Sophisticated Outdoor Wedding at Firestone Vineyard
We're starting our week off with a Adrienne and John's elegant and timeless outdoor wedding, filled with glamorous details and the lush California countryside. We always admire Kurt Boomer's photography and today is no different - how stunning is each and every photo? Each design element, styled by Leanne Elliott, feels seamless, organic and true to the beautiful Firestone Vineyard venue, including the remarkable florals by Wedding Sparrow favorite, Anna Le Pley Taylor. Below you'll read a riveting recollection of this intimate celebration... be sure to pull up those Pinterest boards, ladies!
From wedding planner Leanne Elliott: "Sometimes, when you travel the world for business, pleasure and philanthropy, and a little thing like getting married pops up, the heart inevitably calls you back to where it all began. This was the case for Adrienne and John, brought together by the Matriarch of Demetria Winery, who knew intuitively this was a magic pairing. Soon after they were introduced, John and Adrienne were engaged in Paris and later married in Los Olivos, part of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley just north of Santa Barbara.
Firestone Vineyard, a Foley Family Wines property, was a wedding venue large enough to handle the attendees yet intimate enough for the Bride and Groom to-be. The endless views of rolling golden hills and vineyards that surround the property were the ideal backdrop for a ceremony and celebration that would take rustic elegance to a whole new level.
The wedding festivities were a three day affair that spared nothing in detail, warmth and hospitality that both the Rosenbergs and Rusks are known for. Wine tours, glider and hot-air balloon rides and a country picnic lunch, were just a few of the activities that set the stage for an unforgettable Wine Country wedding. The Friday night margarita and mariachi Rehearsal Dinner rolled easily into an after-party at a cowboy hangout in Santa Ynez, The Maverick Saloon, where line-dancing and star gazing carried into the wee hours of the morning.
The wedding day started early with the Groom and Gents passing the hours swimming and relaxing at the Rosenberg Ranch, while Spa Élan hair and makeup were underway for the Ladies at the Fess Parker Wine Valley Inn. Later in the afternoon, guests were shuttled by limo bus from surrounding hotels and arrived at the winery’s Vineyard Mesa where they enjoyed champagne and nibbles of soft cheeses, herbed nuts and artisan breads in the shade of the Oak trees. A classical string quartet set the tone for the arrival.
While storm clouds brewed and record rainfall hit Southern California, the storm miraculously spared the venue while providing a stunning dramatic backdrop for the ceremony complete with a perfect breeze to dance with the Bride’s veil. The ceremony design was the vision of Anna Le Pley Taylor who fashioned a natural Chuppah, to honor the Groom’s heritage, made of willow branches and green vines that appeared to float over the couple as they stood under the most magnificent Valley Oak tree. This same tree was the inspiration for original fine art by artist (and Bride’s mother) Meg Leonard, that was later incorporated beautifully into the custom invitation designed by Michelle at Honey Paper.
The Bride wore a gorgeous gown by Anna Campbell from her Gossamer Collection that Linda Stokes’ Design converted into a custom three-piece ensemble. The stunning French lace fall-skirt and train was paired with the gorgeous detail of a hand embellished beaded bodice that was later replaced by a shorter silk skirt for the reception. The change perfectly accommodated all the dancing that followed. John looked dapper in a custom tailored John Varvatos linen suit, finished with a succulent boutonnière to match the Bride’s unique bouquet.
￼The wardrobe change was part of the plan from the very beginning and fell in line with John and Adrienne’s wish to set the tone for a fun and unforgettable party. TC and the Traffic Jam, an eight piece ensemble, had the place pumping the entire night with top hits ranging from R&B to reggae to romantic French classics.
At the reception, little nods to the couple’s love of travel and their love of flying were noted throughout. Miniature wooden airplanes used as escort cards for guest seating were a whimsical touch that played off of the earthy Moroccan lanterns, refined linen table drapes and lush centerpieces which were spilling with pepper and olive branches, succulents and beautiful white blooms. The wedding cake, a 4 tiered “cheese cake” made of beautiful cheese rounds in rind, was a witty nod to the Bride’s Wisconsin roots and made a delicious pairing with Enjoy Cupcake’s wine infused flavors.
Congratulations Adrienne and John on a beautiful celebration that was as fresh as it was timeless."