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Destination Nevada County

Premium visitors magazine for Nevada County produced by the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Real Time Wedding Shane

Real Time Wedding Shane & Jessica Celebrate With Family and Friends By Joy Porter Winding Road Imagery What makes a “real wedding” you may ask. It was a perfect fall day with gorgeous weather, family, and friends all coming together to celebrate Shane and Jessica’s love story and commitment to one another. The wedding included an intimate gathering at a private estate in Penn Valley, California. The day and time had arrived; all the months of planning were complete. But it is in the first look that every couple shares when all the anxiety is lifted and there is peace in the world and you realize that your love is the reason for all the planning. Today starts your daring adventure together. A calmness fills the air and the wedding begins with peace in your hearts, joy on your faces and endearing love from family and friends. “Most people put a hundred times more time, energy and thought into planning their wedding day than they do into planning their marriage. The wedding is just one day—you’ve got 50+ years of marriage ahead of you. Plan for that!” Eric Goetze 68 DESTINATION Nevada County The advice I always give my couples is this… “On the day of your wedding, all the plans and details are over. So, relax, let things go and most importantly just enjoy each other because, in the end, all you truly have is the sweet embrace of one another as you embark on this beautiful life and future together. Stop and take time to reflect on the moments and details of your day—you’ll remember them forever.” In looking back on my own wedding day, a friend offered to make my wedding cake for the 400 guests as a wedding gift. I gave her detailed images of the cake I wanted and when I arrived at the reception—it was not what I had expected and at that moment, I was sad. As instantly as I held that emotion, I remembered those words of wedding day advice. I instantly realized the time, energy and love my friend dedicated to giving me such a generous gift. I looked back at our cake; it became the most beautiful cake in the world. The love that was poured into it couldn’t be bought or replaced and I was blessed. Reflecting back on the perfect wedding day, Shane and Jessica beamed with contentment. It wasn’t about the food, the decorations or even the music that made their wedding perfect. It was their love and commitment to one another. According to Shane, “Our wedding day was a picture perfect day. It was magical and obviously the best day of my life.” That is what makes a “real wedding”.

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