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Romantic Peach + White Spring Wedding

To simply call this one OMG-worthy union would be a vast understatement. Because when it comes to capturing the ultimate summer palette, The Edges Wedding Photography has delivered the purest peachy hued celebration. A romantic evening overlooking acres of verdant vineyards, it’s easy to get lost in the exquisite details right over here!

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Rustic

From the Bride…Matt and I are both from Houston, so it would have made sense that we would get married there, especially since his parents and my dad and stepmom still live there. We chose however to get married in Northern California because that’s where our relationship grew into marriage. Since moving to San Francisco almost three years ago, we’ve spent much of our time in either the mountains (skiing, hiking, camping) or exploring wine country. This part of wine country–the Russian River Valley–is one of our favorites, and we wanted our friends and family to experience a place that meant so much to us.

As we searched for a venue, we were looking for something elegant, yet casual, to represent the two of us. We truly believe that we found the perfect venue with Vine Hill House. With help from Dan and Rosemary and Rachel from Rosemary Events, we went about selecting decor such as the farmhouse tables and chairs and vendors like the classical guitarist who performed during our ceremony that further reflected the elegant and casual atmosphere we wanted.

The weather the day of the wedding turned out to be perfect, but that was only a small part of what made our day special. With all of our family and friends present, we exchanged vows in a beautiful setting overlooking the vineyards. Our close friend Jonathan did an incredible job officiating a ceremony that was the perfect balance of heartfelt and humorous.

Between Dan–who was ever helpful in making sure everything went off without a hitch–and Rosemary–whose eye on detail made our wedding so beautiful–we were in amazing hands. The beautiful pictures from Matt and Alison capture the details and the moments–my favorite is our three year old nephew running down the aisle!–perfectly. We couldn’t imagine a more perfect day.

Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography | Floral Design: Loop Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Patisserie Angelica | Stationary: Jenna Rainey Of Monvoir Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Grapevine Catering | Band: Notorious | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Bridesmaids' Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Ceremony & Reception: Vine Hill House | Guitarist - Jon: Ever Music Group | Hair & Make-up: The Beauty Team | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens | Planning & Design: Rachel With Rosemary Events | Table & Chair Rentals: Encore Event Rentals

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Elegant + Rustic Wine Country Wedding

Combing the beautiful Bride’s Chinese heritage (she wore a qipao to the reception, and their wedding date was a Chinese lucky day!) with the Groom’s Catholic faith (they had a second church ceremony the morning after the reception), this colorful fete — perfectly captured in this gallery by Erin Hearts Court — is truly stunning and filled with so many sweet, personal details, we can’t get enough!

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From the Bride… Adam and I were set on a collision course in college, having gone to the same school, worked in Beijing at the same Chinese magazine, attended the same business school, and worked at the same company after graduation. When our paths finally crossed in our first year of grad school, we joked that we were destined to meet — or that we somehow thwarted destiny’s plan to keep us apart. Three years later, Adam proposed at one of our favorite wineries in Sonoma.

Wedding planning began with a list of activities we loved, design elements we were drawn to, and bits of our heritage and past that formed our identities and underpinned our relationship. On it, we had written “St. Louis (his hometown), New York (my hometown), travel and board games (our loves), reading and saving money (my loves), the outdoors and cookie dough (his loves)…” There were no themes that jumped out, and we tried to select a few to concentrate on, but eventually gave up. We decided: if it reflected us, it would be consistent.

So, we looked for outdoor venues with beautiful vistas that did not break the bank. We wanted something warm and intimate that could host both ceremony and reception on site. When Dan O’Connell of Vine Hill House told us that a date that fell on both a three-day weekend and a Chinese lucky date was available, we jumped at the opportunity and booked the first venue we saw.

We selected the incomparable Erin Hearts Court as our photographers, thinking we had no idea how our hodgepodge wedding would turn out and a good photographer can make anything look good! We supplemented with Andrew Hsu as videographer and a fun, high-quality photobooth from Night Owl, the photos from which I used to create a video that captures the progressive revelry of the night.

As the wedding took shape, I found myself gravitating to a little sparkle to complement the rusticity. I settled on a faint gray dress from BHLDN with an elegant sheer back and glittery front. The skirt was soft, flowy, and romantic. We sprinkled gold accents in the entryway and on the tables to complement the bright mandarin-colored bridesmaid dresses and orange flowers. The groomsmen wore navy suits with checkered bowties and pocket squares, while my two bridesmen wore gray suits with matching checkered skinny ties.

We incorporated both our cultures throughout. A Chinese tradition, my bridal party challenged the groomsmen to a series of games to prove the groom’s worth. In typical Chinese fashion, my aunt insisted at the last minute that we add an impromptu tea ceremony. We included a bilingual reading in the ceremony as well as a spiritual one reflecting Adam’s Catholic faith. We served a family-style dinner during the reception, after which I changed into a red qipao for dancing. The next day, we had a small Catholic ceremony in a church with family.

Our guest cards were homemade library cards that listed key dates of our relationship stuck into vintage card catalog holders. We created little Calvin and Hobbes cards for guests to write notes to us with memories, predictions, and advice. One of our favorite elements was a map we made showing where our guests were coming from around the world. Reflecting one of our favorite games, the table numbers were spelled out with Scrabble pieces. Our dessert station featured the “Evolution of a Cookie,” moving from cookie dough to soft baked to crunchy cookies, honoring his and my favorite desserts. We aged cocktails in mini-barrels and created a cigar-and-cocktail lounge in a small redwood grove off the dance floor.

We also tried to personalize the content as much as possible. We wrote our own vows, carefully selected passages from our favorite books and authors, and involved friends throughout the day. One of Adam’s best friends from business school served as our officiant, and family members and close friends delivered selected readings during the ceremony and gave an abundance of toasts at the reception. We were blown away by the thoughtfulness, humor, and insight of the speeches.

The day was clear and bright, and the night was warm for Sonoma. Everything, as disparate as it seemed initially, came together beautifully. Our favorite moment was at the end of the night, when everyone on the dance floor began spiraling inwards into a giant 80-person group hug with us at the center. It was an epic way to end an epic day, and one that very much reflected how we felt — enveloped by love and joy by our closest friends and family.

Photography: Erin Hearts Court | Videography: Andrew Hsu | Floral Design: Maria Philbin | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Trends Catering | Hair And Makeup: Susie Chhuor | Venue: Vine Hill House | Photo Booth: Night Owl Photobooth

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Rustic, Elegant Vine Hill House Wedding

All you engaged ladies out there, do not miss this Bride’s advice below! From stocking up on Vitamin C to dancing til your dress is dirty, I’m pretty sure she figured out the priorities we all should be keeping in mind. Her Big Day was filled with these sorts of highlights and This Love Of Yours Photography captured them all in this gorgeous gallery. So pour some OJ and settle in for some treats below.

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From The Bride… For my wedding day I quickly began to envision a day full of what I would call “rustic elegance.” I am obsessed with mixing old weathered vintage inspired items with beautiful classic design elements. The mix of hard and soft was what I thought would look the most beautiful on our wedding day. I envisioned a beautiful sunny day surrounded by lush fall vineyards and greenery. I wanted everyone attending our wedding to feel like they were at our home, I wanted people to see our style and feel like they were right in our very own backyard. I wanted everyone to feel like every part of the wedding was “Andie and Nick,” that we choose what we chose because it meant something to us as a couple. I envisioned the day being overly personal and we wanted our wedding to be unique and different compared to your typical traditional wedding. We envisioned a beautiful sunny fall day with the views of orange, yellow, and greenery every which way you looked, and that is exactly what we got.

The most memorable part of the day was being able to stand in front of all our closest friends and family and finally marry Nick. The day from start to finish was more than we could have ever imagined. The ceremony was full of so much emotion and I truly believe every single person felt exactly how both our hearts felt about each other. We exchanged personal stories instead of writing our own vows and it added such a fun personal touch to the ceremony. We were both overwhelmed with emotion when we listened to what we both had to say about the past four years of our lives. The personal touches that our officiant added to the ceremony made it the perfect most memorable part of the day. The entire wedding day was so memorable. We spent so much time designing every little aspect and creating it all to be the perfect day that we would never forget. Another unforgettable moment of our wedding was when my Maid of Honor rapped her speech to “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song. It was also very memorable when my mom surprised me by bringing my grandpas (he passed away) old gardening journals that were so special to him. She set them out on our welcome table as decorations and at the moment our wedding was complete.

I loved Vine Hill House because it had everything that we were looking for. It had gorgeous views of rolling vineyards, it was all outside, it had a rustic vibe, it had gorgeous redwood trees, and it was landscaped immaculately. It had so many different elements of nature that we love. It’s hard to find a venue with that mix of different things. From the moment you drive through the big iron gates at the venue you feel relaxed. The beauty of the surroundings are overwhelming and you can’t help but feel right at home. The moment I saw the venue and saw the garden engulfed in hydrangeas (my favorite flower) I knew it was the one.

It was also very important to us that everyone had a good time. In order to ensure that everyone had a blast it was a must to have an open bar, amazing food, a view that took your breath away, good music, a whiskey bar, dance floor glow sticks, and lots of unique desert options. It was important to us that our wedding day wasn’t to “matchy matchy.” We had so much fun being creative with colors and made sure everything was perfectly mismatched. It was important to us to give our wedding party the freedom to be who they are. The bridesmaids chose their dress styles, hair styles, shoes, and jewelry. The groomsmen chose ties, socks, and shoes. It was very important to me that both my dad and my step dad be able to walk me down the aisle. I was lucky enough to grow up with two amazing dads and it was very important to me that they both have their “father of the bride” moments at the wedding. They both walked me down the aisle, they both got to speak, and they both had a first dance. It was very important to me that every person in my “modern family” felt more than special on our wedding day. It was also important me to make my mom and step mom feel just as important as my dad’s. I included a dance with my mom and dedicated a special song to my step mom. Our photographers were the perfect match for us as a couple. They captured every single part of the wedding. Our photographer’s romantic, whimsical style was exactly what we were looking for. As a couple we really love “different” photography, we have never been fans of posed, stagnant photography because we just find it boring. With This Love of Yours we got the uniqueness in photography that we were looking for. The way that they use lighting in their photography is what really made my heart flutter.

My advice to bride-to-be’s is to sit back and get lost. Get lost in all the gorgeousness that comes along with weddings. Find what your wedding style is and embrace every aspect of it. Take time a find out what you feel is the most beautiful and most important aspect of your day and spend the most time on those areas. Spend time dreaming before you get bogged down with the crazy details. Make it personal to you and your fiancé. Make your wedding day an extension of your home decor style and you’re bound to be in love with your day. Also don’t forget to take lots of Vitamin C leading up to the wedding because you don’t realize how depleted your body may be. Make sure you have a few moments alone on your wedding day with your husband to sit back together and take it all in. I would also recommend slowly working on wedding design items. Commit to completing a few projects a month leading up to the wedding to ensure you’re not stressed by the time the wedding comes. Make a list of your favorite things as a couple and then find a way to incorporate them into your wedding. The personal touches are what make the day unforgettable. Weddings don’t have to be expensive. Our local flea market is where I found the bulk of our wedding decor items. Consider doing a first look. I loved that we were able to get most of the photos done before the wedding to ensure that we had time to enjoy the whole reception. Make sure to find ways to make your mom feel extra special on this day. Without her none of this day would have even happened. Don’t forget to dance your wedding dress filthy, after all you only have one day to wear it. Last but not least HAVE FUN. Don’t be afraid to do it your way and let your personalities shine through in all your wedding day choices.

Photography: This Love Of Yours Photography | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Oliver's Market Bakery | Brides Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Oui Cater | Makeup: Maid Of Honor Brittaney Carpenter | Hair: Haute Mess Hair | Groom's Attire: J. Ferrar | Wedding Venue: Vine Hill House | Bridesmaids' Robes: Silk And More Etsy Shop | Cake Topper: Etsy | Centerpieces: Save On Crafts | Flower Crown: The Petal Company | Groom's Shoes: Banana Republic | Groom's Tie: Tux And Tulle | Invitation And Programs: Howl Creative Co. Etsy Shop | Wedding Dress Belt And Hanger: BHLDN

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