It’s not every day you encounter a wedding story like Brooke and Raoul’s. It’s funny how sometimes you can be in the right place, at the right time, finding yourself in the right room with the right people. They’re a Bay Area couple that met and developed their relationship in true San Francisco fashion. Here is their story…

Rained Out, An Opportunity for Love

Brooke and Raoul both took trips to Scottsdale, Arizona to cheer on their favorite team, the San Francisco Giants. Neither realized that this trip would lead them on a journey full of travel, love, and a new brightness in life. The day they were to attend the Giants/Dodgers game they had tickets for, a huge rain and hail storm took over Scottsdale. I know, who would have thought? Both groups, disappointed and soaked, ended up at a bar called R&R. Turns out, when you put two people with a spark like Brooke and Raoul together, that’s all it takes for them to bond and feel the beginnings of a new love.

First Stop San Francisco, Next Stop Puerto Rico

After returning to San Francisco two weeks later, the couple went on their first official date at Nopa in the city. They were inseparable. After just a month of dating, Raoul invited Brooke to join him on a work trip to Puerto Rico, which was the first of many trips together. This set the stage for their relationship. Brooke and Raoul spent the next year traveling together to New York, Tahoe, Maui, Mexico, and Italy, getting to know each other and their family and friends.

On One Knee in Front of Coit Tower

When you know, you just know. On their 1-year anniversary, Raoul had something special in store for Brooke. He took her to visit Coit Tower, a place she had never been, and as the sun set he got down on one knee and proposed. Of course she said yes! Following the proposal, Brooke and Raoul celebrated with champagne and dinner with Brooke’s parents. The festivities continued with a celebratory family brunch the morning after, all coordinated by Raoul.

The Big Day

Brooke prepared for her big day with the help of her bridesmaids and trusty stylists. Her hair, done by Renee Rodriguez, was kept long and curled and her makeup by Racine Christensen, was the perfect combination of natural/made up. Brooke’s whole look along with her beautiful Amy Kushel wedding dress was classy and fun.

A Diablo Country Club Wedding

The wedding took place at the Diablo Country Club, a beautiful location for their outdoor ceremony under the oak trees. With the view of Mount Diablo in the background, it set the stage for a romantic day full of love and support from family and friends.

When the time came, Brooke walked down the aisle carrying her pink and white bouquet by Megan Haney Designs. All eyes were on her. She looked stunning and smiled from ear to ear. As officiant Ryan Lincks guided them through the ceremony, you could feel the excitement. After they said “I Do”, Brooke and Raoul kissed along with a cheering crowd toasting with champagne.

Celebrate with Cocktails and Impressive Dancing

Following the ceremony, the wedding was transported to phase two by the help of Black Tie Transportation. It was time to celebrate! Guests were served mini dirty martinis (Brooke’s drink) and Corpse Revivers (Raoul’s drink).

Instead of the usual white-layered cake, Brooke and Raoul chose a more modern approach. They opted for cupcakes provided by Kara’s Cupcakes! Just like the night they met, the newlyweds’ first married drink together was a shot of tequila. Back in San Francisco, the Giants were playing a nail-biting game that went into overtime. All throughout the night, the scores were called out. It seemed that there were more than one thing to cheer about that night!

As the evening progressed, the party danced to music by DJ Brian Fitzsimmons. Though there were a lot of impressive moves, including the bridesmaids’ and friends’ dance to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”, my personal favorite was noticing the love shared between Brooke and her dad. They seemed to have such a strong emotional connection and I feel it over and over again every time I go through their images.

Brooke and Raoul’s wedding was full of laughter and sweet love and could not have been accomplished without the great work by Day of Designs wedding coordinators.

Also, a big thanks to my team for the day: Nicole Cross and Kevin Walters.

Brooke and Raoul, congratulations on your beautiful wedding! I wish you a lifetime full of travel, sweet love, and many more Giants World Series!

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

VENDORS:

Venue: Diablo Country Club

Wedding Planner: Day of Designs

Officiant: Ryan Lincks

Florist: Megan Haney Designs

Cake: Kara’s Cupcakes

Bride’s Hair: Renee Rodriguez

Bride’s Makeup: Racine Christensen

Wedding Dress: Amy Kushel

DJ/MC: Brian Fitzsimmons

Videographer: Reel Motions

Transportation: Black Tie Transportation

Photography: Nicole diGiorgio, Sweetness and Light Photography

Second Shooters: Nicole Cross and Kevin Walters

Joey and Jessie are that uber-happening couple who know where the cool kids like to party. Okay, but seriously, they’re more than that. Jessie is a consummate animal lover and Joey, ever the empath, sends her random photos of fuzzy kittens or bear cubs just to brighten her day when she’s a little down. Now that’s love.

A Match Made in Oakland

After being introduced by mutual friends, Jesse and Joey had their first date in true Oakland style on a cocktail tour around Lake Merritt. With each drink, they learned new things they loved about one another and six months later moved in together. Later on a trip to Washington D.C., Joey picked his moment to get down on one knee and propose to Jesse in front of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, one of her favorite childhood experiences.

I’m certain the friends that introduced them are now sipping a celebratory matchmaking cocktail. *pat on back*

The Big Day

Before the festivities took place, the bride and groom prepared for their big day separately with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. Hair and makeup artist Kristin Coleman gave Jesse a classic look with nude lips and curls that framed around her face. The bride looked stunning in her strapless Ania Bridal dress and satin beaded belt. Not to mention the black fingernails were a nice rebel touch.

A Ceremony in the Redwoods

This rustic wedding took place in the beautiful redwoods of Los Gatos. The venue, Nestldown, provided a space for the reception that was lush with ferns and trees. Succulents with white and purple flowers by Huckleberry Karen were used to add color to the bouquets, aisle, and surroundings.

As the couple said their vows and stood in front of their loved ones, Jesse kept a collected coolness and smiled coyly. When the bride and groom said I Do, the group stood and celebrated as the newlyweds shared their first kiss as man and wife.

Party Like a Rockstar

After the ceremony, the group retreated indoors to the warm and inviting hall, complete with wooden beams and high ceilings. It was a perfect environment for an intimate wedding such as this. The bride and groom cut their cake made by Studio Cake and clinked glasses filled with wine that was carefully selected by Jessie, a Culinary Institute-trained sommelier. The party rocked out to jams by DJ Elite Entertainment as I made my exit. It must be said that this event could not have gone on so flawlessly without the skilled wedding planning work of Lauren North from Glow Event Design.

Jesse and Joey, congratulations on your beautiful wedding! Wishing you a lifetime full of long laughs, intimate moments, and of course…. great wine!
Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

VENDORS & INFORMATION:

Event Coordinator: Lauren North, Glow Event Design

Florist: Karen Chang-Burling: Huckleberry Karen

Cake: Studio Cake

Hair and Makeup: Kirstin Coleman

DJ: DJ Elite Entertainment

Bridal Gown: Ania Bridal

Venue: Nestldown

Second Shooter: Grace Havlak

Bride: Jessie Jamieson

Groom: Joey Jamieson

As these things generally happen, I got a wild hair one night when I discovered my website was rendering in all sorts of crazy ways and I didn’t know how/have the patience for a designer to fix it. So I found a beautiful template that jived with the S&L branding and decided to completely revamp the S&L website. As of right now I things are looking good but they can be better. Things will look a little wonky over the course of the next couple of weeks while I refine the site (okay, okay —while I try and learn how to do things myself). And  I most definitely  am NOT a web designer –so thanks so much for your patience and understanding.

 

–Nicole