Romantic Destination Wedding at Stryker Sonoma Winery
July 11, 2014
RomanticWeddings in WineriesSummer Weddings
I think barrel rooms were created solely for wedding receptioning. Well, that and the whole wine storing thing but more importantly how amazing is a dinner amongst the wine? And this beauty is made even more so when floraled and crafted at the hands of one of our absolute favorites, Jacin of Lovely Little Details + snapped to perfection by Edyta Szyszlo Photography. It's a wine lovers dream and a wedding lover's inspiration. See even more right here.
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From The Bride...Our vision was pretty basic, host a great time for our closest family and friends in a place that we loved so that we could share the "official" merging of our worlds. Our wedding was a destination event for almost all of our guests, so it was important that the location for ceremony be a place that had meaning for us (or was something special). And we love food, wine, friends, and family…so those were the critical ingredients.

There were so many great moments during our wedding day (seeing one another for the first time, the sight of friends enjoying themselves, and most of the dances were all particularly great snapshots), but two moments really stuck out. First, despite a heat wave that shocked even die hard Californians, the ceremony was just about perfect. Sarah walking down the aisle with everyone arrayed around a perfect spot in the vineyard after a year of planning was a memory to cherish. Second, when we entered the "barrel room" for dinner, everyone was seated two long tables in a (thankfully) chilled space. Jazz was playing, our friends and family were chatting and enjoying the evening, and we were officially starting our life as a married couple. The shot had been imagined in our minds for almost a year, and it was everything we had hoped.

Three pieces of advice for planning a great wedding: (1) start using a calendar with your goals, deadlines, and details early; (2) pick people (planners, photographers, etc.) whom you trust and connect with so that you can relax about details; and (3) focus on the little pieces up front so that you relax on the big day.