Pure bliss is how we describe this Christmas Eve elopement in the Amador Wine Country. Charlie and Bing shared an intimate ceremony among the fallow vines with strains of harp and flute as the sun shone above, followed by a delectable 4-course dinner with paired Wildrotter wines at the most beautiful European-style villa around.
Grand Reserve Inn offers luxurious rooms, a gorgeous ceremony space with views of vine-covered hills, and amazing food for events. It is also the most secluded and dreamy bed & breakfast, located near Wildrotter Vineyards in the heart of Plymouth.
Because this wedding was held on Christmas Eve, the bride requested fresh pine boughs and pine cones, supported with sweet white florals. To add to the wintry feel, the bride added a fur stole over her wedding dress following the ceremony and donned "something blue" shoes.
The weather could not have been more perfect that day! The couple loved experiencing their nuptials with a few close friends before heading home to share Christmas day as husband and wife.
There is a growing trend towards smaller weddings and elopements. Yet scaling down does not have to mean compromising on quality and style. Sion and Kristen, a couple who works in the hospitality industry, turned to wedding planners Tan Weddings & Events. We have been providing elopement packages for several years, and the smaller scale places the focus completely on the couple. There is more importance on intention and attention.
The pictures by Valley Images Photography express the couple’s love and highlight the creative talents of the vendors curated by Tan Weddings & Events. Chateau St. Jean in the Valley of the Moon region of Sonoma County provided a romantic setting of the olive grove, vines, and mansion. Bloom & Vine’s bouquet of seasonal blooms of playa blanca garden roses, brown lisianthus, panda anemone, and ranunculus with sprats of seeded olive greens perfectly displayed a crisply modern yet vintage color palette. BatterUp Cakery proved a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is sweet as it is subtly sublime.
Add in a custom ceremony using the Wedwordy app, and a harpist, and the smaller scale event is an exquisite elopement with uncompromising quality, style, and heart.
Photography |Valley Images Photography
Planning, Officiant, Coordination & Musician | Tan Weddings & Events
Ceremony Words | Wedwordy⠀
Florals | Bloom & Vine⠀
Cake | Batter Up Cakery⠀
Accommodations | Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Venue & Sparkling Wine | Chateau St. Jean⠀
HMUA | Jenn V Beauty⠀
Bridesmaid Dress | Morilee Official
Bridal Dress| Miss Stella York⠀
Dress Shop | Elegant Lace Bridal
Dinner | Salt & Stone Kenwood⠀
Eloping at a gorgeous venue is always a fabulous idea! Add in a livestream, and your guests can be a part of your ceremony, no matter where they live.
Our team created a dreamy day to include florals, paperie, cake, custom jewelry, hair & makeup for the bride, ceremony and toast. This type of event typically lasts 2 hours (longer if you include hair/makeup time). Having a professional photographer and videographer capture the day in addition to the livestream provides another way to share the day with people who are not present -- email them links to the photo gallery and video afterwards, and have beautiful albums printed up for parents.
Park Winters is also an incredible place to stay the night, and includes breakfast in the morning. This type of elopement ends up being your wedding and honeymoon, all in one! You can focus on each other and let go of the stressful details with an elopement package.
Couples who eloped with us this year used the following words to describe their experience: relaxing, joyful, meaningful, economical, blissful, personal, perfect, better-than-expected, and romantic!
Photography | Milou + Olin Photography
Venue | Park Winters
Planning, Coordination & Officiant | Tan Weddings & Events
Plant-dyed Silk Ribbon | Syrendell
Ceremony Words | Wedwordy
Florals | Bloom & Vine
Cake | Batter Up Cakery
Livestream | Giggle & Riot
Videography | CineCrown
Hair Stylist | Sara Gutierrez
Makeup Artist | Sabrina Monique Beauty
Dress: Pronovias from Grace + White Bridal
Jewelry: Renewable Jewels
Models: Alyson Rose + Thomas Lanham
“Nothing Bundt Joy”
The constraints of travel and large group gatherings in 2020 had scaled down Waverly and Michael’s wedding from a big celebration in Arizona to an elopement at the Fairmont Sonoma in Sonoma, California. Only eight of the couple’s family and closest friends attended, one of whom officiated the ceremony. They embraced the couple in their joyful presence.
A profusion of seasonal blooms of dahlia, zinnia, and amaranth in Waverly’s bouquet from Flower Mama signaled the autumn palette and complemented the California mission-style architecture of Fairmont Sonoma. Following the ceremony, a signature ritual at the Fairmont is “sabrage” -- where a staff member swished a saber to dramatically open the celebratory champagne! Warm, heart-felt toasts ensued.
The couple then exchanged decadent bites of their wedding cake, a two-tiered bundt cake from Waverly’s family-owned franchise of Nothing Bundt Cakes. Planned by Tan Weddings & Events and captured beautifully by XSiGHT Media, the elopement, despite its smaller size, was every bit as sweet, delicious, and joyful!
The most perfect, intimate, destination wedding happened in the middle of the rolling hills of vines in Amador County. Nikki and Harrison brought their closest family from Florida and Texas out to Northern California for their nuptials.
Envisioning a vineyard setting with options to go wine tasting and stay the night, our team immediately knew that Grand Reserve Inn in Plymouth was the perfect venue for this wonderful couple. Rehearsal dinner at the delectable Taste Restaurant, and a customized tour of Wilderotter Vineyard the day after, gave the couple and their family time to enjoy each other's company while experiencing a bit of the wine country! The couple then spent a week exploring the Napa and Sonoma Valleys for their honeymoon before heading home.
The wedding was originally planned for the Spring, and then moved to the Fall. The event was timed perfectly amidst pandemic and wildfire issues, with clear skies and gorgeous weather. With a 4-course gourmet meal paired with Wilderotter wines provided by the talented chef at Grand Reserve Inn, and a ceremony that included a wine blending ritual, the celebration was filled with love, laughter, and...wine!
By far one of our most favorite couples, Christina and Pete were an absolute dream to work with! The couple shared their priorities with our team, and we loved planning and designing it to perfection.
The couple wanted live music, English garden florals, and a clean, white palette with greenery. Their wedding party was just one maid of honor and one best man, keeping the ceremony look and feel intimate.
The guests were the most polite, grateful and joyful people -- vendors kept commenting on how amazing the event was, and how much they loved all of the people in attendance. This couple is truly blessed to be surrounded by incredible amount of support and love.
The bride and her sweet mom put together thoughtful guest gifts that we delivered to hotels, and homemade popcorn favors -- every single one disappeared at the end of the night! The couple truly focused on what was important to them, and cared about the experience of their family and friends.
We are thrilled to announce that this precious wedding day was Featured on Carats & Cake!
Photography | The Edges
Planning, Design, Coordination & Officiant | Tan Weddings & Events
Ceremony Words | Wedwordy
Catering, Bar & Cake | Fairmont Sonoma
Venue | Sonoma Golf Club
Band, String Quartet & MC | Vybe Society
Florals | Flourish Flowers
Rentals & Draping | Standard Party Rentals
Linens | La Tavola Fine Linen
Signage & Paperie | Arrow Art Studios
Transportation | Pure Luxury Transportation
Invitations | Minted
Dress | Enzoani from White Dress Bridal Boutique
Tux | Brooks Brothers Custom
A destination elopement in California is what this bride and groom always imagined!
Renting the guest house at Villa De Nardi for a few days, the couple was able to relax, visit Napa, and try the venue's wine, while also squeezing in a perfect wedding ceremony for just the two of them.
We loved putting together an exquisite event with a bottle of wine and olive oil from the venue to take home. The couple decided to get ready together and walk out together, showing their strong bond and firm commitment to each other throughout the ceremony.
These types of elopements are perfect for couples wanting to get married and include everything that is important to them, without worrying about guests and travel. And, this type of elopement is especially blissful for couples from other states who want to include their California honeymoon and wedding all in one!
The most radiant, sweetest bride in the world got married in San Francisco, and our team was thrilled to be a part of it!
Julia Morgan Ballroom is sheet elegance and old-world beauty. Their catering is top-notch, and makes the whole event a seamless affair. The bride, who also creates incredible custom signage, designed the event to perfection with clean lines, soft florals, and customized paperie. The gorgeous chandelier florals for the ceremony made the whole event feel lush and intentional.
Our team had an incredible day in San Francisco with officiating three weddings! We even met together for dinner at the end of the events to celebrate a day filled with love and blissful wedding ceremonies.
PHOTOGRAPHY | Apollo Fotografie
CINEMATOGRAPHY| Amor in Motion
OFFICIANT | Tan Weddings and Events
DJ| Beau Berguron of Above and Beyond Entertainment
PLANNING | Happily Ever After SF
HMUA | Samantha Keefauver & Megan Carey
FLORALS | Asiel Design
LIGHTING | SJ Imagination Lighting
VENUE, CATERING & BAR | Julia Morgan Ballroom
Shannon and Carl’s wedding day marked a honeymoon of epic proportions. (We’ll get back to wedding day momentarily.) Deftly managing their work schedules and resources, the newlyweds were able to take a year traveling the world! At the time of this writing, the couple was at Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia, Day 59, according to their FaceBook travelogue. Previous to that, they have explored Machu Picchu, Peru. Who knows where our intrepid newlyweds will be next!
Wedding day at Park Winters in Winters, CA, could have been a simple send-off for Shannon and Carl, focusing their energy on the trip ahead. Instead, it was a celebration of togetherness, of family and friends, done up in style and fabulousness. Coordinated by Tan Weddings & Events, the team of creatives were attentive to the little details with subtle yet impactful styling touches: wine bottle vases that indicated guest seating, the bridal bouquet that played on a tight palette yet its textures and vibrancy reads bold, or the masterfully-presented appetizers that were architectural and delectable.
If a sunset foretold of the couple’s honeymoon journey, it was the one magnificently captured by photographer Vicens Forns. Rain had threatened the weekend, but instead, a glorious sky of cumulonimbus clouds rallied to provide a backdrop that only nature, in its majesty, could create - it was a sneak peak into the amazing places that our newlyweds would begin their life adventure together.
Photography | Vicens Forns Photography
Planning & Coordination | Tan Weddings & Events
Venue, Catering & Accommodations | Park Winters
Florals | Yay for Cake
Desserts | Zest Fresh Pastry West
Rentals | Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals, Celebrations! & Emily Murphey Designs
Band & MC | Lucky Devils Band
HMUA | Taryn Passifione Makeup & Emily Scott Hair
Linens | La Tavola Fine Linen
Photo Booth | Das Bus
Videography | Reel Eyes Media
Officiant | Tom Cotter
Dress | Pronovias
Dress Shop | Janene's Bridal Boutique
Planning Ruth's birthday was one of the highlights of the year!
For her 60th birthday, Ruth let her good friend Kelly choose the design as a surprise. Kelly let our team know that Ruth loves all things Wizard of Oz! Our design team got to work on creating an event that celebrated joy, friendship and family, with a nod to the Wizard.
Custom masks were created for a photo op lounge space on the patio of the lovely venue. Lincoln Avenue proved to be the perfect space for eating, photos, and celebrating! A donation table for the United Way was a special request from Ruth.
Signage and florals included pops of gold, also a nod to the Wizard of Oz and the beautiful colors found within the movie. Custom Glinda and Wicked Witch signature cocktails were a hit at the bar. The birthday gal even got to take home her own pair of ruby slippers!
Incredible food and music (including a song from Ruth's husband!) topped off the evening. Ruth enjoyed her surprise theme, and our team loved every moment of the joyful evening.
Happy Birthday, dear Ruth!
Photography | The Freckled Photographer
Planning, Coordination & Design | Tan Weddings & Events
Venue | Lincoln Avenue
Florals | Strelitzia Flower Co.
Custom Masks | Katie Jo Artsy
Catering & Bar | Yolo Eats
DJ & Lighting | Deborba Events
Rentals | Celebrations! & Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals
Linens | La Tavola Fine Linen
Signage | Maedell Studios
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