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 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.