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An Intimate Private Estate Wedding with Steve & Sharon



This is the perfect intimate private estate wedding! Steven and Sharon shared their special day with their closest friends and family. They wanted a celebration that was full of laughter and joy and to share a really amazing family-style Italian dinner in their backyard Tuscan garden with their favorite people.

It is really hard to choose a favorite part of their private estate wedding. Nestled in the hills of Castro Valley, Steven and Sharon’s wedding ceremony took place in their backyard. It overlooks a sweeping view of the San Francisco Bay and is the perfect space to enjoy summer sunsets. Steven’s son, Charles, officiated and sung “The Prayer”, one of Sharon’s favorite songs, during the intimate ceremony. Sharon’s triplets were in the wedding party. Madison was her Maid of Honor and her sons, Scott and Noah were groomsmen. It made for an even more special event.


During cocktail hour, each guest picked a small triangular envelope. On the count of three, everyone opened them all at once, and a cloud of gorgeous swallowtail butterflies released into the butterfly garden that Sharon has curated in their beautiful backyard. The guests truly enjoyed this moment and beamed with delight! After the butterfly release, Sharon had one more surprise up her sleeve. A very special, meaningful gift for Steven – his very own puppy! A darling Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Maisy.

After cocktail hour, guests were invited to sit at a perfectly designed table that fit everyone together. Al Dente Catering served a fabulous family-style Italian dinner as a live guitarist played soft tunes in the background. Later in the evening, Steven’s 91-year-old Aunt tapped danced a performance for the guests.

Now Steven and Sharon are off to Uganda to trek mountain gorilla and Kenya to the Masai Mara for safaris for the most epic honeymoon of all time!

What a joy it is to photograph these incredible moments for my clients to treasure. Enjoy a few of my favorite moments from Steve and Sharon’s private estate wedding in Castro Valley!


Planning // Cora Bella Weddings & Events
Photography // Catherine Leanne Photography
Venue // Private Estate
Catering // Al Dente Events & Catering
Makeup & Hair Design // Terri Brannigan
Bridal Boutique // Jaimie Bridal
Groom’s Attire // Men’s Warehouse
Linens & Rentals // Pleasanton Rentals
Butterflies // Swallowtail Farms


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