Vintage books and pretty garland by INTHEMIX Events are just the tip of the iceberg with this winery wedding. If you peel back the layers, you’ll find beautiful details hand-selected by the Bride and Groom as they spent weekends at local flea markets, choosing just the right wares for their affair. A day built around love and personalized to a t with gorgeous imagery captured by Delbarr Moradi.
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From The Bride…Adam and I were both extremely hands-on with planning our wedding. We wanted it to feel very intimate and personal, so we spent a lot of time picking out all the details to make it special. Sundays at the local flea markets became our usual routine, collecting everything from vintage books (I am an avid reader and lover of all things paper), to an antique inkwell and the clutch I carried on our wedding day. We also utilized etsy a lot for unique decor items. We tried to fill the space with things that we genuinely loved, not just what was ‘on-trend’ or that had been done before. We actually now have boxes of vintage frames and books and so many other decor items we used that are now in storage because we can’t fit them in our current apartment but want to have them to display in the future. Music was also a big deal to us both, so we spent a lot of one picking out songs for the various events of the day, and hand picked every song that would play during cocktail hour. We wanted the reception to be one big dance party, so we picked out a few songs that we love, but told the dj just to keep everyone dancing, which he definitely did! When our guests told us that the whole day ‘was so you guys’, we knew we had accomplished our goal.
It was also important to us that we got to spend quality time with all of our guests. Almost every person that came was from out of state and it meant so much to us to have them there. We incorporated a whole weekend of activities for everyone to enjoy, starting with a night out near our home in San Francisco at one of our favorite bars. On Thursday (Halloween day) we all headed to Santa Rosa where we had rented a bus to take us wine tasting. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so we made it a costume optional event. I was so happy when almost every one of the 45 people showed up in costume! It was so much fun, and was a great opportunity to see everyone before the rush of the wedding day. Friday was the rehearsal dinner, which all of our guests attended.
The wedding day itself was more that we could have dreamed of. Aside from a delay in the guests’ transportation, everything was perfect. To see all our hard work and planning come together was amazing. We are lucky enough to share a common group of friends and we are both very close with our families, so to look out and see all of these people we love so dearly in one room, celebrating our marriage, was so surreal. Between the two of us and all of our guests, there was so much love in the room I swear you could feel it.
Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography | Florist: INTHEMIX Events | Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini | Invitations: Meghan Etta Design | Bride's Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bracelet: JCREW | Engagement Ring: Eric Trabert Goldsmiths | Wedding Bands: Gallery Of Jewels- Megan Thorne | Bridesmaids Dresses: The Dessy Group | Catering: INTHEMIX Events | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Groom's Shoes: Banana Republic | Groom's Suit: JCREW | Officiant: Peadar Dalton | Coordination: Ali DiLuvio Events | Earrings: Saks Fifth Avenue | Makeup & Hair: Rock Paper Scissor Salon | Pies: INTHEMIX | Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events | Veil: GorgeousComplements2 | Wedding Venue: Paradise Ridge Winery
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Bash, Please just might have the lockdown on crazy beautiful bohemian bashes. It’s official. Because time after time they craft affairs that are all at once elegant and classic yet have that certain wild beauty we just can’t seem to get enough of. Now couple that with blooms by Brown Paper Design and magic making imagery by Our Labor Of Love plus a film by Sharkpig that will rock your socks off and you have this beauty in a nutshell.
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From The Bride…Brad and I visited Napa shortly before getting engaged and fell in absolute love with the terrain’s simple, casual glamour. When we started planning our wedding, I asked Brad where in the world (if he could choose anywhere) he’d like to get married. Even as I asked the question, I knew my dream wedding would be an intimate, curated, al fresco affair celebrating our most cherished pastimes – family, friendship, travel, food, and wine – under the California sun. I was overjoyed when Brad looked at me and, without hesitation, responded, “Napa.” With little free time due to our jobs in BigLaw and being not-so-conveniently situated in Philadelphia, we relied heavily on Melissa and Sydney of Bash Please for the design and coordination of our destination, multicultural, interfaith soiree. They happily took up the task. Overall, we wanted the day to feel organic, casual yet befitting of the occasion, and lush but not over the top. Bash Please was able to strike the perfect balance. They crafted a bold, romantic color palette of juicy fall tones, natural textures, and navy accents for us. The ceremony was officiated by my younger brother (a recent Harvard Law grad and exceptional orator) and held in an open field, under a massive oak tree adorned quite simply with an airy cream drapery backdrop, and anchored by an antique wine-colored rug. Hearing my brother’s heartfelt and deeply personal words was one of the standout moments of the day. We set down a bouquet of flowers on one of the front benches in honor of Brad’s recently deceased grandmother. As a nod to my Latino heritage, guests before the ceremony sipped on Sangria, and afterwards enjoyed paella and a Spanish guitar trio.
Our reception was held in the ruins of an old winery — an open air but enclosed space with cobblestone walls enveloped in ivy. The reception decor took its cues from the deep burgundy tone of wine. Bash Please handcrafted wine-dyed table runners and a matching Smilebooth backdrop, as well as wine-dipped escort cards with navy calligraphy. To keep things from being too stuffy, they designed calligraphed Kraft menu bands that encircled the napkins. And as a play on the surroundings, the table numbers were displayed on cobblestone and calligraphed leaves served as place cards. Hand-drawn leaves inspired by our custom invitations also adorned the signage displayed throughout. Brown Paper Design created breathtakingly lush, wild arrangements of garden roses, dahlias, and antique hydrangea interspersed with local plums, cherries, and grapes. Brown Paper also hand-dyed just the bottoms of the oversized cream, curtain panels that served as our makeshift doors for the reception space. Dinner was served family style to encourage interaction and skewed toward what was in season and locally grown (with some of our favorites, including churros and affogato instead of a wedding cake for desert). We nixed the traditional activities and kept only the toasts and first dance, which we had secretly choreographed, but never in a million years thought we’d be able to pull off. Surprisingly, it was so much fun and, among such dear family and friends, felt completely natural. We’ll always cherish sharing wine country with our loved ones (most of whom had never visited before) and especially hearing about all of their travels up and down the West Coast and forays into San Francisco. At our wedding, a friend of ours told us it reminded her of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That description feels right in a lot of ways, but mostly because marrying Brad and having the people we love fly out to Cali to witness it all was, in fact, a dream I’d had since Brad and I first fell in love. I was elated and very lucky to have seen it realized in such spectacular fashion. We’re forever in debt to all of the folks who made it possible.
Photography: Our Labor Of Love | Videography: Wade! Of Sharkpig | Floral Design: Brown Paper Design | Wedding Gown: Mark Zunino For Kleinfelds | Catering: Jessica Lasky Fine Catering | Lighting: Impact Lighting | DJ: The Flashdance, Mike Cruz | Ceremony Music: Eloquence String Quartet | Cocktail Hour Musicians: Carlos Herrera Band | Coordination & Design : Bash Please | Dance Lessons: Society Hill Dance Academy | Lounge Furniture: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Makeup: Glowing Brides | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Venue: Annadel Estate Winery | Vintage Glassware & Gold Flatware: Casa De Perrin
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No matter how long I work at SMP, rustic meets romantic weddings will always be some of my favorites. The sweet details and breathtaking settings mixed with the sweetest couples you’ll ever meet? Gets me every time. And this darling day is certainly no exception with soft lavender hues playing nice with a fabulous ranch setting. See it all captured by Robin Jolin in the full gallery.
From Robin Jolin Photography… Jane’s family lives in Canada and Hong Kong, and Pete’s family lives in New Jersey. The close friends they invited were like their local family in San Francisco. “Our families have never met so we wanted the wedding to feel more like a relaxed big family get together with delicious good food and wine to share.”
There was a typewriter at the entrance for each guest to write the couple a note. Then each guest grabbed a refreshment and walked around the venue checking out all the pictures that Jane and Pete hung of themselves.
All of the guests sat a long table and each section had a chalkboard with a country. This matched the tags with each guest name.
Jane and Pete did not want to dance, so I got up on the balcony to get a lovely shot of him spinning her.
Bottom-line, this was the best wedding of my season. Jane and Pete did everything, it was calm, intimate, and a spectacular venue.
Photography: Robin Jolin | Flowers: Jaime Giorgi At The Monkey Flower Group | Catering: Preferred Sonoma Caterers | Make-Up: Veronica Passalacqua | Hair: Betsey Oliver | Cupcake Artist: Beyond Buttercream | Wedding Venue: Rancho Wikiup