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Ciara Henderson & Zachary Damas

June 22, 2013

Ciara Henderson & Zachary Damas

Zachary Damas proposed to Ciara Henderson during a winter visit to Hidden Beach.

POSTED March 28, 2013 2:13 p.m.

Ciara and Zachary's love story began with a friendly game of bowling. The two met when they and a group of mutual friends got together to bowl. At one point in the evening pictures were taken and Ciara and Zachary were pushed together.

"I literally sat on his lap and didn't even know him," Ciara said about their first meeting.

Zachary asked Ciara to send him a copy of the picture — and with it got her phone number.

"He asked me out the very next day," she said.

A year and half after that first meeting on the lanes, Zachary took Ciara on a special outing to Hidden Beach in Aptos.

"He actually couldn't do surprises at all — until the engagement," Ciara said.


A June wedding

"The venue was my first choice in planning the wedding," Ciara said.

Ciara and Zachary will celebrate their love among the aromatic fields of Pageo Lavender Farm on Golf Road in Turlock. Shabby chic will be the general style of the wedding and reception, chosen to complement the rustic setting of the lavender farm.

While the bride will be wearing a traditional wedding dress —with a strapless textured corset bodice and a floor-length tulle skirt — the groom and his party will be donning suspenders and bow ties in shades of grey.

The bridesmaids will be wearing grey also in strapless tea-length dresses. Matching teal colored necklaces will add a splash of color. Ciara also chose a vintage-style flower necklace to accent her dress.

The bride's bouquet will be made up of white hydrangeas, stephanotis and baby's breath. The bridesmaids will carry white hydrangeas wrapped in grey silk. In honor of her dad and his family's history of farming baby's breath, the delicate flower will also be featured in the table arrangements.

The wedding ceremony will include a unique family tradition and personal touches.

Ciara and Zachary will continue one of her family traditions of pouring white and black sand into a decorative vase. The sand-filled vase will then be placed in their home as a visual reminder of their union.

Ciara and Zachary will personalize their wedding ceremony by writing their own vows.

"It's more memorable and special than the traditional vows," Ciara said.

After the ceremony, the celebration will continue under the stars at the lavender farm. Guests will be directed to their seats from a large chalkboard seating arrangement that matches the mini chalkboards at each table.

The shabby chic theme will be seen at the reception in the large mason jars adorning each table. Each mason jar will be filled with baby's breath and hydrangeas and be decorated with both burlap and lace.

Once seated, guests will dine on tri-tip and chicken catered by local favorite Neto's. Ciara and Zachary's wedding cake will be layered round cakes, with textured white frosting and adorned with a large burlap bow, created by local baker Brittony Rafatti of More Than Cakes.

A photo booth will give guests a memento to take home and Sounds in Motion will be providing tunes hand-picked by the couple throughout the evening.

Stephanie Baker Photography will be capturing each special moment of the day and evening.

After taking six days to recover from the festivities, Ciara and Zachary will be honeymooning in the Dominican Republic.


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