Northern California Pink and Purple Wedding

The Grasso WeddingThe most important part of any event is the attention detail, and this bride left no corner untouched. However I may have a biased opinion, since that bride was me. None the less, I had a vision and I made sure that vision transcended throughout the entire event. Every piece of paper matched and served a purpose, while every detail fit the theme. Touches of textured flowers, bits of bling and bows mixed together to create the most beautifully romantic yet fun and girly day of my life.

My mother-in-law made me the most beautiful broach bouquet to use on my wedding day. She gathered pieces of jewelry from important women in my life and added some of her own along with some other beautiful pieces from my new family as well. Originally it was intended to be used just for the rehearsal dinner, but I was so touched by the gesture and so in love with the bouquet that I decided to use for the actual Big Day. It is my prized possession and I will cherish it forever. Maybe someday I will have a little girl who wants to carry it down the aisle.

We took a moment during the ceremony to present flowers to Our Lady during the Ave Maria. We also lit two candles in honor of those who had passed away and could not be there to celebrate with us. Especially my father, Richard Bagnati, and my husband’s best friend, Joseph Simpson.

I am a lucky girl and have two best friends that are more like sisters than anything else. We have known each other since kindergarten and have been though a lot of highs and lows together. I was honored to have both of them serve as my maids of honor. I could not have imagined it any other way.

My husband and I got engaged while playing a card game with my family. We wrote on one of the cards “Will you marry me?” and discarded it to me. I was not expecting it at all and was very surprised to say the least. We thought it would be very fitting to use personalized decks of cards as favors at the wedding. I loved that it not only had a special meaning, but was useful as well. Not like the silly Jordan Almonds that everyone gives away and nobody (except for my grandma) likes. Don’t worry Jordan Almond lovers (if there are any) we used pink Jordan Almonds in our pink and purple candy buffet.

My husband went to school in New Orleans and being a big music lover, I have a strong affection for the city as well. We decided to avoid the traditional grand entrance that often bores the guests and tried to do something a little more fun and upbeat. We did what is known as a second line into the reception. We were led by a like jazz band that paraded us around with our wedding party carrying shades of pink parasols and dancing with our guests. It was a great way to get the party started.

We decided to do a choreographed first dance, but not just any choreography. We tried to replicate the finale dance from Dirty Dancing complete with the list. We spent many hours and a lot of money with a dance instructor learning the iconic moves, and it was more than worth it. We had so much fun preparing and even more fun performing for our guests. We kept it a secret, so absolutely nobody knew about it except for us. It was quite the surprise for our family and friends!


Cakes – La Vie Douce Design | Desserts – Sweets by Sue | Dress Designers – Bride – Jenny Lee Bridesmaids – Enzoani Junior Bridesmaids – Bill Levkoff | Event Planner – Affrunti Events | Favors – Your Playing Cards | Flowers – Tanjeeryn Designs | Photography – Photo – Geoff White Photographers Video – Thomas Hughes Films | Stationery – Citrus Press Co. | Venues – Ceremony – The Church of the Nativity Reception – Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club



  1. I saw pink & purple wedding & thought ugh! I loved it! Kudos to Barton for creative proposal & to MIL for an incredible bouquet. Thanks for sharing, Best Wishes.


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