When a California wedding planner sets out to plan her own wedding, you know expectations will be high. From choosing the perfect venue to finding the dress, Lauren of Laurel & Fey had her work cut out for her. Residing in Pasadena, Lauren and Christian frequented the endless amount of wineries within a few hours drive of their home. On a wine tasting excursion in Paso Robles, they came across their soon-to-be wedding venue, Hammersky Vineyards. Tucked away in the Central Coast's rolling hills, Hammersky provided the charming backdrop to create the French countryside inspired wedding the couple was dreaming of as a nod to Christian's roots.
Fast forward to the wedding and the couple made sure that the day was full of their favorite people, things and memories including message-in-a-bottle place cards as an ode to Christian's proposal and their favorite olive oil cake from home. We caught up with Lauren about planning her own wedding, all of the details that went into it, and, of course, all about her stunning Marchesa dress.
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We wanted to tie in my husband's "french countryside" roots with the central coast landscape that I was born in. It was important to us that our families all felt as if they were invited to a weekend getaway on a vineyard tucked away in the rolling hills. Guests arrived on the lawn under a curved oak tree that framed the vines for the ceremony, then moved over to the tasting room to tastes the wines and listen to music from the 1940's. After guests took their seats for the reception in front of the farm house and barn, they enjoyed a family style meal and wine on the tables. Family style plates, white stock, thistle and olive leaves aligned down the center of the communal style tables kept conversation flowing. Christian and I are not big cake fans, so we thought brought up our favorite olive oil cakes from Lincoln Pasadena to share with our guests. We ran with the idea of baked goods and offered a dessert table with floral pressed shortbread cookies, pies and a rolling pin with the words "that's how we roll." Everything was personalized and geared toward we what we enjoy most, food, wine and music.
Event Design + Planning: Laurel & Fey | Photography: Ally Burnette | Day of Coordinator: Weddings by Susan Dunne | Catering: Field To Table | Rentals: All About Events | DJ: DJ Mochee | Florals: Brass Fern House | Officiant: Kyle Robinson (Cousin of the Bride) | Dress: Marchesa from Lovella Bridal | Bride's Earrings: Jennifer Behr | Rings: Single Stone | Hair & Make-Up: The Blushed Company | Hair Assistant: Montana Tsai | Groom's Suit: J. Crew | Groom's Tie: Dazi USA | Invitations: Paper Plum Co.| Calligraphy: Lettered Love by Lauryn Janay | Cakes: Lincoln | Pies: Karlie Bakes
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