Bacara Resort & spa

Santa Barbara

Photo Courtesy of AndySeo Studio

This intimate wedding was featured with Grace Ormond Wedding Style and here is what they said...

Genie Song and Kiernan’s love story began on opposite coasts. As a Valley girl and recent UCLA grad, Genie was living in Southern California; and Kiernan, who hails from snowy Vermont, was residing in New York.

“Our paths crossed on one of Genie’s business trips to New York, when we met at a client event and ended up spending most of the evening together,” Kiernan explains. “We bonded over our shared sense of humor and love of college football. It wasn’t long before we were making numerous cross-country trips to see each other, until Genie moved to New York a year later.”

For Genie’s 30th birthday, Kiernan planned a trip to Napa Valley and knew it’d be the perfect opportunity to propose. He managed to pull off a surprise proposal, getting down on one knee in the gardens across from French Laundry. After Genie tearfully accepted, the French Laundry staff had celebratory champagne and custom menus waiting for the couple at the restaurant. Chef Thomas Keller also came by to personally congratulate them and give a private tour of his famed kitchen.

Genie and Kiernan envisioned an understated, yet elegant wedding with natural and rustic touches. The wedding planning process was aided by planner, Grace Song, and Bacara Resort was chosen as the wedding venue – its ocean views and Spanish architecture perfectly showed off the natural beauty of the California coast.