I am not sure where to begin with this luxurious California Vineyard Wedding hosted at the gorgeous Sunstone Winery. We were honored to be a part of Summer and Bryan’s special day especially since they were fellow wedding industry family. This made it extra special!
There were so many ridiculously well curated details we had to share our top 10 list with you, so hang tight and enjoy the ride. (Top 10 list credited from Martha Stewart Weddings).
1. They chose a mascot: swans, a symbol of lasting love. The pair incorporated a flock of them into all the details, starting with the stationery. The invites (designed by MaeMae & Co. and letterpressed by Gus & Ruby Letterpress) displayed a custom crest as well as lions, swans, olives, and green stripes. They were mailed in envelopes calligraphed by Victoria Hoke Lane.
2. Peonies, Summer’s favorite flowers, were out of season, so her florist, Lauryl Lane, concentrated on roses, poppies, tulips, ranunculus, and sweet peas bunched with olive branches for her bouquet. At the last minute, Lane flew in some peonies, and upon the presentation of the arrangement, both women burst into tears.
3. A poster presented all of the groomsmen’s color-coordinated bow ties from The Tie Bar on faux crests. The ties were theirs to keep; they also received copper tankards since as a group they’re known for their fondness for Irish Mules.
4. Embroidered crests that referenced the coat of arms from Bryan’s family were repurposed as boutonnieres.
5. The wedding programs asked guests to choose from a “Celebration Station” containing a buffet of noisemakers—and to hoot and holler when Summer and Bryan were pronounced husband and wife.
6. Mango-, grapefruit-, and cranberry-juice ice cubes, molded in swan-shaped trays, floated in glasses of sparkling wine.
OneHope, the sparkling wine that was sipped throughout the night, provided 100 meals for hungry children as a matching gift for the four cases of bubbly purchased for the soirée.
7. For favors, women went home with assorted teas. The men at the party received wooden pipes.
8. Attached to each menu was an olive branch sprig and a vial of pink Himalayan sea salt, “an inside joke for our friends and family because they all know I love salt,” says Summer. Guests dined on Bibb lettuce salad, Jidori chicken confit with vegetables, ravioli, and ratatouille.
9. The custom wedding crest was printed onto fabric and transformed into pillows for guests to lounge against.
10. Parasols shaded guests from the July sun during the cocktail hour. A 15-foot chandelier, made from nearly 400 tissue-paper bells and 1,200 twinkle lights, hung in the background.
As a stylist, Summer says, “I saw how much pressure brides feel to have everything be perfect and lovely and beautiful—the best wedding ever. But at the end of the day, it always exceeds that.”