A Rustic Outdoor Wedding With a Touch of Sparkle at Gale Vineyards in Durham, California

This couple from the desert of Palm Springs, California, had their “destination wedding” up north at Gale Vineyards in Durham, California, for a mini-getaway without traveling out of state. Once Bonny Choate (36 and in produce sales) and Doug Iten (34 and a greenhouse grower) decided not to travel too far to get married, they checked out the area around Chico, California, where Bonny and her family had often visited while she was growing up, and booked Gale Vineyards for an elegant, rustic-themed wedding. “Gale Vineyards had become a favorite spot of my parents over the last few years, and it was the perfect place to tie the knot,” Bonny says. Instead of being restricted to a specific color palette, the couple based their decor around greenery, sequins and wood with touches of pale hues, captured by Sarah Tamagni Photography. Guests entered the outdoor ceremony area through a wooden archway with a sign above that read “Hello,” surrounded by tall trees draped with white linens and colorful paper lanterns, with the help of We Do Designs. Bonny held a beautiful overflowing bouquet down the aisle, filled with soft-colored wildflowers accented with greenery that complemented the rest of the decor. At the reception, white and gold sequin tablecloths covered the surface of dining tables, which were decorated in tall, white candles and flower centerpieces with a striped-flag table number sticking up in the middle. The creative alternative to escort cards caught our attention, which were potted herb plants with paper-flag labels that doubled as gifts for guests. “The wedding favors were potted herbs that Doug's coworker grew for us at the nursery, and was a fun gift to give being that we both work in the agriculture sector,” Bonny says.