East Bay Sunset Wedding Photographer | Diablo Ranch, Walnut Creek | Flawless Bubbly Fun | Part 2

Here comes Part 2 of Rachel and Nick’s fun filled wedding day, as well as our interview with the bride herself!

Check out Part 1, click here.

How did you meet and when did you know he was the one?

My husband and I met at an old job of mine when I was working in a restaurant as a server. He and his father came in every Saturday morning precisely at 7am. They were my regulars for months! When they had first started coming in, I was in a long-term relationship going sour. I never put any thought into how attractive my husband was, until a few months after being single. Then it started to hit me, I noticed he would peak around the corner just to look at me or try to catch my eye. I tried to get to know them a bit more, and found out that he owned his own construction company and was working 6-7 days a week. I was really hoping that he would leave his phone number on a receipt or something, though he never did (most likely because he was with his dad). One day, I grew the courage and wrote my number on a piece a paper, and said to him, “If you ever get a day off, let me know” and handed him the paper. Now, here we are almost 4 years later and married!

Tell us about any traditions you kept, ditched, or made your own and why/how?

I nearly forgot about the tradition of having something old, new, borrowed and blue, but my mother and bridesmaid surprised me with everything I needed! My mother gifted me her mother’s wedding band (something old). My bridesmaid had a custom patch made with my birth initials embroidered in blue and sewn onto my wedding gown. She also let me borrow a long pair of wedding socks to wear with my new cowboy boots!

Tell us about your location choice…

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to get married at Diablo Ranch. Not only are the views and sunset stunning, but the ceremony and reception sites are as well. The venue ranch hands helped with nearly everything, from Friday before the rehearsal dinner, to Monday with breaking down and returning rentals. Also a fun environment where our guests could play lawn games, poker/blackjack at their casino table, play a game of pool, and even hang out with the farm animals. Could not have asked for a better location.

Tell us about your wedding day theme, design and inspiration…

Fall country chic was our inspiration. We are a laid back, fun couple that love to be in the country so it only made the most sense to incorporate into our wedding day. We are all about having a good time with family friends, and that’s exactly what we did.

What did you DIY?

We built our own custom made corn hole game boards along with every other decoration from centerpiece crates, to photobooth backdrops and signage. Turned out to be a full-time job!

Describe your song choices…

We had a very diverse group of guests, but made sure we had our own touch for the main songs (procession, bridal walk, first dance, father/daughter, etc.). My favorite song would be from our first dance, “From the ground Up” by Dan + Shay.

What are your tips for couples planning their own weddings?

Do not wait to do anything at the last minute and never hesitate to ask family and friends for help!

The Team: Photographer: Angie Capri Photography // Hair and makeup: The Makeup Movement // Wedding dress: Sottero and Midgley by Maggie Sottero from Gesinee’s Bridal, Concord, CA // Bridesmaids dresses: Gesinee’s Bridal // Flower girl dress: JJ’s House // Bridal Robes: Wedding Prep Gals // Cowgirl and Cowboy Boots: Buckle Co. // Jewelry: USA Bride // Rings: Shane Co. // Suit: Men’s Warehouse // Flowers: Beauty’s Blossoms // Cake: Bella Cakes by Cindy Gill // Rentals: Chairs for Affairs // DJ: Magic Entertainment // Signage, Calligraphy and Wedding Coordinator: Me, Myself and I (bride) // Caterers: The Hideout Kitchen & Cafe, Lafayette, CA // Wedding Venue: Diablo Ranch, Walnut Creek, CA