Griselda Ceja and Macario Montoya were perfectly paired from the beginning. “We had so much in common—large families, similar backgrounds, apartments a block away, careers in finance,” says Griselda. They also shared a love of wine: Her family owns a vineyard, and he dreamed of being a winemaker. When they decided to marry, the Ceja family’s Napa Valley vineyard was the obvious location. The ceremony featured elements from their shared Mexican heritage and Macario’s Jewish roots. Mariachis led guests through the vineyard to dinner and dancing beneath the olive trees. “We set up fire pits where everyone could relax and sip wine if they got tired,” says Griselda, “but the music was so good, no one wanted to stop! Macario and I left at midnight, but people were still dancing. At three in the morning, my mom invited them to her house for breakfast!” —Jennifer Goldstein

Creative Customizing

Pillow Talk: Griselda’s aunt created a ring pillow to coordinate with the decor, but it didn’t quite fulfill its function. “Our ring bearer got a little excited,” laughs Griselda. “He rushed down the aisle and completely forgot the pillow!”

Official Business: The couple met at a dinner their friend Leah set up, so they asked her to officiate at the ceremony.

Ring Tones: Macario’s mom, a ceramicist, tied small bells (the Ceja Vineyards’ symbol) to terra-cotta ornaments she created. They were placed on guests’ chairs and used to ring in the marriage, following the vows.

With a family vineyard as the backdrop, San Francisco sweethearts uncorked a new life together

Griselda Ceja and Macario Montoya were perfectly paired from the beginning. “We had so much in common—large families, similar backgrounds, apartments a block away, careers in finance,” says Griselda. They also shared a love of wine: Her family owns a vineyard, and he dreamed of being a winemaker. When they decided to marry, the Ceja family’s Napa Valley vineyard was the obvious location. The ceremony featured elements from their shared Mexican heritage and Macario’s Jewish roots. Mariachis led guests through the vineyard to dinner and dancing beneath the olive trees. “We set up fire pits where everyone could relax and sip wine if they got tired,” says Griselda, “but the music was so good, no one wanted to stop! Macario and I left at midnight, but people were still dancing. At three in the morning, my mom invited them to her house for breakfast!” —Jennifer Goldstein

Creative Customizing

Pillow Talk: Griselda’s aunt created a ring pillow to coordinate with the decor, but it didn’t quite fulfill its function. “Our ring bearer got a little excited,” laughs Griselda. “He rushed down the aisle and completely forgot the pillow!”

Official Business: The couple met at a dinner their friend Leah set up, so they asked her to officiate at the ceremony.

Ring Tones: Macario’s mom, a ceramicist, tied small bells (the Ceja Vineyards’ symbol) to terra-cotta ornaments she created. They were placed on guests’ chairs and used to ring in the marriage, following the vows.

Thomas John Events developed a menu that included a salad of pear, brie, and butter lettuce. “You don’t need elaborate centerpieces at an outdoor wedding,” reasons Griselda. Instead, she filled simple, clear glass vases with a few colorful peonies, roses, and tulips.

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