Sophisticated Gold Fall Garden Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 02, 2015


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Anna and Rodney were married at Cornerstone Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif. on October 18. “We knew it was the one because the venue had beautiful gardens and art installations, but also several different places for the events of the day to take place,” Anna said. The bride wore a custom-made blush ball gown with an embroidered bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, and a pair of peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long pleated dresses with halter necklines and carried bouquets of roses, scabiosa pods, and berries. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “I Do,” directing them to the Vineyard Lawn and another wooden sign that said, “Ceremony, where the I dos happen, Cocktail Hour, to celebrate the fact that ‘WE DID,’ dinner, off to the tent where fine dining, drinking, and memories will be made, and Back to the Barn, head to the dance floor, grab some sweets, and P-A-R-T-Y.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. “My favorite moment was walking down the aisle, with everyone standing, music playing, slow motion, and anxiety,” she said. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, vintage books, and votive candles, surrounded by mix ‘n’ matched chairs. In lieu of a cake, there was a cake pop tower. Fun fact: a gobo monogram was projected behind it! However, favors were pashmina shawls. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Excel is your best friend,” Anna said. “From the very beginning, keep lists for everything like your guests and vendors with as many line item details as you can and keep it up-to-date. If you get it all in there, (i.e. phone numbers, addresses, emails, meal preferences, etc.) it will make things that much less stressful when it comes time to confirm attendees, final counts for rentals, catering, reminders, thank you cards — too many things to list.” At the end of the night they jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Megan Clouse Photography | Videography: Frontside Films | Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma | Event Planner: Kristen Jensen of Sugar Rush Events | Dress Designer: Veejay Floresca | Hair and Makeup Artist: Kimberly Prado | Officiant: Abraham Alonzo | Invitations: Rodney Canlas | Floral Designer: The Flower House | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering | Cake: Cake Coquette | Cake Pops: Sweet Lauren Cakes | DJ: DJ Ray of Verducci Event Productions 

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. 

Intimate Wine Country Wedding, Sonoma California

Posted by Jeffra on Aug 05, 2011

Hilary + Eli

May 2011

Sonoma, California

Photographer: Diane Askew Photography | Caterer: Girl & the Fig | Event Planner: Holliday Weddings | Floral Designer: Lavendar | Musicians: Hot Club of San Francisco | Reception Venue: Gundlach Bundschu Winery | Equipment Rentals: Wine country Party Rentals

Real Sonoma Vineyard Wedding: Micaela + Kai

Posted by Jeffra on May 26, 2011

Micaela + Kai

Running Rabbit Ranch & Vineyard, Santa Rosa, CA.

August 2010

The Love Story: It was young love when Micaela and Kai met on the first day of high school in Santa Rosa. “We dated for a few months in the ninth grade then found each other again right before graduation,” the bride recalls. “After nine years of travel, living abroad and schooling, we finally got engaged in Costa Rica.” When it came time to plan their wedding in Sonoma, they set out to find a unique location that would make for a relaxed, simple and modern event. “The second we stepped foot on the grounds at Running Rabbit Ranch & Vineyard we looked at each other with tears in our eyes,” she says. “It was perfect. Running Rabbit incorporated everything we had wanted for our wedding day: a ceremony on a hilltop overlooking Sonoma County, a cocktail hour outdoors surrounded by roses, a dinner among the vineyards and a big white barn for dancing. It was a dream! –Amanda Vineyard, of Amanda Vineyard of Vineyard Events

Real Sonoma Backyard Wedding: Kelli + Edgar

Posted by Jeffra on Dec 06, 2010

Edgar + Kelli

June 2010

Sonoma, CA

The couple fell head over heels in love with the quaint little town of Sonoma, California.  The Groom took the bride there for her birthday during their first year of dating.  At midnight, on her birthday, he took her to the park in the center of town. One year later, when Edgar proposed, they knew exactly where the wedding would take place – the center of town.

They decided on an eclectic garden theme, something that gave them the “backyard” feel they wanted… yet very elegant.  Casa Sonoma, a rental property in Sonoma, provided this exact look for their reception.

To get the eclectic look they wanted, the couple spent, what seemed like countless hours, searching antique, thrift and flower shops until the perfect bottles, vases and flower pots were found. Nazli, a bridesmaid and owner of Stems, graciously agreed to do all of the floral arrangements – this is where the garden theme really came to life.

Two days before the big day, the bride and her mom decided to take on the task of refinishing the cake table.  It was purchased at a local thrift shop about two miles from the reception location  It was transformed from a light wood finish to a radiant cool blue. The table was set next to a cherry plum tree – the contrast was striking.  Meagan, a friend of the groom, did an amazing job creating two cheesecakes, strawberry and mint chocolate chip, along with a Lemon Poppy Seed cake.  Her artistic display was topped off with yellow roses.