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Sweet and Spice and Everything Nice: Weynab + Colin Wedding in California

Mixing romantic elements with bits of Ethiopian traditions sets this fairytale wedding apart from others. Not only is the bride as beautiful as a princess and the groom as handsome as a prince, but the entire wedding is infused with a magical aura. We love how the bride and groom incorporated elements of Ethiopian culture into their traditional wedding, adding a bit a spice to the whole affair. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Bridges Golf Course in San Francisco and the Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church.

This spectacularly beautiful wedding was shot by incredibly talented husband and wife team, Caroline + Ben.

From the bride:

Weynab: I’ve always wanted a wedding that exudes elegance and romance. As we started planning I didn’t have a particular theme in mind, however I found myself continually looking for timeless pieces. Once it all came together, I felt like I got my elegant and romantic wedding. Danielle Paup helped us plan our wedding.

Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben

Who designed your dress?

Weynab: My dress is custom Winnie Couture paired with Jimmy Choo textured-lamé sandals in gold. I also wore my mom´s diamond tennis bracelet and Givenchy pavé double drop earrings.

Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Wedding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Wedding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben

Who arranged the flowers?

Weynab: The Flower House.

Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben

How did you two meet?

Weynab: We are high school sweethearts! Up to this day it is still debatable on when we met exactly – if you ask me I say we met at the end of 9th grade, and if you ask Colin he will say 10th grade. Regardless of that lifetime debate, we started dating New Years Day 2004 during our Junior year of high school. Come wedding time we had been dating for 10.5 years!

Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben

Who designed the bridesmaid´s dresses and groomsmen´s tuxes?

Weynab: The dresses were purchased from Bella Bridesmaids in San Francisco. I chose a design by Donna Morgan. Tuxedos were ordered from The Black Tux.

Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben

What were some of the Ethiopian traditions and special elements you incorporated in your wedding to make it unique?

Weynab: I walked in to the church with my dad to a traditional Ethiopian wedding song, which also has my name as part of the song. At the end of our reception we did a goodbye line. This is a wedding tradition in the Ethiopian culture, and this was followed by us being put up in the air on chairs. Before we went outside our parents put a kaba (cape) on us and we exited with all of our family and friends lined up with sparklers. The night ended with us taking off in a horse drawn carriage at midnight.

Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben
Weeding of Weynab + Colin, Image: Caroline + Ben

Any advice for brides-to-be?

Weynab: To make for a peaceful wedding planning process, make ground rules in the beginning! Sit down and lay out your do’s and don’ts. The process can easily become stressful, so you have to continually remind yourself what it is all about. Don’t let any stress take over – this is a process you want to enjoy and remember. Let both set of parents get involved – this is a big day for them too! Lastly, on the day of your wedding don’t let anything rob you of your joy. Let go of it all. If things go wrong, who cares. Your hard planning will pay off. Sit back and enjoy your day. Take it all in because it goes by so fast!

Photography: Caroline + Ben

Venue: Brides Golf Club

Planner: Danielle Paup

Flowers: The Flower House

Sweets and Cakes: Sweet Passions Bakery

Rentals: Linens: Napa Valley Linens; Lighting: Amos Productions; Sweetheart & Cake Stages: Pleasanton Rentals; Transportation: Skylark Limo; Horse Carriage: Hackney Horse & Carriage.

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