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A match made in Tequila leads to ‘vintage’ Healdsburg wedding

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Bride Hannah Collins, of Hannah Collins Designs, and groom Ben Herod, co-founder of Oro en Paz winery, at their June 3 wedding at a private residence in Healdsburg. Photo: Nina Menconi
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Blame it on Tequila — not the beverage, but the town.

In March 2011, Hannah Collins and Ben Herod were in Tequila, Mexico, the birthplace of the drink that bears its name. Then both in the beverage industry, they were attending an educational junket to learn about distillation of the blue agave plant that has been grown in that area for over 400 years.

A few months earlier, Ben had registered on Hannah’s radar when she’d spotted him at a tasting at Beretta, the Mission District restaurant and bar where she worked while finishing a degree in architecture and design at the Academy of Art University. There, among the sea of servers, Hannah hadn’t made an impression on Ben, but when they met in Tequila, her beauty and friendly nature most certainly did.

Several days into the trip, the two went for beer and tacos and started a conversation that lasted till nearly dawn. The vibe between them was easy and natural, and they found commonality at every turn. There was the obvious line up of their love of food and wine, and many pals overlapped, but other passions were more obscure. A volley of questions led to the discovery that for both their “favorite dead musician” was Jimi Hendrix. They also agreed on favorite dog breed: boxer. (However, they eventually adopted a pit bull they named Dude.)

Thirty-six hours later, Hannah, then 24 and now 30, was on her way back to San Francisco, while Ben, now 37, traveled to Mexico City for an additional week during which his time with Hannah played in his mind. There was anticipation on both sides when Ben, upon return, promptly phoned.

“I was giddy,” said Hannah, remembering the call. Now the owner of Hannah Collins Designs, known for the classic, modern interiors of local eateries such as Belgo, Barzotto, Super Duper and Flores, Hannah was spending that Sunday afternoon sketching in Dolores Park.

It wasn’t long before the two had carved out a late-night date from their busy schedules. Over dinner at Nopa, their shared sensibilities and values came further into focus. “Everything felt right,” said Ben. “Obviously there was something there.”

Three months later, at a bar outside AT&T Park, much to the delight of the crowd of baseball fans, Ben formally asked Hannah to be his girlfriend. (It was a great “save” for the night: Turns out he’d bought their tickets from a scalper and they were forgeries.)

“Ben lives in the moment like no one I’ve ever met,” said Hannah. “And he pulls you into that moment — it’s what made me fall in love with him.”

Both say their relationship worked from the get-go because of their shared dedication to work and hobbies. In 2011, Ben, who studied winemaking at UC Davis and had been making “garage wine” for years, along with two friends founded Oro en Paz, a winery on Treasure Island. “As entrepreneurs we really support each other,” he said.

Over the next few years, the couple traveled widely — to Vietnam, Italy, Spain and Morocco. A high point for Hannah was a camel ride into the Sahara and camping under the desert’s star-filled sky.

Ben’s creative marriage proposal involved a 5-mile hike in Marin concluding at a beachside waterfall (for which a photographer had been secretly dispatched). Hannah’s surprised reaction was caught on a video camera in the ring box.

For their June 3 wedding at a private Healdsburg residence, the couple enlisted the help of their many friends in hospitality. Family-style Italian food cooked by a friend was served on farm tables; wines from grapes sourced at the property had been crafted by the groom.

“We wanted it to feel intimate, like we were hosting a dinner at our house,” said Ben, who is also passionate about skin diving; the lightly breaded abalone served at the reception had been caught by him in chilly Mendocino waters the week before the wedding.

“I didn’t want to be influenced by others,” said Hannah of the affair, “and tried to stay true to my own design.” She made a mood board for the event, but stayed away from Pinterest. She describes the vibe of the party as “’60s and ’70s vintage, sophisticated but fun.”

The bride entered to the accompaniment of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” Old wine bottles were repurposed into glasses screen-printed with the couple’s logo, designed by Hannah. After the ceremony, the bride and groom took a spin in Ben’s 1965 Alfa Romeo. “It was a nice moment to ourselves,” said Ben, who harbors a love of old cars.

After a three-week honeymoon in Europe and the Greek Islands, the two, who now live in the Sunset District close enough to the ocean to hear the waves break, are back to work — although it’s clear that, for them, work is joy.

“It’s just nice to connect as an officially married couple,” said Ben, when asked about what life post-wedding will bring.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online

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PIPPA MIDDLETON SEEN ALONE ON BIRTHDAY WITHOUT HUSBAND JAMES

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Pippa Middleton has not been seen with her husband, James Matthews, for a long time. Even on her 34th birthday, she was seen cycling alone on the streets of London. The English socialite has been at the center of attention for pregnancy rumors, falling in line with the fact that her sister, Kate Middleton, has conceived the third royal baby. Considering that Pippa also was seen alone on the birthday of her husband, it is up in the air as to if she will spend this one quietly as well.

On the birthday of her husband, Pippa was also seen on the streets, bearing a shopping bag filled with craft supplies. This time, though, it seemed she was in a hurry to run some errands before the evening.

Kate’s sister appeared on the streets of London this afternoon, on the bike that she rides everywhere. She was “the picture of laid-back chic in a dove grey blazer thrown over a crisp white shirt and slacks,” according to Daily Mail, and that she seemed rather casual in the midst of all the drama surrounding her.

Pippa reportedly spent around £1 million on her wedding and honeymoon, but it is still unknown if plans to have a birthday party that is just as luxurious.

While she has not been seen with her husband in a very long time, rumors about her pregnancy began gaining momentum.

“Pippa always said she wanted to start a family as soon as she got married, and now her wish has come true,” an insider told Australian Women’s Day. “It’s early days yet – and they have decided they don’t want to know the sex of their baby until after it’s born – but Pippa is convinced she is having a little girl.”

The newlyweds already have two dogs in their family, a cocker spaniel and a black labrador, showing that they are in the mood of nurturing and caring.

With this rumor circling Pippa and James, her sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, just announced that she is bearing her third baby. Like her other pregnancies, she is suffering from “severe morning sickness,” which has been quite a concern for the Duke and their family.

“We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating,” the Duke of Cambridge said, according to the Irish Independent. “It’s always a bit anxious to start with, but she’s well.”

This new royal baby will become the fifth in line to the throne, pushing Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie and Beatrice back even further.

Do you think Pippa will address the pregnancy rumors on her birthday? Do you think she will spend a fortune for her party, like she did for her wedding and honeymoon? Let us know in the comments below!Read more at:bridesmaid dresses perth | vintage bridesmaid dresses

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