Lemarried!

Before the wedding, the best piece of advice I was given was that nothing will go perfectly, and if something is forgotten, or breaks or doesn’t get done, the only person who will know is me. No one else will know if the florist was out of the green and white poms or that the I didn’t find the perfect wedding shoes. That being said, the biggest tragedies of my wedding day included the basil not flowering in time for the bouquets and two bridesmaid dresses needing sewing en route. Thankfully I don’t care very much about flowers, and my mom packed a travel sewing kit.

The morning was perfect and I had the best friends and crew with me all day to get ready! We all met at a park before the ceremony to take our family portraits. Which was perfect, because it rained during and after the ceremony!

First Look

It sprinkled a bit during the ceremony itself which was actually really nice because it was so warm and humid. We asked our friend Michael to preform the ceremony for us. He’s been one of my best friends since my first day of college, and got to know Jeff really well over the last few years. We knew he’d be perfect because he’s such a great friend and has been there for most of our relationship, so he would be able to make it be about us. He completely crushed it. It was the most perfect ceremony for Jeff and I. It was a perfect balance of light hearted humor (Marriage means never having to say you’re sorry… for smelly farts), and love. It also included a round of symbolic shots.

Michael brought the 'world's largest cocktail shaker' which symbolized the big hearts of our friends and family.

Michael brought the ‘world’s largest cocktail shaker’ which symbolized the big hearts of our friends and family.

Irish Whiskey: to symbolize my families Irish heritage and a hope that the luck of the Irish will always be present in our home. Maple syrup: a symbol of Jeff's home in New Hampshire and to remind us "about" his families French Canadian heritage.

Irish Whiskey: to symbolize my families Irish heritage and a hope that the luck of the Irish will always be present in our home. Maple syrup: a symbol of Jeff’s home in New Hampshire and to remind us “about” his families French Canadian heritage.

Fresh Egg Whites: to remind us that many years from now when we're old and saggy, that we'll still be spring chickens in each other's hearts. Lemon Juice: to remind us that even though there may be sour moments, the cocktail of our lives will still turn out to be delicious if we remember to 'shake it up'

Fresh Egg Whites: to remind us that many years from now when we’re old and saggy, that we’ll still be spring chickens in each other’s hearts. Lemon Juice: to remind us that even though there may be sour moments, the cocktail of our lives will still turn out to be delicious if we remember to ‘shake it up’

And finally ice, to remind us to always keep our cool with each other.

And finally ice, to remind us to always keep our cool with each other.

While we toasted, Michael read a quote from the movie Sideways about Pinot Noir that he believed symbolized marriage. We could not have asked for a more perfect ceremony than what Michael created for us, and we will be forever grateful for this beautiful memory.

“It’s a hard grape to grow. It’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s not a survivor like cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and thrive even when it’s neglected. No, pinot needs constant care and attention. And, in fact, it can only grow in these really specific, little tucked-away corners of the world. And only the most patient and nurturing growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression.”

“It’s a hard grape to grow. It’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s not a survivor like cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and thrive even when it’s neglected. No, pinot needs constant care and attention. And, in fact, it can only grow in these really specific, little tucked-away corners of the world. And only the most patient and nurturing growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression.”

It completely down-poured during cocktail hour, but thankfully that was under a tent, and the folks at Harrington Farms were prepared with giant umbrellas to escort everyone inside for the reception. About halfway through the reception, the skies cleared and they were able to open up the doors and uncover the patio furniture for everyone to relax outside in the cool air. The next morning we all had breakfast together and then Jeff and I left for our honeymoon! I posted some more of our wedding photos over at our website: JeffandMeara.com

We flew into San Francisco on Monday night and spent Tuesday morning just hiking around the city before driving north. It was a bit cold and wet in SanFran, but it kept us cool while we hiked those hills! We didn’t totally have a plan except to walk through China Town, and then we ended up at the Coit Tower, which was fantastic. For $8 you can take the elevator to the top and get 360 views of the entire city, including both the Bay and Golden Gate bridges.

The view from The Fairmont in San Fran on our first honeymoon morning!

The view from The Fairmont in San Fran on the first morning of our honeymoon!

We hiked around San Fran for a while on Tuesday morning. Wandered through China Town and then stumbled upon Coit Tower

We hiked around San Fran for a while on Tuesday morning. Wandered through China Town and then stumbled upon Coit Tower

San Fransisco from Coit Tower!

San Fransisco sure is pretty… foggy. Tuesday was chilly and wet. But the second we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to head towards Napa, there wasn’t a cloud in sight!

Jeff’s favorite brewery is Lagunitas and we had hoped to swing through there for lunch and a tasting, but the website said they were closed. But on our drive up, we had to go through Petaluma and the brewery is right off the highway so we decided to just stop by and see at least what it looked like. Turns out, only the brew-pub was closed; the gift shop was open, and after shopping around for a few minutes, someone said a tour would be starting soon! We totally lucked out and got to take a free tour of Lagunitas. They start the tour by bringing you up to their bar/lounge area that basically looks like a frat house: the walls are covered with beer-art, there are a handful of mismatched couches, a shuffle board table and a bar fully stocked with all of Lagunitas’ beers. They start you off by sampling the 6 beers they have on draft and give you a hilarious history of the brewery. Then they offered each of us a full beer to take with us on the tour. Jeff was in heaven!

Lagunitas starts their brewery tour with a tasting... oh darn.

Lagunitas starts their brewery tour with a tasting… oh darn.

BEER!

BEER!

After Lagunitas we drove up to Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa to try some fresh Pliny the Elder on draft. Instead of just trying one, we tried their entire draft list… It was a little overwhelming but they make some really awesome sour beers! Neither of us drink very many sours, but that may change now.

We sat next to a couple at RRB that has lunch and buys growlers every Tuesday! If we lived in Santa Rosa we probably would too.

We sat next to a couple at RRB that has lunch and buys growlers every Tuesday! If we lived in Santa Rosa we probably would too.

All the beers!

We tried all the beers!

We were a bit tired at the end of the day after our late lunch/early dinner at RRB so when we got to Napa, we just relaxed at the bed and breakfast so we could get up bright and early on Wednesday to start tasting wines!

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