CSU Monterey was where they met but it took them two years to start dating. Melody or Mel as she is commonly known has a beautiful personality inside and out. She and Todd are just one of those couples that everyone is drawn to and everyone wanted to be friends with. Fun, quirky, easy going, friendly and charming is what I would call them.

Mel made the USA her home at age 11 and met Todd in college. But, it took them two years after leaving college to start dating. 5 years later, with many adventures and travels around the world and adding a cute stray – Rocky to the family, Todd finally popped the question to Mel.

It was a destination wedding for this Oakland couple and they opted to have their wedding at the beautiful Cielo Estate winery in Placerville CA, a hotspot for wine tasting which they frequented, whenever they visited Todd’s family.

The décor for the California Summer evening wedding was created with a color palette that included blush, white and green. A garden atmospheric concept was created for the couple that mixed vintage classic with rustic vibes to bring out each of their personalities.

The bridal bouquet was especially made to capture the beauty, warmth and love of this beautiful couple and lush maid’s bouquets and simple boutonnieres were made for the Rad group of friends they chose to have as their bridal party.

Mel & Todd were determined to make their day a fun filled, easy going party for everyone and chose to have outdoor games to bring out an English vibe to their big day.

Melody wore a laced, v neck sheath dress from David’s bridal with the maids wearing short taupe dresses. Todd and the guys went for a more casual rustic ensemble with tweed waistcoats and dark blue pants.

The couple chose to incorporate special details to their day from lawn game signs to a candy station which was solely done by the mother of the Bride made it extra special for them and their guests


The day was full of fun, warmth and love – ………

……………….just as this English Rose and the All American Next door boy had expected!

A beautiful day for beautiful couple… Thank you Melody and Todd for letting us be a part of your magical day.

Photos – Kim J Martin 

Venue – Cielo Estate winery 

Design, coordination and production – Paradise Parkway Design Atelier

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Speciality linens – La Tavola fine linen