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 sum

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.”

The florists at Daisy Rose took the lead on Molly and Patrick’s wedding day flowers, creating romantic, summery arrangements in shades of cream, peach, blush and green to complement Beltane Ranch’s picturesque setting. For Molly’s bouquet, they went for a look of wild romance, pulling together a textured bundle of garden roses, dahlias, peonies, dusty miller, astilbes, succulents and greenery, which they finished with pale pink ribbon and lace.
Playing off the wedding’s playful peach theme, Molly chose an elegant cocktail-style dress in ethereal peach-colored chiffon for her bridesmaids to wear on the wedding day. The dresses featured a one-shoulder illusion neckline finished with a bow that lent an air of romance and playfulness.
Peaches pervaded every element of the day from the bridesmaids’ chiffon dresses to the peach mojito signature sips served during cocktail hour and even the escort cards that led guests to their seats. Fresh local peaches were labeled with hand-lettered scrolls bearing the names of each guest and their table name, reflecting both the peach and vintage-inspired vibes that ran through the day.
Molly and Patrick created vignettes across the lawn to create a relaxing, intimate atmosphere where guests could mix, mingle and kick back during cocktail hour. Vintage furnishings lent old warm charm and subtle rustic flair to the decor.
Molly and Patrick kept their destination wedding an intimate affair, gathering together only their closest family and friends at Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen, Calif. “Given the small size of our wedding, about 45 people, we tried to incorporate our families and friends into the ceremony as much as possible,” says Molly. “Patrick’s cousin officiated the wedding and my niece, as flower girl, carried a large peach balloon down the aisle in lieu of flowers.”
Playful vintage props were scattered throughout the property to add old world charm to the wedding's laid-back feel. A vintage truck decked out with festive bunting and wooden crates filled with bright fresh peaches greeted guests as they arrived to the ceremony.
Blue striped linens punctuated with blush and peach florals and pale peach colored napkins set a laid-back tone for the evening’s festivities and make guests feel as though they were sharing a family dinner at home. After dinner and dancing, Molly and Patrick treated guests to late night snacks like grilled cheese sandwiches and French fries to keep the party going late into the night.
Setting a relaxed tone for dinner that encouraged guests to interact was essential for Molly and Patrick. The florists at Daisy Rose took that to heart when creating the reception centerpieces. They arranged a series of small bundles of roses, dahlias, peonies and eucalyptus in bud vases, which allowed guests to talk with ease.
Pretty Please Bakeshop whipped up a playful pale blue confection as a post-dinner treat for Molly and Patrick's guest. The two-tiered wedding cake was decorated with cream-colored polka dots and displayed atop an antique sewing machine.
Colorful vintage postcards from cities across the globe provided guests with a unique way to share their well wishes and marriage advice with the newlyweds, while tying into the day's vintage undertones.
Molly and Patrick’s intimate ceremony rook place under a large oak tree at Beltane Ranch, overlooking acres of quaint pastures and lush vineyards. The couple kept the decor to a minimum to let the natural beauty of setting shine. “Being Chicago natives and dwellers, we opted for a Sonoma wedding because we knew we wanted to be married outside and did not trust the Chicago weather to cooperate,” says Molly. “We also wanted somewhere that was laid-back and naturally beautiful. We actually booked the venue sight unseen and were not disappointed!”
Playing off the wedding’s peach theme, Molly and Patrick treated guests to peach mojitos during cocktail hour. The vibrant drinks were garnished with fresh peaches and mint and finished with playful peach-striped straws.
When it came to her wedding dress, Molly wanted a classic, romantic style that would complement the scenic setting and rustic feel of the Beltane Ranch. She settled on a lace Rosa Clara gown with a mermaid silhouette and v-shaped neckline that offered just the right balance of timeless elegance and subtle sex appeal. She accessorized the look with a dramatic cathedral blusher veil and pearl earrings that her father had given her mother.
Daisy Rose played up the natural beauty of Beltane Ranch by creating a variety of small arrangements of wild-yet-refined blooms in soft shades of ivory, blush and peach. “One of our favorite items were the floral garlands made for the backs of the chairs on the sweetheart table,” says Molly.