Sonoma Wedding by John & Joseph Photography Inc.
May 5, 2011
United States
Weddings in WineriesGarden Weddings

Napa Valley is one of those places where any wedding style seems to work perfectly with the surroundings whether the decor be simple or showstopper.  This wedding by John & Joseph Photography Inc. definitely falls into the showstopper category and there is nothing wrong with that!  It is oozing romance in each and every last detail from the crystal-dripping chandeliers, gilded place settings and the bride's three incredible dresses.  Click here to see even more from this whimsical event!

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From the Bride... Steven and I love reveling in incredible food, wine, and spectacular scenery. Throughout our relationship, we have traveled to so many parts of the world, from coast to coast (New York to San Francisco), to abroad (from Bahamas to Maldives ). However, the trip to Napa Valley planted the seed for my inspiration, where just another mini-getaway from the mundane turned into one of the best moments of my life. While having dinner with some beloved friends at the exclusive French Laundry restaurant, Steven proposed. I knew instantly that I would love nothing else than to have my dream outdoor-garden summer wedding in wine country.

Finding a wedding site took months of online research. Miraculously, I came across some photos of a wedding held at the Annadel Estate Winery. All those countless daydreams of dancing in the open ruins, underneath glamorous chandeliers and shining stars could now be a reality. I had found THE wedding venue, where Steven and I, along with our most beloved friends and family, could be transported to our very own personal paradise to celebrate our special day. Annadel was the perfect backdrop for my wedding: romantic, glamorous, and vintage inspired. A blush-color scheme infused with black was chosen to create an ethereal setting by day and a sultry, dreamy setting by night.

The sky was a sea of clear blue. Everything from the chairs to the white antique roses scattered on the grass was kissed by the sun’s golden rays. Even though our family and friends sat around the intimate garden setting, even as my beloved ten-year old dog, Booger, trotted down the aisle as ring-bearer with the bridal party following, I saw only Steven when I walked down the garden path. We exchanged our personally written vows, shed several tears, and had our first kiss as husband and wife in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.

If my best friend/maid-of-honor was my helper mouse, then Brandy from Bliss Events was my fairy-Godmother! The coordination, the planning, and any mishaps were completely taken care of before and on the day of my wedding---from the shuttle buses and rehearsal dinner, to the flowers and the wedding favors. Because of their attention to detail and proactive thinking, I was completely calm and enjoyed every second of my wedding. The guests had plenty to do while the bridal party and immediate family utilized the Estate’s many settings for some photo-ops. The pink and blush colored candy station was a hit for the sweet-lovers, and the open bar serving everything from Napa/Sonoma Valley wine to Patron and Goose was available for those who needed a stronger kick. Everyone feasted on the passed hors d'œuvres and shared laughter and jokes as they searched for their seats. All guests were asked to submit a childhood picture with their RSVP cards, which were later used as their place cards. If they didn’t like what they saw? No problem. A custom photo booth was set up with my personal SLR camera on a tripod for guests to make new memories they would enjoy.

Although we wanted a beautiful and elegant wedding, we still wanted our quirky and fun-loving personalities to shine through as well. To add some eccentric flair to the reception, we incorporated some excitement with the Spazmatics, an equally eccentric 80’s cover band. The guests, young and old, partied like rock-stars, even after the lead guitarist decided to use one of the dinner tables to slide across. The table collapsed from the added weight, no one was hurt, and the fun continued. I’m sure the open bar helped settle the score.

I will never forget my very first dance with my father as we awkwardly twirled to “One Fine Day”, or the clinking of Rose’-filled champagne glasses as our loved ones wished us a lifetime of happiness, the smell of my peony bouquet, or the moment my fiancé became my husband. After changing out of my dress, kicking off those 6-inch heels, the bridal party, my husband, and I shuttled back to our house perched on top of a secluded hill overlooking Sonoma Valley. My dream wedding had come to an end after a culmination of a year and a half of planning. And it was all worth it.

Wedding Photography: John & Joseph Photography Inc. / Wedding Coordination: Bliss Event Productions / Wedding Venue: Annadel Estate Winery / Catering: Alex’s Fine Catering / Floral Design: Blumengarten / DJ: Pacific Entertainment / Wedding Cake: Inticing Creations / Event Lighting: Got Light? / Officiant: Rev. Jacqueline Eigen of Wine Country Minister / Makeup: Louise Zizzo of Mac PRO Team North America / Wedding Cinematography: Well Spun Wedding Films / Event Rentals: Classic Party RentalsHartmann Studio Rentals / Wedding Entertainment: The Spazmatics / Wedding Transportation: Sonoma County Airport Express / Wedding Invitations: Wrap It Up + Paper Source / Wedding Dress: Rivini / Reception Gown: Roberto Cavalli / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride's Head Piece: 5eizen / Pillow & Garter: 5eizen / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG / Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren / Groom's Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent / Groomsmen Attire: Express