Cute Meet Love Story Alert!

Love Begets Love

Here at Trish Lee Bridal, we love to hear a good "how we met" story, and Jess and Brian's is the stuff that rom-coms are made of.

In her own words, Jess shares with us how she met the love of her life, "We met at my cousin's wedding. He was a groomsman, and I was a bridesmaid. I spotted him from across the room and made sure to sit next to him at the rehearsal dinner. At the wedding, we danced together and had a lot of fun, but we did not exchange numbers." Not one to wait around, she took fate into her own hands, "I made my cousin have a labor day party, and he asked for my number at the end of the party."

Brian proposed six years later in the most down-to-earth fashion because he couldn't wait another day. As Jess recalls, "It was the day before my family was coming to visit us in San Francisco. He got a call that the ring was ready, picked it up while I was at work, and could not wait to propose. Since it was the day before Valentine's Day, he gave me flowers and a card. I read the card in our kitchen, and he wrote about our relationship and how he is excited to spend the rest of our lives together. He also made a joke about how our cat, Penny, wanted to check out my new jewelry. When I turned around, he was on one knee. It was spur of the moment, done in our home in SF, and down-to-earth. I loved it! We ordered some take-out and drank champagne after FaceTiming friends and family."

On their 7 year anniversary, Jess and Brian tied the knot in a backyard ceremony at the groom's parents' home in Long Island. Jess chose to wear a custom Trish Lee Bridal Chantilly style lace trumpet wedding dress, featuring a bateau neckline and an open back. Thank you for making us a small part of your big day. Congratulations to the happy couple!

PHOTO: EAMA PHOTOGRAPHY

Lake Tahoe Spring Wedding

We're thrilled to see the wedding of our bride Natalie to Brian featured on Borrowed and Blue. The couple chose to marry in South Lake Tahoe where Brian had proposed with a beautiful rose gold ring two years ago.

Although their wedding date was set in the spring, the couple envisioned a winter wonderland wedding, and mother nature kindly granted their wish. As Natalie recalls, "It snowed the night before Brian proposed to me, and it ended up snowing the night before our wedding at our dinner rehearsal, which made everything more magical than you can imagine." When it came time to choosing a venue, they circled back to the Landing Resort in South Lake Tahoe, where they stayed on their first trip together. With spectacular lake views as a backdrop, they said their "I Do's" against a picture-perfect sunset that emerged during the ceremony. 

Natalie chose to wear a custom version of our Reagan gown, a sweetheart lace trumpet wedding gown with custom lace straps. Natalie looked ravishing as she joined Brian at the lakefront altar, and the photos below captured the spectacular scene. 

French Theme Wedding in Napa Valley

We love this story of two people from different parts of the world connecting - Chasa from San Diego and Sebastien from Paris, meeting a la Americana during none other than a Super Bowl Party. For the next month they courted each other. During a trip to Las Vegas with friends, they decided to take things up a notch and take a mini excursion to the Grand Canyon without their friends. After the trip and on their flight back to San Francisco, the bride shared with us, she knew he was the one. During the next two years, the unlikely couple moved in together, visited France, where Chasa met her future in-laws, and got engaged. To honor the way they met, Sebastien proposed during a Super Bowl Party two years later.

The couple wed at St. Helena Catholic Church. The reception at Long Meadow Ranch and Winery in Napa Valley was the perfect location for the couple’s American and French cultures to meld, hence the theme: Oui Are Family. Chasa wore Joni, our bohemian lace wedding dress with a capelet with a crystal beaded belt. She looked stunning, and we are happy to have been a small part of making this bride’s vision a reality. Congratulations to Chasa and Sebastien!

Intimate Wine Country Wedding at Auberge du Soleil

Being Cal Bears ourselves, we’re suckers for UC Berkeley romances, and Priya and Will’s is no exception. They were assigned the same dorm, and Priya and her roommates found themselves living in the room directly above Will and his roommates. Priya and Will connected in one of the campus’ study lounges and their love has blossomed ever since.  

Will and Priya chose to celebrate their wedding at Auberge du Soleil in California’s wine country.  In Priya’s words: “We wanted a very intimate and small wedding in wine country filled with romance, laughter, and love from our closest family and friends.”  Priya absolutely glowed in Reagan, a lace trumpet wedding dress with a full tulle skirt, accessorized with a sparkling embroidered and beaded crystal bridal belt all by San Francisco Wedding Dress Designer Trish Lee. The combination of lace and tulle created a romantic and elegant look for Priya that perfectly suited the intimate surroundings. Congratulations to Priya and Will!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Ken Viale

San Francisco Wedding in the Presidio

In 2009, when Rachel was invited to her college girlfriend's holiday party, she had no idea that she was about to meet Matt, the "cute neighbor upstairs," that would become her husband. They became friends and hung out frequently in a group, but nothing blossomed as Rachel was in the middle of grad school applications, and Matt shied away from asking her out "in case she was leaving." However, the night her UCSF acceptance letter arrived, the group of friends celebrated, and Matt made his move. Five years later, Matt proposed with an oval diamond ring set in rose gold, a ring that he custom designed himself, evolving after 12 iterations! Rachel wore the Nora, a boat neck wedding gown in lace and silk crepe. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: JEN HOSTETLER

In Rachel's own words: Attached to my veil were wax flowers that were from my maternal grandmother's and and my great-grandmother's veils - it felt like a part of them were with me. My great-grandmother was the first woman in the family to be born in San Francisco in 1885; she married in San Francisco the year of the big earthquake and fire in 1906. I grew up in San Francisco (just like Trish!) and it was very important to me to get married IN THE CITY.  The Presidio has the perfect mix of historical buildings, beautiful nature backdrop and the views of the bridge. We thought it would be great for our guests who were coming from out of town to experience that part of the city.  We chose a morning wedding and luncheon reception because we loved the idea of having the rest of the day to spend as a married couple. We had lofty goals of having a fancy dinner just the two of us on the Embarcadero, but we were exhausted and ended up going to the Ferry building across from our hotel and ordering burgers and fries to our hotel room! 

In Trish's own words: I admire Rachel's easy going style and her sense of San Francisco pride. Being a native San Franciscan, I'm a big fan of how she incorporated elements from her grandmother and great-grandmother's weddings in her own San Francisco wedding. Rachel has a great sense of herself and didn't compromise - their wedding celebration mirrored that. I love how they ended up eating burgers in their hotel room - that to me is a perfect ending for the day.

Fairytale New England Estate Wedding

Their love may have blossomed in San Francisco, but their story began in New England where they met in college along the Charles River - Ian, a rower, and Sophie, his coxswain. They reconnected when both found themselves on the left coast, and their love was instant. When it came time to propose, Ian planned a Christmas getaway in Napa Valley with a surprise proposal at sunrise in a hot air balloon. Although Sophie wanted a wine country affair, their New England roots brought them closer to home where both their families reside. As a child, Ian dreamt of one day marrying at the Crane Estate, where he spent time at Castle Hill going to summer concerts and swimming at Crane's Beach. He convinced Sophie to visit The Great House on Castle Hill, and she fell in love the second she saw it. Theirs was a classic New England wedding at a gorgeous estate atop Castle Hill. The bride wore a custom American-made Chantilly lace trumpet wedding gown with a backless neckline by San Francisco wedding dress designer, Trish Lee. The groom donned a black tuxedo complete with suspenders and bow tie. Congratulations Sophie and Ian - may your fairytale love be everlasting. Check out some of the highlights from their fairytale New England wedding below.  

PHOTOGRAPHY: AMANDA MARIE STUDIO