Kate and Tom’s wedding at Descanso Gardens

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Kate and Tom’s wedding at Descanso Gardens

Kate and Tom’s elegant Descanso Gardens wedding day festivities included pictures in a redwood forest, a wedding ceremony under oak trees and cocktails in a Japanese garden. Planner Demaray Events focused on celebrating the beautiful botanical garden settings with a stunning, rustic and minimal ceremony arbor by Holly Flora , an industrial romantic reception design and personal touches like the NYT crossword puzzle program by Sloan Harmony Design and custom cocktail napkins highlighting the couple’s favorite things. You can see all the lovely details in the stunning images from Steve Cowell Photo . What made the wedding special and unique? We decided to get married in beautiful Pasadena, California, where I grew up and my parents still live. With over 90% of our guests flying in from (much) colder places, we wanted to spend as much time as possible taking advantage of the spectacular 70-degree April weather. We spent the weekend celebrating outside, starting on Friday with an afternoon at Santa Anita Racetrack, a rehearsal on the front lawn of my childhood home, and dinner and welcome cocktails at our favorite open-air restaurant. Saturday’s festivities were held at a beautiful botanical garden and included pictures in a redwood forest, a wedding ceremony under oak trees and cocktails in a Japanese garden. Before the official wedding ceremony, we exchanged personal vows in front of Tom’s brothers, my maid of honor, and one of my closest friends. The ceremony was officiated by a dear friend who had gone to high school with Tom. He did an incredible job, writing a very personalized sermon that made everyone laugh and cry at the same time. The ceremony featured readings from Winnie the Pooh and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and the entire wedding was watched live on FaceTime by my maternal grandparents, who weren’t able to make the trip from New York. Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it! When I was dress shopping, I was looking for something pretty specific – I wanted a dress that was simple and chic, but also not boring. My mom flew up to San Francisco for the weekend to help me shop and I set up 6 different appointments at various bridal salons in and around the city. We went to appointment after appointment and found nothing that I liked. It’s amazing the looks you get when you tell people that you don’t want anything with lace, tulle, or pouf! Our last appointment of the weekend had taken us all the way out to Walnut Creek, and after six appointments and about 50 dresses, I was feeling pretty defeated. On our way to dinner, we walked past Kinsley James’ Walnut Creek store. I didn’t have an appointment, but they managed to fit me in and understood exactly the look I was going for. They pulled out the dress I ended up picking – a simple Rivini silk crepe dress with two panel cut outs. What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? We […]