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

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.


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?


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.


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.



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!



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.



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!



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?



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



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.



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



Cassie: Gorgeous.

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