Close friends and family travelled from Japan and the bay area to celebrate May and Aki's wedding in Sonoma. The couple wanted their guests to experience a true "California" wedding and fell in love instantly when they saw the rolling hills of vineyards at Gundlach-Bundschu.
The ceremony included a wine ritual where the bride and groom mix a red and a white wine together, signifying the blending of the two families. Toasts were shared in Japanese and English.
Aki works for a company who develops vegan alternative food products, and the couple wanted a clever way to incorporate these with the wedding. "Just" foods provided a variety of dips for the appetizers and vegan cookies. And, the couple valued high-quality food and wine for their guests! Fairmont Sonoma catering team worked hand-in-hand to provide an amazing, multi-course feast paired with Gundlach-Bundschu's wines, along with a custom menu featuring English on one side and Japanese on the other. As the guests headed through the wine cave at the end of the night, the couple handed out custom olive oil gifts and thanked each person personally.
About 3 months before Sarah and Gabe's wedding, they found out that their venue was sold to a new owner, and they had to find a new place to have their wedding! The Maples ended up the perfect spot for the couple and their guests. An amazing vendor team pulled together to create a dreamy day for the couple, which included their FAVORITE food -- tacos!
The ceremony included a wine letter box with a custom etched box, bottle of local Elevation Ten wine, and special, secret words of love written by the couple, to be opened years later on an anniversary of their choice. Soft florals, and a palette of pastels with accents of gold throughout, the bride designed her dream wedding. Everyone agreed that changing venues was meant to be, and it all came together beautifully!
PHOTOGRAPHY | Kaitlynn Tucker Photography
COORDINATION | Tan Weddings & Events
VENUE & BAR | The Maples Wedding & Event Center
FLORALS | Camino Flower Shop
DJ & LIGHTING | A&A Music Events
FOOD | Sac Tacos
CATERING ASSISTANCE | Gesche’s Gourmet
CAKE | Zest Fresh Pastry West
RENTALS & LINENS | Celebrations! Party Rentals & Tents
OFFICIANT | Tanner Vinson
DRESS | Mafalda’s Bridal & Tuxedo
"Above you are the stars, below you are the stones," begins the Celtic blessing shared at Kali and Chase's wedding ceremony. At Fausel Ranch in Placerville, the couple and their wedding guests were indeed celebrating in that sacred space between heaven and earth.
Earth was a secluded, wooded ranch estate in Placerville, CA, called Fausel Ranch. Tall pines, redwoods, and a meandering creek bordered a grassy expanse of lawn, with a bar, walkway, and guesthouse alongside its curving edges. The ceremony, cocktails, and reception were held on the lawn, where a dance floor and stage for a live band was set up. Kali, a wedding coordinator herself, shared her vision with her planner, Tan Weddings & Events. With a team of amazing creatives, and despite a last-minute venue change, Tan Weddings & Events pulled off a beautiful celebration!
Heaven was the couple and their gathering of friends and family. Kali and Chase had asked Reverend Rick Tan, their officiant, to include the oathing stone ritual into the ceremony. Two stones from Fausel Ranch were held in each of the guests' hands, warmed by their love and support for the couple. The stones made their way forward just in time for the couple's exchange of vows. They held the stones, and according to Celtic lore, their vows were made sacred by holding these precious earth elements. The ritual became a metaphor for the harmony of heaven and earth.
As guests enjoyed photos with the moon backdrop by friend Kelsey Gallagher, the celebration continued into the evening with paella, dancing, and dessert.
Photography | Mark Tuzman Photography
Planning, Coordination, Design & Officiant | Tan Weddings & Events
Design | @kaliwalli
Venue | Fausel Ranch
Music | Lucky Devils Band
Florals | Wild Flowers DG
Catering | Irie Gengler
HMUA | @leslizete
Cake & Desserts | Above and Beyond Cakes
Sound/Stage | Metro Media Productions
Linens | La Tavola Linen
Rentals | Vlasov, Standard Party Rentals, Tin Roof Farmhouse
Photo Booth | Perfect Pixel Photo Booth
Moon Back Drop | Kelsey Gallagher
Transportation | Diamond Van Shuttle Service
Accommodations | Park Victorian
Dress |Morilee at Bride to be Couture
Three venues. Two hearts entwinted. One fairytale.
Tan Weddings & Events had the pleasure of planning the wedding day celebration of friendor Nicole Sepulveda-Smith of XSiGHT and her husband Michael. Photographed by Nicole's mentor, award-winning photographer Jerry Ghionis, the wedding was truly a fairytale for Michael and Nicole and their guests.
The couple's wedding day embodied their passion for European castles, heritage, and lore (think Game of Thrones, Outlander, Lord of the Rings, and Reign). Three venues right here in California delivered the aesthetic beautifully: Whetstone Wine Cellars (for the ceremony and cocktails), Castello di Amorosa (newlywed photo shoot), and Grand Island Mansion (reception and dancing).
Nicole herself is an amazing photographer with XSiGHT and more comfortable behind the camera than in front, so when we saw her in her wedding gown, we were simply breathless!
Photography | Jerry Ghionis
Reception Venue, Catering, Cake & Accommodations | Grand Island Mansion
Planning, Design, Coordination, Officiant & Harp | Tan Weddings & Events
Florals, Arch & Design | Accents by Sage
Draping & Design | Three Palm Events
Bridal HMUA | I Make Beautiful
Parent's HMUA | Lea B Gorgeous
DJ | Extreme Productions
Ceremony Venue | Whetstone Wine Cellars
Photo Venue | Castello di Amarosa
Rentals | Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals
Linens | Mimi & Co. Couture Linen; La Tavola Fine Linen
Dress Designer | Miosa Bride
Kilts | USA Kilts
Stylist | Simone Vianna Designer
Cookies |Melody Miranda Cookies
Artist | Talia Koval Art
Photo Booth |Rocket Booths
Accommodations | Churchill Manor
From Tennessee, Shelly and Travis arrived at Harvest Inn in St. Helena for their elopement! The couple settled into the Manor House, with sweeping views of the grapevines of Whitehall Lane Vineyards, and the Mayacamas Mountains to the north. Rick and Jennifer Tan, principals of Tan Weddings & Events greeted and congratulated the couple, meeting them for the first time since Shelly and Travis reached out to plan their romatic destination wedding.
While Jennifer talked through the ceremony with Shelly, Rick helped Travis with his tie. Then Shelly met with Holly of Holly D Photography to take pictures in the beautiful grounds of Harvest Inn. Rick and Jennifer styled the couple's intimate table for two in a private patio next to the Vin Rose Lawn where the couple would exchage their vows.
The newlyweds returned home to Tennessee and emailed Rick and Jennifer: "THANK YOU for everything! Our wedding day was so perfect and everything was exactly the way I pictured it. From the bottom of my heart, thank you...I will always remember that special day!!"
A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be.
- Richard Bach
In the heart of Winters, CA, Erin and Steve radiated with pure bliss on their wedding day. With compassion and support from their families, the air was filled with laughter, witty humor and absolute joy as the couple celebrated their day of love.
The floral color palette by Floral Senses Design consisted of deep violet, ivory and gold that accented the turquoise stone dress of her bridesmaids perfectly. At the end of the night, the celebration continued as guests were treated with delicious late night pizza from Chebuono. Nothing but smiles and giggles echoed the grounds of Park Winters as they danced the night away.
Erin and Steve's dreamy wedding night was proof that soulmates do exist.
“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
-- Vincent Van Gogh
While gypsy chickens freely roamed the grounds, Briana and Jonathan were married at the gorgeous Flower Farm Inn in Loomis, CA. Amidst the joyful laughter of friends and family, and the clucking of chickens, the couple celebrated a wonderful new beginning to their journey.
Their long-time friend officiated for the couple who chose to add the quote by Vincent Van Gogh. Tan Weddings & Events finds that it reflects their values, "What is done in love is done well."
As planners, coordinators, and designers of Briana and Jonathan's wedding event, they pour their hearts into the work. And this is true of all couples they are fortunate to serve. "We love what we do, we do what we love," says Rick Tan, principal and co-owner of TWE, "whether it be family, or work, or play, you gotta love it to do right by it."
The celebration was an inspired symphony of the talents of wedding creatives in northern California, who are all "friendors" of Briana, herself a wedding coordinator. Trusting TWE to coordinate her own wedding was a no-brainer for the savvy bride. With TWE, and an awesome vendor team, Briana and Jonathan had a memorable wedding!
See the video TWE put together about running a wedding rehearsal. The couple and their wedding party made the best subjects for this informative video!
Photography: Liz Zimbelman Photography
Planning, Coordination & Design: Tan Weddings & Events
Catering: Anderson Family Catering
Cake & Desserts: Above & Beyond Cakes
HMUA:I Make Beautiful
Florals: Wild Flowers Design Group
DJ: Function 45
Videography: Phillip Alan Film
Officiant: Julian Walker
Rentals: Mimi & Co., La Tavola, Celebrations, Standard Party Rentals, Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals
Venue: Flower Farm Inn
Dress: Maggie Sottero Designs from Miosa Bride
Jen & Ian flew all of the way from Canada, along with their close friends and family, to experience a wine country California wedding. We enjoyed working with this couple on creating their dream wedding day from afar, and we felt like we already knew each other well by the time we finally met in person at the rehearsal.
A ceremony that included witness-signing (very Canadian!) and harp, followed by a "sabering" of sparkling wine, performed by the Fairmont staff, the guests were treated to sunshine, laughter and music. Jen requested local, seasonal florals in fall colors, and Full Belly Floral from the Capay Valley created exquisite, organic arrangements to match.
Wanting some quiet time and photos in a vineyard, the couple and photographer Michelle took off for a little trip to Valley of the Moon in Glen Ellen. Finding vibrant maple leaves falling to the ground, the couple excitedly requested photos with the trees that represent their home country!
Cocktails with guitar, followed by a delectable dinner, scrumptious cake, sweet toasts and dancing, followed. The guests took advantage of their time in California to explore Napa and Sonoma Valleys, while the couple took off for their Hawaiian honeymoon!
PHOTOGRAPHY | Valley Images Photography
PLANNING, DESIGN, HARP & OFFICIANT | Tan Weddings & Events
CEREMONY SCRIPT | Wedwordy
LINENS | La Tavola Fine Linen
FLORALS | Full Belly Florals
GUITAR & MUSIC | Brian Wolfe Events
HMUA | It's a Date at the Powder Room
VENUE, CATERING, CAKE, BAR & ACCOMMODATIONS | Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
WINERY PHOTO VENUE | Valley of the Moon Winery
In-between the busyness of lovely weddings, we take out snippets of time to create and collaborate with other wedding vendors. An absolutely dreamy team put together this romantic shoot in Charleston, North Carolina at The Wickliffe House.
The color palette included muted shades of blue and gray. With great care and love, we prepared a dyepot with frozen blueberries and alum, as well as an exhausted blend of Logwood bark. Dipping and soaking silk chiffon over a period of a couple of days, we created the perfect color for the table runner. The runner was featured on the elevated reception tablescape, as well as on the sweet cake table.
Thank you to the incredible Justina Bilodeau whose styling and incredible photography never ceases to amaze us!
Gown: Joanne Fleming Design
Hair & Makeup: Hair by Alise
Jewelry & Headpiece: Edera Jewelry
Cake: Delicious Desserts CHS
Florals: The Wildwood Flower Designs
Blue love letter calligrapher: Quill and Co
Gold invitation suite: The Vintage Ink Well
Hand dyed silk runner: Tan Weddings & Events
Venue: The Wickliffe House
Handcrafted Ceramics: Christian Royal Pottery
Models: Margaret Kent and ET Levine
Styling & Photography: Justin Bilodeau
Cory and Ross met at a friend's wedding, and have been inseparable ever since! From start to finish, this wedding was a blast, including a cariacature artist, vintage photo booth, and late night food.
An A-team of vendors seamlessly worked together to create an event that was elegant, meaningful and fun. A stunning tablescape was enhanced by a delicious dinner after the joy-filled ceremony. Posing in front of Blossom Farm's "LOVE" sign proved to be a bit hit. The couple and their guests ended the night with an after-party at the Kimpton Sawyer in downtown Sacramento.
Cory and Ross' wedding was a night to remember. The couple is now expecting their first baby, and Cory's mobile business Wild Poppy Co. just opened up their first retail shop. What an exciting year!
Photography & Videography | XSiGHT Media
Venue | The Maples
Planning, Design, Ribbon, Signage & Coordination | Tan Weddings & Events
Catering, Bar & Desserts | Beth Sogaard Catering
Florals | Bloom & Vine
DJ | SJs Disc Jockey
Rentals | Standard Party Rentals; Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals
HMUA | Wild Heart Beauty
Vintage Photobooth | Candid Ham
Caricature Artist | Mike Tofanelli
Linens | La Tavola Fine Linen
Lighting | DeBorba Events
Reserved Signs | Swoonable
Bridal Gown | Miosa Bride
Bridesmaids Dresses | Show Me Your Mumu
Officiant | Mike Silva
Transportation | Sterling Ride
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