Michele & Matthew | Real Weddings

Michele shares the story of her and Matthew’s elegant California wedding, perfectly planned down to the last thoughtful detail.

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Our Location & Theme: We got married on Valentine’s Day at St. Michael’s Church in Livermore, CA. The reception was at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in nearby Pleasanton. When looking for a venue, we knew that size was going to be an issue. We had a guest count of 350 people, so we were limited. St. Michael’s Church is stunning. We knew the second we walked into Casa Real that it was the place for us. It was in the heart of a winery, had a beautiful entry and the room for cocktail hour had a fireplace to keep everyone warm!

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I am a fan of anything neutral and gold. We wanted a very classic and clean feel. We brought in nine chandeliers and lighting of our own to create our vision. We alternated flowers and candelabras at the tables with different linens to match. Our venue made sure that everything was done perfectly and provided our guests with anything and everything they could want, including a fry bar in case anyone needed a midnight snack. Our seating chart was on a large antique mirror—one of my favorite things that we did!


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  • Sabrina March 17, 2016, 7:34 pm

    Dresses are purely chic, but do try pops of color on your bouquet to make a bold statement. I’ve been looking for article like yours and this a very interesting read. Thanks for sharing…

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