Stephanie & Tyler | Black Tie Wedding at Durham Ranch

Today’s chic black tie wedding comes to us from the lovely Laurie Arons (who planned my wedding!) and the talented Jose Villa. With black and white stripes, a unique wine country setting, blush pink roses and candlelight, Stephanie and Tyler’s wedding is a perfectly chic blend of preppy, rustic, romantic, and modern.

The black and white stripes at Durham Ranch inspired other details, like the gray and white stripes in some of the printed items, and the black and white photography that appeared in the invitation suite and in the photo booth at the reception. (The MVS Studio photo booth not only made for a fun keepsake, but the images were also immediately projected onto a big screen the served as a backdrop for the stage.)

Stephanie wore a peplum gown from Oscar de la Renta, and carried a romantic bouquet of pale pink and white.

Tyler’s mother made the flower girl dresses by hand. She also made a garter for Stephanie to wear, with one of the groom’s baby charms stitched into it.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We fell in love with the fact that it was a home, and we didn’t have to shut down at 10:00PM like vineyards in the area. Also, the moss on the trees is such a beautiful thing – just stunning. That really set a romantic mood, almost like you’re in the movie The Notebook. We loved the barn, and I loved being able to get ready in the cottage and peek out the window to see what was going on.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We really wanted an intimate wedding. We’ve been to so many weddings with hundreds of guests – we just wanted to have our closest family and friends there with us. We wanted to be able to talk to everyone – really have a conversation, not just say hi and move on. For the design, I like everything really clean, white, soft pinks, romantic. We kept it clean and somewhat minimal – we had just the right things, nothing more. No favors on the tables that people would forget at the end of the night.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Holding Tyler’s hands and looking into his eyes at the ceremony – it was like no one else was there, and it was just us. That was very special. My uncle is a minister and he married us, so we automatically felt comfortable, and totally tuned into each other. There was a gust of wind and my veil blew off my head completely – I was so in the moment that I didn’t even notice or care.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My dear dear friend told me that when you’re walking down the aisle, you want to look at everyone there, you want to smile and them, look at them, and acknowledge them since they’re there for you. But you also want to look directly at your husband, look him in the eye as you walk toward him – he’s why you’re there. That was great advice.


See all of Stephanie and Tyler’s romantic black tie wedding in the gallery.

And in case you missed it earlier today, see Stephanie and Tyler’s delicious rehearsal dinner right here.

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Jose Villa / Planner: Laurie Arons Special Events / Venue: Durham Ranch in St. Helena, California / Bride's Gown: Oscar de la Renta / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride's Chandelier Earrings: Louis Newman / Groom's Tuxedo: Jim Shay / Floral Design, Furniture Rentals: Kathleen Deery Design / Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering / Lighting: Got Light? / Cake: SusieCakes / Band: Robert Vickers Orchestra / DJ: Alexander Koutsouannis / Photo Booth: MVS Studio / Late Night Taco Truck: Tacos San Buena / Printed Items, Escort Card Display: PS Paper / Calligraphy: Barbara Callow

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