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This Pretty Vineyard Affair Wins All the Awards

This wedding wins so many awards. Most dreamy wedding venue, best al fresco dining and the most unique use of a GoPro ever – just to name a few. Also on the best of the best list? The all star team of vendors. With design by Ali DiLuvio Events, florals by Pairs And Pieces, gorgeous moments captured by Jennifer Bagwell and the perfect film by Silver Tie Films too, this is a gallery not to be missed.

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From the Bride…

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

Dexter and I wanted our wedding to reflect who we are as a couple and to celebrate our love surrounded by our community of family and friends. We knew we wanted to get married outdoors and tried to bring to life the natural beauty of California for our friends and family who live across the world, from Sydney, London, New York to Toronto. We had our wedding ceremony and reception outdoors at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, which is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been to. We only looked at three wedding venues and when we walked away from Vine Hill House we looked at each other and both had the same “this is the one” feeling. We wanted our wedding to feel intimate and romantic, but not overly formal.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

Our color palette was mostly neutrals including blush, cream and white flowers along with olive sprigs and greenery. We also chose to incorporate navy from the men’s suits, and mixed gold and silver metals. Our style vision was rustic elegance – I wanted it to look elegant without feeling overly formal; and I wanted it to seem rustic without too many unrefined details. Lastly, I wanted it to feel naturally beautiful, since the venue is so stunning.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

Some of the DIY details that I included were photos of Dexter and I from growing up, as well as family members who couldn’t travel or be at the wedding. Another unique element that Dex thought of was attaching a GoPro to a Fireball bottle. One of his groomsmen was in charge of kicking it off and once it got started, people kept passing the bottle around while we were dancing. Everyone loved it and now we have the funniest video footage from the GoPro!

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

My favorite moment… it’s tough to say because there were so many good ones! But maybe when I first saw Dex. I will always remember the feeling in that moment of confidence, gratitude and joy; and knowing that whatever happened that day I was incredibly lucky that I met my soulmate.

My favorite crafted detail was the S/D monogram that our calligrapher Kelly designed for us. I loved that we were able to incorporate it in so many different ways and helped personalize the day – from the cocktail stirrers to our cake knife.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

My wedding dress was designed by Amy Kuschel and it was a beautiful cotton lace. I loved the simplicity of the dress and the texture of the lace, and most of all how I felt wearing the dress. I paired the dress with Christian Louboutin Draperia heels, Ippolita mother of pearl earrings, and a halo crown. For my something old, new borrowed and blue I had keepsakes from my mom and grandma including the purse and white gloves that my mom wore on her wedding day.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

My advice: don’t sweat the small stuff. The details will come together in a way that is beyond how you had envisioned them while you were planning the wedding. But don’t worry! After your wedding day, the highlights of your wedding will be the moments, emotions and all of the memories captured.

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Photography: Jennifer Bagwell Photography | Cinematography: Silver Tie Films | Event Planning: Ali DiLuvio Events | Floral Design: Pairs And Pieces | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Ceremony Venue: Vine Hill House | Reception Venue: Vine Hill House | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Band: Alec Furhman | Calligraphy and Stationery: Paper By The Bay | Desserts: Patisserie Angelica | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals

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Romantic Peach + White Spring Wedding

To simply call this one OMG-worthy union would be a vast understatement. Because when it comes to capturing the ultimate summer palette, The Edges Wedding Photography has delivered the purest peachy hued celebration. A romantic evening overlooking acres of verdant vineyards, it’s easy to get lost in the exquisite details right over here!

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From the Bride…Matt and I are both from Houston, so it would have made sense that we would get married there, especially since his parents and my dad and stepmom still live there. We chose however to get married in Northern California because that’s where our relationship grew into marriage. Since moving to San Francisco almost three years ago, we’ve spent much of our time in either the mountains (skiing, hiking, camping) or exploring wine country. This part of wine country–the Russian River Valley–is one of our favorites, and we wanted our friends and family to experience a place that meant so much to us.

As we searched for a venue, we were looking for something elegant, yet casual, to represent the two of us. We truly believe that we found the perfect venue with Vine Hill House. With help from Dan and Rosemary and Rachel from Rosemary Events, we went about selecting decor such as the farmhouse tables and chairs and vendors like the classical guitarist who performed during our ceremony that further reflected the elegant and casual atmosphere we wanted.

The weather the day of the wedding turned out to be perfect, but that was only a small part of what made our day special. With all of our family and friends present, we exchanged vows in a beautiful setting overlooking the vineyards. Our close friend Jonathan did an incredible job officiating a ceremony that was the perfect balance of heartfelt and humorous.

Between Dan–who was ever helpful in making sure everything went off without a hitch–and Rosemary–whose eye on detail made our wedding so beautiful–we were in amazing hands. The beautiful pictures from Matt and Alison capture the details and the moments–my favorite is our three year old nephew running down the aisle!–perfectly. We couldn’t imagine a more perfect day.

Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography | Floral Design: Loop Event Arts | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Patisserie Angelica | Stationary: Mon Voir | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Grapevine Catering | Band: Notorious | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Bridesmaids' Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Ceremony & Reception: Vine Hill House | Guitarist - Jon: Ever Music Group | Hair & Make-up: The Beauty Team | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Planning & Design: Rosemary Events | Table & Chair Rentals: Encore Event Rentals

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Elegant + Rustic Wine Country Wedding

Combing the beautiful Bride’s Chinese heritage (she wore a qipao to the reception, and their wedding date was a Chinese lucky day!) with the Groom’s Catholic faith (they had a second church ceremony the morning after the reception), this colorful fete — perfectly captured in this gallery by Erin Hearts Court — is truly stunning and filled with so many sweet, personal details, we can’t get enough!

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From the Bride… Adam and I were set on a collision course in college, having gone to the same school, worked in Beijing at the same Chinese magazine, attended the same business school, and worked at the same company after graduation. When our paths finally crossed in our first year of grad school, we joked that we were destined to meet — or that we somehow thwarted destiny’s plan to keep us apart. Three years later, Adam proposed at one of our favorite wineries in Sonoma.

Wedding planning began with a list of activities we loved, design elements we were drawn to, and bits of our heritage and past that formed our identities and underpinned our relationship. On it, we had written “St. Louis (his hometown), New York (my hometown), travel and board games (our loves), reading and saving money (my loves), the outdoors and cookie dough (his loves)…” There were no themes that jumped out, and we tried to select a few to concentrate on, but eventually gave up. We decided: if it reflected us, it would be consistent.

So, we looked for outdoor venues with beautiful vistas that did not break the bank. We wanted something warm and intimate that could host both ceremony and reception on site. When Dan O’Connell of Vine Hill House told us that a date that fell on both a three-day weekend and a Chinese lucky date was available, we jumped at the opportunity and booked the first venue we saw.

We selected the incomparable Erin Hearts Court as our photographers, thinking we had no idea how our hodgepodge wedding would turn out and a good photographer can make anything look good! We supplemented with Andrew Hsu as videographer and a fun, high-quality photobooth from Night Owl, the photos from which I used to create a video that captures the progressive revelry of the night.

As the wedding took shape, I found myself gravitating to a little sparkle to complement the rusticity. I settled on a faint gray dress from BHLDN with an elegant sheer back and glittery front. The skirt was soft, flowy, and romantic. We sprinkled gold accents in the entryway and on the tables to complement the bright mandarin-colored bridesmaid dresses and orange flowers. The groomsmen wore navy suits with checkered bowties and pocket squares, while my two bridesmen wore gray suits with matching checkered skinny ties.

We incorporated both our cultures throughout. A Chinese tradition, my bridal party challenged the groomsmen to a series of games to prove the groom’s worth. In typical Chinese fashion, my aunt insisted at the last minute that we add an impromptu tea ceremony. We included a bilingual reading in the ceremony as well as a spiritual one reflecting Adam’s Catholic faith. We served a family-style dinner during the reception, after which I changed into a red qipao for dancing. The next day, we had a small Catholic ceremony in a church with family.

Our guest cards were homemade library cards that listed key dates of our relationship stuck into vintage card catalog holders. We created little Calvin and Hobbes cards for guests to write notes to us with memories, predictions, and advice. One of our favorite elements was a map we made showing where our guests were coming from around the world. Reflecting one of our favorite games, the table numbers were spelled out with Scrabble pieces. Our dessert station featured the “Evolution of a Cookie,” moving from cookie dough to soft baked to crunchy cookies, honoring his and my favorite desserts. We aged cocktails in mini-barrels and created a cigar-and-cocktail lounge in a small redwood grove off the dance floor.

We also tried to personalize the content as much as possible. We wrote our own vows, carefully selected passages from our favorite books and authors, and involved friends throughout the day. One of Adam’s best friends from business school served as our officiant, and family members and close friends delivered selected readings during the ceremony and gave an abundance of toasts at the reception. We were blown away by the thoughtfulness, humor, and insight of the speeches.

The day was clear and bright, and the night was warm for Sonoma. Everything, as disparate as it seemed initially, came together beautifully. Our favorite moment was at the end of the night, when everyone on the dance floor began spiraling inwards into a giant 80-person group hug with us at the center. It was an epic way to end an epic day, and one that very much reflected how we felt — enveloped by love and joy by our closest friends and family.

Photography: The de Jaureguis | Videography: Studio MSV | Floral Design: Maria Philbin | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Trends Catering | Hair And Makeup: Susie Chhuor Makeup | Venue: Vine Hill House | Photo Booth: Night Owl Photo Booth

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