A Refined, Rustic Wedding at Kunde Family Winery in Kenwood, California

After meeting at Yale Medical School and striking up a friendship that blossomed into romance, Emily Miller (31 and a nurse) wed Vishal Gupta (30 and

After meeting at Yale Medical School and striking up a friendship that blossomed into romance, Emily Miller (31 and a nurse) wed Vishal Gupta (30 and an emergency room doctor) in a sunny outdoor ceremony within the centuries-old stone ruins of the Dunfillan Winery at Kunde Family Winery in Sonoma Valley, California. “Our colors were white, khaki and green,” Emily says. “I love the softness of these neutrals and wanted the scenery at the gorgeous outdoor location to be complemented with a romantic, understated palette.” After the ceremony, the 120 guests lounged on vintage sofas and sipped on Kunde wine before finding their table numbers on boards pinned with carefully calligraphed tree leaves. The earthy theme took root again at the reception, where round and rectangular farm tables were arranged under market lights; each was set with silver votive candleholders and pewter flower vases filled with garden roses, peonies, scabiosa pods, balsa wood flowers, green hydrangeas and verdant eucalyptus. Fragrant, deep green bay leaf garlands were laid alongside lace runners on the center of the longer tables. After Emily and Vishal opened the dance floor with a romantic, choreographed dance to “The Best Is Yet to Come,” and the 17-piece band kicked the party into high gear. Hiring the large band, Emily says, was “the best decision we made.” A DJ helped emcee the night and played music during the band's breaks. For dessert, Emily and Vishal cut into an unfrosted naked carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, while a dessert bar arranged on vintage kitchen hutches near the dining area served mini blackberry pies and salted caramel brownies. “We make a good team,” says Emily, who advises couples to “be kind to your relationship. Each individual needs to remain true to their needs and wants while respecting their partner's differences. Always be honest.” We can all toast to that. —Carolyn Meers

Emily's Ramona Keveza strapless trumpet-style silhouette gown was elegant but with naturalistic textures that suited the sunny outdoor setting. Made from English netting and adorned with delicate beading throughout, the gown's beautiful train added some drama and romance. "I paired it with a simple veil embellished by tiny crystals along the seam and rose-colored Valentino kitten heels in lace with a bow," Emily says.
Napa's SoulFlower crafted a polished bridal bouquet for Emily made with blush garden roses, peonies, scabiosa pods, balsa wood flowers, white and green hydrangeas, eucalyptus and bay leaf garlands.
These custom khaki dresses with an ivory lace waistband were perfect for the summer and the rustic, refined-yet-relaxed event. "We were looking for a classic Audrey Hepburn style and based the pattern off a J.Crew summer dress that I own," Emily says. Sporting crisp white pumps, each bridesmaid had her hair styled in soft updos and curls, again reflecting the relaxed nature of the day.
Each of Emily's six bridesmaids held greenery-rich bouquets made with passionflowers, olive, eucalyptus, garden roses, balsa wood flowers and scabiosa pods. For an added personal touch, "a green ribbon with each bridesmaid's name written in calligraphy" and tied around the bouquet.
Emily and Vishal's rings were carried on this khaki pillow, decorated with lace (a fabric accent used throughout the event, including as runners on the reception's dining tables).
Vishal wore a bespoke tan suit and shirt with brown leather shoes. His groomsmen wore slightly lighter tan Tommy Hilfiger suits with green ties and brown shoes. "We chose these suit colors because it was a mid-July outdoor wedding in California with the ceremony taking place in the 3 p.m. sun," Emily says. "It was hot!"
Emily's nieces served as flower girls, and each wore a lacy white dress with a green sash that tied into the natural, rustic palette. The ring bearer sported a khaki suit and suspenders, mirroring Vishal and his groomsmen.
Emily and Vishal held their ceremony within the  Dunfillian Winery ruins at Kunde Family Winery in Kenwood, California. Beautiful and memorable, this setting was alive with history, texture and earthy colors.
After the ceremony, guests were shuttled from the ceremony site to the reception site at Boot Hill, where they could lounge on vintage sofas and sip on Kunde wines and local beers. "Boot Hill is shaded by California oaks and overlooks sweeping vistas of the vineyards of the Valley of the Moon," Emily says. "The Valley of the Moon is one of the most beautiful locations in California wine country."
Vishal and Emily's take on a guest book adhered perfectly the day's "come away with me" theme. "Vishal and I like to travel, and we collect postcards from the places we've been," Emily says. "We included a sign-in table where guests wrote messages on the backs of our postcard collection and placed them inside a small vintage suitcase. We had the same theme at our rehearsal dinner, where guests pinned destinations on a large map where they would like to see us travel to next."
Fitting the event's nature-centric color scheme perfectly, these bright green escort cards (actually, leaves) were penned with guests' names in calligraphy and pinned to a wall organized by table number.
At the outdoor reception, the natural beauty of Sonoma Valley wine country was on full display. Round and longer farm tables were arranged under market lights. In keeping with the naturalistic green and cloud white palette, verdant bay leaf garlands were laid alongside ivory lace runners on the farm tables.
The event's earthy theme took root again at the reception, where tables were set with silver flower vases filled with garden roses, peonies, scabiosa pods, balsa wood flowers, green hydrangeas and verdant eucalyptus. Fragrant bay leaf garlands were laid alongside lace runners down the center of the longer farm tables.
Sweetie Pies bakery in Napa, California, created Emily and Vishal's unfrosted, naked three-tier carrot cake with cream cheese filling. The slightly buttoned-down cake design was perfect for the sunny, rustic setting.
For dessert, Emily and Vishal cut into an unfrosted “naked” carrot cake with cream cheese filling, while a dessert bar arranged on a vintage kitchen hutch served mini blackberry pies and salted caramel brownies.