From the very beginning of Heather + Cheyne’s engagement, they had pictured an intimate European destination for their wedding. After debating the pros and cons of having their guests fly internationally and looking at different locations, the best of both worlds appeared! The stunning Sunstone Winery + Villa in the gorgeous Santa Ynez hills of California was the perfect Italian escape. With stunning design from Sterling Social and gorgeous florals from JL Designs the day was set. A bohemian vibe mixed with fresh herbs throughout the villa created the perfect Italian wedding. Here’s more about their day from Heather:
“Our wedding day was truly an extension of us and what we find most important in our everyday life. To us, family, friends, adventure, great food, music, dance parties and creating memories with our loved ones is what it’s all about! Our intent was to create an evening that encompassed just that and in a setting that felt as though we were enjoying dinner and a dance party with our closest friends. We wanted the day and entire weekend to feel intimate and most importantly authentic to the two of us, our personality and our relationship.”
Heather + Cheyne, congratulations on a gorgeous celebration + big thanks to Matthew Morgan Photography for sharing these beautiful images of their day with us!
Heather + Cheyne wanted to steer away from the “traditional” wedding invitation. Enlisting Copper Willow Paper Studio, a timeless design was created. Intended as a sentimental handwritten note, each letterpressed invitation was tied with thin ivory twine and sprigs of lavender.
I’m totally smitten with both Heather’s robe + wedding dress! And even more amazing – Heather designed her wedding dress! Her ethereal vision came to life with the assistance of couture seamstress, Nazzy Nazari. Lovely fabrics like French netting, delicate Chantilly and Alencon laces, and flowing silk chiffon made for a beautiful one-of-a-kind dress! And let’s talk about her bouquet of blooming pieris that JL Designs created….so, so pretty!
Loving the bridesmaids Joanna August gowns and the bouquets of lavender!
Processional: Family/Groomsmen Processional: Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles; Bridesmaid Processional: Marry Me – Train; Bride's Processional: Canon in D – Pachelbel
Recessional: This is the First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
First Dance: Ho Hey – The Lumineers
Family and friends found their table assignments aptly named after fresh herbs also displayed in the tabletop décor; rosemary, lavender, sage, thyme, olive branch and bay leaf.
Guests enjoyed elaborate stations of fresh cheese, charcuterie and homemade wood fire pizzas, while sipping on “His” and “Hers” signature cocktails, “Piccante Amore” and “La Dolce Vita”. Yum and yum!
Her dress, right??!! So head over heels in love with it!!
This is difficult to answer because I have so many moments that were memorable and meaningful. So the best I can do is break it down to two:
1. Walking down the aisle to my soon to be husband, Cheyne! The emotion and excitement when I first locked eyes with him was more powerful than anything I had felt before. This emotion grew as I watched my Dad hug Cheyne right before he offered him my hand. It was such a genuine and emotional moment for the three of us and one we will never forget.
2. Second would be the first dance with my husband. Being wrapped up in his arms surrounded by our closest family and friends singing and clapping alongside. My heart was so HAPPY! Then Cheyne turned me around and it was then I realized that four of our friends, including the Best Man were playing our song live. Everyone in the audience was just as surprised, seeing as Cheyne kept this detail to himself. That moment was perfect and so personal and special. It brings a smile to my face every time I think of that moment.
And check out their lovely wedding trailer from T&C Photographie below!
Don't become overwhelmed with the small details or try and create a day for anyone other than the two of you. I know this has been said a million times before but remember what the day is all about, who it is for and make it just that. Enjoy all the moments leading up to the day, the day itself and all the days after. Before you know it the wedding day is over but the memories of pure happiness with everyone who means the most to you is something you have forever. Be present in the moment and above anything else have FUN and celebrate the fact that you have found the person you want to share your life with.
photography: Matthew Morgan Photography // planning + design: Sterling Social // videography: T&C Photographie // venue: Sunstone Winery + Villa Santa Ynez, California // florals: JL Designs // vintage rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // rentals: Town & Country // linens: La Tavola Linen // lighting: Bella Vista Designs // paper goods: Copper Willow Paper Studio // cake: Crushcakes // ceremony music: Ybarra Music // dj: DJ Aubrey Henderson // hair: Contour Fossa // make-up: Artistry by Danika // bride’s gown: Custom Designed by Bride, created by Nazzy Nazari // bride’s veil: Vera Wang // bride’s shoes: Valentino // bride’s robe: Custom Made by Nazzy Nazari // bridesmaids’ dresses: Ceremony by Joanna August // groom’s attire: Custom Designed by Groom // groom’s shoes: Meermin // catering: Bello Forno Wood Fired Cuisine