Romantic Meets Rustic Wine Country Wedding
June 12, 2014
Classic WeddingsWeddings in WineriesSummer Weddings
These two are adorable.  And their gorgeous wine country wedding?  Just as sweet.  It's a blush-hued beauty planned to perfection by A Savvy Event that happens to feature one of the most beautiful settings you will ever see (hello there, BR Cohn Winery).  Think towering trees, rustic goodness and pretty blooms from Tesoro all wrapped up in one seriously amazing gallery from Emily Merrill for Kate Webber Photography.  See it here.
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From The Bride... If you believe in love at first sight, then this was it. I noticed Jason the second he walked into the grungy, old bar on Avenue A in NYC that rainy Wednesday night. He definitely did not notice me at first, but by the end of the night I made sure he had. We talked about anything and everything until we were the last people in the bar. He walked me home and planted a goodnight kiss on my lips that left me on cloud 9 - I haven't come down since.

I had to work for my ring! I was led on a scavenger hunt that pointed me from one place to the next, each location having a special meaning behind it. Even more incredible, was that my clues were hand written letters from Jason that were presented to me by a surprise visitor that he had flown in for the occasion. I finally found Jason along Lake Michigan waiting patiently to propose - which was the same spot we decided to leave NYC and start a life together in Chicago. It was so special to have our friends and family from coast to coast join us in the Midwest to celebrate our engagement.

I had a very specific idea in my mind of how I pictured our wedding day - California, wine country, summertime, outdoors, strung lights, relaxed and intimate, so I was able to narrow down the options pretty quickly. BR Cohn offered exactly what I was looking for and more. Planning the wedding long distance, I relied heavily on Pinterest, blogs, etc. to view as many videos and images of the venue I could get my hands on.

Jason and I had different opinions of what "our song" was and what our first dance should be at our wedding. Eventually, Jason agreed to let me win and we danced to "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys. In our vows, which we wrote ourselves, we promised to let the other person "win" from time to time. I stuck true to my vows and without Jason knowing, asked the band in advance to learn his choice of our first dance, "You and Me" by Penny and the Quarters, to play as the last song of the night. The second he heard the first note, he began to cry. We slow danced under the stars taking in what had just been the best day of our lives. We felt as though we were the only people within miles, even though we were surrounded by our closest friends and family. I will always smile when I think back to that moment.