Steph and Nick's Wedding in Wine Country

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Aren't they a cute couple!

OMG...I can't believe the day is finally here!  Our good friends Steph and Nick from Arizona are finally tying the knot!!! Both Steph and Michelle were in my wedding which was an incredible experience...just wish the marriage had lasted longer!!!  I had not seen Steph or Nick since I moved to Sacramento which was almost 1 1/2 years ago!!  Steph decided they wanted an "elopement ceremony" in wine country - huh? You send out invites to an elopement ceremony...is it truly an elopement then?!?! LOL. 

Anyways, I had been looking forward to this for quite some time.....I never thought they'd get married (translation: I never thought Nick would get off his butt and ask her)!!  I was not going to miss this ceremony for anything! Unfortunately, I was dealing with some health issues that did almost prevent us from making it but we trudged on, through my tears and almost complete anxiety attack because traffic was so bad and we were late.

The Vegas girls reunited...me, Steph, and Michelle!
..about 15 minutes late.  Steph had left me only one request for Michelle and I, "DON'T BE LATE!" OMG and here we were, perhaps missing the entire ceremony itself!!  I was pushing back going to the ER for myself just to make sure I didn't miss their day. 

Finally we made it and ran in the winery, only to hear the minister say "get the bride a glass of champagne" as he walked upstairs to the brides' dressing area.  Talk about breathe a sigh of relief....they had not got married yet!!!!! We ran inside and saw Nick and met the family members and few friends who were there - I believe there were 12 of us total there.   Since my heart was still racing outside my chest, I saw red wine being poured.....full glass here please!!! :D

Ok, time for us to go down to the garden (what perfect timing)  as the ceremony is about to begin.

Bury me here please!!! LOL
  Grab my wine glass, camera, and we are off!  Funny moments with Nick as he's beyond nervous and a few good pics and next thing you know, Steph's on her way down.  OMG..she made such a beautiful bride - so simple and so elegant.  She looked like a barbie doll......(cursing under my breath at that point - ha ha). 

The ceremony was great - the minister was very non conventional and filled the ceremony with quite a bit of humor.  It was one of the best ceremonies I've seen as it was personalized and the formality aspect was softened by the humorous comments the minister made.  I was surprised I didn't cry but given the state of anxiety I was still in from getting there and not feeling well, I think perhaps I was still in shock!! HA HA.

There's trouble - Nick, Eric, and Matt
  Of course, the glasses of wine I consumed likely helped!!! Right after the ceremony, the minister called Nick's Dad and Eric, their close friend up to chug wine with him.  Oh yes, they chugged wine!!!! Then the minister saw I had a wine glass and called me up as well - I have never chugged red wine before so this was quite a first!!! WOW!

After the ceremony, it was time for great pics and cake.  OMG, cake!!! The cake was included as part of the ceremony package and it was the darn best cake I've had....it was heavenly!!!  Nick and Steph did their first dance and we all sat and chatted for awhile until it was time to head out for our dinner reservations in downtown Calistoga.   Dinner was going to be at a restaurant in downtown Calistoga called, Flatiron Grille.

Willie getting ready to sign the frame...."DRUNK" LOL
  Somehow Michelle and I were the first two to arrive on the scene and talked with the Manager for a bit.  Steph had done assigned seating and we had cute little notepads with our names....awwwwwww!

She had seated Eric and his partner Matt right across from us...YEAH!!! I haven't seen Eric in a couple years since he was out in Vegas with them - he's such a doll.  I missed hanging out with him and it was great to see him and Matt all afternoon and evening!!!  Putting us at the corner was probably dangerous since we were likely to get rowdy but everyone ended up being on their best behavior...well sorta!!! HA HA HA. 

The reception dinner was fun - Nick's Dad Willie had a bit too much to drink and by the end of the night, he signed their wedding frame "DRUNK" 09/18/08.

Michelle and I being dorks
  HA HA.  And poor Nick wasn't allowed to get drunk...Steph banned him from all alcohol until the entree was served so that she ensured he would be uh, well, ya know.....ready for their first night as a married couple!!! :D 

The food was delicious, the wine was fantastic, and the company was incredible!!  We had such a great time and I am so glad we didn't miss it!!!!  We got back to Sacramento a little before midnight and the plan was to meet up with them for their wine tasting adventures Friday afternoon! :-) 

poohstanggt says:
HA HA HA...well, uh, have you ever seen guys chug beer? They drink the whole bottle/glass at one time?!? Something you don't do with wine unless you want to get sick! LOL
Posted on: Sep 24, 2008
Quest says:
glad you made it and had a great time... :o))

just one question for you; what's chugging wine?
Posted on: Sep 24, 2008
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Arent they a cute couple!
Aren't they a cute couple!
The Vegas girls reunited...me, Ste…
The Vegas girls reunited...me, St…
Bury me here please!!! LOL
Bury me here please!!! LOL
Theres trouble - Nick, Eric, and …
There's trouble - Nick, Eric, and…
Willie getting ready to sign the f…
Willie getting ready to sign the …
Michelle and I being dorks
Michelle and I being dorks
The cake table
The cake table
The wine cave
The wine cave
The small reception area
The small reception area
The groom to be - Nick
The groom to be - Nick
Nick all nervous! LOL
Nick all nervous! LOL
Steph and her parents
Steph and her parents
The beautiful couple!
The beautiful couple!
The minister pouring the wine
The minister pouring the wine
Drink up Steph!
Drink up Steph!
Nicks turn
Nick's turn
The guests
The guests
Love the rose petals!
Love the rose petals!
Awwwww, the married people kiss!!!…
Awwwww, the married people kiss!!…
More rose petals
More rose petals
Whew...its over and Nick survived…
Whew...it's over and Nick survive…
Getting ready to chug wine with th…
Getting ready to chug wine with t…
Willie and the minister finishing …
Willie and the minister finishing…
Cmon Eric..chug!!!
C'mon Eric..chug!!!
Eric finally finished his! LOL
Eric finally finished his! LOL
Steph and Nick with Hiro and Sierra
Steph and Nick with Hiro and Sierra
Michelle and I with Steph and Nick
Michelle and I with Steph and Nick
Michelle, Eric, and I
Michelle, Eric, and I
What are Eric and Matt looking at?
What are Eric and Matt looking at?
With the non family member guests
With the non family member guests
Nick and Eric
Nick and Eric
Not sure what Eric was doing to me…
Not sure what Eric was doing to m…
We look so disorganized here! LOL
We look so disorganized here! LOL
Jason, Carol, Steph, and Nick
Jason, Carol, Steph, and Nick
The photographer said act goofy..I…
The photographer said act goofy..…
Matt, Eric, Steph, and Nick
Matt, Eric, Steph, and Nick
Another group shot
Another group shot
With the brides parents
With the bride's parents
What the heck is Michelle doing?!?…
What the heck is Michelle doing?!…
Nicks Dad being, well, Nicks Dad…
Nick's Dad being, well, Nick's Da…
This was our Charles Angels pose! …
This was our Charles Angels pose!…
With both sides parents!
With both sides' parents!
Ok girls, lets get with the progr…
Ok girls, let's get with the prog…
The happy couple
The happy couple
A great looking group here!
A great looking group here!
Cmon Nick..just kiss her already!…
C'mon Nick..just kiss her already…
With Nicks parents
With Nick's parents
LMAO at Eric!
LMAO at Eric!
Willie goofing around again!
Willie goofing around again!
Awwwww...lucky Steph!
Awwwww...lucky Steph!
With Eric and Matt
With Eric and Matt
Hmmm, almost looks like we are ski…
Hmmm, almost looks like we are sk…
Ok dokey...hmmmm?  LOL
Ok dokey...hmmmm? LOL
Ok...finally we are posing!
Ok...finally we are posing!
Steph with Hiro and Sierra
Steph with Hiro and Sierra
Awwwww...Matt getting a kiss from …
Awwwww...Matt getting a kiss from…
The cake cutting
The cake cutting
YEAH...!!!
YEAH...!!!
Feeding each other the wedding cake
Feeding each other the wedding cake
The wedding toast
The wedding toast
Awwwww, smooches!
Awwwww, smooches!
ERIC!!! :D
ERIC!!! :D
Michelle and I after our cake! :D
Michelle and I after our cake! :D
The first dance
The first dance
Another shot of Nick and Steph on …
Another shot of Nick and Steph on…
With the parents on the dance floor
With the parents on the dance floor
OMG...their wedding cake was heave…
OMG...their wedding cake was heav…
With the cute boys
With the cute boys
What is Willie doing now?!?! LOL
What is Willie doing now?!?! LOL
Awww, deep in talk! :D
Awww, deep in talk! :D
Whoo Hoo..Steph wanted a risque sh…
Whoo Hoo..Steph wanted a risque s…
Steph and I - double trouble!! :D
Steph and I - double trouble!! :D
Michelle in the cave
Michelle in the cave
Another one of Michelle in the win…
Another one of Michelle in the wi…
Me in the wine cave
Me in the wine cave
The reception table - Flatiron Gri…
The reception table - Flatiron Gr…
Our place settings!
Our place settings!
Kissy for Eric and Matts setting!…
Kissy for Eric and Matt's setting…
Awwwww, Michelle and I with Eric!!
Awwwww, Michelle and I with Eric!!
Steph and Eric
Steph and Eric
Michelle and her favors
Michelle and her favors
Me with my favors
Me with my favors
Gotcha Willie!!! :D
Gotcha Willie!!! :D
Not sure what Eric is doing here
Not sure what Eric is doing here
Awwww...poor Nick is still not all…
Awwww...poor Nick is still not al…
Nick and Eric
Nick and Eric
Michelle and her Salmon
Michelle and her Salmon
Me and my steak
Me and my steak
Eric and I
Eric and I
he whole gang (minus Hiro who had …
he whole gang (minus Hiro who had…
Steph and Matt
Steph and Matt
Cute!!!
Cute!!!
Uhhhh, yeah, dont ask! LOL
Uhhhh, yeah, don't ask! LOL
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride…
Always a bridesmaid, never a brid…
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