Nate & Shah'ada
Nate and I both work with indigent and vulnerable communities in rural far Northern California. He is a medical provider and I work in legal aid. Our paths crossed professionally many times before our first date.
The very first time we spoke. I can honestly say I knew I would marry him from the moment I met him. His soul spoke to mine.
Nate and I have two deeply shared passions: wine and living life serving our community. Our big-picture dream is one day building a self-supporting boutique winery in Amador County, California that houses and employs those in need of shelter, job training, safety, skill-building, education, etc. So, Nate booked a weekend at an in-the-process-of-revitalization Amador County vineyard. We had the whole property to ourselves, and as the sun was going down and we were walking in between remnants of old vine zinfandel, I turned around to find him on one knee.
I had found WYL when my sister got engaged in 2016 and we began the hunt for her dress! I followed WYL on Instagram and Pinterest and fell deeper and deeper in love with your aesthetic over time. So when Nate proposed to me, I already knew I wanted a custom WYL dress.
When I emailed WYL after our engagement and asked questions about the dresses, customization, and just general gushing, I knew I was on the WYL train after each kind, timely, and informative email I received from the WYL team. Once I received confirmation WYL could provide me with the dress of my dreams, I dove right in!
My heart was pounding!!! My mom and sisters were on FaceTime and my step-daughters were in the room with me when I opened my WYL box. I think all of us were breathless for a good 10 seconds after I pulled the dress out of the box!
We were married in the backyard of our 100-year-old Victorian, so we kept everything elegantly simple. My most favorite color for as long as I can remember is mustard yellow (hence the dress customization), Nate and I both love olive trees, and burgundy and navy were the additional complement colors.
We own a 100-year-old Victorian in the oldest neighborhood in Redding, California. We chose to get married at our home because it is where we are building our lives. Nate and I each brought three children to the marriage and inviting people to our home to witness our marriage was very important to us.
I walked down the aisle to "We Are On Time" by Nahko and Medicine for the People. A local mountain blues band, Heavy Dose of Blues, provided the music for us. We had no playlist other than rockin' blues music!!
Feeling all the love and support from everyone who attended our wedding or celebrated with us from afar. Having a standing ceremony was so truly amazing - it felt like a giant hug when we were saying our vows to one another!
Our photographer Dan Bushkin was truly the most amazing (Instagram @danbushkin).
I did my own hair and makeup, but Kelly at Flower Girls Farms provided us with AMAZING florals (Instagram @flowergirlsfarm, Heavy Dose of Blues (Facebook) played the most amazing music, and Jason from Odell Craft BBQ @odellcraftbbq) fed everyone the most delicious bbq imaginable!
Choose the "most important must-have" thing to you and let the rest go. For me, it was choosing the perfect photographer and making sure my dress was "the one." I put time, thought, and effort into the remaining aspects of my wedding, but did not stress over the teeny details. Our wedding was a party celebrating us, don't forget that!
5 out of 5 stars
Congratulations Nate & Shah'ada!
Wishing you the best today and always
Shah'ada is wearing the Zoey 2.0 with a custom color skirt in "beautiful mustard", floor-length skirt, nude bodice lining, and unlined sleeves.
Tell us about the proposal ...
Both of us could tell this was a once in a lifetime love. But I knew Ben would put too much pressure on the perfection of something like a proposal. So after a quick check with his friends and family, and most importantly with my girls, I decided to propose to him! I got a special t-shirt made, and wrote my proposal on a softball. Just before the start of his Friday night game Ben's brother and the umpire helped get Ben over to home plate so we could scoot out to the pitcher's mound and pitch him the ball. I am an incredibly shy person for speaking in front of crowds, so I was really nervous... but it was (almost) perfect, and he said yes! I had gotten his whole family there, including a few that never attend his games, so I am pretty sure he knew something was up. I do know he was still surprised though, not a lot of guys get their own special proposal!
When did you know that this person had stolen your heart?
There wasn't exactly a 'moment' but eventually, I realized that I didn't want to experience life without him in it. We are an amazing team and always make it a point to make our life FUN. He is the most kind hearted, caring, hardworking and hilarious person I've ever known and I'm so grateful to have him in my life!