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10.29.14

We are so lucky in California’s wine country. Local, seasonal, fresh are absolutely normal adjectives that are the norm for fine dining. Thankfully, today more farms inspire top caterers — for menus that everyone can eat. 

In autumn, seasonal fare is bountiful — squash soups, slow roasted meats, deep colored vegetables, As you work with your caterer to refine your menu, of course your tastes come first.  Martha Stewart shares tips for planning a wedding menu – The Kitchn reminds us that it can be trickier than we might expect.

Stumped on how to tell your guests what they’re eating? These menus would be lovely in any wine country wedding, no matter the cuisine.

Of course, we here at Monogamy adore this menu from a backyard wedding in Wisconsin. It’s printed on a wine label! We love this brilliant way to save precious table space, and create conversation. Photography from Hitch and Sparrow.

Menu on a Wine Bottle, brilliant!

From Modernly Wed, this modern menu, with a straightforwardly modern typeface, makes an elegant appearance on a traditional table. 

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From Snippet and Ink, we discovered that hanging your menu from a vintage cutting board is the perfect way to let your guests know what’s for dinner.

Vintage Cutting Board

On Wedding Chicks, this rustic wood buffet menu is made elegant with friendly white handwriting.

Handwritten Wood Board Wedding Menu

You can purchase this stunning wedding table art set from Etsy – sophisticated vintage look could inspire your entire wedding’s color palette.

Art Deco Menu on Etsy

Anastasiya Belik Photography created an inspiration shoot featured on Burnetts Boards with fall’s color combinations — berries for miles. combines an array of berry tones in an impossible elegant way. The gold and plum are an incredibly luxurious pairing.

Plum and Gold menu featured on Burnett's Boards

 

We love to see wedding menus of all kinds — we want to know — how did you come up with your wedding menu?

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10.27.14

Weddings in our part of the world are nearly always inspired by wine.

From the deep purples of a Cabernet Sauvignon to the shine of a golden chardonnay, these colors look beautiful on a table top. Inspired by wine on the table, we created a round up of all the best wine-inspired tabletops for all of your autumn events.

From the Pottery Barn wedding blogthis rustic vineyard wedding in Savannah, Georgia incorporates rustic elements for an elegant effect.

Rustic Cake from Pottery Barn

Lavender flowers on this table from Style Me Pretty bring the table a more delicate air.

Style Me Pretty Lavender

Of course we at Monogamy Wine are predisposed to this luxurious tabletop — Colin Cowie shows us how to incorporate black and white in all our decor.

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This collection of images from a white Hampton’s wedding sets our luxury meter to high.

Speaking of black and white, this curiouser and curiouser Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding at Clos Pegase Winery incorporates black and white and red all over. We love the gorgeous imagery from talented photographer Karenscape.

 Wine glasses at Clos Pegase Winery

We want to see your tabletop inspiration – how will you set your table?

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10.23.14

Autumn’s slight chill and rustic coziness gives us a ton of inspiration for planning fall weddings. In wine country, fall wedding color palettes work with the rusts, golds and browns in the vineyard. We put together three color palettes, Fall Brights, Cool Blues and Inspired by Light that work with all of autumn’s many moods.

 

Fall brights

 

Just because you’re planning a fall wedding doesn’t mean you have to succumb to a pumpkin-spiced color palette. This Al Fresco California Bohemian wedding from a shoot on the The Sweetest Occasion brings brights to an outdoor table.

Al Fresco Bohemian Wedding Featured on The Sweetest Occasion

Pinterest was made for color palettes - this pinboard from @lifeofleodesign shares colorful wedding ideas that stay true to the season’s charm.

Pinterest Screengrab Autumn Brights

Cool Blues

In wine country, we get inspiration from fat purple grapes for autumn events. From BHG - this cluster of berries brings a cool rustic feeling to the table.

Inspired by Light

Wedding photographers’ web sites offer images from people skilled at capturing light. Here, from Neal and Saskia Photography, the sun streams through barn skylights for natural perfectionPhotography from http://www.nealandsaskiaphotography.com

It’s a toss up — whether the best thing about having a wine country wedding in the fall is the natural decor or the light. This image photographed by Clayton Austin via Green Wedding Shoes takes our breath away.

Green Wedding Shoes

Want to create your own palette from an unusual source? For color palette generation, nothing beats Colourlovers.

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From palettes pulled from flower bouquets to colors straight from brightly watercolored invitations, we love having the tools to make our own.

Where do you get your fall color palette inspiration?

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10.15.14

About Helen Jane Hearn

I’m Helen Jane Hearn, proud Wine Sisterhood member and big fan of weddings. I’ll be the author of the Monogamy Wines blog – and I couldn’t be more excited.

 

I’ve written at my personal blog since 1998 about digital culture and home entertaining. In other places, I wrote for Serious EatsHome Made SimpleWomen and Co.Style United and Amex OPEN Forum. Ladies Home Journal named me one of the 16 women who made the world a happier place last year (that sounds pretty good to me).

 

During the week, you’ll find me writing for the wine industry as a certified specialist of wine (CSW). I also founded a cheese club, and co-captain my bocce team, Joanie Loves Bocce with my husband.

 

Eleven years ago, my husband and I married in wine country ourselves. I am infaturated with wine country wedding style. I love how weddings in our part of the world creatively blend the outdoors with luxury.

 

My personal mission is to inspire creativity through celebration and I’m eager to do it with you. Thanks for joining me as we explore wine culture, romance and matrimony for Monogamy wine.

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09.22.14

Last October, our Wine Sister Cassie Helton (formerly Wurtz) held her dream wedding in Napa Valley Wine Country. We’re happy to share scenes and memories from her big day at the Beaulieu Gardens in Rutherford, CA with you.

 

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We interviewed Cassie to get an inside peek at what goes into planning a wine country wedding.

 

Monogamy: What was it about wine country – and October – that made you choose them for your wedding?

 

Cassie: Fall is hands down, my absolute favorite time of the year and Napa is gorgeous during the harvest. It was a no brainer!

 

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Monogamy: Were you nervous about having your wedding outdoors? What kind of “plan b” did you have just in case the weather wasn’t ideal?

 

Cassie: It was topic that I felt like, if we talk about it or worry about it, then it would be a factor. There were no guarantees and when we set the date, we just sort of pulled the trigger and hoped for the best! I think there was talk of tents as a worse case scenario, but the team of vendors that we had were so great, and they knew the venue so well that I knew whatever happened, it would still be fabulous. Luckily, it wasn’t an issue.

 

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Monogamy: Looking back, is there anything you would change?

 

Cassie: Absolutely not. Planning the wedding and all the little details that went into it was so much fun and to see it all turn out exactly how you had hoped makes it all worth it!

 

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Monogamy: If you could share one piece of advice with someone planning a wedding in wine country, what would it be?

 

Cassie: Hmm… This may not be a wine country specific answer, but I think planning a wedding in any outdoor venue, you should be flexible on your date, have at least an idea of what  the weather is like during the time of year, know that even if you’re a meteorologist you could get it wrong, and just hope for the best!

 

Monogamy: Could you give us a few words that come to mind about each of the following photos?

 

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Cassie: Ok, I think this picture is adorable now. But honestly, any picture taken pre ceremony, my stomach was a wreck with nerves!!

 

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Cassie: I love this picture because we’re both so calm and relieved that it is all done, and we can just enjoy the party. This was one of the last pictures taken of the night, and we’ve both been dancing and finally getting to relax.

 

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Cassie: Such a lovely night. All of our best friends gathered at the head table and the food was delicious!

 

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Cassie: Gorgeous.

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