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Dream of a Romantic Wedding in Sonoma? Look No Further.

Have you seen our archive of Sonoma weddings? It’s a glowing, sun-filled collection that’s sure to satisfy your vineyard-loving ways. It sure does hit the spot for me. And today, we’re adding yet another beauty from Evonne & Darren Photography. With rentals from Bright Event Rentals and ‘maids decked out in Jenny Yoo, every detail in The Vault is pure romance.

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From the Bride… We actually lived around the corner from one another growing up and went to the same middle school but never met. It wasn’t until two moves and many years later that we met at a Model United Nations event at a local high school. We started dating in 2001 and were together for 13 years when Albert proposed in Thailand.

In May 2015, we went on a SE Asia trip with some of our best friends, Jessie and Chris. We went island hopping, to Koh Phi Phi to visit Maya Beach. With only a few hours to spare before catching the ferry back to Krabi, we dipped in the ocean and took countless photos of the picturesque limestone cliffs and teal ocean water. Though I found the ring the day prior, I had forgotten about it while experiencing the beauty of this beach. So I did not find it odd when Albert wanted to take scenic photos together, with our backs facing the camera manned by Jessie. Albert secretly extended his hand behind my back, signaling Chris to place the ring box in his palm. When I pulled away after the photos were taken, Albert grabbed me, showed me the ring box, and went down on one knee. Upon opening the ring box, he said, “uhh I don’t have a speech so I’m just going to ask. Will you marry me?”

We knew we wanted a wine country wedding but we wanted a location that wasn’t just a winery; we wanted something more unique, whimsical, and allowed hard alcohol. We did not have a theme or color scheme; instead we wanted soft muted tones everywhere with a lot of florals and greenery. We were lucky with Cornerstone Sonoma in the sense that the venue didn’t require much in terms of decor, it is already beautiful on its own. Ashley Brand of LVL was our wedding planner. We had a video call with her and enjoyed chatting with her and virtually meeting her dog, a yorkie and maltese mix, and knew she would be wonderful as our day-of coordinator. Working in the Silicon Valley and wanting to be environmentally responsible, we opted to use electronic invitations. We choose a white and gold foil design and really enjoyed the quick turnaround of RSVPs due to the electronic delivery method!

I wore an ivory Vera Wang trumpet gown made from silk, tulle, and various types of lace. Every girl should try on dresses at Vera Wang or something comparable. The experience and dress quality is astounding! I knew it was the dress as soon as I felt it against my skin and walked around, especially based on the delicate dress details and the way it moved. I actually became too overwhelmed in options while ring shopping and gave up on picking an engagement ring. Albert completely customized a ring based on the first ring that intrigued me; a round brilliant with a delicate cushion halo set in platinum and with a very thin diamond band. My wedding ring matches the setting, but in rose gold. Something about different metals is very appealing to me. Albert is highly allergic to most metals so he choose a titanium band.

I wore a hair pin that was gifted to me from my family as well as a waltz length veil. I purchased the veil from Etsy and have passed it along to a friend for her something borrowed for her wedding and will pass it down to my sister afterwards. I also wore a bracelet passed down from Albert’s aunt and earrings I purchased from Saks. For shoes, I choose nude Christian Louboutin Simple 100 pumps. I wore these nearly all day and night, changing into cream colored Attilio Giusti Leombruni ballet flats for our first dance routine. Ann Li of By Liann and her crew of two did the hair and makeup for my bridesmaids and I. Albert loves it when my hair is down and since it was a hot day, I choose to do a side swept look with loose curls. My makeup was natural and dewy, with a neutral lip. Albert wore a dark grey Ted Baker suit with brown Too Boot NY shoes. He doesn’t typically wear jewelry because he’s allergic, but he wore a bowtie from The Tie Bar. He just had a haircut recently; he was so well groomed and handsome! I couldn’t wait to tap him on the shoulder during our first look. The bridesmaid dresses were made by Jenny Yoo, the Scarlett dress. It’s a long flowy champagne colored dress with a somewhat metallic lace strapless top. The girls looked beautiful and ethereal, perfect for the romantic look I was going for.

My best male friend from high school was our officiant which was something I wanted since I was a teenager! My cousin’s company did our florals and our arbor was absolutely stunning as a backdrop. For our pre-ceremony songs, we choose Train – Marry Me, Jason Mraz – Love Someone, Marie Hines – Endless, Sara Bareilles – I Choose You, and the acoustic version of Sam Smith – Latch. We walked down the aisle to River Flows in You by Yiruma (cello/piano orchestral version by David Solis). Our first dance song was to Ed Sheeran – Tenerife Sea.

My cousins’s company, HFT International, sourced my florals from all over the U.S. and world. My main requests were astilbes, baby’s breath, and peonies, which was incorporated in with things like ferns, silver brunia, and herbs like rosemary. The florals were beautiful, especially the arbor! Evonne and Darren Wong of Evonne & Darren Photography photographed our wedding. We love their aesthetic and style and how they captured the wedding day, and we also had a video call with them and found them to be passionate, well organized, and very thoughtful in their craft. Coming from a Chinese family who appreciated lighter desserts that weren’t overly sweet, we decided to order a cake we designed from an Oakland Chinese bakery, Delicieuse Princesse Bakery. It was an ivory three tier sponge cake in a swirl design, with fresh strawberry, mango, and chocolate. The frosting was a light whipped cream.

Our friends love a great time, with music and dancing. Of course we had to have a DJ! DJ Julian Pierce provided music and entertainment for the day. Albert and I didn’t do traditional wedding favors as it’s difficult to give a gift that appeals to everyone, is practical, and easy to travel with. Instead, we booked Top Dog hot dog to serve a late-night snack. Food is the center of our universe so it was only fitting that we choose food.

Wedding planning wasn’t really stressful because I made it my mission to make everything as efficient, simple, and practical as possible. Everyone always says that wedding planning is tough and a lot of work, but they never mention just how much work has to be done post-wedding too. I knew I would be exhausted afterwards so I tried to make this as minimal as possible by thinking about the cleanup, the leftover supplies, and alcohol during the planning process. I also recommend sourcing decor and crafts from friends and family if possible. It gives everything a bit more meaning, especially to decorate your home with later. I also believe that minimizing the amount of crafting will save you a lot of time and effort. I ended up purchasing a lot from Etsy and don’t regret it one bit.

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Photography: Evonne & Darren Photography | Cinematography: Visual Poets | Wedding Planner: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: HFT International | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Delicieuse Princesse Bakery | Invitations: Paperless Post | Ceremony Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma | Reception Venue: Cornerstone Gardens Tent/Barn | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Engagement Ring: Eternity By Yoni, NYC | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Sage Catering | Hair & Makeup: By Liann | DJ: Julian Pierce | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Attire: Ted Baker | Officiant: Josh Lu (groom's best friend) | Ceremony Music: Julian Pierce | Groom's Shoes: To Boot NY | Late Night Snacks: Top Dog | Photobooth: Night Owl Photo Booth | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Wedding Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Elegant Celebration Honoring The Bride’s Late Father

Located at a quaint and romantic culinary school venue in Sonoma, this couple’s love story was thoughtfully infused in all aspects of their perfect day. My favorite sentimental touch was the bride’s surprise dance honoring her late father to his favorite song, “Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay.” With luscious neutral florals by Vo Floral Designs and a beyond elegant reception design, I couldn’t resist browsing the images of this gallery twice! Every detail of the exemplary day was captured by Onelove Photography.

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From the bride… Henry and I are the couple that loves spending every moment with each other, we’ve been that way since day one. When we thought about how we wanted to our wedding to be, the first thing that came to mind was that we wanted it to embody everything we were as a couple. We wanted our guests to come in and have it feel intimate and romantic. We thought about every detail to make our guest feel like it was personal. We hated going to weddings where it was beautiful, but it didn’t tie to what the couple was all about. So when we first toured Ramekins, we knew it was the one. It felt so intimate, romantic and we loved that the ceremony and reception was all in one place. (Also, I’m sure it being a culinary school and having a sushi bar option was what also tipped us).

As we started planning, I wanted to incorporate as many personal things between Henry and I. On our first trip to Disneyland, we got silhouettes of ourselves and got them framed. When we were thinking about how we wanted to make our wedding invites personal, we thought why not make them of our own silhouettes. I designed them from scratch and got them printed at a local letterpress printer (something I always wanted). I even got a wax seal made with the same design, stamped and addressed every single invite. Our silhouettes were everywhere in the wedding; we had them on the programs, the menus, we even got wood carvings to be our guest book.

Another thing we had to incorporate was Post-its. When Henry and I first started dating at work, we would leave notes to each other every morning. That flowed into when we started dating, then when we lived together, and now as an engaged couple – they would always be a reminder that we were thinking of each other. We actually have an entire wall in our apartment in San Francisco, dedicated to our notes along the years. When it came to our wedding, we wanted to do something really special for our guests. So Henry and I personally wrote a post-it note to everyone that attended our wedding which also included a personalized wood name plate for there seat. It was our way of letting them into our lives and for them to know how important they were to us and this day.

As we were sitting down for dinner, I looked around and was in awe at how everything came together. After months of planning, the long tables with luscious florals and soft romantic candles throughout the space were finally a reality. We only had 94 guests and I knew everyone felt the love that night. I had dreamt of this day my entire life, and even though not everything went as planned, what made it perfect was I got to marry the man I now get to call my husband.

My best advice to a bride-to-be would be, stay true to who you and your future partner are. You spend months and months planning a day that is really catering to everyone else, but when you take that first dance nothing else matters. No one will remember the food, no one will remember the details, but you will and that really is all that matters. As much as it sounds clique, it’s your day. Big Tip – Spring for really good vendors for things that matter the most to you and DIY the rest. I spent a core of my budget on flowers, photography and of course the venue. You may spend more than what you wanted to, but you won’t regret it. Money is one thing, but not having to worry about anything is worth it.

The forecast was rain and like any normal bride, I was completely freaking out. It poured the entire morning and I knew I had to make the decision to bring the ceremony inside (something I had thought about but had no idea it would actually come to it). As it came time to make my decision I knew I wanted it outside, it was one of the reasons we chose the venue, so I took a leap of faith. Our ceremony started at 5pm and at 4:50p it started to sun shower, I panicked. But then before I knew it, I heard that their was a break in the rain and we had to move. I’ll never forget the moment the doors opened and I saw everyone. It was as if the clouds parted and we were married. (the overcast also made for AMAZING photos)

My father died at a very young age and I would have given the world for him to be there. A few days before the wedding I received a gift that was a necklace of my father’s signature. I knew it was perfect to wear on the day. My brother walked me down the aisle and it was one of the most special moments I’ve shared with him. Last but not least, I surprised my mom with the “father dance” to an acoustic version of my father’s favorite song – ‘Sittin on the dock of the bay’. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house – Including our own, I will never forget this moment and it was probably the most special moment of the day.

I knew I wanted to surprise Henry on our wedding day. He is an avid lover of Boba Milk tea, so it was only fitting to have it catered at our wedding. I kept it from Henry for months and when he saw the Boba Milk tea station with all his favorite flavors, the reaction on his face was priceless! Little did I know he also had a surprise up his sleeve. He had choreographed a groom’s dance the night before and executed it flawlessly. I was definitely shocked to say the least.

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Photography: onelove photography | Videography: Final Frame Studios | Coordination: Tish Garbi | Floral Design: Vo Floral Design | Cake: Ramekins Sonoma | Stationary: Self Made | Jewelry: Dior Bridal Salon | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Ramekins Sonoma | Hair & Makeup: designHerimage | DJ: Verducci Event Productions | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Best Friend | Venue: Ramekins Sonoma | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Jewelery: Cartier | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Shoe Designer: Chanel

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Getting Married Al Fresco Never Looked So Pretty

Oh, Sonoma, you get me every time. You know just how to make those winery weddings shine in the prettiest of sunlight, and today’s fete from Milou and Olin is absolutely no exception. Every moment of this day was graced with a sun-soaked, vineyard backdrop like this. Wedding dreams? I’d say so. See more in The Vault!

From Lucinda, the Bride… Lucky and I met at work, and were together for more than seven years when Lucky decided to get down on one knee. Our engagement was very romantic and every girl’s dream (will…at least mine). Lucky surprised me with a trip to Cabo (I thought we were going to Phoenix, AZ for work and we were literally in the Phoenix airport when Lucky gave me my plane ticket to Cabo and off we went). During our first night in Cabo he proposed to me during a private beach dinner.

Being from Colorado, we love being outside and really embrace the beauty of scenery. On top of embracing nature, we also share a passion of wine, so when it came to choosing a place to get married, it was very clear that wine country in California was perfect for us. Being out of state, I knew I couldn’t pull the wedding of our dreams off alone, so I found our wedding planner Lindsey Nickel, at Lovely Day Events. I would highly recommend future brides that are planning a destination wedding to use a wedding planner, we have never regretted that decision. I don’t know what we would have did without her. Lindsey did an amazing job and we couldn’t have put together the wedding we had without all her help, suggestions, and mastermind. She kept things stress free for us and literally took care of everything (she was the first person at the venue on the wedding day and the last one to leave). By having a wedding planner, our guests (and us) were really able to let loose and have a great time. We are still getting compliments from our guests on how this was the most beautiful and best wedding they have been too and the most fun they have ever had at a wedding, which is awesome!

During the wedding process, our goal and inspiration was for the wedding to be elegant, romantic, fairytaleish, and as much fun as only one could dream. During the planning process, I think if future brides pick the couple items that matter the most and focus on those. There are a lot of things to do during the planning process and things will not go as planned and letting things go and having someone help is key. With having a wedding planner, I knew I was staying on track and that things were being taking care of (during the planning process and the day of the wedding).

One area that was important to us was the venue, we knew the venue would set the vibe for the wedding. When we toured Gundlach Bundschu Winery there was an instant connection for us and we feel in love and felt at home. Not only was everyone there so hospitability (and they are every time we go!) it is a family owned, which is something else we were looking for (we didn’t want to me a number). The area where they host weddings is secluded and breathtaking surrounded by the vineyard and wine cave. It was perfect and exactly what we were looking for.

The actual wedding day, not going to lie, was the longest day. The time until the ceremony took forever – even the ceremony took forever. During the day, I was extremely nervous. Not because I was getting married but because I don’t like being the center of attention, and having everyone looking at me made me anxious. In order to help that, I was told to find Lucky and not look away, which I did and it took some of the pressure away… I felt like it was just Lucky and me. As slow as the day and ceremony took, the reception went lightning fast! Definitely try to take a deep breath and really embrace the moment, it is an awesome feeling being surrounded by people who love and care about you.

Since we had a destination wedding, we were hoping our guests would use this as a long weekend getaway, which people did. We had around 40 people travel to our wedding. People starting arriving on Thursday (the wedding was on a Friday) and the last group left Sunday evening. We loved this as it gave us more time with our guest and it took the pressure off at the actual wedding. We didn’t feel the urgency to make rounds because most of the people we had spent time with before the wedding or we would spend time with them after the wedding. This means our special day really lasted four days as we had events each day (wine tours, tastings, brunch, etc.), which is different than a traditional wedding near your home where everyone shows up for four to six hours and then it is done. Happy wedding planning, and enjoy every moment of it, it’ll go super fast!

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Photography: Milou + Olin Photography | Event Design: Lovely Day Events | Event Planning: Lovely Day Events | Floral Design: Wine Country Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Crisp Bakeshop | Invitations: Sweet Zion Paperie | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Officiant: Weddings of Heart | Transportation: Woody's Wine Tours | Wedding Venue: Gundlach Bundschu Winery | Hair and Make-Up: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

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