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Bright + Elegant Sonoma Wine Country Wedding

We’re daydreaming about a wine country getaway thanks to this Sonoma Valley wedding captured by Sonya Yruel. With breathtaking views of the vineyards and rolling hills all around, the celebration sparkles with details like sunny yellow blooms from Ryan Keys, champagne Jenny Yoo dresses and so much more—see it all in the full gallery right here!

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From Sonya YruelYou really can’t go wrong hosting your wedding in California’s wine country, and Kunde Family Estates boasts stunning vineyard landscapes, with a variety of grapes and an olive orchard. The estate’s vast property even has some early wine country history, a beautiful late 1800’s stone ruin which was the location of Natalie and Matt’s ceremony. Natalie and Matt brought a touch of vintage art deco and sunny pops of elegant yellow to their wedding.

One of my favorite details of the day was the framed table numbers at the reception. Each table had a place that told a special story (some sweet, some funny) about Natalie & Matt, and were designed beautifully by Sarah Goodwin Illustration & Design.

The first dances were my favorite moments; Natalie and Matt had been practicing their moves! And when Matt danced with his mom, there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere, including the photographers!

From the beautiful Bride…
Why did you pick your venue? The sheer jaw-dropping beauty of the vineyard, rolling hills and panoramic views of the reception site as well as the uniqueness of the ceremony site, which was held at the Dunfillian Ruins, the ruins of one of California’s first wineries. Several guests later told us our wedding was the most beautiful they had ever attended.

Any great engagement or wedding day stories that you’d like to share? The groom secretly flew from San Francisco to Minneapolis to ask for the bride’s father’s blessing for marriage (he left and returned all in the same day!), and the bride had no clue until he proposed to her over a candlelit dinner on the beach.

Advice for couples planning a wedding?
-Make your wedding a whole weekend affair, this way you’re able to actually spend time with your guests and maybe even do some fun group activities.
-Pick a date a few days out from your wedding day and promise yourself you’ll stop running around stressing out after that day. This way you can “be present,” and enjoy the special time.
-Take dance lessons! It’s not only a really fun way to spend time with your fiancé and get a bit of a break from all the planning, but you also feel so much more confident when you hit that dance floor!
-Writing your own vows allows you to make your ceremony special, interesting, and even a bit funny! For our readings, we had family members read love letters written by our grandparents from the 1940s – people loved it!

Photography: Sonya Yruel | Videography: Thomas Hughes Films | Coordination: Alicia K Designs | Floral Design: Ryan Keys | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye | Cake : Susie Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Emmy London Bridal Collection | Wedding Bands: Brilliant Earth | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | Hair Stylist: Christy Dylo, Spoke & Weal Salon | Groom's Attire: Canali | Officiant: Friend | Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation | Wedding Venue: Kunde Family Winery | Bride's "sash" (actually A Crown That She Used As A Belt): Twig & Honey | Bride's Engagement Ring: Lang Antiques | Bridesmaid Bathrobes: Etsy: Sunset To Sunrise | Desserts: Dragonfly Cakes | Groom's Pocket Watch: Family Heirloom, Grandfather's | Invitations And Menus: Katrina McHugh Of Launch Sessions | Make-up Artist: Daniela Serra Beauty | Musicians At Ceremony: Aleron Strings | Musicians At Reception: The Nines | Natalie & Matt's Dance Lessons: Val Cunningham Of The Dance Loft | Photography - Assistance: Bojana Korach | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Number Designer: Sarah Goodwin

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Romantic Summer Wedding at Kunde Vineyards

Stylish sweethearts, s’mores and Sonoma Valley weddings, these are a few of my favorite things. This beautiful bash hit a home run with all of this and more, planned and designed by the talented Alicia K Designs. With La Tavola adding lovely linens and It’s A Date At The Powder Room helping the Bride shine even more, Jessamyn Harris’s pics are too good for words. Get in on this fun right here!

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From Jessamyn Harris… Michelle and Tom traveled to Sonoma County for their sunny, romantic wedding day at Kunde Family Estate winery. Michelle is a personal stylist in Chicago, so she’s got great style and she knows what she wants. That combined with her Midwestern kindness made their wedding wonderful and easy to photograph! We traipsed off the beaten path to a big white cow barn that I didn’t even know Kunde had, despite shooting there often.

Before the ceremony, Michelle and Tom took advantage of the cool air and perfect light in the wine caves to have a first look and take some pictures. We also made sure to do portraits in the golden evening light at Boot Hill (where the ceremony and reception were at Kunde), overlooking acres of vineyards in every direction right at sunset.

Typically I am not a big romantic or fan of pink, but this couple incorporated different shades of pink; Michelle’s long veil and lace wedding dress, soft pastels with bright pinks in the florals and for the bridesmaids – and I loved it! Just like the bride and groom, the whole wedding felt beautiful, joyful, very sweet with whimsy and surprising bold pops, and romantic but real. It was gorgeous, and we’d all do it again in a heartbeat! :)

From the Bride and Groom… Both of us are natives to Chicago. We wanted a wedding that was unique and a moment in time to always remember. We wanted to create a sensory experience for our guests that celebrated the love we feel for each other and our family. Kunde is magical place and to us, is a peaceful setting that felt like home. It’s rustic sophistication and intimate vibe, was exactly what we were looking for. All of our vendors are so talented and a pleasure to work with. They all worked so hard to create the intimate wedding of our dreams.

Photography: Jessamyn Harris | Floral Design: Alicia K Designs | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Cake: Costeaux French Bakery | Invitations: Letterpress By Lydia | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Hair And Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room | DJ: Four Leaf Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Officiant: Reverend Michael Ireland | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Wedding Venue: Kunde Vineyards | Event Planning & Design: Alicia K Designs | Linens: La Tavola | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Pronovias | Rentals: Wine Country Party | Sash: Enzoani | Stylist: My Chicago Stylist, Michelle Jeremias (Bride) | Veil: Miss Allaneas

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Romantic Hilltop Wine Country Wedding at Kunde Family Estate

As an event planner herself, this beautiful Bride knew the pressure would be on when it came to her wedding, but let me just say, she hit the ball out of the park with her big day. With the help of Orchard Avenue Events and Vanda Floral Design, she whipped up a day that is packed with personality and lots of pretty, leaving us with a stunning gallery from Jen Philips too lovely to miss.

From the Bride…Being an event planner in Sonoma Valley, I knew I wanted to stay local for our wedding. Although I work in Sonoma, I hadn’t gotten the chance to visit many other venues. I had the help of the best planner I know throughout the entire process, Brooke Altman from Orchard Avenue Events, who also set up all the venue tours so we could see all the options. We had to have toured at least fifteen different venues before we arrived at Kunde. I remember being blown away at its vast natural beauty right away, and that was just the view from the tasting room. When we arrived at the top of Boot Hill, I instantly knew I had found the venue of my dreams.

When we started the planning, all of my family and friends were so excited so see what I came up with because I’m in the industry, so the pressure was definitely on! However, Brooke was always there to bounce ideas off of and together we produced exactly what my husband and I were hoping for.

Our ceremony took place in-between boot hill’s famous oak trees, overlooking miles of vineyards which created the perfect backdrop for our “I do’s.” We had the talented Mori Achen from Wine Country Entertainment play guitar for our ceremony as well as our cocktail hour, which set the tone for the beautiful reception to follow.

I wanted the design to be relaxed, with small touches of glam. We ended up mixing dark rustic farm tables, with wrought iron cafe chairs to create almost a garden party feel. I knew instantly that I wanted a lace wedding gown, so I decided to incorporate lace runners on tables to continue the theme. We mixed silver and gold mercury glass candles, with bold gold table numbers to add sparkle to the table. We wanted all the colors to be very natural. Bryce from Vanda did an amazing job at designing beautiful soft centerpieces which were scattered along the center of the table. He added a pop of chamomile to continue the outside garden feel. Last but not least, we had a beautiful dark wood dance floor with an oversized chandelier in the center to provide perfect ambiance for the evening.

As much fun as it was for me to design my dream wedding, I knew that for our families the most important elements to a good party is always: the food, the music, and the drinks! Sage Catering delivered the most delicious meal that our guests are still raving about, accompanied by Kunde’s amazing wines. Dennis from Anderson Entertainment literally had our guests running to the dance floor where they stayed the remainder of the evening, with the exception of eating pie and ice cream from Petaluma Pie Company, which is the best local bakery we visited during the tasting process! The few guests that were not dancing enjoyed playing corn hole and bocce ball on the lawn or lounged by huge built-in fire pit.

At the end of the wedding, our guests grabbed their homemade favor, which was a bag of fresh local cherries which everyone enjoyed on the shuttle back to the hotels.

We worked with the best professionals in the business which made me feel entirely at ease on our wedding day because I knew everything would be seamless. It will always be one of the best days of our lives, and feel so grateful that we are able to look back at the perfectly captured moments by Jen Philips to relive it often.

Photography: Jen Philips Photography | Floral Design: Vanda Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Shoes: Prada | Jewelry: Nordstrom | Catering: Sage Catering | Hair & Makeup: Lauthr Salon | Groom's Attire: Selix Formalwear | Ceremony Music: Wine Country Entertainment | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Wedding Venue: Kunde Family Estate | Associate Photographer: Jenna Coughlan Of Green Nickel Photo | Dessert: Petaluma Pie Company | Event Coordination & Design: Orchard Avenue Events | Photography - Assistance: Jenna Coughlan | Reception Music: Anderson Entertainment | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens | Table Runners: Encore Events Rentals

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Black Tie Sonoma Valley Carnival Wedding

What began over a casual glass of wine turned into a lifelong love for this adorable pair. So, when it came time to plan the wedding a vineyard celebration was an easy decision. The ultimate black tie carnival packed with peanuts, Sweet On Cake concoctionsferris wheel rides, and cotton candy! Along with a gallery full of goodies, the fun has just begun from Jessica Burke. More up NEXT!

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From the beautiful Bride…Bryce and I met at a wine bar and love all things wine, so with my family in the Bay Area, it made perfect sense to get married in wine country. Plus, between our respective colleges, grad schools, and jobs, we had family and friends attending from all over the US and thought that if we were going to make everyone travel, we might as well give them a great destination!

Before getting engaged, I had not spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of wedding I wanted. I probably toured over 20 venues, from castles, to farms, to resorts. While we visited many beautiful properties in the Sonoma area, I fell in love with the big oak tree at Kunde under which we ultimately got married with my childhood Rabbi officiating.

With a beautiful vineyard setting as our backdrop, we wanted to let the landscape speak for itself, so we chose soft, neutral colors like champagne and blush, and natural wood elements that wouldn’t distract from the view.

Being goofy people who don’t like to take things too seriously, we knew we wanted a fun wedding that would let our personalities show, but that would still be elegant and timeless. I am not a big sweets person, but I absolutely love cotton candy. I jokingly said to Bryce that we should have a Ferris wheel and before we knew it, a theme was born: black tie carnival. (Bet you never thought you’d hear those words in the same sentence!) Once we had a theme it was easier to decide what did and didn’t fit into our vision. We had bocce and lawn bowling at cocktail hour, late night popcorn, a crate of peanuts holding our escort cards, and, of course, cotton candy. Rather than having a big, tiered cake, my mom and I spent months collecting cake stands to show off the amazing concoctions from Sweet on Cake.

When we sat down to make our list of wedding priorities, food and fun were at the top for both of us. We were lucky to be introduced to Jessica Lasky Catering who created a perfect late summer menu of fresh and local ingredients to delight our 140 guests. (People still tell us it was some of the best food they’ve ever eaten!) As for fun, All Star Jukebox kept everyone on the dance floor all night.

Our wedding day was so full of love and joy (although it went by in a blur!) and we are incredibly thankful to Jessica Burke Photography and Reel Eyes Media for capturing it so beautifully so that we can cherish those memories forever.

Photography: Jessica Burke | Videographer: Reel Eyes Media | Floral Design: Cherries Flowers | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Caterer: Jessica Lasky | Band: All Star Jukebox | Ceremony Music: Giovanni Mandala | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Cocktail Hour Band: Mel Martin Trio | Ferris Wheel: LA Party Works | Hair + Makeup: Meaganne McCandess | Linens: La Tavola | Location: Kunde Family Estate | Photobooth: A Flying Camera | Planning: Shannon Leahy Events | Rentals & Tent: Wine Country Party

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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 | Wedding Venue: Kunde Family Estate | Music: Uni & Her Ukelele | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Dress - "Helena": Vera Wang

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