Karen & Mark Featured in The Knot National

Catch Karen & Mark's idyllic Caribbean dream ceremony in the Winter 2016 issue of The Knot National - nautical accents, pineapple motifs, and an ocean-themed color palette create a balance between laid-back and elegant for this warm winter wedding!

Karen & Mark's Caribbean wedding featured in The Knot National; Sylvie Gil Photography
Karen & Mark in The Knot National, Winter 2016; Sylvie Gil Photography
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Wedding Planner: Shannon Leahy Events | Venue: Half Moon, Montego Bay | Floral Design: Bows & Arrows | Paper Goods: Vellum & Vogue | Catering: Golden Castle Golf & Spa | Cake: Cakes by Noida | Hair & Makeup: Gourmet Makeup | Gown: Modern Trousseau | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Rings: Cohen Diamond | Rentals: Cover Me Up TentNovelty Party RentalsStarlight Productions

Bree & Hunter Santa Lucia Preserve

We both practice our own form of spirituality, so everything from the naturally beautiful location to the design of the wedding ritual itself was hand-selected as an expression of our shared philosophy about love. We wrote our vows ourselves and at no point did we stick to tradition unless it served to express our way of seeing life and marriage. It was beautiful and very rewarding to see all of our friends and family recognizing our eclectic approach to spirituality which integrates bits and pieces of all kinds of traditions. We deliberately wrote our vows to express that we are both here to help the other achieve the realization of their highest self. I think that notion is what was at the heart of our relationship and all of our choices, and I think it really came across for our friends and family. By the end of the vows, everyone was in tears!

The couple stands underneath a tall oak in the Santa Lucia preserve at sunset; Sylvie Gil Photography
Santa Lucia preserve landscape, a beautiful ranch setting for a wedding; photo by Sylvie Gil
Bree + Hunter's redwood forest themed invitation suite; photo by Sylvie Gil
Invitation envelope, the bride's gorgeous gown hangs from a California oak tree, her Manolo Blahniks rest in a swath of lace; photos by Sylvie Gil
Lace wedding gown hangs from a tree, rustic invitations painted with wreaths; Sylvie Gil Photography
The bride stands at the window with a gorgeous crown of braids, floral decorations hang from a wrought iron gate, a dreamy flower girl stands in a pasture; photos by Sylvie Gil
A terra cotta vase spills over with ferns, moss foliage, and white roses next to a fireplace in the reception courtyard; photo by Sylvie Gil
Guests and members of the bridal party mill around a fountain in the courtyard of the wedding venue, dressed in cream, white, and beige; photos by Sylvie Gil
A deer runs through a grassy field in the Santa Lucia Preserve; Sylvie Gil Photography
Floral arrangements decorate a wrought-iron gate, reclaimed and eclectic white furniture creates a unique seating arrangement for the ceremony, place cards are set out on a bed of moss and florals; photos by Sylvie Gil
Guests walk down a shady forest path to the ceremony space, dressed in shades of cream and white; photo by Sylvie Gil
Eclectic white furniture make up the seating for a beautiful, dappled-sunlight ceremony space surrounded by towering redwood trees. The aisle is carpeted with white rose petals; photos by Sylvie Gil
Two labradoodles act as ringbearers in the gorgeous dappled-sunlight ceremony; the arbor is strung with garlands of white florals; photos by Sylvie Gil
Two bridesmaids walk down the rose-petal-strewn aisle; photo by Sylvie Gil
The groom plays with labradoodles before the ceremony, the bride walks down the aisle with her father, bridesmaids sit in the first row to watch the ceremony; photos by Sylvie Gil
Hunter, the groom, watches as his bride walks up the aisle for the ceremony; photo by Sylvie Gil
The bride giggles during the ceremony, guests watch the two get married with the labradoodles, a horse grazes on the ranch, foliage-heavy florals decorate the entrance to the barn with candles and cut logs; photos by Sylvie
The bride and groom during a romantic couple session in the redwood forest; the bride sits bareback atop a white horse; photos by Sylvie Gil
Bride and groom share a romantic moment in a grassy field at sunset; Sylvie Gil Photography
The bride's veils flows behind her during a romantic sunset couple session in the hills of Santa Lucia; photos by Sylvie Gil
The bride and groom stand among old oaks in Santa Lucia; photo by Sylvie Gil
The bride leans against her new husband's chest, draped in a gorgeous lace gown; photo by Sylvie Gil
The bride and groom gaze majestically out into the sunset, looking out over the hills of Santa Lucia; photo by Sylvie Gil
Shots of the indoor barn reception - thick vines and dense, white rose-studded foliage line the tables and chandeliers; photos by Sylvie Gil
Guests mingle inside and outside of the rustic, intricately decorated barn during the reception; thick green vines hang from the rafters and climb over the wide, candle-lined wooden doors; photo by Sylvie Gil
A chandelier lined with thick vines and ferns hangs over a reception table with a wide floral table runner; photo by Sylvie Gil
Guests listen to toasts of the bride and groom at the barn reception, the barn is strewn with florals and vines for a forest-like atmosphere; photo by Sylvie Gil
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The indoor reception continues as dusk falls over the steep-roofed barn strung with lights and covered over with ivy; photo by Sylvie Gil
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Wedding Planner: Sharon Sacks | Venue: Santa Lucia Preserve | Catering: Santa Lucia Preserve | Florals: Mindy Rice | Hair & Makeup: Trace HenningsenStevi ChristineTami Shirey | Paper Goods: Tiny Pine Press | Bride's Gowns: Inbal DrorGalia Lahav | Bride's Shoes: Dolce & GabbanaManolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dreamers & Lovers | Groom's Attire: Gucci | Groom's Shoes: Gucci |Groomsmen's Attire: J. Crew | Cake: Hansen's | Rentals & Decor: Rrivre Works | Ceremony Rentals: Found RentalsPretty Vintage Rentals | Lighting: Got Light | Linens: Rrivre Works | Video: Paperback Weddings | Ceremony Music: Kelly Productions | Entertainment: Georges Sulmers | Photobooth: Night Owl Photobooth

Tally & Samuel Napa Valley

 

"Our wedding wouldn’t have been possible without our dream team. 

Sam and I really relied on everybody’s expertise. Of course we had a vision for what we wanted, but we deferred to the experts. Everybody’s combined efforts made our wedding special, unique, stress-free, and fun!" 

Tali, with a gorgeous, eclectic bouquet spilling out of her hands, stands with her bridesmaid; photo by Sylvie Gil
Tali's bohemian bouquet sits in a wicker basket, her gown hangs from a monogrammed hanger; photo by Sylvie Gil
Tali & Samuel's invitation suite, themed with colorful florals, feathers, and dreamcatchers; photo by Sylvie Gil
Gorgeous wood-themed invitations and Tali's unique triangular prism ring; photoby Sylvie Gil
The bride gazes down at her eclectic bouquet, wearing a gorgeous bohemian metallic headpiece
The colorful, earthy boutonnieres sit on a macrame sheet, the groom wears his on his navy suit; photo by Sylvie Gil 
Tali's sister and mother lace up her simple, yet beautiful gown before the wedding; photo by Sylvie Gil
Tali and Sam share their first look with laughs and tears; photo by Sylvie Gil
In a couple shoot before the wedding, Tali and Sam pose in the Napa countryside at a private venue; photo by Sylvie Gil
Tali holds a wild and earthy bouquet, shares a kiss with her husband-to-be; photo by Sylvie Gil
Tali and Sam kiss under a gorgeous oak in Napa before their wedding ceremony; photo by Sylvie Gil
Tali & Sam's couple session with Sylvie Gil before their Napa Valley ceremony
Tali's earthy, wild bouquet features a variety of florals all spilling out of her hands in a cascade; photo by Sylvie Gil
Tali and her bridesmaids, and sister, sharing a sweet moment bathed in ethereal sunlight before the ceremony; photo by Sylvie Gil
Tali's earthy, bohemian bouquet cascades during a couple shoot with Sylvie Gil
Tali and her sister, dressed in a tiered chiffon gown, walk towards the ceremony space; photo by Sylvie Gil
The ceremony space is framed by a giant macrame dream catcher, crafted by the bride herself; photo by Sylvie Gil
Eclectic florals lining the ceremony space, the giant dreamcatcher lends to the floaty atmosphere; photo by Sylvie Gil
Tali and her father walk toward the aisle during the ceremony; photo by Sylvie Gil
The dreamy macrame ceremony space creates a romantic vibe as the couple exchanges vows; photo by Sylvie Gil
The couple walks down the aisle, just married, the floaty dreamcatcher in the backward
Tali waves her bouquet in the air and kisses her new husband as the pair leave the ceremony; photo by Sylvie Gil
A view of the surrounding Napa vineyards near the ceremony; photo by Sylvie Gil
The interior of a rustic barn near the reception; a Cantina sign hangs next to an old fashioned camper; photo by Sylvie Gil
A tent pitched in a nearby field adds to the bohemian feeling of the wedding; photo by Sylvie Gil
The outdoor reception space fills lined with string lights and planters, before the dinner
A macrame backdrop behind the place cards, planted in succulents; a string bass player stands with his patriotic instrument; photo by Sylvie Gil
A handmade macrame backdrop hangs behind the place card table; photo by Sylvie Gil
Guests mingle in the garden outside the barn before the reception; photo by SYlvie Gil
A rustic open barn houses guests sipping drinks before the barn reception; photo by Sylvie Gil
Curtains tied with equally eclectic floral ties featuring succulents mark the entry to the barn reception; photo by Sylvie Gil
Afternoon light floods the barn for the reception, hung with baskets of flowers and string lights; photo by Sylvie Gil
Shots of the gorgeous, cascading floral arrangements featuring a variety of earthy flowers for a beautiful bohemian reception; photo by Sylvie Gil
Place settings, cutlery, candles, gorgeous bohemian centerpieces, and macrame table runners line each table; photo by Sylvie Gil
A sweet moment as the couple shares a laugh during their barn reception; photo by Sylvie Gil
The bride and groom raise their glasses in a toast during their barn reception; photo by Sylvie Gil
As night falls, the decorated barn lights up with speckled bohemian lanterns; photo by Sylvie Gil
The gorgeous couple takes their first dance during their airy barn reception venue as dusk falls outside; photo by Sylvie Gil
In the glowing afternoon light, the couple looks out over Napa countryside during a couple session with Sylvie Gil
Tali's ethereal gown floats out behind her as she and Sam kiss under a gorgeous oak; photo by Sylvie Gil
The newly married couple walks down a Napa hill together, hand in hand; photo by Sylvie Gil
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Wedding Planner: Shannon Leahy | Venue: 7 Roots Ranch | Florals: Shotgun Floral Studio | Catering: Jessica Lasky Catering | Hair & Makeup: Julie Morgan | Paper Goods: Tiny Pine Press| Bride's Gowns: Sarah Janks, Ivy & Aster | Bride's Shoes: David's Bridal | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Groom's Shoes: Tommy Bahama | Ceremony Dreamcatcher: Tahoe Mack | Lighting: Bright Event Rentals | Linens: Bright Event Rentals | Decor: Bright Event Rentals | Video: Lovespun Films | Ceremony Music: The Easy Leaves | Reception Music: Dart DJ

Chris & Andrew St. Helena

"We pulled our color inspiration from the persimmon tree, on the side of the house, and the stonework around the home. We wanted to embrace our surroundings and play off what was already naturally there. As a result, we drew from the beautiful fall colors, which ended up being the perfect color palate.

It was a beautiful day! The air was crisp but the sun was shining and there was no wind. The trees already had an autumn glow, but the leaves had not yet dropped. We were thankful to be surround by such amazing friends. It was the best day of our lives." 

Chris & Andrew holding their King Charles spaniels before the wedding; Sylvie Gil Photography
Slate grey invitation suite with persimmon orange highlights; Sylvie Gil Photography
Backyard ceremony in St. Helena in November, orange accents, mixed wood and metal details; Sylvie Gil Photography
Groom's shoes, bowtie, rings cufflinks, and boutonnieres; Sylvie Gil Photography
Chris and Andrew help each other get ready for the ceremony, share a kiss; Sylvie Gil Photography
Concrete and metal details in the ceremony space, orange shawls for guests; Sylvie Gil Photographhy
Grooms hold the King Charles spaniels, persimmon-studded Max Gill florals; Sylvie Gil Photography
Slate cards engraved with the wedding reception signature cocktail - spiced persimmon old fashioned; Sylvie Gil Photography
Yellow-orange floral details, grooms toast with champagne; Sylvie Gil Photography
Steel industrial accents mixed with wood, orange shawls for guests; Sylvie Gil Photography
Chris and Andrew say their vows during the St. Helena wedding ceremony; Sylvie Gil Photography
Grooms share a kiss holding their King Charles Spaniels in floral wreaths; Sylvie Gil Photography
A wild orange floral wreath and tall white candelabras on the outdoor reception table; Sylvie Gil Photography
Dark wood reception table with steel chairs, persimmon-themed florals and tall white candelabras; Sylvie Gil Photography
Fall outdoor wedding reception table setting with persimmon peony and ranunculus centerpiece; Sylvie Gil Photography
Floral table garland centerpiece of rosehip and blackberry vines, yellow peonies, and orange ranunculus; Sylvie Gil Photography
Slate reception table placecards and delicate autumn boutonnieres; Sylvie Gil Photography
Cascading table garland consisting of wild rosehip, blackberry, and cotoneaster vines mixed with orange and yellow peonies and ranunculus; Sylvie Gil Photography
Rosehip and cotoneaster vines make up a stunning floral garland centerpiece; Sylvie Gil Photography
Guests and grooms share an outdoor reception dinner by candlelight in St. Helena; Sylvie Gil Photography
Guests toast champagne over a stunning wild rosehip, persimmon, and peony table garland centerpiece; Sylvie Gil Photography
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Wedding Planner: Kate Siegel Fine Events | Venue: Private Home in St. Helena | Florals: Max Gill | Paper Goods: Yonder Design | Grooms' Attire: The Black Tux | Grooms' Shoes: The Black Tux | Cake: The Whole Cake | Lighting: Theoni | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Bright Rentals | Tabletop: The Ark