A Summer Garden Wedding at Campovida in Hopland, California

For Claire Woods (29 and a lawyer), it all began with a bridesmaid dress. "I knew I wanted a soft color palette, but once I found those Watters brides

For Claire Woods (29 and a lawyer), it all began with a bridesmaid dress. "I knew I wanted a soft color palette, but once I found those Watters bridesmaid dresses, the design scheme for the rest of our wedding came together perfectly." When it came time to say "I do," Claire and her fiance, Patrick Duggan (33 and a lawyer), traveled from Buffalo, New York, to celebrate in Claire's home state of sunny California. They visited nearly 20 venues there before stumbling across Campovida's lush vineyards in Hopland, California. "That place was straight out of my dreams," Claire says. "It was like a magical secret garden, filled with grapes, wisteria, wild fruit, cork trees and endless nooks and crannies to get lost in. Each little alcove in the garden was more romantic than the last. I firmly believe that you could host a decor-less wedding in Campovida's mystical gardens and still have one of the most enchanting weddings." 

Nevertheless, Claire worked alongside Madeline Hurst from Fern Foot Events to pull off a sophisticated garden affair filled with ultra-personal details. Guests looked on as Claire and Patrick exchanged vows under a vine-covered trellis, and afterward, partygoers moved further into Campovida's gardens to sip cocktails under an enormous oak tree. "When the lavender syrup that I had ordered for our signature drink didn't arrive in time, our planner saved the day and made the syrup from scratch," Claire says of the minor snafu. DIY details ranged from homemade honey jar favors to an over-the-top photo backdrop made from hundreds of fake flowers. "Our wedding was the most gorgeous day we could have imagined," Claire says. "I married my dream guy, in the most amazing dress, in a beautiful garden surrounded by our closest friends and family." —Rachel Sylvester

"For me, the bridesmaid dresses were just the beginning," Claire says of finding inspiration for their big day in the form of each sequined lace, blush design. "I incorporated the theme and color of the dresses into every detail, from the florals and linens to the escort card display and desserts."
"An A-line ball gown may not be the traditional choice for a garden wedding, but I knew it would complement Campovida's wild garden setting perfectly," she says. "Looking back, splurging on my dream dress was one of the best decisions I made."
Claire accessorized her illusion ball gown with jeweled studs and an intricate hairpiece to match.
Groomsmen donned twine-wrapped boutonnieres made from thistle and succulents in lieu of more traditional blooms.
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Garlands of roses, eucalyptus and succulents adorned the back of wooden folding chairs during the outdoor ceremony.
"I firmly believe you could host a decor-less wedding in Campovida's mystical gardens and still have one of the most enchanting weddings," Claire says of exchanging vows in the garden under a trellis covered in vines.
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Instead of traditional table numbers, laser-cut escort cards included every table name. "Those were my favorite design detail," Claire says. "We asked Madeline Trait to design the cards with cutouts of our favorite trees and flowers."
A painted wooden sign pointed guests in the direction of the outdoor reception.
Tables were set without linens, while guests took a seat in cross-back, wooden chairs.
Etched wineglasses added a personalized touch to each ethereal place setting.
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Guests took a seat under a trellis courtyard adorned with arrangements of roses, eucalyptus and thistle.
The couple's florist, Andrea Frenkel, incorporated unusual blooms, like purple artichokes, lavender thistles and pale green succulents, into the centerpieces and bouquets. "Although the temperature was pushing 100 degrees on the day of our wedding, Andrea made sure we had the freshest, most beautiful blooms," Claire says.
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Claire's sister made an oversize DIY "photo booth" for the newlyweds using hundreds of colorful silk flowers. "We set up a table with our guest book, an instant camera and instructions written on a chalkboard," Claire says. "I love looking back through all the fun photos our guests took in front of my sister's beautiful backdrop."
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A custom black-and-white chalkboard sign pointed guests in the direction of preceremony refreshments.