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C O U N T R Y FALL 2012 | ISSUE No.2

the DIY issue


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Wine Country Weddings is a niche online publication devoted to providing valuable editorial, stunning imagery, and a variety of bridal vendors and venues specifically for couples planning a wine country wedding.

Published by romantic travel publishing cover photography by Damion Hamilton

letter from the editor Being an Austrain bridesmaid with my dear friend, the bride Nicole


contributor Alex May. These lovely ideas give foodies unique recipes and packaging ideas that make for yummy food favors. Working with Off the Beaten Path Weddings, we coordinated a styled Country Chic Wedding (Page 76). Inspired by harvest we shot this feature on a Napa farm with a rustic barn and used my favorite fruit, white peaches, as inspiration. Gianna Gaudini, our resident Sommelier researched Signature Wine Cocktails (Page 60) by visiting some of our favorite watering holes. We are certain wine-loving couples will want to serve these libations at their wine country wedding. Finally, New Years Eve Fashion (Page 44) inspired our take on a jovial approach to reception dresses and wedding gowns that were suitable for an ‘I do’ at midnight. Lastly, I’d like to thank all our readers, sponsors and contributors for their support. Our premiereissue met our wildest dreams. Again,our goal is to ensure that each issue is better than the last. Also, don’t miss out on our blog, where more inspiration, resources and planning advice resides everyday.

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ur second issue is inspired by so many fabulous festive opportunities that fall and winter bring. Fall provides abundant farm-to-table meals, sun-kissed vineyards that serve as beautiful backdrops for a wine country wedding and a slew of new harvest wines being harvested. Winter brings opportunities to cozy up and create handmade gifts, along with the expectation of a spectacular new year where love can be commemorated exactly at midnight. In this issue, inspired by the seasons, we put together handmade crafted DIY Food autumn@winecountryweddingsmagazine.com Favors (Page 30) with our DIY

To your happliy-ever-after,


Top image: Matha Stewart, Wine: Swanson Vineyards new release of Instant Napa, Cabernet Sauvingnon 2009, Weddings Dress: Vera Wang Spring 2013 Collection

Be the Chill....

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(Bryd;chill.ah) adj. a bride that remains easy going, relaxed and down to earth during her entire wedding experience. She is not defined by her wedding and would never say things such as "my day, the most important day of my life or don't ruin my day."

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FIDM Graphic Design Graduate, owner of Design by Gloria Catherine, and lover of letters and typography; she is obsessed with the little details that make her design so beautiful.

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I have always wanted to go to Provence, Favorite Part of Working on WCW Mag: France for the deep rooted history, hilltop Knowing that I’m contributing design to a villages and art museums of the masters, all publication that has a bright future. To be a part while sipping a local wine. of that is very exciting.

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Author of Decantress Wine Diary Blog & Google’s Marketing Event Planner.

A Los Angeles-based writer and stylist with a passion for all things DIY, she writes a lifestyle blog called We See Rainbows and Favorite Wine: enjoys weekend trips to wine country, where I love to “drink” my dessert, my favorite being she fantasizes about one day owning a Dolce, a dessert wine made by Far Niente vineyard and maybe making cheese. Winery (2005 is a great vintage). It embodies everything I love about the wine country “sweet life.”

Favorite Wine:

I love reds but I’m a sucker for anything sparkling. Sofia by Francis Ford Coppola is one of my favorites—the pink cellophane wrapper doesn’t hurt either!


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5 Real love stories, real settings and tons of distinct wine country wedding ideas that will make your wedding even that more special.

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Letter from Founding Editor-in-Chief, who shares the inspiration for our issue.





BUDGET-FRIENDLY WEDDING PLANNING TIPS Advice from a wine country insider on how to save money on your dream wedding.




WINE COUNTRY WELCOME BAGS Inspiration for your wine country welcome bags.


DIY FOOD FAVORS Recipes and packaging ideas for the most delicious food favors to thank your guests.


NEW YEARS EVE WEDDING FASHION Forget traditional and consider a festive reception gown that will make you shine at midnight.

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DANIEL & SYBIL All You Need is Love


BREANNE & COLE A Little Bit Country


DEVON & ZACH Love, Lace and Grilled Cheese


JOHANN & NICOLE From Austria with Love


SIGNATURE WINE COCKTAILS Designated Sommelier, Gianna interviewed wine experts to discover their favorite wine-based cocktails


COUNTRY CHIC WEDDING STYLE Rustic and elegant describes the inspiration of this styled shoot where lovely ideas can be found


bridal resource giude Plan your wine country wedding utilizing our hand-selected bridal vendors and wine country venues

vignettes Lovely little wedding ideas & inspiration

Cute Cake Toppers It’s a classic scene: the bride and groom cut a slice of their beautifully decorated cake as the room breaks into applause. Customized cake toppers are an excellent way to add a touch of your personality as a couple and provide a unique element to your special day. Here are a few of our favorite etsy.com shop cake toppers.

Bragging Bags Cake Topper Love Birds Rustic Wedding Décor $29.99 For a pair of true love birds, this classic cake topper works with all seasons and lends a vintage feel to your cake.

Wood and Grain 2 Custom Wooden Dolls Wedding Cake Topper $90.00 Hand crafted and painted kokeshi dolls standing at 4.5” creates cozy decorative accent for any cake.

The First Snow Custom Cake Topper Bride & Groom Handpainted Names $36.00 Amazingly detailed hand painted banner with floral applique for a delicate nature effect. 1 4 | www. w i n e coun t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e. com

Anto Arts Initials Wedding Cake Topper for the Wine Lovers An excellent choice for any wine lover’s wedding, completely customizable wire initials atop wine corks.

Better Off Wed The Whimsical Wedding Cake Topper: Mr and Mrs $55.00

Wedding Collectibles Adorable Leg Pop Pearl Accent Cake Topper $44.95

An elegantly simplistic “Mr. & Mrs.” is hand painted black and pink carved from mahogany wood. Customized colors available.

An amazingly cute topper with a single handmade mulberry rose and Swarovski crystal rhinestones.

The Ritzy Rose Vintage Crystal Cake Topper $375.00 Glamorous sparkling brooch cake toppers: a unique way to lend some glitz to your wedding details.

Love is Patient, Love is Kind Keepsake Cake Topper $72.00 A sweet keepsake cake topper with touches of love and nature. w w w. w i n e cou n t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e.com | 15




Budget-Friendly Tips

Alex Fultz, a Napa Valley native , has a degree in Special Events Management and cur rently is the Special Events Coordinator for Foley Family Wines.





Hire a planner.


Save on your rentals. Discover what your venue resources are. In some cases the venue will allow you to use existing furniture. Keep an open mind and be creative. A wooden dining room table can be a guest book or gift table. If you happen to be getting married at a winery inquire about utilizing wine barrels as cocktail tables.


Allocate your wine. Wineries may require a wine purchase minimum. Look at this allocation in a joyful light, wine can be used in multiple ways. Wine may be distributed to guests as arrival gifts in hotel rooms, customized wedding favors and thank you gifts. Serve it at the rehearsal dinner or during a postwedding brunch. There are endless possibilities. Ask the winery to save wine corks for DIY place cards.

Identify the off season. Besides the initial saving on the site fee, this may open the door to additional savings. You can always find discounts and better selection of vendors and venues when you are not competing with multiple weddings occurring the same day. Off-season is always slower and business owners are willing to negotiate pricing.

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Although this may seem like an additional line item to your overall budget, a professional planner will help you save in the long run. Occasionally planners receive discounts that they are able to pass onto you. Planners are budget savvy and cognoscente of where to cut corners without impacting the overall look and feel of your perfect day.


Recycle. Centerpieces can be costly especially if you have multiple tables you are embellishing. Repurpose floral arrangements from the wedding rehearsal. Mix and match or use the rehearsal arrangements for your cocktail hour. Another great idea is repurposing the bridesmaid’s bouquets as centerpieces. This has been beautifully pulled off by placing full bridal bouquets in low vases and putting candelabras on adjacent tables. Consider other items that are recyclable.

DIY; do it yourself. There are various elements of a wedding that you can create yourself. Printable save the date or wedding invites are very affordable online if you print yourself. You can also craft decorative garland, name cards or guest books yourself. Etsy has provides a slew of talented artisans who can provide a artisan handmade touch for a very affordable price and you can work with your planner to do the rest yourself.

Tip-Toe Through Wonderland Every bride knows no wedding ensemble isn’t complete without the perfect shoe. Add a touch of winter wonder with these one-ofa-kind heels. Down to the smallest detail, these shoes are the perfect accent to any gown and are sure to make your special day that much more magical.

Spirit-Of-The Moment Heels $475.00

Handmade in Italy, this spangled stars and tufts of tulle set on a glimmering gold suede sets this 3.5” leather wrapped heel apart from the rest.

Sakura Ivory £449.99 A stunning ivory silk satin peep toe platform, this unique heel features a delicate silver and pink cherry blossom embellishment on the heel. Store based in London, ships worldwide.

Auroral Vapor Heels $350.00 This soft and graceful 4” satin wrapped heel will have your guests in awe as a wisp of tulle wraps your ankles and blossoms near the toes.

Manolo Blahnik Embellished Satin Point Toe Pumps $1295.00

Featuring a glimmering beaded satin floral design, this bold shoe is produced in Italy at a height of 4” and will definitely turn heads.

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What to ‘gift’

Swanson Vineyards WITH LOVE $25 Maptote, Napa Valley Wine Tote $14

VintageMixer Etsy Shop Vintage Wine Corkscrew $25

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Amazon, Frommer’s Napa and Sonoma Day by Day by Avital Binshtock $10.66

DreamState Etsy Wedding Welcom $90


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Yayadiyclub Etsy Shop Wine Stopper $20.95

Foley Wines NonVintage Rosé $18

Chandon Rosé, 187ml, $7

Wedding Chicks Vineyward Welcome Wedding Tote $10

Vosges, Champagne Truffles Le Chocolat en Rose Truffles $39

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Weddings can be one of life’s most pricey events - you want to save money on products and services yet not sacrifice style. Newly launched, this is the ultimate online money-saving tool. Adorii.com is a new company that provides innovative, premiere daily sales for the engaged and invited. We adore how easy the wide array of amazing products and services offered right at your fingertips makes planning your wedding. Full of covetable fashions, products, services, wine, and travel deals, all up to an astounding 80% off. Become part of the stylish and fiscally savvy members of Adorii.com today – and enjoy more of what you adore on your big day.

Featuring a variety of handpicked collections from some of the top trending Northern California wedding industry pros, The Lab Event in Sonoma, CA offers a clever and unique bridal experience for the soon-to-be-wed. Designed by founders Allison, Erin, and Yasmin to awe and inspire, The Lab prefers a relaxing environment coupled with “sips and bites from some of the best caterers, sweet treats from top dessert designers, a vendor library, a non-traditional runway show, and one heck of a party to round out the night.” See your inspiration come to life and envision your wedding day in a way you never thought possible. Tickets are available at labevent. eventbrite.com, $35.00.

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Napa Style

NapaStyle is the quintessential wine country registry for couples who appreciate food, wine and the wine country lifestyle. Choose from a variety of artisanal and handcrafted products such as beautiful champagne flutes, colorful bakeware, autographed cookbooks and one-of-a-kind decorative pieces. Napastyle.com



Break the registry mold by registering with Etsy. Register for beautiful art by an upcoming artist or choose handcrafted furniture as your first family heirloom. Supporting small business and decorating a new home filled with love is a win-win. EtsyWeddings.com 2 2 | www. w i n e coun t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e. com

Wedding Registries Restoration Hardware


Sophisticated and classic describe Restoration Hardware. Filled with modern, eclectic and classic furniture, this registry is ideal for a couple building a new home together. Choose from their various collections to register for and hope for a whole room to be decorated with weddings gifts. Restorationhardware.com


Crate and Barrel

Any budding household would benefit for the contemporary home products from Crate & Barrel. Fill your kitchen with basics such as dishtowels, cooking utensils, glass sets or dish sets. Whatever you choose will have function and beauty. Crateandbarrel.com w w w. w i n e cou n t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e.com | 23



Calligraphy is the art of writing. Developed by the Italians in the 1770’s, the tradition still consists of using a fountain pen or paint brush and ink to stylishly express words in a beautiful fashion. J. Panter, a Wedding Calligrapher based in Napa Valley, welcomed us into her studio. “Reminiscent of an era of elegance,” J.P explains that her work as an artistic calligrapher is always to produce art. Her wedding work consistent, mainly, of invitation envelopes, escort cards, devotionals, poems, vows and various wedding signage. Her talent is creating a variety of script styles that range from classic, elegant looks to vintage or modern lettering.

“Calligraphy is reminiscent of an era of elegance” J.P.’ has worked on twenty-four weddings in the last five months alone. These numbers underscore the growing trend for handmade and handcrafted pieces that couples want at their wedding. From viewing her wedding collection of past work it’s easy to see how the desire for distinctly unique pieces that match a couples’ personality can be found working with a talented calligrapher like herself. - Photographed by Luke Snyder

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The Handcrafted Wedding is required reading for the DIY bride. Written by Emma Arendoski, the founder & editor of one of our favorite wedding blogs, Emmaline Bride®, the book is overflowing with more than 340 creative concepts, fun ideas and manageable DIY projects for your wedding day. Emma shares, “the goal of this book was to inspire engaged couples to tell their unique story through handcrafted ideas and concepts.” There is no doubt about it – this book gives brides the tools to embrace a handcrafted wedding with style. $22.95 (Sellers Publishing, October 2012) Available on Amazon.


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We are so excited to share our fresh-off-the press free DIY printables. Customizable, colorful, and tailored for a food favor of your choice. These labels are just as easy to use as the more on DIY favors you’ll pair them with for your page 30 wedding. Choose your favor, choose your label, and print! For more information, email gloria@winecountryweddingsmagazine.com.



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G I R L F R I E N D G E TAWAY S Mountain View Hotel & Spa Mount View Hotel & Spa’s Girlfriend Getaway in Calistoga, CA, knows exactly what a girl wants, featuring two hydrotherapy baths, signature massages, a classic bottle of wine, and more. Relax in cotton terry bathrobes with a complimentary chick flick and a tub of popcorn in a beautiful room stocked with Aveda bath products and luxurious featherbeds. The staff at the Mount View Hotel “celebrate the art of relaxation”, and are happy to help you do the same. www.mountviewhotel.com

Napa River Inn Napa River Inn’s Girls Gone Wine! package offers a Napa Valley excursion full of great wine, cusine, and of course, an exclusive discount at La Pelle Skin Spa. Stay two nights for four in a beautiful guest room with a complimentary bottle of Sophia Coppola sparkling wine upon arrival. Enjoy an exclusive VIP table and complimentary cover charge at Live at Silo’s as well as full day winery tours and a picnic lunch. With catered breakfast every morning, winery tours and personal shoppers, why not gather the girls and head over? www.napariverinn.com

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa Discover the beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa, the only winery in the area to offer guided horseback tours of their gorgeous vineyards. Ride, Wine & Dine on a tour led by Vino Vaqueros followed by wine tasting and a gourmet meal. For a more full bodied wine country experience, indulge in a Vino Therapy Massage or Purifying Facial and discover serenity at the Champagne Spa & Boutique, where you will “pamper your body & nurture your soul.” Stay in one of the Inn’s luxurious rooms and enjoy the best wine country has to offer. www.fessparkerinn.com 2 6 | www. w i n e coun t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e. com

Golden Springs

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Silverado Resort & Spa For a true Spa Getaway, visit Silverado Resort provides a true dose of pampering relaxation offering 50-minute treatments per person and full use of the spa as well as great additional discounts. Chosen as the winner of the 2011 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award, The Silverado spa spans over 16,000 square feet and is the largest private resort spa in the region. Each room is uniquely decorated with elegance and sophistication, perfect for yourself and your number one ladies. www.silveradoresort.com

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To wine country cuisine connoisseurs—and viewers of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Masters”— Cindy Pawlcyn is a veritable legend. Cindy Pawlcyn Catering brings Cindy’s legendary warmth, gracious service, and delicious seasonal cuisine to the private table. Cindy taps the distinctive style at each of her restaurants for a broad palette of flavors ranging from the comfort foods of Mustards Grill to the global flair of Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen to the bold Mediterranean flavors of Brassica. It’s no wonder couples seek Cindy Pawlcyn Catering to bring an unforgettable experience to the table. All three of Cindy’s restaurants—and, by extension, the catering arm—share her fierce commitment to the freshest produce and ingredients. After decades of experience, she and her team have earned a well-deserved reputation for benchmark event execution. In addition to flawless food, the group can handle rentals, florals, and even entertainment. With Cindy Pawlcyn, you know it will be impeccable in every way. cindypawlcyn.com | 707.536.6606 | christine@cindypawlcyn.com 2 8 | www. w i n e coun t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e. com

food Eat, drink & be married


Wedding Food F • As more and more couples embrace the wave of DIY weddings, we’re seeing a fierce individuality that differentiates each celebration. Today’s wedding is less about by-the-book trends and tradition, and more about one specific love, interpreted and highlighted into a festive gathering that brings together friends, family and loved ones as the bride and groom embark on their newest chapter of their love stor y — as man and wife. There is something special about involving the guests and giving them a little piece of the couple to take home with them. Wedding favors ser ve as tokens of gratitude for their love and suppor t for their guests and can reflect a personal style, wedding theme or relationship. While there are countless favor sources and ideas, there is something hear tfelt and truly remarkable about a gift that was created with the couple’s own two hands, and that nourishes the recipient. Here we have five make-it-yourself food favors that you can create together and ser ve to your nearest and dearest after your nuptials. WRITTEN & STYLED BY ALEX MICHAEL MAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY LESLIE GROW


Mexican Hot Cocoa

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Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup powdered milk 1 cup brown sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon ¾ cup chopped Mexican chocolate 1 pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) cinnamon sticks

Directions 1. Prep all ingredients (amounts above yields 2-3 favors, depending on the size of the presentation jar). Chop the chocolate finely. 2. Layer ingredients in jar; cocoa powder, milk, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, chocolate with a pinch of cayenne on top if desired. 3. Seal the jar, label and finish with a stick of cinnamon. We added mini teaspoons as scoops. Be sure to let the guests know to mix the ingredients adequately before stirring into 1 cup steaming whole milk and savoring. (Yields 3 jars depending on the size of jar)

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Apple Earl Gray Jam

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Ingredients 3 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples 6 1/2 cups water (plus 8oz for tea preparation) 4 cups sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 1/2 tablespoons Earl Grey tea

Directions 1.Wash and quarter the whole apples. Do not peel or core. 2. In a heavy pot, cover with 6 1/2 cups water, and simmer 1/2 hour on low heat until the apples are soft and pulpy. Strain the mixture through a boiled jelly bag. As an alternative you can take layers of cheesecloth doused in boiling water and wrung out. This process of straining will take several hours. Refrain from pressing or squeezing which will cloud the juice. Strain the juice a second time using the above method, pour into a bowl and refrigerate overnight. 3. Measure 4 1/2 cups of the juice into the pot, scooping the juice from the top of the bowl to avoid any sediment at the bottom. Add the sugar and lemon juice to the pot and gently heat the mixture to dissolve the sugar. Prepare your tea by adding 8 ounces boiling water to the tea and letting it steep for 3 minutes. Before adding the tea to the pot, bring the mixture to a boil and cook it nearly to the jelling point. Add the tea and return the mixture to a boil. Boil to the jelling point (220F) and remove from heat. 4. Ladle the hot jelly into your sterilized jars and process in a water bath canner. (Yields 4 half-pints) 3 4 | www. w i n e coun t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e. com


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Ingredients 10-12 large lemons 1 (750-ml) bottle vodka 2 1/2 cups sugar 3 1/2 cups water

Directions 1. Begin by removing the peel from the lemons with a vegetable or potato peeler in long strips. Trim away any remaining white pith from the lemon peels with a small, sharp knife and discard. 2. When all the lemons have been peeled, place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour all the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Continue to steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature. 3. After the four days, it is time to create the simple syrup mixture and finish your liquor. In a large saucepan, stir the water and sugar over medium heat until the sugar dissolves (about 4-5 minutes.) Let cool completely. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture and cover. Let stand at room temperature overnight. Use a strainer to strain your limoncello, and discard the remaining peels. 4. Transfer the limoncello to bottles and seal. Add labels as decor. (Note: Remind guests to chill their limoncello for 4 hours until cold before enjoying.) (Yields 7 cups.)

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Walnut Schnapps

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Ingredients 5-6 green, unripe walnuts, quartered. 1 liter vodka

Directions 1. Cut the unripe walnuts in quarters. Put them in a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid. Cover well with clear, unflavoured vodka, leaving some air at the top. Steep for 5-6 months minimum in a dark place at room temperature, 64-68°F. At least once a month, stir the mixture with a spoon to allow some oxidation. 2. Strain and filter the infusion into clean glass bottles or jars with a cork or other tight-fitting lid. Age these bottles for at least 7 months in a dark place at room temperature before serving. Many recommend letting it sit for 5 years or more. You could invite your guest to celebrate a significant anniversary—one, five or ten years with you by pulling this bottle out and enjoying a celebratory toast in your honor! 3. Finish the bottle with labels and storage instructions. (Yields 7 cups)

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Oatmeal Cranberry Whoopie Pies

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Cookies 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats 1 cup dried cranberries 3/4 cup (or 4 oz) chopped dark chocolate 3/4 cup (or 1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1 1/2 cups (packed) dark brown sugar 1 large room temperature egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 cups confectioners’ sugar ½ cup canned pumpkin puree ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg 1 orange, zested 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients. Add to butter mixture and stir until well blended. Add dried cranberries. Drop ping-pong-sized balls of dough onto a parchment-covered baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden. Let cool. 2. Beat cream cheese, pumpkin, nutmeg, orange zest and vanilla with a hand mixer at medium speed. Slowly beat in the sugar until frosting is fluffy. 3. Spread the filling on one cookie, upside down. Top with another cookie to create a sandwich. Slip each cookie into a cellophane bag and seal with a label. (Makes 2 dozen) 4 0 | www. w i n e coun t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e. com

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style Style never goes out of fashion

MARRY ME on new years eve

Fashion Inspiration for the New Year’s Eve Bride P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y S H A H I N G H O L A M I HAIR & MAKE-UP BY COUTURE HAIR DESIGN, SALLIE RAMSEY D E C O R B Y Y E L L OW B I R D, Y E L L OW B E A R D 4 4 | www. w i n e coun t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e. com

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Designer: Ines Di Santo Style: Lucca 4 6 | www. w i n e coun t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e. com

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Designer: Moonlight Style: MP1389 5 0 | www. w i n e coun t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e. com

Designer: Justine M Couture AccessoryStyle: “Ginger”

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Designer: Justine M Couture Accesory Style: London

Designer: Junko Yoshioka Style: Giada

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E W E D D I N G W I N E C O C K TA I L S Serving a signature wine-based cocktail at your wedding can add a hint of panache and personality while also being budget-friendly by eliminating a full bar. Have your ser vice staff tray-pass the cocktails at the reception to manage the inevitable crowd at the bar and create a festive cocktail that matches the theme of your wedding. Or consider ser ving a specialty cocktail during the cake cutting as a more edgy alternative to an espresso bar. To uncover some of the coolest wine-based cocktails, I inter viewed top sommeliers and wine exper ts from San Francisco and Napa Valley, on their all-time favorite recipes and how to best ser ve them. But don’t just take their word for it; tr y these out or use them as inspiration to create your own custom signature wine-based cocktail.


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Classic Champagne Cocktail Just as a ring is the ultimate symbol for tying the knot, nothing says celebration like a champagne cocktail. This timeless libation has a special place in my heart as it was recommended by sommelier Erik of Thomas Keller’s restaurant, Bouchon where I got engaged. I also enjoyed this classic many times on my honeymoon; there is just something about sparkling wine that accentuates joyful occasions unlike any other drink. Best served on a silver platter during cocktail hour with canapes or paired with dessert - the hint of sweetness from the sugar can handle wedding cake and creates another great opportunity for a toast. Recipe Courtesy of Erik Johnson, Sommelier, Bouchon Restaurant,Yountville. Recipe adapted from the Metropolitan Hotel, New York City circa 1935

Recipe 1 cube sugar Bitters 1 ounce Cognac 5 ounces chilled Champagne Drop bitters onto sugar cube; let soak in. Place sugar cube in a Champagne flute. Add Cognac, and top with Champagne.

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Saint G. Hibiscus Next to the Bloody Mary, the mimosa is the most famed daytime cocktail, but more elegant and better suited for festive occasions. For an inventive alternative, try this sophisticated twist on the standard mimosa. The addition of tangy hibiscus flowers and sultry St. Germain maintain the delicate, fruity nature of a mimosa and the beautiful hibiscus flower adds an exotic flair. I first served this beautiful rose-hued drink at a wedding shower, but it would be just as well-suited for a wedding brunch or bachelorette party. It can even pay homage to a tropical honeymoon at your wedding and be served as an alternative to cake for those counting calories. Recipe courtesy of Gianna Cardinale Gaudini, Sommelier for Wine Country Weddings

Recipe 1 Wild Hibiscus Flower1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur 1/2 oz Wild Hibiscus Syrup 1 oz soda water or sparkling grapefruit juice 4 oz Dry Sparkling Wine or Prosecco Place flower in champagne flute. Mix the next 3 ingredients and strain into champagne flute. Top with dry sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon twist. Visit WildHibiscus.com for more information on hibiscus flowers in syrup.

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Continental Sour This classic layered sweet and sour drink gets its sweetness from mulled wine. This drink will warm you up from its rye base and spicy mulled wine and is best served as a festive addition to dessert. Ideally, this wine-based cocktail is best suited for a winter wedding, and I can imagine it being served to welcome guests as they sit near a fireplace warming up awaiting the ceremony. Tip:Your caterer can easily use the mulled wine to poach pears, then serve them with creme fraiche or ice cream for a festive fall or winter dessert paired with this cocktail. Recipe courtesy of Joshua Thomas, Sommelier, Prospect Restaurant, San Francisco

Recipe 1 oz Ritten House Rye - 100 Proof 1 oz fresh lemon juice 1 dash simple syrup 1 dash Orange Curacao Shake all ingredients, then fine strain into a chilled port glass. 1 oz Blood Orange Mulled wine should be floated at the top of the glass.Garnish with blood orange. Blood Orange Mulled Wine Ingredients: Blood Orange, Cinnamon Sticks, Cardamom, Cloves, Sugar, Star Anise, Nutmeg and red wine. Combine in a pot and boil.

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The French 75 I served this as a special cocktail for my husband’s birthday in Napa this year and pre-made a pitcher in advance so I could easily pour and serve it to guests as they arrived. This cocktail works beautifully for wedding showers, rehearsal dinners or engagement parties and is best paired with light canapes, oysters or seared scallops. This wine-based cocktail can also be a play off French vintage details that are showcased at the reception such as a French themed dessert table or a travelinspired welcome table. Recipe courtesy of Chris Parks, General Manager and Wine Director, Per Diem, San Francisco

Recipe 1.5 oz Gin .5 oz fresh lemon juice .5 oz simple syrup Shake well, strain into flute. Top off with 2.5 oz of Champange or prosecco Garnish with a mint sprig pierced through a lemon slice and floated in the champagne flute.

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The French A5 Amy Jacot, Head mixologist from San Francisco’s hot 5A5 Steakhouse coined the name for this drink one day while playing around with new drink recipes. Particularly fond of the “French 75”, Amy wanted to create a cocktail that was reminiscent of it while being more approachable to a sweeter palate. After a few different variations, the French A5 was born and went on to become the top-selling cocktail on 5A5’s drink menu. This delicate, slightly sweet cocktail pairs wonderfully with hard cheeses or spicy passed appetizers and would make for a refreshing signature cocktail for a warm-weathered celebration. Recipe Courtesy of Steve Chen, owner or 5A5 Steakhouse, San Francisco. Recipe created by Amy Jacot, Resident Mixologist and Bar Lead at 5A5 Steakhouse, SF.

Recipe 1.25 oz Ketel One 0.75 oz St-Germain 0.5 oz fresh grapefruit juice 2 oz Proseco (Italian Sparkling Wine) .25 oz Chambord Combine Ketel One, St-Germain and grapefruit juice and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a champagne flute and top with Prosecco. Carefully sink the Chambord, so that a very faint rainbow effect appears at the bottom of the glass.

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Champagne Love Brew A New Orleans favorite, this anise-spiked sparkling cocktail is one Courtney Cochran whipped up for the Cosmic Love Ball – an annual fete in San Francisco celebrating the culture of love through music and live theater. Pair it with something spicy - shrimp or sashimi canapes or something sweet - pie and gelato to compliment the anise. Serving this unique wine-based cocktail to welcome guests would be a lovely way to start celebrating the love.You could even have the servers share the name of the cocktail as they served them. Leaving guests with a cocktail in-hand, if possible, as they sit through the ceremony is always appreciated and sets the mood of a lovely festive affair. Recipe Courtesy of Courtney Cochran, certified sommelier,Your Personal Sommelier®, San Francisco, and author of Hip Tastes: The Fresh Guide to Wine.

Recipe Champagne .4 oz Herbsaint (anise liqueur) .5 oz Massenet Crème de Mure (blackberry liqueur) {Or Mathilde Crème de Cassis (black currant liqueur)} Lemon twist Combine 1/2 glass Champagne or good sparkling wine with chilled crème de mure and anise liqueur; for best results, shake the liqueurs together and strain into the bubbly. Add the lemon twist.

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romance We believe in happily ever after.


ry Chic Elegant touches and rustic details meet this fall at the farm table. Vibrant hues,

golden shimmer, and vintage decor inspire this modern fall wine country wedding.


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Blush hues, escort cards inspired by the season’s golden leaves, freshly-picked peaches, metallic trims, burlap-wrapped bouquets, and vintage china bring us to a farmtable full of the season’s best kept treasures. A fall wedding should be abundant in finely trimmed details and romantic touches.

Bring this look to Peach Pleasures... Add splashes of color with seasonal fruits to bring some life to your wedding day.

For the table...

Embellish your tablescape with white roses in gold vases, a burlap table runner, and then pair with your favorite RosÊ. Don’t forget wine bottles make great table numbers.

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Using WCW Mag resources our free printables will save a lot of time and money and give your fall wedding the modern touch it needs.

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What’s in season?

Using flowers that are in season is always the best way to go for your wedding and your bank account.

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Check with family and friends to see if anyone has vintage china to add treasures like this to your wedding... this would be a good time to call grandma.

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Real Wine Weddi

Country ings We believe in fairy-tale romance

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ALL YOU NEED IS Daniel & Sybil October 1st, 2011 Carneros Inn, Napa Valley

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ybil and Daniel had been living in San Francisco for several years when they met at a local bar while watching the University of North Carolina’s Tar Heels basketball game, a team the two were fond of as both Daniel and many of Sybil’s friends attended UNC. After being brought together by mutual friends, the two began spending a lot of time together. “We knew shortly that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together,” said the happy couple. After a year of dating, Sybil and Daniel vacationed at the Carneros Inn in Napa Valley, a nice escape from the rainy city of San Francisco. The couple described the Inn as absolutely beautiful. Set in the Carneros wine growing region in Napa Valley, “Daniel completely surprised me with a gorgeous ring and proposal,” Sybil smiled. Since Daniel was originally from North Carolina and Sybil from Texas, they knew their guests would be required to travel to their wedding no matter where the venue was. Thus, the couple decided to host their wedding at Carneros Inn. “It is such an amazing property and it was already so special to us,” they explained. So, an October wedding in wonderful Napa Valley, it was. “We chose fall colors, chocolate brown and persimmon orange, and threw in my favorite color: purple,” Sybil described. The chocolate brown was present in details from the guest’s chairs at the ceremony to the stripes on the wedding cake. While the deep purple was tactfully placed on accent areas such as the bride’s Mui Mui wedding shoes and her bouquet, which elegantly contrasted her pure white gown.

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Photographer: Angie Silvy Videographer: Justin Fone Productions Event Planner: Jenne Hohn Floral Designer: Julie Stevens Design Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Furniture Rentals: Blueprint Studios Linen Rentals: La Tavola Lighting: Got Light Wedding Cake: Fleur de Lisa Grooms Cake: Sweet on Cake Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuiller Bridesmaid Dresses: Coren Moore

The various color shades for the fall wedding was both warm and dark, a fitting mood for an October afternoon, while the light peach-orange flowers added pops of color to liven up the décor. “Since the venue is already so gorgeous,” the couple intoned, “we wanted to highlight that with simple yet stunning flowers and details,” the couple laughed. Sybil’s favorite part of the wedding, however, was the ceremony. “We each wrote our own vows and Daniel’s were so sweet,” said Sybil. “He clearly put a lot of thought into them.” Daniel’s favorite part, not too far from Sybil’s, of course, was watching Sybil walk down the aisle. “She was the most beautiful bride I had ever seen,” Daniel said. Wine Country Weddings Magazine loves that the couple stayed true to the season by picking warm colors and floral arrangements undeniably present during the month of October. This highlights the venue, the season and the mood that the weather already provides. We also absolutely love the menu, which grasped the cool, October atmosphere. “Carneros Inn served a delicious dinner and excellent local wines,” the bride and groom contentedly described. The guests started with a salad made with beets, berries and blue cheese, accompanied by a 2009 CADE Sauvignon Blanc. Then came the gnocchi dressed in English peas, mint and cashews served with a 2008 MacRostie Chardonnay. Lastly, a chicken breast fixed with cippolini onions, potatoes and arugula complemented by a 2008 Plumpjack Sauvignon. There is no doubt that a wine country wedding provides the opportunity to feature an exceptional menu that highlights wine and food pairing, in addition to seasonal dishes. “The wedding was simple, elegant and intimate, which is just what we wanted,” Sybil and Daniel explained. Sybil walked down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love,” one of Daniel’s favorite songs. “It was traditional, but we wanted to incorporate things that made it unique to us.”

“ We knew shortly that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.�



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1. The flower girl wore a fall-inspired head piece. 2. We love that Daniel and Sybil incorporated a traditional cake to accompany their one-of-a-kind Basketball cake. Decorated with their last name initial and organge roses we love the modern fall cake. 3. Invites had their initials as well and were finished of with a brown bow. 4. To remind them how they first met, the couple had a Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Cake.

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Finally, in a nod towards making their special day truly one of a kind, their wedding cake was shaped like a basketball, decorated in the words “Carolina Tar Heels,” an allusion to their fortuitous meeting and the initial commonality that brought them together. Daniel and Sybil kept in tune with the trimmings of a traditional wedding by incorporating a three-tiered wedding cake adjacent to the basketball, decorated in all the colors of the wedding; orange, brown and gold stripes. “It truly was a fabulous day,” the bride and groom said, “one that we will never The various color shades for the fall wedding was both warm and dark, a fitting mood for an October afternoon, while the light peachorange flowers added pops of color to liven up the décor. “Since the venue is already so gorgeous,” the couple intoned, “we wanted to highlight that with simple yet stunning flowers and details,” the couple laughed. Sybil’s favorite part of the wedding, however, was the ceremony. “We each wrote our own vows and Daniel’s were so sweet,” said Sybil. “He clearly put a lot of thought into them.” Daniel’s favorite part, not too far from Sybil’s, of course, was watching Sybil walk down the aisle. “She was the most beautiful bride I had ever seen,” Daniel said. Written by Chelsey Korman

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reanne and Cole met at a country bar in Colorado. Cole was performing country music at the bar, and lucky for the both of them, Breanne agreed to go out that night after being dragged to the bar by friends. The couple ended up sharing a dance. Cole was home on leave, and would be deploying to Iraq in three days, but this made no difference to them both. They spent every minute of those next three days together. “We got engaged almost instantly when Cole returned home, although we really knew we were going to get married about three hours after our first dance,” explained Brianne. The couple’s wedding was just a continuation of the first night they met. It was all country. “The wedding totally embodied us.” they beamed. Since both Breanne and Cole live country style lives, Cole as a bull riding country music artist with Breanne’s career completely revolving around horses, they wanted the wedding to be “country, rustic, and very western, yet still classic,” as Breanne described it. And rustic and western it was. The dinner tables were decorated in golden yellow sunflowers and the guests drank out of small glass Mason jars. The sunflower’s bright yellow tone against the dark wood of the barn-like venue provided the perfect compliment. Around the venue were bunches of pumpkins and bales of hay that helped create a natural country feel and was very much in season with a fall wedding. As if the leather jackets accompanied by a cowboy hat that the groom and groomsmen wore weren’t enough, beautiful horses grazed the premises. The combination of colors from the yellow sunflowers to the

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brown leather and the plump orange pumpkins were the epitome of an October wedding. “We wanted a fun, laid back wedding that was true to us and our lifestyle,” Breanne and Cole described. The food, of course, was just as country as the wedding. The theme of the menu matched that of the décor; Texas style barbecue. Guests were served brisket, macaroni ‘n cheese, smoked chicken and, of course, what is a Texas style barbecue without corn bread? Since Breanne and Cole had decided that they wanted the wedding to be rustic and laidback with a touch of conventionality, they substituted cupcakes for cake. It was a fair substitution considering they had five different kinds of cupcakes. Breanne’s favorite DIY detail of the wedding was the guest book that Cole made. “Cole makes chaps and custom leather, so he tooled our names and the wedding date into the cover.” Another favorite DIY detail was the gifts the couple gave to the guests. “I made three types of jam for favors and we got the custom “spread the love” labels from an Etsy designer,” Breanne explained. Both couples contributing handcrafted elements made the celebration shine with love. “There were so many great moments at this wedding, it’s really hard to pick just one!” Breanne explained when asked what her favorite part of her wedding day was. Cole and Breanne decided that their most memorable moment was when Breanne’s father made a really touching speech at the reception. “It meant a lot to the both of us,” they said. Although there were many sweet and memorable moments at the wedding, one of the couple’s favorite moments was nothing less than hilarious. “There was this one hilarious moment though, when Cole was under my dress trying to pull my garter over my cowboy boots,” the bride stops to giggle. “Cole’s nephew Blake, who was also the ring bearer, lifted my dress up over his head! He was looking under there with a very serious look on his face,” they continue to laugh. The ring bearer went right to sleep after that episode. “I guess that was enough education for one day!” Breanne laughed.

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What we at Wine Country Weddings Magazine love about Breanne and Cole’s wedding is how true the couple stayed to their lifestyle. There is no doubt that this couple is country and classy from the details on the bride’s authentic Texas Longhorn cowboy boots under her gown to the old, red rusted truck the wedding party lingered around for pictures. Breanne and Cole not only stayed true to themselves with the wedding theme, but also true to the season. The sunflowers and pumpkins are representative of the October month and the autumn colors capture the nature of that a wine country landscape lent to the celebration of love. Written By Chelsey Korman.

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Venue: Atwood Ranch Glen Ellen, CA Planning: Julie Atwood Events Food: Smokehouse Barbecue Cupcakes: Sift Photographer: Tia and Claire Makeup: Makeup by Alan Florist: Savage Rose

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Love, Lace and

GRILLED CHEESE Devon & Zach, September 18th, 2011 Hammersky Vineyards â?¤

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hile Devon was styling a client’s hair she was told by a regular patron that there was a guy she needed to meet. Devon decided that, “Since I had done her hair for years at this point I knew she wouldn’t steer me wrong,” she explained. So, Devon agreed to meet Zachary one evening at a restaurant nearby to see a live jazz band. “We sat and talked until the restaurant closed, listening to the sleepy jazz band that was playing. I knew immediately that this guy was a total catch,” Devon described.

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In one word: romantic... The couple began dating and two years later, Devon introduced Zachary to her grandfather. Just after they were introduced, her grandfather called Devon’s mother and told her that he wanted to give the couple Devon’s grandmother’s wedding ring. The diamond had been in the family for 100 years. Shortly thereafter, Zach proposed in Devon’s childhood bedroom with a beautiful ring which had my grandmother’s diamond tucked right in the center. The theme of the wedding was very similar to the engagement ring, “classic and elegant,” Devon described. “I wanted our wedding to be truly us.” When they found their romantic wine country wedding venue, they were awestruck. It encompassed all the elements they wanted for their wedding; natural surroundings, beautiful landscape and refined facilities. “The property is so serene, with the sound of the leaves in the wind and the way the sun shines over the hills,” Devon explained. Once they had found the perfect venue, all the pieces of the wedding began falling together. The bride described her dream wedding atmosphere as, “soft colors, lots of flowers and candles.” In one word: romantic.

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Some of their favorite details were the hand-crafted fire place Devon’s father built and she and her mother painted. The fireplace, inspired by previous weddings where Devon had seen a fireplace behind the head table, was a detail that Devon couldn’t leave out of their own wedding. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it,” Devon confessed. The second inspiration, or obsession, that Devon refused to leave out was a stunning chandelier that hung from the tree just behind the ceremony. Devon thanks her mother and friends for the success of the décor. They helped to execute the vision Devon had for the details of their wedding day; silver candelabras, silver trays for candles and silver antique earns filled with flowers decorated the lace table cloths. Typical of a wine country loving couple, Devon and Zach have a serious love for good food. “We are big fans,” they laughed. Thus, they selected food which was romantic and warm, just like the venue. “We wanted gourmet comfort food. We told that to our caterer, they sent us the menu, and we never changed a thing!” said the couple. The tables were filled with petite grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup sips, mini chicken pot pies and macaroni ‘n cheese bites. Staying within the realm of warm and comfortable, the couple agreed to skip the cake. “Instead, we had pumpkin chocolate bread pudding, mini cobblers and chocolate chip cookies and milk.” All very fitting for an autumn wedding. “One of moments that really stand out as my favorite moments would have to be the look on Zach’s face as I walked down the aisle,” Devon explained, when asked what the day’s most special moment was. “I think he brought most everyone to tears. He was so filled with love and emotion.” One of the personal details of this wedding that we at Wine Country Weddings Magazine love is also one of the couple’s fondest memories. After the ceremony, the wedding party and the bride and groom’s parents went into the house where everyone made memorable and intimate tokens of well wishes toasting champagne. “We will never forget some of the kind words our best friends spoke as they toasted

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1. Devon and Zach added elegant touches like this classic frame to welcome guests to the reception. 2. Not only are strawberries tasty and add to the playfulness of Devon and Zach’s wedding, they also add vibrant color to the table. 3. Nothing says wine country like outdoor seating areas overlooking a vineyard. 4. The metallic silver candlebras, light pink roses, and lace decorated the table with the perfect amount of vintage and class.

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to us, as well as our parent’s love and support,” the couple explained. This idea takes an already intimate wedding and creates an intensified private experience. It is great for family members and the wedding party to feel included in this particularly personal part of the celebration. Zachary and Devon were able to create the perfect mixture of warm and welcoming. Every detail, from the food, to the venue overlooking rolling hills of sun-kissed vineyards, to their dog Henry, who was present and wearing a bow tie the entire wedding, exemplifies the irreplaceable love and affection these two have for one another.


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Venue: Hammersky Vineyards Catering: Trumpet Vine Catering Photography: Joie LaLa Dress: Justina McCaffery Suits: Men’s Wearhouse Flowers: Cindy Babuscio Music: Kramer Entertainment Décor and Coordinator: Dudley Davenport

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Every girl has a dear friend who always remains close to their heart no matter time or distant apart. Nicole is that dear friend to me. Even though we met almost fifteen years ago while we were Nannies in France we have maintained a friendship that has flourished, and bond that is unbreakable. We stayed in touch initially through many handwritten letters and saved to visit one another as often as possible. Over the years our friendship, despite thousands of miles, has only grown stronger. So, when she asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding earlier this year I was truly honored to stand by her side as she stepped into her next chapter in life; being a wife. Here, I share snapshots of an enchanting Austrian wine country wedding from an American bridesmaid’s perspective.

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JOHANN & N I COL E May 18, 2012 | S t y ria , Aust r i a Johann and Nicole, like every modern couple, met on the internet. After many flirtatious emails, their first date was at a traditional cafÊ where they joked, laughed and felt an immediate spark of romance. Nicole, a boisterous, fun-loving spirit found Johann to be the sensitive, sexy type of guy and they immediately started dating. Their courtship has been filled with romantic overseas trips to Dubai, Morocco and Greece; laughing daily at their silly inside jokes and spending cozy weekends together they feel more and more in love. Year after year, with each visit and Skype conversation it became apparent that Johann was the ideal match for Nicole’s vivacious personality. After eight years of dating, Johann asked Nicole to marry him on her May 15th birthday and they decided to marry one year later. At the start of the wedding weekend, seeing the normally very reserved and shy Johann dress as a bear and sing and dance at their rehearsal dinner, I knew that there was nothing he wouldn’t do for her, and that, he truly loved her with all his heart and soul. Witnessing their love grow stronger over the years made my participation in the wedding that more special. w w w. w i n e cou n t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e.com | 139

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THE SETTING They married in Styria, Austria, a well-known European wine region, close to the Slovenia border, in the romantic Ottersbach Castle. Surrounded with verdant hillsides of vineyards, the castle has become a favorite venue because of the modern amenities mixed with old-world charm. The castle property houses a library, displays of medieval arms and a vast art collection of portraits. While the couples were taking pictures the wedding party took a tour of the castle and were able to hear the history about the property and learn of its recent return to the original owners after being captured by the Hitler’s regime. The family is now restoring the property to its former aristocratic ear of prestige and elegance. w w w. w i n e cou n t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e.com | 141

THE CEREMONY In Austria, there are always two ceremonies; one for the church and one for the state. Usually the state one is known as the sentimental ceremony and most similar to an American ceremony. Thankfully, the skies parted and sun shone for the couple to marry outside in the castle gardens while a Jazz singer performed for the state ceremony. Wished well with an aisle of friends and family blowing bubbles the couple then left that ceremony and entered the church inside the castle and shared a religious ceremony as a Priest married them.

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THE CELEBR ATION This wine country destination wedding weekend was full of merriment. On Friday evening, everyone dressed in traditional folklore attire and enjoyed a traditional dinner filled with local sliced meats, cheeses and lots of wine. That evening the entertainment was provide by the bride and two friends, who are known as the Schatzweg Girls. The next day the couple married in a romantic castle in two separate ceremonies and had a reception filled with a Jazz band, a four-course meal, tearful toasts and a DJ that started spinning at midnight. The final day, everyone gathered outside and wrote well wishes on balloon and at once everyone released them and then said good-bye to the newly married couple.

THE DETAILS There were so many details, but here are a few of my favorites. Every guest was welcomed with a customized bottle of wine. The night before the wedding, the evening ended with the guest singing a traditional folklore song to the bride. At the stroke of midnight the bridal party danced the Viennese waltz. There was a fun photo booth, well-wishing cards, goulash served at one in the morning and lastly, the couple’s mothers made homemade Austrian cookies as a late night snack.

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Bridal Resource Guide Stop Dreaming & Start


Bridal Vendors We Love

Fleurs de France Wedding Floral & Event Design

A Savvy Event

Exquisite custom Wedding Floral & Event Design in the Sonoma & Napa Valley of Northern California. Personalized service, flawless execution, and stress free events.

A Savvy Event does all types of events in and around the Bay Area. On the weekends and even weekdays we are planning and designing just about every milestone event you can think of.

707.824.8158 | fleursfrance.com

707.364.7403 | asavvyevent.com

Lovely Little Details

Seasons Floral Design of the Napa Valley

From event styling and floral design to full planning assistance, lovely little details is a full-service wedding and event design boutique with the experience, creativity, and connections to take all of your ideas and bring them to life. Wine country is such an intimate and amazing place to celebrate a wedding, and we specialize in pulling together all the lovely little details to make your wedding completely personalized and memorable, so that your guests feel like they just participated in something truly special, and you are able to sit back and enjoy every moment.

203.687.6380 | lovelylittledetails.com

Blending colors and textures of beautiful flowers with natural elements we have created a wine country style that is innovative, sophisticated and artistically appealing. Our goal is to give you the wedding of your dreams. 707.738.8125 | seasonsfloraldesign.com w w w. w i n e cou n t r y wed d i n g s m a g a z in e.com | 151

PhotographersWe Love

Tia & Claire Studio

TiaGlimpsed.net & Claire Studio

Wine country weddings photographed with humor, passion, and experience.

Glimpsed Photography is about capturing those brief appearances, of emotion, expression and joy- a glimmer, as of light

415.379.4574 | tiaandclairestudio.com

415.706-9624 | glimpsed.net

Megan Clouse Photography

Shannon Stellmacher Photography

Photography filled with love, laughter, glances and giggles. Beautiful moments, captured quietly.

Fashion inspired couture wedding photography in Napa and Sonoma.

707 971-0367 | meganclouse.com

707.631.0569 | shannonstellmacherphotography.com

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PhotographersWe Love

Brett Munoz Photo + Video You have spent all your life wondering if this day would ever come. It’s now here, how will you remember it?

805.341.6774 | brettmunozphoto.com

Lori Paladino A beautiful photograph is a key that unlocks a moment. Wedding photography focused on real moments and emotional, inspired imagery.

415.595.5674 | loriphoto.com

Damion Hamilton Photographer

MEF Photography

Preserving the entire story of your once-in-a-lifetime wedding day for generations to come is Damion and Julie’s highest goal.

Modern wedding photography focused on light, laughter and the beauty of authentic emotion.

707.257.5450 | silveradoresort.com

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Favorite WeddingVenues

Guglielmo Winery Your DREAM wedding begins here in our Villa Emile Event Center, with the charm of Tuscany along with the magic of the vineyard. Celebrate on our expansive lawn area or, for smaller weddings, in the historical charm of our Heritage Room. We offer complete wedding packages, with pricing based on the number of guests. Please call our Event Department for details on our Wedding Packages.

Eos Estate Winery Our new Paso Robles property features a variety of event settings including an outdoor patio, an intimate vineyard lawn, and classic pole barn with a modern indoor tasting room and event space. Eos Estate is the perfect setting for your special day.

408-779-2145 | guglielmowinery.com

805.688.3940 Ext. 5113 | eosvintage.com

Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery

Sunstone Winery & Villa

Sebastiani, located in the heart of Sonoma, is the ideal location for a wine country wedding. From The Fountain Courtyard, The Rose Garden and Arbor Park, and Barrel Room, Sebastiani will create the perfect ambiance for a wedding ceremony and reception.

Located on the edge of the Santa Ynez River, Sunstone Winery & Villa is an exclusive wedding locale. Couples can choose from the charming courtyards, unique caves, or our Tuscan - inspired stone Villa, all which make for a romantic ceremony and reception.

707.933-3314 | sebastiani.com

805.688.9463 | sunstonewinery.com

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Favorite WeddingVenues

Castoro Cellars

Lincourt Vineyards

Our Mediterranean-style tasting room, events room and beautifully landscaped grounds offer a perfect setting for a wine country wedding. Located at the top of a knoll, in the middle of “Cobble Creek” Vineyard, Castoro Cellars offers beautiful vineyard and hillside views.

Located in the foothills of Santa Ynez Valley, Lincourt is surrounded by spectacular flower gardens and a vineyard backdrop. It’s a charming setting for weddings, where guests can gather and dance together under twinkling lights or convene in the rustic barrel room.

805-238-0725 | castorocellars.com

805.688.3940 Ext. 5113 | lincourtwines.com

Foley Estates


The hillside vineyard blocks that surround the winery provide a montage of greens and golds that will delight the senses and provide the perfect setting for your event. Set in San Ynez Valley, The Great Lawn, an ideal location for a ceremony can then be tented for a reception.

Nestled in the cute town of Los Olivos, Firestone features a variety of event settings, including a lavender-accented terrace, an intimate courtyard and a colorful garden. The barrel room and deck add to the estate’s virtually unlimited event possibilities.

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Favorite WeddingVenues

Chalk Hill Winery

Harvest Inn

Located in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, this Healdsburg winery offers extraordinary scenery, and a sense of serenity, perfect for an intimate wedding. Along with beautiful outdoor venues, Chalk Hill features two indoor sites as well as its own mission-style chapel.

Harvest Inn, located in St. Helena, is the ideal location for wine country weddings. The eight-acre property provides intimate event space, manicured lawns and captivating courtyards, the perfect background for wedding vows, renewals and anniversary celebrations.

707. 933.3314 | chalkhill.com

707.963.9463 | harvestinn.com

Silverado Resort & Spa

Cindy Pawlcyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar

Silverado Resort offers both indoor reception spaces and beautiful outdoor venues. This award-winning resort provides an elegant platform for the wedding of your dreams; boasting colorful picturesque locations and providing high quality service.

Famous for Cindy Pawlcyn’s renowned food and impeccable service, Wood Grill & Wine Bar is the perfect location for a St. Helena garden wedding. With intimate private rooms, a lush patio, and lovely lawn and flower garden, guests will be enchanted by the setting as well as the cuisine and service.

707.257.5450 | silveradoresort.com

707.963.0700 | cindypawlcymsgrill.com

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Rehersal Dinner Hotspots

Bottega Napa Valley

Morimoto Napa

Bottega Napa Valley, located on the Vintage Estates Property, showcases Michael Chiarello’s signature bold Italian flavors with a refined twist. The restaurant has two indoor dining rooms as well a private dining room and wine bar.

Known to millions as the star of Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto brings his talent to his restaurant located in downtown Napa. With a combination of Asian and American flavors, Morimoto Napa is the perfect restaurant to add a little uniqueness to your rehearsal dinner.

707.945.1050 | botteganapavalley.com

707.252.1600 | morimotonapa.com

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen

Brassica Napa Valley

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, featuring chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s flavorful cuisine, combines the character of a classy supper club with the flair of a local speakeasy. Ideal for rehearsal dinners, choose indoor or outdoor seating, or reserve the entire restaurant.

Brassica, home to chef Cindy Pawlcyn of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Masters,” features delicious Mediterranean cuisine, a nationally acclaimed wine program, expert service, sophisticated interior design and a lush patio for outdoor dining. A top choice for unforgettable rehearsal dinners.

707.963.1200 | cindysbackstreetkitchen.com phone number | website

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Sweets Desserts & Treats

Sweetie Pies Bakery

Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar

Sweetie Pies Bakery is known for their outstanding desserts, pies and cakes. Located in beautiful Napa Valley their knowledgeable staff will help you create the perfect ending to your special day.

Whether you are looking for modern and chic or wild and whimsical, you name it, we create it. Our cupcake and dessert bar adds a touch of flare and, above all, taste to your day. Sift Weddings, trendy treats for haute brides & inspired celebrations.

707.257.8817 | sweetiepies.com

707.282.5333 | siftcupcakes.com

Sponsorship Opportunities If you are a bridal vendor based in California’s wine country or a wine country wedding venue and would like to have your business profiled inside our bridal resource guide please contact us at 707.227.4152 or email us. sponsor@winecountryweddingsmagazine.com

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Marriage Advice

Margie and Mike married June 21st, 1974 in Atwater, California after knowing each other since high school. They promised to give one-hundred percent of one another that day and believe that their love is everlasting. Margie shares with us, “There are many reasons why our marriage was everlasting. We were best-friends, and Mike was the one I’d rather spend my time with than anyone else. We had a blast together and laughed often. His sense of humor could never keep me mad at him for long after an argument. And we refused to ever go to bed angry. No matter what – we made a point of always saying ‘I love you’ before falling asleep. For this, I am grateful.” Margie and Mike were married for almost 31 years. Sadly, in 2005 Mike passed away leaving her with an intense appreciation for the marriage and love they shared.

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Wine Country Weddings is a niche online publication devoted to providing couples with all the resources and inspiration they need to plan th...

Wine Country Weddings, Fall 2012, Issue No. 2  

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