Wine Country Wedding From Elle Jae Photography
February 3, 2010
By: eddye
Weddings in Wineries

We seem to be going from coast to coast a lot lately! California ... Texas ... California ... Texas ... honestly, it's not intentional! When we get a pretty, pretty wedding ... we post it!!  So, today, it's back to the wine country ~ with Amy & Adam's wedding from Elle Jae Photography ...

They met in college and were BFF's from the start.  After they graduated, that's when things heated up and ... voilá!

Elle Jae Ceremony Outdoor BR Winery

Here's a bit of their story, straight from Amy, the beautiful bride ...

Adam and I met on the first day of college at the University of Kansas. We lived on the same dorm floor and quickly became close friends. Throughout the years at college, I set Adam up on dates with my sorority sisters and even auctioned him off at a sorority auction! After college, I moved to Chicago, while Adam moved to San Francisco. Both single, Adam and I planned for me to visit him in San Francisco in early 2007. The rest is history. We dated long distance for a year and then I moved to San Francisco in 2008, where I happily accepted a position with Paula LeDuc Fine Catering.

Adam proposed to me the day after Thanksgiving 2008 at the Campanile bell tower in the heart of the University of Kansas’ campus. This is the exact same location his father proposed to his mother 36 years prior to our engagement!

Elle Jae Bridesmaids

BR Cohn Winery was the perfect location for our ceremony (at Fox Hill), as we wanted to get married under an old tree ~ a beautiful wine country setting.

Elle Jae Wedding Ceremony

As soon as we were engaged, Adam and I had no problem selecting colors or finding inspiration. I love all things nautical, so I went with navy, soft (dandelion) yellow, and papaya/coral. Our wedding colors complemented the gorgeous colors of the fall season. We incorporated stripes into our save the date, invitation, program, escort cards (Hello Lucky), centerpieces, groomsmen’s ties, and cake (Fleur de Lisa). The look was fairly preppy. We also used a lot of white to keep the look simple and allow for the colors to pop (floral/event design by Kathleen Deery Design).

Cake Fleur de Lisa

Cake by Little Black Book member, Fleur de Lisa.

Elle Jae Food Flowers

Floral Design~Kathleen Deery Design, Catering~Paula LeDuc Fine Catering.

Elle Jae Food

Wedding invitations and other paper finery from LBB member, Hello Lucky.

Elle Jae Photography Cake

It is obvious that the celebration was about Adam and me coming together. But even more than it being about us, it was about our family and friends. We wanted to show our Midwestern family and friends how wonderful Sonoma at harvest can be. We incorporated lovely Californian cuisine into the hors d‘oeuvres and certainly into our family style dinner.

Elle Jae Dinner

As the evening grew colder, I put on a yellow cardigan embroidered with my new initials while the bridesmaid put on J-Crew navy cardigans. The guests were encouraged to choose a navy, yellow or papaya wrap (which I picked up in China Town for $6.50 a piece!). As the evening grew darker, the stunning lighting became more apparent to guests. Beautiful white linen lampshades were scattered throughout the Olive Grove. Got Light? lighting specialists also incorporated lots of yellow/orange/amber in the tree and architecture washes. The lighting made ALL of the difference. We capped the night off with warmed cider and petit candied apples!

Elle Jae Candied Apples

Our wedding wouldn’t have come together without Jenna Ball, Event Manager, from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. She was on site all morning getting us set up to perfection (not to mention the hours she spent with me before the celebration). All of our vendors were absolutely outstanding.

Elle Jae Reception

Credits: Photography-Elle Jae; Cake-Fleur de Lisa; Paper Design/Invitations-Hello Lucky; Venues-BR Cohn Winery; Rentals-Classic Party Rental; Catering-Paula LeDuc Fine Catering; Hair & MakeUp-It's A Date; Dress-Priscilla of Boston; Floral/Design-Kathleen Deery Design; Band-All Star Jukebox; Lighting/Audio-Got Light?; Transportation-Pure Luxury; Ceremony Musicians-Bellarosa String Quartet

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Our thanks to Lisa & James for sharing their beautiful images of the day!

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