They say one good thing leads to another — and newlyweds Julia and Omar Jubran are proof that the statement is true. “We were on a family trip in Greece and he completely surprised me by getting down on one knee on the balcony of our villa in Mykonos,” Julia remembers of the proposal. But the thing is, when you pop the question in a place as stunning as the Greek islands, you have to be prepared to follow it up with a wedding that’s equally as awe-inspiring.
“We wanted to do a destination wedding in wine country, so we went to visit multiple wineries in Napa, Sonoma, and the surrounding areas. Wente Vineyards was our last stop and we fell in love with it right away,” says Julia. “The property is beautiful, the food at the restaurant is amazing, and the people were so nice and helpful. Omar is an avid golfer so he loved that there was a golf course on site.” With something for everyone, the bride and groom had found their perfect match. Together, with in-house planner Gerogie Saucedo, they became an unstoppable force in making May 28, 2016, a breathtaking day from start to finish. Thanks to Danny Dong Photography’s impeccable images, you’ll soon see for yourself.
Julia wore a romantic ivory silk crepe wedding dress with a deep V-neckline and trumpet skirt from Amsale. While the covered buttons along the sheer back lean somewhat traditional, a ruffled peplum waist gave the gown a modern twist. The bride wore a chapel-length veil for the ceremony, but our favorite accessory was the beautiful white bloom she wore in her hair. In all, Julia's look was a reflection of the day’s celebration: Two parts classic elegance, one part unexpected fun.
Bridesmaids wore floor-length chiffon dresses in a gorgeous soft peach hue. The halter necklines were universally flattering and complemented each woman's Kendra Scott drop earrings. The attendants carried smaller versions of the bride’s peony and olive leaf bouquet, wrapped with trailing ribbons.
The groom and his best man were dressed in custom tuxedos, which explains why they looked so effortlessly handsome! As a little something special for the big day, Omar also wore cufflinks sporting the logo of his beloved team, the University of Tennessee Volunteers. The remainder of the wedding party rented classic tuxedos to match and donned black bow ties. Finally, for a boutonniere with a bit of a rugged edge, the men wore an arrangement made of herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme centered by an olive branch — simply perfect for the natural vineyard setting.
A Spanish-style stucco building was the backdrop to a ceremony that overlooked the Bay Area foothills and sprawling vineyards. With a bright blue sky, Julia walked down the aisle with her father as Omar waited, teary-eyed, under a gorgeous birch arbor lush with roses, peonies, and lavender. Two wine barrels marked the start of the aisle and were topped with floral arrangements of pink and white peonies as well as olive branch.
The couple exchanged traditional vows and then happily headed off as husband and wife to the sounds of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” performed acoustically by two members of the wedding band.
After the ceremony, guests moved to the estate’s sprawling lawn where tables lined a large dance floor. There, guests found escort cards tucked into vineyard-appropriate wine corks. Lounge areas were also nestled near the dance floor, offering a space for guests to relax and mingle.
Dinner tables were draped with champagne-colored linens and featured gold footed vases filled with white and blush peonies, olive branch, white lisianthus, and garden roses. The bridal party sat at the head table, where a garland of eucalyptus, olive branch, and lavender ran down the center. Votive candles were arranged overtop each table and an olive branch spring rested atop menus fit for any foodie.
Mouthwatering meal options like mustard-roasted fish and grilled eggplant roulade pleased every palette, as did the couple's selection of delicious drinks. When your dad is in the wine and spirits business, your wedding has an envious drink menu — it’s just science. In addition to a fully-stocked bar, Julia and Omar’s guests were treated to wine pairings with each dinner course, as well as a dedicated bourbon bar where Eagle Rare bourbon, hand-selected by both the bride and groom’s family, was poured throughout the night.
“We hand-selected a barrel of Eagle Rare bourbon for the wedding and had it bottled with a label stating our names and wedding date,” explains Julia. “We had bottles shipped out to California to be served at the wedding, and the rest of the bottles are for sale at my dad’s wine and spirits store in Knoxville.” Leave it to a proud papa to find any chance to brag about his beautiful bride!
After dinner, the guests made their way to the dance floor where they tore it up to both modern tunes and Arabic music as homage to the father of the groom’s Lebansese heritage. Guests were even provided with traditional hip scarves to give their revelry some added flair — though something tells us these guests needed no help with their moves. Market lights hung over the space adding a magical feel to an already starry sky.
While the crowd continued enjoying libations from their custom drink koozie, Omar and Julia were ready for dessert. Their four-tier wedding cake featured alternating flavors of white cake with buttercream filling and champagne cake with a strawberry filling. Fittingly, the champagne cake was made with the vineyard’s finest brut — kudos to a bride who knows her bubbly.
But if one gorgeous cake wasn’t enough, Julia earned herself best-wife-ever status on day one by arranging for an unbelievable groom’s cake. Designed to look just like the barrels of bourbon found throughout the venue, Omar's own dessert was filled with a port-jam and mascarpone filling. Complete with a cigar on top, what more could a man want?
After providing delicious food and drink, hip skirts, hand-rolled cigars, and custom koozies, the couple had one final treat for their friends and family. Guests were sent home with traditional Middle Eastern wedding favors of sugared almonds in a tulle bag, and it was the sweet note on each candy that summarized the day best: “Five sugared almonds for guests to eat to remind us that life is both bitter and sweet. Five wishes for the new husband and wife: Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!”
Venue, Catering & Cake: Wente Vineyards || Wedding Coordinator: Georgie Saucedo || Bride's Wedding Dress: Amsale, purchased at White on Daniel Island || Veil: Malis-Henderson || Hair & Makeup: Rose Hill & Crew || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August || Bridesmaids' Earrings: Kendra Scott || Groom's & Best Man's Attire: M.S. McClellan || Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Engagement Ring: Markmans Diamonds & Fine Jewelry || Wedding Bands: Rick Terry Jewelry Designs || Flowers: The Petal Company || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Happy Envelope; Kalligraphia Custom Calligraphy || Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals; Swoon Custom Chalk; Classic Party Rentals; Napa Valley Linens || Videographer: Thomas Hughes Films || Photographer: Danny Dong Photography