,

Invitations The Aerialist Press 43 Quail Ct., Ste. 203, Walnut Creek (510) 520-6749, Creative Designs by Mimi Concord (925) 787-0665, Fleming’s Printed Affair 460 Boulevard Way, Oakland (510) 654-9903 Good on Paper Berkeley (510) 501-3337, Inviting Ways 4 Van Cleave Ln., Walnut Creek (925) 256-8410, Linea Carta by Diva Pyari Berkeley Paper Source 1567 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek (925) 357-6200, Papineau Calligraphy 5736 Thornhill Dr., Ste. 103, Oakland (510) 339-2301, Reb Peters Press 1906 Mandela Pkwy., Oakland (415) 202-3902,

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Brian Gross Photography Danville (925) 895-4321, briangross Brian MacStay Photography Concord (925) 348-8856, Candid Moments Wedding Photography Antioch (925) 778-5085 Cauchi Photography Dublin (925) 875-1880, Cazinha Portrait Design 551 Main St., Pleasanton (925) 249-1999, Cohn Frankel Photography Berkeley (510) 882-1980,

Doorstep Photography San Ramon (925) 556-5412,

Julie Cheshire Photography Clayton (925) 798-5804,

Dubnoff Wedding Photography Concord (925) 686-4960,

Julie Mikos Photographer Berkeley (510) 681-7616,

Eli Photographer 39 California Ave., Ste. 107, Pleasanton (510) 429-9525,

Karen Bates Photography Oakland (510) 530-5265,

Elise Nicole Photography Concord (925) 788-8820, Emily Takes Photos Oakland Eric James Photography Walnut Creek (925) 451-5332, Gabriel Harber Photography Oakland (510) 967-6244, Gina Halferty Photography Pleasanton (925) 231-5495, James Brian Studios 1727 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek (925) 934-4455, Jasmin Van T Photography Oakland (510) 491-6517, Jennifer Skog San Ramon

Connie Leal Photography Brentwood (925) 550-8506,

Jerry Yoon Photographers Oakland (510) 473-7006,

Dana Todd Photography Livermore (408) 655-1297,

**Jessamyn Photography Pleasant Hill (925) 698-4058,

Discovery Bay Studios Photography Discovery Bay (925) 216-4454,

Josh Isaacs Photography Pleasant Hill (925) 285-7316,

Ken Perkes Photography 1304 Willow Lake Rd., Discovery Bay (925) 988-1330, Lori Rittinger Photography 3195 Danville Blvd., Ste. 7, Alamo (925) 934-2103, Lynds Photo Lafayette (925) 962-0180, MEF Photography Concord (877) 227-0722, Meo Baaklini Photography Benicia (510) 545-6361, Modern Love Photography 1035 B St., Hayward (510) 698-1517, Nightingale Photography Oakland (510) 338-2997, Onelove Photography San Ramon (925) 360-9755, Photography by Kelsey Walnut Creek (925) 588-5502, Rachel Capil Photography 25 Crescent Dr., Ste. 354, Pleasant Hill (925) 609-7270, Richard Haick Photography Oakland (510) 219-1093,

Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa Four-star cuisine and personalized service, along with amenities such as The Spa and luxurious guestrooms. Celebrate with us!

3287 Mt. Diablo Boulevard Lafayette, CA 94549

resource guide photographers

Stacey Pentland Photography Walnut Creek (415) 710-2619, Stephanie Secrest Artistic Wedding Photography Alameda (510) 337-9796, Ultra-Spective Photography Livermore (925) 449-9879,

Standard Party Rentals 70 W. Ohio Ave., Ste. H, Richmond (510) 232-5030,

Venues CENTRAL CONTRA COSTA COUNTY **Boundary Oak Golf Course 3800 Valley Vista Rd., Walnut Creek (925) 934-3600, Ext. 21,


Blueprint Studios 352 Shaw Rd., San Francisco (415) 922-9004, C&M Party Props 1942 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek (925) 934-3181, Chairs for Affairs Party Rentals 140 Mason Cir., Ste. J, Concord (925) 370-1300, Classic Party Rentals 1635 Rollins Rd., Ste. A, Burlingame (650) 652-0300, Das Bus Oakland (510) 710-5580, Frances Lane San Francisco (415) 275-1347, A Grande Affair Party and Event Rentals 12907 Alcosta Blvd., Ste. B, San Ramon (925) 275-1075, Napa Valley Linens 1315 63rd St., Emeryville (510) 788-4551, Pleasanton Event Rentals 7066 Commerce Cir., Ste. A, Pleasanton (925) 468-0624, **Snap Fiesta San Francisco (855) 762-7343,

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Contra Costa Country Club 801 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill (925) 798-7135, Crowne Plaza Concord/Walnut Creek 45 John Glenn Dr., Concord (925) 825-7700, Diablo Ranch 1453 N. Gate Rd., Walnut Creek (925) 837-2290, The Gardens at Heather Farm 1540 Marchbanks Dr., Walnut Creek (925) 947-1678, **Oakhurst Country Club 1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton (925) 672-9737, Ext. 217, Pleasant Hill Community Center 320 Civic Dr., Pleasant Hill (925) 676-5200, Scott’s Seafood Walnut Creek 1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek (925) 934-1300, Walnut Creek Marriott 2355 N. Main St., Walnut Creek (925) 934-2000,

Hannah Nicole Vineyards 6700 Balfour Rd., Brentwood (925) 392-3189, La Grande Wedding and Event Center 1799 Carpenter Rd., Oakley (925) 435-4461, Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center 4800 Golf Course Rd., Antioch (925) 706-4220, Newberry Estate Vineyards 2525 Sunset Rd., Brentwood (925) 516-3300,

LAMORINDA Church of Santa Maria 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda (925) 254-2426, Hacienda de las Flores 2100 Donald Dr., Moraga (925) 888-7045, **Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette (925) 263-1725, Orinda Country Club 315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda (925) 254-4314, Ext. 277,

TRI-VALLEY **Alcosta Senior and Community Center 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon (925) 973-3250, **Amador Rancho Center 1998 Rancho Park Loop Rd., San Ramon (925) 973-3200,

BoaVentura de Caires Winery 9309 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 606-9672, The Bridges Golf Club 9000 S. Gale Ridge Rd., San Ramon (925) 735-4253, **Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery 410 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton (925) 931-0200, Castlewood Country Club 707 Country Club Cir., Pleasanton (925) 485-2237, The Club at Ruby Hill 3400 W. Ruby Hill Dr., Pleasanton (925) 417-5840, **Concannon Vineyard 4590 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 456-2505, Crooked Vine Winery 4948 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 449-0458, Crow Canyon Country Club 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville (925) 735-5718, crow-canyon-country-club Diablo Country Club 1700 Club House Rd., Diablo (925) 837-4221, **DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pleasanton at the Club 7050 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton (925) 463-8000, **Dougherty Station Community Center 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon (925) 973-3350,

 Brownstone Gardens 91 Brownstone Rd., Oakley (925) 418-4532,

Blackhawk Automotive Museum 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville (925) 736-2280,

Club Los Meganos 1700 Trilogy Pkwy., Brentwood (925) 809-7191, vineyardsweddings. com/clmweddings

Blackhawk Country Club 599 Blackhawk Club Dr., Danville (925) 736-6500, Ext. 557,

Elliston Vineyards 463 Kilkare Rd., Sunol (925) 862-2377, Garré Vineyard and Winery 7986 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 371-8200,

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Murrieta’s Well 3005 Mines Rd., Livermore (925) 456-2395, Nella Terra Cellars 5005 Sheridan Rd., Sunol (408) 893-9463, **Palm Event Center in the Vineyard 1184 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton (925) 426-8666, Poppy Ridge Golf Course 4280 Greenville Rd., Livermore (925) 447-6779, The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort and Spa 4549 Cross Rd., Livermore (925) 606-8855, **The Ranch at Little Hills 18013 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon (925) 837-8158, Ravenswood Historical Site 2647 Arroyo Rd., Livermore (925) 373-5708, ravenswood.html Reinstein Ranch 8201 Highland Rd., Livermore (925) 447-0194, Rios-Lovell Estate Winery 6500 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 443-0434, **San Ramon Community Center 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon (925) 973-3200, Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center (at San Ramon Golf Club) 9430 Fircrest Ln., San Ramon (925) 808-7352, Wente Vineyards 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore (925) 456-2425,

SOLANO/WEST CONTRA COSTA COUNTIES Hiddenbrooke Golf Club 1095 Hiddenbrooke Pkwy., Vallejo (707) 558-0330,

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Jefferson Street Mansion 1063 Jefferson St., Benicia (707) 746-0684, The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina 2000 Glen Cove Marina Rd., Vallejo (707) 704-9014, The Old Homestead 995 Loring Ave., Crockett (510) 660-5174

**Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (510) 318-8400,

Eventful Days Castro Valley (510) 206-6474,

Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral and Chinese Mission 660 California St., San Francisco (415) 228-3800,

Eventfully Yours, Event Designs Concord (925) 370-1300,

Preservation Park 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland (510) 874-7580,

WEST OF CALDECOTT Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley (510) 280-1532, Brazilian Room Tilden Park, Berkeley (510) 544-3164, **Chabot Space and Science Center 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland (510) 336-7300, **Claremont Club and Spa, A Fairmont Hotel 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley (800) 551-7266, The Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland (510) 615-5555, Fairmont San Francisco 950 Mason St., San Francisco (415) 772-5000, san-francisco **Hotel Shattuck Plaza 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley (510) 845-7300, Joie de Vivre Waterfront Hotel 10 Washington St., Oakland (510) 836-3800, Julia Morgan Ballroom 465 California St., San Francisco (415) 591-1833, Lake Chalet 1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland (510) 208-5253,

Rock Wall Wine Company 2301 Monarch St., Ste. 300, Alameda (510) 522-5700, Ext. 34, Sequoyah Country Club 4550 Heafey Rd., Oakland (510) 632-2900, Snow Building (at Oakland Zoo) 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland (510) 632-9525, Ext. 200, **Terrace Room (at Lake Merritt Hotel) 1800 Madison St., Oakland (510) 903-3771, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley (510) 642-3352,

Wedding Planners A Monique Affair Oakland (510) 334-3752, Bliss Event Productions Benicia (707) 590-3040, Carolyn Wilson Weddings and Events Livermore (925) 315-9589, Dreamcatcher Events Walnut Creek (925) 947-3999,

Events By Wallace Danville (925) 867-1515, **Lindsay Lauren Events Danville (925) 683-8547, Simply by Bethaina Walnut Creek (925) 200-9662, Spreading Lovely Oakland (510) 220-0356, Sugar Rush Events Walnut Creek (925) 212-6904, Tiffany Francies Events Brentwood (707) 718-7355, Your Event By Erin Walnut Creek (858) 774-0909, Your Moments Wedding and Event Planning Danville (925) 322-1138, Weddings by Image Three Walnut Creek (925) 935-3845, ■

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