A Vintage, Peach-Themed Wedding at Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen, California

Molly Novy (28 and an attorney) and Patrick Hutter (28 and an auditor) planned an intimate destination affair in Glen Ellen, Calif. for their late summer nuptials. While the pair call Chicago home, the unpredictable weather and the couple’s desire for an outdoor soiree spurred Molly and Patrick to look beyond the state lines when searching for a location to say their “I do’s.” Wine Country seemed like the perfect fit, with its breathtaking natural scenery and, of course, excellent wines. “Our professions allow us minimal time outside, even less time with our families, and tend to be stressful, so we were craving somewhere intimate, tranquil and natural for our wedding weekend,” says Molly. “We wanted somewhere where we could relax and enjoy with our family and friends.”

Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen, Calif. more than delivered. Without even stepping foot on the property, Molly and Patrick knew it had the laid-back, natural feel they were after. The pair enlisted the help of Kaella Wilson of Kaella Lynn Events and Daisy Rose Floral Design to bring their vision for an elegant-yet-casual affair that paid tribute to the stunning locale. “The main idea was to have the decor elevate, but not overwhelm, the beautiful surroundings of Beltane,” says Molly. A color palette of gold, Parisian blue, peach, blush and cream, plus bunches of wild, romantic blooms achieved this end, bringing an air of cheerfulness and sophistication to the decor, while tying in seamlessly with the setting.

Playful peach motifs and Chicago-inspired details reflected the couple’s playful personalities and served as a nod to their Windy City home. Guests found the way to their seats with fresh peach escort cards and sipped on peach mojitos during cocktail hour. Instead of a traditional guest book, Molly and Patrick’s family and friends wrote their well wishes to the newlyweds on colorful vintage Chicago post cards.

Vintage accents like an antique truck, sewing table and lounge brought a dash of old world charm to the evening, while a personalized ceremony and vows underlined the love and commitment that had brought the couple together with their closest family members and friends. “We wrote the ceremony and hand-picked our readings,” says Molly, “and it made it all the more special to have those people up there with us while we said ‘I do.’ It made the whole experience so personal and unforgettable.”

A tip for the taking from Molly: “It’s crucial to be collaborative and flexible with your vendors, even if you have rigid ideas about what you want. Some of our favorite parts of the wedding came out of discussions with our vendors about their ideas and giving them the freedom to choose what they thought would look best. This was even more important for us because we hadn’t seen the venue prior to arriving a few days before the wedding.”