Wedding To Remember

Love unleashed: Canine connection leads local police officers to the altar

Above Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Ognoskie
Los Altos Police Officer Julie Tannock and Palo Alto Police Sgt. Duane Tannock deployed their K-9 partners Lucas and Lord, above, to Shoup Park to pose for their Save the Date card. The couple, who met through their dogs, formally wed last month.

It was nearly love at first bark for Los Altos Police Officer Julie Tannock.

Julie’s leading male, Lord – a 7-year-old black German shepherd who serves as a K-9 cop in Los Altos – led her to a second life partner, Sgt. Duane Tannock of the Palo Alto Police Department.


Silk, & lace: Brides resurrect wedding gowns across generations

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Longtime Costume Bank volunteer Mary Kay McCarthy gingerly inspects a vintage bridal gown, part of the shop’s unique collection of dresses dating back to the 1800s.

After the altar, bridal gowns follow an uncertain path into history. Some are carefully cleaned and tucked into keepsake boxes, others set aside in a distracted moment.

Decades later, when a new generation of women assess their options, family gowns offer sentimental appeal but can be encumbered by the stylings of a bygone era and the damage done by time. When a bride-to-be unearths or inherits an antique gown, it doesn’t always come with a user guide – or even a clear date and backstory.


Celebrate it forward Extending wedding-day memories

Courtesy of Christine Moore
Creating a travel bucket list and preserving wine flutes for anniversary toasts are among the ways couples preserve their wedding-day memories.

After years together and months of planning, your wedding day may seem to pass too quickly. I recall seeing my soon-to-be-husband waiting for me at the end of the aisle and thinking that I wanted to run to him. I also wanted to walk as slowly as possible to make that moment – and that day – last.

Later, while leading a conga line on the dance floor, I had a flash of simultaneously thinking, “I never want this night to end” and “I can’t wait to talk about today tomorrow.”


Cheers: Why wedding toasts matter

Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

I’ve been to formal church weddings, sand-beneath-my-feet ceremonies, rainy-afternoon nuptials and dancing-under-the-stars celebrations. But regardless of the style of the union, the toast is always the centerpiece of the reception.

Wedding toasts are a major highlight of the day. Sure, I’ve heard some stinkers. I’ve cringed once or twice and I’ve been bored to yawns, but I always look to the toast portion of the reception with great anticipation. Toasts are an opportunity for a close friend or family member of the bridal couple to express the communal hopes and best wishes of all the guests in attendance.


Finding the One

Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier


Appily ever after: Tech innovations invited to todays wedding

Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Apps are the newest guests invited to the season’s nuptials.

After all, engaged couples often have to hit the ground running to ensure that everything goes smoothly before the big day. The tab for the average American wedding tops $28,000, according to wedding website The Knot, making it the grandest shindig most people will throw in their lifetimes.


East Meets West in modern wedding gowns

Courtesy of Bel Inizio Photography
Namrita Chettiar, left, created a custom Southeast Asian-inspired wedding dress for Tanya Mulvey. To bring the bride’s vision to life, Chettiar made sketches, above, after introducing Mulvey to her studio collection.

Snow-white gowns with trains running a mile long may be a popular choice for a walk down the wedding aisle in the United States, but some local brides are embracing a new look – the color, vibrancy and allure of ensembles that use the rich silks found in couture fabric shops in India and opulent Bollywood movies.


Simple ways to minimize impact of potential wedding mishaps

Your wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, but what happens when the caterer closes, the head count is wrong and the band is a no-show? More than one couple has experienced these types of wedding disasters.

Make sure that your wedding day is filled with blissful memories by taking a few steps to protect yourself from the financial and emotional impact of nuptial dilemmas and put your mind at ease.


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