We had the joy of hosting the wedding of Kaitlin and Chris here at Holman Ranch in March. Their big day was simply gorgeous and we loved meeting them and their 86 guests. After the wedding we caught up with them to find out a bit more about the happy couple.
How did you meet?
Chris and I met while both working for DFV Wines, a large wine company in Northern California. I was working in marketing at the time and based in Napa, California, and he was in Sales, based in Little Rock, Arkansas. We got to know each other while on a work trip in Hawaii in July 2011 and we’ve been together ever since!
Where did you go on your first date?
Our first date was a wine tasting trip to Napa. It was about a month after we met in Hawaii and it was Chris’s first time visiting me in San Francisco. We spent the whole day in Napa tasting wines, picnicking and walking around downtown St. Helena. We then had a casual dinner in Marin on the way back to San Francisco. It was the perfect date for us as we both enjoy great food, wine and company.
How, when and where did you propose? Why there?
Chris proposed on September 30, 2012. He told me we were going on a hike in Mt. Tam. However, he conveniently took the wrong exit and we ended up at Kirby Cove, which is a beach side campground located on the north side of the Golden Gate bridge just below the bridge.
It was an unusually warm, clear day so the views of the bridge and San Francisco were absolutely spectacular. Chris said he wanted to check out the campsite as we both had never been there before so we explored a bit until we found the beach. As I told him he should get out his new camera to take pictures, he pulled out a small box and said he had a question to ask me.
After he proposed and I said yes, we called our family to tell them the happy news (most of them already knew about the proposal and were anxiously waiting to hear from us) and then we went straight to San Francisco to celebrate with friends.
Why did you chose to have your wedding here at Holman Ranch?
Being from Modesto, California, I grew up vacationing regularly in the Carmel area so it was always a very special place to me. Chris and I technically met for the very first time in Carmel at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival in 2011 and while we dated, we had a few vacations in the Carmel area so it become a special place to both of us. Once we were engaged, we knew there was no other place we would rather start our lives together.
We looked at a few venues and all were located in gorgeous areas in and around Carmel and Carmel Valley, though none of them felt quite right. Holman Ranch was the very last venue we planned to look at and as soon as we met Hunter and she took us up to the Ranch, with its Spanish style buildings and stunning Valley views, we knew that was it!
It felt like the perfect place to share our love with our family and friends who are still talking about how amazingly beautiful the wedding was!
- What family, cultural or other traditions did you honor on your wedding day?
Chris and I really wanted our guests to feel the love and happiness we felt for each other on our special day. Our Officiant, Brian Lyke, did a terrific job of customizing our ceremony and making it very special for everyone. From the readings to our vows to the sand ceremony, afterward our guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and how much love they felt, which was what we wanted.
If there is one thing you know you’ll never forget about your wedding day, what would it be?
The food! As Chris and I are huge foodies, having good food at our wedding was definitely a priority to us. We met with Nancy and Jon at Paradise Catering a few months before the wedding and as soon as we talked to them and tasted some of their dishes, we knew we had the right caterers. Our guests still rave about how great the food was at our wedding!
Is there something you would do differently that you can share with other couples?
I can’t think of one thing I would do differently. Most of our vendors were already very familiar with Holman Ranch so with their expertise and the help of an experienced wedding coordinator, the day went incredibly smoothly.
Once piece of advice I would give to any couple getting married is to be sure to enjoy the actual wedding day together as it goes by faster than you think! There is so much going on at all times and the bride and groom get pulled in so many directions throughout the day, it is easy to lose track of each other.
I would strongly recommend taking time out every hour or so to have a moment with each other so you can really experience one of the most special days you will ever have together!
Where will you go for your honeymoon?
We are currently in the midst of planning a two week honeymoon to Spain for October this year. We can’t wait!
Photos courtesy of Miranda Shanti Stratford.
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