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Al Fresco Healdsburg Wedding

I can spot a California wedding from a mile away. There’s something about al fresco receptions and super cool vibes that set my heart a’ flutter time and time again. Add in lush bloomage from Dragonfly Floral plus photography by Bia Sampaio and Jason Walz, and you’ve got a wedding with “SMP” written ALL over it. Dive in right here.

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From Jason Walz Photography… When the Groom, one of my best friends, contacted me to say he was engaged, I was thrilled. We share memories going back to fourth grade, and there was no way I was going to miss being a guest at his wedding. Furthermore, even though he didn’t ask me to do so, there was no way I was not going to photograph his wedding as my gift!

The groom told me it would be a casual affair with good food in Sonoma, which sounded great. But I had no idea I that it would be a SUPERCOOL and SOPHISTICATED casual affair with amazing details to boot. After hearing more about his and his fiancee’s plans, however, I knew it wouldn’t take much to talk the fabulously talented photographer Bia Sampaio (who happens to be my wife) into putting the weekend aside to photograph alongside me.

Barndiva, simultaneously casual and chic, had the perfect vibe for a Sonoma wedding, as did the bride and groom’s attire, the flowers, the food, wine, etc! And the personal touches, such as having a best friend officiate the ceremony, another best friend MC the evening, and yet another best friend contribute intimate decor touches including a seating chart, table name boards and place cards, knocked the charm factor out of the park.

Photography: Jason Walz | Photography: Bia Sampaio | Floral Design: Dragonfly Floral | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Eric Trabert | Groom's Shoes: To Boot NY | Groom's Suit: Ted Baker | Guest Book: TotallySalinda | Venue: Barndiva

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Open Air Winery Wedding in Healdsburg, California

Of all the places to grow up, I would imagine Healdsburg to be one of the most picturesque. Plus, with it’s wine country allure, it probably makes picking a wedding location like Gustafson Family Vineyards a total no-brainer. Now enter this gorgeous Bride and her hometown wedding to her love. It’s simple, rustic elegance at its best with planning by Quintana Events, lots of orange blooms crafted by Floralisa  and all captured so beautifully by Wildflowers Photography. Click right here for more.

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From the Bride… I was born and raised in Healdsburg, Ca and I’ve seen it change from a quaint little agricultural town into a wine country hot spot. There are so many weddings in the area, at the same beautiful places – all places I could have chosen from, but I wanted something different. I wanted to get married somewhere people had never been (even the locals) and I wanted everyone’s breath to be taken away upon arrival. When I discovered Gustafson (new to the venue scene) I knew it was it! I knew my now husband would love it and all of our family and friends would be in awe and I was right.

Gustafson felt right for both of us. It was the perfect place to start our journey together as husband and wife. One of our best friends married us atop mountains of vineyards, over looking Lake Sonoma, surrounded by our best friends. It was like a dream, being there with Chris, in my beautiful hometown, declaring our love for all of our most cherished friends and family members to see.

We decided that we want our wedding theme to be simple, rustic elegance. The venue itself was stunning so we didn’t want to add a lot of decor as it wasn’t needed. Our colors were Navy and anything on the orange spectrum – think anything from sherbert to rust. My Dad made all of our centerpieces, our escort card holders and various other wood pieces out of 100 year old barn wood, which added the rustic element. My florist was amazing and created beautiful centerpieces with magnificent colors and truly captured our theme. We added a few fun elements that we felt were very “us” like snap bracelets and smore kits for everyone to take home and had late night sausages and burgers from the Wurst. It was a beautiful, warm summer evening and many of our guest chose to utilize the outside space. We had lounge chairs set up through the night and a cigar and bourbon bar. Our venue also had a ton of deck space and along with dancing and an inside lounge, there really was something for everyone!

Both Chris and I were very excited about our photographer, Joy Prouty from Wildflower’s Photography. She is insanely talented and we knew our wedding photos were going to be amazing. She also has amazing energy and is so comfortable to be around – she’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. It was such an honor to be photographed by her! I knew she would love the Madrone tree at our venue. It’s called the Heritage Tree and it’s huge! It’s thought to be the oldest Madrone in Sonoma County and is protected. As you can see in the photos, it’s just stunning. Before our wedding, I was hoping she would want us to climb up to a branch to take photos and sure enough we did! The photos are just amazing, like a fairytale, and I continue to be in awe by them.

The Monday after the wedding we jetted off to Italy for the most amazing and romantic honeymoon that Chris planned (seriously, the entire thing!) I’m such a luck girl in so many ways!

Photography: Wildflowers Photography | Event Planning: Quintana Events | Floral Design: Floralisa | Wedding Dress: Novella Bridal | Cake: Moustache Baked Goods | Catering: Baci Cafe and Wine Bar | Hair & Makeup: Brush Salon | String Quartet: Bella Rosa String Quartet | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: Weddington Way | Late night food: The Wurst | Winery: Gustafson Family Vineyards

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Something Blue Garden Wedding in Healdsburg

A wedding that truly reflects a couple’s personality and is unique in its approach to design and details is quite possibly the best of all. And I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get more unique, more undeniably gorgeous than a stunning blue Reem Acra gown or a garden affair that is all at once elegant and incredibly chic. See even more of the pretty blue details and that gown captured by Nima Salimi right here.

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From the Bride… Alex and I had a simple goal in mind throughout our wedding process – to do it a bit differently and mix the traditional with the non-traditional. Our first priority was location – set in gorgeous Healdsburg, we picked Copain Winery for our rehearsal dinner venue and the Barndiva art gallery for our wedding venue. We wanted the area and unique venues to do the heavy-lifting on decor, which they did in spades. The rest of our process simply became about how to have fun and mix things up a bit.

For starters, our invitation was a custom made ‘art box’ – the guest received a metal 6 x 6 tin box, which included the invitation (which Alex designed himself) along with a blank art canvas, 3 different paint colors, a paint brush and a word to interpret / paint onto the canvas. The guest’s finished canvas was their RSVP which they sent back to us. All of the canvases together formed an art installation backdrop for our ceremony the day of – and – the words, once all together, represented the vows Alex and I said to one another that day. Because each guest had a different word to paint, our program was simply a list of all of the words for guests to read at their seats.

Our rehearsal dinner was at Copain Winery. We hired 3 – 4 different food trucks for dinner instead of the traditional sit-down menu. Pizza Politana, Chairman Bao and Phat Salads & Wraps catered with their trucks on-site. Kara’s Kupcakes for dessert. We hired a local bluegrass band (four seniors in high school!) who jammed for 5 hours non-stop. Natural wood farm tables featured succulent centerpieces and mason jars with orange chevron napkins inside. All of the serveware used was made of eco-friendly bamboo, adding to the natural vibe of the decor.

For the Wedding Day, our emphasis was on great food, lively music and an open bar. We opted not to have a bridal party, but instead asked our immediate family (siblings & parents only) to do the processional with us. My father was our officiant; the only reading was done by our mothers who shared a family-written blessing – the one traditional element of our ceremony. Alex and I wrote custom vows, with a nod to the words from our invitations.

The dinner tablescape was clean, simple but sophisticated. Neutral grays & ivories, with accents of blues. Mixed shapes & sizes of cobalt blue bottles, featuring modern single stem white freesia and orchids. A navy pashmina on each of the ladies’ chairs in case of goosebumps. Escort cards hand written and displayed in grape crates. A jazz trio to kick off cocktail hour. Dinner was a 4-course tasting menu, done with Barndvia’s usual high-end standards. We decided against a traditional wedding cake, but instead indulged in individual, decadent chocolate domes (Alex is a chocoholic).

The Dress: all along, I knew I wanted to do something different, something RADICAL. Color was a must, but it took awhile to find the right blend of red-carpet moment meets bride. I ultimately decided on a Reem Acra gown in a shockingly bright blue. I’ll never forget the moment when, as the doors opened to walk down the aisle, the crowd erupted into cheers & applause. The exact shock value I was hoping for.

Alex and I decided against doing a First Dance or any of the other traditional wedding dances. It was more meaningful to me to bust-a-REAL-move with my father, than our pretending to know how to waltz. Alex and my’s last dance ended with a cluster of Alex’s closest buddies in a 4-tier human pyramid, which Alex scaled to the top of in total champion style.

Photographer: Nima Salimi | Florist: Dragonfly Floral | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Groom's Suit: Isaia | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Andi Scarbrough | Bride's Dress: Reem Acra | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Wedding Band: Anything She Wants | Wedding Catering: Barndiva | Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Barndiva