Real Weddings

Jedel & Salil: A Vibrant Multicultural Wedding in the Pacific Northwest

Photos By Dylan Howell

edel and Salil met three years ago while working in the San Francisco startup scene. On their first date, in true San Francisco style, they ate tacos in the Mission and drank old-fashioneds at a cozy backroom bar, where they talked late into the night. Three years later, Salil popped the question at the San Francisco Ballet’s annual rendition of The Nutcracker, which they’ve watched together every year since they met. “I had absolutely no idea Salil was planning to propose, which he did on an empty stage after the performance,” Jedel recalls. With the help of event planning studio Bridal Bliss, the pair held a June wedding in Clackamas County, Oregon, at the Barn Kestrel, a historic working barn built at the turn of the 19th century. “It’s a beautiful family farm with horses, intricate gardens, a storied sequoia tree, and a big barn—the oldest in Clackamas County!” Jedel says. “We wanted to honor both of our families and our different heritages, so we aimed for a traditional Indian wedding with a Pacific Northwest feel. We were careful to ask for our families’ input, but we also tried to find a balance and create a day that was uniquely us.”

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Vivian & Austin: A Charming Spring Wedding at the Los Altos History Museum

Photos By Marissa Kay Photography

Austin and Vivian met during a group meeting for their Christian ministry at Stanford University. They quickly bonded over their small-town roots—she’s from suburban Oklahoma, and he’s from rural Colorado. After graduating, the two remained together in Northern California, where they began their careers—he at Farmers Business Network, she at (“Basically, Austin makes sure farmers are treated fairly, and I help make fun math and reading games for kids,” Vivian says.) It wasn’t long before Austin popped the question, surprising Vivian with a ring at the end of a morning hike to a seaside cliff in Marin. The outdoorsy duo decided to hold their May nuptials, centered around faith and family, at the Los Altos History Museum, which is located in one of Santa Clara Valley’s last remaining apricot orchards, an aspect especially appreciated by Austin, given his love of agriculture. “It was important to us to have a venue that was welcoming and homey,” Vivian explains. “It felt like a little piece of home in the crazy urbanness of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.” With help from event designer Bri Childs, the couple created a weddingscape that epitomized California casual yet still seemed distinctly their own. “Our wedding felt warm (even though it ended up being pretty cold for a spring day), intimate, fun, meaningful, and a little bit goofy,” Vivian says.

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Jessica & Scott: A Wintry Mountaintop Wedding in Lake Tahoe

Photos By Sonya Yruel

For Jessica Mishra and Scott Blasingame, it was quite literally a story of girl next door meets boy next door. The active couple—she’s an avid yogi, he’s a devoted swimmer—met in their San Francisco apartment building at a neighbor’s BBQ. A few years later, Scott popped the question atop Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado. “He said he had to fix his boot when we got off the lift,” Jessica recalls. “He bent down and came back up with a ring!” The two recreated that alpine exhilaration for their March wedding, which was held on Squaw Valley’s High Camp deck beneath a bright and frosty sky. “We wanted guests to feel like they were on a fun adventure,” Jessica says, “and we wanted to embrace the beauty of Tahoe and the Sierras in winter, with pristine snow, beautiful pine trees, and a mountaintop site that made you feel like you were suspended in the clouds.” Captured by photographer Sonya Yruel, the day also featured numerous nods to Jessica’s Indian heritage. “My last name, Mishra, means “mixture”—perfect since I am a mix of ethnicities,” Jessica says. “My Indian background is very important to me, and I wanted to reflect that.” Tiny statues of Jessica’s favorite deity, Ganesha, who is thought to bless weddings and remove obstacles, made many appearances. Rich, vibrant colors traditional to Indian weddings—think burgundy and saffron—radiated warmth. An Eastern-inspired rug ran down the aisle. A throw made from sari fabrics was draped behind the cake table. “We wanted elegance and a touch of drama that stood out against the simplicity of the natural background but didn’t take away from it,” Jessica says.

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Liz & Kevin: An Eclectic Autumn Wedding in Pittsburgh

Photos By Dawn Derbyshire Photography

Kevin Hartbauer, who works for the electronics company Daktronics, popped the question to his longtime love, Liz Moore, while the two were camping beneath a canopy of stars and redwood crowns in Northern California. His grandmother had given him the heirloom ring. Nature had given him the backdrop. “It was a beautiful, starry night, and we were sitting around a campfire,” recalls Liz, a registered nurse. Despite the twinkle and flicker, however, it was still too dark for her to get a good look at her new finger bling. “We celebrated for a good 30 minutes before I asked Kevin if it was okay to turn on my headlamp and see the sparkler!” Fortunately for the Pittsburgh pair’s photographer, Dawn Derbyshire, there was plenty of light when the two tied the knot on a bright, unseasonably warm fall day at Old St. Luke’s Church. An Edgewood Club reception followed. “We chose historic venues, as it was important to us that our wedding feel authentically vintage,” Liz says. In a nod to her love of reading, the bookish bride incorporated “lots of literary touches,” such as handcrafted bookmark favors and table numbers made from antiquarian books. The event space was filled with fall foliage and enough candlelight to illuminate every detail.

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Krista & Joe: A Romantic, Eco-Friendly Wedding in Florida

Photos By Ashley McCormick Photography

Krista Beach, a physical therapist, and Joe South, a physician assistant student, met a decade ago while working at a clothing shop in Tampa. He was taken with her warm smile; she was impressed by his kindness and his fluency in Spanish. It would take Joe six more years, two of which were spent serving overseas in the Peace Corps, before he mustered up the courage to ask Krista on a date. She turned him down a few times, but in the end the stars aligned. Reader, she married him. The pair tied the knot on Earth Day in the foliage-filled garden of Florida’s Museum of Fine Arts. Krista is passionate about environmentalism, and she strove to plan an eco-conscious day filled with green details, from plantable invitations made out of bee-friendly wildflower seed paper to everlasting florals crafted out of recycled and sustainable materials.

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Sarah & Robert: A Warm, Elegant Winter Wedding in Philadelphia


Sarah Woodson and Robert Smith, both resident physicians, met during their first months of medical school at UPenn. After attending an ethics lecture one autumn afternoon, Sarah bumped into Robert at the reception table. “I was making an unseemly amount of noise while chomping on a wide variety of snacks,” Robert recalls. “Given our shared love of Philly food and our tendency to be affected by ‘hanger,’ in retrospect this seems like a rather appropriate first meeting.” The two walked home together across the Walnut Street Bridge. Robert remembers a walk “punctuated by huge smiles and frequent laughter,” the start of a “delightful friendship.” The following fall, Robert found himself trekking through a storm to Sarah’s apartment. He’d made a promise—that he would whip up a batch of pumpkin–chocolate chip pancakes for her during their study date—and he intended to keep it. “The end result was clearly edible enough to leave a lasting impression,” Robert says. While debating the relative merits of fluffy vs. cake-like pancake styles, the two realized something much more substantial—they’d fallen for each other. On a wintry evening in November, Robert popped the question beneath the twinkling lights of Addison Street after treating Sarah to dinner at an Italian BYO they’d wanted to try for years. Though neither Robert nor Sarah originally hails from Philadelphia, the city where their romance bloomed felt like the most natural locale for their wedding. “We wanted it to be classic and elegant but also warm and inviting,” Robert says. “We wanted to welcome our guests into Philly as if they were stepping into our home.” And so that’s just what they did.

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