Winery Themed Welcome Party

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of planning Terence & Kristin's destination wedding right here in Los Angeles. 160 of their closest friends and family flew in from the East Coast to celebrate the nuptials. The Friday before the wedding, we welcomed everyone in Southern California style with a winery themed welcome party including Spanish guitars, rustic decor and of course lots and lots of wine. Unfortunately, there wasn't a real winery in close enough proximity to host the party, but, the beautiful grounds and lovely staff at the Westlake Village Inn helped make the vision come to life.

Cocktail hour included a wine tasting along with cheese pairing from three regions here in California including Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and Central Coast. Guests mingled while listening to the tunes of Flamenco guitars and tasting over 12 different regional wines hand selected by a personal sommelier. For decor, we used wine barrels in lieu of traditional cocktail tables, old rustic doors for table tops and brightly colored flowers and fresh fruit to accent.

After cocktail hour, guests were invited to a casual buffet dinner at rustic wood tables adorned with old wine crates filled with roses, dahlias and peonies all in the sunset color palette. It was just casual enough for comfort but sophisticated enough to celebrate the eve of a wedding.

I'm still waiting on images from the actual wedding day, but please enjoy the below pictures shot by my new best friend, Steve Steinhardt. Not only can words not describe his talent, but his charm and calm demeanor was a true treat to work alongside. Check out his work immediately!

Other vendors that made this event so wonderful include:
Holly Flora
La Tavola Linens
Cale Music
Town & Country Event Rentals
Westlake Village Inn
Aspect Lighting


Annie @ MarryYouMe said...

how pretty! i love the flowers in the wooden boxes, great idea.

Suzanne The Party Girl said...

Beautiful! I love the flowers in the wooden boxes, too. The flower colors are very "winery" and look great together. I love flowers in fountains. It always looks great in a photograph! Nice wine barrels, too. Are the names burned into the barrels or were they just made that way by the winery?