This natural wedding in Sonoma is simple, elegant, timeless, and beyond beautiful! This fun couple let their personality shine by writing their ceremony from start to finish, serving up brick oven pizzas, and dancing the night away surrounded by friends and family. If that doesn’t sound like a good night, we don’t know what does! Oh, and did we mention it’s beautiful?
The bride shares…
We got married at Olympia’s Valley Estate in my hometown of Petaluma, which is owned by a friend from high school. We used to go out there and have pizza parties at the brick oven, so it was really special to go back ten years later and have a different kind of party there!
Jack and I both have silly personalities, so we knew we didn’t want our wedding to be too stuffy or serious and wanted to make sure everyone had the best time. We had one of our best friends officiate our wedding because he is the funniest guy we know. We wrote our entire ceremony and vows from scratch and definitely got a bunch of laughs from our guests.
Another important part to us was the food. We didn’t want anyone leaving hungry or eating anything questionable. Our menu included things like mini grilled cheeses, brick oven pizza, and parmesan chicken, and it was absolutely delicious. My sister owns her own baking company so she made everything for the dessert bar, which was a guest favorite!
Ever since I was little I have been imagining what my wedding would be like and I’ve always wanted to be a wedding planner, so I actually planned the entire wedding myself. With the help of my mom, we made most of the decorations as well. Everything from the signs to the ring bearer boxes to the corn hole game were DIY. We ended up getting married in the midst of the biggest heat wave in Sonoma county, so the night before our wedding, we scrambled to make 150 programs that doubled as fans for our guests to use during the ceremony. That ended up being one of my favorite little details. I knew I wanted a neutral wedding and our venue was already insanely gorgeous to begin with so I didn’t want to take away too much attention from its beauty and character. So, I stuck with a grey and white theme with a lot of greenery in the florals.
I always thought I would be a bridezilla on my wedding day, but I was surprisingly calm. We decided to do a first look before the ceremony and I am glad that moment was shared between the two of us instead of 150 other people. Plus, it definitely helped calm any nerves we had beforehand. We got married on opening day of football season, and both of our families are huge football fans, so we surprised them with our grand entrance song as the NFL theme song. Our final song of the night was “Friends in low places” by Garth Brooks, and everyone on the dance floor was singing all of the words, dancing arm in arm. It was the perfect end to an amazing day.
If you loved these sweet nuptials, this wedding at the same venue will wow you as well!