Jack and Megan Hicks are taking classy to a whole new level at their stunning wedding located at the Paso Robles wedding venue Rava Wines and put together with the help of San Luis Obispo wedding planner Rose To The Occasion Events. Every detail was perfected to be as elegantly chic as their fairy-tale like venue. I had the opportunity to speak to the bride about the special day.
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Their Love Story
Megan and Jay met through mutual friends at church in Los Angeles. When the world shut down due to the pandemic in March 2020, the couple started spending all their time together, quickly becoming close friends. Six months later, they went on their first date, sitting oceanside eating sushi at Nobu Malibu. The two quickly fell in love. In December 2021, Megan and Jay took a long-awaited road trip to Big Sur, California, where Jay planned to propose. It wasn't until they arrived that they discovered they had COVID. Nonetheless, Jay took Megan to the top of a cliff overlooking the surf. There, Jay got down on one knee and asked Megan to marry him. Tears of surprise came flooding out of her eyes. "We had picked the ring out together at Bell Jewelers in Murfreesboro while visiting Jay's family a few weeks before our trip to Big Sur," explained Megan, "but I was not expecting it to arrive until sometime in January 2022. Little did I know that he'd secretly arranged for the ring to be shipped to him in time for the engagement trip." They spent the rest of the day taking engagement photos before realizing that, once the adrenaline wore off, they were still pretty sick. After a week of quarantining, the couple drove home to celebrate with family and friends.
Some Favorite Details
The ceremony was officiated by Jay's grandmother Dottie Hicks. Music for the ceremony was performed by a string trio. The processional for the ceremony was the theme from "La Vita E Bella," flowing into "Turning Page" by Sleeping At Last, Jay and Megan's favorite artist. Both pieces were arranged for strings by Jay. For the recessional, the string trio played the traditional "Wedding March" by Mendelssohn.
The Inspiration and Color Palette
Taking advantage of the winery's natural landscape, the decor emphasized the grapevines, olive trees and distant hillsides. Their colors were a pallet of nudes, pinks and muted sage greens.
Knowing what you know now... what advice would you have for other brides planning their wedding?
"The big day ended up happening in the middle of a record-breaking heatwave, where temperatures hit 115 degrees Fahrenheit. With the help of our wedding coordinator, Rose, we pushed the ceremony to later in the day, beginning with an indoor cocktail hour and followed by an indoor reception. Stay flexible and enjoy, it's about getting married and fun wedding a bonus."
What was the most challenging part about planning your wedding?
"Moving inside last minute!"
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