Kabri and Jora were married at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, N.Y. in front of 80 of their closest family and friends, traveling from over 14 states, on September 28. “The grounds gave us the connection we wanted to nature and the outdoors,” Kabri said. “There was a big tree that we could use as the centerpiece of our ceremony, and the open-air pavilion looked out onto the vineyard for the reception.” The color scheme incorporated red, oranges, and purples or “mountain sunset.” “We wanted to evoke the beauty of fall,” she said. As guests arrived, they were greeted with a chalkboard sign that quoted Robert Mondavi, “Wine to me is the passion, it’s friends and family, it’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit.” The nuptials began shortly after they chose a seat not a side. To symbolize their unity, the two nail a bottle of wine and love letters inside a wooden box to be open on their fifth anniversary.”While the sun was setting over the vineyard, Jora and I rose and gave the first toast of the evening. . . we wanted to share our appreciation for their fervent desire to celebrate our marriage,” Kabri said. The newlyweds’ favorite part? The food! “The farm-to-table menu that we created with our caterer exhibited the season’s and region’s local and delicious produce. It was definitely the highlight,” she said.
Megan and David were married at Rocky River Vineyards in Charlotte, N.C. on September 28. “[It's] such a beautiful, tranquil place that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere,” Megan said. “We were so happy to find a place with this atmosphere that wasn’t too far outside the city. We wanted to have our ceremony and reception at the same location and this venue offered that opportunity as well as a place for the bridal party to get ready.” On the day of the wedding, the weather was perfect, no rain. Every bride’s dream right? Megan walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline and keyhole back, carrying a do-it-yourself bouquet. “I loved all the pops of red,” she said. “Red is both of our favorite color, so I was excited to use lots of [it] in our wedding — my shoes, David’s tie, bridesmaid dresses, etc.” Her favorite moment? The first look. “I was so nervous all day up until the moment we saw each other,” Megan said. “It was such a special part of the day to have some time with just the two of us.”
Aimee and Michael were married at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma, Calif. on September 16. “We were really looking for a place that had all the elements of ‘us,’ and a venue that would allow us to create a bespoke experience for our guests,” Aimee said. “When we visited . . . it was a blank canvas beset among a bucolic landscape that just couldn’t be replicated elsewhere. The owners were incredibly accommodating, and the site was fully customizable, which would allow us to showcase our Italian heritage, our urban side, and our love of all things wine country while maintaining that rustic feel we had been hoping to achieve.” She walked down the aisle wearing a Reem Acra ruched bodice wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while Michael looked handsome in his black tuxedo, accessorized with monogrammed cufflinks. Following the outdoor ceremony, guests were seated at a long communal farm table decorated with vases and vessels filled with dahlias and berries, and burlap runners. “We hired a specialty cocktail service, and they made craft cocktails with fresh local ingredients,” she said. Her favorite memory? “During dinner, there was a moment where Mike and I stood at the end of our tables and looked down at all our friends and family eating, drinking, and laughing,” Aimee said. “It sort of hit me that we had pulled this off, our vision had come to fruition, and it was even better than we could have dreamed of.”
Madeline and Nick were married at Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg, Calif. on July 27. “We were looking for a rustic feeling, yet somewhere that guests could come dressed up and feel like they were at an elegant event,” Madeline said. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look — just wait until you see the groom’s facial expression, so happy! The bride walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown, accessorized with an all-white bouquet, whereas, her bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses, accessorized with yellow bouquets. “Our ceremony illustrated our love for one another and for our community,” she said. “And we had a blast with the BBQ and apple pie dessert at our reception.” The best moment of the day? Nick picking Madeline and holding her up in the air during the song “Time of My Life” like Patrick Swayze did to Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
When we first started dating, my first birthday present to Chad was a trip to Paso Robles to go wine tasting. We’ve been coming back to visit a few times each year ever since, so it felt just right to pick a venue in this beautiful area. We searched for dog-friendly venues online, and Hammersky was the first one we saw. It was love at first sight. We couldn’t have found a more magical place.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. The Irish wedding bell bracelets that everyone wore to ring in our marriage and reflect Chad’s Irish heritage.
2. Since I’m German, we did a traditional cutting of the heart. My best friend handmade the heart, and it was so fun to cut it as the first task we had to complete as a married couple and have our family and friends there cheering us on
3. Having every one of our guests be a part of our day. Some created the bouquet and boutonnieres, some helped decorate, Chad’s best friend was our officiant. It just brought it all full circle.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
We are so happy we did the first look. The moment of first seeing each other away from everyone was just so special, and it gave us time to calm down and connect before the ceremony and really remember it. Going down the aisle, I was a crying fool and barely remember it, but the first look moment is unforgettable.