The lovely light, the heavenly views and one gorgeous wedding after the next, that’s what Wine Country Week has been all about. Viansa Winery made all of the pretty possible and now that it’s coming to an end, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a SMPer or two who has changed their plans to include a wine-filled Northern Cali celebration! Don’t fret lovelies, we have a little bit left up our sleeves. Let’s take a peek at one more Sonoma stunner!
After dating for eight long years, this bride + groom decided to tie the knot at Sonoma’s Garden Pavilion to give their friends and family a little taste of California living. Everyone pitched in to create the couple’s dream wedding-they baked and sewed, hand-dyed ribbons + made jam favors-and the end result was laid-back and beautiful. Jessica Burke Photography deserves some major kudos for capturing every last detail! See the rest right here.
From the Bride… John and I met and started dating in high school. We dated for almost eight years before finally saying I do, including a three year stint of long-distance dating in college. We chose to get married in the Bay Area because we love it here and wanted our family and friends to get a little taste of Cali living. After researching nearly every place to get married in Northern California online, we made a few appointments to visit venues close to San Francisco. We ended up only visiting the Garden Pavilion in Sonoma because we knew immediately it was the place where we would get married. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous and covered with flowers, but we had the place for the whole weekend! This allowed us to have a casual family game night on Thursday, a floral bootcamp/production on Friday, the ceremony and reception on Saturday and a good-bye brunch on Sunday all in one place.
From the beginning, our main goal was to make our wedding feel homey and comfortable for our guests. The venue helped set the tone and provided the perfect backdrop for our relaxed, casual celebration. Thanks to the fantastic Carrie Dove Catering, we had a family-style meal that we regularly cook at home, followed by desserts from our favorite place, Bi-Rite (plus some homemade cake balls for my sisters). I also knew from the get-go that there would be lots of DIY, as my family is chock full of expert crafters. With a little inspiration from wedding blogs, we made the invitations, place cards and table cards, menus, hand-dyed ribbons for a photo booth backdrop and painted vases for centerpieces, among many other things. My mom and little sister did so much behind-the-scenes work that allowed everything to get done and prevented me from going crazy while trying to plan a wedding and get a Ph.D. (One down, one to go!). The whole wedding came together because of the amazing group effort of our family and friends; my good friend helped me make 140 jars of jam for favors, my aunt and cousin bought and transported the flowers from the San Francisco flower market, a whole team of family and friends made all of the centerpieces and bouquets the day before, my college roommate did almost everyone’s hair for the wedding, my cousin and his girlfriend helped set everything up the day of and served as cinematographers, my brother-in-law officiated the ceremony, and my little sister gave the most epic, heartfelt toast and DJed.
Although John didn’t participate in all of the crafting, he was an essential partner for the rest of the planning. He kept everything organized and on track, made decisions when I had decision fatigue, and on top of that, he wrote the most beautiful ceremony. We had such a blast celebrating with all of our family and friends – from the hilarious and heartwarming toasts to ending up on the dance floor with all of the props from the photo booth. We are so lucky that we found Jessica Burke, as she was able to capture it all in a way that preserves our memories of the whole celebration. We both cannot imagine a more perfect day and are so grateful to everyone that made it happen.
Wedding Photography: Jessica Burke Photography / Wedding Venue: Garden Pavilion in Sonoma, California / Floral Design + Decor: DIY by the Bride, Family + Friends / Catering: Carrie Dove Catering / Desserts: Bi-Rite Creamery / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Bride’s Ceremony Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bride’s Reception Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan