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The Wedding: Wine Country Reception

SS_082813_WineCountryReceptionIf you’re throwing a party for 100+ people, what’s most important for you? Deciding on the wedding venue is a big decision. When I first saw photos a few years ago of our location, I knew it was perfect. It’s a gem of a venue owned by a Healdsburg winery on top of a hill overlooking vineyards for as far as the eye can see.

It’s 100 miles north of SF and a fraction of the price in Napa and Sonoma, but what I loved about the secluded spot was that there were no time restrictions, no hosted bar drama and we had the venue the entire weekend. Here’s the ‘Behind the Scenes’ by Allen David Photography of our reception in Hopland, California…

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We finally decided on this blush dress from Macy’s for the bridesmaids and navy blue slim fit suits for the men. We kept the rest of the details simple, white and silver.

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I always wanted to get married on a warm summer’s Nor-Cal night. Thankfully the temps stayed in the 80’s the entire evening.

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Some of the groomsmen prepping to deliver their touching speeches (my 2 younger brothers on the left). The guys wore custom made pocket squares coordinated with the bridesmaid dresses.

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There were about 180 guests total of family and friends from around the world.

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 Hassia Waters International in Germany sponsored our wedding with its mineral water from a private source called Liz for our guests throughout the night.

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And once the dinner and speeches concluded; it was time for cake, dancing and unscheduled champagne showers until past midnight. We’re eagerly awaiting the professional pics from Summer Wilson Photo and her amazing team. Thanks for all the nice comments on Monday’s ‘Moments after the ‘I Do’ post.

I hope you’re having a great week so far! ~xoDale

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  1. The view was out of this world. Beautiful photos and thank you for sharing.

  2. Beautiful + magical! California’s wine country is on my bucket list… Hugs & joy, T.

  3. Beautiful pictures! Such a wonderful and idyllic place!

    Congratulations!

  4. Dream wedding!Always loved the idea of a wedding venue overlooking a vast expanse of beautiful scenery! Congratulations! <3

  5. Everything looks perfect Dale! Congratulations!

  6. Beau-Ti-Ful!!!!! :-]

  7. Truly beautiful location Dale! Your reception looked awesome 🙂

  8. Your personal pictures are beautiful Dale, so I can only imagine what the “pro” shots will reveal!! The scenery was meant for LoVe and what a blessing to have had so many family members be able to travel here to participate with you too!! Have a great Holiday weekend!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous! Looks like a lovely yet low-key day. xo style, she wrote.

  10. What a magical spot Dale! You look so beautiful and I love the classic pink and navy for the bridal party, super daper and just dreamy. The location is divine, looks like the perfect wedding spot!

    SDMxx
    http://www.daringcoco.com

  11. You look amazing and that view almost looks like the Swiss Alps

  12. Oh my word, the mineral water looks AMAZING! I love the shot of the roses and the water with the sun flare. So pretty!

  13. Beautiful scenery shots and of course all your special moments. I’m so so happy for you. Even though I only know you for about a year and some, it feels like I know you for a long time! =D You’re such a great person and I’m so, so happy you found someone who truly cares for you. I can’t wait to see all your pictures too! =D

  14. Awwww I just saw this post! Healdsburg is where I’m from 🙂 Small world!

  15. I just caught this post too Dale. What a lovely spot for a wedding dinner…..I should say absolutely perfect. We get to wine country often and were just in Healdsburg last November. Special post!
    xx, Heather

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