A Romantic Northern California Wedding: Sade + Brent

With the gorgeous photography of Punam Bean + the design talents of Very Merry Events, this wedding is the ultimate love story. Sade + Brent were both deployed numerous times throughout their relationship, so it was important to them that they carried their dog tags from the 5 war zones with them each – Sade wrapped Brent’s around her bouquet while Brent wore her’s under his shirt. The dog taggs symbolized not only their commitment to their country, but to each other. Yellow is Sade’s favorite color and blue is Brent’s so they wanted to incorporate those colors also – plus yellow represents those who are serving our country in far away lands and yellow represents the hope that they come back safe. Their personal style is pretty relaxed, so they ultimately wanted a romantic day that was very relaxing for all their guests and I think they accomplished that. Congrats to Sade + Brent!

billy balls bouquet

bride and groom in a field

bride with lace wedding dress

billy balls bouquet

bride with lace wedding dress

wedding photos on film

What a gorgeous couple! And I’m seriously in love with Sade’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier lace gown.

bride and groom in a field

wedding invitation suite yellow

wedding ceremony with a door as backdrop

yellow door as ceremony backdrop

outdoor wedding ceremony

Their ceremony + reception took place at the lovely Cornerstone
 Gardens in Sonoma, California.

bride and groom

black and white wedding photography

From Sade, “Our wedding 
was 
designed
 by 
the 
incomparable 
Mary 
Phan 
of 
Very Merry Events. W
hile
 I
 had 
ideas, 
I
 had
 no 
clue
 how 
to
 make
 sense 
of 
it.
 The
 design 
concept 
came
 about
 because we
 (my 
Husband
 and 
I)
 are
 always 
traveling
 and 
we 
(Mary
 Phan 
and 
I)
 decided
 it 
would 
be 
fun 
to 
incorporate 
the 
sense
 of
 romance 
that 
comes
 with 
being 
gone
 all
 the
 time 
into
 our
 wedding 
story.
”

chalkboard at wedding

Sade and Brent come from very diverse cultures, so that was important to them to honor that. Sade is Nigerian/West Indian and Brent is Mexican. During the cocktail hour they incorporated Mexican and West Indian hordverosu such as empanadas and jerk chicken. At the end of the night, they served a Nigerian snack called chin chin as part of the late night snacks.

lemon wedding place cards

yellow wedding reception decor

vintage dessert table

modern wedding cake

wedding jam as a favor

wedding dance in a tent

wedding tent

So so gorgeous, right? Congrats to Sade + Brent and we wish you both the best in your new journey as husband + wife!

Vendors:
Photographer: Punam Bean // Wedding planner + designer: 

Mary
 Phan














 of Very Merry Events // Venue: Cornerstone
 Gardens // Officiant: Reverend Tim Mills // 






















Bridal Salon: Carine’s Bridal Atelier // Bridal Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier //
 Shoes:
 Christian Louboutin // Hair + Makeup Artist: Maria Chang // Jewelry: Mari Palmer // Bridesmaid Dresses Salon: Pricilla Of Boston (Vienna) // Caterer:
 Alex’s
catering // 










Wedding Cake: Cake Coquette // Invitations: Designed by Mary Phan, letterpressed by Bride // Florist: Nona Tai Floral Design Studios // Rentals: Classics Party Rentals (Napa)









 
















// Lighting: 
Got
 Light // Entertainment: DJ Turner from Elite Entertainment // Videography: Silva stills and cinema // Transportation: California
 Wine 
Tours // Rehearsal Dinner:
 The
 Lodge 
At 
Sonoma // Photobooth: Photobooth by Phil Bond

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Comments

  1. The lemon place card idea is so easy and awesome!!

  2. This is truly a stunner. They are a gorgeous couple and the images are beautiful. WOW.

  3. Are you kidding???? This wedding is amazing! I love everything. And how drop dead gorgeous is the bride? :) Love it.

  4. oh my word! so much gorgeousness i can’t even begin to choose my favorite detail! that yellow door is CRAZY amazing and the bride is absolutely stunning! loved this wedding!

  5. I love her dress and that amazing sweets bar display!!

  6. Stunning wedding! And we love our local Cornerstone! A dream locale.

  7. Beautiful! I absolutely LOVE her earrings…off to check off the jewelry site listed here!

  8. wow…there’s not much that I DONT love about this wedding! the lemon theme, the altar display, the craspedia, the milk glass, the cake table, and the favors…simply perfect! :)

  9. I think this is my favorite this year!!! LOVE IT! I love their story too!!
    May God Bless them for their Service to our Country!!!!! :)

  10. their ceremony set up is so freaking gorgeous. love it!

  11. WOW gorgeous bride….love her bouquet….this wedding is fabulously amazing!!!

  12. The details are to die for!!!!!! I am in love with how the cake is placed … sooo cute!

  13. Beautiful! In finnish Sade means rain. :)

  14. Not to be vain, but what an attractive couple!! So beautiful the whole wedding, amazing!

  15. Stunning!!! Beautiful, timeless but fun! It’s nice to see a wedding that isn’t overly trendy. And that dress, such a beautiful bride!!

  16. oh my. the photo of Sade & Brent dancing… it doesn’t get any better than that. lovely!

  17. Yellow and white, one of my favorite color combos, gorgeous dress, and extremely gorgeous veil! Could this look any more perfect?

  18. Oh my! I absolutely love this wedding! The door and frams are such a fun touch.

  19. Wow! It is surreal to see this. It was the most perfect day. Thanks to all the vendors for all their hard work. I want to re-live the experience everyday. Thanks for all your kind words.

  20. Those chairs are incredible! And I’m loving the sexiness captured of the bride in her lace dress.

  21. Ooh its all so lovely, I just wondered what the I SPY card was? Was that a bunch of things for the guests to look for to pass the time? Was that on the tables? How did it tie in? Anyway, what a cute idea!

  22. This certainly is a beautiful wedding! Could you start posting estimated total cost/time spent planning the wedding for those of us also planning weddings? It would be a big help!

  23. First off i love her shoes, gorgeous. Secondly omg the decor!!! The frames around the door is crazy amazing and then the cake area as well :0 Beautiful photography of the wedding and the couple!!

  24. I love the cake placement on the various furniture pieces and the hanging crystal is fabulous!

  25. i love the idea of wrapping his dog tags around the bouquet. love it.

  26. Penny, the Card was to give the guest guide to take pictures of moments such as their favorite decor, the bride looking at the groom from across the room and so forth. That way they can feel like a part of the wedding and the can catch details that we may like to see in the future.

    Jeff, great idea! I will take me a long while to actually figure out an estimate. I did all the paper products myself. My planner was a beast. She continues to amaze me till this day with what she can do. We planned the wedding for 18 months. I was deployed for 6 months during that timeframe. I will have to get back to you regarding estimate of cost.

  27. Do you have a template for the I Spy cards? Thanks!

    Sarak84@gmail.com

  28. Sade,
    Very excited to see this. We talked on the phone and with Mary while you were working on your invite design and getting them ready to print. So happy to see your happy day came off so gorgeous and your invites – well you did a great job. Love to see how the yellow and blue of the invites were carried out in the whole wedding. Much happiness to you both.

  29. Thank you GWS for this awesome feature! We love Brent & Sade!!!

  30. I soooooo….. like the yellow door! very cool and creative! i Love it! :)

  31. THIS IS BY FAR ONE OF MY FAV FEATURES! SO GORG! BEAUTIFUL BRIDE!!!!

  32. Love his dog tags around her bouquet! Have to remember that!

  33. Hi Sade,
    Your wedding was like out of a bridal magazine and everything a woman can hope for. Would you please let me know a ballpark cost of your entire wedding since I am considering having my wedding at the Cornerstone Gardens as well?

  34. What a gorgeous wedding & fusion of 2 beautiful cultures!!

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