An Intimate Private Estate Wedding with Steve & Sharon


Jul 30, 2019

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This is the perfect intimate private estate wedding! Steve & 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 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, their ceremony took place in their backyard. It overlooks the San Francisco bay and is the perfect space to enjoy summer sunsets. Steve’s son officiated the ceremony and sang one of Sharon’s favorite songs for everyone to enjoy. Sharon’s triplets were their wedding party and 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 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 Steve – his very own puppy! A PUPPY!!! I cann ot wait for you to see Maisie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, with the sweetest face!

After cocktail hour, guests were invited to sit at a perfectly designed table that fit everyone together. Al Dented Catering served a fabulous family-style Italian dinner as a guitarist played soft tunes in the background. 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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