An Elegant Wine Country Wedding at Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma, California

Lauren Lozano (30 and works in sales at Twitter) and John Vogt (36 and works in product management at SalesForce) planned a chic wine country affair for their early summer nuptials. “We wanted a comfortable, fun and inspiring wedding that was reflective of our personalities and embodied the beauty of the area,” says Lauren. The day started with an outdoor ceremony at Anderson Ranch in Glen Ellen, Calif., where the couple exchanged vows under lush, shady trees surrounded by rolling hills dotted with vineyards. “One of my favorite parts of our ceremony came as a suggestion from our officiant,” says Lauren. “He had us each write a story about how and why we fell in love and told us not share it with the other person. He read these stories aloud during the ceremony. It was a surprise for both John and I, as well as our guests.” After saying their “I do’s,” the newlyweds whisked their gusts off to Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma, Calif. for dinner and dancing. “We chose Ramekins because the food quality and execution is both creative and delectable!” says Lauren. “Everyone raved about the food.” For the alfresco affair, the pair looked to the setting for inspiration. Arrangements of full pink, green and cream colored blooms brought a subtle pop of color to the white tabletops, with wooden planter boxes and sprigs of rosemary introducing an element of rustic charm. Floral menu cards complemented the design of the wedding invitations and ceremony programs, giving the day a cohesive feel from start to finish. The fun-loving couple wanted to make sure that everyone in attendance had as much fun as possible and the dance floor provided tangible proof of their success — it was packed all night long. A tip for the taking from Lauren and John: “Create time that day for just the two of you. We did a first look before the ceremony, which was awesome for two reasons: It gave us a special moment together before the madness and once the ceremony was done, we only had a couple quick pictures to finish up and could then head straight to the reception with all of the guests!”