Laetitia and Ben planned an intimate vineyard wedding that was meant to reflect their usual entertaining style–close family and friends, an al fresco family-style meal, and drinking wine fireside. What more could you want? Very special thanks to Michelle Warren Photography for sharing such gorgeous images.
Tell us about what inspired your wedding.
Ben and I met on a trip to Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia 8 years before we tied the knot. We spent plenty of time imagining our life together and realizing that our wedding day values were about our friends and family who would graciously make a long trip to be a part of our special day. We enjoy having our friends over for dinner any night we can all get together. We often follow up dinner by drinking wine fireside and enjoying conversation with one another. It was important to us that our wedding reflected our entertaining style and would be a fun, memorable event that made everyone feel comfortable and ready to have a good time!
We took inspiration from the idea of a harvest celebration at a vineyard. Visuals of an Italian countryside, family style meal, and festivities carrying on into the night abounded. We imagined the décor as elegant in its simplicity, aged but not rustic per se, and complementary to natural beauty of the vineyard landscape.
What made the day unique?
We always knew the wedding would be the ultimate family affair. True to prediction, the wedding was held at a private vineyard estate of my mom’s twin sister. The groom’s brother created all of the wedding stationary artwork which included custom watercolor paintings hinting at different parts of the property (apple orchard, vineyard, barn, olive trees, etc). The hostess (bride’s aunt) hand-packed lavender sachets from the estate’s lavender field as a fragrant favor to the other guests. As a nod to the groom’s love of golf, the tables were adorned with ribbon-tied labels highlighting famous golfers and chocolate golf ball favors were commissioned by a local chocolatier.
In a fun twist, a 1951 Chevy flat bed truck was delivered just hours before the wedding rehearsal. As the story goes, the bride’s Uncle had his eye on this truck for quite some time for their vineyard; his wife wasn’t so sure about it. After soliciting input from all his male friends, “of course buy the truck!”, he had the truck delivered the day before the wedding. Needless to say, it was a big hit!
Tell us a little about the vendors you chose.
Our love of food and family was captured in a spectacular meal created by JR’s Catering
. We feasted family-style on grilled herb salmon with a wine caper butter sauce, smoky chateaubriand, and vegetables in a veritable rainbow of colors. For dessert, we took a turn from traditional and opted for a small serving of gelato instead of a wedding cake.
The breathtaking floral arrangements by Renaes Bouquet
perfectly captured the colors, textures and atmosphere of our wedding and I was immediately captivated upon my “first look”. Tying the entire experience together was our invaluable wedding coordinator Carla and her assistant Kristi. All the details that emerged at the last minute were taken on headfirst by these two and I was able to enjoy my day unburdened.
Last but by no
means least, the first vendor we booked was our incredible photographer Michelle Warren
. It was so important to us to find someone who could journal the day in a way that would enable us to look back 10 years from now and know exactly where we stood in the room when the photo was being taken. We are incredibly grateful to her for not only capturing a lifetime of memories, but making us and our guests look like we are all in a magazine spread! Our expectations were beyond surpassed!
Overall we were blessed to have such an incredible team of talented individuals to make our dream wedding come true and family and friends to match.