Good day my loves! I’m super excited to share today’s romantic pink & gold California wedding, captured by Wendy Hithe, with you all today! Heather & Cory’s stunning wedding at Empire Mine State Park literally proves that second marriages can be magical and truly unforgettable. Feast your eyes on all the glittery gold & pink goodness of their wedding day below, and get the scoop on their love story & wedding details by reading the brides comments directly after.
From the bride, Heather:
How did you meet?
We work for a major food service distributor. We would see each other at sales meetings. I thought he was adorable, he didn’t know I was alive!
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen?
I was in Chicago for work and Cory flew out to spend Valentines with me in the windy city. We had an incredible dinner at the 95th floor restaurant (called the 95th) and he asked! I told him it was a “stupid question! Of course I would.”
Describe your wedding day look:
My dress was something I never pictured myself in but once I had it on I knew I had to marry Cory in it. It was from Enchanted Bridal in Fair Oaks, I loved working with those ladies! I’ve used an incredibly talented makeup artist for years, Jessica from Polish and Pout. She makes me the most beautiful version of myself! I couldn’t trust my hair to just anyone. Tiffany Trulove of Teased by Trulove has done my hair since I was 21 years old and she was just out of beauty school. She just gets me and my crazy amounts of long/thick hair! I wanted to look classic and beautiful, I’m positive my groom thought so.
What inspired the wedding day outfits?
Each bridesmaid got to pick her own dress. I wanted them to feel comfortable and be able to have fun! I absolutely LOVED the way all the colors worked and how beautiful the dresses looked. My main goal for the guys was to not let them overheat! We picked the light beige so they wouldn’t melt!
Did you do a First Look before the ceremony?
We did have a first look. There are many reasons I chose to see my groom before the wedding; time restraints, we wanted to enjoy our guest as long as possible we didn’t want to miss the party by taking pictures during cocktail hour. The HEAT!!! We wanted to get the pics done while it was still a little cooler. Most of all, I was a nervous wreck, seeing Cory just made me calm down. He’s my anchor and heart, not to mention the reason I got dressed up that June day! I wanted him to tell me what he thought of my dress! Looking back I’m so incredibly happy we did it. Plus the video of the first look is perfect! I wanted to be able to capture that.
How did you decide on your venue?
This was probably the easiest decision we made throughout the planning process. Cory is from Humboldt county, the land of the GIANT Redwoods. I am from the Foothills of Northern California. Empire Mine is a PERFECT combination of the two. We wanted classy but no stuffy. Our venue is the most beautiful in the area in my opinion and our guests agreed!
Where did you get the inspiration for your color palette and design?
I’m a pink girl! My engagement ring is rose gold, and we got married in Gold Country! I wanted soft and romantic.
Describe your decor:
I wanted the tables to glow! My Grandmother started collecting gold candle holders as soon as I told her my vision. I used a ton of her candle sticks. I wanted a little bling with a ton of greenery. My wedding planner and florist are the best in the business. Sarah of LaBella Weddings in Carmel Ca and her team are so talented and made our day perfect. Reina of Floral Design by Reina is out of this world talented. She took my vision and made it one million times more beautiful than I could have ever imagined! I wanted the beautiful outdoor setting to feel like a ball room.
Our bow-tie-bar was one of my favorites! My niece and I worked for hours folding the boxes and attaching the bow-ties. My husband thought it would be a waste and no one would wear them, every single bow tie was on a guest by the time we made it to cocktail hour.
The favors were cream napkins with the guests last name embroidered on them. I wanted something NO ONE had seen before! They were multi-functional, napkin, place card and favor.
The boutonnieres were so fun! I wanted something different and something that represented my fiancé. Cory was a Chef for many many years and working for a food service company you turn into a foodie! All the boutonnieres were small forks with the flowers attached. I loved the way they turned out.
I made our cake the morning of the wedding! The girls were all getting their hair and makeup done and I stacked Oreos! Cory and I aren’t cake people, but we LOVE us some Oreos!
Three things you’re glad you did:
I’m so glad we took pictures ahead of time! Our family and bridal party thanked us for it.
Sweetheart table! The day goes by so quickly I loved just sitting and talking to Cory. Also, I have been in weddings and was separated from my date. I didn’t want to do that to our bridal party! It also made the table arrangement easier. I had easy tables of 8 not 7!
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
You’ve heard this before but I have so many it’s difficult to choose but I will give you my VERY MOST FAVORITE!
The WALK- My son walking me down the aisle. He’s been the man in my life, Cory asked HIM for my hand in marriage. It only appropriate that he give me away. And as I literally SHOOK as I walked down the aisle Kellen just kept telling me how beautiful I looked and that everything was going to be ok.
Papa – For the Father-Daughter dance I danced with each of the men that helped shape me into the woman I am today. My awesome Dad, I picked Every breath you take by the Police, it’s SOOOO reminds me of him. My Step Dad who has proven that great second families do exist since he was a great Step Father to me, my son and I broke into a fun dance perfect for a 9 year old. But more than any, and I’m starting to cry writing this I danced with my beloved Grandfather, the greatest man I have EVER known. I wasn’t sure he was going to live to see me get married, but he fought to be there. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house and most certainly not mine. It was the best dance I’ve ever had. He passed very recently and I will never forget that moment.
Prayer – My very close friend, my Mother and one bridesmaid prayed over me right before I walked down the aisle. There were no cameras, no one knew what we were doing but I needed to be surrounded by those ladies and God. It was perfect.
Ring Warming – We are true believers in family and friends being like family. And that marriage needs to be supported by everyone in your life. We passed our wedding bands around during the ceremony for all of our guests to add their prayers, wishes and thoughts into our symbol of love. They were in a little box that was handed around throughout the guests and then brought up to the alter.
Best Man – the best man doing the wave before the wedding was CLASSIC! Of course I didn’t get to see it since I was the one they were waiting for, but the pictures are awesome!
Do You have any advice for other brides?
Don’t get caught up in perfection. Don’t worry if someone wants to bring a date that isn’t on your guest list. If they want to share in your day and will take the time to be there and support you let them. No one is going to remember if the table numbers are even, they are going to remember the fun they had! It’s a celebration!!!!
Photographer: Wendy Hithe, Photographer|Reception Venue: Empire Mine State Park|Dress Shop: Enchanted Bridal|Makeup: Jessica from Polish and Pout|Hair: Tiffany Trulove of Teased by Trulove|Wedding Planner: LaBella Weddings|Florals: Loral Design by Reina