Glenda & Michael

Thursday, September 15 2011

Glenda Hoffman and Michael Coppolino may have met with the help of modern technology—via online dating—but they really connected offline through their deep spirituality. So just six months later, when they heard about Heart 4 Africa’s new Wedding 4 Africa, they knew that making the spirit of giving part of their union couldn’t be more perfect.

An incredible array of California wedding vendors helped Glenda create her dream Renaissance-inspired wedding nestled in Arroyo Trabuco’s lush trees and vines, complemented with wild bouquets of ferns and peonies and candelabras dripping with foliage. Behind a flowergirl fluttering wings made of feathers and moss, the bride made her grand entrance on a majestic thoroughbred while a dulcimer played. The 150 guests watched the newlyweds release white doves after their vows, and the magical celebration continued inside, where a fairy wonderland cake dusted with glitter served as the focal point at a whimsical dance party.

The couple shared the Heart 4 Africa story over dinner and sparked many to get involved—an impact that went far beyond their exit under an arch of sparklers.


Bridal Boutique: Mon Amie Bridal Salon

Caterer: Arroyo Trabuco; (champagne) Schlossadler International Wines

Ceremony Site: Arroyo Trabuco

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine Bridal

Hair/Makeup Artist: Design Visage; (nails) Pavé Nouveau Salon

Wedding Jewelry: (rings) Paradise Jewelers

Transportation: Ashley Navran

Wedding Consultant: Cheers to You Events

Lighting: De-lighted!

Photographer: TripleCord Photography, Ruby Rideout Photography and Amanda Doublin

Officiant: Dan Russell

Other Services: Doves - White Flite; Horse - Linda O’Neill; Guest Book - Ruby Rideout Photography

Groom Formalwear: Friar Tux Shop

Linen: Fusion Linens

Wedding Night Accommodations: Surf and Sand Resort

Reception Site: Arroyo Trabuco

Videography: (engagement) Mission Visual; (wedding) Four Seasons Films (N. Carolina)

Wedding Cake: Sweet Gems Cakes; (cake stand) Raise the Cake

Floral Designer: (bouquets) Jen K Floral Design; (ceremony and reception floral) Green Leaf Designs

Entertainment: (DJ) Elevated Pulse Productions; (reception music) Patti Amelotte, Tony Saieva, Brad Coleman, Tom Strahle, Jeff Myers