Kimberly & Kenneth | Traditional Wedding in Wine Country

Kim and Ken’s wedding was simple and sweet, with classic details and a focus on spending time with each other and their guests. (And can we talk about that romantic bouquet?!)

The custom invitation suite featured California redwoods…

Says Kim, “We wanted our ceremony to reflect God’s love for the world. Our readings included scripture that uses the image of a wedding feast for heaven. The processional included the hymn Holy, Holy, Holy and the recessional was Ode to Joy.”

Before the couple’s departure, groomsmen passed out lavender sachets so guests could send the newlyweds off in a shower of lavender confetti.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted it to be elegant and warm, so we held it at venues with beautiful, natural wood and stone architecture.

Did you include any traditions (old or new) in your wedding?  My goddaughter rang a bell before the bridal processional. I read that this is an old tradition. We also got fairy wings for the two youngest girls, and they ran down the aisle right before the bride – adorable! I couldn’t decide between my having my father or my stepfather walk me down the aisle, so I walked in by myself. When I reached the first row, I kissed both of them on the cheek, and then my mom led me by the hand up to Ken at the altar.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Organize optional gatherings before the wedding in order to have time to visit with all your guests. Make sure to make visit all of the tables during the dinner.



Photography: Julie Mikos / Ceremony venue: Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena, California / Reception venue, caterer: Meadowood Resort / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein / Flowers: Maria Philbin Floral Design / Stationery: Painted Tongue Studios / Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray / Cake: Perfect Endings


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