Nestled in the rolling hills of vines in Kenwood lies a picturesque chateau. Our couple requested a romantic, intimate wine country wedding day, and Chateau St. Jean was the perfect fit.
Have we mentioned how much we love crafting elopement and small wedding packages? This day was true bliss -- hair & makeup at the couple's hotel room, a limo ride to the venue, harp music, ceremony under the majestic tree by the vineyard, lush florals, delicious cake and a sparkling toast with dreamy photos to capture everything. The couple and their families then had dinner at a restaurant and told us, "this day was beyond our expectations!"
We love working with a curated group of boutique wedding vendors who are brilliant with intimate events. Our stellar team on this day made Joey and Karen's wedding dreams come true!
What a pleasure to be a part of Elena and Matt’s gorgeous, intimate wedding day!
Elena works at Grand Island Mansion and could not imagine a more beautiful place to get married. Surrounded by a small group of close family and friends, the ceremony included a tree planting ritual to symbolize the joining of the couple and Matt’s son. The tree was planted in their yard after the wedding day, where it will be nurtured, representing the growth of their beautiful family. The couple also included a wine blending ritual to symbolize the blending of their two families into one.
We loved every detail, and felt so honored to be a part of this blissful day, along with many of our vendors friends!
The timing of this gorgeous wedding day could not have been more perfect. It was a week before the global lockdown, and the forecast showed rain. About 3 hours before the ceremony, the clouds parted, the chairs dried off, and the sun shone brilliantly in time for Lauren and Cameron's wedding!
Charter Barn is located in the middle of blooming almond groves in Colusa County. Idyllic and majestic, the property was the perfect backdrop for their boho-esque theme. A triangular arch, multi-textured lounges, garden-fresh florals, and a palette to include shades of rust, coral, tan, orange and yellow were sublime. The couple's dogs joined in the ceremony, too!
Reception was held inside the spacious barn, with stunning candles, florals, and tableware. The sweetheart table peacock chairs stole the show! Plenty of room for dancing the night away, and a sweet photobooth just outside the barn doors created an eventful evening.
Lauren and Cameron are welcoming their first baby, any day now! We are thrilled for this couple, and we remember fondly their gorgeous wedding day, timed so perfectly.
Photography | Danyelle Dee Photography
Planning, Design & Coordination | Tan Weddings & Events
Venue | Charter Barn
Cinematography | Ashton Imagery
Bar | Moonlight Custom Bar Service
HMUA | Kimmi Gustafson
Cake | Katrina Struckmeyer
Doughnuts | Donut Nook
Catering | Bella Familia Pizza
Food Service | Firefly Event Staffing
Entertainment | The Wedding DJ Company
Florals | Sarah’s Garden
Officiant | Bryce Darcangelo
Photo Booth | Snapshots Photo Booth
Draping, Lighting & Rentals | Celebrations! Party Rentals
Rentals | Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals and Firehouse Entertainment
Linens | La Tavola Fine Linen
Custom Signage & Paperie | Shimmer & Stain
Bridal Dress | Made with Love Bridal from Lovely Bride San Francisco
Bridesmaid Dresses | Starlow
Groom/Groomsmen Suits | Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse
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!
Our 2020 Preferred Vendor list is in - check out these awesome creatives!
Click the image to order the consultation kit.
We use Wedwordy
to power your personalized wedding ceremony!
Buster is your one-stop shop for pricing, booking, and managing ground transportation for weddings and events!
Join the HoneyBook community of wedding creatives and build your business savvy!