What happens when a chef from the renowned restaurant Chez Panisse gets married? Well, you might just have an answer to that question after seeing today’s gorgeous and intimate peach and pink winery wedding! Laura and Conor were married in the pastoral rolling hills of Santa Rosa, surrounded by their friends and family. The entire day was centered around the couple’s love of entertaining and family-style dinners, which made the celebration all the more special. And those beautiful pops of peach and pink are a simply stunning accent to this perfect wedding day!
Read on for more beautiful photos by Sylvie Gil Photography and commentary from Laura, the bride!
From the bride:
One of the few things that Conor and I knew when we began to plan our wedding was that we wanted the celebration to feel natural and welcoming for our guests. We cherish our families’ long-standing tradition of casual Sunday night dinners, and we loved the idea of bringing a warm, familial and relaxed feel to our wedding celebration.
Rebecca introduced us to Annadel Estate Winery, a historic piece of land, which, in addition to its vineyards, boasts an expansive English rose garden and an incredible set of ruins from the original distillery on the grounds. Beautiful, giant old oak trees canopy the whole property, and a small creek runs along the area where we held the ceremony. It was the perfect backdrop for our casually elegant décor. We loved the contrast of the more rustic elements, such as the wood chairs, farm tables, and hemp linens with Max Gill’s gorgeous, relaxed florals that added the perfect amount of understated elegance.
I had worked with Max for years at Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, where Max does the flowers and I am a chef. Max is truly a genius with flowers; creating the most stunning pieces using locally sourced foliage like blackberry vines and persimmons, and of course roses from Annadel. As a chef, food is incredibly important to me. I was able to collaborate closely with the team at Paula LeDuc Fine Catering to design the perfect menu, inspired by my Sunday night family dinners, and served family-style. I loved the atmosphere of guests chatting and laughing over delicious food.
My family and I enjoy craft projects, and we wanted to put our own handmade stamp on several elements of the wedding to give the event a very personal touch. Rebecca and our stationery designer, Janèl Claire, helped us to design several “DIY” projects that my parents, sister and I then executed. For example, we sewed the save-the-date envelopes and also the individual program pockets that were affixed to the backs of each ceremony chair. To complement the large wire letters that we used to mark each dinner table, we created small wire letters by hand, embroidered them to each escort card. We hand-embroidered a heart, echoing our save-the-date card design, on each burlap favor bag. And finally, my dad and I built 4′ tall “L” + “C” letters out of wood that we salvaged from our backyard gate.
How perfect is that last picture? Store it away for later (or Pin it to your Pinterest board!) so you can make sure to catch a stunning wedding day photo just like it… Congrats to Laura and Conor, and thanks to Sylvie Gil Photography for sharing!
Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Annadel Estate Winery | Event Planning + Styling: Rebecca Reategui Weddings | Floral Design: Max Gill Flowers | Catering: Paula LeDuc| Band: Pride and Joy | Weding Dress: Rivini | Suits: Canali