All images by the uber talented Cooper Carras
Even though I no longer focus solely on weddings I still have a deep love for the brides I work with. Being a part of a time in their lives that is so momentous is truly special. Above is a picture of me working some magic on some tightly wound covered buttons. When I was on maternity leave several of the most beautiful brides weddings were featured on some fantastic blogs and I would love to share one of my absolute favorites with you now!
KK and Stefan are the kind of couple people should write movies about. She's from Wisconsin, he's from Switzerland. They travel the world together and they somehow manage to be alike and completely different at the same time. Sort of like Wisconsin and Switzerland. Both lands of cheese and skiing, but you'll only see one of these places covered in people wearing foam cheese hats. I think it might becoming quite clear that I have never been to either of these places... I digress. Their love radiates whenever they are together. They have an ease about them that I absolutely adore. That was how their wedding felt. It was casual, yet refined and well put together. One of the reasons I love this wedding so much is that it does what all brides TRY to do when planning their wedding. It manages to have DIY elements but not feel crafty, focus on the love of the couple in a genuine and sincere way, and it used the beauty of the venue to it's advantage without overpowering the bride and groom. Boom. Wedding perfection.
How stunning is KK? Her J. Crew gown not only fit her shape perfectly, but her spirit too. It was understated and classy. J. Crew's wedding gowns are known for being light weight and easy to wear. This dress is no exception. She looked absolutely gorgeous juxtaposed against the Sonoma landscape. This beauty radiates easy going elegance and love. My favorite kind of bride! It could be the fact that she was marrying the man of her dreams, or it could have been because she was rocking a killer pair of Tory Burch heels. I'm gonna go with a little bit of both. All of KK's friends and family were equally as lovely. They had a fun loving attitude which just added to the joy of the day. I mean, check out this bridal party. Totally adorable.
Oh, I feel like I need to take a moment and talk about this venue. Kunde Family Estate is one of those venues that is drop dead gorgeous. When I styled my first Styled The Workshop it took place here (for a refresher take a peak here) and I remember thinking how much I'd like to work with a bride who was getting married there. Wish granted. Maybe it's because I have such a deep love for wine, but who wouldn't want to get married in the ruins that the first varietally labeled Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted and bottled. Too good. This wedding is chock full of unique details that truly captured the essence of this darling couple. Take a look at a few more goodies from this epic day in California's wine country. Oh... did I mention there was a cheese cake? There was a cake made of cheese. Yep, I said it.
I love the way they blended their two cultures together so seamlessly. From the menus with two languages to the carefully chosen floral arrangements, every detail was well thought out. But as lovely as each element was, what really showed through (as if I haven't said it enough in this blog post) was their love for each other. Gosh, just look at these two!
It turns out that little Mrs. KK had a big birthday yesterday. So this blog post couldn't have come at a better time. Happy Birthday doll face! Wishing you both a lifetime of parties like this one. Parties filled with love, laughter and delicious wine and cheese.
To see even more greatness from this wedding, check out their feature on Style Me Pretty.
Wedding Photography: Cooper Carras | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Kunde Family Estate | Wedding Coordination: Kelly & Company Events | Floral Design: Grant Avenue Florist | Bridal Party Styling: Melanie of Head Over Heels | Wedding Cake + Cheese Bar: Cheese School of San Francisco | Cinematography: Alicia Oblander | Wedding Invitations: Paper Source | Menus/ Programs/Escort Cards: DIY by the bride | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | Band + Ceremony Music: A Frontline Band | Photo Booth: Photo-matica | Placecard Matchboxes: Christina M Koon | Wedding Dress + Bridesmaids Dresses + Flower Girl Dress: J.Crew | Shoes: Tory Burch | Groom’s Suit: Custom, Bloomingdale’s | Men’s Ties + Bowties: Two L Creations