Today’s beautiful bride is the owner of her own floral design company, Willow & Magnolia Floral. So, when it came time to designing the blooms for her own wedding day… she knew exactly what she wanted. Kaylyn and Todd assembled an amazing team of vendors to help them turn their dreams into a reality at Wente Vineyards - from planning by Andria Leigh Events to photos captured by Taralynn Lawton Photography. It’s pretty safe to say her romantic, boho wedding dreams came true and it…is…GORGEOUS!! See all the stunning details of the day below.
Kaylyn & Todd's wedding at Wente Vineyards was the perfect mix of a romantic, fall boho evening nestled in the vineyards. Kaylyn, owner of Willow & Magnolia Floral, had dreamt of her wedding from the moment she met Todd. Designing every detail was so important to Todd & Kaylyn because they wanted their guests to enjoy every minute of their wedding.
From the Bride... The day started with some light mimosa's in the bridal suite along with some breakfast. Ashley and Brittany with Bay Area Beautiful started setting up for hair and makeup for the girls. The bridesmaids changed into their dresses first and I slipped into my Rue De Seine, Poppy Stardust gown last. I choose their bridesmaids dresses from Show Me Your Mumu because their dresses are so versatile. I wanted them to have the freedom to pick the style they wanted. On the day of, everyone had different dresses which was amazing! My sister, Chivon, only being 18 months younger, helped me zip up my dress and put on my Michael Kors Heels. This was so special to me because she is my rock and best friend. She also knows how to calm me down when I start to get nervous so it was good she was right by my side. After all she was my maid of honor.
The secluded bridal suite overlooked Wente Vineyards and part of the drive way. I would glance out the window every once in awhile to see which guests were walking up. Once the rentals started to arrive and I saw those amazing Peacock chairs from Pieces by Violet, it really started to sink in. More guests started to appear and we all knew it was getting closer to walking down the aisle. Andria, with Andria Leigh Events, also kept checking in to let me know how things were going. She truly made the day run absolutely smoothly. Once our bouquets were delivered, it was time to walk downstairs for our first look. We walked across the terrace lawn where I saw our reception for the first time and it was stunning. I felt so at ease that it was more than I could have ever imagined. As I turned the corner and walked into the open courtyard, I saw Todd for the first time. We were both a little nervous but once we saw each other all the butterflies went away. I originally didn't want to do a first look but made the decision to so we could save time and get those little butterflies out. I am so glad we did!
We were placed up against these gorgeous white walls in the courtyard that almost took me back to Italy. Taralynn, with Taralynn Lawton Photo, truly had a vision with what she wanted to capture here. During our first look, Todd's back was to me so I could walk up behind him. He slowly turned around and we both had the biggest smiles on our faces. It was like we saw each other for the first time when we first met. It was pure magic having our wedding party there and immediate family watching in the distance. Taralynn made it so easy and fun to pose for our photos. She made us feel the most comfortable while having fun. We took some wedding party shots that were all so with it. We definitely had fun with those because everyone got to be silly. We then headed back into our bridal suite and waited for our guests to be seated at our ceremony. Once Todd and the wedding party were all at the ceremony I was golf carted over with my dad. I remember holding his hand behind me as he held onto my long veil. It was important that we were the last to arrive to the ceremony because I wanted a grand entrance. We patiently waited on the cobblestone and slowly started to enter the ceremony lawn. The entrance from where we walked into our ceremony was about 200 yards to make a dramatic entrance. I felt this huge relief walking down the aisle and began to be more excited as I got closer to Todd. The pampas lined aisle and asymmetrical triangle arch framed the hills in the background perfectly. Our ceremony was hidden on a separate lawn to appear to our guests that the ceremony and reception were at two different locations. This was super important because I didn't want our guest to see our ceremony and reception all on one lawn and ruin the surprise.
As we got closer to Todd, I kissed and hugged my dad and he put my hands into Todd's hands. Our officiant, Chris began to talk about the meaning of love and marriage. He brought up how we met and the love we have for all of our family & friends. Jason, Todd's cousin and best man, handed us our handmade vow books from The Bright Line Studio. I highly recommend these special keepsake books! I didn't want Todd to write his vows on a piece of paper and uncrumple it from his pocket in front of everyone. These special books were gorgeous and we will have them forever to look back on. I read my vows first because I was more likely to cry at Todd's vows and wanted to be able to read my vows to him. I teared up reading my vows and also cried through his! I saw a couple tissues out of the corner of my eye so I knew he did a good job. We gave our vow books back to Jason and he exchanged them with our rings. We went through our lines and placed our rings on each others hands. We KISSED for the first time as husband and wife and it was absolutely everything I ever dreamed of. Todd and I walked back down the aisle as Taralynn photographed our candid shots. Once our guests were escorted to cocktail hour under the large oak trees, we stayed behind and took our family photos. It was so nice to be able to talk to everyone as they congratulated us on our marriage. Our family photos took about thirty minutes and once they were escorted off to cocktail hour we stayed behind for our intimate photos. We were on a bit of a time crunch and had to be introduced as Mr. & Mrs. White for the first time before we started our sunset photos.
We were able to see our gorgeous reception and then headed straight into our sunset photos. Taralynn, Todd, myself and the golf cart driver all headed up through the vineyards to the ninth hole. We had to drive through the vineyards to get to it and it almost felt like we were in a movie. I also designed a second bridal bouquet solely for our sunset photos. The bouquet consisted of all pampas grass which I knew would contrast well with the natural landscape of the vineyards. Seeing & designing so many bridal bouquets, I knew I wanted to design something different. Pampas being one of my favorite wild flowers, I knew exactly what to use. Todd and I had so much fun posing for our sunset photos. Taralynn captured us exactly how we are and the pampas bouquet also came into play as well. Once the pampas is cut and fully dried it starts to shed, a lot! Taralynn's second shooter shook the pampas bouquet over us creating this spectacular sunset photoshoot. With the pampas fluff floating all around us and the sun going down I have never felt more beautiful in my life. Taralynn knew how important all the florals were to me and she captured them perfectly. Once the sun was completely down we all had a big round of applause. We helped everyone pick the pampas fluff off each others clothes, especially Todd's black tux. We got back in the golf cart and made our way back to our reception.
We were escorted to our large peacock chairs and sweetheart table that over looked our seated guests. We had a little time to eat before the speeches commenced. My sister was the most nervous I have seen her. She doesn't like speaking in front of a lot people but I knew she could do it. She went first and we both teared up a little. But she did such an amazing job and I was so proud of my little sister. Jason went next and made us both laugh. He is like a bother to Todd and has watched him grow up. My dad went second to last and really tied everything together. He knew exactly what to say and wished us a happy new marriage. Todd was the last to speak and we both thanked every single person who made this day possible. We also thanked all of our guests for being apart of our special day. Every person raised their glass and we all cheered to a lovely summer night in the vineyards. Todd and I were able to walk around to each table and talk to our guests before our first dance started. Our DJ nicely came over and moved us onto the dance floor. Todd and I picked our first song together. I would joke with him and ask if he would play his guitar at our wedding and he always said no. I didn't hold him to it because we were always so busy planning our wedding. Our song came on and I knew it sounded a little different but didn't think anything of it. Todd pulled me closer and said "Babe, really listen to the song". My jaw dropped and I immediately started to cry. Todd had created his own version of "Say you won't let go" by James Arthur. He recored himself and played his guitar and sang our song. It was the best gift any one has given me and I will remember that moment forever. Only a few of our family and friends knew so when our guests found out they were all so amazed. We moved over to our cake cutting while most of our guests were around us. We shared our cake with our guests and danced our special day away. It was truly all so surreal and unforgettable. A day we will never forget.