An outdoor, spring wedding in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is always an iffy affair...it could be in the 80's or it could snow. The weather for this wedding changed hourly from sun to snow to rain, so the plans had to change accordingly. The actual wedding, held at the Bride's family vineyard, had no rain but was very cold - thank goodness for the early morning IKEA run to get fleece throws for the guests. Stephen and Lauren's ceremony was intimate, personal and beautiful.  The Bride and Groom served at the buffet which became a kind of receiving line where they could personally talk to each guest. The rain/snow came and went during cocktails and began in earnest as the last guest was served dinner. Due to the weather, we moved the reception into the family home and the atmosphere became very uptown-cocktail-party...we were shoulder to shoulder but it couldn't have been sweeter. Toasts & (cheese)cake cutting continued as planned. The massive coffee table became an impromptu location for the first dance, accompanied by a composed-as-she-went piano solo by a dear friend. Plans changed but the dream of a 'perfect' wedding was fulfilled ~ Stephen and Lauren's day certainly told their love story, their way. (Many of the photos were taken by their friend, Lara Choma Kreutner)

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