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 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!”