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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

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Great Gatsby Wedding in California

If ever there was a wedding theme that will most definitely stand the test of time…it just might be the Great Gatsby. With the romantic silhouettes, the nod to all things luxury and the focus on pure, unfiltered fun. So when Enjoy Events Co. got their hands on this next beauty, they took Gatbsy Gorgeousness and cranked it up a few notches. Click here to see so much more from photographer Scott Andrew!

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From Enjoy Events CoLindsay and Josh approached us with the 1920′s concept from the get go. Lindsay had that artistic, spunky spirit so we knew we were a match made in heaven. Although unplanned, the Great Gatsby movie was due out in theatres that very month – and their guests were beyond excited.

While we didn’t want to replicate an already hyped up concept – we dug a little deeper to find out what made Lindsay and Josh really tick. What items did they love in their home? What did they love to do? Lindsay, an incredible artist herself, didn’t have to do much explaining – her love for the natural world and the artifacts around her were the perfect launching point for the combined concept…”Great Gatsby meets natural curiosity.” And, so enter the wedding (and darling couple) that started our wedding season off with a bang!

Their wedding was held in picturesque Healdsburg, California on the family’s private home. Construction began on the property months prior creating the perfect canvas for such an event. A straight vertical hill was transformed into a stunning ceremony location and a once barren meadow created the platform for the breathtaking reception tent. It was there that guests would feast on a divine meal from Sage Catering, drink specialty cocktails from the fellas of Pharmacie LA, and dance the night away to a 6-piece band and crooner dressed in a white tux.

Lindsay and Josh pulled up to their reception in an authentic 1927 Stutz Limousine where tables, adorned in elegant wild florals designed by Shotgun Floral Studio, overlooked the exquisite view that is Wine Country. Guests were dressed to the nines and Lindsay received oo’s and aww’s from the crowd with her stunning Jenny Packham wedding dress. Eclectic finds from Found Vintage Rentals, curious elements from the masters of apothecary and taxonomy, Paxton Gate, along with flatware and glassware from Casa de Perrin transformed the space and tied in some of that 1920’s flavor. The evening came to a close with quite an epic finale – as everyone danced under a shower of confetti, the sky lit up with a surprise fireworks show that left the couple and all their guests speechless.

Photography: Scott Andrew Studio | Cinematography: Lovespun Films | Event Planning: Enjoy Events Co. | Floral Design: Shotgun Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Wedding Cake: Susie Cakes | Catering: Sage | Lighting: Got Light? | Band: Doug Acosta | Apothecary & Taxonomy Rentals: Paxton Gate | Bar Service: Pharmacie LA | Classical String Trio: Elan Artists | Fireworks: Pyrospectaculars by Souza | Linens: La Tavola | Photobooth: Tomfoolery | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Tent: Zephyr Tents | Vintage Car: Elegant Journey Limousine | Vintage Lounges: Found Vintage Rentals

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Intimate Vine Hill House Wedding

No doubt about it, a California vineyard is a magical place to get married.  It’s soft and romantic, classic and sophisticated and possesses this movie-like quality that is always, always breathtaking.  And this intimate Vine Hill House affair?  It’s all of the above with some sweet DIY florals and an entire gallery of pretty captured by Jamie Grenough Photography.  Join me there for more.

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From Jamie Grenough Photography… Shannon and Mark were married in Healdsburg, Ca. at the Vine Hill House. It’s a small and intimate venue with Redwoods and vineyards all around. There was no formal planner, although Dan, who runs the property (and lives in the house adjacent) helped with the day of coordination and took care of every detail. He even made sure the ceremony time was perfectly aligned with afternoon, soft light. It was a simple, intimate and beautiful day.

Photography: Jamie Grenough Photography | Floral Design: DIY | Ceremony & Reception Location: Vine Hill House | Day-of Coordination: Vine Hill House

Elegant Healdsburg Wedding at Barndiva

If you were to ask me to pin down my favorite type of fête, I would first become a flustered mess because picking a favorite is nearly impossible, and then, when I gained my composure, I would say that I adore a wedding that is simple, yet elegant. Timeless and classic. A wedding that looks just like this one from Matt Edge Wedding Photography. Because this is a soiree that will never go out of style, and after pouring through this gallery you’ll see all the reasons why.

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From the Bride…We met six years ago as cubicle mates in a New York office. It was in this drab romantic setting that we went from coworkers to friends to boyfriend and girlfriend. Our relationship then endured three years of distance (and a love/hate relationship with Amtrak) as we attended law school in Boston and Philadelphia. We now live in Boston’s Sowa neighborhood, where we found our invitation specialist, Rob Charlton of Goosefish Press, and our calligrapher, Emily Gallardo.

Our wedding was on August 24th in Healdsburg, California. It’s a quaint, wine-country town that is special to our relationship. Jenny’s family has a home just outside the town’s center, where we both studied for the bar exam a few summers ago. Our venue, Barndiva, is an idyllic northern California property with a first-class restaurant, an outdoor garden, and a spacious art gallery that converts into a dance floor. The team at Barndiva, led by Lukka Feldman, handled every detail and day-of stress with graceful ease. Our special request for a cordless, vintage microphone? Not a problem. Wedding crashers at our reception (who even instagrammed their plot)? Handled without anyone noticing.

We wanted to keep our wedding modern and minimal with a touch of East Coast formality. The goal was simple elegance. We knew the setting itself would provide fantastic light and color (thank you, California in August), so we used gold accented china and chiavari chairs, alongside neutral toned linens and flowers. In lieu of a traditional guest book, we had guests fill out postcards from various, meaningful places in our lives. The cards were then sent to our apartment back east while we honeymooned. As a gift, we handed out Whoopie Pies, a nod to Dan’s father’s favorite New England dessert.

Photography: Matt Edge Wedding Photography | Floral Design: Dragonfly Floral | Wedding Dress: Marisa | Invitations: Goosefish Press | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Make-Up: Stacy McClure | Hair: John Vella | Calligraphy: Emily Gallardo | Ceremony/Reception: Barndiva | Groom's Suit (Custom Made): Astor & Black | Linens: La Tavola | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Hotel Healdsburg | Table/Chair Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Healdsburg Country Gardens Wedding

We’ve always known California weddings to be some of the most lovely, most romantic, most take-your-breath-away “I dos” around. So when we saw this garden beauty took place in Healdsburg, let’s just say we weren’t all too surprised. It’s the kind of wedding that happens when you round up vendors like The Great RomanceLa Fleuriste and Kale Fitch Films, and there’s sooooo much more waiting right here.

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From the Bride… Kalpesh and I have always shared a love of adventure and travel. Having lived apart in different cities, we dated long distance for several years and visited many cities throughout the world before finally settling down in California. It was important that our wedding day be a reflection of the journey we shared not only with each but with our closest friends and family, and that our new life together as a married couple would be…our best trip yet.

Keep it local. The moment we stepped foot on the grassy lawn overlooking the huge oak tree with panoramic views of rolling vineyards, we had our heart set on getting married at the Healdsburg Country Gardens. Kalpesh’s side was flying in from Minnesota and other parts of the country, so it was important to make it “California” and “bay area” focused, which is why we chose a Sonoma vineyard setting as something unique to the region that family and friends could experience. We worked with local caterers from the restaurant The Girl and The Fig who grow their own vegetables and even customized an all vegetarian menu at our request. I met the owner of a dahlia farm at the local farmers market where I purchased all the flowers for the table settings and even got to pick them up fresh on the morning of the wedding! In lieu of a cake, we served delicious cupcakes from the bakery downtown that sourced their seasonal ingredients from neighboring farms.

Make it personal. One of the biggest projects we collaborated on for our wedding was individual mini prints of each guest used as escort cards. We spent months ‘facebook stalking’ and finding favorite photos of each friend and family member. Many elements of the wedding were hand-crafted and hand-written, such as the programs, menu & bar signs and favors. We both loved putting time and effort into our craft projects since the day reminded us of all the creations we had partnered on together. One of my other favorite creative projects included working with Michele from If An Hour in designing my simple and timeless wedding gown.

Recruit friends and family. Our close friend, Steve, married us and did a great job of bringing in elements of both our Vietnamese and Indian traditions, our love of traveling, and our amazing family and friends into the union. Our talented friend Julianne of Prettyologie, did my bridal makeup and my bridesmaids all pitched in to help with my hair. Having chosen to forego a wedding planner, so many of our friends and family stepped in to help us set up decorations, put together programs, coordinate the ceremony and even MC our reception. It truly was a team effort!

Leave it to the experts. We did a tremendous amount of research before booking each and every one of our vendors. So when the time came, there was no question that we would love all of the creative genius, attention to detail and thoughtfulness that went into making our wedding so amazing. We could not thank our vendors enough and would recommend all of them in a heartbeat! They are phenomenal!

From the Groom… My favorite moment was before the wedding started when we had our first look. I had recently seen an article of “first look” reactions so I thought I would have one picked out, but I think I went thru several emotions of amazement since Cindy looked so beautiful. We had this great shared moment of just the two of us talking, laughing and holding hands before the wedding festivities kicked off.

Photography: The Great Romance | Videography: Kale Fitch Films | Floral Design: La Fleuriste | Cupcakes: Mustache Bakery | Bride's shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Topshop | Catering: The Girl & The Fig | Makeup: Prettyologie | Groom's Attire: H&M | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Venue: Healdsburg Country Gardens | Bride's gown: Michele Woodford/If An Hour | Groomsmen Attire: H&M | Henna/Mehndi Artist: Ritual By Design | Music: Verducci Event Productions – DJ Jared | Photobooth: Gary Sexton

Intimate Copain Winery Wedding

California winery weddings are in a league all their own. They’re the al fresco soirees that steal our hearts Every. Single. Time. and thanks to Matt Edge, we’re adding this lovely to the list. With the most pin-able moments and steal-worthy style, you can get lost in every second of this farm table affair right over here!

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From the Bride… Brent and I share a passion for amazing food and wine; in our five years of dating, we’ve taken numerous trips to wine regions up and down California. It seemed a perfect fit to invite our family and friends to experience something that we had enjoyed over and over throughout our relationship. We had visited Healdsburg the year before the wedding, not surprisingly on the tail end of our engagement trip! One afternoon while sitting high on a ridge, we looked at each other, the beauty of the setting, and knew that we had honed in on the place for our celebration; it only took one trip to their property to know that we found the perfect place for our nuptials. Copain had been amongst our favorite wine producers for some time, they were gracious to host our wedding, and their coordinator was simply awesome.

We decided from the beginning what was important to us; a heartfelt ceremony with our close friends and family, amazing food, and a lot of dancing. Brent’s childhood friend Adam delivered a ceremony that, along with our guests I’m sure, we’ll remember fondly for years to come. The winery at Copain is absolutely stunning, and the views don’t really need much competition. With that in mind, we kept the décor and the color palette simple. White flowers in milk glass vases that my girlfriends and I collected, neutral linens (runners handmade by my mother-in-law), and little else. You can see in our pictures that guests spent the night lounging in the Adirondack chairs, mesmerized by the scene.

In the end, we both could not be happier with the celebration. The wines were amazing, the food was delicious, and the company was even better. We kept the guest list small and intimate, not an easy feat, but we are happy with the way it turned out. By the end of the weekend, everyone seemed to know each other and it felt like our families all grew together. Our advice would be to know what is important to you, spend your time and energy on only those things, and don’t stress the rest. When else will you have the most important people in your life, in one place, at one time? At the end of the day, you’re married to your best friend, what’s better than that?

Photography: Matt Edge Wedding Photography | Planner: Hollie Schulze | Planner: Hollie Schulze | Floral Design: Dragonfly Floral | Wedding Dress: Ivy and Aster | Stationary: hmhippie | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Catering: DL Catering | DJ: Greg Gioia | Grooms Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna | "To Have and To Hold" Cozies: BrandX | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Copain Winery | Hair Piece: Etsy | Hair/Make-up: Tia Reagan with Freebird Productions | Mala Beads: Silver & Sage | Table and Chair Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Wedding Cake and Desserts: FlourGirl