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Rustic Elegant Fall Wedding at Chateau St. Jean

I’ve developed quite a crush on this whole celebration. It started with the beautiful bride and her stop-everything-and-stare dress. And then it was the venue itself, decked out in pretty florals by Vanda Floral Design and La Tavola’s bright linens. But really, it all comes down to the gorgeous images from Koman Photography – and their gallery in our VAULT is what I like to call my new happy place – see it all here!

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From the Bride… Jason and I got married in wine country, during the harvest. The outdoor vineyard setting was not only a beautiful backdrop, but it was also meaningful to us. We went wine tasting on one of our first dates… our first trip together was to wine country… Jason proposed to me after a day of wine tasting in Malibu. Needless to say, it felt appropriate to get married at a winery. A few weeks after Jason and I got engaged, we took a trip to Sonoma from our home in Los Angeles. My parents had recently moved to Sonoma, so they took us around town to some of their favorite vineyards and wineries. As soon as we stepped foot on the grounds of Chateau St. Jean, we knew it was where we wanted to get married!

Once the venue was selected, it was easy to get an idea of the kind of wedding we wanted to have. We pictured a wedding that was equally fun, natural and romantic, like our relationship. Chateau St. Jean was the perfect venue to have a soft and sweet outdoor ceremony, as well as a lively dance-party reception! We wanted the ceremony and reception to feel sophisticated yet easy-going. We chose a light, rustic color scheme that complemented the earth tones of the autumn grapevines. The floral arrangements were neutral but eye-catching. The scenery was airy and ethereal.

Donna Sievers, at Pineapple Planet, was an attentive and caring wedding planner who really understood the idyllic-yet-elegant “feel” we wanted for our wedding. She got to know Jason and I, and incorporated personal touches into every detail. She knew how much we love our French bulldog, Dyson, so she decorated the lounge furniture with subtle, chic French bulldog pillows! I am a busy litigation attorney in Los Angeles, without much free-time for wedding planning, so it was a huge blessing to know that our out-of-town wedding was in truly amazing hands. Pineapple Planet worked closely with my mother to really bring my visions to life! John and Marlene, of Koman Photography, brilliantly captured every aspect of the event. The photos they shot gloriously depicted the charming ceremony, the delicate details and the fun crowd.

I wore a gorgeous low-back, long-sleeve wedding gown by Berta that made me feel both ladylike and sexy. Jason wore a sleek navy blue Hugo Boss suit, which was complemented by his groomsmen’s navy suspenders and bowties. My bridesmaids wore champagne colored convertible dresses; each girl was able to style the top of the dress however she wanted. I loved this idea because I had ten bridesmaids who were all able to feel pretty and comfortable wearing the same dress! Thanks to our family, friends, planners and vendors, our wedding was more exquisite than we could have dreamed of!

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Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Imperial Video | Event Planning: Pineapple Planet | Floral Design: Vanda Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Berta | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White House Black Market | Catering: Grapevine Catering | DJ: Runaway DJ | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Chateau St. Jean | Chiavari Chairs: Especially Yours | Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Menus + Place Cards: Egg Farm Lane | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | String Ensemble: Musical Heart Strings

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Classic Wedding at The Berkeley City Club + A Giveaway!

When it comes to booking your vendor dream team, finding that perfect photographer is a pretty big deal. They capture the moments you’ll treasure forever, and that’s where Magnolia Weddings comes in. In the words of Erich of Magnolia, “I love bringing the couple’s story to life in their images,” and that’s exactly what he did for this sweet couple wed at the Berkeley City Club. Get lost in the gallery and don’t miss a major Magnolia Weddings giveaway below.

From Magnolia Weddings... This wedding took place at a California Historic Landmark, the Berkeley City Club. The historical society designation says that architect Julia Morgan’s “Moorish and Gothic elements created a landmark of California design.”

Not only was there distinctive architecture as the backdrop but the library, courtyard and pool all added to the elegance of the wedding. The courtyard provided a great romantic spot for the bride and groom’s first look. The library was perfect for the groom and groomsmen to hang out and drink scotch in while they waited for the ceremony.

The couple met at a crossfit class–in fact the groom was the instructor. I think the story of ‘law school student finds love at the crossfit gym’ is the perfect set up to a romantic comedy. At the wedding they enjoyed themselves throughout, making each other laugh and having a great time dancing with friends and family.

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The Prize: Magnolia Weddings is giving away the winner’s choice of either a deluxe engagement portrait session (within a 40 mile radius of San Francisco) or $400 off a wedding package!

To Enter: Simply visit Magnolia Weddings and leave a comment below telling us which style wedding (rustic, modern, classic, etc.) most closely matches your own style.

To Win: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, January 29.

Terms & Conditions: Can be found right here.

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Photography: Magnolia Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Berkeley City Club | Reception Venue: Berkeley City Club

Candlelit Sonoma Golf Club Wedding

This day is peppered with moments like this and this and this that easily remind me of why I love waking up to Style Me Pretty everyday. Beaming smiles, verges of tears and pure newlywed excitement. Mint Photography captured that wedding glow in this Sonoma soiree so perfectly, as they do. It’s why we love ’em and it’s why we can’t get away from their images freshly added to THE VAULT.

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From Mint PhotographyShelby and Matt had a gorgeous fall wedding at the amazing Sonoma Golf Club. They started off their day at the Fairmont where they did a first look along with a devotional and it was one of the sweetest moments we’ve seen. From the first look to the ceremony to the late night partying and exit in a vintage fire truck…this couple was beyond sweet and fun, and we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of it. We enjoyed being able to capture these sweet memories in one of the most beautiful places we’ve photographed so far!

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Photography: Mint Photography | Coordination: Laurie Noble | Floral Design: Sonoma Flowers | Makeup: Hilary Buecher | Hair: Peace N Beauty Salon | Venue: Sonoma Golf Club | Alterations: Christina Vanni | Photography Assistance: Kate Anfinson Photography

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