Janice and Jonny's first date (on his 30th birthday!) ended at Twin Peaks, a viewpoint overlooking San Francisco. So of course, just over a year later in September of 2014, Jonny brought Janice back to the same spot (after a fabulous dinner at State Bird Provisions) to get down on one knee and propose. "He surprised me even more when, back at my house, all of our family and friends were waiting for our engagement party!" says the bride.
The California couple kept it local for their wedding, heading to Nella Terra Cellars on April 4, 2015, with 254 guests in tow. With a stunning view, delicious wine, and ample space to host their friends and family for an open-air ceremony and a tented reception, what's not to love? "We wanted a wedding that was elegant and romantic, a little bit rustic, and with a hint of drama," says Janice. And they got exactly what they wanted! Keep reading to see their spring vineyard celebration, photographed by The Great Romance.
Janice kept the budget in mind — but didn't sacrifice an ounce of style — by ordering gilded invitations from Paperless Post's printed collection (and sending the matching save the dates via email!). They were the perfect complement to the bride's elegant, yet dramatic, wedding day look, which included shimmering Nina shoes and an embellished veil.
Her satin and organza Victor Harper wedding dress was a total show-stopper, with beading at the bust and along the asymmetrical waist, a pleated and layered skirt, and a voluminous train. She paired the gown with an elegant updo and a soft grey shawl to fight off the early spring chill.
Her lush bouquet combined trailing greenery with peonies, ranunculus, anemones, and roses.
Jonny's navy Kenneth Cole suit fit the wedding's vibe to a T. His boutonniere was made of a white ranunculus, hellebores, and trailing silver and gold ribbon.
Surrounded by rolling hills, Nella Terra Cellars' natural beauty meant Janice didn't have to add much by way of décor. Beneath a gazebo on the property, the couple arranged an oversized centerpiece of cherry blossoms, tulips, and roses and hung a crystal chandelier.
The wedding party made their way down a set of stone steps to arrive at the ceremony, where Janice's father walked her down the aisle. The bride's brother-in-law, who is the pastor at the couple's church, performed the ceremony using traditional vows.
Perfectly fitting for the spring season, Janice's 'maids wore one-shouldered silk georgette gowns in a nickel hue from Ann Taylor, while the groomsmen matched Jonny in navy blue suits. The bridesmaids' bouquets were smaller versions of the bride's, with an extra pop of color from gold and crimson roses and ranunculus and trailing ribbons.
As guests arrived at the ceremony, they found their escort cards affixed to aubergine and blush ribbons with miniature clothespins.
Though the plan was to enjoy the outdoor patio before dinner, a chill in the air meant that guests headed into the reception tent early, where they sipped Nella Terra wines and ate bacon-wrapped scallops and tomato bruschetta.
When it was time for dinner, everyone found their seats at round tables topped with white linens, gold chargers, and organic arrangements of ranunculus and roses in gold vessels.
On the head table, a garland of greenery was draped over white linens, with the bride's bouquet placed front-and-center.
For dessert, the couple served a two-tier cake with layers of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. "I wanted the cake to have a rustic look," says Janice of the delicate texture and the fresh flower toppers. Also on the dessert table? Doughnuts! "I love doughnuts, and they were a great edible favor," the bride explains. Perfect as a snack for the car ride home!
And they're the bride's best tip, too! "Favors end up getting thrown away. We opted for doughnuts because, well, everyone loves them! And they were way more affordable than the other options."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Nella Terra Cellars || Day-of Coordinator: Shanelle Roesler of Palmdale Estates || Bride's Wedding Dress: Victor Harper Couture || Shoes: Nina Shoes || Jewelry: Handmade by Sara Kim; Nadri || Hair & Makeup: Sharon Y Park || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Wedding Bands: Golden Key Fine Jewelers || Floral Designer: Studio Choo || Invitations: Paperless Post || Music: In the Mix Productions || Catering: Palmdale Estates || Cake: SusieCakes || Favors: The Jelly Donut || Videographer: Phillip Lee || Photographer: The Great Romance
Loving this beautiful celebration? Then check out another couple's vineyard wedding in the video below.