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Wine Country Wedding: Lisa & Nikki

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Nikki and Lisa got married under bright blue skies on Oct. 11, 2012, at the Mount Palomar Winery in California. “The views from the ceremony site were spectacular, the wedding coordinator was phenomenal and most importantly – Lisa liked it,” said Nikki, explaining their choice of venue.

The brides decided to have a wedding in wine country because they liked the setting, and because most wineries offered in-house coordinators who handled all the planning details. “After striking out with the first 3 venues, we decided to check out Mount Palomar on the recommendation of our DJ. Everything clicked into place from the second we pulled into the parking lot,” Nikki said.

Lisa and Nikki met in 2001 through mutual friends, and after dating for about a month they decided they would just be friends. They kept their word, and maintained a friendship. “About 5 years ago the timing fairy worked her magic and we started dating again and the rest is history,” Nikki said. The night Lisa proposed, she took Nikki to dinner, with the ring hidden in her sock! The right moment didn’t come till after dinner though, when they were back home, and Lisa summoned Nikki onto the porch. “I was getting antsy, so I started to go back into the house. As i got up to leave, Lisa asked me to sit back down,” Nikki recalled. They invited about 125 family members and friends to their wedding. Each person in attendance became a permanent part of their story, by adding their thumbprints to a sketch of a tree that Lisa had given to Nikki when they first starting dating. One of the branches in the tree is a little off, because the brides always joked that they were “going out on a limb.” To capture that, Lisa drew a single branch to look bent, but not broken. Nikki had kept the drawing through the many years that they were broken up. “That tree is a part of us and is the best analogy of our relationship,” Nikki said.
The brides offer this advice to newly engaged couples: Recruit an awesome wedding party. Have an awesome photographer because you will remember very little without photos to jog your memory. Try every type of wedding cake. Seriously, remember it’s about the two of you. This your day to celebrate. Don’t get caught up in all the craziness, just enjoy each other.

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Photographer:  Michelle Johnson Photography // Cake Designer: Cucamonga Cakery Co. // Floral Designer: Cupid’s Arrow Florist // Photo Booth Equipment: MJP Photo Booths // Event Venue: Mount Palomar Winery

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.

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