my sister's wedding // california wine country

On Monday I shared some details about our trip to California wine country. Today, I am sharing the last bit of that trip (the event that was the reason for the trip) - my sister's wedding!

To say the wedding was gorgeous was an understatement. The vineyards of Arista Winery offered a beautiful backdrop and the landscape of Healdsburg's hills only heightened that beauty. The weather was just perfect - sunny and warm, but not too hot or cold. The warm California sun that we enjoyed is evident in these photos.

The ceremony was simple and authentic. Raffa, unfortunately, wouldn't have it so he and I wanted from afar, but luckily I could still hear the vows that were exchanged. After the ceremony, we had a toast and some small bites on the lawn while bride and groom took photos.

For dinner, we were privileged to enjoy a five course meal with wine pairings, crafted and cooked by Arista's amazing chef. The meal's meats were locally sourced, as was the seafood. The vegetables were largely from Arista's own gardens or sourced locally. The wines were a selection of Californians, including some of Arista's own. It was undoubtedly a one-of-a-kind meal experience.

Raffa and Asher were, not surprisingly, uninterested in the fabulous food and wine. So although Raffa gobbled up the first course's potato soup, for the rest of the meal John and I took turns eating and watching Raffa.

The entire evening was set to a violin and guitar duet playing right next to the table. The musicians played a selection of music that was chosen by Jonna; it included many contemporary songs which took on a whole new beautiful sound when simply played on guitar and violin. To say the music was a highlight of the evening would be accurate, although each element of this wedding was a highlight. Raffa loved the music so much that towards the end of the evening, he fell asleep in my arms as we danced and sang to the music. Just one more precious memory from an extraordinary evening with my family on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

By the end of the night, we were all full, satisfied, happy, and tired. The boys (Raffa and Asher) were almost completely wiped out, in fact Raffa fell back asleep on my lap and Asher fell asleep sitting between John and I on the ride back home.

Such an amazing evening filled with true love, good wine, delicious food, beautiful views, and my favorite people ... countless memories made to keep in my heart.

location/venue // Arista Winery, Healdsburg, CA
floral and cake // local vendors coordinated through Arista Winery
cake topper // Ann Wood Handmade
photography // Matthias Photography
Jonna's (bride) dress // Sarah Seven via Anna Be in Denver, CO
Erik's (groom) shirt and pants // JCrew
Asher's outfit // GAP shirt, Zara pants, Little Mr bowtie, and Freshly Picked moccs
my outfit // Liefsdotter dress from Anthropologie and Matt Bernson sandals
John's outfit // JCrew shirt and Paul Smith suit pants
Raffa's outfit // Quicksilver shirt, Zara shorts, Little Mr bowtie, and Freshly Picked moccs
father of the bride's outfit (our dad) // JCrew shirt, tie, and pants
mother of the bride's outfit (our mom) // DVF dress and Frye sandals
wedding invitations // designed by me, see them here

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