Casey and Will were ready and excited for their big day, which was planned for 2020 at Sova Gardens in Sebastopol. So it was a difficult moment when their wedding was postponed due to Covid-19.
Still determined to celebrate their love, the bride and groom made a new plan for a micro wedding at the bride’s parents’ estate. I was honored to make the guest list at this small, intimate ceremony of 10 people, including me.
They’d told me this would be a backyard wedding, so I was surprised to find that the bride’s parents’ backyard was the gorgeous Perri Jaye Vineyards.
Wine Made with Love
Of course, on a vineyard, food and drink played a big role in the celebrations. Casey’s mother is the Perri Jaye Vineyards’ winemaker, and she’d bottled a special batch of their Rose of Pinot Noir for her daughter’s micro wedding. The bottle labels were printed with a sweet and silly cartoon drawing by the groom depicting the two of them embracing in their wedding attire.
At a micro wedding, it’s all hands on deck for the guests, who all play their roles in the big day. The bride’s brother in law was the officiant of the wedding. And the bride did her own makeup, while her sister did her hair in a simple but lovely half-up do.
Casey’s siblings used flowers from Pedy’s Petals to create vibrant pastel bouquets, which they placed at the entrance for the procession. When Casey entered the ceremony site, she was surrounded by these beautiful flowers.
The bride told me later that she’s so grateful we captured these photos, since the flowers were left out and destroyed by a thunderstorm the following day. It makes me so happy that these special moments were saved.
Making Memories in Difficult Times
Looking at these covid wedding photos, I’m so thankful to have been part of this micro wedding. It proves that with creativity and the support of loved ones, you can still have an unforgettable day during difficult circumstances.