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Two Families Become One During A Stunning Celebration at Holman Ranch

By: 
Lainey Dow

Diane and Justin knew that Holman Ranch was the perfect wedding venue for them, its rustic, chic, glam feel providing the relaxed Northern California vibe that the couple desired. Incorporating nods to their heritage was very important to the couple, as both Diane and Justin's fathers are first-generation born in the United States- the bride's father from Mexico and the groom's from Croatia. Justin proposed to Diane at a Spanish fortress in his family's native country of Croatia, symbolizing the two families coming together. Large dahlias, succulents and roses, all traditional Mexican flowers, were showcased in beautiful arrangements by Gavita Flora, while lavender toss cones were given to guests post-ceremony to highlight the flower's Croatian roots. Specialty cocktails included the Mrs. Mexican Mule and The Mr. Croation Bourbon Sour, and guests were gifted with His Croatian Rosemary Olive Oil and Her Latin Spicy Mix at the end of the night. We're so in love!

His & Her Highlights:
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His: During dinner, Diane had a real moment, and I am so glad she did. I was so focused on making my big speech; plus making sure I actually ate my dinner and drank water (but mostly, the wine), that it made it hard to pay attention to my surroundings. My wife grabbed me and said “Justin, stop. Look at everyone. They are all here for us." I stopped and looked around—it was a scene forever held in my memory.  Everyone was laughing, socializing, cheering—and not a person was looking at Diane or I. It was as if we were invisible for that very moment and were able to watch all our friends and family genuinely enjoying life at this time, on our special day.
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Hers: Right after the ceremony, our wedding planner pulled us away into this beautiful, secluded courtyard. Just the two of us, alone, no one to tell us to do anything, no photos being taken, realizing we just became husband and wife. We cried and laughed and kissed and reality hit us all at once. It was unforgettable.

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