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A Country Wedding in Glen Ellen, CA

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Sabena & Kevin in Glen Ellen, CA
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The gray tulle bridesmaid dresses had a little more flare than traditional ones (note the black sashes around the waists and black at the sleeves). Thanks to the yellow lining beneath the tulle, they fit the black, white, and yellow palette perfectly.
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Guests were brought through the vineyards via limo buses to an oak grove called Fox Hill, where the ceremony took place beneath a large tree.
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While dating, Sabena and Kevin began saving corks from the wines they drank together. They finally found a good use for them -- a simple slit on the top made the perfect opening for the escort cards. Ribbon tied around the corks finished off the look.
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Lanterns hung by white ribbon from the branches of the tree beneath which Sabena and Kevin said “I do.”
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Sabena scoured eBay and Etsy for vintage milk glass vases. She filled them with lush, yellow dahlias (one of her favorite flowers) and a few roses.
Stems Floral Design, Santa Rosa
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Sabena’s favorite part of wedding planning was working with designers on incorporating the forest theme into the stationery. The menu cards had the same design as the invitations and programs (birds on branches) and were tucked into bright yellow napkins.
Mike Severson, North Hollywood
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Each table was differentiated by the silhouette of a forest icon such as a squirrel, a fern, a raccoon, or even an acorn. The corresponding silhouette appeared on guests’ escort cards.
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Sabena and Kevin served cupcakes for a lighter, more fun feel than a tiered wedding cake. For tradition’s sake, they cut into a small cake with a black scalloped edge and yellow sugar flowers cascading down the side.
Da Bombe Desserts, Rohnert Park

Sabena & Kevin in Glen Ellen, CA

A mutual friend set up Sabena and Kevin at a dinner party. Sabena’s schedule was crazy, though, and it took almost a full month for the two to set a date. When they finally did, it went so well that Kevin asked Sabena for a second date the following day while they were still on their first. They quickly became a couple after that. The Bride Sabena Budke, 33, a management supervisor ad an advertising agency The Groom Kevin Hageman, 35, a screenwriter The Date September 5 About a year and a half later, Sabena and Kevin took a trip to Granada, Spain, where Sabena had spent a year during college. After struggling to find a quiet corner away from all the tourists, Kevin proposed in the gardens at Alhambra Castle. They spent the next year planning a wine country wedding with a whimsical forest theme.
- Jaimie Dalessio
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  • Stems Floral Design, Santa Rosa
  • Mike Severson, North Hollywood
  • Da Bombe Desserts, Rohnert Park

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