June 14, 2014 . . . “On a beautiful summer afternoon, Ashley and Neil became husband and wife under a giant tree on a hilltop overlooking an expansive vineyard. It was truly a spectacular and romantic setting for exchanging their wedding vows, surrounded by those who love them. Healdsburg Country Gardens is an incredible venue in the midst of wine country in Sonoma County, California. The small town of Healdsburg is a quaint place filled with charming shops and restaurants and a nostalgic ambiance.
Healdsburg Country Gardens is a producing vineyard which also hosts weddings. This place is a slice of heaven on earth. Everywhere you look there are little details that make the setting even more special. The large barn was built in 1902. There are paths that wander through beautiful gardens of flowers with character around every enchanting corner.
Ashley and Neil decided to do a “first look” and Neil’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time was priceless. It was a sweet and tender moment. Ashley looked stunning . . . a picture of grace and elegance! Together they make a beautiful couple. The wedding day highlights included a very personalized ceremony, officiated by Neil’s sister. It was the perfect combination of marriage advice and humor. Thoughts were given by both mothers of the bride and groom, including a funny poem about how love is like a dog. Ashley is a veterinarian and Ashley and Neil have a dog, Harley, that they both adore, so this was a perfect and personal touch! In fact, wedding guests found their table for the dinner by photos of Harley in various poses wearing their wedding color, blue. In one photo, Neil even painted Harley’s paws blue. There were so many sweet touches that made the day so meaningful and touching. Neil works for a company that makes wine barrels so the dinner place card for each guest was a corkscrew. They used barrel stays on the tables to hold small vases of flowers. Neil even served his own personal wine label called “the dude”.
They ended the evening with dancing in the barn. As a treat for their guests, they served homemade donuts made right on the spot and served with delicious toppings. We whisked the bride and groom away for a few photos as the sun was setting in the vineyards. We feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to photograph this special wedding in such a picturesque place. We feel most grateful to have met Ashley and Neil. They were a joy to work with from start to finish and we know that they will have a blissfully happy life together. Here are a few of our favorites . . . Glade and Corinne