A Romantic, Rustic Wedding at Pear Valley Winery in Paso Robles, California


                    Courtney Ghilarducci (29 and an office manager and baker) and Jack Dendy (36 and a contractor) planned a relaxed but refined aff

Courtney Ghilarducci (29 and an office manager and baker) and Jack Dendy (36 and a contractor) planned a relaxed but refined affair in soft pastels and warm neutrals. Pear Valley Winery in Paso Robles, California, provided a picturesque backdrop for the event with its rolling hills, vine-covered acres and quaint, European-style architecture.

 The day started with an outdoor ceremony on the stone terrace overlooking the vineyards and Paso Robles beyond. “Since there was so much natural beauty, we kep the decoration very simple,” says Courtney. “A couple of floral arrangements at the front and end of the aisle, displayed on barrels—that’s it!” 

After exchanging vows, the newlyweds and their guests gathered in the winery’s tasting room for cocktail hour before heading to the banquet hall for dinner and dancing. Wooden farm tables and French country chairs infused the room with warmth and rustic flair; crisp white and pink linens, mercury glass and pewter accents, floating candles and arrangements of blush roses and green hydrangeas brought the couple’s romantic vision to life. “I love mixing rustic pieces with traditional details,” Courtney says. 

To personalize the decor, Jack and Courtney placed framed childhood photos throughout the room and treated guests to a standout dessert display (a must for Courtney, who is a baker). A tip for the taking from Courtney: “We received a lot of advice as we were going through the planning process, but the one thing that really stood out was how important it is to enjoy that day and relax! It goes by fast, so take some time to soak in everything, and realize how blessed you are to have all your friends and family there for you.” —Libby MacCarthy

On a trip to wine country with friends, Courtney came across Pear Valley Winery in Paso Robles, California, and was struck by the beauty of its hills and vineyards. So for her spring wedding, she knew Pear Valley would be the perfect place to exchange vows. “It had an Italian-villa feel, with a stone building, colorful roses and vineyards,” says Courtney. The site has a beautiful stone terrace overlooking the vineyards where the couple exchanged vows. “Since there was so much natural beauty, we kept the decoration very simple,” she says.
The couple kept the decor to a minimum but added a few details such as blush peonies and roses displayed atop wine barrels.
Vintage touches, like a reclaimed vanity draped in lush garlands and lacy linens, were incorporated throughout.
“I trusted my florist at House of Flowers completely and told her to work her magic!” says Courtney.  “I mentioned that some of my favorite flowers are green hydrangeas and peonies, and she was able to incorporate those in my bouquet.” Lengths of lace ribbon tied around the stems complemented Courtney’s gown and added vintage appeal.
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Maintaining an element of formality and tradition was important for the couple when it came to their ceremony. The pair chose Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli’s “The Prayer” and Pachelbel's Canon in D for the processional, and went for something more upbeat for the recessional: Michael Buble’s “Everything.”
For her wedding day, Courtney wanted a gown that exuded classic elegance. Pronovias offered just that in a fit-and-flare gown with a sweetheart neckline, cap sleeves and a lace-embellished overlay that was the picture of femininity. “I always loved adding a pop of color with my shoes, and my favorite color is turquoise, so I found a simple pair of closed-toe pumps in a pale shade of that color,” says Courtney. “The best part is that I can wear them again!”
To set the head table apart from the myriad of round tables filling the  stone banquet hall, Courtney and Jack sat themselves and their wedding party at a long wooden farm table decorated with lace table runners and pretty pewter accents.
To add a rustic note to the reception decor, Courtney and Jack paired the dining tables with French country chairs and lace table runners. Pastel blooms and pale green hydrangeas added freshness and country romance to the tablescapes.
Vintage-inspired accents, like the framed table numbers, added old-world charm to the room.
Courtney is trained in patisserie, so desserts that were anything short of excellent weren’t going to cut it. Her friend and former coworker at Gimme Some Sugar was happy to step in. “I wanted something simple and easy for her to make, since she would be attending the wedding as a guest too,” says Courtney, “but no! She wasn’t going to allow me to settle for simple.” The baking whiz created an unforgettable spread of two-tiered cakes, petits fours, cookies, cake pops and cupcakes. “I let her do her thing, and we couldn’t have been happier with what she made,” says Courtney. “I loved that the sweets table even had my mom’s chocolate chip cookies!"