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Organic Wedding in Sonoma

When people ask me why we feature so many California celebrations, the answer is easy. Because with the sea of wineries,  beaches for days and couple’s like this one who take refined, natural elements and transform them into pure magic, Cali is just where it’s at. Just make sure you take some time to pore over the details shot by Larissa Cleveland too!

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From the bride…My husband and I grew up only 20 miles apart from each other but it wasn’t until our moms played matchmaker that we met a few years ago. Long story short, I guess one can never argue that a mother knows best. Reid popped the question on a trip to his favorite place, the island of Kauai and shortly after, the wedding planning began.

Since we currently live in San Francisco and both of us are born and raised in Northern California, we naturally gravitated towards the Napa/Sonoma area for our wedding venue. It provided a picturesque, convenient escape for 140 of our closest family and friends. We chose Cornerstone because it was such a unique property.

The wedding design reflected our neutral design palette and minimalist aesthetic. We used a lot of wood, clean lines and earthy elements, similar to the elements you would find in our home. Wood benches flanked the aisles leading up to our stunning birch canopy, under which we said our “I Do’s.” The dinner space continued the organic appeal. Guests sat at dark wood, rectangular tables. Burlap runners held votives of all shapes and sizes scattered amongst the green and white florals. Each guest received a personalized menu card, tucked into a crisp white linen napkin.

While the décor was gorgeous, I can’t forget to mention the food. Given that we live in San Francisco, we have grown to love all the culinary arts the city has to offer, so we definitely wanted to” wow” everyone with some phenomenal eats. Elaine Bell Catering did a fantastic job. Her food presentation was almost too pretty to eat but our guests devoured everything. Even our toughest food critics raved about the food.

The transformation of the barn was definitely the showstopper of the night. When the doors opened and guests walked in, “Ohhs” and “Ahhs” came from everyone, including my husband and I. Seeing all of the gorgeous chandeliers dripping from the ceiling and the table full of votives illuminating the room, was absolutely breathtaking. It was the one space I told Eden to surprise us with and she did just that. She transformed the simple structure to something truly magnificent. An expansive wood bar stood in one corner, where all our favorite California wines and beers were served. A huge desert bar flanked one side of the barn, serving platters of everything from doughnuts and cookies to s’mores and cheesecake lollipops. Our beautiful wedding cake was handmade with love by a dear family friend.

We flowed into the barn, right into our first dance, where we tried to dazzle the crowd with our new dance moves we learned from the talented Frances. We were so overwhelmed with all the excitement of the day, we were surprised we even remembered our choreographed moves. Afterward, our guests hit the dance floor with us. Chris ended this epic evening with the very befitting song “Home,” by Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros.

photographer: Larissa Cleveland | Videographer: Phillip Alan Films | Event Design: Eden Rodriguez | dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Andrea Fohrman | Bridesmaids dresses: Madison Marcus | Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering | Hair and Makeup: Amy Lawson | calligraphy: Designs Girl | DJ: Chris Fox | Ties: burberry | grooms suit: Hugo Boss | Dance Lessons: Frances Cuevas | Strings: Starlite Strings | intitations: Bella Figura | necklaces: Baubble Bar | rentals: Classic Party Rentals | rentals: la tivola | socks: Ted Baker | wedding venue: Cornerstone Gardens

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Rustic Wedding at Viansa Winery & Marketplace

The Groom summed up the day as “the joining of two different cultures– the ordered Asian prosperity of Singapore and the chaotic, creative freedom of California.” And you know what? He couldn’t be more spot on. It’s a beautiful infusion of two unique cultures and Alison Yin captured every bit to a T. Get cozy in the gallery and hit forget to “play” on Micha Videography oh-so-lovely film.

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From Alison Yin… I’m so excited to share Jen and Percy’s rustic Sonoma winery wedding. The groom wrote a really fantastic description of the day, and offers up some great advice as well. Percy describes their relationship as, “the joining of two different cultures– the ordered Asian prosperity of Singapore and the chaotic, creative freedom of California.” I think that really sums up the look and feel of their wedding day.

They had some great DIY elements as well, such as handmade wedding invitation inserts, place cards, and menus. The table names were little wooden framed pictures of the couple, with names of cities written on them that they had visited together. The guest reception table had a Jenga tower for guests to sign and draw well wishes. There were also two little posters of the Norway trip and a crystal diamond to share the story with guests the story of how Percy proposed to Jen under the Northern Lights.

From the Groom… Jenevieve and I met when I transplanted myself to Singapore from California for work in 2009. We were at a Berkeley alumni event (Go Bears!) and I thought she was cute, even though she didn’t go to Cal. We fell in love as she introduced me to Singapore over many years of great food, culture and travel. Our relationship is really the joining of two different cultures– the ordered Asian prosperity of Singapore and the chaotic, creative freedom of California. I finally proposed to her under the northern lights, just before Christmas 2012 in Norway– about as far as you can get from the equator. We are both international travelers and students of many cultures so we wanted our wedding to be firmly rooted in the community of our family and friends with an eye towards our Chinese roots.

Jenevieve directed the style of our wedding and modeled it towards a rustic winery theme. I got a say in the theme colors and being from Berkeley, insisted on some blue and gold. The rest of the color scheme was tied together with a blush pink and white elements that matched Jen’s dress, the cake and all of the reception tableware and decorations. I can’t say that I remember much else about the rest of the details– I’m the groom! However one detail that we were particularly proud of was that we love our kicks! Jen got her dream shoes in cream and gold from Salvatore Ferragamo and I got to wear my favorite black Feiyue kungfu shoes. I think more than any other aspect, that describes us as a couple.

Our wedding day was an incredible whirlwind of activity, beautiful moments and elements of the high life– all immersed in the company of our best friends and loving family. We were extremely lucky with our vendors: the “Moving parts” of the photographers, videographers and DJ worked incredibly well together to execute our plans and make up for the inevitable little problems that came by. Similarly, the cake and flowers were gorgeous and ended up being a collaboration upon delivery! All of the vendors’ final work was nothing short of amazing and we were incredibly grateful to be the beneficiaries of such talent. All of the big shebang was tied together seamlessly by Viansa’s wedding coordinator Meredith, who was instrumental in making us feel comfortable and taking the lead on all the logistical heavy lifting.

Jen and I were very happy with how everyone helped coordinate to celebrate with us and take the party to the next level. Our pictures and videos captured the magic of the day perfectly and are now a cherished memento to help us carry this memory long into the future.

From the groom’s side, it’s a bit easy to become cynical about the whole wedding process, especially when you’re in a tornado of pink and flowers and cake and neither of you seems to be having a good time. However, after all the dust has settled, I felt that it was more than worth it. I don’t know if many grooms speak up afterwards, but guys– hang in there! The wedding day is intense but a hell of a lot of fun. Take breaks together when possible, eat as fast as you can, high five your bros often and insist on a cigar bar. The cigar bar helps a lot.

In the end, seeing the love of your life so happy is its own reward.

Photography: Alison Yin | Videography: Micha Videography | Wedding Dress: Divine Couture | Cake: Occasional Cakes | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: Viansa Winery & Marketplace | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Sage | DJ: Blu Edge Productions | Grooms Attire: Massimo Dutti | Bouquet/Boutonnier: Loop Flowers | Bride Jewelry: Canary Diamond Company | Bride Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Coordination: Meredith Espinoza | Groom Shoes: Feiyue

Westerbeke Ranch Wedding

In the land of always perfect weddings (I’m talking to you, CA), this pretty little Westerbeke Ranch affair is shining BRIGHTLY.  Think soft pastel hues, all kinds of amazing (+ rustic chic) details and one seriously breathtaking setting.  It’s the kind of day we’ve come to expect from the Golden State with enough pretty to fill your entire evening.  See it captured by Kate Harrison in the full gallery.

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From Kate Harrison Photography… After their first date, Kim & Ben spent 40 days straight together. They were married at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma–a beautiful, spacious retreat with cottages & adobes. It’s a place that brings relaxation–50 of Kim and Ben’s closest friends stayed with them on site the whole weekend and they started their wedding day by offering a yoga class to them. Friends helped fold paper cranes that were hung for the ceremony. Kim & Ben had many home made items and did all the print design. Kim is a graphic designer and created the invites, menu and signage. They both made terrariums that were placed throughout and beautifully complimented The Cutting Garden at Flora Grubb’s arrangements. Favors were tiny organic tomato seeds in tiny vials. Blankets were on the lawn, encouraging guests to sit and relax. Their goal was to create a feeling of a curiosity shop with little trinkets strew about the tables. Their colors were metallic, mint and peach.

Photography: Kate Harrison Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Celeste Felciano Events | Dress: Monique Lhuillier Candy | Cakes: Yasukochi's Sweet Stop | Shoes: Aldo | Catering: Westerbeke Ranch | DJ: DJ Sir Edgar | Groomsmen's suits: Indochino | Day of Coordination: Vera Devera | Florals: The Cutting Garden At Flora Grubb | Invitations & Signs: Kimberly McCollister Design | Suit: JCrew | Westerbeke Ranch: Westerbeke Ranch

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