Bess and Kristin in Half Moon Bay, CA

Real Weddings


Photos: Stephen Hughes Photography

After asking for Bess's parents' and grandmother's blessing, Kristin proposed at a ranch and working farm owned by a close friend. "When we were then offered the ranch for the wedding, we were delighted!" says Kristin. "We couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else." Kristin wore a vintage French lace dress by San Francisco designer Suzanne Hanley of Atelier des Modistes; Bess wore Vera Wang trousers and a Vince blouse.

The morning ceremony was held on the back porch of the farmhouse at a private ranch. Picnic tables were covered with checkered tablecloths and featured arrangements of wildflowers from the property's gardens and local nurseries. "The ranch gardener is a friend of ours, so we trusted her with all the floral design," says Kristin.

Bess's 94-year-old grandmother , who flew in from Florida, gave a heartfelt toast. "She said how happy she was that she'd lived long enough to attend her granddaughter's wedding," says Bess. "Her love and support for us was so profound and moving." See more photos from this couple's real wedding here.

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