Intimate Paso Robles vineyard wedding: Robyn + Dave

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It pretty much can’t get more intimate than Robyn + Dave’s twelve guest wedding overlooking the vineyards nestled in the coastal mountain range of central California. As if their cozy family dinner style wedding isn’t enough to fall in love with, R + D are also high school sweethearts! They briefly dated, remained friends, went through some major life experiences, and reconnected years later. Robyn says it best, “Ours is the story where all you needed and wanted was right in front of you the whole time”.


I designed my invitations focusing on keeping them classic and simple. We used William Arthur Stationery for the ease of customizing, and because they had such a nice “and” graphic. I really love fine papers, but unfortunately were not within our budget, so we added texture with thermography printing (for the same cost as flat printing), and lined our own envelopes with artisan paper. Our stationery cost (before calligraphy and stamps) was $320.




The birdhouse up top is the cutest!



Their respectable careers are telling enough of loving these two are. Dave works for a small NGO doing International Disaster Response and disaster preparedness teaching. Robyn is a pediatric oncology nurse at the Children’s Hospital Colorado.



We wanted our wedding to feel like a family dinner, and our design decisions were made with the intent of achieving an intimate, warm environment. We had made plans (and reservations) for a large wedding in our hometown, and realized that, for us, it went against what we were trying to create. A perfect evening for us involves wine and fine dining, so we began to search for a venue that went to the very heart of that activity. I found HammerSky Vineyard by perusing wedding blogs and when I saw the view of the vineyard, the grey curtains blowing in the breeze, and the beautiful long exposed wood tables, I knew we’d found our perfect venue.



The most important floral aspect for us was the long bay-leaf garland that ran the length of the dinner table. We loved the rustic, intimate, European vibe it provided. It was also important to me to include the beautiful peach garden roses in the bridesmaid’s bouquets, and the dark purple mums in the other arrangements.


My favorite DIY project was the burlap banners. I created them with stencils, white paint, and a cut of burlap fabric.



The sweetest of weddings for sure! A California sunset sunbathing the vast vineyard that surrounds you and your twelve guests? Romantic!

Congratulations Robyn + Dave!

Photography: Laura Murray / Stylist: Erin McDonald of Dandelion and Grey / Venue: HammerSky Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA / Caterer: Trumpet Vine Catering / Florist: Laurel White of Adornment’s Flowers and Finery / Guitarist: Christopher Wooley / Rentals: All About Table Tops + Classic Party Rentals / Bride’s dress: Matthew Christopher’s “Moet” from Little White Dress / Groom’s suit: Men’s Warehouse

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dekalb wedding photography on Mar 9, 2012

Classic, simple, lovely. The two of you seem marvelous. We enjoyed reading your sweetheart story and taking in the gorgeous California sunset at your wedding. And we'll give our hearts to any wedding with a barn. Cheers!

jen on Mar 9, 2012

what a beautiful and intimate wedding! I LOVE the shot of the grandparents! made me miss my own lovely grammy =) congrats!

CN on Mar 9, 2012

Wow. So lovely. Gives me small wedding envy. Also, nice to know big hearted people in their careers as well!

Megan Clouse on Mar 9, 2012

This wedding really struck a cord with me. Just amazing!!

beth bopp on Mar 9, 2012

Brings back such happy memories! Proud of you guys!

Terri on Mar 9, 2012

What a lovely small wedding! One of our family had a simple wedding with a wonderful meal afterward. They decided sharing the special day with just their close friends and family was what they wanted most. It says a lot about both couples.

Kim ~ HammerSky on Mar 9, 2012

Ronin & Dave you are really a special couple. Everything about your wedding means so much to me. The vendors so talented and wonderful, but every time I look at your loving family my heart fills with joy. Thank you for choosing HammerSky to celebrate such a beautiful day.

ID Bespoke Suit Tailors and Wedding Suits on Mar 9, 2012

Hi there, I love the wedding photos. Very romantic in a vine yard. Thank you for the share, I really enjoyed it. All the best to Robyn and Dave! Regards

Kelly on Mar 9, 2012

I love seeing small weddings featured! We had 16 guests, and it made for such an intimate feel. Congratulations to Robyn and Dave, your wedding is stunning!

nichole on Mar 9, 2012

this wedding is darling! i love the die cut cheese/food signs - might you share where those are from?

rae ann on Mar 9, 2012

Adornments make the most gorgeous , classy, flower arrangements anywhere to be found. ( a proud auntie)

Laura Murray on Mar 9, 2012

Thank you so much for featuring the wedding! It was a truly spectacular day!

Robyn (the Bride) on Mar 10, 2012

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments. It was such a perfect day!! @ Nichole - we (my lovely sister/MOH) and I made the cheese/food signs. We used scrapbooking paper, and a Martha Stewart craft punch (available at Joannes, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby). The font is Nelly Script (and Nelly Script Flourish) from Tart Workshop. @ Kim - we cant wait to come back and visit HammerSky again! :)

Tracy on Mar 13, 2012

Every single detail is so well thought out and styled. I think intimate weddings are just the best, you know that every single guest truly cherished being present on that day.

Margaret of Jewelry Stylist on Mar 15, 2012

The swings bring back memories....I love that the guests wore the chosen bridal colors...very coordinated and well done!

Erin on Mar 16, 2012

@Robyn - beautiful wedding! LOVE everything about it :) Did you get the tables/chairs from All About Tabletops or Classic party rentals?

Marsha on Mar 21, 2012

So beautiful! Your wedding has provided much inspiration for my own. I also absolutely adore the Cheese/food signs! Can't believe you and your sister made those! I think I may try that myself :-) Thank you for sharing such a beautiful event.

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