Real Wedding: Tia-Nicole and Garnette, Sonoma, California

The Couple


Tia and Garnette were planning a commitment ceremony to celebrate their six years together when, as fate would have it, the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Knowing how quickly that decision could be overturned, they wed quietly at City Hall and then began arranging a larger party. "Ritual and formality are important to us," says Garnette. A year later, in a ceremony rich with symbolism, they repeated their vows in front of family and friends.

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Ceremony Decor


The ceremony decor is kept simple and clean, with wood bowls flanking each of the rows of chairs. In each bowl floats white gardenias.

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Wedding Gifts


Tia and Garnette asked guests to bring bowls, which they collect, and displayed them at the altar.

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Cleansing Water


Everyone washes their hands as a preceremony ritual.

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Seating Cards


Seating cards are secured with tiny clothespins for guests to easily find and take their seating assignment.

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Fifty guests sit at one long table set inside a rustic barn.

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Reception Food


The menu draws on local Northern California fare, such as fresh figs and cheese.

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The Wedding Cake


The chocolate cake, created by Patisserie Angelica, is decorated with white and purple flowers.

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Wedding Guests


In the evening glow, wedding guests hold candles and toast the happy couple with Champagne.

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The Happy Couple

Anna Kuperberg

The happy couple after their wedding celebration.

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Location: Cornerstone Sonoma
Event Planning & Flowers: Nicole Sillapere of Sillapere Inc.
Catering: Sage Catering
Stationery: Twig & Fig
Cake: Patisserie Angelica
Music: Ever Music Group
Wedding Photography: Anna Kuperberg
Gowns: Idia'Dega
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier

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