Today I am thrilled to share a beautiful rustic Californian Wedding at Mettler Family Vineyards with pretty burgundy accents.
Images were captured by Azaria Chavira Photography.
Azaria is a Northern California Travel Wedding and Elopement photographer based in Sacramento.
She grew up in small-town Nebraska with a love for adventure and photography.
She got to explore those passions when she got married, and her husband joined the military, and was stationed overseas.
She used that opportunity to travel and see many countries, and when they returned stateside, she pursued her passion for photography by getting my degree at Brooks Institute of Photography.
She feels like photography is a unifying language that transcends boundaries.
She wants her images to reflect real life, so her style deliberately switches between editorial, and journalism. She wants her photographs of you to feel timeless and look amazing when you show your family and friends or print out to hang on the wall.
She says of the couples day…
This was a joyous celebration for the couple and especially the bride’s family. The bride almost lost her father due to dire health issues the previous months.
Having him there and in good health was a wonderful occasion.
He was able to not only see his daughter get married, but was able to participate in the ceremony and give a beautiful speech and blessing for his daughter.
I hand over to stunning Bride Katie…
How did you meet?
We met on good ol’ Match.com!!
We hit it off immediately and I knew he was someone truly special.
Tell us about the proposal…
He proposed to me in Jenner CA when I took him on a birthday trip.
I got a little cottage on the Russian River, and took him golfing at the Bodega Bay golf course, and when we got to our cottage I was video taping the charming room and deck.
What I didn’t know was that he had snuck up behind me with the ring in his hand and softly whispered “Katie Ann”, I ignored him and he said it again “Katie Ann”,
I then turned around and there he was on one knee with the ring in his hand and said, “I love you more than anything, you are everything I ever wanted and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.
I started crying with buckets of tears rolling down my face and said YES, Yes, yes!
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day?
It was a magical day! We went with a rustic theme which went perfect with the winery and overall beautiful landscape.
We chose a burgundy colour scheme while incorporating blush pinks, creme, and gold.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?
Interesting fact, the arch that the venue normally provided had recently been broken and my dad and stepmom found a beautiful white arch that they specially gifted to us. It was stunning!
It was truly perfect in every way and the sun made it glow during the entire ceremony.
We now have it in our backyard against our fence with vines and greenery growing through it and for us to remember for the rest of our lives.
The reception area and tables were decorated by my Aunt Jackie.
She did such a beautiful job with the centrepieces and incorporating the burgundy colour scheme with the napkins and wrapping them in gold napkin rings as well as the cream coloured plates with the gold trim and gold chargers.
In addition added the burgundy sand and gold rock with the fun designs across the tables. I loved the tall height of the Orchids and all the beautiful flowers in smaller vases surrounding it.
What were the florals like in your wedding?
I kept a common theme of roses and hydrangeas as well as some lilies. I also added greenery in the bridesmaids bouquets as well as many of the displays on the sweetheart table and arch display to bring in the rustic flare.
Again my wonderful Aunt Jackie did a magnificent job on the dinner tables decorations and florals. She added orchids in tall glass vases as the centrepieces as well as roses that circled around them with burgundy sand and gold rocks sprinkled in circular designs throughout the table.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look?
We wanted to go for a very elegant and traditional look.
My dress was elegant with lace and crystals sprinkled across the entire gown with a sheer back exposure and delicate lace design below the neckline.
The sleeves were slightly off the shoulder with a cap sleeve.
My veil was sheer and mid-length with delicate crystals that lined the outer perimeter of the veil.
My husband wore a very traditional tuxedo from Joseph A Bank along with a bow tie, burgundy pocket square, and shiny patent leather shoes.
What were some of your favourite parts of your wedding?
I made sure that our DJ did a special shout to my dad before the father/daughter dance… letting him know how incredibly special it was for him to be there in that moment with me.
I had almost lost him a few months prior and to have him there meant the world to me.
Our song was the “Wind Beneath My Wings”. We both had tears coming down our faces and at the very end of the song my dad started using his arms and swaying them up and down like he was flying like an eagle in the sky.
We didn’t plan that at all but it was a very special moment and one day when he isn’t here I know he will always be that eagle or angel beneath my wings…
My other favorite part was walking up to the altar and seeing Nick for the very first time.
He was looking at me with tears rolling down his cheek. It was so incredibly sincere. He made my heart smile and he is not someone to shed a tear very often, so it was a special moment.
One other thing that really stood out amongst several other things was the yellow butterflies that were flying in the background during our ceremony.
There was a beam of light hitting my veil and Nick’s face.
Nick and I believe it was his father Patrick and my grandmother Darlene who passed away saying hello and letting us know they were there.
God and his angels were definitely there that day.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
Seeing Nick for the first time at the altar and my dads first look.
For Nick it was the ceremony and the moment he saw me for the first time.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Plan early, work together and pace yourselves.
Venue: Mettler Family Vineyards
Photographer: Azaria Chavira Photography
Bridesmaid Dresses: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Grooms Attire: Jos A. Bank
Makeup Artist: The Blow Out – Elk Grove
Cake Designer: Frosted Flour Cakery and Supplies
Floral Designer: Forever Peaceful Weddings & Events
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