California Wedding by stella alesi/photography
December 22, 2010
United States

There is so much to love about this wedding. It was a weekend long affair bursting with bright, gorgeous floral design by Fleurs de France , a couple with so much love you can feel it through the screen, and beautiful images from the lovely Stella of stella alesi photography (who also happens to be a sister of one of the brides!). It would take a weekend to soak up all the goregous images so be sure to set aside some time with the gallery.






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Sebastopol, California is truly a magical place and Lynne and I feel lucky to have landed here five years ago.  We’re surrounded by natural beauty, incredible artisan food and amazing wine and we wanted our guests to have a taste of the life we’ve built together… so our celebration lasted for days and included a reception hosted by our friends at Domaine Carneros, a behind the scenes tour of Quivira Vineyards  - thanks to Nancy Bailey and an incredible rehearsal dinner prepared by Sondra Bernstein and team at Estate, in Sonoma.  Our wedding day ended with a beautiful evening at Bistro des Copains. Lynne and I held our wedding at our home near Sebastopol and the day could not have been more perfect. Our families traveled from East Coast and Deep South to support us and our commitment, so surrounded by those we love the most, we tied the knot as tightly as California will allow.

From the darling photographer, Stella...Okay, so this is a special one, Lynne is my sister, so please excuse my overwhelming enthusiasm and excitement. That's me, the maid of honor with the ridiculous grin. This was a wedding weekend. Welcome dinner on Friday and the wedding ceremony and reception on Saturday. The Welcome dinner took place at The Estate restaurant. The brides hired a bus to take us all around, first to a vineyard for a wine tasting and then to The Estate for dinner. The florist, for both days, was Jessica Switala of Fleurs de France. As you can see she did an amazing job, especially I thought on the room we had dinner in this first night. The apples were the perfect touch, being that the orchards we passed as we drove around were full with trees hanging with fruit. I thought Lynne and Tammy looked great in black and with all the red in the room, it was intimate, elegant and sensual. The wedding ceremony took place in the garden of Lynne and Tammy's home in Sebastopol. Lynne is a Landscaper and created the garden herself. Many of the details photos included here came from the garden and their property. Such a beautiful landscape with towering trees, and distant mountains, fruit trees and vegetables gardens verdant and plentiful. Again the florist did a beautiful job with the chuppah and bouquets and the girls looked beautiful in their wedding gowns. We referred to them as the Queen and the Princess. (I have to say it was super fun having two brides). After the ceremony and a little dancing we moved onto dinner at Les Bistro des Copains in Occidental. So yummy. I finally had the chance to make the wedding toast that I had been planning for over a year. Not much is better than attending your sisters wedding, I am so happy for them both and was even happier that they could share their love with all of us.


Photography: stella alesi photography / Flowers: Jessica Switala of Fleurs de France / Event Planning: Pilar Mustafa / Cake: Patisserie Angelica / Ceremony location: Home of the brides / Reception Location: Bistro des Copains / Rehearsal Location: The Estate / Dresses: Starlet Bridal