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Childhood Friends Turned Soulmates Wed in Wine Country

These two? You can just about feel their love jumping right off the screen thanks to Jessica Burke‘s beautiful captures. It’s no surprise that they were childhood friends turned soulmates, and when it came to celebrating their Big Day—they did it with serious style and A Savvy Event at their side. The result is heartwarming moments like thissmiles like this and scenes like this, plus more in The Vault.

From A Savvy EventLauren and Joel’s love story is straight out of a romantic comedy. Seriously, we couldn’t have written it better if we made it up ourselves. They grew up in the same neighborhood, and their families were close friends throughout their childhoods. Eventually, their friendship grew into something much stronger, and they fell in love.

Currently residents of NYC, Lauren and Joel knew from the start that they wanted to get married in California Wine Country. Their love for the region sprung from Lauren’s frequent visits due to business, and so they decided to hold their nuptials at Kunde Family Winery in Kenwood, CA. They fell in love with the 360 degree views from the top of Boot Hill at Kunde, as well as the winery ruins.
The weekend of events was full of adventure. Their guests went wine tasting and hiking at Kunde, and then ate from an assortment of food trucks at their welcome party, playing bocce ball and jenga late into the summer evening.

The ceremony was especially important to this couple because Lauren converted to Judaism in order for them to take part in a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, Lauren and Joel took part in the b’deken, or the veiling of the bride. This is the first time that the bride and groom see each other on their wedding day. The groom is accompanied to the bride’s room by both fathers and the groomsmen. The groom then lowers the veil over the bride’s face to set her apart from everyone else and to indicate that he is solely interested in her inner beauty. Lauren and Joel’s traditional Jewish ceremony took place inside the Kunde ruins. The couple loved that the ruins represented wine country history, and were married under a beautiful floral huppah in front of their friends and family.

Upon exiting the ceremony, guests were guided to cocktail hour, and eventually dinner, by a series of floral arches that reiterated the style of the ceremony huppah. The florals and tabletop décor were of a soft, pale color palette to give the evening a romantic, elegant atmosphere. Lauren and Joel selected 3 different tablecloths to create depth and a variance of color within their dinner set up. The tables were adorned with more beautiful floral arrangements and lots of candles, to create a dreamy ambiance throughout the black tie evening.

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Photography: Jessica Burke | Videography: Swoon Films | Event Planning: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Chestnut & Vine Floral Design | Stationery: The Card Bar | Catering: Ramekins Sonoma | Hair and Makeup: Whimsy Bridal | Lighting: Twilight Design | Band: A Frontline Band | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Wedding Venue: Kunde Family Estate | Decor: Theoni Collection | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Merryvale Vineyards | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Rion Designs | Rentals: borrowed BLU

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Fashion Forward Wedding in Wine Country

California’s wine country lends itself to some of the most magical weddings to ever hit our pages. There’s something about those rolling vineyards and perfect sunshine that make for an incredible backdrop, and this wedding is no exception. It’s what happens when two singers day “I do” and onelove photography is there to capture. Click here to watch it all unfold.

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Al Fresco

From onelove photography…. There is something so incredibly irresistible about this wedding. The views. The forest. The vines in the distance… and you can feel the warmth in the autumn air. Al fresco receptions are so romantic, and the team at Off The Beaten Path Weddings truly makes magic in wine country.

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Photography: onelove photography | Videography: Matter Video | Event Planning + Design: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Floral Design: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Catering : Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Venue: Kunde Family Estate | Wedding Design: Off The Beaten Path Weddings

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A Wedding Every Color-Loving Bride Needs to See

If you’re the kind of bride who doesn’t shy away from a jewel tone, or who thinks your wedding florals should make a statement, this gallery right here is so completely for you. We’ve got lots of vendors to thank, Shannon LeahyEmily ScottCherries Flowers and Bright Event Rentals, just to name a few, and you can keep the pretty going with a trip to The Vault.

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From Shannon Leahy EventsHeather and Josh wanted to give their guests the quintessential wine country weekend, selecting Kunde Family Estate as the perfect location for their wedding.

For the design, we wanted to balance the brides love for neutrals and organic materials with fun pops of color. Seasonal stone fruit became the inspiration for our color palette – deep plum, golden yellow/orange, and rich, berry pink. To add a little bit of glamour we added rose gold metallic accents and carried them through the invitation all the way to the flatware on the tables.

Wedding guests enjoyed fresh California fare by Componere Catering, and finished the meal with pies flown in straight from Texas from the Groom’s favorite pie shop, Royer’s Cafe. They ended the evening dancing under Kunde’s ancient oak trees lit by glowing market lights to amazing live music by N’Demand, the couple’s favorite dance band from Los Angeles.

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Photography: Emily Scott - Weddings + Lifestyle | Cinematography: Reel Eyes Media | Event Planning: Shannon Leahy Events | Floral Design: Cherries Flowers | Cake: Branching Out Cakes | Catering: Componere Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Professional Makeup Artistry | Lighting: Bright Event Rentals | Band: Jordan Music Entertainment | String Quartet: Bellarosa String Quartet | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Venue: Kunde Family Estate | Goblets + Chargers: Frances Lane | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Dress Stylist: The Wedding Detailor

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