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A Traditional Wedding in Sonoma, Northern CA

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Jen & Mike in Sonoma, Northern CA
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Jen carried a compact mix of tea roses, garden roses, dahlias and sweet peas in shades of pink and orange.
FleurEssence Floral Designs, Santa Rosa
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Big and pretty "dinner plate dahlias" stole the show in the bridesmaid bouquets.
FleurEssence Floral Designs, Santa Rosa
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Orange dahlias popped against the gray tuxedos.
FleurEssence Floral Designs, Santa Rosa
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Jen and Mike took two trolleys to the ceremony, accompanied by attendants and family -- a treat for Mike's folks from New York.
Events West Tours & Travels, Mill Valley
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Planning for a hot summer day, Jen wanted a soft, feminine look. Her dress was embroidered cotton with handmade rosettes that flowed into organza.
Jinza Couture Bridal, San Francisco
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Jen designed a custom monogram for the couple's stationer to print on the ceremony programs.
Jenuine Paper Company, Los Angeles
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A basket of parasols was set up at the outdoor cocktail house so guests could shade themselves from the sun.
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Sandblasted Manzanita branches (native to California) looked like they were growing out of mini flower beds on the tables.
FleurEssence Floral Designs, Santa Rosa
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In honor of Jen's Taiwanese heritage, cocktail hour has a Cal-Asian feel. Elephant teapots filled with bright flowers topped the tables.
FleurEssence Floral Designs, Santa Rosa
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All the stationery featured etchings of poppies, the California state flower.
Jenuine Paper Company, Los Angeles
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Jen and Mike served two adorable cakes; the more traditional four-tiered one had fondant poppies.
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The groom's cake, designed to look like Lego blocks, stacked next to and atop each other, was a nod to Mike's childhood obsession.
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Jen and Mike chose The Beach Boys hit "Wouldn't It Be Nice." They say it has pretty much been the theme of their relationship.
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Guests wrote notes on mini chalkboards to hold while posing in the photo booth.
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Guests took home packets of California poppy and wildflower seeds packaged into galvanized pails, which also served as escort cards.
Seed packets from BotanicalInterests.com

Jen & Mike in Sonoma, Northern CA

Jen and Mike met while working at an ad agency in New York City. It was both of their first jobs out of college. The Bride Jennifer (Jen) Lai, 31 and is an art director for Deutsch Inc. The Groom Michael (Mike) Stern, 32 and is an animator for DreamWorks Studios The Date August 8 For their California-chic nuptials, Jen and Mike chose colors that would pop against the wine country setting. Bright coral pink and salmon orange did the trick.
- Jaimie Dalessio
Their Ingredients
  • Michelle Walker Photography, San Francisco
  • A Savvy Event, Sonoma
  • The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
  • FleurEssence Floral Designs, Santa Rosa
  • Events West Tours & Travels, Mill Valley
  • Jinza Couture Bridal, San Francisco
  • Jenuine Paper Company, Los Angeles
  • Inticing Creations
  • Seed packets from BotanicalInterests.com

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