I met Jeremy in 2010 when I arrived in England for a semester abroad. A native Englishman, he was assigned to give me a campus tour. Within weeks we were dating, and our relationship grew as I returned to the States, graduated and took a job in Washington, D.C. During a visit there in 2013, he proposed.
I had always dreamed of a wedding on the Northern California coast near my hometown of Saratoga, and Jeremy agreed to make that dream come true. When we found Castle House & Garden in a redwood grove near Santa Cruz, we fell in love with its wild beauty, and we set the date: May 18, 2014. The venue’s hands-on owner, Teresa Sabankaya, recommended our planner, Connie Sanchez of Wedding Architects, and our fullservice caterer, Feast for a King. We reserved rooms for guests in Santa Cruz at the Mission Inn and Hotel Paradox, where we also stayed.
Santa Cruz Wedding Venues Photo Gallery
Two nights before the wedding, we hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Crow’s Nest restaurant in Santa Cruz Harbor. On Sunday, 78 guests gathered at the Castle House “fairy ring,” a circle of 100-foot redwood trees, where my childhood pastor, the Rev. Ali Hasan, married us. A dinner of grilled tri-tip steak and Napa Valley-style salmon was served steps away in an elegant courtyard. After toasts and dancing galore, my family surprised us with a getaway to the appropriately named Dream Inn on the beach in Santa Cruz, as well as a getaway vehicle.British!”
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