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Kathleen & Steven’s Marin Art and Garden Center Wedding Photography

Marin Art and Garden Center Wedding Photography

Kathleen & Steven’s Romantic Garden Wedding

Our wedding theme was outdoor garden/rustic and our color palette was fall inspired.

I was going for a more vintage/classic look with my wedding dress to my accessories, and shoes.

I wanted some sparkle to compliment my dress and never saw myself wearing a veil so I found the perfect floral diamond headpiece.

I wanted my bridesmaids to be different yet uniform in a way. I told them, just find a burgundy/red wine maxi dress. It can be $20, as long as you love it, will wear it again, and won’t break your bank! :)

I knew I wanted an outfit that had elements of a tux, but also the look of a classic suit. I had the idea of doing a midnight blue suit with a satin lined lapel.

A few weeks before the wedding, I bought the gold tie, brown belt, and brown shoes that tied the whole thing together.

The Marin Art & Garden Center was the first venue that we visited. We fell in love with it and knew it would be hard to top.

There is something special when you can have a relationship where you can be yourself and help bring out the best qualities of your partner.

The ceremony started with the song “Me voy a morir de tanto amor” by Alberto Iglesias.

Watching Kathleen come down the isle with her father was a wonderful sight, and time seemed to slow down as I realized that we finally were here, on our wedding day.

To finish it off, we walked off to “You’re all I need to get by” by Marvin Gaye.

We wanted to have a comfortable feel that embraced the garden and outdoors.

The flowers we used were inspired by the Fall season. Our wedding was in October at a garden so we looked at what flowers weren’t there to create a variety.

Our silliness and communication are key in our relationship. Hands down.

Our centerpieces were arrangements that were meant to project the colors and feelings of autumn, while sticking with our wedding’s color theme.

Since we had a full dessert bar, our cake was a simple, but delicious, 6″ lemon ceremony cake.

Our advice to future couples would be: don’t ever forget why you fell in love with your partner. Through the good and bad times, there is a reason why your heart opened up for this person.

Don’t ever forget why you fell in love with your partner. Through the good and bad times, there is a reason why your heart opened up for this person.”

 Most couples reserve their date in our calendars 12+ months prior to their wedding day.


Venue: Marin Art and Garden Center

Caterer: Insalata’s

Wedding Planner: Leslie Struble with Dandelion Events

Officiant: Crystal Rogers

Hair & Makeup: Stacey Khuu and Vanessa Mendoza

Florist: Vanda Floral

Photography, Videography, Photobooth: Apollo Fotogrfie and Love in the Mix

DJ: Love in the Mix – DJ Ersson


On July 20, 2012, Steven Horgan and Kathleen Low would unexpectedly meet at a house party in the Haight. Steven’s best friend, Max was hosting a going away party for his roommate moving back to France. Kathleen was accompanying her girlfriends for the night by going to the party to dance. Steven and Kathleen just got out of relationships and weren’t looking for anything serious. Kathleen was going to move to Seattle the next month so was definitely not looking for anything. Kathleen’s friend Jenny ran into Steven right when we got inside. Jenny grew up with Steven’s younger brother and she knew that Steven was back on the dating market. She whispered to him that Kathleen is single and not looking for anything serious. Kathleen saw Steven for the first time and instantly thought he was cute. They started talking throughout the night and ended up hitting it off. Looking for nothing serious, they thought they would hangout again a couple days later. Kathleen didn’t end up moving to Seattle, moved to Oakland and ended up in a serious yet wonderful relationship with Steven.
On December 13, 2014, they went for a weekend trip to Monterey. Kathleen’s been wanting to go to the aquarium and so they planned on this trip for months. Little did she know, Steven had asked her parents on Thanksgiving for their permission for her hand in marriage. They were sitting on a bench, looking out on the beach when Steven went on one knee (for 2 seconds because Kathleen didn’t want to create a scene) and he told her that she is his world and without her, it wouldn’t be complete. She cried her eyes out and we know where this story goes… ?
Steven picked Kathleen’s engagement ring knowing she likes a vintage, unique, rose gold style. He found the perfect ring that looks like a flower. Steven’s ring is a classic gold with the addition of an etched design on the edges to make it stand out a bit more. He always wanted the classic gold band, and it looks perfect on him.

Our wedding theme was outdoor garden/rustic and our color palette was fall inspired. We chose this aesthetic because it complimented our wedding venue, Marin Art and Garden Center. We wanted to have a comfortable feel that embraced the garden and outdoors. Kathleen designed all of the prints to finding all the decorations so we believe we kept our look and feel consistent throughout.

I (Kathleen) was going for a more vintage/classic look with my wedding dress to my accessories, and shoes. I’m a pretty modest person and always pictured my wedding dress to have class to it. The beading, pearls, and sleeves is what I was searching for in a dress, and was so happy I found it! I wanted some sparkle to compliment my dress and never saw myself wearing a veil so I found the perfect floral diamond headpiece. I wanted my bridesmaids to be different yet uniform in a way. My mom’s bridesmaids wore burgundy maxi dresses, so in a way, I think I was paying homage to my mom for that style inspiration for my bridesmaids. They looked amazing and fabulous. I told them, just find a burgundy/red wine maxi dress. It can be $20, as long as you love it, will wear it again, and won’t break your bank! :)

I (Steven) didn’t want a ‘rental’ style tux with all the formality without any of the personality. I knew I wanted an outfit that had elements of a tux, but also the look of a classic suit. I had the idea of doing a midnight blue suit with a satin lined lapel. With that in mind, I started looking around. I ended up finding a company that made the entire outfit from scratch, and I couldn’t have been happier with the result. A few weeks before the wedding, I bought the gold tie, brown belt, and brown shoes that tied the whole thing together.
It took a while for me to come up with my groomsmen look. I spent a lot of time on google and pinterest to find something that worked. I finally went with the white shirt, gray vest, gray slacks, brown shoe look. I gave my groomsmen several options of pieces, hoping that they would all find pieces on their own so they didn’t all have a copy cat look. As luck would have it, they all found pieces that were very close to one another! But it worked out great.

The flowers we used were inspired by the Fall season. Our wedding was in October at a garden so we looked at what flowers weren’t there to create a variety. I wanted a blend of flowers for my bouquet that created soft colors from our color palette like oranges, pinks, and light greens. I love dahlias, berries for the season, and succulents because they last a long time but also have beautiful tones.

Bridesmaid bouquets were similar to my bouquet, but smaller and no dahlias.

The groomsmen had a pinkish orange rose/succulent combo.

Picking the ceremony location was easy. After visiting our venue, we were drawn to the beautiful gazebo that accented the lawn in front of the property. Extra decorations were not necessary, considering the natural beauty of our outdoor location. Our close friend Crystal officiated the event. She did an amazing job. Several weeks in advance, we gave Crystal a general outline of the ceremony flow, so she could start to fill in the blanks. Kathleen and I wrote our own vows, and at no point did we coordinate the style or tone of our vows, besides a loose timeframe to stick to.
The ceremony started with the song “Me voy a morir de tanto amor” by Alberto Iglesias. Me and my groomsmen lined up with anticipation, and I just couldn’t wipe the grin off my face while looking out at all of my family and friends. Watching Kathleen come down the isle with her father was a wonderful sight, and time seemed to slow down as I realized that we finally were here, on our wedding day. The ceremony was a perfect length, and did sentiment was shared by many family and friends. To finish it off, we walked off to “You’re all I need to get by” by Marvin Gaye.

The Marin Art & Garden Center was the first venue that we visited. We fell in love with it and knew it would be hard to top, considering its beauty and proximity to home. The venue had two main reception areas- each one different in terms of size, max capacity and price. So in a way, picking this venue had EVERYTHING to do with the reception area.
The venue managers made things easy to arrange the event. They have done many weddings and events in this location, so we took their lead on a lot of suggestions for dining, bar, dancing, and dessert placement.
Our centerpieces were arrangements that were meant to project the colors and feelings of autumn, while sticking with our wedding’s color theme. The arrangements were instead beautiful wooden boxes that really gave them a farmhouse look.
The catering company for our wedding was Insalata’s. Steven worked for Insalata’s for over 4 years right out of high school, so when we discovered they were on the approved cater list, it only made sense. Steven really enjoyed working there, and this family-own restaurant really taught him a love for food and the business. We knew that they would deliver, and boy did they. After careful consideration, we only made one small change to the original menu proposed to us months before the wedding. The rest of it fit us perfectly.
The bar menu was a very personal experience. Steven’s parents supplied all of the wine, based on their wine club memberships and large collection. The two of us came up with signature cocktails that both matched our tastes. Kathleen came up with a Moscow Mule, while Steven spent weeks toiling over the perfect cocktail that matched him. He finally came up with a maple manhattan that he called “The Bourbon Sprawl”, which is a name he concocted with a friend a week earlier.
For reception entertainment, we had a photobooth and custom made cornhole set. Our friend Paco spend all summer creating this set with the words “Team Bride” and “Team Groom” written on them.
The first dance song was “Knock me off my feet” by Stevie Wonder. It is a song that we have connected to during our entire relationship, so picking a song was not a laborious task. It is not a very traditional first dance song, but we sure made it our own!
Since we had a full dessert bar, our cake was a simple, but delicious, 6″ lemon ceremony cake. Each place setting at the dining tables had a menu card, which also had a shout out to the bridal party. The settings also had our party favor, which was a homemade Brazilian brigadeiro parfait. The parfait was inside a small mason jar with the word “Love” on the side, and the dessert was made by Kathleen’s good friend and co worker.

Our silliness and communication are key in our relationship. Hands down. There is something special when you can have a relationship where you can be yourself and help bring out the best qualities of your partner. We have this silent communication where a smile, look, or quirky gesture could be the only thing we need to do to communicate our love for each other. As silly as it sounds (like Bridesmaids-the movie), but it’s true. We’ve worked on our relationship to get to where we are and there’s still more to learn and grow together.

Our advice to future couples would be: don’t ever forget why you fell in love with your partner. Through the good and bad times, there is a reason why your heart opened up for this person. Don’t let the fog cloud your judgment. Take the filter down and remember to love, communicate, and respect one another. If you both can do that for each other, you will be fine.