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.
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
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.