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Soft, Romantic Sonoma Winery Wedding

If I could crawl through my computer screen and spend the rest of my days in this Sonoma lovefest, I’d be a happy, happy girl. It’s soft and elegant in a fuss-free kind of way, all thanks to the beautiful talents of Stephanie LarsonRincon Flowers and Kristen WoodThey’re the creative geniuses behind this gorgeous affair and you can click right here for sooooo much more.

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From Kristen Wood… When I first met with Thea and Uriah, it was like we knew each other for a long time. It was one of those meetings that was serendipitous —we had so much in common.

Not only was this a dreamy wedding to photograph, so was the couple. The breathtaking views from the hill overlooking the ceremony, Thea’s grace (and her gorgeous wedding gown), Uriah’s good humor, Stephanie Larson’s Event Planning as well as B.R. Cohn’s very own Vallerie Cohn—all made this wedding come together so wonderfully.

Both Thea and Uriah are passionate about good, local food, and it’s worth mentioning that Uriah’s father owns an organic farm in Sonoma, so naturally Glen Ellen was a perfect location for their nuptials.

From the Bride… The minute we stepped foot at B.R. Cohn, we knew it was the right venue. We had wanted our wedding to take place in wine country as we both grew up close by in Northern California. The vineyard views and understated, elegant setting was the perfect backdrop for our relaxed, fun vibe. Despite a short engagement – exactly 4 months! – everything seemed to fall into place.

We were very lucky to have some of the most amazing vendors – from our wonderful photographer, Kristen Wood, to the best wedding coordinator, Stephanie Larson – who were both able to seamlessly orchestrate our vision. Rather than being confined to certain colors, we went with a pastel theme and chose beautiful wildflower arrangements from Rincon Flowers in San Francisco. A very special touch was that we were married by Uriah’s mom — who was surprisingly able to hold it together, shedding just a few discreet tears :)

Our favorite part of the day was right after first look photos, before the ceremony. We were surrounded by all of our family and closest friends drinking champagne, laughing and reminiscing before the big celebration. It was a perfect transition into the most magical day.

Photography: Kristen Wood | Event Planning: Stephanie Larson | Floral Design: Rincon Flowers | Wedding Dress: LaSposa | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | DJ: Paul Timberman | Venue: B.R. Cohn Winery

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California Winery Wedding from Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Wrapping up a day full of pretty is a wedding so very special, we had to save it for last. Set amongst California’s ever so lovely wine country, these next nuptials deliver all the understated elegance to make a wedding lover’s heart swoon. Equal parts rustic and chic, this wedding is chock-full of sweet little details that will only make you wish you’d been invited. The entire day was effortlessly executed by Downey Street Events and captured behind the lens of Edyta Szyszlo, with every last beautiful image waiting for you right here!

 

From Edyta Szyszlo Photography… Inspired by rolling hills blanketed in vines, the charm of the Sonoma town square, and the nostalgia of the groom’s wine country marriage proposal, Elaine Randlett and Michael Hayes decided to host their wedding ceremony and reception at B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, California on July 28th, 2012. Shaded by an old oak tree in the center of the vineyard, ninety of the couple’s closest friends and family members (many of whom flew in from Brazil!) sipped basil scented lemonade while they waited for the ceremony to begin. Notes of Pachelbel’s Canon in D floated through the air as the bride entered. After literary readings from friends and family, the last being an excerpt from “Winnie the Pooh,” the Cal grads recited their own marriage vows. Wedding-goers sent the newlyweds down the aisle in a tunnel of bubbles to the tune of “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles, played by a string quartet, before they sped off in a convertible trailing a “Just Married” sign. 

Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres poolside before taking their dinner seats. Tea-stained escort cards tied to vintage keys with ombré ribbon along with beautiful calligraphed place cards helped guests find their way to their tables. The bride’s vision for the dining area was a warm, intimate experience that exuded a feeling of elegant rusticity. Italian bistro lights strung across branches illuminated the olive grove where wooden queen’s tables and linen table runners set the stage for rose and hydrangea centerpieces nestled between glowing votive candles and wrought iron lanterns. The caterer and Elaine, owner of Mint Studios Pilates in San Francisco, collaborated on a menu that focused on fresh, healthy flavors.

The live band had guests dancing the night away on their Kara’s Cupcakes sugar high. To ensure comfort on the dance floor, ladies could find flip flops to substitute for heels in a vintage suit case. Off the dance floor, guests were encouraged to dress up in props for the photo booth pictures, and then insert notes of love and best wishes for the happy couple in a custom made guest book. The groom, an avid golfer, was surprised by the Groom’s cake, a giant red velvet (the groom’s all-time favorite!) golf ball dated 07-28-12, that was presented just after the traditional cutting of their 3-tiered cake decorated with blush and cream florals. Michael in his navy suit and Elaine in her ivory lace dress were all smiles as they made their way back to the the Fairmont Hotel, reminiscing about their favorite moments of the day.

Wedding Photography Edyta Szyszlo Photography / Venue: B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, California / Floral Design: Tesoro Flowers / Wedding Coordination: Cassandra O’Gara of Downey Street Events / Wedding Catering: Elaine Bell Catering / Wedding Cake: Patisserie Angelica / Wedding Cupcakes: Kara’s Cupcakes / Wedding Stationery: Paper Source / Ceremony Music: Bellarosa String Quartet / Band: Keith Johnson All Stars / Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Necklace: Heirloom from Bride’s Mother-in-Law /  Bride’s Earrings: Nardi via Nordstrom / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Hair + Makeup: Meganne McCandess / Groomsmen’s Suits: Michael Kors

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Glen Ellen Wedding at Beltane Ranch by Kate Harrison Photography

As a young girl growing up on the breathtaking Beltane Ranch watching weddings on the property, this beautiful Bride dreamed of the day when she could do the same. When that day finally showed it’s pretty face, it turned out to be a stop-in-your-tracks, succulent-filled soiree that surpassed her wildest dreams. With Kate Harrison Photography behind the lens to capture all the magic and some of Sonoma’s finest to make her dream day a reality – like the deliciously talented caterers at The Girl & the Fig – it most certainly turned into a soiree that will go down in Sonoma history. See it all here!

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From the Bride… This was a life-long dream in the making as I was lucky enough to grow up on the beautiful Beltane Ranch. My family’s historic ranch in the heart of Sonoma Valley has hosted many absolutely gorgeous weddings over the decades. My mom and my grandmother first started welcoming these magical occasions in the ’70s, and I’ve observed the numerous, carefully-curated details from as early as I can remember. The experience was one as personal and special as I could imagine is possible. It was an honor to be able to unite my husband and his fantastic family with mine, in the meaningful setting of the land my family has cared for for five generations. The incredibly talented Kate Harrison photographed our dream day.

Steven and I are both native Californians and chose to honor our home state’s unique history, including our Mexican-American heritage as “Alta California” in the style of our wedding. We included accents such as extraordinary Latin-inspired cuisine by The Girl & The Fig and the best Mariachi band around! Starting 10 months ahead, my mom and I grew everything we wanted for the flowers (personal, centerpieces, aisle, etc) including thousands of succulents, Calla lilies and Lobelia. The morning of our wedding we picked everything we needed, including tons of Spanish moss, olive branches and over 10 varieties of succulents, which doubled as favors as guests helped themselves (from the brunch the next morning) and replanted all over the country! Wine & Olive Oil: Our estate-grown wine and olive oil proved an ideal match for the seared scallops, and we also gave half bottles of wine with custom labels as favors. My mom and I designed the flower girl dresses, searched endlessly for the perfect ribbon and tulle, and my mom cut the patterns and sewed each dress. We bent old ranch vineyard ties into long hooks, stuck them into the ground and hung with recycled mason jars, each wrapped in gold mesh, holding a votive and strung up with rusty baling wire. For the table runners, I sourced bulk black cotton and loose burlap to hand-make each of our double-layer, frayed burlap runners. We made escort tags by spray painting Kraft tags black and punching with a Martha Stewart hole punch. My brother, husband and his father hung Mexican Tin star lights in the trees (a gift my dad bought us in Los Barriles, Mexico), and accented with hand-punched recycled cans in the lounge area.

My husband recently completed photographing Chef Sondra Bernstein’s (of The Girl & the Fig) new coffee table cookbook, Plats du Jour. We were ecstatic to have Sondra not only attend our wedding, but design the most extraordinary Latin-influenced menu, served family-style, including locally sourced ingredients with an adventurous edge. Our spectacular cake was a gift from my best friend’s parents, and it was served alongside handmade natural ice cream by our local Michoacana. We were incredibly lucky to serve and enjoy the fabulous wines hand-crafted by our our neighbors, friends and guests, including the Benziger family, Kunde family, Unti, MacLeod family and our Beltane Ranch Sauvignon Blanc. It was such a unique experience to actually attend an event and enjoy the setting at its prime in the company of the people who make it what it is….our entire staff was there! That was a real treat!

Wedding Photography: Kate Harrison Photography / Wedding Venue: Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen, California (The Bride’s Family Home) / Wedding Consultation + Coordination: Off the Beaten Path Weddings / Personal Flowers: Jenny Powers, Using All Home-Grown Flowers from the Ranch / Centerpieces: Home-Grown + DIY by the Bride & Friends / Catering: Chef Sondra Bernstein of The Girl & the Fig / Wedding Cake: Michele’s Corner Cakers / Ice Cream: Michoacana Natural Ice Cream of Sonoma / Officiant: Chief Peter Van Fleet of Glen Ellen Volunteer Fire Department (The Father of a Friend of the Bride) / Wedding Invitations + Menus: William Arthur via Corrick’s / Ceremony Guitar: San Francisco Conservatory of Music / Cocktail + First Dance Music: Mariachi Jalisco de Sacramento (916-455-8631) / DJ: Matt Napier of Santa Ana / Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events / Favors: Half Bottles of Beltane Ranch Estate Sauvignon Blanc / Lighting: Punched Tin Stars Purchased in Los Barriles, Mexico / After-Party Food: Tacos el Gitano / Transportation: Sonoma Valley Unified School District Buses / Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez Spring 2011 Collection (Look #13 in the Website’s Slideshow) via Saks Fifth Avenue / Shoes: Martinez Valero / Earrings: TEJANI / Hair: Heather at Salon Novo / Makeup: Rahnie Smith / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LulaKate in Phantom Silk Dupioni via Bella Bridesmaid / Flower Girl Dresses: DIY by the Mother of Bride / Rings: Custom by Dan at Halem & Company in Sonoma  / Additional Consulting: Mary Dann Wedding and Party Coordinators

LulaKate and TEJANI are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.