Chateau St. Jean Wedding by Lisa Lefkowitz Photography
October 27, 2011
United States

There is no doubt in my mind that you are going to love this little Sonoma beauty with all of your wedding loving hearts. No doubt whatsoever. First, it's from the oh so lovely (and incredibly talented) Lisa Lefkowitz. Second, it has all the elegant style of a ballroom affair yet is all the way al fresco. Third, the soft color palette and flowers from Fleurs de France make me swoon. I could give you a fourth, fifth, six and seventh but you can see all the reasons I'm swooning over this Sonoma affair in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride...When Peter and I decided to start planning our wedding, our main priorities were to have an event that would be relaxing and enjoyable for family and friends, and to have great food and wine. Chateau St. Jean was perfect for our summer outdoor wedding. The winery is located in an area called “Valley of the Moon” in Sonoma, California.  Having lived in San Francisco for many years, I had the opportunity to visit many Napa and Sonoma wineries, and Valley of the Moon became one of my favorite areas. I loved its natural beauty – it had such a relaxing atmosphere, with a Southern European feel.

Sonoma in July can be very warm. To diffuse the heat, we greeted our guests with chilled pomegranate lemonade and Asian paper parasols.  As they were seated, they enjoyed a Spanish guitarist, who also played during the ceremony and cocktail hour.  Our ceremony took place in the shade of the trees, and Chateau St. Jean’s vineyards were the beautiful vistas for the reception dinner. Chateau St. Jean provides Japanese lanterns that are hung between trees over the reception area. We loved those lanterns – they created a magical, fairytale setting.  With good food, music, wine, and desserts: this was the best way to enjoy our special day with friends and family.

Planner: Kiyoe Logan of Celebrations by Kiyoe / Catering: Elaine Bell / DJ: Perfect Day Events / Floral Design: Fleurs de France / Guitarist: Wine Country Music / Hair + Make-up: Mimi + Taylor Salon / Officiant: Dave Weidlich / Wedding Photography: Lisa Lefkowitz Photography / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals + Wildflower Linen / Wedding Cake: Fleur de Lisa / Wedding Dress #1 (getting ready + ceremony): Alfredo Angelo / Wedding Dress #2 (family pictures, cocktail + dinner): Mori Lee / Bride's Shoes: Grazia / Groom's Tuxedo: Calvin Klein / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfredo Angelo / Venue: Chateau St. Jean