After a fateful meeting in 2009 and a romantic Kauai proposal in 2016, Lauren and Dell knew they wanted a California wedding where they could show their East Coast families the beauty of Wine Country. Lauren and Dell first enlisted our help with Venue Scouting where we would spend an entire day together touring beautiful properties that fit the bill for their dream wedding day. Envisioning a refined and classic European Tea Party as the design inspiration, our last venue stop of the day, Kunde Family Winery, ended up being the perfect destination for their celebration. The secluded location of Boot Hill at Kunde Family Winery offers panoramic views of wine country, a spectacular grove of Valley Oaks, and we knew that this Sonoma Valley locale would serve as the perfect backdrop for our couple’s unforgettable reception.
Following their church ceremony at St Francis Solano Church in Sonoma, our beaming newlyweds and their guests gathered at Kunde for the cocktail hour and reception. With Lauren and Dell’s original vision in mind of dining beneath the stars with family and friends, we set the reception beneath 100+ year old Oak Trees that were strung with lighting, setting the mood for the romantic evening. With an elegant palette of champagne, cream, and touches of soft peach, Lauren and Dell’s refined style was reflected through the understated yet thoughtful decor details. Bianca with Studio Luzance created an elegant invitation suite and worked with us to pair stationery for the wedding day as well. We imagined delicate floral with sage green calligraphy for the menus, which were personalized for guests and doubled as seating assignments.
Lush garden blooms, champagne linens, and hemstitched napkins tied off with a hand dyed silk ribbon, and vintage-style flatware completed the tabletops. For our sweethearts, we created an intimate dining space for them under the arch of an Oak tree with a petite wood table and cream settee. We accented the sweetheart table with a lush garland that draped to the ground and tucked lush blooms of garden roses into it. The two would spend the evening here dining on the spectacular menu prepared by Ramekins Culinary School and laughing together through an evening of toasts.
The two ended the night dancing beneath the stars to their favorite band, Hip Service, surrounded by all of their family and friends. We could not have wished for a more perfect evening for such a lovely couple. Congratulations Lauren & Dell!
Planning and Design: L’Relyea Events | Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Solano Church | Reception Venue: Kunde Family Winery | Caterer: Ramekins Culinary School | Photography: Lori Paladino Photography | Reception Music: Hip Service | Florist: Valley Flora | Cinema: Love Spun Films | Cake and Dessert Bar: Moustache Bakery | Transportation: Beau Wine Tours | Hair and Makeup: The Powder Room | Rentals & Lighting: Encore Events Rentals