(I will add photos of the wedding as I get them but wanted you to see all the fabulous people I am working with for this memorable day)
My daughter lives in San Francisco and she really loves wine country weddings! So our adventure begins!!! Last July, her boyfriend of seven years proposed to her in San Francisco (of course I was there). I knew about the proposal so under the pretense of her sister, Courtney’s, coming in town for her 30th birthday, she took off work so we could celebrate together. What Haley didn’t know was the celebration was really a very well planned whirlwind wine country venue tour with the three of us. Our fist stop was The Lodge at Sonoma, a Marriott Renaissance Resort and Nedra Peterson (loved Nedra) toured us around which turned out to be the perfect wedding venue even after going to four other places. Quaint, lovely, accommodating with the ceremony under the stars, the Stone Room for dancing, with the assurance of an off the charts menu, we signed the contract ( I promise the extra Marriott points had nothing to do with it)!. Then, Alena Ribik took over all the coordination and planning–no need to hire a wedding planner with her ability at The Lodge! Saving $$$ already!
With wine country weddings, the setting is beautiful but most importantly to me is the food. Chef Josh and Chef Jorge from the Lodge at Sonoma graciously gave me their time and attention. As Chef Josh said, he will give me a menu that will excite and challenge everyone’s palate while Chef Jorge added some of his personal pizza making a memorable dining experience. We had a tasting and I was so impressed with all the food, flavor and presentation that I know the food will definitely “wow” my guests.
From a salad with goat cheese mousse and figs, fabulous pasta, fish tacos plus so much more!
Flowers for Wine Country Weddings
Flowers were an easy decision after my daughter met Anne Appleman. You know how someone gets it –well, she understood and gave us such creative, unusual ideas for chic, understated wine country elegance. All white floral arrangements, with succulents in natural containers adorned with votives, will be the perfect decor for an outside wedding.
I can’t wait to share all the details after the wedding with lots of photos. Also, I loved the fact she was cost conscious and good about reusing arrangements.
Get the party going!
We love to party so we wanted a “rockin” band. With Steve Bloom from Hip Entertainment, our wish will come true! Easy to work with, gave us guidance and was a great communicator, Steve made sure we got exactly what we wanted! After listening to the bands, Hip Service was our overwhelming choice and I know we are in the best of care as I discovered Steve Bloom is in the band!