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Inspiration: Once Upon a Sonoma Wedding

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Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful wedding in California's Sonoma Valley for my friends Zach and Geri. It was small, only 70 people, and had a wonderful sense of intimacy about it. Small weddings are like that -- as a guest you feel privileged to be one of few to witness the lifetime commitment a couple makes; you literally "feel the love." As the bride and groom, you're surrounded by just your nearest and dearest -- plus, you can talk to all of them and still have time to eat and dance!

This couple focused on the details. Handmade signs and a gorgeous hand-crafted birch ceremony structure were just a few of their special touches. Country music (my fave!), a mouth-watering appetizer spread of California cheeses and juicy fruit, and a deliciously edited buffet of chicken, tri-tip, orzo salad, and fresh grilled summer veggies, sealed the deal. Simple yet elegant, everything this pair did was done to perfection. See below for a gallery of some of their pictures by photographer Musa Zaid:

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The groom made all of the hand-painted signs.

1 The groom made all of the hand-painted signs.

How divine does this look? If all I could eat was bread, fruit, and cheese for the rest of my life, I'd be a happy girl.

2 How divine does this look? If all I could eat was bread, fruit, and cheese for the rest of my life, I'd be a happy girl.

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I loved the rose petals scattered on the ground. Geri's lace train just rippled right over them.

4 I loved the rose petals scattered on the ground. Geri's lace train just rippled right over them.

The ceremony structure framed the couple and the vineyard background.

5 The ceremony structure framed the couple and the vineyard background.

Dinner tables were categorized by wine bottle. Geri's relatives from New Jersey sat the the Jersey Red table; Zach's college buddies were seated at the 47 Friends table.

6 Dinner tables were categorized by wine bottle. Geri's relatives from New Jersey sat the the Jersey Red table; Zach's college buddies were seated at the 47 Friends table.

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Their signature drink -- the highball. It was made with hand-squeezed orange juice (one of the groomsmen tackled this job) and was so refreshing on the warm summer day.

8 Their signature drink -- the highball. It was made with hand-squeezed orange juice (one of the groomsmen tackled this job) and was so refreshing on the warm summer day.

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The happy couple.

10 The happy couple.

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