Kindra grew up with Alex’s cousins in a tiny town called Rough & Ready, CA and Alex grew up in the Los Angeles area. Both Alex & Kindra became single around the same time, and Alex’s cousins and spouses, knowing both of them individually, had an itching to set them up. They were both resistant at first, having just gotten out of long relationships, but once they started talking, they couldn’t stop. They started out the old-fashioned way and talked for nearly a month before meeting up in person as Alex was working and living in San Francisco at the time, and Kindra was in Grass Valley. They did long distance for over a year before they got engaged at sunrise at Haleakala in Maui. They got married in March and live in East Sacramento where they are happily enjoying married life and raising their black lab puppy, Bodhi. Needless to say they are forever grateful for the cousins having the foresight that they were a good match.

What was the most important thing for you about finding the perfect dress?

I wanted it to be romantic and classy, and something that I hadn’t seen on another bride before.

What was the best personal moments of your wedding day?

Seeing my husband for the first time; getting ready with my closest gals and family; seeing everyone as I walked down the aisle and just soaking in the moment of having those closest to you there to celebrate you; and of course, rocking out with our amazing live band!

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Please share something that stood out on your wedding day?

There was just happiness everywhere. We were happy, our friends and family were happy, everyone was having a great time. I think we did a good job of keeping a good flow, personal touches throughout, and making the fun continue until the very end.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding day and dress?

The venue we got married in is a beautiful, old stone building from the 1800’s that is absolutely breathtaking. I didn’t want to do too much to take away from its beauty, but really to compliment it. I wanted romantic elegance to be conveyed throughout. Lots of candlelight, our colors being navy and gold, helped add a simple elegance, and simple flower palette as well.

Any advice to future brides?

Bring help with you to try on dresses! I had an idea in mind, but sometimes once you try them on and get other opinions, it really helps open up the possibilities. I actually passed up the dress I bought in the original line-up and my sister, who has an eye for style, demanded that I at least try it on. Once it was on, it was over! My other piece of advice is to set a Pinterest cut-off date… you can always find new things you want to do or add, so you just have to stop looking at a certain point; ideally at least a month before the wedding, otherwise you will drive yourself crazy and second-guess yourself.

The talented wedding professionals involved:

Photographer: Sam Potter Photography, San Luis Obispo

Venue: Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada City

Wedding Dress: Always Elegant Bridal {Chico Location} Dress designed by Lillian West 

Cake/Dessert: Three Gingers Baking Co., Penn Valley

Planner: Kindra Britt (I do wedding coordinating on the side, so this one was extra fun!)

Caterer: Real Food Catering, Auburn

DJ/Music: Decades Band, Chico

Rentals: SRC Party Rentals, Grass Valley

Invitations: Bride & Groom

Men’s attire: Men’s Warehouse

Bridesmaids: Various (each bride picked their own gold dress – it turned out gorgeous!)