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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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Intimate + Sweet Lombardi House Summer Wedding

The flutter sleeves on this dreamy dress captured my attention immediately but it isn’t the only detail I’ve been pinning to my Pinterest boards from this bright celebration. And once I learned the Bride herself is a photographer, it all made sense. She designed her wedding with light and color being of utmost importance, and it paid off, because these pics by Steve Steinhardt are brilliant. I could go on forever fawning over it all, but you can see for yourself, with all the beauty in our Vault right here!

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From The Bride…As a wedding photographer myself, I’ve had the opportunity to see and experience many different unique and beautiful approaches to planning your wedding day. When Tyler and I found each other and fell in love, after he popped the question I felt so overwhelmed about the wedding planning process and all the decisions ahead I didn’t even know where to start! But after taking a step back and narrowing our focus to what we really wanted our big day to look and feel like, and what would be most true to us, we decided to take a simple, organic approach to our wedding. We used as many friends for vendors as possible so we were surrounded by people who knew us on a personal level, and we tried to make as many of the details by hand as time permitted so that our guests were surrounded by a world we created for them. Tyler’s warm, loving nature tempered my stress and made the planning fun!

The perfect backdrop for our vision was The Lombardi House in Hollywood, CA. The size of the space was perfect for our guest count of 130, and the color palette was exactly what we were looking for, with bright white walls and lush green grounds. Given my line of work, photography was the most important thing to me and I designed 95% of the wedding day decisions around it. Time of day, lighting, color, timeline, it was all designed around optimal photography! And there was no photographer I could have trusted more than Steve Steinhardt, my dear friend, mentor, and photo-idol. Steve captured our wedding day perfectly, down to every last detail! We are so in love with the images and will treasure them forever.

After all of the planning and preparations, the big day was everything we dreamed of and more. To be surrounded by our closest friends and family from all over the country was so surreal, and to make our lifelong vows of love to each other in their presence was an honor. We are so glad we kept our wedding day simple. We invested our time and resources into the details we valued most, and tried our best to take on a manageable amount of tasks so the process wasn’t ruined by stress.

My favorite project was my dress, which began as a strapless ballgown I found at a small boutique in Utah, then worked with a seamstress here in California to strip out several layers of tulle and add on the flutter sleeves with lace appliqués I had designed for the dress. It came out exactly like I imagined! Other handmade details we loved were the wooden planters in the shape of our initials that my friend Patrick made for us, and the little bags of rose petals we fixed to the backs of the chairs so people could throw them after the ceremony.

Looking back I’m still so overwhelmed with gratitude for our families and friends who helped us pull this together. Most of all, I’m grateful to have found my perfect companion and forever love, Tyler. He makes every day an adventure and I couldn’t feel luckier to get to spend the rest of our lives together.

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Photography: Steve Steinhardt | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: SugarKup Bakery | Invitations: Wesley Bird | Makeup: Meghan Nguy | Hair: Christine Nelli | Venue: The Lombardi House | Air Plants + Vessels: Airplantman | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents | Veil: BHLDN

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Organic Elegant Inspiration at Sunstone Winery

Let’s go on a journey this afternoon with Kurt Boomer. Captured at his film photography workshop, these pics tell a story, from intimate bridal boudoir moments and gorgeous sunlight shining bright, to a relaxed yet elegant wedding celebration, wrapping up our dream-filled day as a family. Designed by Joy Proctor, with florals by Amy Osaba and Found Vintage Rentals’ pretty pieces, this whole shoot transports us to another time and place; let’s start at the very beginning and end in our beautiful Vault right here.

From Kurt Boomer… My love for film knows no bounds and that inspired me to teach workshops that focused on the medium. In the mind of keeping film alive, I wanted to teach those photographers who see the beauty in film that regardless of night or day, it is a truly amazing way to capture any image. What better place to learn and to shoot indoor light, outdoor light and everything in between than Sunstone Villa. The Italian stone of the interior, the beautiful light of Santa Ynez that bathes the exterior in warm pastel hues. Joy Proctor Design was the force behind all of the gorgeous shoots and it’s always a thrill to see what she comes up with. We started with a delft china inspiration for the dinner table set up and went from there. We incorporated a moody and romantic boudoir shoot in the gorgeous interior of Sunstone to start. Worked in the beautiful olive groves in the waning sunlight. Led a gorgeous real couple throughout various rooms and the exterior. Gossamer Vintage and Jennifer Gifford Designs provided the most beautiful gowns along with Girl With a Serious Dream’s lingerie. Amy Osaba brought the most beautiful florals and worked her magic in all of the shoots. Written Word Calligraphy created amazingly beautiful paper goods and Neve Albums displayed the importance and beauty of tangible prints. Special thanks to Jess Wilcox for hair and makeup and Jon and Amy Cu, Mary McCloud, Mary Wynn, Joy Nicolas and all of the vendors for lending their time and help. It was truly two days of beauty all while learning film photography.

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See why we love Sunstone Winery weddings!

Photography: Kurt Boomer | Event Design: Joy Proctor Design | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Wedding Dress: Gossamer Vintage | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Invitations: Paper Birch Designs | Rings: Trumpet And Horn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jennifer Gifford Designs | Hair + Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Venue: Sunstone Winery | Albums: Neve Albums | Candles: Creative Candles | Hat Box: Trousseau & Co | Lingerie: Girl With A Serious Dream | Models: LA Models | Plates: Plate Occasions | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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