Joyful, Sunny Wine Country Wedding in California

Posted by Alexandra on Jun 04, 2013

Marcia & Avram

February 27

Kenwood, California


Q & A with the Bride:

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

The romantic rolling vineyards, and the light in wine country. It always looks like you’re in a movie.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I really loved my flowers. Jamie did an incredible job with the colors and textures. We also loved the car. It was a really fun ride and we felt so regal. Finally, the fact that our wedding was an entire weekend to spend with friends. We could relax, drink wine, eat great food, lie around in our robes by the pool — like having our own private resort.

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

If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that patience pays off.  Sometimes you need to trust in the universe that everything will turn out fine, and it always does. 

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

Seeing Avi’s eyes when he first saw me on our wedding day.



Classic and Lush Washington Vineyard Wedding

Posted by Kim on Mar 11, 2013

Melissa & Chad

September 7

Redmond, Washington


Q & A with the Bride

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

We had a clear vision for our day – romantic elegance, and I knew that I wanted very soft neutral colors.  DeLille Cellars in Redmond, Washington was perfect for our vision and it was just the right size for our small guest count of 58. 

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

Driftwood Arbor – In March, Chad and I drove out to Oak Harbor, WA and we spent the day collecting driftwood on the beach.  We constructed our wedding arbor out of the driftwood that we collected and we had our florist decorate it with flowers on our wedding day.  As an added personal touch, we carved our initials and our wedding date in a heart onto our arbor.

Moss Letters – I love the look of Moss Letters and so I created my own for our wedding day and we hung them on the barn on our wedding day.

Bride and groom signs – I created signs for the back of our chairs that said Bride and Groom.

Welcome boxes for our out of town guests – We have quite a few guests coming in from out of town.  I wanted to do something for them to welcome them when they arrived so I created welcome boxes and arranged to have them placed in each guests hotel room before they arrived.  In each welcome box there was a map and some information of the city, along with some goodies and a mini first aid kit just in case.

Chalkboard Sign – I bought a frame from the craft store and spray painted it ivory and then glued in a chalkboard I found at the hardware store.  I then created a sign outlining the day’s events for our guests.  It also acted as a directional sign, so that our guests could find their way around.

Tracy & Ryan

August 17

Riverhead, New York


Q & A with the Bride:

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

We love all of the charm that the North Fork of Long Island has to offer – the old barns, farmland, and of course the wineries! So we knew we wanted our wedding guests to experience all of that.  We looked at a few different wineries on the North Fork, but what made Martha Clara so perfect and unique was their big old barn where we had our reception.

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

We had our ceremony and cocktail hour outdoors at Martha Clara, and since it was a beautiful day, the horses were hanging out in the field.  One of them actually came right up to the fence looking for food! It was so cool to have them as part of our “backdrop.”

Our florist, Becky Jens from Moments in Time Floral Design hung these really cool paper lanterns inside the barn above the dance floor.  When the sun went down, it really helped to get the party started!

Instead of handing out wedding programs, we made a large chalkboard with the details of the wedding party written on it, and propped it against a fence so guests can read it as they entered the ceremony space.  Not only did we save paper, but I think it added a unique touch and a rustic feel to our event.

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

We had about 20 months to plan and organize our wedding, and we felt that this gave us an opportunity to just enjoy being engaged and take our time with planning the wedding.  We were able to focus on all the little details that we felt made our event unique.

Pretty in Blush Vineyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 30, 2013

Dara & Tony

October 27

Santa Rosa, 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 venue itself. When we first got engaged, we looked at over 15 wineries, and they all looked the same to me. I felt like the guy from the movie “Sideways” screaming about Merlot, but I was swearing off looking at another row of grape leaves. Then we walked into DeLoach. Yes, there were grape leaves but also so much more. 

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

First, our flowers. Our florist, Olivia, transformed DeLoach into a fairytale. I sent her a few pictures of the look we were going for and really just let her run with it. She nailed it, above and beyond. I cannot say enough about her and Papillion Floral. They were professional and so fun to work with! Second, my hair. I just loved my hair, it was perfect. If I could have Jolene at The Loft salon do my hair like that every day I would. Lastly, our food.  Food is very important to our family, and this was an area where we really wanted to seek out the best. Not only did the food look gorgeous, it tasted even better. 

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

Towards the end of dinner, after speeches were finished, the sun had set and candles were lit, my husband and I looked at each other and then looked out at both of our families and friends, eating, drinking and laughing. Everyone we loved was in the same place, smiling under the same twinkling lights for us.

Real Brides Share: Why I Chose My Venue

Posted by Kim on Jan 18, 2013

Searching for a wedding venue is all about finding a spot that matches your personality and style. We’ve interviewed hundreds of brides over the years about how they found their wedding sites, and wanted to share a few of them with you to provide some inspiration as you begin your venue hunt.

Photo by Evin Photography

We chose to have our wedding and reception at my parents’ home because of the beautiful backdrop and landscape that was already present. We wanted an intimate setting with all our close family and friends , so it was absolutely perfect,” -Ashlie, married May 19 in her parents’ backyard in Tennessee. View more photos from this wedding