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Two-Day Nepalese Wedding from Jessamyn Harris Photography

Weddings are amazing. That’s a given. But two day weddings? Those are down right mind blowing. Especially when that two days encompasses a Nepalese ceremony full of lovely tradition followed by the prettiest Western celebration in the hills of Healdsburg. It’s one beautiful image after another shot by Jessamyn Harris Photography and you can see it all right here.

 

From the Bride…We met on New Year’s Eve and after four years of dating, were engaged. The whirlwind of the planning process followed as we decided we would get married six months from then. Throughout our time together, we spent some beautiful moments in California Wine Country, enjoying the beautiful scenery and delicious wines. We really wanted to get married in a vineyard and considered some wine regions in New York, closer to where Ron grew up and where his family lives. Ultimately, the draw of being wed in the same area where we built our relationship was too strong. 

We ended up planning not one, but two different ceremonies to celebrate both our cultures. The first ceremony was our Nepalese wedding which took place on a private estate in Cloverdale, Sonoma County, where we stayed with our families for the weekend of our marriage. Because I was born and raised in Nepal, that ceremony was focused on the long but wonderful Hindu rituals that are central to Nepalese weddings. It was a great way for Ron and for his family to get to know my culture.

For the Western wedding, we chose Copain Wine Cellars in Healdsburg, a place that always captivated us with their amazing wines and spectacular views. We focused on a short and sweet ceremony with a lot of time to be enjoyed with our closest friends and family, dining and socializing. Planning the wedding while living apart in two different cities than our wedding destination (Ron in DC due to a job promotion and myself in Reno while finishing up my Ph.D in Psychology) was difficult, and this is where we were so lucky to have had Shannon, our planner. We relied on her for so much and on every shopping trip I took to buy pieces for the wedding, whether it was centerpieces or décor items at vintage stores, Shannon was only a phone call away to give her feedback and keep me on track. As we got closer to the wedding, Ron and I decided our biggest priority was to enjoy this important time and that meant letting go of every urge to continue to plan and obsess over the small details. With Shannon’s help, I have to say we were the most relaxed we have ever been and soaked in every little moment.

Nepalese Wedding: Photography: Jessamyn Harris Photography / Wedding Venue: Private Estate in Cloverdale, Sonoma County, California / Floral Design: Daisy Rose Floral Design / Catering: Punjabi Dhaba / Officiant: Thagendra Khatiwada /  Bride + Groom Attire:  Custom-made in Nepal / Hair + Makeup: Martha Solorio

Western Wedding: Photography: Jessamyn Harris Photography / Wedding Venue: Copain Wines in Healdsburg, California / Floral Design: Daisy Rose Floral Design / Event Design + Coordination: J. Jasper Events / Catering: Sarah Heller Cooking / Dessert: Patisserie Angelica / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals + Encore Events / Vintage Items: Bride’s collection + Twig by Twig (twigbytwig@comcast.net) / Wedding Dress: Watters / Bride’s Sash: Something Ivory / Bride’s Shoes: Prada / Bride’s Jewelry: (earrings and hairpiece) Nordstrom / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan /  Hair: Stella Stevens Hair Design / Makeup: Raina Rombeiro / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

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Sonoma Wedding at Oak Hill Farm from First Comes Love Photo

While I clicked through the gallery for this Oak Hill Farm wedding for the first time, each gorgeous photograph from First Comes Love Photo drew bunches of repeated yeps and mhmms from my lips in agreement, because this wedding gets it. These lovebirds understand the beauty of weddings as the celebration of the couple as well as the family and friends that support them in love. And what better way to celebrate than with some darn good sustainable food and decor. And there ain’t nothin’ like a barn wedding. Simple as that. See it all in the gallery right here.

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From the Bride… Nature inspired our spring wedding. From the color palette to the menu, seasonal elements led the way. Oak Hill Farm, an organic farm in Northern California, provided a rustic setting where we could host both the ceremony and reception. Everyone arrived and settled into the location, which made for a comfortable and stress-free evening. Family heirlooms and treasures borrowed from friends made up the décor. Many of the flowers and plants as well as a lot of the food, came from the property, which reflected our sustainability beliefs. Harry and the Hit Men, a Motown band from Santa Cruz, played for hours and got nearly everyone dancing inside the barn. Outside, our guests enjoyed fire pits and ice cream under a clear night sky. We feel lucky to both come from families whose parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents created lasting marriages. To incorporate our grandparents who could not make the trip, we shared their love with photos arranged throughout the site. Our dear friends, Maggie Wilson and Alison Carmondy, who luckily both work in event design, made the day come off with ease and beauty.

Wedding Photography: First Comes Love Photo / Wedding Venue: Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma, California / Coordinator + Catering: Broadway Catering and Events / Flowers: DIY by Maggie Wilson, Alison Carmondy + 15 of the Bride’s Friends / Graphic Design: Sally Widdowson Colwell / Ceremony: Music: Eloquence Trio / Reception Music: Harry and the Hitmen / Lighting: The Lux Productions / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Boots: Frye / Bride’s Shawl: Vintage / Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew + Dessy / Groom’s Suit: Custom by Freemans Sporting Club / Groom’s Shoes: Alden for UNIONMADE / Men’s Ties: Otis James

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Sepastopol Wedding at Vine Hill House from Gillett Photography

Nope, you’re not dreaming! The pretty party is going strong on day four of Wine Country Week and we’ve still got some goodies up our sleeves thanks to Viansa Winery! Fête after fabulous fête capturing the magical light and breathtaking scenery of wine country? Sign me up!

You know we really, really love a vintage-chic wedding here at SMP and let me tell you, this one has me seriously wishing I was on the guest list! The love between this couple is pouring out of every.single.image from Gillett Photography and the bright and cheery pink + yellow color palette has my wedding-loving heart skipping a beat. I mean, we could really just be done at the bride’s perfectly feminine Vera Wang or the couple’s pup’s custom tutu from Frilly Paws, but with florals by Julie Stevens Design and an adorable sweet spread by Moustache Baked Goods, you’ll surely be spending some time perusing this gem of a wedding in the full gallery!

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Erika and Scott’s wedding was an intimate, vintage chic, casually elegant, upscale backyard BBQ. Their venue, the Vine Hill House, is a private estate in Sonoma County that is nestled into a vineyard and provided breathtaking views of wine country. Their color choices for the decorations and table settings included faded pinks, yellows and blues, along with natural linen and chocolate brown accents. Scott is a musician, and Erika a photographer, so the “theme” of the wedding was music and light, with table numbers printed over lyrics from Scott’s songs and vintage cameras set on the tables.

Many of the details were custom-made and designed by Scott and Erika themselves — the save-the-date cards, invitations, ceremony guides, and even the table setting placards, which they designed like concert tickets. What they couldn’t make themselves, they partnered with artisans to create, such as cupcake flags and straws with their family crest, cuff links for Scott and a gorgeous necklace of their family crest, which Erika wore throughout the night. The couple offered specialty cocktails, such the MargErika and the BellaTini (named after their dog, Bella, who attended in her own custom tutu), and guests were served a delicious, family-style, BBQ dinner from Grapevine Catering that included steak, chicken, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese and summer squash. The evening was capped off with mini gourmet cupcakes, live music and dancing, and a sparkler send-off while the band performed Wilco’s “What Light.”

Wedding Photography: Gillett Photography / Wedding Venue: Vine Hill House in Sepastopol, California / Floral Design: Julie Stevens Design / Wedding Cinematography: Ocean Blue Videography / Catering:Grapevine Catering / Dessert: Moustache Baked Goods / Cake Topper: Angela Flynn of Silhouette Weddings / Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events / Flags, Banners + Sparkler Tags: Marisa Roberts-Hauptman of Risa Rocks It / Straws + Straw Banners: Moieti / Dog’s Tutu: Frilly Paws / Wedding Dress:Vera Wang / Brides First Veil: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Second Veil: Amie Noel Designs / Bride’s Necklace: James Jung of monoArtian / Hair + Makeup: Hillary Bucher / Bridesmaid’s Dress: ModCloth/Groom’s Gift: Kotori Photo Jewelry