Eden and Phil’s Sonoma Valley wedding looks like a fairytale straight out of Provence. The lush natural greenery and those weathered roof tiles paired with the easy elegance of the day just scream French countryside. / Images by eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY.
Says Eden, “We decided to get married in Sonoma because we both very quickly fell in love with wine country when we moved to San Francisco. We spent (too many) weekends exploring Napa and Sonoma, and always dreamingly said how amazing it would be if we could get married there some day.
Although we knew a wedding in Sonoma would mean some of our closest friends and family from back east would not be able to attend, it was our dream to have an intimate wine country wedding so we planned it there. We let the beauty of the area and amazing local food inspire our planning process.”
Says photographer Laura, “One of my favorite things they did was have a first look with the bride’s Dad! Eden and Phil wanted to stick with tradition and not see each other ahead of time so they didn’t do what we’ve come to think of traditionally as a first look shoot. Instead, her sweet Dad came over right before she headed to the church to see his girl all ready for the big day. We set it up similar to a first look, with her Dad turned around and Eden came up and tapped him on the shoulder so he’d turn around. There was so much genuine love and emotion between the two of them that the moment was so perfect. It’s become one of my favorite wedding memories and I’ll be recommending this to other brides.”
Eden + Phil’s Love Story:
Phil and I met at my aunt and uncles lake house, he’s been best friends with my cousin Mike (our Best Man) for over 15 years. We got engaged in June last year when Phil and I planned a 14-day trip through France. We were going from Paris to Bordeaux to Avignon to Nice and back to Paris. We had a reservation to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower on the very first day of our trip. We had the best day exploring the city, and ended in the champagne lounge on the top of the Eiffel Tower. Phil proposed, looking over all of Paris (to my complete shock) and we had people from all over the world coming over to congratulate us. We spent the next two weeks savoring the excitement as we traveled through France, engaged.
Says Eden, “At the end of our ceremony we stopped at the end of the aisle and cut a ribbon together. This was special to us, as Phil’s grandmother is from a small town in Italy, where that is the custom and we wanted to continue the tradition.
We had a couple of special touches that made the day ours. Phil and I are huge foodies (you have to be living in San Francisco) and we love eating amazing meals from local world-renowned chefs. We wanted our love for food and wine to be a major feature of our wedding. We wanted our guests to have the best wine the area has to offer, and the freshest, seasonal and local food so we decided to do a chefs tasting menu with wine pairings so our guests could experience what we love about food, wine and wine country.
Our favorite part of the day was sitting together at our sweetheart table, looking out at our guests, under the string lights, having the best time, enjoying dinner and talking. We looked at each other, and in that moment everything was perfect. The planning, everything all came together and it was everything we had imagined and more.
Credits: Photographer – Laura Monfredini & Bill Hipps of eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY / Planner – Meren Dehaze at A Savvy Event / Florist – Loop Events / Band – KJ Allstars / Hair/Makeup – Bella Bridal / Reception Venue/food – Ramekins / Ceremony location – St. Francis Solano Church / Cake/Macarons – Bouchon Bakery / Rentals – Wine Country Party / Brides dress – Romona Keveza / Brides shoes – Kate Spade / Grooms Tux – Spoon Tailor / Grooms shoes – Calvin Klein / Bridesmaid dresses – Dessy / Groomsmen Suits – Indochino / Custom stationary (Invites/Menus/Programs) – Saevil Row