Quaint Vermont Farm Wedding

On day four, of a five-day-60-mile hike on the Pacific Crest in Lake Tahoe, Samuel surprised Elise and popped the question. The bride immediately said, “Yes!” These two lovebirds met four years ago during the last few weeks before graduation from Dartmouth College. The couple chose to celebrate their big day near their alma mater, at Amee Farm Lodge, which embodied the couple's fun and relaxed personalities.

The weekend-long festivities took place in a quaint farm in Pittsfield, Vermont. Friends and family traveled from all over the country to witness the intimate ceremony. As the bride shared with us, “We wanted to keep things relaxed for everyone.” As a result, they wrote their own wedding ceremony and enlisted a close friend to officiate the wedding.

For her dress, Elise created her own custom wedding gown, a combination of the Marie bodice and the Grace skirt, resulting in a lace V-neck and tulle A-line wedding gown. We can’t think of a better fitting gown for Elise’s petite figure - the dress is as light and effortless as their wedding. Congratulations, Elise and Samuel!

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.