We invite you to join us in celebrating our marriage in the same magical place where we first said "I do."

Cypress Grove

Mendocino, California
39°18'43.8"N, 123°48'12.9"W

Saturday, June 29th, 2024
5:30pm

Reception at Luna Trattoria to follow.
www.nateandaustin.com

With love,

Engagement

On Friday, April 7th, 2023, we got engaged at Glass Beach in Mendocino County, California.

The engagement ring we designed together features a natural yellow-green bicolor sapphire and, due to the gem’s naturally light color, it very closely resembles sea glass.

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We have loved exploring tide pools and collecting sea glass together along the California coast, and Austin has also always wanted to visit Glass Beach — so named due to the abundance of sea glass on its shore created from decades of dumping into an area of coastline just North of the beach.

Nate’s proposal at Glass Beach was a symbol of his love for Austin: the sea glass that surrounded us represented the sapphire seated atop her ring and the thousands of times he would choose her.

Elopement

The plan has always been to get married in the summer of 2024.

However, we knew we would be moving to our home in Michigan together the summer of 2023, and we realized that getting legally married in advance would help solve some of the complexities the move will bring.

In thinking about getting married ahead of time, it was very important to us that we not detract from our future wedding ceremony. But we’re also very sentimental people, and a courthouse marriage didn’t seem right for us either — if we were going to get married, we still wanted the moment to feel special.

And so, we transformed our engagement weekend into an elopement weekend. On Easter Sunday, April 9th, 2023, we were married in a private ceremony of just the two of us.

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More photos of the ceremony can be found here.

Although we are already married, we still want to host a full — but still very small — wedding ceremony in the summer of 2024, as we had originally planned.

Invitation

We are inviting our closest friends and family (that’s you!) to join us in celebrating our marriage in the same magical place where we first said “I do.”

Getting There

It’s a beautiful drive to Mendocino, winding through redwood forests and along the coast of California — but it’s still a drive, and it will take between two and three hours from the nearest airport.

For those in California, Mendocino is about a 3½-hour drive North from San Francisco, or about a 9-hour drive from Los Angeles.

For those flying in, the closest airport to Mendocino is the Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa. From there, you’d need to rent a car and then drive 2 hours Northwest to Mendocino. However, you may find it more economical to fly into San Francisco (SFO), and then drive an extra hour from there instead. That’s what we’re doing.

…Or you could charter a private plane or helicopter…! Nearby Brewery Gulch Inn has a helipad.

We understand this isn’t terribly convenient and won’t work for everyone, and we want to make it clear that there is absolutely no obligation to attend our wedding. But we hope you’ll still join us if you’re able!

Staying There

Mendocino is a charming coastal town, and nearby Fort Bragg is also a great spot to visit during your stay.

Please note, Mendocino is a very popular summer destination so, if you plan on attending, please book far in advance!

There are a number of quaint inns, cottages, and B&Bs to stay at in and around Mendocino. There are no wedding blocks. Here are just a few options:

Wedding

If you plan on attending, all of the wedding weekend details can be found here.

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!