Laid-back Fall Vineyard Wedding in California

Though they live and work in New York, Ashley and Nick knew that they wanted their fall wedding to take place in California, where they knew it wouldn’t rain on their wedding day. Having met in a vineyard on the East Coast where Ashley runs an artist residency centre, and after several trips together to California, finding a beautiful vineyard to wed in was especially meaningful.

Focusing on spending as much time as possible with each other and their guests, the couple enlisted the help of a seasoned California wedding planner to ensure their day ran seamlessly. They chose 4 distinct locations around the vineyard to use throughout the day – the ceremony site under a stunning oak tree; the cocktail hour in the backyard of the main house overlooking the Sonoma Valley; the dinner, a single table between the Cabernet Sauvignon vines; and the barn for dancing and late night festivities. “It was most important for us to make the one long 75-person dinner table in the vines work; it was tricky to pull off but we knew the result would be absolutely magical,” says the bride.

Read on for more from the bride:
“Nick and I stayed at Wallace Creek the weekend of the wedding. Before everyone arrived that day, we went on an early morning run around the property, passing each of our locations before they were set up and filled with people. It was a very special moment to experience the quiet and stillness of the morning before a day we knew would be very eventful. We chose to get ready together, which calmed both of our nerves. Nick prepared both breakfast and lunch for me that day and made sure that I ate while I was getting my hair and makeup done. He knew that otherwise I would have forgotten to eat! We took most of our photos, alone and with our families, before our ceremony so we didn’t have to miss any of the time with our guests, most of whom had flown in from places far and wide especially for our wedding.

The dinner was definitely my favorite part of the evening. We had a four course seated dinner, so everyone, including Nick and I, really had the time to enjoy the food, the wine, and the company of our friends and family. At one point during the dinner, Nick and I decided to have an impromptu first dance in between the vines. I love that we decided not to schedule a lot of those classic wedding moments and allowed them to happen organically. It allowed us to be present every step of the way.

I was smiling from ear to ear throughout the entire day (with the exception of the tears during the ceremony). It was incredible to be surrounded by so much beauty and love at one time. Nick and I took a lot of mental and physical “snapshots” throughout the day, to absorb in all of the details and ephemeral moments that made the day so special.”

Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Planning: Alison Event Planning + Design | Venue: Wallace Creek Vineyards | Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs | Stationery: A Fabulous Fete | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Reception Dress: Dolce & Gabbana | Groom’s | Attire: JCrew | Makeup: Bianca Rubi | Hair: Jacqueline Duignan | Rings: Kwiat | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Catering: Sage Catering | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: San Francisco Conservatory Of Music | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Photo Booth: The Bus Booth | DJ: DJ Funklor | Rentals + Lighting: Bright Event Rentals

04.12.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Using Potted Plants In Your Wedding Decor

Potted plants are a simple way to add a natural and organic touch to your wedding day decor. Not only is this a great and completely manageable DIY option, it also looks incredibly beautiful. Here we’ve gathered a few of our favorite ways to include potted plants into your wedding day décor here:

 

04.12.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Elegant Outdoor Wedding on the Adriatic Coast

When we think of classic, elegant weddings, many of us immediately think “hotel ballroom.” But Ana and Eric’s wedding, set at the Aman Sveti Resort on the Adriatic Coast of Montenegro, shows us that elegance can be found anywhere.

After meeting online, the couple swiftly discovered not only shared interests, but a passion for changing the world. Ana’s creativity and Eric’s actionable pragmatism complement each other perfectly when working on projects together, and planning their wedding was the perfect example. Ana, born in Montenegro, had always imagined being wed on the windswept Adriatic beaches of Sveti Stefan where she played as a child, but never shared that dream with anyone. The first time Eric laid eyes on the charming seaside hideaway, he felt the same.

The challenge was in bringing their friends and family together, spanning the US, Canada, Europe, and Africa. The couple was blown away when 135 guests made the trip, creating a truly international wedding weekend. Their elegant, flower-filled outdoor ceremony was set against the backdrop of the Adriatic sea, and a beachfront reception beautifully planned by Once Wed vendor Easton Events followed.

Event Planning & Design: Easton Events | Floral & Design: Mindy Rice | Photographer: Tec Petaja | Venue & Catering: Aman Sveti Stefan | Bride’s Dress: Ines Di Santo | Groom’s Suit: Alton Lane | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Linens: La Tavola | Calligraphy: Feast  | Videographer: Darko Vlahovic | Tenting/Staging/Rentals: Fest | Band: Loco | Lighting/Sound/AVLite-Prom: Lite-Prom | Cake: Carolija | Local Planning Resource & Translator: Mirjana Zivanovic | Officiant: Ali Cramer

04.11.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Coastal Wedding Ideas

The coast can be one of the most romantic landscapes for your I-do’s. We are so inspired by the mystery of the coastal fog and the beautiful, cool tones of the sea. There are many ways to bring the feel of the coast to your wedding, even if you’re far from it. Below are a few of our favorite ways to infuse the coast into your wedding day. Be sure to check out the full guide here.

04.08.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning