Colorful Spring Garden Wedding in Sonoma Valley
February 25, 2016
United States
Al FrescoWeddings in WineriesGarden Weddings
You might assume today is just another Thursday, but you'd be sorely mistaken. Because today is a parade of pretty like never before, all thanks to Brett Heidebrecht. He's sharing not one, not two, but three incredible weddings from his portfolio and each one has a style all it's own. First up, a peony-filled garden soiree with florals by Poppy Lane Design. Go find your happy place right here in The Vault.
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From the Bride... Kellen and I met in Spanish class in 7th grade and after 2 years of coy smiles, blushing cheeks and a wonderful friendship, we finally started dating freshman year of high school. Fast forward through high school, 5 years of long distance, and a big move to Oklahoma, and we finally make it to our long awaited engagement. During an afternoon stroll in my parent’s beautiful, tree-lined neighborhood in California he popped the question, and of course I said yes!

I worked in San Francisco for a wedding planner right out of college so I’d been dreaming and prepping for my wedding day for years. When I moved to Oklahoma City, after a few years working in a flower shop, I got back to wedding planning just in time to plan my own. Thankfully I had known about Annadel Estate Winery from my time in San Francisco and after one site visit with Kellen and my parents it was obvious this was the place for us. From a ceremony in the ruins, to cocktail hour under oak trees and a reception on the lawn surrounded by views of mountains and vineyards…it was the perfect setting for our day.

Kellen and I we wanted a wedding that would represent us--fun-loving foodies who enjoy the company of our loved ones and dancing the night away! Our vision for our wedding day was a cozy farm-to-table dinner party dining al fresco under bistro lights with our closest friends and family. We wanted our wedding to be bright, colorful and full of life…just like us! It really brought an element of warmth & joy to the entire day. We decided to bring the color in through the flowers. Working in a flower shop for two years made me a bit of a flower snob (I have to admit) so naturally I had to have them all! I decided on a mix of bright, citrus colored flowers to pop off the subtle white, blush pink and navy undertones.

What made our wedding special to us and our guests were the personal details. From day one we knew my big brother Matthew would be the perfect person to officiate our wedding. He is compassionate, loving, feels so deeply, and has an amazing sense of humor. It was important to to have someone marry us who knew us separately and together, and someone who grew up with us, watching our relationship grow. Boy was I right! Choosing Matthew as our officiant was the best decision we made and one that we will treasure forever.

Another important personal detail for us was including my gramma. She passed away 8 years ago and I wish more than anything she could have been there on the day of our wedding. My gramma had a love for hummingbirds and since the day she passed hummingbirds have come to represent and remind us of her. To include her I decided to add a little gold hummingbird to several elements in the wedding including our invitation, menu, and customized stir sticks. It was the perfect way to have her there with us – for the guests who knew her, when they looked down at their menus that hummingbird had a little extra meaning, and for those who didn’t know her.. well, who doesn’t love a hummingbird?

My advice for future brides would be to trust the team you hire. Do the leg work to find the perfect vendors for you, but once you hire them, let them do their thing :) With creative freedom comes unexpected and wonderful creations.
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