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Kathy + Mike decided to have a wedding weekend extravaganza at Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma, California – their goal being that everyone have a fun and relaxing wine weekend (we OLAS ladies sure loved the sound of that!). ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Kathy is Vietnamese, so everything about the weekend was infused with bits and pieces of Vietnamese culture. Before we get into all the nitty gritty of everything we absolutely¬†loved about K + M’s wedding (because there’s a lot), let’s back up and delve a bit into their love story. ¬†They met at a Georgia Tech alumni event and fell in love over many coffee dates, surfing dates, and rocket launching dates. ¬†Yes, you heard us right – rocket launching dates (you get to do that when you live on the spacecoast of Florida!). ¬†A few years later, Kathy planned a two week World War II History Tour for them to take together in Europe, and Mike found a way to sneak something shiny onto the plane… ¬†He waited until they arrived at K’s favorite city (Paris), right by her favorite bridge (Pont des Arts), and popped the question that changed their lives forever. ¬†Don’t you love them already?! ¬†Here are our top 5 favorites from K + M’s beautiful wedding day in July:

1. Ok, so we’ve been dying to share this one — Mike’s ring is made of dinosaur bone & meteorite!! ¬†That’s just cool.

2. Their choice of venue for their relaxing wine-wedding-weekend, Sebastiani Vineyards! ¬†It houses the world’s largest wine barrel in the U.S. (look out for photos of it showcased throughout K + M’s reception – hint, it has it’s own staircase!), and it boasts of some of the most truly breathtaking views of Sonoma County.

3. Their surfer inspired wedding cakes! ¬†We loved the cake topper on the traditional wedding cake, and then really, really loved that the groom’s cake (Mike’s favorite pound cake) was in the shape of a sand castle next to a VW bug. ¬†Amazing. ¬†Little known fact? ¬†K + M took a surfing honeymoon as well!

4. K + M’s change of dress into the traditional Vietnamese garb part way through their reception. ¬†It’s such a beautiful way to honor your family’s cultural heritage (not to mention the fact that the clothes are absolutely exquisite!).

5. One of our FAVORITE things K + M did at their reception was to completely surprise their guests and have Lion Dancers!!! ¬†Tyler (our super talented southeast photog, flown out especially for K + M’s big day)¬†really captured some epic shots of the lion dance. ¬†Soooo fun + look out for the surprise dancer that managed to turn the surprise around on the bride & groom — (hint, he’s in the bridal party!). ¬†ūüėČ

Kathy & Mike, we are so happy you chose (once like a spark) to be a part of your amazing wedding weekend, and we hope you love your sneak peek!  xoxo!CaliforniaWeddingPhotography_0001

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CaliforniaWeddingPhotography_0089Ceremony/Reception Venue:: Sebastiani Vineyards; Florist:: Devoto Gardens; Cake Vendor:: Occasional Cakes; Caterer:: Park Ave Catering; Entertainment (DJ/Band):: Mixwell Entertainment; Officiant:: Father Skip Sikora; Dress Designer:: Custom Made; Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist:: My-Hang Pham; Invitation/Programs:: Kathy (the bride!); Transportation:: Sebastiani Trolley; Wedding Planner:: Denise Kramer; Lion Dancers:: Far East Dragon Lion Dance; Photobooth:: Sonoma Photo Booth Company; Videographer:: One Day Pictures; Ceremony String Duo:: Musical Heart Strings

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