A Rustic Garden Wedding at the Vintage Estate in Yountville, California

With charming country touches and a palette of soft ivory, sage and peach, Jessica Fung (27 and works in technology sales) and Brent Schoeb’s (34 and

With charming country touches and a palette of soft ivory, sage and peach, Jessica Fung (27 and works in technology sales) and Brent Schoeb’s (34 and works in sports business) wedding was the epitome of garden chic. The pair planned an intimate celebration at the Vintage Estate in Yountville, California, the heart of wine country, where perfectly manicured gardens and a vine-covered estate provided a striking backdrop for the al fresco affair. “We chose this venue for its versatility, natural beauty and French country flair,” Jessica says. 

The couple and their guests gathered in the Vintage Estate’s picturesque garden for the ceremony, where Jessica and Brent exchanged vows under an elegant veranda framed by a stately stone wall. A quaint brick path served as the ceremony aisle, with rose-trimmed rows of white chairs flanking both sides. Guests kept cool in the late-summer sun with playful parasols provided by the bride and groom. After the “I dos,” the newlyweds whisked guests off to the terrace for Moscow Mules and a spread of decadent appetizers. Cocktail tables were trimmed with airy white linens that billowed in the gentle breeze and terra-cotta pots filled with moss and olive leaves. The Provencal aesthetic continued into the reception, with farmhouse tables and French country chairs dotting the Vintage Estate’s secluded courtyard. Lush bunches of dahlias, hydrangeas and roses in mercury-glass vases lent the decor a romantic English garden feel, while strands of bistro lights and ivory candles in hobnail holders infused the outdoor space with with a warm, inviting ambiance. After their first dance to Green River Ordinance’s “Dancing Shoes,” Jessica and Brent invited guests onto the dance floor, where they brought down the house well past dusk. “Planning our wedding was such a fun experience, and we thank everyone who helped make our day one to remember,” Jessica says. —Libby MacCarthy

With a garden-inspired theme pervading the day, a bridal bouquet with lots of texture and full blooms was a must for Jessica’s walk down the aisle. Tesoro Flowers created a dramatic, hand-tied bouquet bursting with dahlias, hydrangeas, roses, olive leaves and more in peach, ivory and green hues that corresponded perfectly with the day’s palette.
Jessica struck the perfect balance of timeless elegance and contemporary femininity with a sophisticated Monique Lhuillier gown in a soft, subtle shade of blush pink. The strapless sweetheart bodice flowed into a classic A-line silhouette, with a tiered ruffle detail on the back that added an element of drama and visual intrigue to her bridal look.
From start to finish, Jessica and Brent’s wedding exuded sophistication and elegance without venturing into stuffy territory. The couple’s choice in attire reflected this, with Brent’s groomsmen suiting up in sharp gray suits and classic blue ties instead of the standard black tuxedo.
A historic stone estate covered in lush vines provided a picturesque backdrop for cocktail hour. High-top tables draped in airy white linens and terra-cotta pots set a relaxed yet refined tone for the predinner festivities. Guests sipped on Moscow Mules and explored the gardens before heading to the terrace for a traditional sit-down meal.
The Vintage Estate gardens left little to be desired with its beautifully manicured lawns, lush flowers and scenic stone walls. For a touch of added embellishment that highlighted the beautiful setting, Tesoro Flowers lined the aisle with bouquets of ivory and pink roses, accented with olive leaves.
Long before Jessica and Brent’s friends and family stepped foot on the Vintage Estate’s vast 23-acre property in Yountville, California, they were immersed in the site’s chic country appeal with letterpress invitations featuring a custom monogram and whimsical script-inspired fonts in a pale sage green.
An olive-leaf motif was carried throughout the celebration, from the custom letterpress invitations to the rustic arrangements that graced the tables during cocktail hour. Terra-cotta pots filled with moss and olive branches added a pop of fresh color and earthy appeal to the crisp white table linens.
Before kicking the celebration into high gear, Jessica and Brent gathered their guests in the gardens at the Vintage Estate, where they shared moving “I dos” under a canopy of cascading vines. A quaint brick path served as the ceremony aisle, which was lined with bunches of ivory and pink roses arranged in vintage-inspired glass jars. The pair provided playful white parasols at the entrance of the ceremony to help guests keep cool in the warm summer sun.
Though Jessica strayed slightly from tradition, choosing a shade of soft blush instead of ivory or white for her jaw-dropping Monique Lhuillier wedding gown, she took the classic route when it came to her accessories. For the ceremony she wore a custom lace-trimmed, cathedral-length veil that floated behind her regally as she made her way down the brick path to the veranda where she and Brent said their “I dos.”
Jessica put a subtle twist on tradition when it came to the bridesmaid attire, selecting a floor-length sage-chiffon J.Crew dress for each woman and letting them choose a one-shoulder or V-neck style. For an elegant finish, they accessorized with shimmery stud earrings and elegant curled updos.
Taking advantage of the breathtaking setting, Jessica and Brent treated their family and friends to an al fresco soiree, starting with a cocktail hour on the terrace, followed by dinner under the stars. Round tables draped in neutral linens were styled alongside French country chairs and topped with fresh bunches of textured ivory, blush and peach blooms. Bistro lights hung overhead, casting warm light over the outdoor scene, and providing the decor with a charming Mediterranean flair.
The addition of a sweetheart table during the reception allowed Jessica and Brent to share a few private moments together throughout the evening. The tablescape was the picture of country romance, with white pillar candles, mercury-glass votives, and bunches of ivory hydrangeas, roses and dahlias topping the wooden table.
Even the couple’s wedding cake got in on the garden theme, with the petite two-tier confection featuring combed ivory buttercream covered in clusters of fresh ivory and pink florals. The cake was displayed in the barrel room where the postdinner fun took place, with a textured petal-inspired tablecloth drawing the eye to the center of the room.