Pippin Hill Farm is one of our FAVORITE venues in all of the world, and when it’s shot by a photographer like Elisa B Photography, it gets even better. If that’s possible. You know we love pets, so we love that the couple included a furry attendant as well.
How he proposed (from John):
We had talked about taking a trip to Napa Valley and I got the idea to take her on a little vacation to Napa and propose to her there. I had the whole thing planned out: there is a winery that overlooks the entire valley and I called ahead to reserve a secluded little picnic spot for us so that I could propose. I even got the hotel to find me a cute little picnic basket and blanket that we could take a long. Of course, when we got there, nothing went according to plan. The winery staff pointed us in the opposite direction of the picnic spot I had reserved. Basically, the spot they pointed us to was this dusty little patch of scrub with a bunch of holes in the ground. I was extremely disappointed but thought, “Well, I just have to make the best of it.” So, of course, I started setting up a little picnic spot while all the while telling Jill how nice the spot was (even though it was not). Jill was less than convinced and kept asking why there were holes everywhere. I could feel I was losing her here – I needed to propose quick! I handed her some wine and she laid down next to me on the blanket. The moment of truth had arrived. I reached into the basket and picked up the ring box. Just as I was bringing the ring box out to show her, Jill got up and said, “I think these are snake holes. I’m going to see if I can find a better spot.” And off she went – leaving me behind with a ring box that I was just starting to bring out for her (but she still, clearly, hadn’t seen). I was there for quite some time by myself. I was mostly shaking my head and thinking this is just what I didn’t want to have happen. But just as I was thinking this, Jill came back and said she had found out that we we’re in the wrong spot and that our reservation was further down the road. We picked up all our things and headed over – and it was everything I originally hoped! I proposed to her right there and then and she said yes! I brought out some champagne I was saving and we toasted and then had a good laugh over how I was about to propose in snake infested mountainside – but luckily, Jill saved the day by getting up and walking out!
From the bride, Jill:
What were some touches added to make your wedding personal? We wanted to include our dog, Buddy, in the wedding, so he served as the ring bearer. He was so excited to be outside for the ceremony and surrounded by people he knew. He didn’t stick around for the reception, but my Uncle made a great little sculpture of him for the bottom of the cake.
What was the most memorable part of the day? I was worried that the day would be a blur, but I have so many great memories. Getting ready in the beautiful bridal loft, seeing John for the first time while walking down the aisle, the gorgeous view during the ceremony, being surrounded by our family and friends, and the incredibly fun dancing. The whole day was memorable!
Vendors: Photography: Elisa B Photography // Hair Stylist: Moxie Hair & Design Studio // Event Planner: Amore Events by Cody // Floral Designer: Sugar Magnolias // Reception Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards // Dress Designer: Angelo Lambrou // Cake Designer: Cakes by Rachael // Cinematographer: Shaking Hands Productions, LLC // Invitations: Twin Ravens Press