A Wedding Planner’s Italian-Inspired Wedding in Sonoma

When your groom is an event planner, you know the details will be taken care of

bride and groom

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Alex Quintana had no idea he’d meet his future bride at his parents’ dining room table. Then, in January of 2012, Nicole Chin came over for dinner. “I was friends with Alex’s sisters, so they had me over for a family dinner,” says Nicole. “Alex invited me to one of his events, and we just clicked.” Alex is an event planner by trade, so Nicole had no suspicions when, in October of 2014, he brought her to Kunde Winery in Sonoma with a photographer in tow. “He told me he was showing the venue to the photographer in advance of an upcoming event,” Nicole remembers. But when they got to the top of Olive Hill, Alex got down on one knee, with the photographer snapping pictures and their families nearby.

They took their time planning the wedding (almost two years!), giving them a chance to make it everything they dreamed of. “Jacuzzi Family Vineyards is one of the first venues Alex and I visited together after we started dating,” Nicole describes. The pair loved the open piazza and dramatic barrel room, and knew it was just the spot for their Italian-inspired wedding on July 15, 2016. “Alex was so hands-on throughout the process—he even coordinated set-up the day before the wedding!” the bride remembers. The event planner at Quintana Events and his bride turned to photographer Anna Marks to capture the fresh, peachy, wine-fueled celebration.

Keep reading to see more of this Italian-inspired wedding, below!

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“Jacuzzi Family Vineyards is close to home, but feels like you’re in Italy,” says Nicole. The stone structures are covered with crawling greenery, adding an Old World ambiance.

first look
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The bride wrapped a beaded belt around the waist of her Morilee fit-and-flare gown for a touch of sparkle. Alex wore a blue Calvin Klein suit, paired with a plaid blue tie.

Photo by Anna Marks Photography
Photo by Anna Marks Photography

Nicole’s vibrant bouquet combined garden roses, proteas, succulents, cockscomb, and tulips. The bridesmaids, in floor-length peach dresses, carried even more colorful collections of dahlias, roses, and tulips.

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Alex’s all-white boutonniere was accented with brunia and dusty miller.

ceremony site
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The ceremony took place in the courtyard, with two oversized arrangements of hydrangeas, king proteas, and orchids flanking the aisle.

Photo by Anna Marks Photography
Photo by Anna Marks Photography

The terrace, lit with string lights, was set with a combination of bare farm tables and round tables topped in neutral linens. Eye-catching combinations of dahlias, succulents, proteas, and astilbe in gray vases lined the tables.

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Guests sipped strawberry sangria as they dined on a family-style meal of skirt steak, parmesan-crusted chicken, and creamy orecchiette.

Photo by Anna Marks Photography

After dinner, everyone headed into the barrel room for dancing. Lounge furniture accented with nail heads enhanced the space’s rustic feel.

first dance
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Guests nibbled on strawberry shortcake, crème brûlée, and freshly-made doughnuts as a DJ played Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, and Michael Jackson. “It was the first time my family had been together in over a decade,” says Nicole. “it was amazing to have everyone all in one place, supporting us and our love!”

The bride’s advice is spoken like a true wedding planner: “Don’t feel the need to take on DIY projects if it’s not ‘you,’” says Nicole. “The last thing you want to worry about at the last minute is projects! It’s much easier to let a pro handle it instead.”

Wedding Team

Wedding Planner: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

Venue: Quintana Events

Bride's Dress: Morilee

Hair: Whimsy! Bridal Styling

Makeup: Kelly Isaak

Bridesmaids' Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom's Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux

Engagement Ring: Oaks Jewelers

Wedding Bands: Oaks Jewelers

Floral Design: Aimee Lomeli Designs

Paper Products: Dream Maker Designs, Lettering By Alyssa

Catering: Park Avenue Catering

Entertainment: AMS Entertainment

Rentals: Rion Designs, Encore Events and Party Rentals, Illusions Lighting Designs, The Lux

Photography: Anna Marks Photography

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