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Sari and Jeff Dierking are not just any couple—they are a dynamic duo full of humor, understanding, passion and trust. To be around them, anyone can feel why their love came so easily: two easygoing spirits choosing to go the same direction in the world. But Sari and Jeff are more than an incredible couple—they’re also my family. Sari is my only sister, older by two years, and Jeff is my new brother in law.
The pair met in the dorms at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, but didn’t start dating until four years later. After a lengthy courtship, Jeff proposed to Sari just after Christmas in 2007 in Graeagle near Tahoe, where his family has a cabin. They were married in July at the lovely Newcastle Wedding Gardens.
All the details were picture perfect: the delicate, colorful butterflies affixed to each place card; the lace-carved sandalwood fans; the groom’s cake made in the shape of a bear’s head. “Jeff and I were so happy—everything was perfect,” says Sari. “It couldn’t have gone better. It was beautiful. Everyone we wanted to see was there. The flowers were amazing; I really liked my dress. But it was such a whirlwind.”
The couple gave local honey as wedding favors with their names, wedding date and this quote attached: “Only two things last longer than time: honey and love.”