We are hoping all of you are enjoying a lovely, sunny holiday and in honor of all things summer, all things care-free and of course, all things wedding, we have a shiny, happy, yellow-infused soiree for your Labor Day viewing pleasure. We love, love these bright yellow bridesmaid dresses to pieces and absolutely cannot get enough of all the homemade treats captured to perfection by Hendrickson Photography Weddings. What better way to say au revoir to summer? See more from this gorgeous gathering in the gallery.
From the beginning, we knew that we wanted our wedding to be comfortable. Most of our guests had never been to wine country and we wanted our wedding to showcase the rustic beauty of the area. One of the focal points of our wedding was the involvement of our friends and family to create the perfect day. From the collection of over 1,000 glass jars to provide a candlelight backdrop for the reception, to the handmade bouquets created by the bridal party, our wedding was truly a community effort. In the months leading up to the wedding, we posted huge pieces of craft paper on our apartment walls to list out all of the details that needed to be taken care of. The morning prior to the wedding, a few of my bridesmaids and I took a trip to the San Francisco Flower Market and purchased locally grown flowers that were used in the bouquets and boutonnieres for the wedding party as well as a few centerpieces placed in mason jars on the tables. My mom and a close family friend sewed the table runners using washed burlap embroidered with a delicate scalloped border.
A close friend that was ordained for the occasion married us under a magnificent oak tree surrounded by vineyards. His personal words as well as the vows that we wrote to each other helped add to the intimate feeling for the entire evening. At the cocktail hour, we served a signature drink created with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, rosemary simple syrup, cointreau and vodka complemented with drink sticks tied with ribbon and yellow cocktail napkins stamped with our monogram. The personal chef that we hired put in an incredible amount of time in sourcing the ingredients. The figs for the appetizers were hand picked and the squash for the orzo salad had been grown especially for our wedding. All of the other organic produce was from a local sustainable farm. Many of our guests remarked that it was the best food that they had ever had at a wedding.
Our guests danced all evening on the patio under the café string lights, played a pick-up game of bocce and mixed and mingled in the functioning wine barn. For dessert, in lieu of a traditional wedding cake we asked a few family and friends to bring special treats for a dessert bar. One of the bridesmaids made our wedding cake, a delicious vanilla cake with a coconut custard filling and coconut buttercream frosting. Others brought homemade desserts including French macaroons, white chocolate cake balls, cheesecake, and chocolate dipped rice crispy treats. The mother of the groom brought cakes that were a favorite from his childhood in Philadelphia. The contributions that our family and friends made to our wedding provided a personal and loving feeling for a day that we will never forget.
Photography: Corey Hendrickson of Hendrickson Photography Weddings / Day-of Coordinator: Green Girl Events / Hair and Makeup: Belle of the Ball / Guitarist and DJ: Steve Ezzo / Venue: Casa Vecchia Estate and Vineyard / Chef: Gretchen Luongo, Kitchen Gretchen (to see more pics of the food, click here) / Dress: Monique Lhuillier, purchased from OnceWed / Shoes: Boden / Bridesmaid dresses: Newport News / Hair Flowers: Handle & Spout / Invitation Materials: Paper Source