From the couple:We were “set up” by family. Bride’s dad trained groom’s brother as an MMA fighter and the families knew we would make a good match. We dated long distance for a couple of years before moving in together in the East Bay, then buying a home together. We dated for 5 years before Dathan popped the question, at home in our PJ’s on my birthday eve @ midnight! Dathan had Jessie’s ring custom made- he picked it all out himself. We worked with the natural beauty of our rustic venue, but our florist worked her magic adding pops of glam with lots of mixed metals, glass, and beautiful floral & greenery. We wanted to have a dinner party vibe- with old school bluesy music and lots of good food & wine. Bride: wanted a simple glam look; casually elegant. No bridal party- just the two of us to fit with our small family wedding. Loved the fresh, clean yet natural look. Added a charm with my grandma’s picture to my bouquet so she would be there close with me- I lost her recently and we were very close. More greenery, candles behind us with large doors & wine barrels framing. Family mixed between both sides of seating- it was intimate, simple, sweet. Bride walked down the aisle to “Stand By Me”. Cocktail hour was outdoors on the upstairs terrace with old school music playing, and passed drinks & appetizers. Dinner was seated indoors with a four-course meal and lots of wine. Our first dance was to an Otis Redding song: “Your Precious Love“. Don’t sweat the small stuff or feel pressured to have things a “certain way”, it will be beautiful no matter what.