31 Aug

Modern country wedding: Christy + Christian

categories Real Weddings

Another perty wedding to start the week with… this time from Jose Villa. Yay. We love his work.

Christy grew up in the south and when planning her wedding wanted to have as “country” a wedding as possible on the west coast. Most importantly they wanted their wedding to feel like home, while spending an evening under stars with with delicious food and friends and family. The Carneros Inn turned out to be a perfect blend of rustic charm and hip, modern style. Can’t blame them. The Carneros Inn is seriously beautiful.










Maybe one of the best parts of the whole wedding was that Christy’s extraordinarily dapper 80 year old grandfather performed the ceremony. How sweet is that?? Following the ceremony, in true Southern tradition, a trumpeter led guests to the cocktail hour. Something about incorporating unexpected music into your wedding day really makes it memorable. Especially as a guest.

PLUS, we have their super sweet super 8 video to share too.

christy + christian from joel serrato on Vimeo.

Photography: Jose Villa / Coordination & Design: Instead of You / Videography: Joel Serrato Films / Venue & Catering: Carneros Inn / Dress: Melissa Sweet / Florist: Kathleen Deery

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  1. Can I ask who designed those invitations? I love the way that suite looks!

  2. how I just admire jose villa… oh, and this wedding is quite amazing too.

  3. Love the photos. Amazing!

  4. What a beautiful wedding. I love the Super 8 video. I’ve seen so many good ones lately; we might just have to do that at our wedding.

  5. I’d love to know who designed the invites! Please! And thank you. :o)

  6. beautiful work jose and joel…what a gorgeous wedding!

  7. The shoes! The shoes! What about the shoes? I must know where they are from – they are to die for!

  8. Gorgeous! Such an elegant wedding. The shoes are loubies I noticed. I love the “summer fairytale” on the invites. Overall, just lovely

  9. Oh my goodness so many lovely details but I would LOVE to know where they found that massive heart shaped cookie cutter? Is that even what it is?! It’s hanging off one of the apple barrels above. It. is. amazing.

  10. Wonderful wedding and I especially love the colours of the pictures! Gorgeous green and nice flowers.

  11. The invitations are beautiful and from the talented folks at Francis Orr in Corona Del Mar.

  12. Very charming. Love the centerpieces and the wedding cake.

  13. Love that lounge area!

  14. We went to the Carneros Inn for our honeymoon – it IS seriously gorgeous! What a lucky couple!

  15. So beautiful! I love the Carneros Inn. All the white together is gorgeous!

  16. This is styled so beautifully, from the invites to the setting, to the colors in the photographs…Rustic modern at it’s best!

  17. I LOVE her shoes!

  18. the invitations are designed by Wiley Valentine. They are the forest fairy tale letterpress collection. You can see them here http://www.wileyvalentine.com/stationery/1/1/9/

  19. J’adore la vidéo !!! Awesome !! Do you know what song it is ? ^^ (great site, i come everyday, congrats !)

  20. This wedding was so beautifully designed. Maxine Andrew of Instead of You does amazing work. Where can I see more of her weddings?

  21. Congratulations C & C,

    As an Event Designer and huge fan of the Carneros Inn I can appreciate the both the elegance and relaxed ease with which you carried out your very special day. It’s simply beautiful.

    Debra Varden
    Galahad Event Design

  22. Debra – you are an angel! More examples of my work can be seen on my website:


    It’s a delight for C&C and myself to read all the appreciative comments. It was a beautiful day and I was honored to be a part of it!

    Maxine Andrew
    Instead of You Coordination & Design

  23. Everything is absolutely gorgeous. I am speechless.

  24. I am loving the cake! The whole wedding is gorgeous!

  25. Those shoes are Drop dead WOW!

  26. oh jose – you always get it right 😉

  27. Absolutely Gorgeous! I am going to have to put this on my blog! Daisy~

  28. I’d also love to know who made those lovely shoes!:)

  29. Love the barrels as tables and that peony bouquet is delish!

  30. Love the big hearts! Has anyone figured out where they came from???? The whole wedding is gorgeous! The photographs, cake, everything! It’s so inspirational!

  31. The hearts were made from the metal hoops from wine barrels. Very charming and they added just the right touch!

  32. The shoes are gorgeous!- where are they from?

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