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Autumn at Charles Krug
There aren't many things I adore more than the first crisp day of Fall in Sonoma County. After the sun beats down on you for the entire summer--sunburns on your shoulders for weeks--the feeling of release, and a crisp, cool breath in your lungs coupled with the scent of redwoods is truly breathtaking as the sun shines through the trees an hour earlier.
Our clients, Moira & Matt, were no exception when it came to designing their event. Our initial conversations left me really understanding that their main goal for their wedding--first and foremost--was to truly celebrate their love for one another. The beautiful grounds at Charles Krug Winery left a perfect backdrop for this couple to say their vows.
It's always really nice to have a client who has one thing in mind to inspire the design. For me, it was the bride's choice of the color poppy, which then allowed me to look at the typical fall palette in a new way. Instead of using a muted palette that featured burgundies, maroons, subtle oranges, and deep, lush hues, I wanted to emphasize a brighter color palette. Poppy, Peach, Butterscotch, and true Red were to act as the primary palette, with undertones of silver and forest green and subtle pops yellow for the bridal bouquet.
I remember vividly the day at the market when Moira & Matt's flowers were chosen. I couldn't help but feel so happy that fall florals were finally there. The abundance of colors and varieties at the market left a delightfulness in the air that was truly memorable.
Still dark outside, the second I saw the poppy-colored roses a the market, I dropped everything already in my hands that I thought would work best for the wedding, and knew that Moira would love the brightness of this particular variety. Then, butterscotch dahlias to die for... After that, some of the largest Queen Anne's lace I've ever seen, coupled with beautiful ruby astilbe, seeded eucalyptus and burgundy marigolds (which made my heart melt!) popped off of the bridesmaid's poppy-toned dresses and brought the decor to life.
No event is complete without the details that make an event unique. Clever signage, petal cones, and lanterns adorned the ceremony location, as the couple were flanked by two arrangements on top of wine barrels. The couple wed as the sunlight was shining through the redwood trees--there was no need for any added decor for the backdrop. Cocktails displayed travel knick-knacks with bud vases in the style of the wedding, as Moira & Matt are avid travelers. The guestbook was a vintage illustration of Napa Valley in which guests were able to sign. Heirloom family photos adorned this area, in which the bride cleverly printed the names and relationship to the couple of each vintage photograph.
Dining centerpieces were a mix of floral arrangements, as well as a display of ceramic lanterns, votives, and vintage bud vases filled with ruby astilbe, Queen Anne's lace and succulents. The display was decorated with pomegranates to bring out the wedding color palette in an interesting, yet natural way.
I truly enjoyed creating such a sophisticated, yet beautiful wedding that was simply the backdrop to the happiness that the couple permeated throughout the evening. A big congratulations to Moira & Matt!