Dominique & Julien | Riversbend Retreat Center, Philo, CA

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Dominique (“Nique”) and Julien’s wedding was SUCH an incredible day to be a part of. I loved getting to know the two of them throughout the planning process. Nique, my fellow spreadsheet and organizing enthusiast, will always have a special place in my heart! ; )

Not only are they a super sweet and fun couple, they are surrounded family and friends are just as kind and friendly. Their big day was certainly an extension of that – so many elements were created by family and friends: the arch they were married under made by Nique’s brother, hanging wood succulent containers also created by her brother, family and friends singing along with the jazz band during cocktail hour, hand crafted garland and other décor, Nique wore a redesigned version of her mom’s wedding gown while her dad performed their ceremony in English AND French, and through it all, two of their photographer-friends captured the entire day. A truly beautiful celebration!

Their weekend fête took place at River’s Bend in Philo, where many of their guests stayed and enjoyed the site as well as the surrounding Mendocino County wineries and dining.

One of my most memorable moments of the evening: watching Nique and her brother perform to Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” as they used to do as kids. Let’s just say it was an awesome routine I won’t soon forget!

Their wedding was featured in SF Gate! Read more about this incredible couple and their wedding day here: http://www.sfgate.com/style/unionsquared/article/Couple-make-a-French-connection-in-the-East-Bay-6067204.php?cmpid=twitter-mobile



Check out Dominique and Julien’s review on yelp!: http://www.yelp.com/biz/heald-wedding-consulting-petaluma?hrid=6nWf61fK-HjSMEHL76P_fQ&utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=(direct)


Venue and Catering: Riversbend Retreat Center | www.riversbendretreat.org

Ceremony and Cocktail hour musicians: Dorian May Jazz Quartet 

DJ: Ben | benjaminfarren@yahoo.com

Photographers: Friends of the Bride and Groom | Jorge Novoa & Jeremie Fremaux

Florist: Margaret Hoog |  margarethoog123@gmail.com

Desserts: Coq Au Vin | http://www.yelp.com/biz/coq-au-vin-philo

Rentals: Fort Bragg Rental | http://www.fortbraggrentall.com