Destination I Do
Friday, May 1, 2015

A Wonderful Winery Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Alexandra Wallace Photography

Gabriel and Allea truly saw their wedding as the joining of two families. For that reason, they opted for a destination wedding so the people who mean the most to them would have the opportunity to get to know one another. When it came to the “where,” the bride trusted two of the important people in her life: her sister and stepfather. “[They] both told me how beautiful Santa Ynez is! I had never been before. [I’m] glad we took their advice!”

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Going out on a limb by choosing a destination neither of them had ever visited, Gabriel and Allea planned a beautiful, classic wedding with the help of their wedding planner. “[Rani Hoover’s] amazing! She does all of Santa Barbara County…we could not have done it without her!” Overall, the couple loved the planning process and accepted its ups and downs. “[Throughout the process I was] excited, unsure…it was more magical than I dreamed!”

Thankfully, the couple’s guests were equally as excited and quickly signed up for Gabriel and Allea’s dream wedding away. Most guests stayed in nearby Solvang and booked their own accommodations. Come W-Day, the couple got the intimate, fun and family friendly wedding they envisioned from the start.

When asked why they didn’t opt for a hometown wedding, the answer is simple. “[We] live in Los Angeles where everything is over-the-top expensive. We definitely got more for our money in Santa Ynez! [The wedding] was unforgettable!”

This beautiful bride has some final words of advice for other couples considering their own destination wedding. “Enjoy the planning; it goes by way too fast! Have a destination wedding – that way you will have the best weekend ever and become closer with your new family and friends!”

Vendors: Photographer: Alexandra Wallace Photography, Wedding Planner: Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings and Events, Ceremony/Reception Site: Fess Parker Winery and Inn, Florist: Ranae Bruner, Cake: The Solvang Bakery, Hair: Trace Henningsen, Makeup: Veronica Sinclair, DJ: Gavin Roy Presents, Photobooth: SB Photobooths, Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Vera Wang, Bridesmaids/Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: Monique Lhuillier/Vera Wang

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