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-

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.

Badgley Mischka White Rhinestone Shoes
Bonny had a love for sparkles and knew she wanted to incorporate a touch of glamour for her wedding dress, and her bridesmaid dresses too. The bodice of the dress was covered in gold sequins and the knee-length skirt was champagne-colored.
Bonny wore a cream-colored long wedding dress with a deep V-neckline that was designed by Maggie Sottero. The dress had a sheer overlay textured with sequins that gave off a glamorous touch. "I had seen my dress in a magazine, and it was the first one I tried on," Bonny says. "It's no secret that I love sparkle."
Guests entered the outdoor ceremony space through a wooden wedding arch with a sign above that read "Hello" in gold letters. A sign pointed through the wedding arch, letting friends and family know where the ceremony was located. White linens and colorful paper lanterns hung from tree branches.
The neutral-colored bridal bouquet was filled with a variety of flowers accented with greenery, many of which were roses, and the arrangement sat upright on a gold chiavari chair.
Ivory Boutonniere on Blue Suspender Strap
Bonny had her hair styled into an elegant updo that reveled her dangling crystal earrings, which was the only jewelry she wore on the wedding day. She held Doug's hand as they walked through Gale Vineyards in Durham, California.
White, Black and Gold Reception Sign
Bonny and Doug stood in the middle of their wedding party on the lawn at Gale Vineyards in Durham, California, with bridesmaids dressed in gold dresses while groomsmen wore khaki pants and white shirts. "I knew I wanted the bridesmaid dresses to have some element of sequins, and I wanted complete uniformity with their attire," Bonny says. "Doug didn't want the full suit and tie, so we settled on the white shirts and slim-fitting pants. I had to fight for the patterned socks and suspenders, but even the guys had to admit they looked pretty dang good."
The long dining table was dressed in a gold sequin tablecloth, which had a lush garland made of leaves and white flowers draped down the middle. White, thin candlesticks, as well as thicker candles in glass cylinders, surrounded the garland for additional decor.
Simple Wooden Escort-Table Sign
The couple chose to display paper-flag escort cards that were positioned within potted herb plants, all of which were displayed on a wooden table during the reception. The potted plants also doubled as wedding favors for guests to take home and continue to grow.
Gold 'Bubbly' Sign With Tassels
The gold sequin-covered dining tables had overflowing flower centerpieces filled with neutral-colored roses and greenery. The centerpieces were surrounded by votive candles and white tall candlesticks in candelabras, giving the tables a glamorous, elegant look.
Yellow-Striped Table-Number Flag
Gray-and-Green-Striped Tie