Landmark Vineyards Wedding

Landmark Vineyards Wedding

When Julie and David reached out to me, wanting the quintessential destination wine country wedding for only 50 guests, I knew Landmark was the perfect venue for them.  I always feel a little nervous when couples book venues sight unseen, but, boy, they were not disappointed!  With the breathtaking views of Hood Mountain and the surrounding vineyards, Landmark is one of my all time favorite Sonoma wineries.  It’s utterly romantic, quaint and well, the wines are delicious as well!  They also have a gorgeous suite and cottage on property, allowing the bride and groom to truly feel at home over their wedding weekend.  The day after Julie and David’s wedding, Julie sent me a message expressing her gratitude. “Thank you so much once again!  I woke up smiling to ear to ear, and David had to drag me away from Landmark’s beauty.  It’s an amazingly beautiful property.  Thank you so much for finding it for us!”.  I can only hope that all couples feel that way the day after their wedding.  Here are a few photos of their wedding day by the talented Karna Roa with KMR Photography.  Enjoy!   Venue: Landmark Vineyards Planner: Orchard Avenue Events Catering: Park Avenue Catering Photography: KMR Photography Rentals: Encore Events Rentals Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens Florist: Vanda Floral Design  DJ: A Long Music Ceremony Musician: Jon Mendle Hair & Make Up: It’s a Date at the Powder Room Officiant: Rabbi Steve...
Jess & Mike – Sonoma Glam Winery Wedding

Jess & Mike – Sonoma Glam Winery Wedding

When Jess and I first spoke, she said she wanted a romantic, fun and flirty wedding.  And Viansa Sonoma was the perfect setting for this.  Overlooking the Sonoma Valley and their Wetlands Preserve, the views from this Tuscan gem are just stunning.  It doesn’t get more romantic than that!  Jess has a great eye for design and loves all things pretty.  Her wedding was full of romantic lighting, sparkly table linens and a neutral color palette that left me wanting more of her beautiful wedding!  Check out these “swoon worthy” photos by the talented Anita Martin Photography.                                             Wedding Coordinator: Orchard Avenue Events Venue: Viansa Sonoma Caterer: Sage Catering Photography: Anita Martin Photography Flowers: Vanda Floral Design Rentals: Encore Events Rentals Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Lighting: The Lux DJ: Nor Cal Pro Sound Photo Booth: BluEdge Candy Bar: SF Candy Bar Hair & Make Up: Katye Rose Transportation: United Coach...
The Best Time of Year to Get Married in Napa and Sonoma

The Best Time of Year to Get Married in Napa and Sonoma

One of the very first questions I get from couples considering Napa or Sonoma for their destination wedding is, “what is the best time of year for a wedding?”  If you are not familiar with the area, there are a few different factors to take into consideration when choosing your wedding date.  Here is the break down of my pros and cons for each season in wine country.   Spring Weddings in Wine Country (March – May)     Springtime is a gorgeous time of year in wine country.  In wine country, we receive the majority of our rain in November – May, which leaves the hills and the surrounding scenery truly green.  As I drive through the rural parts of Napa and Sonoma counties, it reminds me of Ireland.  The rolling green hills, with sheep and cows grazing on the fresh green grass, and pops of spring time flowers emerging, it is breathtaking.  It’s also a “slower” time of year for tourism, allowing you to visit wineries without the massive crowds and hotel rates are less expensive than in the summer and fall.  Some wedding venues even offer discounted pricing, making weddings more affordable at this time of year.  The only thing to keep in mind is that there is still a chance of rain during this time of year.  If you have hoped for an all outdoor wedding, make sure you have a rain back up plan and are comfortable with the costs of tenting if bad weather were to come in on your wedding day.  The good news is they say that rain is good luck on your...
Alyssa & Aaron – Sonoma Winery Wedding

Alyssa & Aaron – Sonoma Winery Wedding

Alyssa and Aaron were one of my favorite couples.  They were so sweet and easy to work with.  They really trusted me to help find the right vendors for them and it all turned out exactly as they had imagined.  They chose to get married on the first weekend of November, when some venues drop their pricing from peak to off peak pricing.  The scenery is absolutely stunning during this time of year, so taking advantage of the discounted venue fee is genius.  Their photos by KMR Photography are stunning and I’m sure will inspire other brides to consider a November wine country wedding as well!  The rental home they chose to stay in for the weekend was incredible.  It surely set the tone for their beautiful wedding day.  Take a look at their photos to see for yourself!                                                                                    Reception Venue: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Planner: Orchard Avenue Events Photography: KMR Photography Caterer: Sage Catering Florist: Vanda Floral Design DJ: Jason Dunham via Nor Cal Pro Sound Rentals: Encore Events Rentals Cake: Crisp Bake Shop Hair and Make Up: Lauthr Salon Transportation: Pure...
Aly & Nir – Sonoma Wedding at Beltane Ranch

Aly & Nir – Sonoma Wedding at Beltane Ranch

I was so excited when Aly hired me to help her and Nir with their Sonoma wedding!  Beltane Ranch is one of my all time favorite venues.  And Glen Ellen has got to be one of the cutest little towns in all of Sonoma County!  Beltane captures everything that is quintessential Sonoma from the vineyards, to the flower and vegetable gardens to the picturesque bed & breakfast its self.  The main lawn boasts these large gorgeous oak trees, with the horses and vineyards in the background.  It truly is picture perfect.  Given how stunning the venue is, you really don’t need to add a ton of décor.  I felt it was best to let the Sonoma scenery, wine and farm to table cuisine speak for itself.  One of my favorite things about Aly and Nir’s wedding was that she was not afraid of color, and it paid off big time.  The bright, cheerful flowers really added a fun, flirty element to their wedding that I love!  Check out these gorgeous photos from Happy Confetti Photography!                                                                                                 Venue: Beltane Ranch Planner: Orchard Avenue Events Photographer: Happy Confetti Photography Caterer: Park Avenue Catering Florist: Vanda Floral Design Rentals: Encore Events Rentals Pillows: Kathleen Deery Design Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Lighting: Twilight Designs DJ: Dave Tutton Officiant: A Sacred Event Hair/Make Up: It’s a Date at the Powder Room...
Fun Things To Do in Sonoma, CA

Fun Things To Do in Sonoma, CA

Photo by Wilson Lee I am frequently asked by my clients to come up with some options of fun things to do in Sonoma for their guests.  The truth is that there is SO much to do!  I choose to live and work here because there are so many options to keep me entertained!   When friends and family come to visit me, it’s always tough trying to decide what to do, as a long weekend is never enough time for it all.  To narrow down the options, here are a few of my top favorite places to visit in Sonoma County!  You can’t go wrong with any of these options for wine tasting, lodging, spa treatments and dining.  Enjoy your time in Sonoma!  It’s a special place!   Hanzell Vineyards (http://www.hanzell.com/) – Hanzell is pretty well known to anyone who is a wine connoisseur.  But if you are not a wine expert, here is your chance to experience and learn what one of Sonoma’s top wine producers has to offer.  Their private estate tour will teach you everything you need to know.  It starts off with a drive through their vineyards.  Given they are on a hilltop, the views of the Sonoma Valley are stunning!  After your learn a bit about the vineyards and farming, you will get a tour of the winery and production facility, followed by a taste of their delicious Chardonnay and Pinto Noir.  For those that are interested in learning about winemaking from vine to wine, this is the experience for you!  You will walk away relaxed, happy and well educated! Advance reservations are required.   Mayo Reserve...