Alfresco Gundlach Bundschu Winery from Jessamyn Harris
January 10, 2012
United States
CasualWeddings in Wineries
By now I'm sure you've all seen our Best Of Magazine for 2011, and spent hours, days, every waking minute since it launched Thursday, with it. And now that you have spend so much time with our most popular weddings of 2011, you can consider yourself an expert. And I'm betting your expert eyes can see just how stunning this California wine country soiree is. Jessamyn Harris captured the gorgeous light and the lovely couple brilliantly, but, of course, you can see that. The full image gallery has even more perfection for your expert eyes to feast on, so click here for more!
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We're not really sentimental types, so I never thought I would say this, but our wedding felt like pure magic that whole evening. It is the most incredible feeling to be surrounded by people who love you so much you can actually feel it in the air. Our ceremony took place overlooking the vineyards in the (hot!) late afternoon and the light was incredible. It was so bright, which was great in a way, because all we could really see was each other, the Rabbi, and those who came to the chuppah to speak. With all the craze of wedding planning and wedding weekend festivities, it was wonderful to have those moments to remember exactly why we were there.

The party got started immediately - we all sat down for an incredible wine country dinner under the trees and twinkly lights and that part was the biggest blur of the whole night because we were trying to relax and take in everything but we also wanted to speak to everyone individually. Because we kept the guest list somewhat small and it was a destination wedding, we both knew everyone there well and knew how much everyone had wanted to be there to celebrate with us. I think we started dancing before we were technically scheduled to start the dance portion of the evening, but that is the best part because we wanted the night to be organic and for everyone to enjoy all the moments. The dancing is what was really memorable to me, because it felt like it was on the dance floor that everyone was having the most fun, catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones. I have to give it to our DJ - Josh Dukes - for knowing exactly what everyone wanted to hear, even though the crowd ranged from ages 10 to 78!

We were planning from afar, so almost everything we saw at our wedding, from the centerpieces, to the escort cards, to our cigar and truffle bar, was new and exciting. It would not have been half as memorable, beautiful, and enjoyable without the help of our amazing vendors, and the support of our incredible friends and family.

Planner: A Savvy Event / Brunch: Eldorado Kitchen / Rehearsal Dinner: Scribe Winery / Wedding Venue: Gundlach Bundschu Winery / Photographer: Jessamyn Harris / Florist: Fleuressence / Catering: Girl & The Fig / Wedding Cake: Inticing Creations / DJ: Josh Dukes / Rentals: Wine Country Party & LaTavola Fine Linens / Hair & Make Up: It’s A Date at The Powder Room / Save the Dates: Lilikoi Design / Invitations: Golden Rectangle Press