Real Wedding | Ganya + Sam

Talk about being swept away by love! Ganya and Sam braved a gusty, yet sunny, day to say “I Do” at their wine country wedding. Ganya’s flowing (and flying!) veil provided comic relief to an emotional ceremony, where the bride and groom read personal and heartfelt notes to one another. Later, friends and family enjoyed a chic and exotic vibe at the Moroccan inspired reception.  Don’t miss the adorable handmade cake topper at the reception – it’s one of the cutest I’ve even seen. Cheers!

Ganya + Sam | June 8, 2012 | Sonoma, California

The ceremony

Our ceremony was on the vineyard lawn, an amazing space at CornerStone Gardens. It has vineyards on one side and a lily pond on the other.  We wanted our ceremony to be light and heartfelt, and to really reflect our personalities.  Our officiant asked us each to write a story for him to read during the ceremony, but to keep it a surprise from each other.  That was my favorite part of the wedding.  I loved seeing Sam’s reaction when he heard my story, and I loved hearing what he had written.

All Photography by IQ Photo

It was crazy windy that day, so I have some hilarious photos of my veil flying around behind me.  When I was standing there I could feel the wind tugging at the comb, so a lot of my facial expressions are priceless.

The reception

For our reception we had dinner in the wedding garden under a big ivory zephyr tent.  The garden was in full bloom so the air was scented with flowers, and was the perfect setting for our whimsical affair.  After dinner we moved to the barn for dancing, more desserts, and photo booth fun.  Sam and I went to Morocco over Christmas and fell in love with the decor, so we turned the barn into a Moroccan themed lounge.  We had bench style loungers with colorful silk throw pillows, and decorated the tables with dozens of candles, Moroccan lanterns, and Moroccan tea glasses moonlighting as votive holders.

How Ganya found her dream wedding dress

I had browsed through wedding dress galleries online, and went to my first dress search appointment totally set on getting an A-line dress.  I ended up with this amazing mermaid, fit-and-flare gown of silk organza with a show-stopping romantic ruffly bottom!

The way Ganya how felt in her wedding dress

Gorgeous, Ethereal, Fun!

Why Ganya decided to sell her wedding dress

This dress is so incredibly beautiful and painstakingly handmade by the designer.  I absolutely love it, and don’t want it to be hidden away in a garment bag.  Although it’s difficult to part with it, I really want the dress to make someone else feel as gorgeous and happy as I did when I wore it.

Ganya’s wedding dress: Rivini, Tahlia; Photography: IQPhoto; Ceremony & Reception venue: CornerStone Gardens, Sonoma; Event Planning: DOC Brandy Cabral of Bliss Event Productions; Floral Design: Michael Daigian Design; Cake: Perfect Endings