Rustic vintage Sonoma wedding: Danielle + Steve

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Isn’t this first photo just beautiful?? The very very talented Anna Kuperberg sent us this pretty wedding at a private estate in Sonoma. And it has such a thoughtful theme woven throughout.



Early in their courtship Steve traveled a lot for work. In order to keep each other connected to the other, they started a book club of sorts… with just two members. They read books together even when they were apart and their love of reading became the central theme to their marriage celebration.



Instead of reading scripture, they chose letters and emails from their own dating archive to craft their very personal ceremony. They wrote their own vows that articulated their union in a way no traditional ceremony readings could. Each guest was given a book full of quotes and passages from the stories they’d read and shared during their relationship. Isn’t that just the neatest favor ever?

The intro goes like this:

“Early on in our relationship, we found a common language and interest in discussing the books we were reading together. On this day, we recognize that the stories we’ve encountered along the way, whether real or fictional, have undoubtedly shaped us as people and as a couple. In this book you’ll find a collection of quotes that we’ve read to each other over the past few years.

We could have given you some candied almonds or a scented candle, but this favor will look a lot cooler on your bookshelf. Consider it an offering of our sincerest gratitude.

Thank you for filling the pages of our story with tall tales and characters we will never forget.”




Vintage car! Another one! Never get tired of those.


And the beautiful decor put together by Julie Solomon Atwood.







It’s amazing how creative people can be during their wedding planning process, isn’t it? We’re thinking this goes down as a top 10 favor idea.

Congratulations, Danielle and Steve! We wish you many decades of stories ahead.

Photography: Anna Kuperberg / Planning: Julie Atwood Events / Florist: Anne Appleman / Stationery/Designer: Jacob McMurray / Caterer: Sage Catering / Doughnuts: Bovolo Restaurant / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Christian Louboutin (they’re bright pink in case you didn’t catch them in the photo of the couple running!) / Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna

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Max & May Design on Jan 21, 2010

Everything about this wedding I find stunning! Beautiful photos, decorations, scenery, wedding dress, floral arrangements, printed pieces... WOW!

Krissy on Jan 21, 2010

i love the favor! wish I could order one :)

Camille @ STYLE NOTES on Jan 21, 2010

LOVE the lanterns in the barn, & the old-fashioned typeface on the menu cards. So charming!!!

Newly Domesticated on Jan 21, 2010

Okay, I have been searching for typewriter key thumbtacks for my own escort display (apparently great minds think alike). Any clue where these came from?

Libby James on Jan 21, 2010

fantastic wedding, i love all the details

kristen ~ k. holly on Jan 21, 2010

That dress is absolutely to die for!! Gorgeous details!

Sara on Jan 21, 2010

the florals at this wedding are absoluetly stunning.

ajb on Jan 21, 2010

you really get a sense of their joy! and everything looks beautiful as well.

jackie@bridesandbabes on Jan 21, 2010

What an adorable wedding! Thanks so much for sharing!

Mandy on Jan 21, 2010

I love the make-shift book idea. It's so sweet. Those figs look delicious, and the bride's dress is to die for.

elena on Jan 21, 2010

Absolutely STUNNING! I must inquire with Miss Kuperberg for my own wedding! :) Thank for this post!

Jennifer on Jan 21, 2010

I adore the flowers!

jen rau on Jan 21, 2010

love this wedding! dogs, wagonneers, great rustique details and of course a friend of mine shot it :)

miss fancy pants (the bride) on Jan 21, 2010

Haha, I love that the dogs are in the back seat with them! And that is one seriously amazing ceremony location, so beautiful!

imthiaz houseman on Jan 21, 2010

her gown is stunning, and the location to die for!

Kirby on Jan 21, 2010

OMG that dress!

destined to design on Jan 21, 2010

such a beautiful setting!

Hopper on Jan 21, 2010

As someone that was there - it was even better in person. What a wedding - what a weekend.

Kelli Murray on Jan 21, 2010

My goodness her dress is stunning!! What a beautiful wedding!

Vania -SimplyBloom Photography, LLC on Jan 21, 2010

her dress is a dream boat

Michele on Jan 22, 2010

This is possibly one of the loveliest weddings I've seen on t'cake - I love everything about it: the literary thread, the DRESS, those lanterns... Kudos and congrats to all.

Positively Preppy in Pink on Jan 22, 2010

What a great story -- and that dress -- WOW!

The Wedding Outlet on Jan 22, 2010

What a beautiful, cozy wedding! Love it!

Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Weddings on Jan 22, 2010

The Vera Wang dress is beautiful!

rose on Jan 22, 2010

a book club of two? seriously the cutest thing ever!

Jubilee Lau on Jan 22, 2010

Gorgeous dress! Plus, I love the first picture of them meeting up in the open woods. Such a beautiful place to have a wedding!

Well Spun Wedding Films on Jan 22, 2010

Wow those are stunning images! The umbrellas have always been a favorite of mine-- When it comes to video, they look great! I'm just imagining the bridesmaids swiveling them as they observe, the bride peeking out from behind one. They're not just convenient and provide shade, but they can be used in artistic ways too!

Leila Khalil |Wedding Publicist| Be Inspired PR on Jan 22, 2010

What a unique and special idea for the favors! And WOW, that dress is truly a piece of artwork!

Clover on Jan 22, 2010

I love everything about this beautiful wedding! What a lovely evening this couple planned. Thank you for sharing this :-)

Wedding photographers in Orlando on Jan 24, 2010

beautiful, very warm pictures, great photo stills

bride-to-be on Jan 24, 2010

I just love the creativity of the couple and the love they have for each other just showed how much they spent countless hours to make their wedding a success. Wish I could have that book too... Lovely dress by the way.

TERI REES WANG on Jan 24, 2010

Really, this is one complete aesthetic view. So happy to be a virtual fly on the wall. The setting, the folks, the flowers, and even the food all off the same page. And yet, it is that bride in that dress in the back of that truck with that guy and the dogs!... that is the wildest surprise. Visual poetry for real.

Lara on Jan 26, 2010

I am so in love with this wedding and her dress! Wow wow wow.

Chloe on Jan 28, 2010

Oh, how beautiful I love the details and the bride has the cutest button nose ever. Adorable. Nice idea for the group shot too-I imagine photographer saying "now everyone kiss up!"

jen jafarzadeh on Jan 30, 2010

that might be the sweetest favor I've ever heard about. and those typewriter keys — love!

Katie on Feb 6, 2010

When did this wedding take place? I am looking to do a June 4th wedding (2011) and I am wanting to know if I can do these same colors. Thanks!

Kelly on Feb 18, 2010

I'm really touched by the beauty of this wedding. You are so right - the book is one of the top favor ideas of all time! I read that the wedding was in Sonoma. Can you share name of the reception site?

claire on Feb 19, 2010

This wedding is truely stunning! I am planning to get married in Tuscany next year. This wedding has a similar style to the Tuscan wedding venues. I hope you don't mind but I have featured it (linking back to here) on my blog. My blog is set up to share my ideas and visions for my dream tuscan wedding with my family who don't live near by. I am also using it as a way of scrapbooking all my ideas for it so I hope you don't mind me including this wedding.

Whitney on Feb 22, 2010

This is an absolutely beautiful wedding. I love the favors. What a great idea! Does anyone know if there are more pictures of them? Perhaps the inside? I'd love to do something similar, but as a program for the ceremony. If anyone has any details, please let me know!

Kimberly on Jul 27, 2010

Where is this venue? It is beautiful!

Sarah on Oct 3, 2011

Wow so gorgeous! I'm looking for a venue for a girlfriend's wedding and this venue looks PERFECT. What winery/estate is this?

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