A Romantic Wedding in Rancho Victoria Vineyard in Plymouth, California

Marina Goretoy (25 and an office manager) met Vazgen Dallakyan (26 and a personal trainer) when they were teenagers working at a supermarket. Although

Marina Goretoy (25 and an office manager) met Vazgen Dallakyan (26 and a personal trainer) when they were teenagers working at a supermarket. Although they come from different backgrounds—Marina’s family has roots in Russia and Vazgen is Armenian—their wedding at Rancho Victoria Vineyard, east of Sacramento, California, was a romantic, elegant celebration of their cultures in a naturally impressive setting. “We chose Rancho Victoria because of the beautiful rolling hills and its distance from the city,” Marina says. “It reminded me of a little cottage tucked away with an incredible view.” An elegant color scheme of deep crimson, slate gray, gold and soft pink was paired with lively textures and patterns, from sequins to a stunning black-and-white dance floor. 

After a Christian ceremony under a wooden gazebo draped with white curtains, the 200 guests were seated at round golden candelabra-topped tables and served a series of fresh dishes as the evening progressed. “Plated or buffet style wouldn't have worked, since my husband’s culture wants weddings to be feasts,” Marina says. “We hired a caterer to cook throughout the evening. Every 20 minutes they brought out new dishes, ranging from lamb and fish to kebabs and many other Armenian dishes.” At the end of the night, the couple brought guests together on the dance floor to release balloons. “We wanted something everyone could participate in, from kids to our grandparents,” Marina says. “The balloon send-off was perfect, and since it was evening we decided to put lights in each one, so they would sparkle in the dark sky.” —Carolyn Meers

Formal but not fussy, Vazgen and his groomsmen wore dark gray suits with deep crimson bow ties to match the bridesmaid dresses.
Marina's strapless mermaid-style tulle gown blended romance with glamour, perfect for her and Vazgen's vineyard wedding. “My dress was one of my favorite purchases for the wedding,” Marina says. "When I tried this one on I knew right away that it was the one. It made me feel beautiful, unique and like a bride!"
Marina’s bouquet was a mix of pink and red garden roses and greenery. “I didn't want to stick to just one type of flower, so I told the florist to get anything that screamed romantic vineyard."
Rose blossoms in cream and soft pink were surrounded with leafy greenery for the bridesmaid bouquets, which subtly complemented their merlot gowns.
Refined but not stuffy, the attire of the bridal party reflected the mood of the outdoor vineyard setting. Groomsmen wore dark gray suits with deep crimson bow ties to match the merlot strapless bridesmaid gowns.
Trails of red and white rose petals lined the aisle leading to a wooden gazebo draped with white curtains, where Marina and Vazgen exchanged vows. "At our ceremony we kept things traditional," Marina says. She and Vazgen signed their marriage license on-site and partook of Communion.
Red and white rose petals were formed into swirling shapes on the grass leading up to ceremony seating. Two lines of petals continued down the aisle.
Marina and Vazgen walked up a rose-petal-lined aisle after marrying in front of 200 guests under a wooden gazebo draped with white curtains.
Marina and Vazgen’s outdoor wedding at Rancho Victoria Vineyard, east of Sacramento, was a romantic, elegant celebration of their cultures in a naturally beautiful setting. “Our style was romantic with an edge of glamour,” Marina says.
At the reception, each table was set with a golden, midheight candelabra from which greenery and garden roses overflowed.
Warm elegance pervaded at the reception, merlot and pale pink garden roses were grouped with soft greenery and overflowed from midheight golden candelabras on each dining table.
Glamour shined bright at the sweetheart table, where Marina and Vazgen shared a tall, white, tufted-cushion chair that appeared more like a throne. “After looking through tons of Pinterest pictures for our chairs, none of them really set the mood I was going for,” Marina says. “The white chair wasn't rustic or even outdoorsy. It was very grand.”
Marina and Vazgen's four-tier cake was covered with shimmering gold frosting and adorned with crimson and white blossoms. "The cake was everything I wanted and more," Marina says. "It is something I can look back to and always smile about. It was also very delicious!"
At the sweetheart table, Marina and Vazgen shared a tall, white tufted-cushion chair that appeared more like a throne. “When we sat down on it, we felt like royalty," Marina says.
A stunning black and white dance floor added a glamorous edge to the romantic outdoor reception. "The reception was filled with lots of dancing to cultural music," Marina says.
At the end of the night, guests of all ages gathered on the dance floor to release illuminated balloons into the night sky. It was "a special way to conclude our night with something memorable," Marina says.