Elegant Barn Wedding at Chileno Valley Ranch :: Jane & Will

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride and groom holding hands; bride and groom in field;

Will & Jane got married in a gorgeos setting at the Chileno Valley Ranch in Petaluma – under an arbor made entirely of greenery in the middle of a field, on a perfect Californian summer’s day. Afterwards, the groom’s band kept everyone entertained before a seated dinner in a barn that had been decorated beautifully with simple, modern touches – including some seriously fabulous blooms in ivory and coral.

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride sitting on chair; bride before ceremony;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; boutonieres; pale pink rose buttonholes;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bridal bouquet; coral and white bouquet;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride holding bouquet; white and coral bouquet;

The Ceremony

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? We are both from Northern California so we wanted something in the region, which was also convenient for our friends and families. Choosing a location became easy when we met Sally and Mike, the owners of Chileno Valley Ranch. It was immediately clear that the Gales were genuine, warmhearted people who gave great care to their home – we felt a special connection to them and to the ranch.

Your ceremony in three words. Relaxed, warm, personal.

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; greenery arch; arch made of greenery;

What was your ceremony music?
Processional: The Beatles’ Across the Universe (played live by our musicians)
Recessional: Stevie Wonder’s For Once in My Life

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; musicians playing at the ceremony;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride and dad walk down aisle;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride and dad hug;

How did you go about planning your ceremony? We talked about what we liked and didn’t like in ceremonies and planned accordingly. Generally we wanted the ceremony to feel personal to us, avoid platitudes, and be short and sweet.

Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Our friend Mo officiated our wedding. Mo has been Jane’s friend for many years and has also spent a lot of time with us as a couple – she put a lot of time into making the ceremony specific to us.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We performed a traditional Korean ceremony of bowing to our parents before exchanging our vows.

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; guests at ceremony; parasols for outdoor ceremony;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; ring exchange; bride closing eyes as groom puts her ring on; groom puts ring on bride's finger;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride's family crying during ceremony;

What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The personal nature of the vows and the intimate natural setting.

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; first kiss; bride and groom kiss underneath arbour;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride and groom in grassy field;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride and groom walking with bridal party;

After leaving the ceremony, the couple went back to the beautiful home on the property to take these portraits. How fabulous is bride Jane’s bright coral lipstick, especially against the softer coral tones of her bouquet?

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride and groom posing after ceremony; bride and groom in doorway;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride and groom kiss; bride and groom kiss on porch;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride holding coral and white bouquet;

The Reception

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; wooden reception sign;

How would you describe your reception? We wanted the reception to feel like a party we would want to attend. More backyard-sit-back-and-relax and less formal-event-constantly-herding-people-around. Will played music with some old friends, and we encouraged our guests to roam the grounds, pet the sheep, and generally make themselves feel at home.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The groom’s band performing songs.

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; close up of banjo at wedding; banjo at wedding;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; folk band at wedding; banjo at wedding;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; guests at cocktail hour;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; flower girl in blush pink; flower girl holding giant coral flower; flower girl holding single flower;

Did you have a signature cocktail? We served Manhattans and Mexican Mules. Plus, we served Cooper Barbera wine from Amador County where Will grew up.

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; guests at cocktail hour; mason jar; cocktail in mason jar; striped paper straw;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; parasols in trunk; trunk containing parasols; parasols for guests;

Tell us about your reception. Sally’s daughter, Katie Gordon, has a great collection of antique furniture we opted to have included in our reception. We gave her complete control, so all the vignettes are 100% her creations.

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; antique furniture; cintage furniture; pink velvet furniture;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; floral posy on vintage tray;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; mismatched furniture; atnique furniture; vintage furniture;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; outdoor cocktail hour; guests at cocktail hour;

How did you plan your reception? For planning the reception we tried to keep it as simple as possible – our general approach was to choose vendors we trusted and relinquish most control to their experience and taste. One example of this was our family friends, Nasrin and Momo of La Lavande, who did all the flowers with very little direction. They deserve complete credit for the design of the arrangements and bouquets!

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; barn reception; feasting tables in barn;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; table flowers in coral; coral and peach flowers on tables; gold cutlery; white linens;

How great does the barn look? With two dramatic feasting tables dominating the space, the decor on each table was kept simple, but still had major impact. Glamorous gold cutlery and the stunning coral blooms balance out the bare tables and simple white linens. It looks exactly right for a special occasion, but is still sympaethitc to the vibe of the barn itself.

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; farm tables; feasting tables; long tables inside barn;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; hand drawn place cards; peach flowers on tables; gold cutlery and white linens;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; pink votives;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; peach flowers on tables;

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted to replicate the feeling of family and having an intimate family get together.

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; guests cheersing; cheers; guests clinking wine glasses;

What was your first dance song? Sam Cooke’s Bring it on Home.

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; bride and groom first dance; first dance in barn; first dance;

Chileno Valley Ranch; Kristen Wood; california wedding; first dance;

Colors

Style

Al Fresco

Season

Summer

Vendor Credits

Photography: Kristen Wood / Venue: Chileno Valley Ranch in Petaluma, California / Event Planning & Design, Catering: Gather  / Floral Design: La Lavande / Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom’s Suit: Black Lapel / Groom’s Shirt, Tie: J. Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Stationery, Calligraphy: DIY / Hair, Makeup: Lynn Yee / Reception Music: DJ Chucky

 

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