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Ruby + Pink Chalk Hill Estate Winery Wedding

I’m starting to think that we need to see a little more ruby red in weddings. Don’t you think? Red has always been a toughie, but when it’s done right—it’s sooo good. This fete from onelove photography? It’s a prime example that ruby + wineries = wedding color perfection. From the sweet pink Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses to the rich posies from Michael Daigian Design, you can see it all here.

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From the beautiful Bride…Jordan and I wanted our wedding to incorporate elements that highlighted our shared love of food, wine and travel. When we saw Chalk Hill for the first time, we fell in love with the property. The quaint chapel and equestrian center with sweeping views of the vineyards made us feel like we were in the hills of Tuscany. During cocktail hour, we had an accordionist play as our guests enjoyed light appetizers and wine that we handpicked for the day. Jordan and a friend have their own wine label, Lyons-Wells, so each guest got a bottle of their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon as a favor. When it came to dinner, we worked with Park Avenue to create a family style Italian meal with suggested wine pairings, and each table was named after a city that we have lived in or traveled to together.

Jordan and I wanted the decor to complement the wine country location and to incorporate elements of fall with a classic, romantic and elegant feel. To do this, we kept the color palette neutral (blush, cream and gold) with a burgundy-wine accent. Many of the details were homemade, including all of the paper goods and wooden welcome signs in the shape of pumpkins outside of the chapel. My mom and I went to antique fairs and stores to collect books, teacups and votives for our florist to incorporate into the romantic centerpieces for the dinner tables. The cake table was decorated with wedding photographs of our parents and grandparents and our Nana’s antique wedding cake topper.

My advice to other brides is to enjoy this time, it goes by fast! The list of to-do items can get overwhelming, but try to remember what really makes your wedding special, which is the love that you and your fiance share and all of the people that are there to celebrate with you. Try to pick one or two things that are most important to you, whether that be the food or music or flowers, and focus on that. If you are planning on doing any DIY projects, try to do them at least a month before the wedding date, so that you aren’t rushing to do them at the last minute! We originally did not budget for a videographer, but decided to hire someone to film the wedding last minute. This was the best decision ever! We had so much fun watching the video clips on our honeymoon, and are working on making our own version of a wedding highlights video.

We planned events leading up to the wedding day, so that it we could spend the entire weekend with our family and friends. It was so nice to spend quality time with our families before the wedding, since the actual day is so busy! On the wedding day, we decided not to do a “first look,” so that the first time Jordan saw me in my dress, it was when I was walking down the aisle. Seeing Jordan’s face when the chapel doors opened was priceless. My dad calmed my nerves by singing “Here Comes the Bride” as he walked me down the aisle. Highlights of the reception include the heartfelt speeches and dancing the night away with our guests.

Photography: onelove photography | Coordinator: Pilar Mustafa, So-Eventful | Floral Design: Michael Daigian Design | Cake: Moustache Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Caterer: Park Avenue Catering | Hair And Makeup: Brush Salon | Lighting: Encore Events Rentals | DJ: Randy Harris, Pacific Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Ceremony And Reception: Chalk Hill Estates And Winery | Shoe Designer: Kate Spade | Wedding Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier

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Modern + Masculine Summer Wedding at Barndiva

I fell more and more in love with this wedding – and this couple – with every photo I went through. From their adorable pups at the ceremony (escorted by their best men no less) to the dapper suits and macaroon cake at the reception, this California celebration captured by heart. Abi Q didn’t miss a second of this stylish soiree planned by Going Lovely, and you can see the whole fantastic day right here.

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From Going Lovely… When Rich and Kiko first reached out to us and gave us a glimpse into their style along with the lowdown on their love story, we knew their big day was going to be epic. Then we met them in person and the love and energy between them was so evident as they finished each other’s sentences and were just oh so fun. Oh, and they had an impeccable sense of style in addition to being downright darling. They had already booked the modern and playful Barndiva for their big day and wanted our help organizing a festive and fun 4th of July weekend for all of their closest friends and family. They kicked off the weekend with a welcome dinner at the Hotel Healdsburg complete with a traditional Filipino pig roast, custom cocktails, lawn games and fireworks with all of their family and friends (including their sweet dogs Lucy and RJ).

We enlisted the oh so talented Abi Q Photography to capture their big day and she did so without a hitch. The theme was masculine and modern, and we used Succulence to incorporate their love of succulents throughout the decor.

Their ceremony was incredibly intimate and heartfelt. They were each walked down the aisle by their parents and even included their sweet Yorkies as well that were carried by their best men. As a homage to Kiko’s Filipino culture, the two wore the Barong Tagalog – the formal and traditional attire made from pineapple fibers. They both wrote their own vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd!

Following the ceremony, they changed into incredibly stylish suits and were as handsome as can be. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the modern art gallery sipping on custom cocktails while taking Polaroids for the grooms to keep as an alternative wedding guest book.

We incorporated a masculine vintage lounge from One True Love Rentals- complete with a leather chesterfield sofa, which was well utilized throughout the night.

Dinner took place outdoors in an intimate garden setting under a canopy of string lights. To keep with the rustic and masculine theme, we incorporated lots of leafy greens amongst the succulent centerpieces, copper accents, amber medicine bottle bud vases and rustic antlers along with custom menus and navy linens. The ‘head’ table was in the center of the action on a large rustic farm table that we filled with extra large copper candle lanterns, which added the perfect amount of romantic and rustic lighting.

The fun continued throughout the night with a macaron tower ‘cake’, lots and lots of dancing, a photobooth and a late night delivery of In-n-Out burgers! It was an amazing weekend filled with lots of love, laughter and a great time had by all.

Photography: Abi Q Photography | DJ: John Piazza | Grooms Attire: Ted Baker | Grooms Shoes: Magnanni | Catering And Mini Desserts: Barndiva | Ceremony & Reception: Barndiva | Event Planning & Design: Going Lovely | Florals: Succulence | Getting Ready: Healdsburg Modern Cottages | Linens: Classic Party Rentals | Macaron Tower: Tout Sweet | Paper Goods: Hen & Co. | Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Wood Ceremony Pedestal Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals

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Rustic Chic Sonoma County Winery Wedding

If I were to attend this alfresco affair, I would never leave. For starters, it’s at Arista Winery (hello dream venue) and with birchwood and mercury glass accents, I’m bound to pin every. single. image. With vendors like Off the Beaten Path WeddingsNicollette MollettNEVE BROS. INC. and onelove photography the entire day is downright dreamy.

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From the beautiful Bride… I loved our combination of birchwood, mercury glass and soft pink and peach tones. It created a warm and chic atmosphere. I also wanted to incorporate something from Australia where Simon is from, so I especially loved the eucalyptus leaves.

I wanted our wedding to focus on everything Simon and I have shared with our friends and family for the past 7 years: warmth and love of an intimate and fun dinner party, great food, great wine, and wonderful company.

Mary Ellen’s Pinterest account and Style Me Pretty definitely gave me inspiration. I’ve always had a vision of how I wanted my wedding to look and I know Mary Ellen understood the “look and feel” I wanted and created it spectacularly!

The highlight of our wedding day was experiencing the overwhelming feeling of all of our friends and family gathered to celebrate the love and commitment Simon and I have for one other. My advice is don’t sweat the small things! Have a vision of what you’re after, but not an exact replica. It will save you time and stress and everything will look beautiful regardless.

Photography: onelove photography | Videography: Nicollette Mollett | Event Designer: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Floral Design: NEVE BROS. INC.-a Farm In Petaluma, CA | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter | Cake: Sweetie Pies | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Sue Wong | Catering: Off The Beaten Path Weddings Chef – Cheyenne Simpkins | DJ: AMS Wine Country | Groom's Attire: Isaia | Wedding Venue: Arista Winery | Belt: Romona Keveza | Paper Goods: The Stationery Company | Rentals: Wine Country Party and Rentals | Shoe Designer: Stuart Weitzman

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Rustic Chic Chalk Hill Winery Wedding

Aside from the Bride’s gorgeous Amsale dress (swoon), my biggest takeaway from this rustic, cozy day? The absolute heart that it’s packed with. That love, it’s evident in every happy corner, every sweet smile, and every close embrace in the imagery captured by Matt Edge and the cheerful film Reel Eyes Media. Have a peek at the gallery for even more.

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From Matt Edge Wedding PhotographyThe bride, Paige, really wanted the venue to shine, as she has family in Sonoma County, so Chalk Hill winery held a special place in her heart due to the location. An equestrian at heart, she fell in love with the reception venue being a true dressage arena. After that, she just added little touches like the tribute to their mom’s in the gold flamingos flanking the ceremony space, and the floating baby’s breath in the reception space. The sequined linen’s glammed up the space and created a beautiful juxtaposition in a space not primarily used for events. The awesome 80′s tribute band, the Spazmatics, ended the evening with everyone dancing.

Photography: Matt Edge Wedding Photography | Videographer: Reel Eyes Media | Planner: Jill & Co. Events | Florist: FluerEssence Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Shoes: Prada | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Band: Spazmatics | Furniture Rentals: Wine Country Event Rentals | Linen: La Tavola | Lounge Furniture & Hedge Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Make-Up/Hair: The Makeup Dolls | Winery: Chalk Hill Winery

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Al Fresco Healdsburg Wedding

I can spot a California wedding from a mile away. There’s something about al fresco receptions and super cool vibes that set my heart a’ flutter time and time again. Add in lush bloomage from Dragonfly Floral plus photography by Bia Sampaio and Jason Walz, and you’ve got a wedding with “SMP” written ALL over it. Dive in right here.

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From Jason Walz Photography… When the Groom, one of my best friends, contacted me to say he was engaged, I was thrilled. We share memories going back to fourth grade, and there was no way I was going to miss being a guest at his wedding. Furthermore, even though he didn’t ask me to do so, there was no way I was not going to photograph his wedding as my gift!

The groom told me it would be a casual affair with good food in Sonoma, which sounded great. But I had no idea I that it would be a SUPERCOOL and SOPHISTICATED casual affair with amazing details to boot. After hearing more about his and his fiancee’s plans, however, I knew it wouldn’t take much to talk the fabulously talented photographer Bia Sampaio (who happens to be my wife) into putting the weekend aside to photograph alongside me.

Barndiva, simultaneously casual and chic, had the perfect vibe for a Sonoma wedding, as did the bride and groom’s attire, the flowers, the food, wine, etc! And the personal touches, such as having a best friend officiate the ceremony, another best friend MC the evening, and yet another best friend contribute intimate decor touches including a seating chart, table name boards and place cards, knocked the charm factor out of the park.

Photography: Jason Walz | Photography: Bia Sampaio | Floral Design: Dragonfly Floral | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Eric Trabert | Groom's Shoes: To Boot NY | Groom's Suit: Ted Baker | Venue: Barndiva | Guest Book: TotallySalinda

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Open Air Winery Wedding in Healdsburg, California

Of all the places to grow up, I would imagine Healdsburg to be one of the most picturesque. Plus, with it’s wine country allure, it probably makes picking a wedding location like Gustafson Family Vineyards a total no-brainer. Now enter this gorgeous Bride and her hometown wedding to her love. It’s simple, rustic elegance at its best with planning by Quintana Events, lots of orange blooms crafted by Floralisa  and all captured so beautifully by Wildflowers Photography. Click right here for more.

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From the Bride… I was born and raised in Healdsburg, Ca and I’ve seen it change from a quaint little agricultural town into a wine country hot spot. There are so many weddings in the area, at the same beautiful places – all places I could have chosen from, but I wanted something different. I wanted to get married somewhere people had never been (even the locals) and I wanted everyone’s breath to be taken away upon arrival. When I discovered Gustafson (new to the venue scene) I knew it was it! I knew my now husband would love it and all of our family and friends would be in awe and I was right.

Gustafson felt right for both of us. It was the perfect place to start our journey together as husband and wife. One of our best friends married us atop mountains of vineyards, over looking Lake Sonoma, surrounded by our best friends. It was like a dream, being there with Chris, in my beautiful hometown, declaring our love for all of our most cherished friends and family members to see.

We decided that we want our wedding theme to be simple, rustic elegance. The venue itself was stunning so we didn’t want to add a lot of decor as it wasn’t needed. Our colors were Navy and anything on the orange spectrum – think anything from sherbert to rust. My Dad made all of our centerpieces, our escort card holders and various other wood pieces out of 100 year old barn wood, which added the rustic element. My florist was amazing and created beautiful centerpieces with magnificent colors and truly captured our theme. We added a few fun elements that we felt were very “us” like snap bracelets and smore kits for everyone to take home and had late night sausages and burgers from the Wurst. It was a beautiful, warm summer evening and many of our guest chose to utilize the outside space. We had lounge chairs set up through the night and a cigar and bourbon bar. Our venue also had a ton of deck space and along with dancing and an inside lounge, there really was something for everyone!

Both Chris and I were very excited about our photographer, Joy Prouty from Wildflower’s Photography. She is insanely talented and we knew our wedding photos were going to be amazing. She also has amazing energy and is so comfortable to be around – she’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. It was such an honor to be photographed by her! I knew she would love the Madrone tree at our venue. It’s called the Heritage Tree and it’s huge! It’s thought to be the oldest Madrone in Sonoma County and is protected. As you can see in the photos, it’s just stunning. Before our wedding, I was hoping she would want us to climb up to a branch to take photos and sure enough we did! The photos are just amazing, like a fairytale, and I continue to be in awe by them.

The Monday after the wedding we jetted off to Italy for the most amazing and romantic honeymoon that Chris planned (seriously, the entire thing!) I’m such a luck girl in so many ways!

Photography: Wildflowers Photography | Event Planning: Quintana Events | Floral Design: Floralisa | Wedding Dress: Novella Bridal | Cake: Moustache Baked Goods | Catering: Baci Cafe and Wine Bar | Hair & Makeup: Brush Salon | String Quartet: Bella Rosa String Quartet | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: Weddington Way | Late night food: The Wurst | Winery: Gustafson Family Vineyards

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