I am kind of falling in love with that Monique Lhuillier dress that Desiree is wearing…I’ve always loved her designs, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen a classic like this one. The lace, paired with the duchess satin of Ann’s dress, the gorgeous English Garden style affair, the perfect green bridesmaids dresses…well, it’s stunning!

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all photographs by Sylvie Gil

More from the radiant Desiree …

Ann and I chose Healdsburg as the setting for the wedding weekend as most guests, both family and friends, were coming from afar. We wanted people to be able to stay within walking distance of the venue, but we had the rehearsal dinner on Friday evening out at Dutcher Crossing Winery (stunning). The rest of the weekend, all of the ~70 guests went wine tasting and bumped into one another at the Healdsburg farmer’s market, shops, wine bars, etc. We both wanted to wear dresses that were feminine, but didn’t want there to be a sea of white! Ann chose a more classic a-line satin dress. I selected the romantic alencon lace. We loved the contrast in styles and textures between the cream alencon lace and the almost white satin.

Sonoma County is always so green with the vineyards and September is one of the warmest months, so we chose the lime green dresses, taupe suits and striped green ties. We liked the light suits for the summery feel since the ceremony was outside. The bridesmaids’ dresses came in many different styles, so all seven (!) bridesmaids’ were able to select what they liked the most. We haven’t asked them whether they’ve been able to re-wear them :).

So much more to come, including a reception that will make your heart skip a beat!