Rustic Elegant Fall Wedding at Chateau St. Jean
February 3, 2016
California
Al FrescoLuxury VenueOutdoor Weddings
I've developed quite a crush on this whole celebration. It started with the beautiful bride and her stop-everything-and-stare dress. And then it was the venue itself, decked out in pretty florals by Vanda Floral Design and La Tavola's bright linens. But really, it all comes down to the gorgeous images from Koman Photography - and their gallery in our VAULT is what I like to call my new happy place - see it all here!
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From the Bride... Jason and I got married in wine country, during the harvest. The outdoor vineyard setting was not only a beautiful backdrop, but it was also meaningful to us. We went wine tasting on one of our first dates... our first trip together was to wine country... Jason proposed to me after a day of wine tasting in Malibu. Needless to say, it felt appropriate to get married at a winery. A few weeks after Jason and I got engaged, we took a trip to Sonoma from our home in Los Angeles. My parents had recently moved to Sonoma, so they took us around town to some of their favorite vineyards and wineries. As soon as we stepped foot on the grounds of Chateau St. Jean, we knew it was where we wanted to get married!

Once the venue was selected, it was easy to get an idea of the kind of wedding we wanted to have. We pictured a wedding that was equally fun, natural and romantic, like our relationship. Chateau St. Jean was the perfect venue to have a soft and sweet outdoor ceremony, as well as a lively dance-party reception! We wanted the ceremony and reception to feel sophisticated yet easy-going. We chose a light, rustic color scheme that complemented the earth tones of the autumn grapevines. The floral arrangements were neutral but eye-catching. The scenery was airy and ethereal.

Donna Sievers, at Pineapple Planet, was an attentive and caring wedding planner who really understood the idyllic-yet-elegant "feel" we wanted for our wedding. She got to know Jason and I, and incorporated personal touches into every detail. She knew how much we love our French bulldog, Dyson, so she decorated the lounge furniture with subtle, chic French bulldog pillows! I am a busy litigation attorney in Los Angeles, without much free-time for wedding planning, so it was a huge blessing to know that our out-of-town wedding was in truly amazing hands. Pineapple Planet worked closely with my mother to really bring my visions to life! John and Marlene, of Koman Photography, brilliantly captured every aspect of the event. The photos they shot gloriously depicted the charming ceremony, the delicate details and the fun crowd.

I wore a gorgeous low-back, long-sleeve wedding gown by Berta that made me feel both ladylike and sexy. Jason wore a sleek navy blue Hugo Boss suit, which was complemented by his groomsmen's navy suspenders and bowties. My bridesmaids wore champagne colored convertible dresses; each girl was able to style the top of the dress however she wanted. I loved this idea because I had ten bridesmaids who were all able to feel pretty and comfortable wearing the same dress! Thanks to our family, friends, planners and vendors, our wedding was more exquisite than we could have dreamed of!

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