California Sunshine meets European Elegance



Bravely, we follow the road to nowhere. Past artfully grown trees on which the newborn rays of light break, she disappears, lonely and abandoned, behind a hill, just to peek out again by the next hill we pass. Far in the distance, where great mountains stop our gaze, her continuity is uncertain.

It is here, where the Californian sun kisses fallow fields and dips the landscape into iridescent shades of pink, violet and gold that a young bridal couple has retreated. Here, they are undisturbed and can escape the wedding turmoil for a moment.

Lovingly, he places the engagement ring on her finger once more, and it will be followed by the equally gorgeous wedding ring later today. Proudly, he fulfils her every wish and protectively takes her in his arms. Moved by her beauty, he breathes compliments in her ear, kisses her pretty face gently and lovingly.

A little further away, the exquisite mansion awaits the couple in all its glory. The wedding arch of fresh leaves and luscious blossoms is ready, as are the charming wooden chairs all lined up in a row. Candles along the central aisle will light the way for the bride; her delicate bouquet will accompany her to her destination.

From event designer Lacy Geary: “This small family wedding in California took advantage of the incredible landscape and expansive beauty that the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer. Our couple found a venue that represented their vision of natural and organic elegance perfectly. Kestrel Park was the perfect backdrop to exchange vows and spend the evening enjoying friends and family. From the European elegance of the gardens to the buttery light of California we couldn’t have asked for a better place to share the couple’s union. 

Putting together an incredible team of creatives was crucial in making this day come together so seamlessly. The richly textured florals from Poppy Design Co brought in depth and a beautiful contrast to the bridal’s Galia Lahav gowns. In keeping with an al fresco feel our dinner table incorporated a family style meal with earthenware place settings set off by elegant bone handled flatware. Every detail was covered and represented our couple perfectly.”

And now we dive into a romantic world of impressions created by 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