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Real Wedding: Katie & Christian

At a large group gathering in Pacific Beach in January of 2010, Katie’s friend asked her if she was interested in anyone at the party. Katie only had eyes for Christian, who seemed “dark and mysterious.” A year later, Christian proposed at the Mount Soledad cross at sunset. They celebrated their marriage in Palm Springs among friends and family.

One-Shouldered Wonder

Katie turned to The White Flower Bridal Boutique in Bankers Hill for the all-important dress decision, selecting an ethereal gown by Augusta Jones. “Delicate lace and organza flowers start at one shoulder and trail down the back of the dress—it’s striking,” says the bride.

Bold Bouquet

In vivid contrast to her white gown, Katie’s bouquet was a colorful mix of fuchsia peonies, orange and pink roses, dahlias, and orange ranunculus.

I Dos

The couple wrote their own vows, which were perfect reflections of their personalities. “Christian’s were honest and straightforward. Mine were more effusive, with a bit of goofy humor thrown in!”

Small Snafu

Katie and Christian had trouble lighting the unity candles because of a breeze. When they were finally lit, Christian made guests laugh when he exclaimed, “We have unity!”

Close to Home

The Nichols’ 166 guests gathered in the bride’s hometown of Palm Springs for the ceremony and reception. The rustic Smoke Tree Ranch provided a relaxing weekend amidst palm trees and cacti.

Favorite Moment

On the bridal party’s entrance, Katie says, “Instead of each couple doing a quick dance and finding their seats, they all stayed on the dance floor and proceeded to ‘double Dutch.’ It was priceless.”

Reception Decor

Hundreds of candles and globe lights were strung overhead, lending a romantic ambiance.

On the Menu

Guests dined on roasted chicken with white wine reduction, beef tenderloin with Madeira glaze, and stuffed portobello mushrooms.

After-Party Revelry

After the reception, guests continued the festivities in the Ranch House until three in the morning. The happy couple joined the unplanned bash, even doing the garter and bouquet toss they had forgotten at the reception. The only casualty from the riotous celebration? A broken sofa leg.

Special Treatment

Guests enjoyed no shortage of perks including welcome cocktails, s’mores around the bonfire, pashminas for the ladies, and welcome bags filled with sundries and Palm Springs swag.

Final Thoughts

“We succeeded in making our wedding a reflection of us, while also making our guests feel central to the celebrations,” says the bride.

Erin Fitzpatrick

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