California cottage wedding: Arno + Nadine
When it comes to throwing a kid-friendly wedding, Arno + Nadine know how to roll: historic cabins along the river, tug of war, football, kayaking along the Russian River, croquet and a piñata. Their wedding, largely focused on the concept of family and integrating children into all activities, makes us happy. The work the two of them do makes us want to give them hugs. Nadine runs an incredible non-profit medical center for low income children in San Francisco and Arno works in solar energy with a successful company in Marin. If after you swoon over their wedding you feel a sense of nostalgia, it’s because Nadine wanted the wedding to feel like summer camp on the set of Dirty Dancing. Their venue, Dawn Ranch was perfect and really lended that campy summer vibe.
To dine amongst apple orchards is such a heavenly way to dine.
Nadine grew up with piñatas at every family function, as her mom used them at every possible party (birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.). So, they crushed a big silver piñata to kick off the wedding reception. All thirty of the kids at the wedding went wild!
Sweetest father daughter dance we’ve ever seen!
Congrats Arno + Nadine! You can also find more info in SF Brides Magazine!
Photography: Jesse Leake Photography / Venue: Dawn Ranch Lodge / Planning + Design: Alyssa Brown of Alison Events / Flowers: La Fleuriste / Catering: Dawn Ranch / Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. / Videographer: Thomas Hughes Films / Rentals: La Tavola Linens + Wine Country Party Rentals / Invitations: Petite Alma via Wedding Paper Divas / Day of paper goods: Hello! Lucky / DJ: Killer Miller / Ceremony, cocktail and dinner music: Coconut Hut Steel Drums / Hair + makeup: Yvette Beebee + Karen Chong Chan / Cupcakes: Sift / Brides dress: Vera Wang / Brides shoes: Rene Caovilla