You could say the Internet brought Gabrielle Rose and Chris Chang together -- after all, they were online while both living in San Francisco -- but the couple credit fate. A year and a half after meeting, the now Chicago-based pair tied the knot at Meadowood Resort in California's Napa Valley, paying homage to the state where their love first took root.
The bride's and groom's parents stood at the altar for the start of the ceremony. Then, Dr. Judith Caldwell led the service, which included the exchange of personalized vows. Chris recited "Sonnet 89" by Pablo Neruda and Gabrielle read the poem "Love" by Roy Croft. At the end of the service, the groom's young niece sang the blessing "Long Time Sun" by Snatum Kaur.
Guests sipped white peach sangria during cocktail hour and noshed on hors d'oeuvres like black-eyed pea and shrimp fritters (a classic Brazilian dish) with Korean-inspired kimchi aioli and "his" and "hers" tacos. The bites nodded to Gabrielle's Brazilian roots and Chris's Korean heritage.
Each table was assigned a different gemstone, and a framed sign and specimen explained the meaning of each. Amethyst, which signifies pure and true emotional love, marked the bride and groom’s table. Others, like this one with citrine (which promotes success and abundance), nodded at protection, wisdom, inner peace, harmony, and imagination.
The dinner buffet, which celebrated California's seasonal cuisine, included slow-roasted organic salmon, beef tenderloin, orange and beet salad, heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, and grilled artichokes. While the couple's 100 friends and family dined, a strolling violinist serenaded them with soft music.
Each layer of their three-tier confection by Perfect Endings boasted a different flavor: red velvet, vanilla bean pound cake with raspberry, and Chantilly sponge cake with white chocolate filling. It was surrounded by other sweets, including mini strawberry shortcakes and chocolate mignardises.
Photography: Gia Canali Photography
Location and Catering: Meadowood
Event Planning, Design, and Stationery: Amy Kaneko Events
Flowers: Cherries Flowers
Cake: Perfect Endings
Music: Dave Kim Music
Rentals: Hartmann Studios
Videography: LoveSpun Films
Lighting: Got Light
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Engagement Ring: Designed by the groom, from Lester Lampert
Hair and Makeup: Sarah Hyde
On-Site Dressing and Pressing: SewHeidi Wedding De-Tailer (707-479-0790)