Gillian Shenon

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Month: November, 2012


On August 18th Kelly and Victor were married at Rockin’ H Ranch, a private property along the Petaluma River.  Guests processed from the main home on the property where the ceremony and cocktail hour were held, along the runway to the airplane hangar.  The reception was held within this unusual space where we had the Pizza Politana oven at one side of the hangar doors and the sun setting behind our prop plane at the other.

Escort cards, indicating the table assignments, were nestled in a tray of dried green peas – a subtle reference to the Italian meal to come.

Kelly’s clever idea to paint farm animals white and attach craft paper name tags, served as the place cards.

Bridesmaids photo op!

A sunset kiss along the runway.

Happily ever after…


Photo credit: Ksenia Nesterova Professional Photography



Danielle and Patrick celebrated their nuptials at the Sequoia Retreat Center among the redwoods in beautiful Ben Lomond, California, over Labor Day weekend.  Upon our final site visit to check status of the barn’s construction, we were vaguely optimistic (!), knowing there was a first event scheduled before ours.  Phew, we made it!  (See previous blog post “Barn Raising” to see early pictures of the barn.)

Danielle had the clever idea to re-use painter’s drop cloths as the table linens, and had napkins made using different patterns of indigo fabric.  Erica Lewis (Erica Rose Design) provided the floral arrangements in keeping with Danielle’s request to reflect the natural flora and fauna of the Santa Cruz mountains.

Danielle made another sage decision to seat all of her guests inside the barn which proved to create a very intimate environment; people began to dance at their tables before the real dance party even began.  The DJ was spinning vinyl – it was that kind of a party!

A first dance…

More of Erica’s creative genius: a bridesmaid’s bouquet.