Private Estate Vineyard Wedding in Wine Country

Briana and Brandon started dreaming of their vineyard wedding when Briana's family purchased a family vineyard. When the couple saw the space, they could then see themselves saying "I do" in the picturesque views of Sonoma County's wine country. The only problem was that this venue was nowhere near equipped for a wedding! 

When Briana and Brandon hired me, they insisted that they drive me to the venue as there are "no real roads" to get us to the space. I must admit, I worried about what I might be getting myself into. But when we got to the venue, the breathtaking views made me so excited and happy to start finding ways to make this work. They wanted me to help them design and literally create a wedding venue from scratch. With a dream team of very creative and capable hands, Briana and Brandon's wedding turned out almost as beautiful as they are. After months of planning and brainstorming meetings, creating roads large enough for shuttles to drive guests on, leveling grounds for ceremony and reception spaces, laying down concrete for guests to step on and not dirty their shoes, bringing in lighting, restrooms and pest control for mosquitoes and bees and repurposing tree stumps for aisle flower holders, we came up with this blissfully perfect wedding day! A day that was filled with love, gorgeous views, a live mariachi band and tons of smiles! 

Photographer - Winter Trees Studios

Caterer - Oui Catering 

DJ & MC - Kyanni Productions

Flowers - Vanda Floral Design

Transportation - Chariot

Rentals & lighting - Encore Party Rentals

Restroom - Fancy Flush

Edna and Nate's Wedding at Triple S Ranch, Napa Valley

When I asked Edna and Nate what described their perfect wedding da, I heard words like "Elegance, fun, good food and sparkle....right up my ally! So needless to say, we had a ball planning together! Edna and I would not only schedule wedding planning meetings together, but whole days! After doing a walk through at her gorgeous venue, we would go to happy hour and chat about how excited we were about her day. Or after spending hours picking out rentals and planning every detail, we would go to a Giants game to route on our favorite SF team! It was an honor planning with these two. Take a peak at a few of my favorite photos from their engagement, rehearsal dinner, chinese tea ceremony and of course the big day! 

Photos - #SparklePhotography
Catering - Grapevine Catering Company LLC
Design, Decor & Coordination - Blissful Events
Flowers - Floravida Events - Floral
Cake - Krumbs Cakes
Dessert - Sugar Pie Baking Company
Video - Stand Up Films
DJ - DJ Jeremy Productions

4 Breathtaking Wedding Themes

Throwing a wedding does not necessary mean that you need to have a theme, but it sure is interesting and you can be sure to make a statement with your guests! Take a peak at some of these fun weddings! 

1. Secret Garden Wedding  

For the flower child bride and groom who love spring or summer.  You and your guests can enjoy the greens, flowers and the fresh air that the outdoor has to offer. Enjoy the sunlight during the day and the warm night air with twinkling lights and the whimsical glow as you and your guests dance the night away.

2. Circus/Carnival Wedding

For the couple who loves the eye popping, jaw gasping entertainment for themselves and the crowd. This theme is sure to be on the top list of fun weddings, with pops of colors, sweets of all types, spruce it up with a vintage kick and fun lights. Your imagination is the limit for this idea! Play fun games and laugh with the crowd. What a better way to start your married life together. 

3. Wanderlust Wedding  

For the couple who loves to travel the world together, let your guests glimpse at your travels together, show them different destination themes or various travel elements you love such as world globe, paper airplanes, travel signs, vintage suit cases and so on and so on. The wanderlust is strong with this wedding! Your guest will want to pack their bags and depart with you! 

4. Winter Wonderland Wedding  

Some couple love the sun and others are in love with the snow, the crispy chilled air, the hot chocolate, the candle light, the snuggling of blankets and the warm strong taste of whiskey amongst the cold air. Celebrate the fall and winter with this theme but always beware of the elements! You want your guest warm and comfortable taking in the beauty of the snow and winter while they watch you get married in your custom created wonderland. 

Blissful Planning! 

Content by Natalie T. Blissful Events Senior Coordinator  

Top 9 Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Shoes

Choosing the right wedding shoes is no easy task.  There are such a wide variety of shapes, sizes, styles and colors that finding the pair that will work perfectly for you may seem like the most daunting task of all the wedding decisions. 

That’s why we’ve put this list of top tips together – to help you know what to think about before you choose, so you can be confident that you’re making the right decision. Let's start

1. Find comfortable wedding shoes for YOU

Remember, you will be wearing your shoes from early in the morning until the last thing at night.

Proper wedding shoes are specially designed with comfort in mind and have additional padding exactly for this purpose.  Don’t make the mistake of buying cheap shoes that lack this padding and the extra support that makes wearing them not just tolerable, but comfortable, on your big day.

Photos by Carmen Alvarez Photography   

2. Statement shoes

If you’re wearing a very traditional wedding dress, remember you can make a statement with your shoes. You don’t have to wear white or ivory – you could make a visual splash with scarlet heels – or any color you fancy.

Photos by Chrisman Studios

3. Prepare your feet 

Practice, practice, practice walking in your shoes so that you’re ready to wear them all day. Make sure they are well broken in. Wear them around the house while you make dinner or dance around your living room. 

4. Match your theme

Think about the type of wedding you’re having. If you’re planning a country garden wedding where you’ll spend a lot of time outdoors then wedges or flats might be a great option for you. Of you can wear heel protectors. Soulmates makes a fab heel protector! 

5. Don’t overlook cost

We all have a budget. Find out what that is and stick to it. If Jimmy Choo is what you want then budget for that. Otherwise, don't tempt yourself with looking at someone out of your budget. 

Be prepared to spend about 10-15% of the value of your dress. That's usually a good rule of thumb. 

Photos by Nirav Patel 

6. Consider the fabric and color 

Silk and satin are traditionally the two most popular choices for wedding shoes, but naturally your wedding dress and personal taste are going to have the greatest impact on the shoes you choose.One piece of advice is that if you’re wearing a non-traditional wedding dress, your shoes don’t need to be traditional either. Have some fun! 

Not only should you shoes be a great match for your dress, and to the setting, location and style of your wedding – but it’s very important that they reflect your personality. There is nothing wrong with an adorable blue wedge for ceremony and cowgirl boots for the reception. It's ok to get creative.  

Photo by Sasha Gulish Photography

8. Heels: sexy heels vs. versatile flats

Our suggestion is that you stick with what you're used to and comfortable with on wedding day.  So, if you normally wear 4 inch heels and you choose this heel height for your wedding shoes, then you know that you’ll be comfortable.

Ultimately, if you’re not used to wearing sky high heels, then why take the chance on your big day?  It’s probably not the time to experiment, and as we mentioned in point one, comfort is probably the most important factor here. Happy feet, happy bride! 

However, if you do want some height then great alternatives are available like platform heels or lower kitten heels, while satin ballet slippers make beautiful bridal shoes for those of us that prefer flats.

Photo by Elizabeth Hurley Photography

9) To dance or not to dance

Are you having a band at your wedding day?  If so you may consider purchasing a pair of more comfortable flat ballet slippers to change into for later on, so you can enjoy all the festivities. 

Photo by Hazy Lane Studio 


4 Tips for a Blissful Outdoor Ceremony

1. Stepping Stones              

Your Bride maids will thank you for simple cement blocks to stand on instead of stinking into the grass and ruining their heels. Other ideas are wooden blocks and stepping stones are a great opportunity to personalize them to fit your wedding theme or for your wedding party.

2. Soul Mates

Give the guests a heads-up on the outdoor ceremony by providing heel covers for all the ladies when they step into your ceremony venue. There are actually many options and styles so check them out or point your guests in the right direction. Soul Mates is a great company to get these great gadgets from. 

3. Protect yourself 

Provide some mini insect repellent and sunscreen for your guests if you are in an area where bugs and sun are a plenty. As most times guests will be asked to sit before your procession and you do not want your guests to be uncomfortable. Parasols are also a wonderful addition and make for great photo ops. 

4. Hydration

Whatever else you decide to serve pre ceremony; water is definitely a must. It is very important to keep your guests hydrated with ice water or a nice cold ice-tea for a hot summer wedding. Or if you are tying the knot in the snow or somewhere with chilled winds then consider having a hot cocoa station for your guests to cozy up and sip while they wait for the "I Do's". You’ll be beaming to see all the happy (and comfortable) faces. 

Blissful planning!! 

Content by Natalie T. Social Media Intern at Blissful Events 

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Wedding Day Hair & Makeup Tips

We asked Megan, once of the founders of Lauthr Salon to tell us a bit about why brides should think about hiring a pro to do hair and makeup. Take a look at this great info that Megan shares with us.  Content by Magen and Lauthr Salon. 

When Planning for your big day looking amazing is usually high on every brides list. Hiring a professional Hair stylist and Makeup artist is so important because we can help you get the look you want for your wedding without the stress of having to try and do it yourself. You should be pampered on your day and get to enjoy spending time with your friends and loved ones, soaking it all in. We also recommend meeting with us prior to the wedding day so we can try out the hair and makeup looks you are considering. This is helpful because it allows us to get to know you and what your style is and allows you to make sure you are happy with how you will look on the big day. We always tell our brides to do their homework and really have a good idea of the looks they like so that the trial is as successful as it can be.  

In our experience it is also a good idea to offer hair and makeup services to your bridesmaid's, your mother and the mother of the groom. Some brides even like to include other friends or family members. This makes for a fun day of getting ready together, but also insures that everyone will look their best and cohesive in your wedding photos. When it comes to your bridesmaids especially, not everyone needs to have the same hairstyle or makeup done, but having both professionally done will help them to also shine while representing you.

In our experience it is also a good idea to offer hair and makeup services to your bridesmaid's, your mother and the mother of the groom. Some brides even like to include other friends or family members. This makes for a fun day of getting ready together, but also insures that everyone will look their best and cohesive in your wedding photos. When it comes to your bridesmaids especially, not everyone needs to have the same hairstyle or makeup done, but having both professionally done will help them to also shine while representing you.

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Here are some of the best hair and makeup tips we would like to pass along:

1. Always consider using airbrush foundation. It wears great and looks amazing in photographs, it is also waterproof which is great if you expect you may cry.

2. Consider adding false lashes to your look. If you are not fond of the large strip lashes you can do some individuals which look great and no one will know they are fake.

3. Make sure you have either a color stay lipstick or have a gloss that is easy to reapply without a mirror.

4. If you are having an updo done, dry day dirty hair works best.

5. Last but not least remember that you will only have this experience once so make sure you really make the most of it and enjoy every second!

The stylists at Lauthr Salon specialize in on location or in salon hair and makeup services for weddings and special events. The salon is located at 260 B. Petaluma Blvd. N (707)781-7064

5 Tips for your Wedding Website

Why should you set up a website (more things on your already staggering to-do lists) when everything guests need to know is already on the invitations? The simple answer is that one, we are in the digital age where having information online is always a safer bet of the information getting to your guest versus just having something mailed out on paper and two, your wedding website is about your guest (yes! The day is about you but it would be a bummer if your guests weren’t there to celebrate you two!) and how you can focus on their needs in order for them to enjoy your celebration in a way that will have them comfortable and talking about your wedding for months on end! Here are some tips to help make guest's life easier.

1. Where

The most important information you can have? Your location of course! Guests need to know where they can be to celebrate you starting your life with the love of your life. We cannot stress enough about not only having a correct address but also adding clear route options and directions to your ceremony and reception location. How the guest feels on the way to your wedding is just as important as how they feel when they arrive. They will sure remember this little gesture!

2. Rest

Regardless of whether your wedding is local to your friends and family or it requires travel: it is always a great idea to have information on nearby hotels or better yet room blocks for your guests. Give them the option to stay near the venue or stay afterwards in case they are too intoxicated to return home. Everyone loves a thoughtful host!

Rest - Photo- Liz Foot Photo

Photo by Liz Foot Photography 

3. Attire

Do your guests a favor and not leave this important information out! Guests are always excited about such a wonderful celebration where they can dress up and look their best, but there is always the question of what to wear. Relieve their stress with a simple and accurate note of what type of affair this will be by letting them know what to wear. They will thank you for it!

Photo by Jana Williams Photography

4. Love Story

Other than the must-haves information on your website and whether you are having an intimate 50 persons wedding or an elaborate 300 people wedding, it is always a treat for your guests to fill in on your love story of how you met, fell in love and are now deciding to spend the rest of your life together. Whether it is a best friend who have heard it a million times or a distant uncle you had to invite; everyone loves a good love story. Plus, everyone wants a great conversation starter. 

5. Contact

If for some reason guests still have questions about anything that happens to not be on your amazing website (there’s always that Auntie Sally who wants to know exactly what shade of lavender she should wear to match the table linens) give them a preferred contact they can use if they need additional information or in case any problem arises. Remember! Being prepared is better than being stuck unaware. All in all, think about what your guests need and enjoy the planning! Good luck. 

Photo by Jana Williams Photography