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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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Sonoma Wedding at Beltane Ranch

This wedding just makes me smile. Plain and simple. I can’t help but grin from ear to ear when pouring over every pretty image sent over to us from Elena Graham Photography. This couples’ happiness just seeps through the screen, and you can see just what I am talking about right here.

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From Elena Graham Photography…I photographed Lauren and Mike’s Sonoma wedding earlier this summer at the beautiful Beltane Ranch. Everything about the wedding day perfectly reflected their easygoing, genuine, and warm nature. Mike works in design and Lauren works in environmental policy, and elements of both their passions were present (they designed all the paper goods themselves). The wedding was classic with lots of whites and greens, but with pops of blue throughout.

From the Bride…Mike and I wanted our guests to not only feel relaxed at our wedding, but also like they were being treated to a retreat from everyday life. Mike’s family is from the east coast, mine is from the west coast, and we wanted both families to feel comfortable and welcomed. The whole wedding, from the ceremony to the final song, was awash with our sense of style.

Mike started off by creating a unified visual design and theme for all of our printed and online artifacts. Everything from the save the dates, invitations, ceremony programs, dinner menus, wine labels, and posters all had Mike’s touch on it.

We crafted our own ceremony for the wedding (which was incredibly intimidating at first), but ultimately was one of the most rewarding parts of the experience. Our family and friends played crucial roles in the ceremony, including Mike’s sister Jen as the “minister.” Most family and friends cited the ceremony as their favorite part of the wedding for its uniqueness and its “us” qualities.

We kept things simple by having a small wedding party of two people on each side. My maid of honor was a huge help throughout the planning process and helped me a ton the day of the wedding. I was able to save money by buying my Romona Keveza gown for a fifth of its retail price at a huge sale in San Francisco. I kept the dress a secret from Mike throughout the whole engagement and I was nervous about whether or not he would like it. Lucky for me he loved it! He and I joked that the dress looked like a coconut cake (which happens to be one of his favorite desserts)!

The Beltane Ranch is a charming location and fit the low-key Northern California vibe we were going for. The cocktail hour allowed people to freely walk the grounds, play lawn games, and reconnect with friends and family. We hung our childhood photos on the branches of a small tree, which allowed guests to meander through the tree to view, and sometimes laugh, as they recalled our childhood memories.

We wanted everyone to feel very well fed and like they were guests at our own backyard dinner. Feast Catering really delivered with outstanding food and service! The food was fresh, warm, served family-style, and plentiful. As far as we know, nobody left hungry. My aunt helped with our wine because she works with Windsor Vineyards and was able to customize our labels and wine choices. My brother, who works with the Angel Cakes cupcake company, was able to provide us with delicious cupcakes, some of which were also vegan and gluten-free.

In the end we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. As we review the beautiful photos from Elena Graham and reflect on that day, we are filled with nothing but joy and happiness. Life truly is different now.

Photography: Elena Graham Photography | Floral Design: Spiral Hand Design | Dress: Romona Keveza | Shoes: Topshop | Catering: Feast Catering | DJ: Fog City Entertainment | Bar: Bartenders Unlimited | Cake + Cupcakes: Angel Cakes | Ceremony + Reception: Beltane Ranch

Romantic Sonoma Valley Wedding

There are about a million and one reasons CA weddings are awesome, but standing high atop that list? The breathtaking scenery.  Well… the breathtaking scenery, perfect weather, talented vendors and adorable duos who say “I do” in this lovely wedding paradise.  Case in point?  This crazy gorgeous wedding from Jessamyn Harris, an ode to The Golden State if ever there was one.  See it all here.

And a beautiful film from AwesomeShot Studio for even more pretty…

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From Jessamyn Harris… Jocelyne and Daniel and their families and friends came from Tennessee, Kentucky, and elsewhere in the South, to Sonoma Valley in early August for a private, romantic wedding ceremony and reception. They got married at Kunde Family Winery’s Boot Hill, overlooking the beautiful “Valley of the Moon” and vineyards in every direction. Everyone was then shuttled to the El Dorado Kitchen on the Sonoma town square for dinner, toasts, and cake. It was a perfect combination of Southern hospitality, faith, gentility and family, with the fantastic tastes, sights and ease of Wine Country.

Jocelyne shone in her sparkly headpiece, jewelry, amazing wedding dress, and love filled eyes and heart. Daniel was very caring and kind with his bride, family, and friends, and couldn’t help but tear up when Jocelyne and her father had a dance together. It was very clear that family, faith and love are of the utmost importance to this couple. They also made everyone in attendance feel totally welcomed, and their modern, romantic style contributed to every gorgeous detail of the event.

Photography: Jessamyn Harris | Videography: Awesome Shot | Event Planning: Christy Daly Matthews, Allure Consulting | Floral Design: Josette of Lavender Floral | Cake: Crisp Bakeshop | Ceremony Venue: Kunde Family Estate | Reception Venue: El Dorado Kitchen | Catering: Elaine Bell | Hair & Makeup: The Makeup Dolls | Officiant: Rev. Michael Ireland | Ceremony Music: Laura Simpson | Rentals: Wine Country Party | Transportation: Pure Luxury

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