Garden Glam Rustic Ponte Winery Wedding, part 1: the ceremony and cocktail hour
Grace and Andrew, or Grandrew as they’ve come to be known by us, are one of the sweetest and most in love couples we have had the pleasure to work with. Our dear Grace had hired my services several times for invitations before she decided she had to hire me, almost a year before the engagement, to secure my services. I adore her… We had so much fun designing their Ponte Winery Wedding inspired by an overgrown herb garden with a garden glam twist. She literally gave us carte blanche and said ‘I trust you!’ and actually wanted to have some elements of surprise herself! Talk about a laid back bride! That level of creative freedom, in turn, made us work even harder to giver her and Andrew their dream wedding.
Enjoy these beautiful photos taken by Jen Lauren Grant of Birds of Feather!
For a natural ceremony design that would just enhance and not distract from the already beautiful view, we used eucalyptus garland laced with crystals to line the aisle and tied purple wildflowers onto the chairs.
Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite
Fresh garden glam with a touch of a modern edge was our inspiration for the 2-ply cotton letter-pressed invitation suite. We created a soft design with a light sage green, cool grey and light lilac.
The Overgrown Wild Garden Bridal Bouquet
We wanted a stunner bouquet to really go overboard with the overgrown wild garden feel and Isari Flower Studio definitely delivered with this beautiful purple bridal bouquet!!
The bridesmaid bouquets were a softer pastel version of the wildflower feel with dinner-plate dahlias, lisianthus, lambs ear leaves and lavender sprigs which looks so soft against the bridesmaids blush pink bridesmaid gowns.
I am so in love with Grandrew’s little dog Buttercup who made quite the wedding appearance as well! Thankfully Ponte Winery allowed small pets as we know how they can be part of your family and want them to be there on your special day.
Boring boutonnieres these were not! Mixed with berries, herbs and wild looking greenery, Isari Flower Studio delivered for the gents as well!
After seeing what a bubbly and outgoing bride grace was it was so emotional to see her burst into tears of joy and excitement. It was such a touchingly sweet moment to see how prepared her father was to blot away the tears off of his daughters cheek en route down the aisle. Good job dad!
And these darling little kids… So stinking cute!! The flower girl head wreath by Isari was a perfect fit for this little angel.
Photo Escort Card Display Idea!
At the cocktail hour we featured vintage doors with our custom designed seating cards with photos of Grace and Andrew with each of their guests and wrote how they all knew each other. It was such a great way for everyone at the wedding to get to know each other as well! Things like ‘Grace’s Aunt’, ‘Andrew’s friend from college’ or ‘Andrew’s craziest co-worker’ made for fun titles and a lot more mingling!
Cocktail Hour Lemonade Stand
Andrew’s one big request was to have a lemonade stand.. so we delivered! We built a custom stand and featured fresh lemonade in mason jars to cool guests off after sitting in the sun for the ceremony. ‘Sweet like Andrew and sassy like Grace’ was the perfect way to tie the sweet and tart together! Even after the lemonade was through everyone was able to use is for a wonderful photo opp.
Stay tuned for part 2 of our Garden Glam Ponte Winery Wedding with the reception and dessert bar!
Event Design, Planning & Stationery Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Photography Jen Lauren Grant
Flowers Isari Flower Studio
Lounge Furniture by Pow Wow Rentals
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Americana Country Style BBQ Rehearsal Dinner
Whether having a destination wedding or a local wedding, creating a fun and relaxed rehearsal dinner to welcome your guests and kick off the festivities is a great way to set the tone. For Melissa & Scott’s La Quinta Resort wedding we featured here we created a down home country style bbq rehearsal dinner complete with checkered table clothes, sunflowers and of course some sweet cherry pie to get the weekend started right.
For this summer time rehearsal dinner we created a country Americana style BBQ complete with bandana & checkered linens, pulled pork sliders, BLT’s and corn on the cob for a truly down home, casual celebration before the big day.
To create this look we combined a ton of bright sunflowers in galvanized buckets and watering cans accented with bandanas and tossed around salted peanuts to give the guests a colorful yet fun and relaxed vibe. We worked with the chef’s at La Quinta resort to create a fun country menu including pulled pork, french fries with dips, corn on the cob, grilled cheese and other fun small bites which were easy to grab and mingle at the same time.
Guest’s were welcomed to cool off from the desert heat with pink strawberry lemonade we served in mason jars as well as buckets of icey cold coca-colas in vintage glass bottles.
For a super down home country style dessert bar we offered guests an array of mini-pies in apple, blueberry, cherry and blackberry along side big fresh slices of watermelon and fresh strawberries.
Mix in some country tunes and bales of hay for a perfectly fun and casual way to welcome your guests to your wedding weekend!
Event Design, Flowers & Planning by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Photography by Justin Lee
Venue & Catering La Quinta Resort
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