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Sonoma Ranch Wedding Inspired by All Things French

If you have a love for all things French or an affinity for a good glass of bubbly then you will adore this gem to bits. It’s French countryside by way of Sonoma captured in such a pretty way by Jose Villa. With layered neutrals, hand-crafted signage and wildly elegant flowers and garland designed by Flower Wild and planned by Rosemary Events  this talented bunch has made some serious magic.

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From Rosemary Hattenbach of Rosemary Events … Marilyn & Spencer came to me in search of the perfect intimate, European style setting for a French inspired wedding. We found it in a charming Sonoma villa on a beautiful 75 acre Sonoma Ranch and designed a wedding for them celebrating all their favorite things – all things French.

Their hilltop ceremony was at a lookout at the top of the ranch with views of the surrounding countryside. Marilyn arrived in a vintage Rolls Royce. Kate Holt from Flowerwild added the finishing touches to the already gorgeous setting with loosely grouped herbs tied with silk ribbon streamers on the aisle. Garlands of Pittosborum lined the path. Framing the couple on either side of the stage were large baskets spilling with clematis, bridal veil, spirea, garden roses and other various blooms.

Afterwards, the couple led a procession down the hill to the home where the reception was held. On arrival guests sipped champagne and enjoyed a selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie while listening to the sounds of Ever Music Jazz ensemble. The delicious French inspired meal was prepared by Ramekins, Sonoma and featured many of Marilyn & Spencer’s favorites.

Guests dined on a beautiful stone patio set beneath towering redwoods where they were seated at long wood tables. The area was lit with stringer lights and tons of candlelight. Gorgeous white florals and caramel roses were set on a burlap runner that was laid over a layer of very loosely woven cheesecloth on the wood tables for a softer more feminine feel.

At each place setting ceramic coupe chargers were graced with a white & taupe grain sack striped napkin from La Tavola Linen. Atop the napkin was a “taupe on white letterpressed” menu and a singular bloom of garden rose. At each guests’ seat was a hand calligraphed place card in the form of a mini butcher paper scroll that wrapped around the stem of the wine glass.

A French wine riddling rack from Chateau Sonoma was filled with floral and little butcher paper cones for guests to drop well wishes for bride and groom

When guests came back into the house for dancing, the room was a glow with amazing candelabras. A beautiful dessert station & wedding cake by Sweet on Cake offered a sweet finish to the meal. Marilyn even arranged a surprise Guittard Hot Chocolate station for Spencer so he could indulge in his favorite after dinner treat. The couple kicked off the dancing with “Let it be Me” by Ray La Montagne and didn’t stop dancing until the bitter end. It was a gorgeous evening.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films | Event Planning: Rosemary Hattenbach Of Rosemary Events | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Catering: Ramekins Culinary School | Hair And Makeup: Mar Romero Of Team Hair And Makeup | Calligraphy: Neither Snow | Lighting: Twilight Design | Grooms Attire: Dolce & Gabbana | Officiant: Dan Melligan | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Jewlery: Haute Bride | Day Of Papers: Tiny Pine Press | Event Design And Flowers: Kate Holt Of Flower Wild | French Wine Rack: Chateau Sonoma | Music: Ever Music Group | Music: DJ Goyo | Rentals: Wine Country Party | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Car (59 Rolls Royce): San Francisco Limousine | Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation | Wedding Venue: Anderson Ranch

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Modern Sonoma Wedding at Chateau St. Jean

Ladies and gents, open your pinterest accounts. Immediately. Because this stylish soiree designed by Alicia K Designs is the definition of pin-worthy. It’s literally overflowing with gorgeous captured so beautifully by Janae Shields Photography that it will have you oohhing and ahhing all.day.long. It’s safe to say we love this fête, and you can see all the reasons why here.


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From the Bride…Jeff and I love living in New York. It’s a city that has a way of pulling you in, where the longer you live there the harder it is to imagine ever wanting to leave. We met at a New York Giants tailgate two years ago and when the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl that year, Jeff claims it is a sign that we were meant to be. When we got engaged the following January we initially thought New York, but we’d been to so many weddings in the area and really wanted to create a weekend experience for our guests that could offer something new. I’d been to Sonoma and Napa Valley years before on a girls trip, and it was one of my fondest memories. All the things I loved about it were things that Jeff and I love together; amazing food, too much wine and generally beautiful weather. We took one trip out to Sonoma (in January no less), found and fell in love with Chateau St. Jean, and booked the venue on the spot for the following September 21st.

Before getting engaged, I hadn’t thought much about the details of the wedding. What was important to both Jeff and I was that we have great food, plenty of booze, and a totally bumpin’ dance floor. Working in fashion, once I got into the actual planning I found myself particularly focused on the details. The colors, the dresses, the flowers, the shoes, the invitation design, these things were all extremely important to me. Thankfully, I was able to find Alicia (of Alicia K. Designs) who understood my vision and importantly my aesthetic. Though the wedding would be in rustic California, I love clean modern lines, and I wanted to blend the romance of the setting and the day with the modern aesthetic I prefer. I wanted grey to be the predominant color, with pops of fuchsia, corals and washes of gold. Chevron emerged as an important theme, from the invitation design to the table runners my mother made herself. Alicia executed my vision flawlessly.

When the day finally arrived, the unthinkable happened in wine country in September. It rained. Scratch that, it poured. But someone was looking out for us, because right as I was stepping out of the car with my father to walk into the church, it stopped. The sun we’d been waiting on came out. Alicia knocked it out of the park, finding a tent at days notice, and reorganizing the layout of the event. As my old boss said, the rain provided the requisite amount of drama for the day. Which can only be said, of course, because it stopped. And in the end, it was totally perfect.

From Janae Shields PhotographyHeather and Jeff had a magical wedding reception under the beautiful sky of wine country. The couple live in New York, with Heather working in the fashion industry for Tory Burch. Her trained eye put together a fashionable and chic affair for friends and family. With the help of Alicia and Hazel of Alicia K Designs this wedding was truly a feast for the eyes. The bridesmaid dresses were as unique as they come and each detail was planned perfectly. The gold glittery details that were brought in for the reception were in perfect combination with the neutrals and reds of the personal flowers and attire. Unexpectedly rain was forecasted for this day in September. And while there was some that morning as Heather and Jeff exited their church ceremony the skies cleared and the sun started shining. Guests were able to enjoy their cocktails and dinner in the wonderful environment of wine country.

Photography: Janae Shields Photography | Videographer: Shakewell Studios | Event Design: Alicia K Designs | Floral Design: Alicia K Designs | Cake: Krumbs Cake | Ceremony: St Leo's Catholic Church | Ceremony Venue: St Leo's Catholic Church | Reception: Chateau St. Jean | Reception Venue: Chateau St. Jean | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Hair Make Up: SHe Artists | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Music: Entire Productions | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Transportation: California Wine Tours

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Elegant Outdoor Wedding in Kenwood, California

I can spot a Jose Villa wedding a mile away. It’s the light. That soft, totally scrumptious light that is a telltale sign a Jose wedding is in my immediate future. But the true beauty of this affair lies in the unabashed elegance and simplicity. The kind that makes you want to kick off your heels, grab a glass of wine and stay awhile. A wildly talented bunch like Melissa Panico of MAP Events and Cherries Flowers are behind all those perfectly edited details that go hand in hand with Jose’s images and a film by Joel Serrato that brings it all full circle. So hats off to you my friends. This little number is a keeper. See even more right here.

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From the Bride… We chose to get married in Sonoma for many reasons—the sheer beauty, the great wine and food, because it had been the destination of our first trip together—but an important factor was that we really wanted to take our guests out of their normal lives for a brief moment. To slow things down, put a glass of wine in their hand and take them into a little fantasy. We were incredibly lucky to work with the most amazing vendors who created that fantasy world for us and our guests with every detail, big and small. At Jose Villa’s suggestion, we found the perfect location, Kunde Family Estate, a sprawling working winery of over 1800 acres of vine covered hills, lakes, horses and cows. Even with the rustic surroundings, we wanted to dress formally—so we let that contrast inspire the rest of the design: crystal chandeliers in towering pine trees, ornate candelabras on old wooden farm tables, dancing in a gorgeous winery ruin from the 1800s with crumbling walls and an open roof to the stars.

We can’t say enough about our team who made our day more perfect than we ever could have imagined. Jose Villa and Joel Serrato captured the beauty and intimacy of every moment in the most graceful and unobtrusive way. Melissa Panico is a total rockstar who guided us towards the best creative collaborators, and made a very logistically complicated wedding (we had to bring literally everything in including power) absolutely seamless. Katherine Oliver from Cherries flowers and Larry Ginesi from Illusions Lighting turned a dream in our heads into a magical reality. Scot Anderson at Sage gave us food that our friends are still raving about. And Kunde was absolutely the most spectacular and inspiring setting ever. We feel so grateful to have found this wonderful, talented, amazing group of people—our wedding day was truly perfect! It transported us all to a magical place that we can always return to, both with Jose and Joel’s photographs and film and in our glowing memories.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematographer: Joel Serrato | Planner: Melissa Panico Of MAP Events | Floral Design: Cherries Flowers | Wedding Dress: Lusan Mandongus | Cake: SusieCakes | Caterer: Sage Catering | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Lighting: Illusions Lighting Design | Band/Dinner Sound: Jenna Lebowitz Of Jenstar Productions | Blue Grass Band: Zac Matthews | Bridesmaid Dress: Various - J. Mendel, DVF, Maje | Cocktail/Dinner Music: Transit Of Venus | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events | Wedding Venue: Kunde Family Estate

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