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Real Wedding: Garrett & Brian

Sarah Maren PhotographersBy Kate Miller

Garrett McCord and Brian Palmer’s wedding was truly a unique event. Both grooms wanted an intimate celebration that put the focus on their closest friends and family, food and fun. Garrett works as a Food Writer by day and Brian works as a Combat Medic in the US Army – so showcasing their unique personalities and backgrounds was key.

To showcase Garrett’s love of food, they opted to share their culinary love with a few subtle touches in their ceremony. Their friend’s private estate hosted many unique gardens, but they chose to exchange vows in the Lemon Garden under a beautiful canopy of grapevines. After a reading of “The Day The Saucers Came” by Neil Gaiman (an amazing piece – the author congratulated the grooms via twitter), the boys had a rousing game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine the first exchanger of vows. Finally, they toasted their love in front of their guests with a Wine and Chocolate ceremony – drinking straight from the bottle. It was unabashedly Garrett and Brian and we were so happy to help them create a ceremony so unique to them.

After the Ceremony, guests joined together for a feast on the patio overlooking the property rose garden and infinity pool. The couple decided to keep catering simple but delicious. Not wanting to ask any of his Chef friends to work on his special day, he hired his favorite street taco truck Tacos Tres Hermanos to bring their grill. Pastry Chef Elaine Baker created a delicious brown sugar butter cake with cream cheese frosting.  A homebrew fanatic friend worked with Garrett to create a custom beer for guests to enjoy – a Belgium beer with hints of orange, coriander and vanilla. Lastly, his talented group of guests-slash-foodies brought a divine cheese plate, homemade salsa and incredible home baked cookies to add to the spread. Garrett and Brian even worked hard to create scrumptious homemade jams for guests to take home as their favors. After toasts by dear friends and family, their sunset-lit first dance on the lower pool deck and a candle-lit cake cutting, guests joined the couple on the dance floor to boogie the night away. One of the more unique difficulties that the grooms faced, was the choice of what to wear. Brian had the wonderful opportunity to wear his Army dress, after Don’t Ask , Don’t Tell was repealed in the previous year.  Instead of the typical tuxes, Garrett was challenged to coordinate with an Army Green suit. We tried many options, but settled on an Irish Linen Suit from J Crew, with hint of Army Green in his coordinating tie. He looked dapped – and it was a nice nod to Garrett’s Irish heritage for a milestone occasion. His boutonniere had touches of rosemary and sage – a true foodie accessory.

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Photographer:  Sarah Maren Photography  //  Floral Designer: Flourish  //  Event Planner: Kate Miller Events

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

About Guest Writer, Kate Miller

Kate Miller, has been in the event planning sector since 2003, and has assembled a team of creative consultants that assist in executing the productions for her firm, Kate Miller Events™, which specializes in award winning design, planning and coordination for weddings, social occasions, corporate gatherings and other social events.

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