This gorgeous couple, Danielle Sidari and John Lombardi, met through a mutual friend at church in the fall of 2016. The proposal came 10 months later in October 2017, while on a trip with their church to Israel. Early one morning, watching the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee, John got down on one knee and asked THE question of all questions..."will you marry me!"
Knowing the guest count would be high, the search began for the ideal venue. One glimpse of the vineyard lawn at Wente, with twinkling string lights and expansive lawn backing up to a pond and the golf course, and it was love at first site. They'd found it, their own private oasis.
As a planner for Couture Events, planning so many other couples' weddings, it was a foreign experience for Danielle to be the bride. Fighting the urge to take control, she decided to take her own advice--delegate where possible, plan where needed and focus on being in the moment the day of their wedding. Of course, day-of support from her fellow lovelies at Couture Events, allowed her to let go and relax, knowing the details were being handled. 

Finding inspiration from a mix of elegant and modern themes and cool summer tones, Danielle imagined Joanna Gaines designing a wedding. The vibrant yet calming color palette, the sophistication, the ease--her design aesthetic emotes a cool, calm and collected vibe, which is exactly what they wanted.

FIRST DANCE  Mashup of Paris in June and Touching Heaven by Johnnyswim
STYLE  Modern, Organic, Outdoor, Wine Country
COLOR PALETTE  Beige, Blue,  Coral, Sage, Mint

Danielle shared, "The ceremony was one of my favorite parts of the day. Our faith is so important to us and we had so many personal elements that went into it. From the cross that John built for our communion, to the floral details on the arbor, the live music during the ceremony to the programs we designed with Twinkle and Toast to say Thank You and to acknowledge family members who could not be with us. It held so much meaning and was incredibly special."

Due to the large guest count they opted to introduce a variety of tablescape designs to keep it interesting. The long tables featured extra-long garland runners; some of the rounds had a more traditional centerpiece in ceramic vessel, others had large pickling jars from Elsie Green with long-stemmed ferns to add height. Ferndale Studio, executed the design concept perfectly!