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Rustic Chic Tentend Vineyard Wedding in California

Hopland is officially my happy place, and today we’re totally going there thanks to Lynette Boyle Photography. Because really, it wouldn’t be fair if we were to deny you the distinguished beauty of this wedding. It’s the type of crackling good fun you just won’t want to miss, and now you won’t have to because we’ve got it in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…Jake and I met in a little town known as Las Vegas. I was on an Arizona fishing trip with my family and last-minute asked them to drop me off in Vegas to stay for a night with my girlfriends. Jake was in town for his friend’s bachelor party. Our mutual friend Janine decided to take me at the stroke of midnight to meet up with her friends, one of whom was Jake. We met and hit it off immediately, danced all night, and that turned into a long distance relationship, me in LA and Jake in SF! I guess what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas…and can lead to an engagement right in front of the Golden Gate bridge, twinkling in the dark San Francisco night.

Ever since I was a little girl and watched “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, I dreamed of having my future wedding reception under a big white tent. When the time came to look at venues, we looked at many but when we stumbled upon Contento Vineyard, our jaws dropped and we were absolutely in love with the site. It’s on a private vineyard in Mendocino wine country, on top of a plateau overlooking picturesque rolling vineyards, with a rustic barn and a big white tent! It’s also a DIY-lover’s paradise and acted as a blank palette to design as we wished with the most amazing vendors. Throwing in Jake’s love of country everything and the outdoors, and my love for all things French, we decided on a theme of French Festival, which was the inspiration for many elements of our wedding: our French balloon monogram (which we put on everything!), lavender bridal bouquets and succulent boutonnieres, chandeliers and candelabras, a vintage rooster gift box, and gilded touches. I also taught myself calligraphy, which proved to be quite useful in order to add wistful accents. Jake’s favorite sports team is Michigan football, whose colors are blue and “maize”, so we decided on a light blue and gold color palette to be in the same color family, and I threw in my favorite color of mint.

After the church ceremony, guests were transported to the vineyard by shuttle, and it was wonderful to see all the guests exploring the gorgeous property and into the vineyards as well. I decided to surprise Jake with a Michigan sports cake, and he surprised me at the same time by wearing an “ao dai”, a Vietnamese gown during the cake-cutting. Our dear friend, a DJ by the name of TRAVISWILD, put on an upbeat music performance to get our grooves on. By the end of the night, my beautiful Jim Hjelm dress was completely ripped and covered with dirt, but that to me was a sign of a great night. We are so grateful to our incredible vendors for working so tirelessly with us through the Mendocino heat and long nights to make the day so unforgettable.

From Lynette Boyle PhotographyOne of the nicest things about working with couples like Christine and Jake is that they care about everyone involved in their wedding day. They want everyone to have an incredible time, even their vendors. They spent so much time preparing things to make all of their guests from near and far feel welcome and at home. They spent hours hand-making welcome bags, escort cards and cornhole boards, hunting at flea markets, choosing signature cocktails, and picking out thank you gifts. It meant so much to their guests that they did everything themselves. I also loved how they managed to surprise each other throughout the day with thoughtful gifts and gestures. Most importantly though, they did all these things because they wanted to, not because they felt like they had to. What a privilege it was to photograph this beautiful couple on their wedding day!

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Photography: Lynette Boyle Photography | Cinematography: Two Spoons Productions | Coordination: Lake Event And Design | Floral Design: Sweetness And Light | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjlem | Cake: Giorgi's Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Hadassah Calligraphy | Invitations: Ragan House Lettering | Ceremony Venue: Saint Mary Of The Angels | Reception Venue: Contento Vineyard | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Kieu Hahn Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Shoshanna | Catering: An Affair To Remember | Hair And Makeup: Krissy From The Parlour Ukiah | DJ: Weddings By Sunnyside | Groom's Attire: Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Attire: Own Only | Bride's Earrings: Bloomingdales | Bridesmaid Gifts: Elizabeth's Embellishments | C+J Lighted Sign: Bed Bath & Beyond | CJK Chair Sign: Mattie V | Cake Topper: Red Light Studio | Dress Hanger: BHLDN | Escort Card Favors: Kate Aspen | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Cake: Giorgi's Wedding Cakes | Groom's Pocket Watch: Paperonly | Menu Chalkboards: Mintage Designs | Ring Bearer Airplane Sign: Lindsay Benson | Robes: Silk And More | Table Numbers: OAKYdesigns | Veil: IheartBride | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Organic + Traditional Outdoor Wedding in Mendocino County

This next Hopland celebration is what we like to call B-A-N-A-N-A-S beautiful (it’s just that good). Marrying unreal views of the valley and vineyards, it’s a hillside ceremony that is beauteous beyond measure (and we’re not just talking about that Pronovias gown)! So get that Pinterest board ready for a dose of Danielle Poff Photography goodness because we’ve got it all waiting in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…When Brian and I saw our wedding venue for the first time– the open air barn, trees hanging with Spanish moss and unreal views of the valley and vineyards– we knew we had to be married here. On top of the hill, so secluded and serene, it felt like the perfect place to bring family and friends away from the rest of the world to have an intimate gathering. The space really shows off the beauty of Northern California, which was great to show our guests who were traveling so far to the tiny town of Hopland to celebrate with us.

Our style at home is really a mix of vintage and modern, so naturally we knew those elements would be blended in our wedding style choices; we scoured Alameda’s Antique Faire and flea markets for vintage bottles and copper for our tables, and used vintage metal frames for the numbers, but kept almost everything else simple, white, and fresh. We wanted wood tables rather than linen covered ones, and floral arrangements composed of leafy greens rather than heavily packed flowers to keep it loose and informal. Honestly, the setting was so gorgeous, we wanted to the details to be really natural and neutral (rather than rustic), and just to get out of the way for people to enjoy.

It was a priority to us to create a space for our guests to feel lost in a moment, relaxed, and to enjoy great food, wine and music. We had more than a good time in the run up before the wedding, tasting different wines with the family to make our final selection! When I saw the aisle leading to a beautiful, hazy panoramic view, our smiling guests, and Brian under the arbor, I couldn’t have been a happier bride!

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Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Event Planning: Sealed With A Kiss Events | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Gina's Floral Enchantment | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: By Invitation Only | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Hair And Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room | DJ: Elite Sound Professionals | Venue: Contento Vineyard At Brutocao Winery | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Summer Harvest Wedding from Emily Scannell Photography

Oh to be a guest at this wedding. Hosted at the gorgeous Campovida and coordinated by Kelly Cloney, it’s the type of fête I spend my days dreaming about. With a talented bride at the design helm, and Emily Scannell capturing every picture perfect moment, it goes without saying being a guest in this gallery is one fabulous way to spend your day. See it all here.

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From the Bride… From the beginning, my dream was to have a casual, yet elegant garden wedding. When we stumbled upon Campovida, it took our breath away. We loved that the garden was broken up into sections: a beautiful grape arbor, which we decided to hold the ceremony; windy pathways filled with lavender and apple orchards; a dreamy wisteria garden with a lovely fountain in the middle, which became the reception; and most importantly, a vegetable and herb garden which inspired the theme for our wedding. Aaron and I really value fresh, local produce and so we came up with the idea of harvesting herbs and veggies on site with all of our guests. Food is a great way to bring family and friends together and it always tastes better when you’ve picked it yourself! I loved the idea of having all of us partake in our wedding feast.

As a graphic designer, I found this as an opportunity to go all out and really have fun with the design. For the Save The Date, I placed a dried edible date into a box with a note “Save me!” On the back contained the info for the wedding. Keeping in line with the food & harvest theme, the invitation was screen printed onto light gray tea towels. I designed a local food wheel as part of the invite, where it showed the different fruits and vegetables in season every month of the year in San Francisco. Along with the tea towel, I included seed packets in witty custom designed pouches (like “Lettuce entertain you!” and “It’s Thyme for a feast!”) and a set of engraved wooden utensils to be used as plant markers. Finally, as part of the RSVP, I asked each guest to submit their favorite summer recipe. My ultimate goal was to make a cookbook out of everyone’s recipes and hand them out as favors. Since I love sweets, I couldn’t pass up on handing out some homemade berry crumble bars. They were placed in printed muslin bags, labeled “Thank you berry much!”

Most of the props were gathered over time at flea markets and vintage stores. I found an adorable wheel barrow that I decided to use for the harvest station. It was so much fun looking for vintage baskets! For the welcome table, we displayed everyone’s handwritten recipes. Instead of having a traditional guest book, we had our guests find their recipes and leave us a note on the back. As a result, we have a box full of precious notes & recipes we’ll treasure forever.

Our wedding day was magical. I was worried about the layout and presentation but I managed to let go and trust Kelly Cloney, who did an amazing job coordinating and making it all come together. The flower arrangements by Dandelion Floral were so beautiful, especially the peonies! Both Aaron and I typically get nervous around cameras, but Emily Scannell was so wonderful to work with. She really made us feel comfortable and we couldn’t be happier with the photos. We were also really glad to have found The Speakeasies, a quartet band, who played right from the beginning (the ceremony) to the end (dance party). Live music adds so much to the experience, especially for our first dance, Fly Me To The Moon. I am so happy that our wedding turned out the way I had envisioned and grateful that we were able to share our special day with an intimate group of family and friends.

Photography: Emily Scannell | Coordinator: Kelly Cloney | Floral Design: Dandelion Floral | Wedding dress: Sarah Seven | Bride's shoes: Nina Shoes | Catering: The Green Grocer | Band: The Speakeasies | Groom's suit: Ted Baker | Ceremony & Reception: Campovida | Graphic design: Lisa Mishima | Groom's shoes: To Boot New York | Hair & make-up: Jeanne Kobayashi | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Wedding Rings: Eric Trabert Goldsmiths