A California Wine Country Wedding with an Apropos Signature Color—Cabernet
After meeting through a mutual friend three years ago, Dianna and Amar struck up a relationship five months later. Shortly after that—on Christmas Eve—Amar found himself on bended knee in front of Disneyland's castle, asking Dianna to be his wife. That fairy-tale proposal was followed by a ten-month-long engagement that ended in a dreamy wedding on October 27, 2018, in Paso Robles, California. "[Our wedding was] special because we chose a beautiful winery venue that looked out on the vineyards," says Dianna. Plus, Dianna adds, "We had an amazing catering company, great music, and [were] surrounded by wonderful family and friends."
Held at Rava Winery, Dianna and Amar chose to embrace cabernet colors as part of their elegant and romantic wedding at the winery. (Of course, the couple also served actual wine!) Jade Magnolia Creative took the creative reins, orchestrating an event that was timeless, yet punctuated with unique details. (Trust us: Just wait until you see the salt blocks used to serve appetizers—or the red dress the flower girl wore.)
The couple welcomed 140 guests to their wedding—but Dianna encourages other brides to let their big days be about them. "A tip for couples is that it is difficult pleasing everyone. After all, it's your day—so however you envision it and plan it to make you happy is all that matters. [Just] enjoy every single moment," she says. Another tip? Hire a planner that can make your event as perfect as Jade Magnolia Creative made this one, says the bride. "Having a coordinator is important and helpful," Dianna says. "It gets a lot of weight off your shoulders."
Tied with a Bow
Soft ivory and gold foil invitations created by Willemina Typography set the tone for the big day: classic with a hint of whimsy, which was built into the couple's custom monogram. Each suite was tied with a pink silk bow.
The Dream Dress
Dianna's first priority after the proposal? "To choose the wedding dress I envisioned myself in," she says. Dianna had long dreamt of a lace dress—and from the moment she spotted a lace-sleeved dress on Pinterest, she knew she'd buy one with sleeves. Dianna eventually purchased a David Tutera gown that looked exactly like her inspiration photo.
Suit and Tie
Amar opted for a navy Tom Ford tuxedo, then paired it with coordinating Tom Ford tie, shoes, and socks. "He loves that brand," Dianna says.
Because Dianna wanted her friends to "feel beautiful and comfortable," she selected cabernet-colored floor-length dresses she felt flattered every body type.
To coordinate with the bridesmaids, each groomsman wore an aubergine tie and pocket square.
Boutonnières included a mix of blooms in deep reds with ivory and pink accents.
Too Late to Run
The flower girl wore a lace burgundy-colored dress, while the ring bearer—dressed in deep red suspenders and a matching bow tie—carried a wooden sign that read, "Too late to run…here she comes!"
Ceremony with a View
Jade Magnolia Creative created a ceremony space in front of a pond overlooking the vineyards, complete with an arbor draped in fabric and topped with fresh flowers.
Down the Aisle
Dianna says her favorite memory from her wedding day was "walking down the stairs into the ceremony [and] being able to get a glimpse of everyone waiting for me to make my way down the aisle." As Dianna's father escorted her into the ceremony space to the "Wedding March," Dianna watched his face and was overcome with emotion. "I'm the youngest and the only female," she explains of the powerful moment with her dad, "but I felt better when Amar grabbed my hand with a huge smile and brought me to the altar."
A Little Salty
At this interactive station, guests could talk with the chef and watch as she prepared their food over hot pink salt blocks.
Time to Dine
In addition to passed appetizers and their salt-block options, guests could choose a steak filet or chicken with seasonal sides for dinner.
A pennant flag listed drinks available at the couple's bar in pretty calligraphy script. Of course, in keeping with the couple's theme, Cabernet Sauvignon was available.
Find Your Seat
Guests could find their handwritten seat assignments pinned to a fabric banner adorned with fresh flowers and flanked by pillar candles in glass cylinders.
The reception was held in Rava Winery's courtyard. According to Jade Magnolia Creative, the courtyard boasted views of the vineyards and was lit by string lights and hundreds of candles. A mix of round and wood farm tables provided by All About Events enhanced the already-stunning setting.
No matter its shape, every table was topped with votive and pillar candles that cast a romantic glow as the sun began to set. Arrangements made of deep red roses and dahlias—plus ivory blooms, ferns, and foliage—in pedestal dishes decorated the tables.
Each wood farm table was draped with a delicate lace runner, while round tables were covered in champagne linens, then topped with the same lace overlay.
Beyond the lace runners and cloths, additional delicate details abounded: Ivory plates included lace-like rims and blush napkins were placed at every setting. The silverware was rose gold; the glasses were rimmed with yellow gold.
Dianna and Amar enjoyed their dinner at a sweetheart table that was topped and surrounded by beautiful deep red and ivory flower arrangements.
Photography, Erika Brown Photography
Location, Rava Winery
Event planning, Jade Magnolia Creative
Catering, Trumpet Vine
Flowers, Flowers by Kim
Videography, Justice Film
Officiant, Reverend Mike
Stationery and calligraphy, Willemina Typography
Cake, Christine Rocha
Music, Precision Entertainment
Rentals, All About Events
Bride's gown, David Tutera
Bride's shoes, Jimmy Choo
Hair, Alfredo Pacheco
Makeup, Andrea Kristina
Groom's suit, Tom Ford