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Music Inspired Sonoma Wedding

You know what makes an amazing combination?  Beautiful weddings and rock-n-roll.  Together it’s a pretty party just waiting to happen, and when you add in the talents of A Savvy EventKrissy Daily and Got Light (among many others), it’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen.  Dive into every last beautiful moment (and there’s a lot of them) captured by  Jenna Marie Photography in the full gallery.

From the Bride… The most important element that Scott and I focused on when planning our wedding was that it be a reflection of us. We met at a concert in 2008, and music has always been a large part of who we are and what we do. We envisioned our wedding as casually elegant, and we wanted the rock-and-roll moments to be just as memorable as the romantic moments. With the help of our families, our friends, our wonderful vendors, our coordinator Courtney Cargile, and the blank palate of Cornerstone Gardens, we were able to achieve the wedding of our dreams.

Our friends and families (200 in total) came from both coasts to celebrate our wedding weekend. We’d planned fun events throughout the weekend, like a Welcome Party with our friend’s band and a Sonoma Wine Tour to some of our favorite Carneros wineries, so by the time the wedding day came, we’d already gotten to see the majority of our guests in a casual, pre-wedding setting! I recall walking down the aisle on the Vineyard Lawn and feeling (along with jitters) an incredible sense of peace at being surrounded by our dearest loved ones. It also gave me comfort that my bouquet was hand-tied with the sleeve of my mom’s wedding dress and accented with my late grandmother’s brooch. We were married under a lush green floral arch by one of our dearest friends and spiritual mentors, Jonathan Pofsky. At cocktail hour, the scene was set by a grooving jazz trio, while our guests explored the unique landscape art exhibitions around the property, or played lawn games, while nibbling on delicious hors d’oeuvres served by Alex’s Catering.

Guided by their ticket stub escort cards, which were posted on the “Will Call” board, our guests then made their way to the dining tent, where they were seated at tables named after our favorite music venues. Under the tent, we delivered bursts of color through varying table designs in jewel tones of green, turquoise, and yellow, and a handmade “flower” arrangement hanging from the rafters. Back at the barn, our vision of turning it from a dance floor into a concert venue (inspired by the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco) was fully realized. The raised wooden stage, the chandeliers, the lounge seating, the dramatic lighting and, of course, the incredible band and our non-stop dancing guests, all contributed to our vision. In an effort to bring our love of concerts to our wedding dance party, we adorned the barn walls with our favorite posters from our personal collection, a la the Fillmore’s historic Poster Room.

I am very fortunate to have an incredibly talented graphic designer as one of my best friends (and one of my bridesmaids)… Krissy Daily and I had a blast designing the unique elements of our wedding. Krissy created our signature J&S music notes logo, as well as the full invitation suite, which we then letterpressed ourselves in Reb Peters Press’s Oakland studio. And we didn’t stop there…. many other elements of our wedding weekend were touched by Krissy’s brilliant designs, as well as contributions from my incredibly creative mother and sister. One of my favorite touches was a gift from my sister, a 60′s-inspired concert poster for our wedding day, which hung prominently above the dessert station in the barn. By the time the lights went down after a powerful encore of the Rolling Stones’ “Shine a Light”, we truly felt like the stars of the show, fully enveloped in love and music, and setting the stage for our new life ahead.

Photography: Jenna Marie Photography | Cinematography: Thomas Hughes Films | Event Design: Courtney Cargile For A Savvy Event | Event Planning: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: FleurEssence | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Invitations: Reb Peters Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG Max Azria | Catering: Alex's Catering | Hair and Makeup: It's a Date at the Powder Room- Sheilah Peterson | Band: All Star Jukebox | Ceremony Music: Amethyst Trio | Dessert: Batter Bakery | Gelato Cart: Cafe Scooteria | Graphic Design: Krissy Daily | Lighting Design: Got Light | Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events | Rentals: La Tavola | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Wedding Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma

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Colorful Viansa Winery Wedding

When famed sportscaster Matt Vasgersian ties the knot to one very beautiful bride at the Viansa Winery, we call that a reason to celebrate.  And when that breathtaking day happens to include vibrant red and orange florals from Michael Daigian Design, a yummy cake from Crisp Bake Shop and one heartwarming moment after another captured by Jen Philips, well… happy Thursday, lovelies.  See it all here.

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From Jen Philips Photography… First, a little on the couple: Matt Vasgersian is a sports newscaster on MLB Network, and an incredibly genuine and sweet guy, too. Kimberly is his gorgeous, down-to-earth, incredibly sweet wife (now) with two lovely daughters from a previous marriage, and the couple are both currently living in New York.

Their wedding was an elegant, classy day at Viansa Winery in Sonoma, with spots of bold red mixed with blacks, pale oranges and linen. Their ceremony was a gorgeous Armenian Orthodox celebration inside the Viansa cellar (loved it!). I loved cake by Crisp Bake Shop – wrapped in macaroons!

Photographer: Jen Philips Photography | Florist: Michael Daigian Design | Cake: Crisp Bake Shop | Caterer: Sage Catering | Hair: Lauthr Salon | Band: City Lights Band With Wine Country Entertainment | Getting Ready: Greystone Estate | Wedding & Reception: Viansa Winery

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Romantic Garden Wedding

To know me is to know that I love garden weddings.  Sure, give me a modern or traditional affair and I am all kinds of happy… but show me an al fresco soiree like this gorgeous gem styled by Dandelion Events and I can barely contain myself.  Because this, loves, is beautiful blooms from Tesoro Flowers meets all sort of romance from Mike Larson.  Needless to say: yes, please.  See it all in the here.

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From the Bride… Justin and I had been together for 10 years before we got engaged in May of 2012. We both went to graduate school after attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Justin went on to medical school in New Orleans, and I moved to Northern California to attend veterinary school. Throughout our relationship we had a very small and close group of family and friends that helped support us, our relationship, and our career goals. We wanted our wedding to not only celebrate our love for each other but also to thank all of our family and close friends that had supported us throughout the years.

We both grew up in Northern California and knew that we not only wanted to choose a wedding venue that celebrated the beauty of the state, but one that was also unique. Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma was the perfect place and we fell in love with it instantly, almost as quickly as with each other! Not only did we adore the beautiful scenery (the lush gardens, old world vines, rustic barn, and more modern tent), but we also were amazed by the variation in unique art pieces and installations scattered throughout the property. After deciding on the venue I was then able to focus on all of the details. I loved the idea of a rustic wedding but was terribly bored of constantly seeing weddings that highlighted mason jars and burlap. I wanted our wedding to exude the same rustic and romantic ambiance but in a different way-we used milk glass instead of mason jars, steered clear of burlap, and brought in assorted antique plates for dinner. Details were very important to me- incorporating finds from antique stores and Etsy, hand-made and decorated chalkboards, and a signature drink highlighting our love for our Italian greyhound all helped to express who we are as a couple.

Another wedding goal we had was to create a relaxed, intimate and romantic atmosphere. That really started with all of the vendors that we chose to help us celebrate our day. I tried very hard to not only hire vendors based on the quality of their work, but also on their individual personalities and who they truly were as people. I sincerely believe I lucked out with every single vendor that contributed to our wedding. Not only were they all amazing and talented at what they did, but they were all compassionate people whom genuinely cared about making our wedding one of the best days of our lives-for that I cannot thank any of them enough!

Good drinks, delicious food, and a talented cover band rounded out the priorities for our wedding. Local wines were featured, as well as two signature drinks. Sage Catering focuses on fresh, local produce and a “farm to table” ideology-there was no better way to celebrate one of the best regions for delicious food than to include them. They also provided us with tasty late-night snacks- mini BLTs and grilled cheese sandwiches-a hit with all of our guests! For dessert we decided to have an assortment of lemon bars, seven layer bars, and a delicious cake provided by Susie Cakes in Marin- their red velvet cake is out of this world! The music was provided by a cover band centered out of San Luis Obispo (a nod to where we met and fell in love). Live music really helped to create a fun and lively atmosphere and kept everyone dancing all night long.

Overall, our wedding was the best day of our lives and perfectly celebrated our love that we share for each other and those around us.

Photographer: Mike Larson | Videography: De Novo Studio | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Sage Events | Band: Matt Cross and the One Night Band | Groom's suit: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Jacqueline Eigen | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal | Cake Topper: Melting Pot Love | Cake/Desserts: Susie Cakes | Ceremony & Reception: Cornerstone Gardens | Flowers : Tesoro Flowers | Honeymoon: Cook Islands | Make-up/Hair: It's a Date at the Powder Room | Rentals: Dogwood | Styling/Day of Coordination: Leslie Struble at Dandelion Events

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