these two hold a especially special spot in my heart… i was a bit unsure when chan came back from vegas telling me she met a boy… haha…you did what??? i believe my exact words were “ruuun”… buuut i met him days later, and i knew he was a keeper! I’ve never seen my friend so school girl happy! i couldn’t be more honored to stand by them and support their journey down the isle. seattle here we come!
All my couples are amazing, really they are. i don’t know how i get so lucky! Natalie and Pete found me on the interwebs… from our first email exchange i knew they would be so fun. I’m just bummed i won’t be able to capture their wedding. it is going to be beautiful!!! i mean look at them… love.
so how they met…
Connecticut College – October 5th, 2007
The night was electric, as students all over Connecticut College (Conn) performed their pre-game rituals. Twas the first night of the harvest, and livers were being sacrificed to the gods of college.
Both Pete Musser (face off guy) and Natalie Oliva (poofy hair girl) had heard of each other, but tonight was the night that they would finally meet. The two were introduced by one Harold Vincent Garrity IV, who could not be reached for comment.
In true Musser fashion, the first thing Pete did when presented with the beautiful, young Natalie was yell “NAAAAAAAABS!!!”, and then run away. After she and Hal exchanged a brief and confused glance, Natalie bound off after the boy.
The two have been inseparable. After spending a summer in Watch Hill together after Pete’s graduation, the two continued to date during individual travels. Throughout their illustrious 7 year relationship, Pete and Natalie have ventured to Melbourne, Paris, Biarritz, Bordeaux, The Bahamas, Manhattan, Burlington, Thomasville, Naples, Austin, and Healdsburg.
The proposal, as told by Natalie:
Pete and I go on hikes every week around the bay with our dog Loki. Usually it’s on one of our local trails, like Lime Ridge or Briones Regional Park, both of which have significant hills. So when I asked what to expect from this 7th anniversary hike, I wasn’t worried when he said that I’d be “totally fine!”“But definitely bring your hiking boots,” he added casually.
October 5th was a warmer than average day at 96 degrees in San Ramon. We began up the very steep hill, which provided no shade, aside from a small area at the beginning of the hike.
Pete hadn’t adequately warned me how tough the hike was going to be. I was cursing him as I took my 4th water break only halfway up the ridge.
“Let me carry you to the top!”
“No, no, I’ll be fine. (chugs water) Just give me a minute… (labored breathing)”
(repeat this conversation ten more times)
When we finally made it to the top, the view was absolutely breathtaking. We could see miles in all directions. As I was enjoying the spectacular view and catching my breath, Pete knelt next to me with a small wooden box in his hand.
After 7 years together, I had a feeling this was coming, but nothing could have prepared me for that moment. Pete said some wonderful things, but my mind was swimming. I remember him quoting The Naked Gun as he opened the box “It’s not much, but it’s pretty good for an honest policeman’s salary.” I blurted “yes” before he could even say the words.
We practically floated down the hill together, already talking wedding plans. When we got to the bottom, I checked my FitBit. We had gone up the equivalent of 98 flights of stairs! It is now and will forever be the greatest hike of my life.
That night, we celebrated over dinner at The French Laundry. It truly was the perfect day.
a girl after my own heart, boho, forest, details and a kind of love that you only find in fairytales! sorry I’m not sorry, this is a loooong post! enjoy!
Love story from cory:
Justin and I went to high school together. He was best friends with Jacob and Gabe (best men), and I was best friends with Angela and Bethany (maids of honor). Little did any of us know that God had an amazing plan where 10 years later, we would all be married to each other. He was the hottest, most popular guy in school (biased? maybe). He was also very taken. I was the skater-goth-wannabe obsessed with Tim Burton, the kid who read Edgar Allen Poe to her friends in study hall. If you had told me back then that we would’ve been here today, I would’ve either laughed or cried… basically, I would be literally incredulous. We re-met when Bethany (maid of honor) kept trying to force us to hang out so I invited him to my 21st birthday party. Long story short, all it took was that nagging, a few too many whiskey sours, and as best said by F Scott Fitzegerald, we “slipped briskly into an intimacy from which (we) never recovered.”and i saw a pic that miss cory posted on Facebook with her brothers for a tbt (throw back thursday) … so i had to try and recreate it! From the bride: justin and I wanted a wedding that was unique to us, and that’s exactly how it turned out! I love bohemian, ‘Free People’ decor, and he loves the natural beauty of the woods. We were inspired by the Wes Anderson film ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ to build a sort of fairyland in the woods where people would want to live forever. Everyone chipped in to help, from the Father of the Groom buying all the tee pee’s, the moms going to estate sales every weekend for 6 months, the best man putting up the outstanding lights, the maid of honor providing hundreds of moroccan lanterns, to weeks of what we called ‘wine & wedding craft nights’ we put together the wedding of our dreams! Venue: Huddart Park, Woodside, CA Photographer: BrittRene Photo Florist: The Petal Company Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses: Free People Bridesmaid necklace: Free People Shoes: Freebird by Steven Brides Jewelry: Givenchy & Swarovski Rings: Lynn Hill & Co Sweets: Macarons A Go Go DJ: DJ And It’s On