Real Wedding | Marina + Jonathan

Marina and Jonathan’s wedding was a homemade, local, family affair.  The subtle use of creams and greens and tasteful DIY creations were a perfect reflection of the natural charm and abundance of the Sonoma Wine Country. A toast to the couple and to a love that grows when its on the vine!

Marina + Jonathan | September 25, 2010 | Kenwood + Sonoma, California

The Ceremony
Our ceremony was located at a gorgeous ranch in Kenwood underneath a canopy of oak trees. Guests were provided with champagne, lemonade and water to enjoy during the ceremony. We wrote our own liturgy and vows, which was officiated by Marina’s cousin. After the ceremony, guests lounged around for a bit, enjoying the hot lazy day and even tasting some of the grapes ripening on the nearby vines.

The Reception
The night started out with cocktail hour featuring delicious hors d’eourvres, made-to-order pizzetas, cocktails and wine in the venue’s rustic courtyard. A wonderful spunky jazz trio provided the perfect atmosphere throughout cocktails and dinner. Dinner was served inside; all food was local, organic seasonal fare, all features very important to both bride and groom. Instead of a cake, the bride and groom opted for a variety of miniature cupcakes from their favorite local bakery. All it took was a 2 year old toddler boogying by herself on the dance floor and the rest of the guests were on their feet for the rest of the night. The bride fondly recalls being tossed up in the air in a chair as a close brush with death, cleverly snuck in there by cheeky guests…but what a blast!

The Dress
I had something very specific in mind at all times and honestly didn’t try on that many dresses.  I knew I didn’t want anything strapless – it was extremely difficult to find a dress that wasn’t and I was starting to think I was going to have to get one custom-made! The original design of this dress didn’t look that spectacular on me, but I could envision how I could restructure the top and make it my own. Melissa at Priscilla of Boston (San Francisco) was absolutely fantastic – she totally saw where I was going with it and refined my vision. The material is cotton-silk faille and I loved the natural materials; the dress moved beautifully. It was also really important that I be able to dance – I’m a dancing fool!

How Mariana Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Regal, bold and elegant

Why Marina Decided to Sell Her Dress?
I don’t believe in holding onto things that I’ll never use again. As much as I adored this dress, I have the memories and the photos. I’ll never wear it again, so what’s the point in stuffing it in a closet? There is some blushing bride out there somewhere who wants something unique – maybe this is it? Bonus: This dress wants to party again.

Marina’s Wedding Dress | Priscilla of Boston   Photographer | Rudy Gelenter