A Friend Officiates at Villa De Nardi

Taylar and Cameron initially planned an elopement in the redwood grove along Putah Creek in Davis, CA. On their visit, instead of seeing the serene water, the creek was emptied due to construction!  Their planner Tan Weddings & Events managed a great plan B when the party was moved to Villa De Nardi in Winters, CA.

Villa De Nardi ended up being the perfect space for the guests, with the garden for the ceremony, and dinner under the lights on the main reception space. Gold flecked doughnuts, handcrafted place cards, vintage tableware, and lush florals made for gorgeous summer nuptials and some of the prettiest tablescapes we’ve ever seen!

Their friend Ashley Cliver officiated for the couple, and with the convenience of the Wedwordy app, created a meaningful and personal ceremony.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY | Melissa Babasin Photography
VENUE | Ville De Nardi
OFFICIANT | Ashely Cliver
VIGNETTE PLANNING, DESIGN, HARP | Tan Weddings and Events
CATERING | Gesche’s Gourmet
HMUA | Polished by Paigey
ENTERTAINMENT | Brian Wolfe Events
FLORALS | Galeazi’s Floral Design
RENTALS | Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals | Cherry’s Very Vintage Rentals | Firehouse Entertainment | La Tavola
CAKE | Batter Up Cakery

I Do’s and a Donkey

Pheasant Trek at Dunnigan Hills sits on 80 acres of olive trees and vineyards with pastures for grazing cattle and a pen for cute miniature donkeys! So there’s plenty of room for 200 wedding guests to enjoy the pastoral setting at this working Yolo County ranch estate.

Owned by a charismatic wife-and-daughter team who run a global cattle business, Pheasnt Trek became the site of a styled shoot coordinated by Tan Weddings & Events. When principal planner Jennifer Tan met with the owners, it sparked the excitement of showcasing this northern California ranch as a wedding venue.

With your wedding script powered by Wedwordy, you can have a wedding amidst the rolling crop land of California, with the occassional bray of a donkey.

Photography & Videography | XSiGHT Productions Inc.
Planning, Coordination & Design | Tan Weddings & Events
Florals & Design | Strelitzia Flower Company
Venue | Pheasant Trek at Dunnigan Hills
Rentals | Celebrations! Party RentalsFirehouse EntertainmentBlossom Farm Vintage Rentals
HMUA | Veronica Marshall DV Beauty
Jewelry | Renewable Jewels
Cake | Khacek Confections
Signage | Emily Murphey Designs
Acrylic Invitation Suite & Menu | Swoonable
Dress| Watters from Misosa Bride
Models | Kevin Alston & Cathleen Whitlock

Have Wedwordy, Will Travel

Amidst the glorious vines and trellises of DeLoach Vineyards, Erin and Jon celebrated a wonderful wedding day! Hailing from Aurora, Illinois, the couple and a handful of close friends and family enjoyed the iconic wine country. The couple signed up for their Wedwordy account while in Illinois and created a draft of their ceremony. They shared it with Reverend Rick Tan of Tan Weddings and Events, in California, who reviewed and refined the script. When the couple arrived to the Napa Valley vineyard for their wedding, Reverend Rick Tan had the script printed and ready in his binder to share!

 

Photography | Jen Philips Photography
Planning and Design | La Grande Fete
Officiant | Tan Weddings & Events
Printing | Miss D Designs
Linens | La Tavola Fine Linen
Florals | EV Floral Design
Transportation | Pure Luxury Transportation
Rentals | Encore Events Rentals 
DJ |  Boutique DJs
HMUA | It’s a Date At The Powder Room
Catering | Park Avenue Catering 
Cake | Mustache Baked Goods 

Love’s Not Time’s Fool

Couple elopes at Sonoma Fairmont with Tan Weddings & Events and Wedwordy

Coordinated by Tan Weddings & Events and hosted by Fairmont Sonoma, this couple celebrated their elopement, finally! Sometimes planning the perfect wedding gets thrown off course when life circumstances unfold, but, as the saying goes, love conquers all. What was slated for a big gathering two years ago became an elopement for this couple. No doubt “love’s not time’s fool”! And with Tan Weddings & Events at the helm to steer the couple, the wedding was every bit as romantic and special. Wedwordy allowed them to create wedding words, where Skaespeare’s Sonnet #116 resonated with their journey.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds 
Admit impediments. Love is not love 
Which alters when it alteration finds, 
Or bends with the remover to remove. 
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; 
It is the star to every wand’ring bark, 
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. 
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle’s compass come; 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom. 
If this be error and upon me prov’d, 
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.
VENUE & CAKE  |  Fairmont Sonoma
COORDINATION, MUSIC, & FLORALS  |  Tan Weddings & Events
PHOTOGRAPHY  |  Holly D Photography

Love is More Thicker than Forget – Romantic Poetry for Weddings

Styled Shoot of Bride in the UC Davis Arobretum Holding Bouquet

Poetry adds a measure of literary pizazz to a wedding ceremony script. Choose one that speaks your heart and meets the tone of your wedding. Wedwordy has one of e.e. cummings famous poems called “Love is More Thicker than Forget” about how love is as essential and natural as the sky, and as unbridled an emotion as sanity.

Simply add the the element: Poem | Reading and select this title from over 12 different readings and poems! And when you have a special poem not on our list, Wedwordy lets you easily upload your own content.

love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail
it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea
love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive
it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky

Photo credit | Dee & Kris Photography

Florals | Bloom & Vine

Ritual of Pouring the Tea in a Wedding Ceremony

Pouring Tea | Wedwordy | Vicens Forns Photography

The tea ritual at a wedding often precedes the ceremony. Members of the family, relatives, and close friends partake of tea poured by the couple. It is a custom predominantly performed in eastern cultures. It symbolizes the flow of blessings – prosperity and gratitude, health and humility, longevity and eternal peace. It can last upwards of 45 minutes, so it needs a bit of logistical planning to fit into the wedding day timeline!

Ordained ministers Rick and Jennifer Tan of Tan Weddings & Events created words for the tea ritual that fit and flow beautifully WITHIN the wedding ceremony. The words honor the couple’s gratitude for their parents’ unconditional love, a model of love and support. Tea is prepared ahead of time and presented in a tea pot with cups on a tray, placed at a draped table near the officiant. In the ceremony, the tea is poured by the couple and given to the parents/grandparents. While the ritual retains all the symbolism of the longer, more traditional version, the Pouring of Tea ritual in the ceremony takes about 5-6 minutes to perform.

Interested in adding a tea ritual in your ceremony? You’ll find it in the Wedwordy app > Gratitude Rituals > Pouring of Tea. Simply select it and drop it into your ceremony, typically placed following the Greeting. Enjoy!

Planner | Tan Weddings & Events

Photography | Vicens Forns

Venue | Harvest Inn

Florals | Bloom & Vine

Cake | Batter Up Cakery

Makeup | I Make Beautiful

Entertainment | Brian Wolfe Events

Wedding Words for a Vow Renewal

Couples use Wedwordy for wording for vow renewals.

Vow renewal ceremonies are extra special! It is a celebration of love that lives through the vows promised from wedding day, and continues to strengthen with each passing day. For some couples, it may be celebrated as a family, where the children are present. There may be guests from their wedding day who are amazed at how time flies and how love never dies. A vow renewal, or an affirmation of commitment ceremony, has wording available in Wedwordy!

Just choose the Vow Renewal template. The couple may use the script with its beautifully-written default passages, or they may personalize it further by selecting other available Wedwordy passages, edit the wording, or import other content for infinite possibilities.

Here is an excerpt from the Pronouncement element in the Vow Renewal template:

“Your marriage is a testament to the enduring power of love, blessed with the abundance of love that surrounds you, and lifts you, and celebrates with you. So it is with great honor that, on this glorious day, I affirm your everlasting commitment as partners in life!”

 

Photo of Rick and Jennifer at their 20th anniversary celebration – with lavender and halo-halo at their feet | Ron Tan Photography

Elopement Words and Vows in a California Vineyard

Sweet destination couple elopes with Tan Weddings & Events at Harvest Inn in St. Helena, CA

Writing a wedding ceremony script for an elopement with just the couple and officiant – and a photographer – requires a few refinements to the wording. There are no “gathered guests” to greet or “witnesses” to the couple’s vows. It is not a difficult task, just one that needs mindfulness of the flow of the ceremony. With Wedwordy, you have a starting point and lots of opportunities to make those simple refinements.

A couple who chose their destination elopement to be in St. Helena, CA, with Tan Weddings & Events as their planner and officiant wanted a sweet ceremony followed by a romantic dinner for two. Principals Jennifer and Rick Tan of Tan Weddings & Events crafted an exquisite celebration for them at Harvest Inn, with a ceremony on a lawn facing a vineyard and dinner on an adjacent patio, with an intimately-scaled design plan. As the officiant, Jennifer encourage the couple to use Wedwordy, who chose the template that suited their needs and then added in personal vows. Jennifer made the refinements to their script by editing passages to omit phrases that spoke to groups of people. Instead, she wrote the ceremony as one would address just the couple.

For an elopement where the officiant and couple formed a sacred triangle amidst the vineyard, Wedwordy was perfect, and the celebration was exquisite!

Photo Credit | Holly D Photography

Engaged and Ready to Compose Your Wedding Words

Engaged couples use Wedwordy to write their wedding ceremony script.

It is engagement season! With the “Merry Christmas” is the “marry me”! According to WeddingWire’s 2018 Newlywed Report, 38% of engagements happen between the months of November to February. Hearts are thumping at the prospect of a new journey, and before that, wedding preparations. One of the most imporant tasks of the couple in the time leading up to wedding day is writing their wedding ceremony script.

Luckily for couples in 2019 and beyond, there is Wedwordy! It is the only Web app for writing your wedding ceremony script. Why choose Wedwordy?

EFFORTLESS

Stop scouring the Internet for ceremony samples and fragments. In one app, you have everything you need! Wedwordy makes time for what matters – composing your words of love together.

COMPLETE

Wherever you are, whenever you’re ready, confidently compose your complete script with all the ceremony parts from the processional (your wedding party order) to the pronouncement (the officiant declares the two of you as newlyweds).

PERSONALIZED

With Wedwordy, be inspired to personalize each moment of the ceremony. You can edit any of the passages or import original content. Make your wedding words as special and unique as the two of you!

And whoever you choose as your officiant, whether friend or professional, let them know they can use Wedwordy as a starting point! Wedwordy makes composing your wedding ceremony script fun and easy because we know that there are a lot things on your wedding checklist. Wedding ceremony script – CHECK!

Photo Credit | Eternal Photography

 

Wedwordy Powers the Romance of an Elopement

Recently wed couple standing on a rock at Benner Creek campground in Chester, California

You take your fiance by the hand and whisper into their ear, “Let’s elope.” The idea is so enticing that you pack your bags and fly! Whether you head to the secluded redwoods, the serene coast, or chic vineyard, you’ll need two essential elements to make your elopement truly romantic and magical: a wedding planner and your wedding ceremony script.

Before you book your flight to California, call Tan Weddings & Events. Owner and Principal Planner Jennifer Tan will talk you through the logistics of your destination wedding. She will craft your elopement to match your vision perfectly, securing the venue of your choice, officiant, bouquet, cake, champagne, music, and accomodations! You simply need to show up with your rings and your fiance!

While your wedding planner is taking care of you and your vision, you can take care of your wedding ceremony script, even before your plane lands on the tarmac. Wedwordy is a Web based app so you can begin drafting your wedding words the moment you whispered, “Let’s elope.” On the app, begin with a dynamic template – the Short & Sweet Template is a popular one for elopement weddings. Your names auto-populate the script when you enter your profile information. Conveniently, your wedding words are complete as is, ready for your ceremony, or you can easily customize the ceremony words by editing the available passages or importing your own content into the ceremony script.

Choose Tan Weddings & Events as your trusted elopement wedding planner and use Wedwordy to compose your words of love!

Photo Credit: XSiGHT Photography