Welcome back, everyone! For most of us, January 2nd marks the first day back to real life. No more Christmas cookies, holiday parties and vacation time, I'm sad to say. But hey! We're in this together, right? And while the holidays may be over, today is about new beginnings, fresh starts and lots of that infectious glass-half-full optimism. I'm a little late on this, but I started thinking about my own New Year's resolutions today, which I plan on sharing with you guys on Monday for the big (and long awaited?) return of Bridal Fitness on Paper. Mine are kind of tricky, because I feel somewhat limited on the diet and fitness goals being pregnant and all!
Anyway, in addition to all of those New Year's resolutions, January is a HUGE time for the newly engaged! So if you know anyone who has wedding on the brain, be sure to direct them here to APP, and if you happen to be newly engaged, then CONGRATS and welcome to the club! There really is nothing more fun and exciting than being newly engaged and planning your wedding...I've been married for a couple of years now, and I still get so excited at the thought of it! My advice? Enjoy it, and don't let yourself become overwhelmed by it. Whether you're planning this day yourself or you have a little too much help, this wedding day will be amazing because you're getting married, first and foremost. And if you need a little bit of guidance starting out, definitely check out my detailed engagement timeline and checklist for some help on where to start.
Speaking of the engagement timeline, you'll notice one of the first items on the list is to start gathering inspiration! Well, you're in luck, because today's wedding is chalk full of beautiful, rustic wedding ideas! Not only that, but today's couple placed particular focus on reducing their impact on the environment by borrowing, reusing and recycling as many items as possible. Married at the beautiful Calegari Vineyard up in California wine country, Ryan and Annis were instantly drawn to the property's rolling hills of lush vineyards and pastures where cows roamed freely. Shot by Michelle King Photography and planned by Shannon Berry, CWC, both the ceremony and the reception took place outside on top of a hill nestled under the tall oak trees, strung with white lanterns, lights and colorful silk banners.
Ryan and Annis took on most of the rustic details themselves utilizing old window frames for their bar menus and photo displays, wine barrel staves as candleholders and milk bottles, mason jars and coke bottles for their (organic) flower vases. The bride actually wore her best friend's wedding dress and opted for paperless wedding stationery instead of the real thing! The couple also relied on the talents of their friends and family to handle many aspects of their day. They asked their yoga teacher to marry them, the mother-of-the-bride arranged all of the flowers, a bridesmaid handled the wedding cake and another created all of the jewelry and clutches given as gifts to the bridal party.
"We felt like the luckiest people in the world to be surrounded by family and friends who have supported us along the way and will continue to encourage and inspire our marriage. Oh, and of course, the dancing and the after party in the barn? So much fun, and we're glad to say we stayed to enjoy every minute!" said the couple.
Green and Rustic Wedding in California Wine Country - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Michelle King Photography
Venue: Calegari Vineyard
Event Planner: Shannon Berry, CWC
Caterer: St Peter's Fare Catering
Florals: Sequoia Flower Supply
Bakery: Batter Bakery
Musicians: Ollie's Lament and Chris Harnett
Transportation: Beau Wine Tours
Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A Banks
Bridesmaid Attire: J.Crew
Bridal Attire: Shoes by Brianna Leigh, wedding dress borrowed from friend
Officiant: Bride and groom's yoga teacher, Darcy Lyon
Hair and Makeup Artists: Amy Lynn Beno and groom's sister, Natalie Pitcairn