Alexis + Josh’s Kunde Winery Wedding

Oh Monday. You get a rough rep. You signal the start of the weekly grind, as well as announcing the end of the carefree weekend. People curse you. There are bad memes about you. If I didn’t dislike you so much myself, I might even feel sorry for you.

And yet, on occasion, you totally surprise me.

Like when Alexis contacted me in fall of 2015 to let me know that she and her fiance Josh were looking to celebrate their wedding in a destination style in the heart of the Northern California wine country- on a Monday.

Alexis and Josh wanted to create an authentic and intimate wine country wedding experience for their immediate family. It was important to them to be able to show their families the world-famous beauty that the region holds as well as treat them to a culinary experience that the the area is known for.

After several venue tours, we unanimously agreed that a Kunde Winery wedding was the best fit. With its diverse event sites, top notch wines, and high-quality catering partnerships we were able to craft the exact type of event that Alexis and Josh were looking for- with one little hitch.

The Ceremony

It was important to Alexis and Josh to have their ceremony in a church. Luckily, we found a great option with Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Sonoma. Their charming yet impressive interior was the perfect setting for Alexis and Josh’s sentimental exchange of vows, lead by Trinity’s very own Father James Thomas.

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Cocktail Hour

Once the ceremony was completed, guests were shuttled by the always professional Beau Wine Tours 40 minutes north to the Kunde property, bringing them to the top of their Boot Hill site for a sunset basked cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed themselves with signature champagne cocktails and mocktails while playing lawn games and gazing out over Kunde’s sprawling vineyards.

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Alexis and Josh took advantage of this time to take some ridiculously gorgeous photos all over the Kunde Winery property.

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The Bride

I would be remiss not to dedicate an entire paragraph to how utterly AMAZING Alexis looked on her wedding day. Josh, you are great but Alexis was clearly the star of the show on that day. With flawless hair and make-up by the powerhouse Moderne Beauty, she rocked a modernized modest lace detailed gown with the utmost of grace. Her portraits (and really all of the day’s photos) captured by the insanely talented Anne-Claire Brun, are utter per.fec.tion!

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The Dinner

While the guests were enjoying the scenic views above catering and planning staff members were working quickly on finishing touches for the candlelit dinner inside of Kunde’s Aging Caves. Using Kunde’s existing farm tables, we created a romantic and earthy-luxe tablescape with the help of Napa Valley linens, and the amazing Katie with Petals Flowers by Katie. Guests wined and dined in the intimate setting on a fantastic feast prepared by Kunde Winery preferred caterer The Girl & The Fig.

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The sound of great conversation and sweet love drifted throughout the caves all night long until guests had their fill of wine and cake provided by Jen’s Cakes. At last, Alexis and Josh departed from their dream wedding at Kunde Winery hand-in-hand, as they will be for life.

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Vendor Team

Venue: Kunde Family Winery

Church: Trinity Episcopal Church

Caterer: The Girl & The Fig

Rentals: Encore Event Rentals

Linens: Napa Valley Linens

Coordination + Design: MIRA Events + Design

Photography: Anne-Claire Brun Photography

Videography:

Florist: Petals. Flowers by Katie

Baker: Jen’s Cakes

Hair and Make-Up: Moderne Beauty

Transportation: Beau Wine Tours

Venue of the Month: Troon Country Club

Welcome to the second installment of our newly revived Venue of the Month blog!

As many of you know, expanding your service to a new area requires a lot of research and networking. That means making regular appearances at industry mixers, meeting new people and getting a lay of the land. I will forever be grateful how easy Nicole Pound with Troon Country Club made it for me to not only meet her, but come tour her spectacular property.

First of all, as a new Phoenix area driver, finding the location was a snap. Tucked into the  foothills of Troon mountain, Troon Country Club is easily accessible and welcoming. They differ from their neighbors such as Troon North and the Four Seasons as they are the only privately owned, membership oriented, property. Their parking is plentiful and it was an easy stroll up to their clubhouse front doors.  The entrance foyer is equally impressive from both the outside as well as the inside. Friendly staff greeted me as I waited to start my tour.

The club is clean, simple elegance.

The entrance hallway has a bright chic feel to it, which lends perfectly for portraits or a first look location.

Entryway into main Clubhouse

    Entryway into main Clubhouse
Beautiful flower paintings line the chic hallway immediate through the front doors
Beautiful flower paintings line the chic hallway immediate through the front doors

The Clubhouse dining room is just as bright, with 3 of the walls fulls of windows.

The centerpiece of the room is a fully stocked, handsomely designed bar that offers guests ease of access to any part of the room or outside to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

The clubhouse dining room is also available for private use
The clubhouse dining room is also available for private use
The clubhouse lounge's gorgeous bar is fully stocked!
The clubhouse lounge’s gorgeous bar is fully stocked!

I’m not sure what every Arizona bride would want as their ceremony backdrop, but how about the stunning spire of Pinnacle Peak?

The ceremony landing on the rich green grass is immaculately groomed, juxtaposed perfectly with the natural background. Their ceremony package also comes with a rehearsal time slot, a bridal dressing room, white folding chairs, vendor and welcome tables, as well as a guaranteed back-up space in case of rain. There are numerous upgrades available as well, such as gold chiavari chairs and mimosa/bloody mary bars. Yes please.

 

The ceremony site offers spectacular views! Photo provided by Troon Country Club and shot by Jen Z Photography
The ceremony site offers spectacular views! Photo provided by Troon Country Club and shot by Jen Z Photography

There are literally dozens of possibilities at Troon Country Club.

The sunny poolside patio is a great option for a fresh feeling cocktail reception. The event locations are located close to one another, making guest migration a breeze.

The sunny poolside patio is a perfect space for a mild weather gathering
The sunny poolside patio is a perfect space for a mild weather gathering

The main event space, the Troon Room, is just as spacious as one might hope for, with a ton of natural light and high arching ceilings.

The space, set to receive some renovations this off-seasons,  can accommodate up to 180 people, pending floor plan. All wedding reception packages come with tables, chiavari chairs, choice specialty linens, a dance floor and more.

The Troon Room is versatile and open which leads to many design possibilities. Photo provided by Troon Country Club, taken by Jane Z Photography
The Troon Room is versatile and open which leads to many design possibilities. Photo provided by Troon Country Club, taken by Jane Z Photography
Troon Room gussied up from a past wedding. Photo by Pinkerton Photo
Troon Room gussied up from a past wedding. Photo provided by Troon Country Club and taken  by Pinkerton Photo
This stunning patio view is available when you rent the Troon Room
This stunning patio view is available when you rent the Troon Room

The Troon Country Club in-house catering menu is vast and delectable.

The entire Troon team is dedicated to the success of your event and will happily customize a venue or menu package to suit your needs.

The entrance to the main club house has an impressive entrance
The entrance to the main club house has an impressive entrance

If you are looking for a true, country club experience for your wedding or special event, Troon is the place.

Since professional wedding coordinators are required for all weddings on property, we would be more than happy to introduce you to our friends at Troon! Inquire today to get started! xxoo

Chandana + Imran Part 1

We love our clients. All of them. We adore each and every event that crosses our path. Every once in a while, we get to be a part of something just a little extra special. How so? Let’s check the numbers:

  • 3: The number of days this wedding spectacular spanned
  • 6: The number of different wedding related events that occurred in that time-frame
  • 5: Number of venues we worked at over the course of this weekend
  • 27: Number of vendors hired for all events
  • 1,000: Linear feet of marigolds used throughout the design
  • 9: Number of outfits worn by the bride

The result of these numbers, combined with the incredible amounts of time and energy spent by all invested parties, was SO spectacular, we couldn’t fit it all in one blog post.

Let’s start in the beginning…

Chandana and Imran come from two very different backgrounds. Chandana’s family are Hindu South Indian, and Imran’s family hails from Bengladesh. Together, they wanted to create a fusion wedding experience that would honor both of their cultures while allowing guests to bask in free-flowing opulence.

After a “low key” Mehendi on Friday evening, guests were invited to the first “party” of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. The groom’s parent’s house was decked to the nines to celebrate not just one but two important cultural events.

First, the Gaye Holud ceremony and rituals took place. After a short ceremony, 350 of the couple’s closest friends and family lined up for over an hour to paint the couple in yellow turmeric and feed them sweets.

For this event, we wanted to honor the traditional colors of the Holud by integrating lots of yellow with warm orange and red tones. Since the event was being held in the groom’s parent’s backyard, there was an inclination to pull a certain whimsical flair out with the design. We accomplished this by creating distinct vignettes with paper lanterns and marigold garlands all over the backyard. For the stage, we erected a four post mandap-type structure draped with an old saree, marigold garlands, and you guessed it- more paper lanterns. The effect was fun, whimsical, a touch of rustic, and most importantly, bright.

The amazing Chef Ranjan of New Delhi Restaurant  did an excellent job preparing a delicious traditional and fusion menu for guests to enjoy. Eclectic seating options and a sprawling floorplan allowed for guests to mingle naturally with each other before and after presenting their gifts and turmeric to the couple. MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0014 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0016 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0018 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0019 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0020 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0021 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0023 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0028 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0030 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0033 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0042

 

Later in the evening, guests were guided to the tennis court for the Sangeeth. which was lit like a rooftop club. With the SFO lights twinkling in the background, performers and guests alike danced their hearts out on a large LED dance floor provided by Gatsby Entertainment.

 

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Up next, the gorgeous ceremony!

Venue: Private Residence

Caterer: New Delhi Restaurant

Rentals: Stuart Rentals (stage, pipe and drape, chairs, tables, and Gaye Holud linens), Bright Event Rentals (lounge furniture), La Tavola Fine Linens (Sangeet linens)

Flowers, Event Design, Paper Lanterns: MIRA Events + Design

Photography: MP Singh Photography

Lighting, DJ, LED Dance Floor and Entertainment: Gatsby Entertainment

Videography: Filmtwist Productions