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Modern + Geometric Sonoma Winery Wedding

With an art director Groom and a beautiful Sonoma Valley winery setting, it’s no surprise this day is so pretty. From the hexagon monogram (designed by the Groom!) and playful piñatas to the message-in-a-bottle guest book, it’s the perfect modern wedding. And with vendors like Milou + OlinBella BridalLa Tavola LinenBright Party Rentals and that gorgeous Hayley Paige, it was this couple’s dream day. See it all in THE VAULT!

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From Kaella of Kaella Lynn EventsTori and Sean wanted an intimate, simple yet elegant wedding set in Wine Country, where they often enjoy taking day trips to break from their busy schedules among the peace and serenity of the rolling hills. Originally from the East Coast, they have lived in San Francisco for several years and wanted to share one of their favorite places with family and friends. The key words that described their wedding vision were rustic, minimal and elegant. We toured many venues across the Sonoma and Napa valleys, and ultimately they selected Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma. It was the perfect fit, not only due to its beauty, but the privacy and peacefulness of the wedding location, which set the stage for the intimate gathering they desired.
 
One of the unique and fun aspects in designing this wedding was how involved Sean was in the design. As an Art Director, he has a clear aesthetic, which includes appreciation of modern and minimal design. This inspired some of the more industrial components, as well as clean lines through geometric shapes and white décor pieces. The two share a love of succulents and wanted a subdued color palette, so we took our cue from the soft shades found among succulents (noted as their favorite over flowers): green, grey, pale blue and muted purple.
 
So many elements were customized and personal. Sean designed their hexagon monogram. The hexagon became a central shape among the décor, from the escort cards to the trays that decorated the Guest Book station. In the last weeks, Tori saw a blog post I shared about using piñata’s at weddings and just had to have one. I could not have been more excited! We installed a trio of hexagon and diamond shaped piñatas to the large Oak Tree that lead to their dance floor. After the first dance, the wedding party kicked off the party hitting the piñata until it spilled goodies for their guests – certainly a big hit among the crowd (pun intended). 
 
I sourced a vintage riddler rack for the escort card display. Sean and Tori loved it so much, they decided to buy it. The rack now has a permanent place in their home. Another personal element was the wedding favors. Tori and Sean often use Govino glasses when they go wine tasting and on picnics for their durability. We had Govino glasses personalized with their wedding monogram. Not one remained at the end of the night! 

Photography: Milou + Olin | Event Planning & Design: Kaella Lynn Events | Floral Design: Fig And Twine | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Invitations: Little Miss Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Ramekins Sonoma | Hair And Makeup: Bella Bridal - Gabriela | DJ: Gatsby Entertainment | Favors: Production Zone | Venue: Gundlach Bundschu Winery | Desserts: Delish Designs | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Napkins: Cost Plus World Market | Rentals: Bright Party Rentals

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Rustic + Romantic Ramekins Culinary Institute Wedding

A ring hidden in a jacket pocket; a chilly girlfriend in need of warmth…. it’s the setup of a proposal gone awry, but not in this case. This couple’s engagement story is too cute for words and their California celebration is too pretty for pics. Janae Shields captured it all and this gallery of gorgeousness in our VAULT is the perfect boost to get you through the rest of the workday – enjoy!

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From Janae Shields Photography… September 13th is the birthday for both Lauren and her father, Stephen. Planning around this weekend gave John the perfect opportunity to share the engagement with family and friends while Lauren planned to celebrate her birthday. Needless to say, she had no idea what was going on. John had secured his great grandmother’s ring and placed it along with a birthday card in the pocket of his jacket. After some celebratory birthday drinks, John and Lauren walked to Huntington Park, across from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco so John could give Lauren her birthday present.

Everything was going as expected until Lauren, who had forgotten a jacket (something John should have expected) requested to wear his jacket. John couldn’t say no without causing questions, so he handed it over. Lauren immediately put on the jacket and shoved her hands in both pockets, which nearly gave John a heart-attack. Thankfully, though, he put the ring in the inside breast pocket.

John and Lauren sat down in the park and John began to propose. He gave Lauren a birthday card and expressed how much their time together had meant to him, how much he loved her, and his plans to spend his life with her. Lauren reciprocated everything… this was great news because John hadn’t even proposed yet! At this moment, John asks Lauren to reach into the jacket pocket. Not knowing what to expect, Lauren pull the ring out and John proposed. After several emotional moments that seemed like an eternity to John, Lauren said “Yes!”

From the Bride… Inspiration for our wedding theme was wine country chic. We simply wanted a comfortable, fun inspiring wedding reflective of our personalities and embodying the surrounding beauty of wine country.

Some special details include: my engagement ring was the ring of John’s great grandmother, and tied around my bouquet was a picture of my parents on their wedding day. This was gifted to me as my “something old”. Also, our cake topper was a Lladro that was handed down to me by my grandmother.

We had DIY elements, including: we had all family members give us a copy of their wedding photos and displayed them all on one big table in celebration of love. Also, for our guest book, we had people take photos in the photo booth and leave a copy in the guest book along with a congratulatory note. Everyone loved it!

Our favorite moments and advice for future brides and grooms is that the day goes by SO quickly as everyone will tell you. Create time that day for just the two of you. We did a “first look” before the ceremony with was awesome for two reasons: 1. It gave us a special moment together before the madness, and 2. Once the ceremony was done – we only had a couple quick pictures to finish up and then went straight to the reception with all of the guests! This maximized our time at our party!

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Photography: Janae Shields Photography | Coordination: Marilyn Ambra | Floral Design: Aimee Lomeli Design | Ceremony Venue: Anderson Ranch | Reception Venue: Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn | Catering: Ramekins Sonoma | Hair + Makeup: It’s A Date At The Powder Room - Mary Belieu | DJ: Crystal Clear Studios | Officiant: Reverand Timothy Mills

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Fremont Diner Engagement Session

I’m all about planning an engagement session that feels totally unique to your story. And for this couple that looked like a pit stop at their favorite little diner for a slice of plum pie. They took along This Love Of Yours Photography to snap up the cuteness, and the gallery is every bit as sweet as it sounds. Keep the engagement inspo rolling in THE VAULT.

From This Love Of Yours PhotographyClara and Patrick love the Fremont Diner. They discovered the iconic restaurant together while wine tasting and would frequently make the trek from South Bay to Sonoma just to enjoy the diner’s downhome cooking- especially their country fried chicken and homemade pies! It was a fun afternoon sampling the best that the diner has to offer (we definitely recommend the plum pie) all while hanging out with and photographing a super lovable couple.

Photography: This Love Of Yours Photography | Venue: Fremont Diner

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