Christina and Michael were wed in an outdoor ceremony and celebrated with a reception at the moody Tooth and Nails castle and vineyard in Paso Robles, California. Keep reading to see the Tiffany blue and vino-centered details from their gorgeous rustic winery wedding.
Bride’s Name: Christina
Groom/Partner’s Name: Michael
Venue(s): Tooth and Nail Winery in Paso Robles, California
Wedding Date: July 23, 2016
Bridal Gown Designer: Casablanca Bridal
Florist: Tina Mclane of The Grand Bouquet Florist
Photographer: David Pascolla Photography
Videographer: Cory Williams of Surreal Wedding Films
Cake: Paper Cake Events
Wedding Coordinator: Kim Walker of Tooth and Nail Winery
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sorella Vita by Essense of Australia
Honeymoon: Europe! Barcelona, Madrid, Florence, and Venice—an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime trip
Makeup: Amanda Olson
Hair: Tiffany Farino
Our wedding day was the best day I could ever imagine having. I could go on and on about how much fun it was and how special it made us feel, but I will try to limit my words, as hard as it will be.
Michael and I bought and chose all our décor so it could reflect our style as a couple. We wanted our wedding to be classy but incredibly fun for all our guests while reflecting our style as a couple, and for it to have many of the traditional elements of a wedding as well.
Details are everything, and we wanted all our details to have meaning behind them. Our signs, guestbook, pictures, boards…everything we purchased and created are all pieces of décor that we planned to hang in our home—truly reflective of the beginning of our lives as a married couple.
We wanted the day to be classy, romantic, with rustic touches. We also wanted all the elements of the décor, and wedding, to be reflective of the style of the venue and our personal style.
The venue itself is stunning. The girls and moms all got ready in a smaller castle that had the bridal suite, and the gentlemen got ready in the library of the main castle. Our ceremony was on the roof overlooking the hills of Paso Robles, the vineyards, the moat, and the reception area. The backdrop for our ceremony was incredible, and the bridal party took pictures up top after the ceremony concluded. Our reception was downstairs in the Amor Fati room, and outside on the front and side patio, overlooking the moat and the vineyards. Amor Fati is Latin, and it means “love of fate”; it is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life as good.
Michael and I did a lot of the designing, purchasing, and laying out of our décor, which was enjoyable. We had a lot of fun creating our vision for the space. Kim, our wonderful event coordinator, and Nicki, her assistant, were so helpful and wonderful to work with; they helped us with everything and made the day incredible.
We loved the wood signs we found, which matched the beautiful wooden tables from Tooth and Nail. We love the distressed look of wood—so many elements tied in with that, but there were also elements of the venue we didn’t want to lose with too many details and décor. The steel chairs matched one of our wedding colors—gray—perfectly. I made a lot of our décor from wine corks—fitting as the venue was not only a castle but also a winery.
The bridesmaids’ dresses were my favorite color: Tiffany blue. Their shoes were cork wedges, going with the theme of the winery, and the cognac color matched the groomsmen’s shoes and belts.
The flowers were blush pink and white to tie the colors together while hinting at the soft, romantic feeling we wanted to present. We also incorporated succulents into the bridesmaid bouquets and the centerpieces. My parents have always been avid gardeners, and the running joke of our family is that I am the only person they ever knew who could kill a succulent. We wanted the flowers to stand out to accent the ceremony space, as we had bigger flower arrangements placed on top of wine barrels to create an altar space, and we also wanted them to complement my wedding dress, the bridesmaids’ dresses, and the tables. We had our flower boxes made, stained to match the color scheme, and stenciled to say “Michael and Christie” with our wedding date in a heart at the end. They looked beautiful!
Also, we wanted all our bridesmaids and family/friends who took flowers to be able to plant the succulents when they went home, as a memory from our wedding, and to watch our love grow. We also had seed packets for all our guests that had wildflower seeds in them so they could plant them at home and remember our blossoming love, and family, and to watch our love grow and remember the true, pure beauty of loving and being loved.
One of the elements of our ceremony was quite individual to us—we had two red wines from Tooth and Nail and performed a wine ceremony of wine blending to symbolize the blending of our two lives into one. This ceremony represented our two individual lives, combined like the two wines into one single life. The drinking of the combined wine signified the commitment we made to live our lives as one family. When two or more genuinely characterful grape varieties are blended together, and complement each other, then the result should be more interesting than any single-varietal component. The same is true of us.
More than anything, we just wanted to celebrate our union with our friends and family, and wanted everyone to enjoy themselves. We had the very best day of our lives, and we were surrounded by the very best people. We couldn’t have been happier.
What were your favorite or most memorable aspects of your wedding day?
It is nearly impossible to pick a favorite aspect of our wedding day. Walking down the aisle with my dad, and seeing Michael’s face when he first saw me, is a moment I will never forget.
Our grand entrance was also really entertaining—Michael scooped me up over his shoulder and ran out the doors while everyone was clapping and cheering.
The speeches given by our bridal party members and the speech by my dad were so special and personal, and I am so thankful I have a video of their words that I get to keep and cherish forever.
Michael made me a little book that had a different reason he wanted to marry me on each page, accompanied by a drawing he created. It was so sweet, and so emotional for me to open and read before our ceremony. I will treasure it always.
From getting ready and spending the day with my girls, my mom, and my mother-in-law to driving away in our limo, as husband and wife, to our oceanfront suite, the day was absolutely magical.
Truly, the day was incredible and went by far too quickly. The very best part was knowing I was marrying my very best friend, that our families were beyond joyous that we were all officially joined together as family, and that the very best friends and family surrounded us.
Is there anything you would have done differently?
A couple things I wish I would have done differently…
I wish Michael and I would have had time to go around to every table during dinner and at least been able to say hi to everyone and personally thank them for coming to celebrate with us. Between photos after the ceremony, the grand entrance, trying to scarf down yet enjoy dinner when each course was served, being whisked away for sunset photos, and then coming back and then going straight into the toasts and then the dances, we didn’t get to go around to visit with our guests as we had planned. I am still bummed we didn’t get a chance to do so—I didn’t get to talk to so many guests who I would have loved to be able to hug and chat with, but that is the nature of the wedding day, I suppose. It was so busy and we had such a tight schedule!
I also wish we would have originally planned and booked the venue for longer. We ended up extending the wedding reception another hour because once all the events were over and we had time to dance and enjoy ourselves, we (and others) were having so much fun, and we didn’t want to leave!
I would also try to be less stressed out and enjoy the process of planning, even through the difficult parts and the bumps (and I had my fair share of them!). But I wish I would have just enjoyed every aspect of every moment.
Do you have any advice for future brides?
Enjoy the process! It is said over and over again, but truly, if I could go back, I would try to be less stressed out and just enjoy the process, bumps and all. Also, make sure you remember that though the day is crazy, and so much work to put together, you are doing it to celebrate that you and your best friend are joining your lives together forever. It is a celebration that shouldn’t have the true meaning behind it be lost. Make sure you take a few moments during the wedding to step back, look at everyone at your wedding, and realize how much everyone loves you—they are all there to celebrate your union! That reflective moment is truly monumental. Be sure to enjoy spending time with your new husband, too—don’t let all the other aspects and details of the day take away from the true purpose of celebrating: your love.
There will be wedding withdrawals! You have (most likely) spent the better part of a year planning this incredible day, and it is probably going to be one of the best days of your life. Missing your wedding day is perfectly normal, especially if it is, as you see it, your perfect day (which is incredible!). Be sure to enjoy your time as newlyweds—the fun and the love doesn’t stop just because the wedding is over! The best is yet to come.
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