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: Kunde Winery

We kicked off this wedding season with a Monday (yes, Monday) wedding at Kunde Family Winery in Kenwood, California. The Napa and Sonoma wine country region can be difficult to navigate for those who are looking to host a wedding, as there are literally hundreds of gorgeous venue options. We consider Kunde Winery one of the top, and you’ll soon see why.

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Photo by Anne-Claire Brun

The winery sits just off of the Sonoma Highway, north of the city of Napa. Its rolling hills are neatly uniformed with acres and acres of vineyards, interspersed with stately olive and oak trees. What I love most about Kunde are the dynamic options they offer in private event spaces.

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Photo by Anne-Claire Brun

Hosts can utilize their impressive Tasting Room to book private tasting events complete, or simply enjoy time on their public patio next to a serene pond and manicured grass.

For a more intimate affair, the working cave tunnels offer a small private dining space that can accommodate up to 40 guests. There is something truly magical about being in a wine cave. Kunde Winery’s wine caves ring with history and presence of its long-running wine production. Their wine cave private dining area is best enjoyed with close family and friends, as well as lots of romantic candlelight.

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The Hill House on property offers a lovely little escape from the rest of the world. It can accommodate up to 60 guests and offers several amenities such as lounge furniture and a built in bar. Don’t worry, just because you’re inside does not mean you are sacrificing views. The site features breathtaking views of Sonoma Valley and the Mayacamas Mountain range.

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Even with all of the amazing options listed thus far, Kunde Family Winery is known first and foremost for its hilltop locations. Boot Hill and Olive Hill offer stunning, sweeping views of the property and surrounding hills, giving guests a full visual experience of the Napa wine country. Olive Hill is a smaller location, accommodating up to 75 guests for a seated ceremony with one of the best backdrops any wine country bound couple could ask for.

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Olive Hill ceremony space in Fall
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Boot Hill in fall

Boot Hill is the option for those looking to host their reception at the property’s hilltop for up to 250 guests. With a built in bar as well as permanent restrooms and kitchen prep space, it is extremely easy to utilize this space and make your event dreams come true. The gravel area is perfect for seated rounds, while the grass area offers a wonderful solution to cocktail hour or even a lounge area during dancing. For dancing, there is a dedicated dance floor area complete with string lights all ready to go. Can we say perfection?!

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Photo by Anne-Claire Brun
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Kunde’s knowledgeable staff and robust preferred vendors list makes it an easy venue to work with, probably the most important feature of all. We are thrilled to have worked with them in the past and cannot wait to do it again.

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Photo by Anne-Claire Brun

Be on the lookout for photos from Alexis and Josh’s magical wine country elopement, coming soon!