Some venues are so gorgeous that they end up guiding the rest of the wedding planning. For this couple, Vine Hill House in California’s luscious wine country proved to be that dream spot. And with florals by Poppystone, it’s no wonder their day is becoming one of my all-time faves. See each lovely detail captured by Christina McNeill in the full gallery here.
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From Christina McNeill
… A charming wedding in wine country, Vine Hill House was the perfect location for Allison and Steve’s nuptials. They drew inspiration from the venue itself highlighting it’s natural beauty: a wall of hydrangeas and a view worth a million dollars. Allison wore a classically styled Monique Lhuillier gown and chose mostly whites and greens with yellow to accent. They hired Claire Sanz from Poppystone to complete their floral tablescapes and bouquets.
From the Bride… We always knew we wanted to get married in the northern California wine country, and when we toured Vine Hill House we knew right away that it was perfect for our wedding. The venue is so stunning on its own, I wanted to keep the design of the wedding simple and elegant, but still warm and just a little country. We ended up with mostly white flowers with accents of natural greens and yellow. We also added some beautiful natural wood pieces, like the chairs and the lounge area benches. All together the wedding turned out so beautiful and tasteful – even more so then we could have imagined!
Our favorite part of the wedding was our first look! The moment we saw each other all of our nerves melted away. Anything is possible with your best friend by your side! It was one of the most intimate moments we had on our wedding day, and it was so easy to go with the flow and enjoy the entire wedding after that!
One piece of advice another bride (she was also one of my bridesmaids!) gave me was to not start looking at too many design ideas until you book your venue. The venue can add so much to the design and feel of the wedding it is easier to pick your colors, theme, and décor after that is locked down.
Photography: Christina McNeill | Videography: Alex Flether | Floral Design: Poppystone | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: SusieCakes | Stationery: Folio | Ceremony Venue: Vine Hill House | Reception Venue: Vine Hill House | Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Trends Catering | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Photobooth: Photo Matica | Pie: Mom's Apple Pie | Programs: HH Imaging
Flowers make people happy, that’s a well known fact. But wedding flowers? Well, those beauties cause elation! And when your big day bouquets + arrangements are done by the uber talented Fleurs de France, the pretty just doesn’t stop.
With over 20 years of experience, Jessica of Fleurs de France has created countless unique floral designs for couples saying “I do” in California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. Passionate about weddings, parties and events and endlessly creative, she helps her clients’ dreams become reality by pulling inspiration from the area’s breathtaking scenery as well as the couple’s personal style. Fleurs de France works closely with each couple to create a floral look that is truly special. Whether you’re hosting a traditional intimate soiree or a modern over-the-top bash, Fleurs de France makes sure your big day is completely stress free and flawlessly executed!
To see even more of their gorgeous work, be sure to take a peek at the Fleurs de France blog and head over here to contact Fleurs de France to start planning your big day!
Photo Credits: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Julie Kay Kelly Photography | Larissa Cleveland Photography | Larissa Cleveland Photography | Jenna Marie Photography | Fleurs de France | Arrowood Photography | Briana Marie Photography Wedding Planners: Stacy McCain Events | Cole Drake Events | Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events | A Dream Wedding Venues Pictured: Calistoga Ranch | St. Francis Winery | Chalk Hill Winery | Gundlach Bundschu | Booneville Hotel | Harvest Inn | Chateau St. Jean
There are romantic weddings, and then there are days like this beauty. An al fresco wonderland filled with lush blooms from The Wild Orchid and a plethora of love-filled details captured by Michael L’Heureux Photography. It’s a California vineyard wedding at its very finest (thank you, Vine Hill House) and it’s all sitting pretty in the full gallery. Join me there for sooo much more.
From the Bride… Our wedding happened to fall on a day called “The Sweetest Day” on our calendar. And it certainly was the sweetest day!
I grew up in San Francisco and Dan was born and raised in Aitkin, Minnesota. We had been together for seven years and were both very excited and nervous for our families to finally meet. We wanted to have our wedding at a venue that was naturally beautiful and outdoors- gorgeous enough so that we wouldn’t have to put too much effort into decorating! Vine Hill House was the second venue we visited and we decided then and there that we did not need to look any further. We wanted an intimate “backyard wedding” and Vine Hill House was just that and more.
Before I started planning for our wedding, my friend said, “Everything isn’t going to go perfectly the day of your wedding, but it’ll still be the best, most memorable day of your life.” And she was so right. I found some amazing down-to-earth vendors like Jane at the Wild Orchid to put together flowers in shades of peaches and pinks like they had just been snipped from a garden and my photographer Michael L’Heureux to capture our memories into the most beautiful pictures. I used Etsy for most of my paper needs including our letter press invitations, went hunting at our local Salvation Army for vintage wine cork holders, and found somebody to custom make my dress inspired by one of my favorites from Monique Lhuillier. Somehow, everything fell into place and I couldn’t have asked for anything else.
My favorite moment was finally holding hands with Dan after having walked down the aisle with my dad. It felt right and safe and beautiful to profess our love in front of the people closest to our hearts. Because we didn’t have a huge wedding, our families and closest friends were able to meet each other, talk, laugh, hug, and dance the night away with one another. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing on that day. We are truly the luckiest newlyweds!
Photography: Michael L'Heureux Photography | Floral Design: The Wild Orchid | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: A La Heart | DJ: DJ Boy Wonder | DJ: DJ Tone Def | Classical Guitarist: Alec Furhman | Earrings: Elle-meme | Flower Girl's Dress: Nordstrom | Invitations And Place Cards: Little Sparrow Press | Jam Favors: Grapevine Wedding Favors | Jam Labels: Tipsy Graphics | Maid Of Honor's Dress: Amsale | Makeup And Hair: J Beautique | Pies: Butter Love Bakeshop | Rings And Necklace: Lang Antique | Suit: Banana Republic | Table Signs: Papergirl Studios | Wedding Venue: Vine Hill House