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Kunde Family Estate Wedding by Alicia K Designs

When a fun couple plans a destination wedding, this is what happens: loads of gorgeous details by Alicia K Designs, the gloriously good looking backdrop of Sonoma and a whole boatload of merrymaking (including a photo booth and a s’mores pit). From the looks of the photos captured by borrowed blue old new, good times were indeed had by all. Catch every last second of the fun in the FULL gallery.

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From the bride… Brian and I both have large families scattered around the world and across the U.S., so we knew that in asking people to travel such a long way, we needed to make the wedding weekend a fun and memorable destination event. It helped that Brian was from Northern California’s wine country, which was an easy sell with our international relatives. We saw the wedding reception as a celebration with and for all the people we love most. Juxtaposed with our traditional Catholic ceremony in an old Mission church, we wanted the wedding reception to be representative of our humor and character as a couple, including a touch of traditional Chinese flair. Set atop Kunde Family Estate’s beautiful hilltop vineyards in the middle of Sonoma Valley, we wanted our guests to create their own memories of the event. Guests lined up for the photo booth, while others danced, made s’mores over the open fireplace or wandered out for sunset walks through the rows of vines.

Our wedding favors were Chinese enamel cups with cute slogans and “Double Happiness” characters, meant to carry home candy from the candy buffet. Blue and white Chinese vases and teapots served as centerpieces, filled with soft, lush flowers in peach, pink and ivory. As mementos of the event, guests were asked to take these vases home with them. The toasts featured personalized drinking shanties by the brother of the bride and a good old fashioned “roast” by the brothers of the groom.

After the cake cutting, we surprised our guests and the groom’s brothers by announcing our very own “Newlywed Game.” We wanted to create something unique and fun for our guests.  Our version went like this — Brian and his two married brothers sat opposite their three wives. We provided the DJ with questions like, “My wife is really good at X, but really bad at X,” “My husband’s idea of a good date is,” and “My husband would be embarrassed for people to know that he secretly loves X.” The goal was for each couple to provide matching answers to questions. But the real fun was in the mismatches and in learning things no one knew about the couples. The raucous laughter got people pumped up for a big night, and it showed on the dance floor. We were so moved to have our loved ones come from so far to be with us on our big day, and we were gratified to see that they had (almost) as much fun as we did!  We are so happy with the way our wedding day turned out, and we could not thank everyone enough!

Wedding Photography: borrowed blue old new / Ceremony: St. Francis Solano Church in Sonoma, California / Reception: Kunde Family Estate in Kenwood, California / Flowers: Lavender Country Garden Florals / Event Design + Planning: Alicia K Designs / Wedding Invitations: Polina Khentov / Catering: Park Avenue Catering / Wedding Cake: Terry Nommsen of Grammyscakes / Photo Booth: Wine Country Photo Booths / Lighting: Illusions Lighting / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Belt: Lela Rose

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Sonoma Valley Wedding from Fleurs de France

Like the little black dresses the lovely bridesmaids have donned, this Sonoma Valley wedding is chic and classic. In my humble opinion, you definitely can not go wrong with a summer vineyard wedding in California. It’s the recipe for perfection. And when you add Fleurs de France‘s fabulous flora to the mix, well then, the whole affair is promised to reach beyond perfect. All the details, captured by Andrew Weeks Photography, are like the sweet pearl necklace adorning that stunning LBD. Visit the gallery for more of this California wedding!

Greg and Elise met during their senior year of college at Santa Clara University.  Despite attending a small college and sharing many friends, their paths had never crossed.  While getting to know each other over drinks at the local college bar, they discovered their shared passions for wine and the San Francisco Giants.

After many trips to his family home in Sonoma, Greg surprised Elise with a proposal in the middle of the vineyards.  While she was taking pictures of the beautiful surroundings, Greg dropped to one knee and waited for her to turn around… he surprised her with a very romantic proposal and they began planning a wine country wedding right away.

The wedding day was a perfect celebration of family and friends… and was made all the more special because the Giants won the World Series in the days leading up to the wedding!

Floral: Fleurs de France / Photographer: Andrew Weeks Photography / Cake Vendor: Michele’s Corner Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Bridal Gown: Watters / Veil & Accessories: Forget Me Knot / Bridal Shoes: J.Crew / Hair: Stella Stevens / Makeup: Audrey Crandell, Glowing Bridal / Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew, Ralph Lauren / Linens: Park Avenue Catering / Tuxedo & Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Videography: Thomas Hughes Films / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Mt Carmel / Reception Venue: Trentadue Winery / Caterer: Park Avenue Catering / Hair: Stella Stevens

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One of the things we do right here in California is rustic romance.  Take this ranch wedding from James Moes Photography set in Sonoma Valley.  Lush and seasonal flowers, eclectic vintage decor and scrumptious, fresh food that you can only get on the best coast.  The soft glow of the California sun creates a dreamy atmosphere that you just can’t find anywhere else.  There is a special photo booth treat, as well as even more good, old-fashioned west coast romance, in the full gallery.

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From James Moes…Meghan + Alex’s wedding was a classy outdoor affair at the Atwood Ranch: ceremony under a large oak, gorgeous flowers by Pat Friday, delicious looking and tasting catering, plenty of sun, personalized-yet-understated bridesmaids dresses, photobooth, etc.

Meghan + Alex are poetic folk, avid readers, and had the delightful vows: “Today we start a whole new chapter of our life, which seems only fitting because so much of what we have shared together involves words written on a page. But what I want you to know is that you can’t have it all, but what you can have is this promise to be ever-faithful, that when I can I will bite every sorrow until to you feel whole, I promise to help you experience love and the way in which it can have such sweet surrender, to be your best friend and the question mark at the end of your laughter, and most
importantly, to be the person you want to fly in lightweight contraptions with.”

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