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Au Naturale Wedding Design

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Au Naturale Wedding Design

A green and white color palette is a floral match made in heaven that never ceases to look elegant and polished. With the well-established, natural, and flawless grounds already present at the esteemed Chateau St. Jean, I found myself taking an if-you-can't-beat-them-join-them stance in regards to the design aesthetic and flowers.

The couple, whose simple-yet-elegant rehearsal dinner at Ram's Gate Winery was featured on our blog last week, are two incredibly down to earth people who currently reside in San Diego. Their design aesthetic, just like San Diego, is relaxed and carefree, yet classic and refined. The couple wanted to bring a little bit of San Diego to Wine Country. Along with spirits from San Diego's Societe Brewing Company  and Chateau St. Jean's estate wine, their design was a precious love-child between two of the most beautiful places in California.

It was only natural to be inspired by free-flowing and organic materials when sourcing all of Lauren & Doug's florals and decor. Queen Anne's lace, lisianthus, and airy oregano caught my eye at the first glance through the flower market, while chartreuse hydrangea with hearty white Ecuadorian roses added abundance to the centerpieces. Green amaranthus added extra texture. Surely the most unforgettable part about her centerpieces were the Chardonnay grapes which were sourced from Annadel Estate Winery, in addition to green pears, apples, and artichokes aplenty. The 30 foot plumosa and bay leaf garland embellished with tulips, queen anne's lace, veronicas, grapes, apples, and artichokes on the head table complemented the round tables perfectly, as the plumosa added a whimsical, natural feeling to the display.

Let's Chat Ceremony: We installed a birch chuppuh, covered it with chiffon fabric, and then added a bay leaf garland. Floral tiebacks were then added for extra detail. The aisle was covered in ivory rose petals, and the entrance displayed two large and abundant floral arrangements on top of ornate urns flanking each side of the entrance.  The details don't stop there, though! Parasols were provided for shade and guest comfort, as the temperatures in Sonoma can get quite high in late September!

Details, Details, Details: This is what sets each wedding apart from one another. Since starting to work for Alicia K Designs, I have seen and created some of the most interesting backdrops, escort displays, guest book tables, chair treatments, garlands--you name it, it can be done. Alicia herself always says that a tablescape can have a huge beautiful display of flowers, but if you don't have the tables, chairs, and details to match up with your arrangement, the design is all off. It's all about the details at Alicia K Designs, that's what sets us apart from other event designers. Lauren & Doug's wedding definitely had so many unique details that set their wedding apart as one of my favorite designs of the season.  Example: A 7' by 7' escort wall covered in live moss and adorned in an asymmetrical hydrangea, airplant, fern, and succulent treatment as each guest's name was pinned on one-by-one. To add even more detail to the tablescape, each placesetting was garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary. The couple's seats were adorned with small bay leaf wreathes and tied with ivory satin ribbon. My favorite detail--however--were the dianthus and apple filled apothecary jars. It might have been that I scrambled to find green apples in late September for some odd reason and as I was driving up from San Francisco to Sonoma, we found a farmers market and I may or may not have driven a large 16 foot truck into a small parking lot and sprinted in to sift through the only farm stand with green apples and bought every last one....

Anyway, all of this to say: Congratulations Lauren & Doug, we had such a fun time designing, coordinating and executing your special day. Thank you for letting us be a part of it!

Without further ado:

Venue: Chateau St. Jean

Photography: Elisabeth Millay

Floral Design: Alicia K Designs

Event Planner: Alicia K Designs

Linens: LaTavola

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