Rebecca Leung, 29, and Michael Son, 39, were destined to marry in Napa. After being set up by a mutual friend in 2011, the couple began taking trips to wine country from their hometown of San Francisco. In March of 2012, they stopped at Auberge du Soleil for appetizers after a day of tasting, and Michael surprised Rebecca with a ring.
They chose the Carneros Inn for their wedding that, though it was in wine country, was heavy on the cocktails. "It's remote, but has a modern and elegant feel," says Rebecca. "It was the perfect vibe for us, and was the location of the first trip we took together!"
Pick up the June/July issue of Brides (on newsstands now!) to see the rest of the details, and read on for five tips from their city-meets-country celebration.
Share your culture: Rebecca is Chinese, and Michael is Korean, so the couple had a tea ceremony with her parents at the rehearsal dinner, then surprised guests with a paebaek marriage ceremony with his parents at the reception.
Embrace a theme: Instead of escort cards, guests names were written on coasters featuring recipes for the couple's favorite cocktails.
Break with tradition This couple skipped the standard guest book. They asked guests to sign miniature wooden hearts, then dropped them into an 18" x 24" picture frame with a slot at the top, creating a unique (and sentimental) piece of art.
Take a moment alone: Just after the ceremony, Rebecca and Michael snuck into the cocktail area for a few minutes before guests arrived. "We had a little breathing room to enjoy each other and take in everything that was happening," she says.