A Traditional Italian Inspired Wedding at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California
Brittany Gori (28 and in digital media sales) and Justin Forni (28 and a paramedic firefighter) met when they were just 16 years old. Brittany's best friend had moved away and attended a different high school, where she was welcomed by Justin and his friends. Brittany took a trip to visit her and was then introduced to Justin. It wasn't until many years later at a birthday party for their now mutual friend that the two met again. They spent the entire party together dancing to "Time of My Life" on repeat, even practicing the infamous lift from Dirty Dancing. After the two had moved to San Francisco together, Brittany's sister planned a visit. As they walked to meet up with her for dinner, Justin surprised Brittany with a proposal outside the Palace of Fine Arts and an engagement party with all of their closest friends and family. Brittany and Justin held their wedding at Holman Ranch, a rustic venue with breathtaking scenery that had space for every part of their wedding from the rehearsal dinner to the reception. They were able to create a glamorous, old world atmosphere with cream tones and metal accents. Their color palette popped against the seasonally transitioning surroundings and tied in their simple white flowers. The dinner menu focused on traditional Italian plates of mushroom risotto and gnocchi with pesto alongside a variety of farm fresh vegetables. His and Hers drinks were served as guests mingled by the candy bar and the cigar booth before settling down to watch Brittany and Justin's surprise choreographed first dance. Every detail was reflective of both the bride and groom and made for a fun night with friends and family.