Sarah and Michael married on June 21, 2017 in rural Covelo, CA. The couple chose to get married at Sarah's family home, where they first met, and where Sarah gave birth to their daughter, Maddie.
The ceremony began with the groomsmen and bridesmaids having a dance-off down the aisle, and, as Sarah began to walk down the aisle, one of Michael's friends surprised him by taking the mic and singing “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid, which then led to the entire audience singing along.
“Linking arms with my dad, I was already crying, but in that moment everything felt so real. The next moment was even more emotional, walking down the aisle and seeing everyone under the trees. I couldn't believe that everyone came to celebrate with us! Standing under the Madrone tree gazing into Michael's eyes as Captain Mike spoke, I felt so loved and so full of love.” – Sarah
They decided to honor their daughter in the vows, asking her to join them at the altar, as they read a promise to always put family first. “We are on the same team as a couple and as a family. We wanted our vows to be “us.” So we kept them real and meaningful, but fun and original.” – Sarah
It was around 100°F, so a friend drove over to where the couple was taking portraits out in the field, and Sarah & Michael had an unplanned quad ride!
“Mari came to pick us up after photos, and Michael wanted to drive us back. I might be a mountain girl, but I'm not too quad savvy. It was pretty awesome to hold onto my husband and ride through the trees in my wedding dress, though!”
Festivities went late into the night, fueled by the music of funk/pop band, Ripe, who flew out for the event. Having a great band was really important to the couple, which is not surprising as Michael is the lead singer of The Gang of Thieves. The whole event was pretty magical — the property is integrated with the surrounding forest, and far enough away from town that almost everyone camped on the property.
Let's take a peek at this rock ‘n' roll family wedding under the stars…