A Casual Garden Wedding at Rengstorff House in Mountain View, California

Angela Schiavone (29 and a writer/photographer) and James Hannibal (32 and a photographer) first spotted each other at a young age – at about 3 and 5,

Angela Schiavone (29 and a writer/photographer) and James Hannibal (32 and a photographer) first spotted each other at a young age – at about 3 and 5, to be exact. Angela danced in the same ballet class as James’s cousins. Angela reconnected with them when they all attended the same college, which led to officially meeting James at an annual camping trip. They took boat rides, went hiking and windsurfed together, and after that trip their lives would never be the same. Six years later, Angela and James took a trip to Disneyland, where Angela always hoped her proposal would take place. James suggested they take a picture in front of Cinderella’s Castle, so he set up his camera and ran over to pose with Angela. Instead snapping a photo, however, the cameras recorded James getting down on one knee and proposing to Angela. The couple decided to have their wedding at Rengstorff House in Mountain View, California, an old-fashioned rustic house surrounded by gardens that created the perfect space for their casual, rustic wedding! The pink, blue and green color palette with gold accents decorated everything, from the sparkly gold invitations to the rose and peony blush bouquet and blue linens on the reception dining table! “I'm very happy that several of our guests are still raving about our wedding and how special it made them feel to be included,” says Angela. “I've been told it's because our love was so clear to everyone, and that our happiness on that day could not be matched.”

“My mother got involved by designing our invitations and programs, and she has always made gorgeous cards,” says Angela. “Our invitations unfolded, displaying the main invite in the center, which was a bracket cutout on gold glitter paper.”
“I always wanted "glass slippers" for my wedding day, so I glued on over 1,000 Swarovski crystals onto my shoes by hand. When the light hit them, they sparkled like crazy,” says Angela.
Angela wore a strapless ivory wedding dress with a long train, designed by Cara Mia. “What first drew me to my dress was that it has tiny dots all over it,” says Angela. “I loved that subtle but slightly quirky design element. It had just the right amount of glitz and unique elements, and it made me feel like a princess.”
“Thought most of the bouquet was real flowers (Chamomile, spray roses, hypericum berries), I also had fabric flowers that I had made. At the center of each was a memento from a relative who had passed. Most included my grandmother's brooches, and one included my grandfather's wedding ring. My husband also wore a wooden bowtie in remembrance of his grandfather who had passed since he did wood working with him as a child.”
Blue Bridesmaid Dresses with Lace Accents
Pink Rose and Hypericum Berry Boutonniere
Blush colored roses were mixed in with red hypericum and baby's breath, arranged inside of a gold vase that hung from folding chairs at the ceremony.
rn“When we got to the altar, our happiness at finally being able to call each other husband and wife couldn't have been greater,” says Angela. “It was so powerful and emotional to finally become his wife.”rn
Blue and Gray Wedding Party, Sunglasses
Angela and James, Waterfront Backdrop
“Ironically, we both had previous connection with the Rengstorff House in Mountain View, California,” says Angela. “James' mother would take him there as a child and I was in a murder mystery theatre group and played the character of Anastasia Rengstorff based off the house. The moment we saw the old-fashioned house and gardens complete with a water tower and windmill, we knew it was the spot for us!”
Reception Tables at Rengstorff House Gardens
“Our centerpieces were antique books and cameras to represent our passions,” says Angela. “We are a husband and wife wedding photography team called ShootAnyAngle Wedding Photography, so we used some from our own collection and got more at flea markets and old book stores.
Glass Mason Jar Seating and Favors
Rose, Hypericum and Baby's Breath Arrangement
Table Marker, Old-Fashioned Camera on Books
"Mr." and "Mrs." Black and White Signs
The single tiered ivory wedding cake had a bride and groom cake topper, which sat above an arrangement of cupcakes. “For dessert, we had cake and cupcakes that were displayed on my dad's gorgeous cake stand and guests also had coffee and tea options. The cupcake flavors were chocolate with chocolate icing, vanilla with chocolate icing, banana with cream cheese icing, and pumpkin with cream cheese icing.”
“My dad, Anthony Schiavone, is an expert woodcarver, and when I came to him with the idea for the cupcake stand, he immediately started drafting up ideas on how to make my idea into a reality,” says Angela. “He did such a fantastic job, and he even carved our initials into the main tree branch.”
Angela and James First Dance