Heralding back to Maria & Kory’s amazing wedding day at Butano State Park and the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, I still smile.  Kory first noticed Maria in a Portuguese class they were both taking while grad students at Stanford.  Unbeknownst to him, the teacher wanted to play matchmaker on Maria’s behalf and kept making sure they had to pair up in class to work on assignments!  The plan worked, as Kory quickly started realizing that his super-smart class partner happened to have the most beautiful eyes he’d ever seen, and a bright huge shining heart to match.  As far as I am concerned, it is impossible for anyone not to fall in love with both of these guys!

Maria’s father (along with some other family members) flew all the way out from Colombia to walk Maria down the beautiful aisle of trees, curtesy of the redwoods in Butano State Park.  Many of the details of the wedding day were made by Maria and Kory themselves, including the one-of-a-kind ring box featured below that Kory carved out of a tiny book.  The last photo was taken at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay reception during “crazy hour”, a Venezuelan and Colombian wedding tradition where the DJ will suddenly announce that it’s crazy hour, pass a ton of wild props around for people to wear, and turn on the super-loud dance music for the guests to go nuts to.  It’s one of my favorite wedding traditions ever!

Wedding Coordinator:  Laurel Anderson, Esla Events

Makeup/Hair Artist: Eliza Desch

Wedding Dress:  Vera Wang

Venue:  Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
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