I am very rarely speechless when it comes to weddings. Sure, I swoon, obsess and generally go crazy about once a week over some fabulous something that comes into our inbox. But I am rarely speechless. This wedding has left me just that – speechless – so instead of trying to come up with an introduction that would do Aaron Delesie’s wedding justice, I’ll just quote our sweet Elaine when she saw this little gem…”holy freaking cow, that Aaron Delesie wedding is &$@#*$-ing gorgeous.” She’s such a keeper, that Elaine.
A few more details from Beth Helmstetter, SMP friend and planner behind the day…
Liz and Chris celebrated their religion by marrying at a mission in Solvang, which was not only historical but a breathtaking backdrop for the vows. After the ceremony, guests were invited to a wine, cheese and olive oil tasting at the farmhouse before the official festivities began. Liz and Chris had selected their favorite wines from the region, while Duo paired the perfect cheeses and accoutrements for the tasting. Following the wine and cheese tasting, we had a cocktail hour complete with four of Liz and Chris’s favorite beverages from a Chocolate Raspberry Martini to Traditional Sangria prior to sitting down to a family style feast. In the background, Spanish Guitars played and Chris & Liz took in every moment they could by taking walks alone, chatting with close friends and even spontaneously bursting into their first dance when they heard the guitars playing a meaningful song. This type of natural flow for the day led the way for the guests to have a more comfortable and less contrived experience which was perfect for the vibe the couple was trying to create.
After dinner, guests danced, mingled and enjoyed even more culinary treats. From port paired with homemade truffles, to cakes inspired by the wine region, to Laura Hooper’s calligraphy donning every little detail, nothing was left out! In the end, every guest walked away truly feeling what it was like to live in Liz and Chris’s world for a night, and I can speak for many guests when I say, we were all lucky to experience the beauty and love that is this couple.
Ceremony Venue: Santa Ines Mission / Reception Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse / Planning: Beth Helmstetter Events / Photography: Aaron Delesie / Videography: Joel Serrato Films / Catering: Duo Events / Florals: Flower Wild / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Lighting: Bella Vista Designs / Invitations: Bella Figura / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Cakes: Enjoy Cupcakes / Pies: Marcie’s Pies (805) 688-0597 / DJ: Dash Entertainment / Spanish Guitars Bolero Soul / Transportation: Classic Car / Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino