What’s better than a winery wedding? A winery wedding with a beautiful barnyard on its property. And what’s even better than that? A winery wedding with a beautiful barnyard AND detail upon personalized detail. Melanie & Justin planned their California destination wedding from Texas and pulled together a celebration every rustic, romantic, elegant bride dreams of. There’s so much to love in this fall wedding– congratulations Melanie & Justin!
From Rhee: Ironically, a lawsuit sparked Melanie and Justin’s relationship: She represented the defendant in a corporate lawsuit and Justin was a witness and a former employee of the plaintiff. For months, they kept things professional, but after the trial wrapped, Justin finally asked Melanie out. A few months and a trip to the Eiffel Tower later, they were engaged and planning their dream wine country wedding.
When Melanie and Justin reached out to me from Texas to plan their destination wedding, we had a lot of work to do. Fortunately, it was tons of fun finding ways to surprise and delight their 90 guests, all flying in from Texas and the East Coast. Their Paris inspired escort card display was a nod to their engagement story, and their chair backs were decorated with wooden engraved signs sporting the nicknames their friends gave them during the trial. Hers: “The GE Girl” His: “The Witness”
Guests walked through a custom burlap covered archway and passed a pond covered in floral “lilypads” to get to the wedding ceremony, which took place on top of railroad tracks that we were told *might* be operational. Later, they feasted on a family style dinner under the redwoods before rocking out until the very last minute. Priceless moment: The look on every guest’s face when, at the end of a rockin night, we drove a 1970 Chevy Chevelle up right next to the dance floor to whisk Melanie and Justin away.
images by Rhee Bevere Photography / this wedding was submitted via Two Bright Lights!
[Vendors] Event Planning & Design: A Bride’s Best Friend | Venue: Simi Winery | Florals: Poppy Stone | Catering: Feast | Transportation: Wine Country Hot Rod Tours | DJ: A Different Kind of DJ | Cake: Costeaux French Bakery