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A Black Tie and Cow Patty Fairy Tale Come True…

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Veronica and Mike’s wedding was nothing short of incredible. Veronica wanted to have a memorable party and I believe she got it, but not without a lot of work and a lot of luck.

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Work because the wedding was held on top of a hill in a cow pasture, accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles, in order to have a 360º view without any buildings. So everything had to be brought up to the top of the hill and created in the cow pasture, including… electricity, tent, floor, stage, tables, chairs, kitchen, food, bar, alcohol, photo booth. And Molli Milner and Denise Rocco-Zilber, from Green Girl Events, deserve a standing ovation because they made it all happen so smoothly, as if that hill is always so magical.

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Luck because the wedding was held in October, just three days after the biggest rain storm we have had in over six months. On the Wednesday before the wedding, as the rain was still coming down, I was a little doubtful that the event was going to happen at all.

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But sure enough, the sun came out on Friday and dried the muddy roads and fields so the show could still go on. And by Saturday, everything was perfect. The fog did make an appearance, as is expected when you are on a hill overlooking Tomales Bay, and it rolled in with a strong windy force, but that just pushed the festivities inside the cozy tent, with see-through walls, which made it better for the string quartet and the opera that preceded the ceremony.

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Veronica and Mike love the opera, so they asked some students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, one of the most acclaimed schools of opera in the nation, who they saw perform at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station, to perform a few of their favorite songs.

They also asked David Lomeli, who is an Adler Fellow and who has received a first prize of Placido Domingo’s Operalia award, to sing as well. They were absolutely thrilled and shocked when he happily agreed. 

I haven’t been to an opera in over 10 years, so I am not an expert on the topic, but they were amazing.

Everything was amazing.

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It was a small and beautifully intimate black tie affair. Black tie was required, because Veronica liked the idea of black ties and cow patties. And I like the idea too.

So loved ones, let this be a warning… if Arann and I do get married again, like we hope to do, because getting married is so much fun and we think couples should do it again every year… you too may be asked to wear black tie in a cow pasture on top of a hill… ’cause it sure makes for a pretty wedding and pretty photos to go with it.

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One last very important detail about this love story… Veronica and Mike met on match.com. They are two more reasons why I am a believer in Online dating. Veronica and Mike’s fairy tale is definitely a fairy tale that tops anything Cinderella or Snow White can bring home from the bar.

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So congratulations to Veronica and Mike. Keep dreaming big… what you create from your dreams is worth all the hard work, and luck is on your side.

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About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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9 Comments

  1. You’re Amazing.

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  2. What amazing pictures of both the weddings. They made me cry. You have had a life changing five years. YOu have made it happen and I am so proud of you as you should be of yourself. Love, Mom

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  3. These pictures are so beautiful. It made me really want to be there. Where was that darn invite?

    You should indeed be SO proud of yourself these are stunning!

    Miss you!

    M

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  4. una fotos increibles una pareja aun mas increible mis mejores deseos para ambos lo s quiero mucho tu hermano paco

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  5. Barbara Walkowski November 19, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! It was such a gorgeous weekend I wanted to share it with my family and friends… and this website captures it perfectly. Bravo! Brava! xoxoxoxo Barbarita

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  6. These photos really capture beautifully the unique atmosphere. There is a timelesness to all of them that I love. Your two look so happy your eyes sparkle. Congratulations on a very successful wedding and thank you for including us.

    Elsa

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  7. Dearest Mike and Veronica, your wedding photos captured the essence of of you both individually, and as a couple: Live, Laugh and Love – with gusto!!! Blessings on you now and forever.
    Love,
    Jane

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