How We Met AJ’s Uncle Bob was my High School history teacher and I became life-long friends with his two sons, Mike and Matt. AJ moved in with his cousin Mike shortly after college. It wasn’t until then, that Mike had the bright idea of putting his match-making skills to the test. Our first meeting included a dinner party with mutual friends, Cards of Humanity and AJ accidentally spraying red wine all over the ceiling.
Engagement Christmas has always been my favorite holiday and a time that we both love sharing with family and friends. AJ proposed Christmas morning, while opening gifts, at my childhood home in Walnut Grove, CA. Both of our families were present and his grandparents from Texas even flew in for the surprise!
Wedding Details AJ and I both grew up on a chain of islands situated in the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta, this was the inspiration behind our seating chart. We had a custom map designed of all the islands. Each guests name tag had their name and their corresponding latitude/longitude coordinates. The guest would find their name tag, go up to the map, follow their coordinates and see which island they were sitting on. Each table was named a different island.
The wedding of Camelia and Mark was majestic and sweet as the rain clouds hovered throughout the afternoon. A ray of sunshine was destined to peek through as guests patiently awaited the wedding party to enter the ceremony at Sonoma Golf Club. The wind blew the soft ivory drapery and crystal chandelier every so lightly where the romantic bride and groom would say ‘I Do’ and exchange their vows. Garlands of bay and pink roses adorned the staircase railing creating an enchanting look and feel that added a special touch of sweetness to the wedding festivities. As in wine country, 2 barrels lined either side of the aisle with tall gold floral arrangements making the centerpiece of the ceremony pop with a dreamy flare. Gorgeous bridesmaids wore soft pink gowns and the groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos, making this an elegant cocktail affair. The beautiful bride wore the ultimate flowy gown by Hayley Paige that paired perfectly with her loose hand tied bouquet of ivory garden roses, ranunculus, olive, majolica and spray roses tied in ivory satin.
The decor was filled with a romantic color palette of white, ivory, blush, gold and black. La Tavola Linen draped the dining tables and sweetheart table with mixed metal votives, stunning centerpieces and custom table names with the places the bride and groom have traveled to around the world. Greenery strung on the 4 chandeliers hanging over the dance floor was the perfect addition to make the design come together.
The 4-tier ivory wedding cake was absolutely stunning with embellished gold and silver accents and textures. The Mr. and Mrs. and their guests enjoyed the sweet flavors of s’mores by the open fire after dinner. Everyone snuggled up with white fleece throws and embraced the love for Camelia and Mark. It was the perfect day to celebrate such a romantic couple. We wish them so much love and happiness!
Take everything you love about a Tuscan-style wedding – think gorgeous garland, organic, loose bouquets, and olive branch details and pair it with black tie elegance. The result? This wedding designed by So Eventful. You’d never know this Italian-inspired day actually took place in Sonoma, and we’re happily welcoming the images from Michele Beckwith into The Vault.
From The Bride…Under the guidance of Marisa (planner), our florist and vendors, we chose a soft color palette that would complement our “Tuscan black tie” wedding aesthetic and highlight the already beautiful Mayacama backdrop. Aubriana Kasper at The Bloomery Co. hit the nail on the head with gorgeous green garlands, organic and loose bouquets and a show-stopping ceremony arch. Greg’s love and extensive knowledge of animals was brought to life through the magical watercolor paintings by the Maid of Honor Eva Babiak. Bridesmaid Danielle McWaters custom-designed the invitation suite and all wedding-related paper goods, including the olive oil gift tags. Grandparents of the bride donated their own Machado Vineyards’ olive oil to be “bottled with love” and set at each guest’s place setting…Greg’s groomsmen walked out to the Game of Thrones theme, and we recessed in celebration with a favorite Brazilian samba song played by samba drummers leading guests to cocktail hour. Thanks to friends, family, vendors, Mayacama, and the incredible So Eventful team we had an unforgettable wedding weekend at a venue that we will return to again and again to relive the beautiful memories of our special day.