This Wine Country Wedding Is Cinderella Status
February 28, 2018
RusticVineyardSpring Weddings
A swatch of velvet, Cinderella-blue linens from La Tavola set the design tone for this wedding in wine country – refined, enchanting, with a little dash of rustic charm. Between the glowing bride in her Watters princess-worthy gown and her ladies in waiting decked out in lovely neutrals by Joanna August, the stunning and historic, white barn backdrop of Thacher Winery + Vineyard, and the pops of the signature blue throughout the details of the day, designed by Vanessa Noel Events, this wedding captured by Kelsea Holder Photography is straight out of a fairytale.
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From the bride... Words cannot begin to describe the magical day our wedding was. Isaac is from southern California, and I'm from northern California, so finding a central California wedding location was essential. We didn't spend much time looking because Paso Robles wine country stole our hearts immediately, and when we found Thacher Winery, it was love at first sight. The winery is surrounded by rolling hills of vineyards and massive oak trees; it feels as though you're standing inside a pastoral painting. We had always envisioned ourselves getting married in a secluded setting in the midst of nature, and Thacher went above and beyond our dreams in that way.

Along with the natural beauty of the venue, we were captivated by the 100 year old KR barn. This is not any ordinary barn – the high cathedral ceilings and woodwork inside are beautifully unique. Standing inside of the barn while the sun shone through the wooden slats and gnarled wood was breathtaking.

As far as a wedding theme, we envisioned classic country and turned to our wonderful wedding planner, Vanessa, for guidance. We have always loved the color blue but were unsure how it would fit with the venue and landscape we loved so much. We wanted to complement, not over-power, the natural beauty of the venue. Vanessa made our vision come to life and created a beautiful design for our wedding day incorporating blue velvet, blue silk ribbon, our favorite garden roses, lush garlands, and even golden pears! Walking into the barn for the reception was mesmerizing.

A favorite memory from our wedding was our first look. Our photographer, Kelsea, walked us out into a field under a huge oak tree where we saw each other for the first time that day. It was so incredibly romantic. It's hard to share what we loved about our wedding, because we literally loved everything. From the sun kissed hills that surrounded us during our ceremony, to the beautiful design, the delicious food, the amazing dessert display, and the wedding favors of homemade jam from my family garden, it really was like a dream.

From the Vanessa Noel Events... Early on, Hallie fell in love with the white barn at Thacher Winery. Barns are prevalent on the idyllic central coast, but white ones are a little more difficult to find. A white barn that's 100 years old and steeped in history? That's a very rare find, but exactly what Hallie and Isaac fell in love with at Thacher. The barn immediately became the source of inspiration for the design – the combination of white and airiness with rustic wood and an organic environment.

Hallie is a girly girl to the core and wanted a fairytale feeling but without glamour or sparkle. She wanted something that felt rich with romance in a faraway setting with an air of refinement. We started with the color blue (that perfectly matched Hallie's eyes!) and the white of the historical barn. I wanted to create femininity and softness but maintain simplicity, so I began with texture. Velvet linens in the perfect pale Cinderella blue became the piece we checked everything against. From white farm tables and vineyard chairs to the soft trailing greenery we used as a backdrop for an escort card display, everything referenced the romantic storybook ambience Hallie wanted to create. One of my favorite design elements was the addition of golden pears in the centerpieces and garlands. The added texture and color was unexpected and created a classic still life element that I really loved!