Purple and Orange Fall Lodge Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 09, 2013


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Angela and Carlino were married at The Lodge at Sonoma on September 28. “The outdoor lawn has an amazing rock wall around it that we knew would make a great background for the wedding ceremony,” Angela said. “And the stone building, where we had the reception, had incredible exposed ceiling beams hung with lanterns.” Besides the bride’s Maggie Sottero lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline, two of her favorite details were the flowers and entertainment! Bouquets were filled with orange and purple roses, dahlias, and orchids, and many guests raved about the mixture of music that was played. “We loved the entire day,” she said. “Having all of our family and friends there, the toasts, the food, and the music. It was a living dream. I want to go back and do it again!”

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Photography: Cathy Stancil Photography | Venue: The Lodge at Sonoma | Floral Designer: Wine Country Flowers | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Hair Stylist: Nicole Hitchcock of NH2 Salon | DJ: Planet Entertainment  

Venue Color Schemes

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 17, 2013

Once you have finally booked your venue, it’s time to pick your color scheme! You may think the colors are completely up to you; however, you should take into account the setting of your venue, the time of year your wedding is taking place and how formal or informal your ceremony and reception will be.  Remember, not only do you want your color scheme to set the vibe for your wedding but also complement the venue. Here are our favorite color scheme combinations to inspire you:

Historic Home = Yellow + Gray

Photo: Ned Jackson Photography

Dorothe & Manny 

August 4

Sonoma, California 


Q & A with the Bride:

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

It was the property where I grew up. I knew that I wanted a rustic, beautiful setting outside that was personal, so our ceremony took place in my mother’s rose garden in the backyard. 

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

1. I loved the colors of my wedding: cobalt blue, turquoise and navy blue

2. The Magnums of Blue Farm Pinot Noir, Carneros

3. My table numbers

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

While walking down the aisle, listening to my stepfather play the song “Blackbird” on his classical guitar,  I can’t forget seeing my husband for the first time that day. 

DJ or Band?

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 26, 2012

Photos (from top to bottom): Cathy Stancil Photography and CINEMATICbyDavidM

Whether you’re planning a wedding on a budget or not, you still want your guests to be entertained and kept on the dance floor all night long. Here’s some tips to help you decide between a DJ or band:

1. Ask for recommendations.

2. See them perform live before you hire them.

3. Consider the size of your venue.

4. Think about playing music for all age groups.

Which would you rather have at your reception?

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Countrified, Casual Barn Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 21, 2012

Melissa & Alan

June 9



Q & A with the Bride: 

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

I spent several hours over a period of weeks individually stamping out guests names on place cards that were then attached to antique keys and displayed on a bird cage and two rustic frames. For all the time I spent, my vision really paid off, and I was glad I could incorporate the detail of the keys, since my husband had introduced the idea to me when he brought home some old keys he had found. I also loved simple, mason jar floral arrangements and burlap table runners as well as the succulent boutonnieres that were at the request of my husband but happened to be a favorite of mine too.

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

Everything! From waking up surrounded by my best friends to being escorted away on our pedicab, it was truly the best day of my life  filled with so much love and happiness. I was never nervous, having spent the last seven years of my life with Alan, but it was so encouraging when he dropped by my parents house the morning of the wedding to pick up a few things to bring over to the barn. He was the biggest gentleman, calling my sister ahead of time to make sure I was out of sight and having her give me a message saying that he was ready and had written his vows and knew that I would look beautiful. To know that this day was just as important to him as it was to me, after all the little disagreements we had had in the planning process, reassured me and made me that much more excited for the afternoon. The whole experience far exceeded my expectations, and I am so happy Cathy was there to artfully capture these memories that I will cherish forever.