A Romantic Vineyard Wedding at Etude Winery in Napa, California

For their late spring wedding, Robyn Peal (33 and a project manager) and Tony Amadio (33 and an engineer) planned an elegant vineyard affair with a co

For their late spring wedding, Robyn Peal (33 and a project manager) and Tony Amadio (33 and an engineer) planned an elegant vineyard affair with a color palette of sophisticated neutrals and vibrant pink and berry hues. “We love good food and wine and with wine country being almost like a second home, it was an easy decision to choose Napa for our wedding,” says Robyn. When it came to choosing a vineyard, Etude Winery seemed like an obvious choice for the couple, who had visited the winery on one of their first dates.

With their venue providing a lush natural backdrop for their nuptials, drawing on beauty of the setting for inspiration was a given. Rustic wood furnishings, neutral linens and an ornate birch chuppah set a rustic tone for the decor, while playing up the organic feel off the surroundings. Pops of vibrant color were introduced through playful, pint-sized arrangements of fuchsia, magenta, coral and bold pink peonies displayed in a variety of glass budvases. “I love the clean color palette of white and green, but wanted to bring in some color with the flowers, since we were keeping the decor pretty neutral,” says Robyn. “I decided to use white and green flowers for the ceremony and bring in red and pink for the reception. I love peonies, ranunculuses and garden roses, which were luckily in season at the time of my wedding. My florist, Daisy Rose Floral Design, did a wonderful job of adding to the romance of the setting.”

Lighting was another key element in bring about the intimate, romantic vibe the couple were after. “The first thing we was a must for the reception was white bistro lights,” says Robyn. “Lighting makes a huge difference and we’ve always loved the warmth, elegance and romance that white bistro lights bring to an outdoor setting.” After cocktail hour where a ginger shandy and blackberry sparkling cocktails were served and a delicious sit-down dinner featuring seasonal and local dishes catered by Ramekins, Lucky Devils band took the floor and got guests dancing all night long. A tip for the taking from Robyn: “Organization is key and helps prevent stress that can lead to bridezilla moments. Try to leave as few things as possible to do the week of the wedding. Family typically starts to arrive earlier in the week of the wedding and I'm sure you'd rather be spending time with them rather than running around doing last minute to-do's. Reserve a day the week of the wedding for just the two of you. Book a spa appointment and grab a bite to eat. It will probably be your last chance to have one-on-one time with each other before the big day!”

Robyn and Tony’s invitation suite perfectly captured the essence of the romantic, vineyard affair to come with a cool blue color, lush vine flourishes and selection of sophisticated fonts.
The bouquets and boutonnieres provided a bridge between the ceremony and reception decor. The wild, romantic arrangements were filled with soft neutral hues and subtle pops of color, plus plenty of green textural elements that served as a nod to the lush vineyard landscape.
To help find their guests find their way to their seats, Robyn and Tony provided whimsical hand-lettered escort cards accented with playful gilded tassels.
“We couldn’t serve liquor at the winery,” says Robyn, “so there were some fun and pretty alternatives.” The pair offered ginger shandys and blackberry and rosemary sparklers as signature cocktails, in addition to a selection of craft beers and the vineyard’s own wines.
In addition to their wine bottle twist on the classic guest book, Robyn and Tony asked their guests to share their ideas for fun date night activities that the newlyweds could use when they needed a little inspiration.
“I wanted a dress that made me feel like a bride, but not your typical bridal dress,” says Robyn. An elegant lace sheath gown by Anna Maier with a unique one-shoulder neckline and champagne underlay fit the bill, offering the perfect balance of feminine elegance and modern romance. She paired the look with a simple chapel-length veil and delicate drop earrings, allowing the dress’s one-of-a-kind qualities shine.
Choosing Etude Winery, which they visited on one of their first dates, as the location for their wedding added an extra special element to Robyn and Tony’s wedding day. The pair hosted their “I do’s” on Etude’s expansive lawn overlooking the acres of lush landscaping and the Sonoma Mountains in the distance.
“The outdoor winery setting was so pretty, that we didn't need to add much decoration for the ceremony,” says Robyn. The pair stuck with a color palette of classic ivory and varying shades of green to highlight their natural surroundings, decorating the aisle with small rosemary topiaries leading to a striking birch chuppah draped in a lush floral garland and airy white chiffon fabric.
In lieu of a traditional guest book, Robyn and Tony invited their guests to share their well wishes on a bottle of Etude Winery cabernet, which they would drink on their one-year wedding anniversary.
With Etude Winery providing a beautiful natural backdrop for their “I do’s,” Robyn and Tony decided to keep the decor on the more understated side and selected a palette of soft neutrals to play up the lush setting and distant mountain views. For the reception, wooden farm tables and French country chairs, ivory linens and a wine barrel bar played up the organic feel of the venue’s surroundings, while small arrangements of peonies, ranunculuses and garden roses in vibrant pink and red hues added a pop of fresh color to the decor.
Fresh baguettes were placed at each guest’s seat, playing up the rustic vibe of the evening, while also adding a warm, family style feel to dinner.
Subtle details were incorporated throughout the reception as a nod to the wedding’s vineyard setting. Table numbers took on the form of wine bottles wrapped in sophisticated linen casings, guests left their well wishes for the newlyweds on a bottle of Etude wine and the bar was constructed from vintage wine barrels.
Robyn and Tony knew right from the get-go that a live band was a must for their reception. “A live band brings so much energy to the party and we wanted a party,” says Robyn. Lucky Devils Band didn’t disappoint. The group kept the dance floor packed all night long with their set list of upbeat party-perfect tunes.
Good food was one of the couple’s top priorities and Ramekins didn’t disappoint. Using fresh, locally grown products, the team whipped up an undeniably delicious meal that blew guests’ taste buds away. After dinner, guests indulged in wedding cake and sweet treats like make-your-own s’mores with Bay Area chocolates. “We really wanted to use as many local vendors as possible so that we could share our love of the Bay Area with our guests,” says Robyn.
Wooden marquee lights spelling out the word amour cast a warm glow over the expansive vineyard lawn and added an element of playfulness to the decor.
At the end of the night, Robyn and Tony sent their guests off with pint-sized bottles of Chandon champagne, which they dressed up with customized labels.