Kate and Gus Engagement!

Everything about this couple embraces the meaning of family and love!   Kate and Gus are tying the knot next month in Durham, Kate’s hometown.  Since they are currently living in California, they’ve been planning this entire wedding from afar (with our help!).  Even from a distance, they’ve made this wedding truly about their style.  The first time we talked with Kate and Gus about ideas for wedding venues, we knew this was going to be a fun adventure.  Kate said she didn’t care if she had to jump over a stream in the woods to find the most beautiful, natural ceremony spot, she would do whatever it took!  Who wouldn’t love a bride with that kind of determination?  Luckily no jumping over streams is required, and we found the perfect spot!  The ceremony will take place at Duke Homestead with dinner and dancing following at The Cookery!

Thanks to Benjamin Goodpasture Photography for these images!

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We also asked Kate and Gus a few questions about the wedding and the planning process so far:

How did Gus propose?

Gus and I were driving north up the Pacific Coast Highway for a wedding of our friends up in Napa Valley. On the way up, we decided to camp for a few nights in Big Sur, a place where we had spent some time before and both love. Big Sur is flippin gorgeous!

A few days into camping we decided to change campsites and Gus drove us up these gnarly mountain roads until we got to the peaks: picture golden hills with sparse oak trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was beautiful. That evening, after setting up camp, we decided to go for a sunset walk and take some photos. We had a moment under an oak tree with a panoramic view, and Gus popped the question! Best moment ever.
What aspect of planning the wedding has been the most enjoyable?
Planning events and time with our friends and family for the weekend. Also picking out my dress was super fun! I got some quality time with my mom while dress shopping. And, seeing the invitations for the first time. Most of all, planning the honeymoon 🙂
Do you have any advice for recently engaged brides to help them stay stress-free throughout the planning process?
Hire a planner, for real. If you have a lot going on in your life, have a longer engagement OR a smaller wedding: pretty common sense. Keep it simple.
What are you most excited about for the day of the wedding?
Seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony, being married!, and dancing!
What are three words to describe the feel of your upcoming wedding?
Natural
Party
Intimate
What made you decide to hire a planner?
Gus and I live far from our wedding location, and we definitely didn’t want the burden to be on my mom for the planning. Also, there are just so many details you don’t want to deal with during the wedding and loads of info that we wouldn’t have had access to without our planner.

 Can’t wait for this fabulous wedding next month!