Traditional Catholic Wedding at Chalk Hill :: Kristin & Erin

We’re kicking off the week with an incredibly romantic wine country wedding at Chalk Hill Estate. The bride’s dress and veil, the white flowers and candlesticks… classic elegance at its best!


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The Ceremony

“Erin and I both wanted to have a destination wedding and thought wine country would be the perfect spot. Who doesn’t like wine!” says Kristin. “When we saw Chalk Hill we fell in love with it and knew that’s where we should do it. The beautiful chapel sealed the deal since we were having a religious ceremony.”


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Your ceremony in three words. Religious, Traditional, Musical.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We had a very traditional Catholic ceremony, so our priest Father Tom was very helpful with planning it. He gave us a book that we followed that gave us options for each part, and we picked from those. We decided not to write our own vows. To be honest I thought I would start crying and not be able to finish! The company we used for strings was really helpful too in our music selection. They gave me traditional and non-traditional options.

Did you include any special details?  Since my grandmother is no longer with us I wanted her to still be a part of the day. Scott added my grandmother’s locket to my bridal bouquet which was really special to me.


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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My flower girls really stole the show. They were great! The unity candle was a special moment, as well as having my cousins do the readings.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  For me it was walking down the aisle and seeing my husband’s face. In general spending this amazing moment with our friends and family.


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The Reception

“I wanted our wedding to be very romantic,” says the bride. “Our wedding planner Scott Corridan helped make that come true and gave me a lot of great ideas. The food was absolutely amazing. The room looked like a dream. The whole dinner was candle lit. It was just really amazing. We still hear it was the most beautiful wedding people have been to.”


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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Just enjoy the moment because it will be over before you know it!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Listen to each other and compromise on the details. I know most of the time we think the guys don’t care about some of the details but they probably do more than you think. It’s not “my wedding” it’s “our wedding.”


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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  To be honest I had a budget and went way over so I’m probably not the best person to ask.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  It was a really beautiful day with amazing food, music and people. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Lucky for me I had an amazing photographer to capture every moment. I can relive it anytime I want!


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Vendor Credits

Photography: Matt Edge / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Scott Corridan Design / Venue: Chalk Hill in Healdsburg, California / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Suit: Giorgio Armani / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm / Stationery: AJ Bart & Sons / Music: Bay Area Entertainment / Cake: Fleur de Lisa 

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