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Stephanie Benzel & Daniel Miller

August 20, 2016 | Ceremony & Reception: Reinstein Ranch, Livermore

Daniel spun Stephanie during a golden-hour photo opp.She dressed up her delicate lace- and tulle-detailed Jocelyn Pronovias gown with a custom bridal belt made of light-pink, clear and blush embellishments.

 

From the bridesmaids’ bouquets to the floral planters and table toppers, pink flowers provided the perfect pop of color in contrast to the neutral scenery and bridesmaids’ dresses. 

The Matador Red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air getaway car.

 

For a simple yet elegant table setting, the couple included whimsical decor touches like the retro Champagne glasses and pink water goblets to accent simple white dinner plates and custom-engraved wood place cards.

THE COUPLE
Love has been years in the making for Stephanie Benzel and Daniel Miller. The Fremont, Calif., residents met way back in elementary school and began their love story at high school prom. Eight years later, Daniel popped the question during a fly-fishing trip. A spirited “yes!” gave way to a surprise party with both of their families and a private flight over the San Francisco skyline. “I usually figure out surprises, so I was genuinely shocked about everything Daniel planned,” recalls the bride.

THE PARTY
A rustic, elegant theme was chosen with pops of whimsy: pink and gold accents on her Pronovias gown, a gray floral-print tie with his tuxedo, a photo timeline of their courtship throughout their barn ceremony-venue, and fun unicorn and emoji masks on the dance floor. Centerpieces bursting with greenery, proteas, garden roses, ranunculuses and dahlias upped the romance factor, while a healthy dinner by Valley Catering—including filet mignon and grilled salmon with pineapple-kiwi relish—nodded to the property’s farm-to-table roots. The affair concluded with the duo being whisked away by the groom’s grandparents in their Matador Red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.

THE HONEYMOON
Ever the travel bugs—South America, Europe and Chile have already been checked off their bucket list—the newlyweds set out on a 10-day excursion through Bali, Indonesia, where pool time, massages and immersion in local culture made for an unforgettable start to their fabulous forever. 

THE LIST
Wedding Planner Amanda Zacharias, Wink! Weddings
Bride’s Gown, Veil & Belt Pronovias, Haute Bride, Los Gatos
Bride’s Shoes Seychelles, Nordstrom, Pleasanton
Bride’s Jewelry Marchesa, Nordstrom, Pleasanton
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Hair: Linda Vo, Los Gatos, @lindatjr; Makeup: LeValley Beauty, @levalleybeauty
Groom’s Suit Express
Groom’s Shoes Kenneth Cole, Nordstrom, Pleasanton
Rings Davidson & Licht, Walnut Creek; Kay Jewelers
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Azazie
Florals Freckled Floral, Bay Area
Catering Valley Catering, Pleasanton
Cake Kaycakes, Palo Alto
Rentals Pleasanton Rentals, Pleasanton
Invitations & Calligraphy Made by Miller, @madebymiller