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Al Fresco Beltane Ranch Summer Wedding

These two are too cute for words. Example #1: the sweet groom tracked down the ranch he and his lady saw in a movie, and after a surprise weekend getaway there, they fell in love with it all; shortly after, it’s where they said “I do.” And then let’s just take one look at this precious pic? It’s one of many captured by Britt Rene from their summer celebration and we’re all in a sweeter mood after soaking up all their love -more in our Vault right this way!

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From the Bride… Beltane Ranch has a special place in our hearts. After watching “The Five Year Engagement,” Jarrett researched ‘The Drunken Pig,’ the ranch in the movie where the couple hosted their engagement dinner. He found that it was a quaint bed and breakfast tucked back in the hills of the Sonoma Valley. One weekend Jarrett surprised me with a romantic weekend away and reserved a room at Beltane Ranch. Upon arriving, we both fell in love with the beautiful gardens and the two Clydesdale horses out front. Together we knew one day we would get married on the property.

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Photography: Brittrene Photo | Videography: Shakewell Studios | Coordination: Clever Girl Consulting | Floral Design: Spiral Hand Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. | Shoes: Nina Mineola | Catering: Alex's Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: It's A Date at The Powder Room | DJ: Fog City Entertainment | Band: The Core | Officiant: Kevin Tripp | Venue: Beltane Ranch Winery | Dessert: Christine’s Upper Crust Pies

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Rustic Blush and Blue Wine Country Wedding

Gorgeous as all get out without a single detail spared, it’s easy to see why we fell head over heels in love with this wine country wedding captured by Margaret Austin Photography and planned by Sugar Rush Events. But you know what the best part is? This couples’ gorgeous day looks like loads of fun too. It’s a day I’m sure all their guests are still talking about, and you can see all the reasons why in the VAULT.

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From The Bride…Dien and I have visited wine country in California numerous times together and we thought it would be the perfect backdrop for our summer destination wedding. It’s beautiful and romantic, with tons of great spots to eat and drink!

We wanted our wedding to be simple and charming with rustic touches..and of course fun! And we wanted to be outdoors! With B.R. Cohn as our location, we were able to keep decor simple with pops of color and let the estate and vineyards shine. The property has so many picturesque expansive vineyard views and we were able to use different areas for each part our wedding celebration. Our ceremony was in their Oak Hill location under their grand oak trees, cocktail hour in their amphitheater that looks out to the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards and the Sonoma mountain range and our reception in their intimate olive grove on the lawn.

It was such a memorable time and we are so happy our dogs, family and closest friends could all be a part of it!

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Photography: Margaret Austin Photography | Event Planning: Sugar Rush Events | Floral Design: The Monkey Flower Group | Cake: Crisp Bakeshop | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Sage Catering | Hair + Makeup: The Glamourist | DJ: Laura Simpson | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: B.R. Cohn Winery | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Wedding Dress + Veil: Camille Wynn

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Glamorous Ranch Wedding

There are brides who totally rock the DIY, and then there is this bride.  A seriously stunning graduate of the French Culinary Institute who not only had one epic vision for her big day (think rustic romance meets ranch glam), but took it upon herself to also bake.the.cake.  Yep… she’s as awesome as you think. And her wedding day captured by The Edges Wedding Photography and planned to perfection by Vibrant Events is, well… all sorts of amazing.  See it in THE VAULT right this way.

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From the Bride… When my fiancé and I started planning our wedding, we’d just recently moved to San Francisco from the East Coast, where nearly all our friends and family reside. We decided that if our guests flew all the way across the country for our wedding, we wanted them to have a real wine country experience and show off everything Northern California has to offer. Sonoma was an easy choice because of its proximity to San Francisco, and its unpretentious, laid back, authentic vibe. When we first visited Beltane Ranch at the suggestion of our wedding planner Corina, we immediately fell in love with it and knew it would be our spot. Beltane just has the most gorgeous, magical light that makes everything feel super special. We loved the history of the property, and how authentic everything felt there. The old trees draped in moss, the beautiful historical yellow home, and the stunning vineyard views sealed the deal, and we put our names down for the last available wedding date on our first visit.

In planning our wedding, Corina our wedding planner guided us through the multitude of choices, and was instrumental in creating our Sonoma wedding weekend. She has a knack for knowing what you want before you can even articulate it, and balanced all our families’ opinions and needs seamlessly. She was a real bright spot in our year of wedding planning, always ready with a solution and her contagious laugh that always lightened the mood. She helped us create a wedding weekend filled with amazing local food, fun live music, fantastic California wines, and all the small, thoughtful, bespoke details we’d hoped for.

My husband and I chose to do a first look on our wedding day, which I’d definitely suggest to anyone planning their own wedding. My nerves before that moment were though the roof, but once we saw each other, nerves gave way to excitement and the rest of the day was just pure joy.

As a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, I’d always dreamed of baking my own wedding cake. I loved the personalized element it would add to our wedding, and the wonderful story I knew it would become for my husband and I. When I told people of my DIY wedding cake plans, nearly everyone told me I was crazy! A lot of research, lots of thoughtful planning, and only a few moments of self doubt where I did indeed feel crazy, led up to my homemade wedding cake that was entirely worth it. It definitely wasn’t perfect, but it was beautiful and delicious, and very meaningful.

Our wedding day was filled with dozens of special small moments, but seeing our friends and family, who’d traveled across the country, and some from half way around the world just for our wedding, really made the whole day feel extra special. The love packed into that day was almost overwhelming, and my husband and I reveled in it for weeks after. We decided to go with a family style menu for our dinner, and that was a real highlight for us and for our guests. Sage catering put together an incredible local, seasonal menu for us, and everyone raved about the gorgeous dishes. The family style meal really helped set the tone for the night, and felt very “California” to our East Coast guests. As the sun set across the vineyard and light filtered through the mossy trees, everyone just pinched themselves because it all looked so stunning.

The best advice I received as a bride came from a close family friend who’d recently gotten married. She told me to look out at our guests during the ceremony, and just soak up that rare, special moment with all our favorite people. I looked out several times throughout our ceremony, and it really helped me revel in that moment, and see the love that surrounded us.

For other couples planning a wedding, we’d definitely advise working with a planner, at least for the day of your wedding. Everything goes by in a split second, and having a professional there ensuring everything runs smoothly truly is invaluable. And make sure you love your planner, because you’ll spend more time with them than almost anyone else! We’d also suggest picking your battles. Pick five main things for your wedding that are the most important to you, and fight for those five things. Everything else is background, and stressing about each minute detail will drive you crazy, and take the fun out of this special time.

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Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography | Cinematography: Forward Motion Production | Event Planning + Design: Vibrant Events | Floral Design: La Fleuriste | Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo | Cake: The Bride | Stationery: DiSanto Designs | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Union Street Goldsmith | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Catering: Sage Catering | Hair + Makeup: Wallet Wedding | DJ: Dave Tutton | Groom's Attire: Kenneth Cole Reaction | Officiant: Rev. Dr. Joe Indano | String Quartet: Elizabeth Lowery | Venue: Beltane Ranch | Bridal Boutique: Marina Morrison | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Say Ya Photobooth

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