A Bright DIY Garden Weddings at The Garden Pavilion in Sonoma, California

Julia Blanton (31 and in non-profit) and Gian Cervone (31 and an engineer) met when they were just 15 years old. Good friends and both in serious high

Julia Blanton (31 and in non-profit) and Gian Cervone (31 and an engineer) met when they were just 15 years old. Good friends and both in serious high school sweetheart relationships, they kept in touch here and there through their early 20's. One day out of the blue, Gian invited Julia to a wine tasting festival and when she arrived they felt an instant attraction. After dating long distance for a year, Julia moved to Sonoma and not much longer after, Gian took her out to dinner where he had the restaurant sneak a ring in her dessert as he surprised her with a proposal. Julia came across The Garden Pavilion completely by chance one night while looking through photography photos online. After one visit she fell in love with the rustic, eclectic setting so beautiful on it's own it would call for nothing more than minimal decor. Upon seeing this, Julia and Gian settled on a light color palette of coral, peach and blush paired with rustic touches of wooden boxes, milk glass and glass bottle tied with twine. They were able to add their own personal touches throughout the cocktail hour and dinner with signature drinks mixed up by the grooms cousin and venison stuffed sausage which the groom had made himself. Gian and Julia wanted to offer their guests extra special favors and handed out bottles of homemade lemoncello and homemade biscotti, made by two of Gian's aunts. They were able to design their wedding in a way that best reflected them both and their consideration for one another.

Rings on a Piano
Coral, Peach and Blush Bouquet
Bride Getting Ready
Pinnin the Boutonniere on the Groom
The bride wore a beautiful figure hugging Sophia Tolli gown with light lace details. It was simple and elegant for their chic garden setting.  Julia had one bridesmaid and gave her the colors (coral, peach and blush) and let her choose her own dress.
Groomsman in Dark Gray J. Crew Suits
Bride and Groom Outside the Garden
The venue was filled with expansive greenery and neutral colored flowers. The bright garden vibe Julia and Gian created was the perfect pairing to the neutral palette as it was able to accent it without overwhelming the already existing beauty.
Exchanging Rings and Vows
Bride and Groom Officially Married
Bride and Groom Exit the Ceremony Over the Garden Bridge
Groom Sweeps the Bride Off her Feet
During cocktail hour, guests were served a variety of passed appetizers as well as signature cocktails. For the grooms cocktail, negroni (his favorite) and for the bride,  Lavendar Kiss, a drink her husband’s bartender cousin created for her.
Julia hand crafted signs all around the ceremony and reception areas. She decorated chalkboard signs to show off the guest book and put together a special sign reading "The Hunt is Over" hung in antlers from a deer that Gian had caught himself.
These yellow to orange ombre hanging string lights were a fun and classy way to light the reception venue as it got darker. Rather than bold ceiling lights, these lights provided a romantic atmosphere well into the night.
The bride and groom served a large variety of appetizer and entree options. The groom is a hunter in his free time and was able to serve a venison stuffed sausage that he made himself. It was a great way to include a personal touch.
The venue was already filled with charming decor so decorations were kept light. Small floral arrangements of bright dahlias and hydrangeas were set as the centerpieces amidst blush table settings. The light decor blended well with the bright surrounding greenery.
Julia gave her colors to her florist and allowed her to completely take the reigns. She created bright elegant centerpieces with a lot of greenery, dahlias, and hydrangeas. The vessels varied between wooden boxes, milk glass and glass bottle tied with twine.
The grooms aunts helped to create these tasty Italian weddings favors. Guests were each sent home with a small bottle of homemade Lemoncello and a wrapped Biscotti. For Julia and Gian, it was a more personal way to thank their guests.
For dessert, Julia and Gian cut a small red velvet cake, decorated with fresh flowers. They also had a dessert bar with galettes, mini cupcakes and chocolate dipped strawberries. It was a great way to give guests some variety.
Bride and Groom's First Dance