California Sunshine meets European Elegance



Courageously we follow a road to nowhere. Passing artfully grown trees, on which newborn rays of light break, it disappears lonely and abandoned behind a hill, to look out again before the next. Even in the far distance, where massive mountains stop our gaze, their continued existence is uncertain.

Right here, where California’s sun kisses the fallow fields and bathes the landscape in a light that shimmers between pink, purple and gold, a young bride and groom have retreated. Here the two are undisturbed and escape the hustle and bustle before the wedding for a moment.

He lovingly puts the ring of engagement on her finger again, which will be followed by a no less splendid wedding ring later today. He proudly carries her on his hands, holds her caringly in his arms. Enchanted by her beauty, he breathes compliments into her ear, kisses her pretty face tenderly and gently.

A little further away, the chosen manor house already awaits the bride and groom with all its splendor. An archway of fresh foliage and lush blossoms stands ready, as do the charming wooden chairs, lined up in rows. Candles along the center aisle will light the way for the aparted bride, her delicate bridal bouquet will accompany her to her destination.

Event designer Lacy Geary tells us, “This small family wedding in California took advantage of the incredible scenery and vast beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley. Our couple found a place that perfectly represented their vision of natural and organic elegance. Kestrel Park was the perfect backdrop to exchange vows and enjoy the evening with friends and family.From the European elegance of the gardens to the buttery California light, we couldn’t have asked for a better location.

It was great to work with an incredibly creative team. The gorgeously arranged flowers by Poppy Design Co brought depth and a beautiful contrast to the gorgeous Galia Lahav gowns. In keeping with an al fresco feel, we designed the table with stoneware place settings and elegant flatware.”

Let’s now dive into the stunning imagery of Heather Payne.




PHOTOGRAPHY Heather Payne Photography
FLOWERS Poppy Design Co
VENUE Kestrel Park
HAIR & MAKEUP Jess Wilcox
GOWN Galia Lahav
RIBBON & RUNNER Silk and Willow
CANDLES Creative Candles
RINGS Trumpet and Horn
PAPER GOODS: Seniman Calligraphy
RING DISHES Paper Birch Designs
GROOM’S GIFTS Whiskey Wood
FOOD SBB Gourmet Catering
CAKE Enjoy Cupcakes
RENTALS The Tent Merchant
MODELS Aston Models




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