July 4th Wedding
Paso Robles, California
As the sales and marketing manager for Epoch Estate Wines, Lindsey is passionate about the award-winning wine her family’s California winery produces. Meaning that when she said “I will” to Ryan’s proposal, there was no other wedding venue to consider.
While Lindsey’s wedding followed the same blueprint as her sister’s ten months prior, the DFW Events team worked with Lindsey and her family to ensure that the Fourth of July weekend of events remained distinct. To open the celebration, ninety rehearsal dinner guests were seated at a handmade, hundred-foot long table to enjoy a plated dinner catered by Villa Creek Restaurant. Held in York Mountain Winery’s new barrel aging room, the event featured a mix of white flowers and greenery by Jackson Durham Floral Event Design, navy and gold menus designed by DFW Events’ Melanie Frazier, and the glow of one hundred percent candlelight. Next came a patriotic Pollyanna-themed welcome party, which was held at York Mountain Winery’s barn and steeped in tradition—think All-American barbeque, line dancing, corn hole games, a musical performance by Monte Mills and The Lucky Horseshoe Band, and backyard fireworks.
Rather than creating a ballroom atmosphere, an aisle lined with rocks from the property and a simple wooden cross reminiscent of Lindsey’s summers at Camp Mystic were incorporated to honor the couple’s wish for a personal, profound, and Christ-centered ceremony. Lindsey arrived at the site with her father and the family’s pet Boxer, Brix, via a horse-drawn surrey, and walked the aisle to “Ave Maria.” Pink was pulled into the otherwise all-white color palette, and the wedding party donned simple crowns of garland that perfectly complemented the natural beauty of Paderewski Vineyard as well as Lindsey’s classic strapless gown.
Also matching the bride’s look: the wedding cake, which was decorated with Sugarveil lace to reference the pattern of Lindsey’s dress by The Butter End Cakery. While the couple’s open-air tent was constructed by Stage Works in the footprint of Leigh and Alex’s reception, several key adjustments were made to differentiate the two events: Eucalyptus leaves from the forest on York Mountain were incorporated in the overhead arrangements, Airstars were placed above the reception site, and guests enjoyed an abundance of food displayed in three stations throughout the reconfigured space. As the pièce de résistance, Lindsey and Ryan treated guests to pours from Epoch’s Estate Blend, which was distinguished by Wine Spectator magazine as one of the 2013 Top 25 Wines in the World.
“It’s possible for two sisters to get married back to back and incorporate similar elements without duplicating the events. It’s our job as professionals to listen to our clients and make sure that each event is special and representative of the family, and speaks to the unique personalities and preferences of each couple as well. Mary-Frances”
So, what was it like for two sisters to say “I do” to the same venue? “The bones of our weddings were very similar, but both of our weddings were uniquely ours in the details,” said Lindsey. “It was the best, most perfect weekend of my life.”
Venue: Epoch Estate Wines’ Paderewski Vineyard and York Mountain Winery
Event Design: Stageworks, Nelson Robinson
Floral Design: Jackson Durham Floral Event Design
Lighting: The Lighter Side
Photographer: Elisabeth Millay Photography
Detail Photographer: Jerry Hayes Photography
Videography: Joe Simon Wedding Films
Hair and Make-Up: Maitee Miles
Bridal Gown: Ines Di Santo, Stanley Korshak
Bridesmaid Gowns: Watters
Catering: Command Performance Catering Group
Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Villa Creek Restaurant
Cake: The Butter End Cakery, Los Angeles
Entertainment: Mariachi Alma de Mexico (ceremony and cocktail hour); West Coast Music (ceremony); Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters for EastCoast Entertainment (reception)
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals; MarBorg Industries; MirMir Photo; Stage Works; Zephyr Tents
Sound: Design Sound
Transportation: American Star Trailways; Coastal Tractor C&N Tractor; Lush Limousine Services; Wine Country Valet Services
Coordination: Mary-Frances Hurt and Abby Prude for DFW Events