Danny and Katina welcomed their guests to the Dawn Ranch Lodge, on the Russian River in Guerneville, California to celebrate and witness their wedding. The celebrations began Friday, June 6th, with an invocation and welcome cookout, followed by a concert of talented family and friends, each offering a favorite song to the bridal couple.
June 7, Wedding Day, was a beautiful sunny day. A festive mood was set by everyone making themselves flower wreaths, boutonnières or whatever they desired to wear to the wedding. The ceremony was magical, the love and joy tangible, the banquet delicious, the dancing into the night high energy. The next day, following a blessing by the elders for Danny and Katina, and a lovely brunch, the Mercandantes rode away in a limo to their honeymoon flight to Tahiti (and have not been heard from since). A good time was had by all. Thank you Katina and Daniel for sharing your love, for bringing together your community of family and friends that we may always have the memories of this joyous occasion to support you in your new life together.
(The best way to view the photos below is to click on the first one and view them larger, with captions. You can also roll your cursor over each picture to see captions, not all picture are captioned.)
Danny and Katina welcoming their guests Friday night before the wedding
Father of the Groom, Ed, host of the Friday night welcome dinner.
brother of the groom
godparents Leta and Andrew and long time friend Jan.
Katina’s brother Jed getting won over by Abby.
talented friends and family sang and played, many to the accompaniment of Katina’s dad Brian on the piano
Dad Brian playing for Uncle Tim who performed a beautiful song.
on the eve before their wedding, bride & groom enjoy music played and sung by talented family and friends
Good friend’s playing for Danny and Katina
Katina singing to her groom!
there are some secretive videos of Katina’s melodic love song, and Danny’s crooning to her, but I need permission to show them!
last minute planning and set up for wedding banquet
Uncle Mike making a boutonnière
Katina and step dad Jim
gathering of the bridesmaids
Mom and Dad Mercandante waiting for the wedding ceremony to begin
mother of the bride, Cinda, tearing up, grandpa Wert consoling Olive, official wedding dog (who was to excited to stay in attendance)
Father of the Bride, Brian, and friend Richard
Step mom Linda
Katina’s Uncle Kendall and Aunt Ginny
Katina’s cousin Kira, her fiancé Carlos, Aunt Ginny and cousin Raina.
long time friend Flo
friends Joyce and Larry
guests waiting for the ceremony to begin
all ages were eagerly waiting for the wedding to begin
two crows arrived for the wedding, but one left, guess it wasn’t ready to get married yet!
Tom Kelly, minister and grooms men.
happy groom Danny
the bride enters with her bridesmaids, the music was Clair de lune, by Claude Debussy
beautiful, thoughtful bride Katina
smiles and laughter came easy to this elated couple
the butterfly carrier…Jed and Sierra
procession to reception
Ecstatic Mom of the Bride, Cinda!
friends and family enjoying delicious food and savoring the good vibes of the ceremony
Bride and groom with Brian, Father of the Bride, and Brian good friend.
the grooms cake, chocolate and star wars!
Katina thanking everyone before cutting the cake
after the cake was some high-energy dancing
Bride in motion!
next day, honeymooners leaving for Tahiti