Real Wine Country Wedding: Kathleen & Seth

Kathleen and Seth met in Tuscon, Arizona and the after dating long distance for a year, they made a move to San Francisco together, where they fell in love with wine country.

The 11 month engagement was barely enough time for the bride to DIY just about every detail of the wedding. The décor was outstanding; the colors were subtle yet the details were unique and gorgeous. The neatest thing about the details, of course, is  that the majority of them were handmade by Kathleen. Small details such as the white pained windows that listed the seating arrangements were picked up by the bride at the Alameda flea market.

Kathleen shares, “We initially wanted a barn wedding, but without the Bay Area barn wedding price. Being a full-time student with little free time and a moderate budget, I knew I needed to find a venue that was outstanding on its own without needing too many added elements. We found that in Barndiva, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco in the heart of Sonoma County’s wine county. The charming, modern-yet-vintage restaurant stole our hearts during our first visit, but it was the back garden and dining area that really sealed the deal. Little details like an old library card cataloge on the back porch, wrought iron weather vanes, and strings of twinkling white lights made the venue seem as if it were made just for us! Not only is it a “barn”, but it’s a modern take on the old barn wedding.”

Our short-and-sweet ceremony was performed in the back garden of Barndiva by owner Lukka and the sun peeked through the grey skies right after The Mighty Chiplings finished playing the processional song “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. The cocktail hour moved next door to Studio Barndiva where guests were able to enjoy eclectic art pieces (another money saver-
no need to decorate this space!) before everyone was whisked to the back garden dining space. Magical arches lit up with tiny white lights as guests dined on filet mignon and pan-seared halibut. We chose not to have musicians during the dinner hour, instead enjoying the clinking of glasses and laughter from the guests to serve as background music. Bonnie at Dragonfly Floral
 used beautiful succulents and other local flora from her 6-acre flower farm less than a mile from the venue. Being able to utilize local vendors not only cut down on delivery and travel costs, but it made the event much more personal and special. The night finished with a bang as everyone danced the night away to the most amazing cover band HIP Service.

VENDORS: Venue: Barndiva; Healdsburg, CA | Photography: Matt Edge | Dress: Lea Ann Belter, Clarissa Bridal; Walnut Creek, CA | Hair & Make-up: The Traveling Stylist (Amy Perdigone) | Bride’s Earrings: Nadri via Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Katie B. Design Shop | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: J. Crew | Groom & Groomsmen Ties: Brooks Brothers | Floral Design: Dragonfly Floral; Healdsburg, CA | Invitations: Hello! Lucky; San Francisco, CA | Calligraphy: Beacon Lane  | Custom Address Stamp: Emililies | Vintage Paper Straws: The Gray Goose; Nevada City, CA | Wooden Clothespins: Honey Can Do  | Additional Paper: Paper Source; San Francisco, CA | Guest Book “Mad Libs”: DIY | Moss-covered Monogram + Ampersand: DIY | Table Number Window Panes: Alemeda Flea Market; DIY | Cake + Desserts: Barndiva | Cake Topper: Vintage; bride’s grandparents’ | Officiant: Lukka Feldman; Barndiva | Bride & Groom Rings: Cresalia Jewelers; San Francisco, CA | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: The Mighty Chiplings; Sebastopol, CA | Reception Music: HIP Service; Sacramento, CA

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