This Fall, Wine Country Weddings Magazine teamed up with Off The Beaten Path Weddings to create a Fall farm-to-table inspired decor shoot. Accompanied by the talent of photographer Damion Hamilton, WCWM and Off The Beaten Path Weddings created a table full of inspiration for the fall wine country bride looking to add a few rustic touches and elegant details to her wedding day. See “Country Chic” on page 77 of our new issue.
Kahle and Jill had known each other a long time before they got together. Both being interested in volleyball, they saw a lot of each other and often conversed but the timing never seemed to be quite right. “We could feel the connection but every time either Kahle had a girlfriend or I had a boyfriend,” Jill explained. Later on, Kahle had run into Jill’s friend and after finding out that Jill was single. Kahle showed up to her work with a handful of flowers and a note that read, “you’re single, I’m single, I have to know more about you.” They were, as the couple explained it, in love soon after that.
After proposing to Jill early one morning in the kitchen, the couple immediately began planning. Jill had worked for a wine company in Dallas and had traveled out to Napa before and had told Kahle, “Whenever we get married, I want it to be with our closest friends in Napa,” she explained. The couple stuck with this plan and for their wedding had 42 of their closest friends and family fly to Napa. “It was the most romantic night, ever” they gushed.
Kahle and Jill wanted to make sure of one thing when it came to the theme of the wedding: that it was just as romantic as the setting itself. The small amount of guests in the naturally welcoming and sensual environment of the vineyards made the romantic theme already present and with the added touch of a room lit by candles, the wedding was nothing but private and romantic for the couple and their guests.
Wine Country Weddings loves the couple’s DIY details of the wedding. Small touches, such as the Mr. and Mrs. signs tied behind the bride and grooms chairs are simple but classic and fun for the couple to create together. Party favors, always one of our favorite DIY’s, were also a great touch in this wedding. “We got mini bottles of Merryvale wine,” Jill explained, “and we had a picture of Kahle and I printed out with a thank you written on the back. We tied the picture around the neck of the bottle!” This detail is so unique and is just as special to the guests as it is to the bride and groom which is why Wine Country Weddings is crazy about it; it’s the simple things.
Although not all of the details were DIY, many details in Kahle and Jill’s wedding were still so individual. One of our favorites as well as the couple’s was the blank chalk board they had the guests write on and hold up in front of the photographer. Another way the couple included their guests in the fun details of the wedding was the wine barrel Lazy Susan that their wedding planner had made for them. “All the guests signed it as our wedding book!” Kahle and Jill explained.
“My favorite part of the day was my dad and I before he walked me down the aisle. He was so nervous and I know he was trying so hard not to cry,” Jill explained. “He turned to me and told me he loved me and that I had made him a proud father.”
Photography by Wendy Kathleen Photography | Venue: Merryvale Winery | Event Coordinator: So Eventful | Music by Eloquence String Quartet and Close Cut Productions | Cake by Rassasy Cakes | Make up by Victoria Nino from Vanity Belle | Hair by Rachel Stutler | Florals by Sue Tipp Flowers
“Even though he was out of my 3 mile radius, I still went on a date with him,” Bethany explained about how she and Kevin met through match.com, “And I was smitten!”
Kevin and Bethany went on a lot of trips while they were dating and the last trip they went on while dating was to Catalina Island. “It was one of those fabulous days where everything goes wrong but everything ends up right,” Bethany laughed. But by the end of the day, everything had gone right because Kevin and Bethany were standing together overlooking the ocean from a cliff, when Kevin got down on one knee.
“We loved our wedding!” Bethany excitedly explained. The many DIY details in the wedding were very special to her, such as the painted birdhouses that she and her friends made on “girls night,” the hundreds of fabric flowers, photo albums, and a beautiful gate that was designed by Kevin. “He made my vision happen!” Bethany described of the gate.
Hung around the guest’s lounge area were pictures of Bethany and Kevin’s relationship. There were pictures of the couple’s journey together, but also pictures of the each of them throughout their lives starting from their childhood.
The couple also designed other places for the guests to lounge, such as on quilts that Bethany designed. They were laid around the grass at the venue and Bethany later made into one large quilt that is now the bedding for their guest bedroom.
Two of Wine Country Wedding’s personal favorite DIY details at the wedding were the doves that were released during the ceremony. The doves, Bethany explained, had been raised by her father since she was in high school. The other really unique DIY was the penny that Bethany wore in her wedding shoe. “The penny has been worn for the weddings in Kevin’s mom’s family since the 1800’s,” Bethany smiled.
The couple’s getaway car was a 1960 Chevy. “Kevin’s Dad fixed up the family car and drove it all the way to Sonoma and even put a surfboard on it!” the couple laughed.
The family traditions were important to the couple, even going as far as playing their parents wedding songs at the reception. The emphasis on the couple’s families was so strong in their wedding. “I used a handkerchief with lace from my mom’s wedding dress,” Bethany explained.
“Kevin and I know that we are truly, wonderfully blessed with our families and friends,” Bethany explained. “Seeing them all there and having fun made the day so very special for both of us.” Their favorite part of the wedding, the couple described, “was when we sat at our sweetheart table and looked around the room and couldn’t have been any happier!”
Photography: Lori Paladino Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cline Cellars | Event Planner: Little Blue Box Weddings | Caterer: Park Avenue Catering | DJ: Denon & Doyle Entertainment | Floral Design: Kate’s Blossoms | Make-up & Hair Stylist: Brides By Amy | Cake: flourChylde bakery | Bride’s Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti | Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Rings: Simone and Son
As the leaves change color we think it’s time to change what goes in to our glasses. Cider Jack Cocktail, anyone? This Signature Cocktail Recipe screams fall with it’s key ingredient: hard apple cider. Save this recipe for special fall occasions or an intimate evening for two.
- 2 oz applejack liqueur
- 1 oz lemon juice
- Splash of grenadine
- Hard Apple Cider
- Combine your ingredients in a shaker and strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with hard apple cider and serve with a cinnamon stick.
Cocktail Recipe courtesy of Intoxicology.
Serving a signature wine based cocktail recipe can add a hint on panache to your wedding and can also be budget friendly as well because it eliminates the cost of a full bar. In today’s Inside The Magazine feature, we are highlighting signature cocktail recipes that would fit perfectly for your wedding. These are wonderful recipes and also great inspiration for you to create your own signature cocktail recipe. Read more from sommelier Gianna Cardinale Gaudini in the article below.