This incredibly romantic wine country wedding comes to us from two of our brilliant Select vendors: Alison Events and Scott Andrew Studio. Stacey and Austin chose Anderson Ranch for their wedding weekend, and the celebration was nothing less than perfect…
From Alison Events: “Stacey was really inspired by a soft and romantic palette while including some textural elements for interest. She loves earthy elements such as olive branches, rosemary and eucalyptus to be along side of the classically beautiful masses of garden roses. The colors focused on pale blush pink with accents of silvery-green and ivory. For her bouquet, Stacey wanted something that was very clean and simple. She wanted us to take a few simple elements from the other arrangements and highlight those alone in her bouquet. A family heirloom locket was attached to the stems of the bouquet.”
From the bride: “We knew we wanted to keep traditional vows but add a twist so we included our own promises to each other in our ceremony. It was important to use to honor our vows to god but also include how we truly felt about each other in our own words. It was also very important for us to include our parents in all aspects of our wedding by having my father walk me down the aisle and giving single stem roses to our mothers during the ceremony.”
Pale pink and ivory arrangements were placed in rustic wood planters along the long farm tables. A sprig of lavender accented each napkin.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? My husband and I both have small families and we wanted our wedding to be an opportunity for them to come together for a fun week long vacation. Our love for the West Coast and wine brought us to Sonoma and it took one drive up the hilltop overlooking rolling vineyards to know Anderson Ranch would be the place we would start the next chapter of our lives. The barn where we held our reception screamed “us.” It could not have been a better venue for our wedding.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Wine country in itself was a big inspiration for us. Of course Pinterest and wedding blogs were critical and greatly used when planning our perfect day. I knew I wanted something simple yet elegant with both feminine and masculine touches. The venue was so breathtaking in itself that we knew we didn’t want to take away from any of the natural surroundings. Our amazing wedding planner, Alison Events knocked it out of the park when it came to taking my vision from words and pictures to reality.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My favorite parts of the day had to be our first look and then the time we had together before entering our reception. The emotional reactions we shared during our first look is something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. After our ceremony, my husband and I took some time before the reception to be alone in the house and recap what had just happened. Having that alone time allowed us to appreciate the day and take everything in. Not to forget, our amazing planner who brought us a glass of champagne and food from the cocktail hour so we wouldn’t miss out on anything!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received as a bride was to stop periodically during the day to take everything in because the day goes by so fast and that could not have been more true. I made it a point to take time during the entire day to reflect and look around at all the great details we planned over the course of the last year.
What advice do you have for other brides? My best advice for other brides is to try your very hardest to not stress about the little details. The day of the wedding all that will matter is you, your new husband and the memories you’ll share with your family and friends.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Between working with the very best vendors to not having any issues during the day, my husband and I truly can say it was the best day of our lives. My dearest childhood friend surprised us by performing “At Last” by Etta James, and there may or may not have been lots of singing by the fire pit toward the end of the night.
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Romantic Wedding at Anderson Ranch4 February 2014
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