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Sonoma Valley Wedding at Kunde Family Winery

The heart behind this wine country wedding? It’s simple, really. In the words of the Bride, “Every detail of the wedding took a cue from our relationship. Not overly traditional or noisy or busy, just a simple, classic celebration with our favorite people on earth.” That’s a vision we can wholeheartedly get behind, and when that day happens to be photographed by Sylvie Gil and filmed by Morocco Lee, you better believe we’ll happily welcome the entire gallery into The Vault.

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From the Bride… Life is full of uncertainties, but when it comes to Justin and my relationship, there are a few things that have never wavered. Most notably, our love for one another and our love for wine. So when he surprised me at my doorstep on Christmas Eve with a proposal, we immediately went to work planning our dream wedding in Sonoma Valley.

Eighteen months later, we were saying ‘I do’ under two gorgeous, old California Oaks on top of Boot Hill at the Kunde Family Estate, surrounded by the valley, the vines, and the overwhelming love of our family and friends. Every detail of the wedding took a cue from our relationship. Not overly traditional or noisy or busy, just a simple, classic celebration with our favorite people on earth.

We knew our guests would be traveling in from all corners of the world, so we planned a weekend of events for everyone to get to know one another and experience some of our favorite spots in wine country. We loved that by the time the wedding rolled around, new friendships had formed and we could all just enjoy the moment together. Not to mention, a few glasses of wine!

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Cinematography: Morocco Lee | Event Planning: Cole Drake Events | Floral Design: Meredith Law | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Patisserie Angelica | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Hair + Makeup: It’s A Date At The Powder Room | Lighting: Twilight Design | Groomsmen Attire: JCrew | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Venue: Kunde Family Winery | Antique props and custom chalkboards: Meredith Law | Ceremony Music + Band: Wine Country Entertainment | Invitations + Paper Goods: Signatures Invitations And Gifts | Linen Rentals: Bright Rentals | Peadar Dalton: Your Ceremony Matters | Tab Borge: Classic Convertible Wine Tours

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Elegant Courtyard Wedding at Kunde Estate in Wine Country

There’s just somethin’ about those California weddings, because no matter what they always manage to strum at our heartstrings. And singing it’s way to our wedding loving hearts this time is Emily and Vishal’s dreamy celebration. Abloom with Soulflower Design Studio florets and that good ol’ west coast sunshine, Milou + Olin captured every moment to witness in THE VAULT!

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From Milou + OlinEmily and Vishal’s dreamy event is the epitome of a California winery wedding. At the ever-gorgeous Kunde Estate, they tied the knot in a secluded brick courtyard with a backdrop of blooms, captured amazing light-filled portraits beneath the trees, and danced the night away haloed by whimsical string lights. From the adorably styled ring bearers and flower girls to the professional swing dancers and berry-topped “naked” cake, there is so much to love about this wedding. Styled by the impeccable Mary Phan and filled out with the gorgeous florals of Soulflower Design Studio, it’s as inspirational as it gets.

The bride and the groom met at Yale in the medical community. The bride was a graduate student in nursing, the groom a medical resident. They spent three years dating in New Haven, Connecticut and both went on to work for Yale after graduation. They moved to Vishal’s hometown of Vancouver just last year, and work for the same hospital.

Vishal proposed in the new fallen snow on a December morning – he took Emily on a hiking trail she loved near her Aunt and Uncle’s home in Cheshire, Connecticut, and bravely delivered a romantic speech while shivering in the cold!

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Photography: Milou + Olin | Coordination: Very Merry Events | Floral Design: Soulflower Design Studio | Cake: Sweetie Pies | Catering: Alex's Catering | Makeup: Professional Makeup Artistry | DJ: Wedding DJ Pros | Venue: Kunde Family Estate

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Romantic Private Estate Napa Wedding

With its rolling hills and surrounding vineyards – I would’ve sworn this Villa celebration took place in Tuscany. But alas, this Golden State féte proves that you don’t need a passport when you’ve got vendors like Danielle Poff PhotographyAll Set, and La Tavola Linen. From the bridesmaids’ pale blue Jenny Yoo gowns to the rustic chic tablescapes, you can see the entire day here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Making decisions about our wedding was not only exciting, but also fun and easy thanks to our wedding planner Heather Ferrai of All Set. I’m Italian and have grown up surrounded by a large, Italian family. Although my husband is Irish, he has embraced the Italian culture over the years and after a family friend graciously allowed us to host our wedding at his Italian Villa in wine country, we knew it was the perfect venue to carry a romantic, Italian theme throughout the entire celebration.

Villa Pietra is located in the hills of Kenwood, California. The Villa is magnified by cast stone columns, stained concrete floors, and distressed woodwork, creating a venue that looks as if it is hundreds of years old. The olive trees and surrounding vineyards create a location that makes you feel like you are right in the middle of Tuscany.

After our guests arrived, they were greeted with their choice of Italian sodas or Pellegrino. The ceremony took place outside, overlooking the rolling vineyards, hills, and infinity pool. A string quartet set the tone for a classic ceremony as the sun was setting in the foreground. White flowers with soft greenery lined the aisle and filled the bridesmaids bouquets.

Dinner was a very traditional Italian meal- no one went away hungry! We wanted all of our family and friends to feel like they were joining us for a hearty three course meal in the middle of Italy. Wine was flowing throughout the meal which included authentic Italian dishes such as Caprese Salad, Cavatelli, Osso Buco, Ravioli, and Whole Grilled Trout. The tablescapes consisted of peony filled floral arrangements, candelabras, and lots of candles. Some of our favorite touches produced by All Set were the personalized menus and custom bottles of olive oil for our guests to take home.

After dinner, dessert and dancing began! The cake featured an acrylic laser etched cake topper with a custom drawing of our Labradoodle puppy, Posey. In addition to cake, our guests were able to enjoy delicious gelato with made to order coffee at the espresso cart. The most popular drink of the night – the McGovern’s Irish Coffee, a tribute to my husband’s Irish roots. Although another fan favorite was the spiked Capri Sun that was enjoyed on the dance floor as guests danced the night away to our amazing band and DJ.

While the entire day was incredible, both my husband and I felt that one of the best moments was when we saw each other for the first time. As I walked down the aisle with my father to Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” played by the string quartet, we were both overcome with love and emotion – a moment that we will never forget.

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Videographer: 618 Studios | Wedding Coordinator: All Set | Florist: Catherine Scott Flowers | Wedding Dress: St. Patrick By Pronovias | Cakes: Michele's Corner Cakes | Invitations: TruInvites | Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Stag Dining | Hair + Make Up: The Hair And Makeup Company | Lighting: ATL Events | DJ: Franco Finn | Band: Black Market Orchestra | Grooms Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna | Transportation: Gateway Global | Venue: Private Villa | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Bright Party Rentals | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Signage: Bee Curious Designs | Tabletop Decor: Theoni Collection

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