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Rustic + Classic California Vineyard Wedding

Ashley may be an all-star producer on our favorite celebrity TV show The Voice, but today she and her husband Anthony are the only two in our spotlight. For their wedding day is one we’re endlessly in love with. A sweet ceremony complete with rustic details, it’s classic California meets vineyard merriment and we’re feeling every single second of it captured by Ken Kienow Wedding Photography in The Vault!



From Ken Kienow Wedding PhotographyFinding a wedding location for a die-hard New Yorker and a born and bred Cali girl can be a challenge. These two started in New York and moved west until they found a magical corner of the world in Paso Robles called “HammerSky Vineyard”

From the Bride… I was never the girl that dreamt about her wedding day from the age of 9 and had all the details in mind ahead of time. However once I met Anthony, all of that shifted.

Anthony and I met and got engaged 7 years later and he surprised me with a trip to Italy to celebrate the engagement. When it came to planning our wedding I wanted to transport our guests to that same romantic, rustic and blissful feel of Italy.

Looking for our wedding location was a bit of a challenge. Anthony and I are both Television producers so we had the blessing and curse of knowing exactly what we were looking for, and after scouting too many locations to count, both on the East and West Coast, we pulled up to HammerSky Vineyard in Paso Robles and both immediately knew that this place was special.

We did not have a particular “theme” for our wedding, however my husband is a East Coaster whose favorite city abroad is Spain, I am a West Coast girl whose happy place is anywhere in Italy, so we wanted to bring out the taste and feel of all four places on our special day.

Our goal was for our meal was to feel informal, and reminiscent of a “big Sunday family dinner” so we chose to do buffet style and had everyone seated at long farm tables. Tracy from Field to Table exceeded our every expectation and our friends and family are still talking and drooling over “that paella” he made.

The barn, where we held the reception was transformed into a romantic and delicate space. Our incredible florist Laurel White from Adornments Flowers & Finery, created a “living chandelier”, and placed 50 biscotti candles lining the inside of the barn, to create a memory via scent. Our dessert was also placed in this area, a naked vanilla bean and chocolate cake with blackberry jam and buttercream; created by Annie Farrell of Just Baked Slo, it was as beautiful as it was delicious and was placed on a slice of wood sent from Kauai, HI where my brother lives. A thirty-foot cloth with an OM Symbol silkscreened onto it, a labor of love that a friend of mine so graciously sewed by hand, represented my brother who could not be present, hung from the tree where our vows took place.

The “man bar” was a work in progress for about six moths prior to our wedding. My husband doesn’t do anything halfway, so he saved special liquor that was collected from his travels as well as cigars gathered from around the world in order to share with our guests. He was proud to share his collection, and the goods went quickly!

We are so grateful for all of the vendors that came together to make our day so incredible. The owner of The Vineyard, Kim Hauck is an angel and unparalleled with her support for us. Our photographer Ken, from Ken Kienow Photography captured moments that can never be reproduced and when looking at our photos you feel every ounce of emotion, elation and sweetness of that day. Our videographers, Jeremy and Ashley Mitchell, captured the entire day with grace and ease virtually undetected.

Looking back on planning our wedding, it was more overwhelming than I could have ever anticipated because of all the emotion involved; it is more than planning a nice big party for your closest family and friends, you are putting together a “moment” for all the people you love to cherish forever. My advice to any bride planning her wedding is to make sure you put as much of yourselves; your interests and mementoes of your journey to each other into your day… guests may not understand or even see each of these small details but it will make things that much richer and more meaningful. Also, let go and breathe… something may (and will) not go according to plan, but the essence of why you are there will never change.

Anthony and I were able to start our journey together in the most magical and special way imaginable…. I am grateful that our “always & forever” began at HammerSky. Looking back on this moment in time, the pure adrenaline, the happy tears and inevitable “hiccups”….. I would not change a single thing.

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Photography: Ken Kienow Wedding Photography | Cinematography: We Are The Mitchells | Coordination: Danae Grace Events | Floral Design: ADORNMENTS flowers + finery | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Just Baked SLO | Ceremony: HammerSky Vineyards | Reception: HammerSky Vineyards | Bride's Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Field To Table Events | Men's Ties: Chanel | Men's Attire: Loren Spratt | Bride's Exit Dress: For Love And Lemons | Bride's Veil: Carolina Herrera | Groom's Shoes: Mezlan | Vendor: Heidi Gutman/NBC

Sun-Splashed Hammersky Vineyard Wedding

There are sooo many excuses to have a long wedding weekend, but the one that means the most is bringing family together. For Ashley and Eric, whose loved-ones stretched coast-to-coast, hosting a Memorial Day celebration was a no-brainer. From her stunning Julie Ireland dress to the dreamy sun-splashed images from Josh Gruetzmacher, their day went off without a hitch. See it all in THE VAULT!


From The Bride…Eric’s family and friends are from the East Coast while Ashley’s are form the West Coast and thus our wedding was truly an opportunity for us to have all our loved ones in one place. Therefore, we wanted our wedding location to be an exciting destination. We picked Paso Robles, CA over memorial weekend as this allowed our guests to spend a long weekend together celebrating our wedding and exploring the beautiful central coast.

We made the day about the two of us by focusing our wedding on being a celebration of the coming together of two great groups of friends and family. It was important to us to make the weekend a celebration for everyone to enjoy and we did that by having a bowling event for all guests after the rehearsal dinner that went on well into the night, a “U” shaped table layout so that the guests felt connected, a large outdoor dance floor and an amazing DJ. Our most memorable moment of the day- dancing – the large outdoor dance floor coupled with an amazing DJ drew quite the crowd.

For future brides, we’d recommend booking your vendors early and remember this is about the two of you so figure out what you want and plan towards that. Stay focused on enjoying your wedding experience and don’t get hung up on the little things that don’t go perfectly. The wedding atmosphere is rooted in the bride and groom enjoying themselves and thus if you are having a blast then so will your guests.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Coordination: Touch of Style, Event Coordinating & Design | Floral Design: Pink Rose Pretty Girl | Wedding Dress: Julie Ireland Dress Making | Invitations: Vera Wang | Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Thomas Hill Organics | Makeup: The Queens Bees | Hair: Sean Metcalfe | DJ: Malik Miko Thorne | Grooms Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: HammerSky Vineyards & Inn | Desserts: Ellys Sweet Tooth | Rentals: All About Events

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Elegant HammerSky Vineyard Wedding in Paso Robles

As a California native, there is not much more that makes my heart skip a beat than an elegant vineyard wedding. I mean, with gorgeous golden sunlight beaming down, and HammerSky Vineyards‘ rolling hills serving as the most idyllic setting, can it really get any more magical than this?!  Want more? Danielle Poff captured this golden hour affair to utter perfection in the gallery here!

From The Bride…Choosing my color palette was easy with the amazing help of my florist, April. Florals were definitely one of the most exciting aspects of planning for me. I had always imagined a wedding with mostly Ivory and neutral florals/decor, but to ensure everything didn’t appear washed out, we decided to add a bit of peaches and blushes; we then tied everything together with gold accents. I also knew that despite wanting everything to be mostly neutral, I always wanted a pop of color- that’s where the bridesmaid dresses came in. I started noticing in magazines and blogs that although the neutral color dresses are “in,” I couldn’t get over how distinguished the bride and groom looked in photos next to a palette of actual bold color. I chose cobalt blue because it seems to be a classic color that will never go out of style- even multiple wedding guests wore the color out of coincidence! I decided on long dresses to stick with my vision of keeping the night classy and elegant. Plus, spring weather can sometimes be unpredictable and longer dresses add a hint of warmth! Most of all, I wanted my girls to be comfortable so I let them choose their dresses! I was lucky that everyone came to a unanimous decision on the Watters line and each girl found a style they were comfortable in. We all shopped together which made for great memories.

My gown was actually originally made as a typical sweetheart strapless style, but I had the same designer who made my mom’s wedding dress order extra lace from the bottom scallop of my gown and add sleeves. This allowed them to dramatically open up the back which I absolutely loved. They actually worked on my dress for 6 months and I had 5 fittings. Although it was somewhat nerve wracking not having seen the full product of my dress until approximately 10 days before the big day, I loved that in the end, I had a somewhat custom made dress- at a more affordable cost. I would totally recommend this option to future brides who are looking to stand out.

My husband and I stumbled upon HammerSky after a long day of looking at almost 10 venues. It was on our list of venues to see, however we almost skipped HammerSky out of exhaustion and having thought we found a place; I insisted we check it out to be sure. I remember us both walking on the grounds for the first time immediately saying outloud how perfect it was. We felt it was exactly what we were looking for- a winery that was not only rustic, but classy. We loved how quiet and off the beaten path it was compared to other vineyards in the area. The privacy was special.

All in all my biggest recommendation for future brides would be to make sure to take a moment with your new husband during your reception to break away for 5 minutes and escape to a spot that allows you to watch your guests and take in all that is going on. Take a moment to realize how much love you have around you and between you that evening. For us, our spot was the balcony of the farmhouse at our venue where we were able to overlook the entire reception. It was a special moment!

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Videography: Fig Leaf Video | Coordination: Amanda Landon | Floral Design: April Flowers | Wedding Dress: Mira Couture | Cake: Cake Cathedral | Invitations: Out Of The Envelope | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Roberts Restaurant | Hair & Makeup: Sammy Williams | Entertainment: Lance Robinson | DJ: Kramer Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Ceremony & Reception Venue: HammerSky Vineyards & Inn | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Signage: Rosey Calligraphy

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