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Romantic Meets Rustic Wine Country Wedding

These two are adorable.  And their gorgeous wine country wedding?  Just as sweet.  It’s a blush-hued beauty planned to perfection by A Savvy Event that happens to feature one of the most beautiful settings you will ever see (hello there, BR Cohn Winery).  Think towering trees, rustic goodness and pretty blooms from Tesoro all wrapped up in one seriously amazing gallery from Emily Merrill for Kate Webber Photography.  See it here.

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From The Bride… If you believe in love at first sight, then this was it. I noticed Jason the second he walked into the grungy, old bar on Avenue A in NYC that rainy Wednesday night. He definitely did not notice me at first, but by the end of the night I made sure he had. We talked about anything and everything until we were the last people in the bar. He walked me home and planted a goodnight kiss on my lips that left me on cloud 9 – I haven’t come down since.

I had to work for my ring! I was led on a scavenger hunt that pointed me from one place to the next, each location having a special meaning behind it. Even more incredible, was that my clues were hand written letters from Jason that were presented to me by a surprise visitor that he had flown in for the occasion. I finally found Jason along Lake Michigan waiting patiently to propose – which was the same spot we decided to leave NYC and start a life together in Chicago. It was so special to have our friends and family from coast to coast join us in the Midwest to celebrate our engagement.

I had a very specific idea in my mind of how I pictured our wedding day – California, wine country, summertime, outdoors, strung lights, relaxed and intimate, so I was able to narrow down the options pretty quickly. BR Cohn offered exactly what I was looking for and more. Planning the wedding long distance, I relied heavily on Pinterest, blogs, etc. to view as many videos and images of the venue I could get my hands on.

Jason and I had different opinions of what “our song” was and what our first dance should be at our wedding. Eventually, Jason agreed to let me win and we danced to “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. In our vows, which we wrote ourselves, we promised to let the other person “win” from time to time. I stuck true to my vows and without Jason knowing, asked the band in advance to learn his choice of our first dance, “You and Me” by Penny and the Quarters, to play as the last song of the night. The second he heard the first note, he began to cry. We slow danced under the stars taking in what had just been the best day of our lives. We felt as though we were the only people within miles, even though we were surrounded by our closest friends and family. I will always smile when I think back to that moment.

Photography: Emily Merrill For Kate Webber Photography | Videography: Thomas Hughes Films | Wedding Planner: Meren Dehaze With A Savvy Event | Florist: Tesoro | Cake: Crisp Bake Shop | Catering: Alex's Catering | Hair And Make Up: Heart Amonos | Band: All Star Jukebox | Classic Car: Classic Convertable Wine Tours | Dance Floor: Bickner | Photo Booth: Night Owl Photography | Rentals: Wine Country Party | Transportation: Cable Car Classic Sightseeing | Venue: BR Cohn Winery

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Intimate Sonoma Wedding

True story: the second I saw this wedding, I emailed my (currently wedding planning) little sister and told her to be on the lookout for what is sure to be her dream wedding.  Am I hinting just a tad that I want to spend the weekend at the lovely Villa Montebella drinking wine and basking in some of the prettiest details I’ve ever seen?  Yes, I am.  Because this, friends, is one amazing celebration.  See it all captured by onelove Photography right here.

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From the Bride… It was really important to both us that our wedding not only represent us as a couple, but also represent our two amazing families coming together as one. We chose a venue that could host both our immediate families for a long weekend and got married on the property with Daniel’s dad as our officiant. My oldest brother walked me down the aisle and our seven nieces and nephews (ages two years old to seven years old) were our ‘bridal party.’ We were surrounded by nothing but love the entire weekend.

My design inspiration came from our incredible venue, Villa Montebella, a Tuscan inspired estate set in beautiful Sonoma, California. I knew I wanted to play up the Italian theme and also create a setting that was both casual and elegant. I incorporated olive branches in everything – my bouquet, the men’s boutonnieres, the table arrangements, and specially created bracelets that we all wore in memory of my father. I complimented these details with rustic elements such as burlap welcome bags and TOMS shoes for the boys. Other details included an herb table of lavender, rosemary, rose petals, and basil where guests filled paper cones to toss at us at the end of the ceremony. And lastly, my favorite detail was our toasting glasses, the same coup glasses that were used at my parents wedding in 1975.

I plan events for Cartier for a living, so a lot of my inspiration came from past events that I’ve thrown as well as attended.

Enjoy every second and just remember it will be the best day of your life no matter what.

It poured rain all day the day of our wedding, the first time it rained in Sonoma in six months! Then out of nowhere the clouds parted, the sun came out and we had picture perfect weather for our ceremony and reception. Its truly a highlight of our day I will never forget!

Photography: Onelove Photography | Coordinator: Kennedy Scott Events | Caterer: The Girl and the Fig | Hair and Makeup: Sarah Potempa | Ceremony and Reception: Villa Montebella | Florals: The Monkey Flower Group | Live Band: Vintage Grass | Paper Goods: Brown Linen Design | Paper Goods: Soho Letterpress | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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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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