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Romantic Vineyard Wedding

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.

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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

Amsale and Badgley Mischka are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.

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Golden Sebastopol Wedding at O’Connell Vineyards

When you work for Minted, it’s pretty much a given that your wedding stationery is going to be extraordinary (hint: it is!) But that’s just the beginning of this golden hued Sebastopol wedding. It’s brimming with the cutest signage by Knead To Make, loads of happy color and vintage conversation spots designed by California Vintage Rentals + Design and all captured by White Daisy Photography. Have a look at the full gallery for more. Oh and theres a film by Paperweight Films that you absolutely must hit play on below.

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From the Bride… The most important part of our wedding was that it truly represented us as a couple. We did all of the planning and decision making together to make sure that both of us felt like the wedding was ‘us’. When picking a venue we wanted to find a place that felt intimate but still allowed for 170 guests. We met through mutual friends in San Francisco and knew we both wanted an outdoor wedding so wine country seemed like a perfect option. We both fell in love with the beautiful greenery and setting at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, which was a vineyard and apple orchard. We also loved that this venue was like a blank canvas so we could customize and personalize every detail. Alex & I planned every element of the wedding as we did not have a wedding planner, we did have a lot of great help from our family and some wonderful vendors! Throughout the entire year we were constantly crafting and planning together. It all started when we asked our bridal party to be a part of our wedding. Alex made home-brewed beer and custom printed labels on the bottle ‘Will you be my groomsman?’ and I made a custom-made flip book asking my best friends to be bridesmaids. It was important to us to weave in some Jewish traditions (as well as Alex’s Russian heritage) with the modern vibe of the day. I am really drawn to colors and have been eyeing coral and aqua for quite some time. Plus my absolute favorite color is gold so of course that rounded us out! So many elements of the wedding were truly crafted with love, most all of the elements were handmade by either us or our family members. We even dedicated a section in our program with fun facts about the wedding to call out some of the homemade touches. Here are a few of those fun facts:

- The bride’s father hand built many of the wood elements. (Including the chuppah, wine racks/guestbook rack, and wood signs)
– The groom’s father hand painted the watercolor piece that wrapped around the invitation and was on the cover the program. The painting is an interpretation of us getting married at the venue. He also painted from scratch a beautiful family tree that had black & white photos of both sides of our families on their wedding days.
– Alex home-brewed all of the beer for the toast, this is a hobby of his that we wanted to incorporate into the big day. The favors/escort cards were cast-iron bottle openers with tags water-colored by Alex’s father as well as fun customized beer koozies to take home.
– I personally have a large sweet tooth. So we treated out guests to little pieces of cookie dough (my absolute favorite) as a pre-dinner treat (love is sweet, eat dessert first) – and it was placed inside a kraft bag along with our printed dinner menu and placed at every seat. All of these elements were created and printed on our own.
– My brother-in-law officiated our ceremony. He interviewed each of our families throughout the year leading up to the wedding and brought their words of wisdom into the ceremony. The entire thing was so thoughtful and personal; it was such a special moment for us. He weaved both of our lives into the ceremony as well as touching on our strong family backgrounds.
– Alex really loves bourbon so we brought in a bourbon and cigar tasting bar under the trees after dark. The lounge was customized with some great ‘man cave’ furniture and famous quotes about cigars & bourbon scattered throughout.
– We brought the chalkboard from our kitchen at home to the wedding. Over the years we have written messages to each other on this chalkboard for special occasions and moments throughout our lives. We displayed it with snapshots of these messages and incorporated a few other chalkboard signs throughout the space.
– We met at a Tom Petty concert in San Francisco so it was only fitting to have the bridal party walk down the aisle to one of his songs (Wildflower)! I walked down the aisle to ‘Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World’ by IZ on the ukulele,
– We printed one of our engagement photos on canvas as our homemade Ketubah.
– I surprised Alex with a storm trooper (from Star Wars) grooms cake, his all-time favorite movie – it was quite a hit and so delicious! We were actually announced as husband and wife to the Star Wars theme song.
– The wedding guest book comprised of 10 wine bottles where guests could write notes and we will open the corresponding bottle on that anniversary year and read all of the lovely things everyone had to say on our wedding day.

We chose the infinity symbol to represent our wedding day as Alex has always told me he loves me infinity x infinity. We had the logo with our initials custom made by one of my co-workers at Minted. We incorporated the logo throughout the wedding from our wedding stationery, program, cocktail stir sticks, printed menu, customized matches for cigar bar and more. A few other ways we liked to represent our families was that I wore my sister’s wedding veil that she wore on her wedding day. We also wanted to make sure both of our parents walked us each down the aisle, they are so supportive and loving that we really wanted to share our appreciation in a small way for all they did for us (for the wedding day and throughout life). Alex’s brother surprised us during his toast with a hidden video from the day Alex actually proposed- it was such a touching and sweet moment! Plus Alex’s dad hand-painted a mural during his toast where we put our heads through the holes and everyone got some great laughs!

Photography: White Daisy Photography | Videographer: Paperweight Films | Florist: Heidi Gellerman | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Wedding Stationery: Minted | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Real Food Catering | Hair: It's A Date At The Powder Room | DJ: GrapeVine Music | Officiant: Bride's Brother-in-law | Cakes & Custom Signage: Knead To Make | Ceremony & Reception: Vine Hill House At O'Connell Vineyards | Groom\'s Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew | Makeup : Ashley Lentz | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Vintage Rentals & Design Coordinator : California Vintage Rentals + Design

Badgley Mischka and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Paperweight Films is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Vine Hill House Wedding from Ken Kienow

These high school sweethearts had what all of us wish for on our wedding day, perfect weather, a dream team of vendors and a whole day surrounded by family and friends, literally. It’s impossible not to feel all warm and cozy inside when you see their glowing smiles and the perfectly sunlit photos by Ken Kienow at Vine Hill House. Talk a walk through this lovely al fresco affair, right here in the gallery.

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From the Bride… Our wedding day was the perfect day ­— the weather was spectacular and the atmosphere was absolutely full of love.

Dan and I were high school sweethearts and have been together for nearly 10 years. In that time, we have been through many wonderful and some trying life events together. Having grown up in the same town with overlapping circles of close family friends, there are a large number of people whom we feel have been champions of our love and who helped us get where we are today. We wanted to make our wedding day a celebration of those amazing people by creating a comfortable, relaxing and fun setting where everyone could have a delicious meal, wonderful wine, take their shoes off and dance the night away.

The venue was important to us because we knew it would set that tone. Vine Hill House was the perfect choice — a backyard wedding, but in the most stunning backyard you can imagine. We loved the casual yet elegant feel. An added bonus, the owner and day of coordinator, Dan O’Connell, was amazing to work with.  His knowledge of how to make a wedding go off without a hitch made the venue choice a no-brainer. He took wonderful care of us throughout the planning process and throughout the actual wedding day.

We had a real dream team of vendors. Selecting vendors who had all worked together before made the day go incredibly smoothly. The caterer, the DJ, the florist… everyone did amazing work and made us feel confident that we were in great hands.

I did all of the decor and paper goods myself. I had so much fun designing each piece and I feel that it really did add a special, personal touch to overall tone of the wedding.

One of the best decisions we made in the planning was our choice of officiant. We had my Uncle begin the ceremony and share his wisdom on life and marriage, and then our close friend who has known us for a combined 24 years (!) married us. Together they made the ceremony so special and more personal and touching then I ever could have imagined possible.

The highlight of the night was, without a doubt, the last dance. While “Tiny Dancer” played, a few friends formed a circle around my new husband and me. The circle grew and grew until every one of our guests surrounded us. We felt so loved as we danced and saw all the smiling faces. It was a moment I will never, ever forget.

My advice to other brides would be to remember to have fun! Planning can be stressful, but ultimately anything you do will be perfect. At the end of the day, you’re surrounded by favorite people and married to your best friend in the world. What could be better?

Wedding Photography: Ken Kienow Wedding Photography | Wedding Venue: Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California | Floral Design: BV Florals | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Wedding Cupcakes: Foxy Cupcakes | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Wedding Stationery: Bright Room Studio | Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster | Bride’s Shoes: Elie Tahari | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Asos | Groom’s Attire: Joseph Abboud | Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein

Ivy & Aster is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.