I couldn’t help but smile when unwrapping this gift of a wedding from Andi Hatch Photography. It’s a breath of fresh California air and filled to the brim with the things I love most. A sea of peonies in gorgeous wine country always makes me swoon, but when you top that off with a cute as can be couple? I am a goner. It’s all made even more stunning with the vintage pieces from One True Love Vintage Rentals, and you can see just what I am talking about right here (and it was also featured in Destination I Do!).
From the Bride… I’ve always dreamed of a romantic and elegant wedding in the wine country. Jim and I often visit Sonoma because it is the perfect getaway from the foggy city where we can be surrounded by gourmet food, wine and natural beauty. We also got engaged in Healdsburg so the wine country holds a special place in our hearts. Our family friend’s private estate in Sonoma was the perfect venue for our special day. The property is surrounded by lush vineyards, and the beautiful gardens have special meaning for us because many other family celebrations have taken place there. Everyone who was invited to the wedding was a person we knew well, and this contributed greatly to the extended family feel of our intimate occasion.
Jim and I had a lot of fun planning and designing our wedding together, and it was truly a collaborative effort. We both work in the design world and are passionate about food, so needless to say the decor and the menu were very important to us. It was so much fun putting our creative and project management skills together, to create our special day. We both share a DIY spirit and wanted to personally design elements of our wedding so that our day would reflect our personalities. Our wedding theme was rustic elegance.
We were engaged for 11 months, and as soon as I had the ring on my finger I could not wait to start planning every little detail! One bridesmaid who is a graphic designer created beautiful wedding invitations that set the tone for our theme and incorporated the oak tree and rustic shed that were on the private estate. We ordered rubber stamps with our custom art features and I lovingly hand stamped the art on every place card, favor hang tag and welcome gift bag. Jim built rustic wood directional signs that were placed all around the property. We asked Jim’s mom, who is a wonderful and most creative baker, to make our adorable wedding favors: homemade mini blueberry pies with heart cut-outs baked inside canning jars. She loved the idea, and the pies were a huge hit. A candy bar displayed our favorite old fashioned treats in apothecary jars along with a French macaroon tree made in our wedding colors. “A & J” moss-covered letter cut-outs appeared here and there around the property, and large “A & J” pale pink floral letters hung on the old oak tree that we were married under. I even asked my mother, who is a writer, to create a special poem that she would read during our ceremony. It was amazing, personal and touching. Even the groomsmen had tears in their eyes, not to mention our wedding guests. Love is in the details!
Our summery color palette featured blush pink, moss green and cream which complimented our vineyard setting. Our florist created elegant arrangements of blush peonies (my favorite!), pale pink and cream garden roses, green hydrangeas and viburnum in antique silver vases. The tables were dressed with rustic linen tablecloths, white china, vintage silver place settings, mercury glass votives and bottles of wine from the vineyard on the property. In keeping with our elegant theme, a canopy draped with soft white fabric and adorned with an elegant crystal chandelier was placed over the bridal table and curtains and mini chandeliers with tea lights hung from nearby pergolas. Vintage French country furniture was brought in to create intimate lounge areas on the lawn for guests to relax in.
One of my favorite details of the day was the vintage white Packard convertible getaway car with which I surprised Jim at the end of evening. I will never forget the look on his face when the car drove up to whisk us away after our sparkler send off. Even the weather did its best, with balmy breezes into the evening, when everyone from the three-year-old nephews to the grandparents danced and celebrated. We feel such gratitude to have warm and wonderful memories of a wedding that really was perfect, reflecting our love for each other and everyone who joined us on this most wonderful day in our lives.
Wedding Photography: Andi Hatch Photography / Second Shooter: Silvana di Franco Photography / Wedding Venue: A Private Estate in Sonoma, California / Wedding Coordinator: EL Events (Elainelan.firstname.lastname@example.org) / Floral Design: Cherries Flowers / Officiant: Kimberly Thompson / Caterer: Elaine Bell / Vintage rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals / Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals / Canopy + Chandelier: The Lux Productions / Ceremony Music: Sterling Trio / DJ: David Carvalho / Vintage Car: Classic Convertible Wine Tours / Letterpress Invitations: La Bon Vie Studio / Invitation + Stationery: Rachel Vrana, Bridesmaid / On-site Tailoring + Pressing : Sew Heidi De-Tailor (email@example.com) / Wedding Dress: Selia Yang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry : Haute Bride / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Watters / Grooms + Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein / Hair: Stella Rickett / Makeup: Audrey Crandell from Glowing Bridal