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Romantic Blushing Affair in Wine Country

September can go either way in terms of seasonal style. End of summer bash or a pretty fall affair? This beauty lies somewhere in the middle and it has a crazy team of talent behind all the gorgeous details. Talent like Jasmine Star, a photographer who knows beautiful imagery like the back of her hand and Jacin of Lovely Little Details , a designer who’s details are the ones we favorite time and again. See all their handiwork right here.

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From The Bride…We were looking for a romantic, outdoor location in wine country. Boot Hill at Kunde Family Estates was our dream site with huge live oak trees and 360-degree views of harvest-time vineyards. Gorgeous!! We wanted to allow the rustic beauty of the vineyards to take center stage, so all our décor was chosen to complement the views. Our colors were warm and natural (blush, coral, gold, and dark greens), and the chairs, linens, and table settings were a blend of rustic and romantic. Because the views were phenomenal, we kept the décor simple with only small succulents lining the aisle and large paper flowers on the oak behind the wedding party. We didn’t want to go with an “autumn” feel but wanted to keep the florals very indigenous and natural – think dahlias & ranunculus – and also mixed in seasonal fruit such as pomegranates, pears, apples and kumquats. Everything had a very “just picked” feel to it and nothing was too stuffy. The star of the show was the cafe au lait dahlia which made an appearance in my bouquet and some of the centerpieces. Here’s a few wedding planning tips: 1. Create a budget range and then prioritize the components of the wedding that are most important. Then realize that the actual cost can run 10 to 20 percent “over” budget, so plan accordingly! 2. Start looking at venues early to have the most choices. For example, the location venues we considered already began to fill 9-12 months prior to our desired wedding month. 3. If having an outdoor wedding, consider provisions for inclement weather. A tent to calm a windy day and/or keep guests dry on a rainy day is an example. Outdoor heaters for the cooler evening is another one.

Photography: Jasmine Star | Videography: Ocean Blue Video | Planner: Lovely Little Details | Flowers: Lovely Little Details | Cake: Crisp Bakeshop | Invitations: Julie Song Ink | Reception Venue: Kunde Vineyards | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: The Girl & The Fig | Hair And Makeup: The Glamourist | DJ: Spintronix | Music: Uni & Her Ukelele | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Dress - "Helena": Vera Wang | Wedding Venue: Kunde Family Estate

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Sonoma Ranch Wedding Inspired by All Things French

If you have a love for all things French or an affinity for a good glass of bubbly then you will adore this gem to bits. It’s French countryside by way of Sonoma captured in such a pretty way by Jose Villa. With layered neutrals, hand-crafted signage and wildly elegant flowers and garland designed by Flower Wild and planned by Rosemary Events  this talented bunch has made some serious magic.

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From Rosemary Hattenbach of Rosemary Events … Marilyn & Spencer came to me in search of the perfect intimate, European style setting for a French inspired wedding. We found it in a charming Sonoma villa on a beautiful 75 acre Sonoma Ranch and designed a wedding for them celebrating all their favorite things – all things French.

Their hilltop ceremony was at a lookout at the top of the ranch with views of the surrounding countryside. Marilyn arrived in a vintage Rolls Royce. Kate Holt from Flowerwild added the finishing touches to the already gorgeous setting with loosely grouped herbs tied with silk ribbon streamers on the aisle. Garlands of Pittosborum lined the path. Framing the couple on either side of the stage were large baskets spilling with clematis, bridal veil, spirea, garden roses and other various blooms.

Afterwards, the couple led a procession down the hill to the home where the reception was held. On arrival guests sipped champagne and enjoyed a selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie while listening to the sounds of Ever Music Jazz ensemble. The delicious French inspired meal was prepared by Ramekins, Sonoma and featured many of Marilyn & Spencer’s favorites.

Guests dined on a beautiful stone patio set beneath towering redwoods where they were seated at long wood tables. The area was lit with stringer lights and tons of candlelight. Gorgeous white florals and caramel roses were set on a burlap runner that was laid over a layer of very loosely woven cheesecloth on the wood tables for a softer more feminine feel.

At each place setting ceramic coupe chargers were graced with a white & taupe grain sack striped napkin from La Tavola Linen. Atop the napkin was a “taupe on white letterpressed” menu and a singular bloom of garden rose. At each guests’ seat was a hand calligraphed place card in the form of a mini butcher paper scroll that wrapped around the stem of the wine glass.

A French wine riddling rack from Chateau Sonoma was filled with floral and little butcher paper cones for guests to drop well wishes for bride and groom

When guests came back into the house for dancing, the room was a glow with amazing candelabras. A beautiful dessert station & wedding cake by Sweet on Cake offered a sweet finish to the meal. Marilyn even arranged a surprise Guittard Hot Chocolate station for Spencer so he could indulge in his favorite after dinner treat. The couple kicked off the dancing with “Let it be Me” by Ray La Montagne and didn’t stop dancing until the bitter end. It was a gorgeous evening.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films | Event Planning: Rosemary Hattenbach Of Rosemary Events | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Catering: Ramekins Culinary School | Hair And Makeup: Mar Romero Of Team Hair And Makeup | Calligraphy: Neither Snow | Lighting: Twilight Design | Grooms Attire: Dolce & Gabbana | Officiant: Dan Melligan | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Jewlery: Haute Bride | Day Of Papers: Tiny Pine Press | Event Design And Flowers: Kate Holt Of Flower Wild | French Wine Rack: Chateau Sonoma | Music: DJ Goyo | Music: Ever Music Group | Rentals: Wine Country Party | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Car (59 Rolls Royce): San Francisco Limousine | Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation | Wedding Venue: Anderson Ranch

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Modern Sonoma Wedding at Chateau St. Jean

Ladies and gents, open your pinterest accounts. Immediately. Because this stylish soiree designed by Alicia K Designs is the definition of pin-worthy. It’s literally overflowing with gorgeous captured so beautifully by Janae Shields Photography that it will have you oohhing and ahhing all.day.long. It’s safe to say we love this fête, and you can see all the reasons why here.


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From the Bride…Jeff and I love living in New York. It’s a city that has a way of pulling you in, where the longer you live there the harder it is to imagine ever wanting to leave. We met at a New York Giants tailgate two years ago and when the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl that year, Jeff claims it is a sign that we were meant to be. When we got engaged the following January we initially thought New York, but we’d been to so many weddings in the area and really wanted to create a weekend experience for our guests that could offer something new. I’d been to Sonoma and Napa Valley years before on a girls trip, and it was one of my fondest memories. All the things I loved about it were things that Jeff and I love together; amazing food, too much wine and generally beautiful weather. We took one trip out to Sonoma (in January no less), found and fell in love with Chateau St. Jean, and booked the venue on the spot for the following September 21st.

Before getting engaged, I hadn’t thought much about the details of the wedding. What was important to both Jeff and I was that we have great food, plenty of booze, and a totally bumpin’ dance floor. Working in fashion, once I got into the actual planning I found myself particularly focused on the details. The colors, the dresses, the flowers, the shoes, the invitation design, these things were all extremely important to me. Thankfully, I was able to find Alicia (of Alicia K. Designs) who understood my vision and importantly my aesthetic. Though the wedding would be in rustic California, I love clean modern lines, and I wanted to blend the romance of the setting and the day with the modern aesthetic I prefer. I wanted grey to be the predominant color, with pops of fuchsia, corals and washes of gold. Chevron emerged as an important theme, from the invitation design to the table runners my mother made herself. Alicia executed my vision flawlessly.

When the day finally arrived, the unthinkable happened in wine country in September. It rained. Scratch that, it poured. But someone was looking out for us, because right as I was stepping out of the car with my father to walk into the church, it stopped. The sun we’d been waiting on came out. Alicia knocked it out of the park, finding a tent at days notice, and reorganizing the layout of the event. As my old boss said, the rain provided the requisite amount of drama for the day. Which can only be said, of course, because it stopped. And in the end, it was totally perfect.

From Janae Shields PhotographyHeather and Jeff had a magical wedding reception under the beautiful sky of wine country. The couple live in New York, with Heather working in the fashion industry for Tory Burch. Her trained eye put together a fashionable and chic affair for friends and family. With the help of Alicia and Hazel of Alicia K Designs this wedding was truly a feast for the eyes. The bridesmaid dresses were as unique as they come and each detail was planned perfectly. The gold glittery details that were brought in for the reception were in perfect combination with the neutrals and reds of the personal flowers and attire. Unexpectedly rain was forecasted for this day in September. And while there was some that morning as Heather and Jeff exited their church ceremony the skies cleared and the sun started shining. Guests were able to enjoy their cocktails and dinner in the wonderful environment of wine country.

Photography: Janae Shields Photography | Videographer: Shakewell Studios | Event Design: Alicia K Designs | Floral Design: Alicia K Designs | Cake: Krumbs Cake | Ceremony: St Leo's Catholic Church | Ceremony Venue: St Leo's Catholic Church | Reception: Chateau St. Jean | Reception Venue: Chateau St. Jean | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Hair Make Up: SHe Artists | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Music: Entire Productions | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Transportation: California Wine Tours

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