Jen Causey-Kidder
Jen Causey-Kidder April 15, 2013

real wedding | John + Molly

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“This was my all time favorite wedding of the year… the bride was cute as a button, the groom was quite dashing, and the party was off the hook!” – Sarah Kathleen Photography

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Molly’s ‘something old’ was a piece of her mother’s wedding dress sewn into a heart with their wedding date on it… they then sewed the heart into her wedding dress – how perfectly sweet is that! Such a lovely momento to be ‘wearing’ all day!


Check out their amazing wedding highlight film below from Joel VanZ


“I can’t narrow it down to just one! John and I were extremely lucky and honored to be married at his family’s vineyard in Templeton, CA. The property is an incredibly special place for us and is where most of our big relationship milestones took place, so getting married there set the stage for a wedding that was very personal from start to finish. A good friend of ours officiated the ceremony, another good friend catered (the very talented John Silva at Culinary Eye Catering out of San Francisco), the wine was made by John’s dad, the beer was made by John’s uncle, my dad planned and manned the cigar and Scotch bar… our main goal in planning the wedding was for it to be romantic and warm and very us, but most of all, we wanted it to be an incredibly fun party for our friends and family who had traveled so far to be there. I think we succeeded!

What started off as a nearly unbearably hot 100 degree day turned into one of most perfectly beautiful and warm nights we’ve ever experienced and eating dinner outside under the cafe lights with everyone we love is something we’ll never forget. Our first dance, our delicious rosemary lemonade fizz cocktails, the amazing food, the awesome music, extremely energetic dancing, and my and John’s ridiculous surprise Karaoke duet… everything was perfect from beginning to end.


With the amount of planning I had to do for my venue (which was in no way prepared for a wedding of this scale since it’s a family property and working vineyard) I had to prioritize my time and budget and tried to not go overboard with little unnecessary details most of our guests wouldn’t notice. I did, however, outsource some projects to some of my bridesmaids! I owe my dear friend Britt an extra debt of gratitude: I have always loved her handwriting and she was willing to address ALL of our invitations, paint the wooden directional signs, write out the bar menu, and projects of all projects, write out the seating chart on a giant blackboard! She’s also an architect so she was extremely good at spacing and keeping lines straight. My bridesmaid Katie, a fabulous sewer, cut out all the table cloths from the bolts of lace. Moral of the story: Exploit the skills of your family and bridal party!


Yes! Old: My mother made a little heart out of the fabric from her wedding dress, embroidered out initials and wedding date on it, and sewed it into the underside of my dress. So special! New: my Dress. Borrowed: I wore the earrings my sister wore in her wedding. Blue: I wore turquoise sandals!


My advice for brides planning a wedding at a venue that is more or less bare bones like I did? Start planning early and don’t stop! There are a million things to think through that you wouldn’t ever need to think about at a real wedding venue: Power generators, porta potties, lighting… the list goes on and on! Also – do something uniquely you and a little unexpected: We surprised our guests with late night karaoke and, given the open bar, it was a big hit!” – Molly, the bride


photographer:  Sarah Kathleen // videographer: Joel VanZ // venue: groom’s family vineyard // brides dress: Sarah Morgan Bridal via Etsy // bridesmaids dresses: H&M // groomsmen suits: Men’s Wearhouse // invitations: Brown Linen // florals: Brianne from Cambria Pines Nursery // rentals: Classic Party Rentals San Francisco // caterer: Culinary Eye Catering // event planner: Danae Grace Events // vintage decor rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals // hair stylist: Lindsey Estrada of Hive Beauty Collective // DJ: Kramer Entertainment Inc. // makeup: Makeup by Bernadette // shuttle busses: American Star Trailways // porta potties: American MarBorg

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