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Black Tie Sonoma Valley Carnival Wedding

What began over a casual glass of wine turned into a lifelong love for this adorable pair. So, when it came time to plan the wedding a vineyard celebration was an easy decision. The ultimate black tie carnival packed with peanuts, Sweet On Cake concoctionsferris wheel rides, and cotton candy! Along with a gallery full of goodies, the fun has just begun from Jessica Burke. More up NEXT!

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From the beautiful Bride…Bryce and I met at a wine bar and love all things wine, so with my family in the Bay Area, it made perfect sense to get married in wine country. Plus, between our respective colleges, grad schools, and jobs, we had family and friends attending from all over the US and thought that if we were going to make everyone travel, we might as well give them a great destination!

Before getting engaged, I had not spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of wedding I wanted. I probably toured over 20 venues, from castles, to farms, to resorts. While we visited many beautiful properties in the Sonoma area, I fell in love with the big oak tree at Kunde under which we ultimately got married with my childhood Rabbi officiating.

With a beautiful vineyard setting as our backdrop, we wanted to let the landscape speak for itself, so we chose soft, neutral colors like champagne and blush, and natural wood elements that wouldn’t distract from the view.

Being goofy people who don’t like to take things too seriously, we knew we wanted a fun wedding that would let our personalities show, but that would still be elegant and timeless. I am not a big sweets person, but I absolutely love cotton candy. I jokingly said to Bryce that we should have a Ferris wheel and before we knew it, a theme was born: black tie carnival. (Bet you never thought you’d hear those words in the same sentence!) Once we had a theme it was easier to decide what did and didn’t fit into our vision. We had bocce and lawn bowling at cocktail hour, late night popcorn, a crate of peanuts holding our escort cards, and, of course, cotton candy. Rather than having a big, tiered cake, my mom and I spent months collecting cake stands to show off the amazing concoctions from Sweet on Cake.

When we sat down to make our list of wedding priorities, food and fun were at the top for both of us. We were lucky to be introduced to Jessica Lasky Catering who created a perfect late summer menu of fresh and local ingredients to delight our 140 guests. (People still tell us it was some of the best food they’ve ever eaten!) As for fun, All Star Jukebox kept everyone on the dance floor all night.

Our wedding day was so full of love and joy (although it went by in a blur!) and we are incredibly thankful to Jessica Burke Photography and Reel Eyes Media for capturing it so beautifully so that we can cherish those memories forever.

Photography: Jessica Burke | Videographer: Reel Eyes Media | Floral Design: Cherries Flowers | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Caterer: Jessica Lasky | Band: All Star Jukebox | Ceremony Music: Giovanni Mandala | Cocktail Hour Band: Mel Martin Trio | Ferris Wheel: LA Party Works | Hair + Makeup: Meaganne McCandess | Linens: La Tavola | Location: Kunde Family Estate | Photobooth: A Flying Camera | Planning: Shannon Leahy Events | Rentals & Tent: Wine Country Party | Transportation: Pure Luxury

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Romantic Blushing Affair in Wine Country

September can go either way in terms of seasonal style. End of summer bash or a pretty fall affair? This beauty lies somewhere in the middle and it has a crazy team of talent behind all the gorgeous details. Talent like Jasmine Star, a photographer who knows beautiful imagery like the back of her hand and Jacin of Lovely Little Details , a designer who’s details are the ones we favorite time and again. See all their handiwork right here.

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From The Bride…We were looking for a romantic, outdoor location in wine country. Boot Hill at Kunde Family Estates was our dream site with huge live oak trees and 360-degree views of harvest-time vineyards. Gorgeous!! We wanted to allow the rustic beauty of the vineyards to take center stage, so all our décor was chosen to complement the views. Our colors were warm and natural (blush, coral, gold, and dark greens), and the chairs, linens, and table settings were a blend of rustic and romantic. Because the views were phenomenal, we kept the décor simple with only small succulents lining the aisle and large paper flowers on the oak behind the wedding party. We didn’t want to go with an “autumn” feel but wanted to keep the florals very indigenous and natural – think dahlias & ranunculus – and also mixed in seasonal fruit such as pomegranates, pears, apples and kumquats. Everything had a very “just picked” feel to it and nothing was too stuffy. The star of the show was the cafe au lait dahlia which made an appearance in my bouquet and some of the centerpieces. Here’s a few wedding planning tips: 1. Create a budget range and then prioritize the components of the wedding that are most important. Then realize that the actual cost can run 10 to 20 percent “over” budget, so plan accordingly! 2. Start looking at venues early to have the most choices. For example, the location venues we considered already began to fill 9-12 months prior to our desired wedding month. 3. If having an outdoor wedding, consider provisions for inclement weather. A tent to calm a windy day and/or keep guests dry on a rainy day is an example. Outdoor heaters for the cooler evening is another one.

Photography: Jasmine Star | Videography: Ocean Blue Video | Planner: Lovely Little Details | Flowers: Lovely Little Details | Cake: Crisp Bakeshop | Invitations: Julie Song Ink | Reception Venue: Kunde Vineyards | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: The Girl & The Fig | Hair And Makeup: The Glamourist | DJ: Spintronix | Music: Uni & Her Ukelele | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Dress - "Helena": Vera Wang | Wedding Venue: Kunde Family Estate

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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: DJ Goyo | Music: Ever Music Group | 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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