Any bride who can rock a Monique Lhuillier gown paired with a full-length cape is a style rockstar, in my book. And along with her Claire Pettibone crown and Jimmy Choo shoes, this fashionista did just that. Soleil Events helped bring the couple’s vision for a relaxed, Tuscan-inspired party to fruition and our friends at Rad + In Love worked their talents behind the camera. More right here.
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From the Wedding Planner, Leanne Elliott…From the first conversation with Kit and Alejandro I knew this wedding was going to be memorable. They had their priorities in order: 1) A great party, 2) A great party. It is so refreshing to have an engaged couple think of their wedding experience from the stand point of being attentive hosts. Kit and Alejandro envisioned a weekend of festivities, where nearly 200 guests would be treated to something truly special that reflects the couples love for each and every person. The Villa at Sunstone Winery was the perfect choice. With Kit’s Jersey Girl meets Bohemian LA sensibilities, and Alejandro’s Uruguayan good looks and preppy style, the Villa provided just the old-world WOW factor they had hoped to find.
The family took up residency at the Villa on Friday, and the weekend was kicked off with a traditional Argentine Asado Welcome Dinner on the Villa’s back lawn. On the wedding day, the property was transformed into a simple, elegant setting that was plucked right off the pages of a Tuscany wedding feast. The ceremony took place under the property’s enormous White Oak. Kit stunned in a Monique Lhuillier dress with a full-length lace cape, while the Gents dazzled in J. Crew suits with tailored perfection. The reception, catered by the impeccable Lorraine Lim Catering, was a fuss-free party where the family-style dinner took center stage. Floral by Anna Le Pley Taylor brought in a vibrant, Bohemian vibe that popped against the cotton linens and gorgeous stone façade of the Villa. The property glowed as the sun set over Santa Ynez wine country, and DJ Smiles Davis from Flashdance spun tunes from the 80s Jersey Shore, to LA’s hottest clubs.
From The Bride… My dress and cape were both from Monique Lhuillier. They told me that no one else had ever bought the cape, which I think is a travesty. My shoes were Jimmy Choo and my metal crown was from Claire Pettibone. Alejandro’s suit was custom from Requisite Clothing. And his shoes were Barker Black.
My bridesmaids were my six best friends from high school in South Jersey and all flew out from the East Coast. They were in J.crew. Al had family and friends fly in all the way from Uruguay. My good friend/senior prom date, Chris Lind played Tom Waits’ “Jersey Girl” as we walked down the aisle and Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” when we walked out. Our first dance was to “Fading Like a Flower” by Roxette. They were the first concert Al ever went to at the soccer stadium in Uruguay (at the same time I was wearing the cassette tape out in my moms car in South Jersey). We got to see them in la a couple of years ago and sang along to every song. My dad and I danced to “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music, which he used to sing to me when i was a little girl. Al and his mom danced to La Punalada, a tango from Uruguay. And my dad sang Al and I a version of a song he wrote and sang to my mom at their wedding in 1968.
Photography: Rad + In Love | Event Planning: Soleil Events | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Stationery: Stationery Collection | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Caterer: Lorraine Lim Catering | Make Up: Mara Levarre | Hair: Allure Salon | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | DJ: DJ Smiles Of Flashdance | Groom's Attire: Requisite Clothing | Groom's Shoes: Barker Black | BabySitting: The Little Guest | Bridal Crown: Claire Pettibone | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cutting Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Rentals: Ventura Rental | Restrooms: Alabise Industries | Security: Central Coast Public Safety | Transportation: Blue Star Parking | Venue: The Villa At Sunstone Winery | Video: Wade Of Shark Pig