A quaint winery nestled in the hills beautifully decorated with sunflowers and twinkly lights. Homemade bars with tasty home-brewed beer continuously flowing to keep guests cheerful and hydrated while the sun beat down. Everything was perfect … until the groom left in an ambulance.
Stacey and Adam are such a fun, positive couple along with their family and the close friends they surround themselves with, their wedding in Novato was still incredible and upbeat, despite the fact that he spent most of their reception in the hospital.
Was their wedding at Pacheco Ranch Winery how they anticipated it would be?
“For Adam, not at all. But outside of his plight, we thought the wedding felt very “us,” she said. “Our guests commented that every part of the wedding was completely Adam and Stacey. From the dress, to the beers, to the beautiful outdoor space, every detail was carefully thought through. We arrived at Pacheco on Wednesday and spent three days getting everything together with our wonderful friends and family acting as our support and labor.”
Their first look was one of their favorite moments of the day.
“It was such an emotional moment – even with the groomsmen in the distant background, many shirtless (because of the heat), watching and cheering our moment and betting on which one of us was going to cry (we both did),” she said.
The speeches and several dancing moments also were memorable.
“Three times stick out to us. Stacey’s first dance with her dad – they both have no rhythm but practiced for weeks and had so much fun dancing to My Girl and Tupelo Honey,” Adam said. “Our first dance together – Stacey’s brother Clay, wrote a song for us, sang and played it on his guitar. And the dance party – it was so fun dancing under the trees, with beers in hand, listening to DJ Clay who hand picked each song.”
The friend tunnel was also awesome.
“Our groomsmen organized a welcome back tunnel that we walked through when Adam returned from the hospital,” Stacey said. “Daft Punk’s Get Lucky (special song from spring skiing at Squaw) was playing and everyone was so happy to see us together for the first time. I don’t think you could have planned such a moment.”
Adam left for the hospital not long after the ceremony. Stacey thought that when the hair and makeup assistants didn’t show, it would be the worst thing to happen. However, the most ridiculously unanticipated moment that could happen was Adam leaving in an ambulance (Adam is fine now and potentially has a shellfish allergy.). … Adam definitely didn’t anticipate missing most of his wedding reception and Stacey didn’t think she’d be hosting solo. But he made it back and they were able to dance their first dance and hear their best friends’ amazing and hilarious speeches.
“Regarding the unfortunate situation I found myself in on the early hours of the afternoon of our wedding day: while most everyone was still under the impression that I was simply hungover from the evening before, I was reminded (and enthusiastic about, despite my state) why I was so in love with and marrying Stacey,” Adam said. “She was incredibly kind and concerned and seemingly, at least, not upset with my state and how the day was unfolding.”
Adam said him and Stacey just simply work really well together.
“It’s not just about when we are with each other, it’s also about how well we respond when we are apart. Stacey provides the freedom and encouragement for me to pursue the activities that define who I am, and I – hopefully – do the same for her. Whether we do those activities together (skiing, road biking, most things really), or apart (e.g. She’s a world-class swimmer while I am quite terrible at it and she’s not stoked on climbing knife ridges in the High Sierra, or mountain biking.). In addition, Stacey is wonderfully kind and super fun to be around. P.S. – A shout out to our friend Brendan Burkart for getting us together. It took a long time, but he was persistent and it paid off!”
Stacey says Adam is good at everything. (Except swimming, and he added he is horrendous at basketball).
“His nickname is JOAT (Jack of All Trades),” she said. “I love his adventurousness and the fact that he can’t sit still. He makes me laugh and is fun to be around. I just want to be around him all the time. We even bike to work together (we work about 2 miles apart). On a really good mountain bike I have.”
Beer is among the things Adam knows how to do well. He made the beer for their special day.
“I thought a lot about the beer and how the beer would be served. I went through many design iterations for the beer bars and it consumed a lot of my time,” he said. “We were very pleased with how the beer, beer cart, and beer bar turned out. It was always our goal to have friends and family help with our
wedding and create a feeling of community around our wedding. Our friend, Brendan, was a big help putting the beer bars together and we had two awesome guest brewers – David and Uncle Mark.”
Stacey’s parents know the owners of Pacheco Ranch, and it was the only venue the couple looked at.
“We fell in love with the outdoor space and blank canvas. We wanted to make the wedding personalized and the space provided that opportunity. We brought in almost everything, including the restrooms – which got rave reviews for the AC on a hot day. We even had our welcome dinner there the night before.”
They spent 10 days in Costa Rica for their honeymoon.
“First, we were with a group of 8 friends at a beach resort in Punta Islita on the Guanacaste coast. We spent our days enjoying tropical beverages in the pool, monkey-watching, and zip-lining. As we moved through Costa Rica we shedded friends until our final days in the mountains above San Jose, where we spent a few days by ourselves enjoying the rain forest, amazing food grown on site and the spa. It was the perfect compromise of beach and mountains.”
Venue: Pacheco Ranch Winery – http://pachecoranchwinery.com/
Caterer: Alta Cuisine – http://www.altacuisine.com/
Florist: Northgate Florist – http://www.northgateflorist.net/
Cupcakes: Friend of the Bride, Diane
DJ: Bride’s Brother, Clay
Coordinator: Jaqui Chirino
Hair & Makeup: The Lounge – https://www.theloungesanrafael.com/
Brewers: Groom, David, Mark
Restrooms: Royal Restrooms – https://royalrestrooms.com/