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Vintage Chic, Vineyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 20, 2012

Ineca & Bobbie

July 7

Sebastopol, California 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1.What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The vineyard view. The moment we stepped onto the property and caught a glimpse of the breathtaking view of the surrounding vineyards, we fell in love with it. We automatically pictured our guests during dinner – laughing and enjoying themselves, while overlooking the sun setting in the vineyards, sipping a glass of wine and chowing down on some comfort food in wine country.

2.Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our guestbook: We asked guests to write down their advice, notes and wishes on a hanging tag. The tags were then hung in a rustic keepsake box that we now have displayed in our home.
2. Our DIY favors:We filled small kraft paper bags with caramel popcorn and stamped the front with a personalized ink stamp that read “Thanks for sharing in our sweet beginning.” What we loved most about this detail was the fun we had making them – an assembly line of three family generations, including Grandma!
3. Our cakes: We wanted something simple that looked like a real cake you wanted to take a bite out of (and they were delicious!). We displayed three small buttercream frosting cakes with a few fresh dahlias on various cake stands we found at a vintage shop.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

Our first dance to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing.” It was a really fun and relaxed moment in the day. Every time I hear the song, it brings me right back.

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Vivacious, Vineyard Wedding in Napa Valley

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 12, 2012

Crystal & John

August 13

St. Helena, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

 1. We placed our favorite bible passages in pretty antique frames on each table. This was special because we were able to share a bit of ourselves with our guests.

2. The food–The Meadowood has the most amazing food from cocktail hour to appetizers to entrees. Delish! 

3. Watching the same day edit video put together by Cana Productions, our videographer, with all our guests during dinner was  great.

2. Give us the one moment in your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.

I remember my heart feeling very full and blessed from being surrounded by all our closest friends and family. Particularly, the anticipation of getting ready with my bridesmaids, having brunch in the room, getting our hair and makeup done and taking fun pictures. It’s a rare event that all my best friends are in one place together spending quality time together since we all are busy with our daily schedules and living in different cities.

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Missy & KC

April 29

Glen Ellen, California

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Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. I loved what Mary from It’s a Date at the Powder Room did with my hair. She created exactly what I’d envisioned
  2. The cocktail hour was gorgeous. Our caterer provided wine barrels for tables and the amphitheater at BR Cohn overlooks the vineyard. It was stunning and the food was delicious.
  3. The cake looked (and tasted) amazing. Susie Cakes in SF makes beautiful buttercream-frosted cakes and our florist, Josette at Lavender Floral decorated the cake with flowers.

 If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

The details do count – I had so many people mention that they noticed the little touches here and there, and how everything fit so well together; from the tablescape on the escort card table, to how we created the table numbers, to the favors, to the wine barrel tables for the cocktail hour. It was so nice to hear that people noticed all of the minutiae that I’d spent hours agonizing over. That said; don’t sweat the small stuff if it doesn’t all turn out the way you’d planned. Only you know how you’d imagined it all coming together.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

The ceremony felt really special to me, especially our vows. KC and I wrote half of our vows together, and repeated those to each other first. Then we’d each written some vows in secret and surprised each other at the ceremony.  Beforehand it felt like a big undertaking to capture the promises we wanted to make to each other in our own words. But it turned out to be exactly what I wanted. It was personal, funny and touching: my first personal vow was to try to be on time, his was to always feed me and keep my feet warm. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Alison & Josh

September 18

Lake Chelan, Washington

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What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The view from the venue is breathtaking!  I will go out on a limb and say its the best in the Lake Chelan area! I knew right away when I started planning our wedding, that I wanted a place that had amazing natural beauty, ambiance and a romantic feeling. I looked at indoor venues, and some outdoor before finding Benson Vineyards, but, none could compare to the feeling I got when we were there. It felt like ‘us’.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I put a lot of thought into my guest tables and centerpieces. I figured that while I didn’t want huge, expensive centerpieces, I wanted them to be memorable. I had seen an idea online to cut the bottoms off of wine bottles, and put candles in them. My dad cut all the bottles for me and we learned pretty early in that real candles were not going to work, so, flameless ones were used.  I love the way candlelight, even outdoors, creates such a romantic ambiance.  Each place setting was saved with a menu and a wine charm attached that I had hand beaded, with the guest’s name on it.

Another detail very special to me was our wine box.  We wanted to do something unique and personal during our ceremony. Our officiant, pastor Craig, suggested a wonderful idea. A box that would hold a bottle of wine, two glasses, and two letters written each by the bride and groom to each other. We would lock the box together during the ceremony, and open it together on our 5th anniversary. How perfect for a winery wedding! Our moms held the letters we had written to each other, and gave them to us, along with a hug, and we locked the box together.

One of the most important parts of the day for me, was the memory of my friend, Heidi.  She was one of my best friends since college, and had tragically passed away a few years ago. I wanted her to be part of my day though.  I had saved a bridesmaid spot for her, which made our numbers uneven, but, I couldn’t fill it with anyone else.

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Fall Vineyard Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Kim on Jun 27, 2012

Emily & Ryan

November 19

Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Afton, Virginia

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From our Q&A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites!

1. My bridesmaids and their dresses. I thought they looked so gorgeous.

2. Lights and candles during the ceremony – the ambiance.

3. The flowers! I tried to just let the florist do her thing and it really paid off.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Just to breathe and not sweat the small stuff. It will all get done eventually, mainly because it has to! And then it is all over and it seems silly that you stressed so much.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

This one is really hard because I can’t stop thinking about the whole day! But probably the first time I finally got to see Ryan the day of.

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