How they met: At law school orientation.
How they got engaged: Jeff proposed to Meredith on the historic Big Dipper rollercoaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. “On the way up, before the big dip,” Meredith says.
Courtroom drama: The couple had a courtroomtheme wedding complete with “openings,” “crossexaminations” and “closings.” “Our ‘closings’ were our vows,” explains Meredith. Guests were asked to raise their right hands to act as witnesses. Meredith’s mom’s partner, Joseph Orr, a Sacramento Superior Court judge, performed the ceremony. (He also swore both Meredith and Jeff in to the California State Bar.)
Making it their own: Meredith wanted a “backyardy” feel to her wedding. The reception took place under a clear-topped tent, drinks were sipped from Mason jars, and the meal—lamb, chicken, sides and salad—was served family-style. The couple provided wedding cake as well as a variety of mini desserts. And guests enjoyed a signature drink—the Wally Waters, named after Jeff’s dad—made from Jim Beam and Squirt.
Reception highlights: The bridal party—bride and groom included—had fun during the introductions. Meredith and Jeff did double dutch jump rope. The evening flowed with music from Rico Pobre, whom Jeff had hired once before for a charity event. Flip-flops were handed out to guests “because the dance floor was a little big sloped,” Meredith says. “I think I had mine on by the time we did the garter toss.”
Great moments: “Both of us were crying so much [at the ceremony], we couldn’t get our words out. Especially [Jeff], which kinda shocked me—I’ll remember that. I wish we had videotaped that,” recalls Meredith. Another special moment: “When I first sat down to the table and everyone was in the tent,” she says, referring to when she took a few quiet moments to take everything in. The best man’s speech was a hit: “Pretty much everyone was laughing the entire time.” And, finally, riding back to the Sheraton Grand Sacramento with friends who also were staying there. “We kinda did a little after party.”
Gown: Amy Kuschel, Amy Kuschel Bride Design Studio, San Francisco
Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew
Catering: All Seasons All Reasons Fine Catering, Sacramento
DJ/music: Rico Pobre with Indamix Productions, Sacramento; Ceremony: Mersonacta Quartet, Sacramento
Flowers/florist: Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas with Flourish, Sacramento
Makeup artist: Shana L. Beals, Sacramento
Hair stylist: Krystle Sheehan, The Garage Hair & Skin Lounge, Roseville
Cake: The Frosted Cake Shop, Sacramento
Jewelry: Bracelet: Ann Taylor; Earrings: Nordstrom
Shoes: Benjamin Adams Favors: Chocolate lips and mustaches from Etsy
Wedding Planner: Kate Miller Events, Sacramento