healdsburg wedding at arista winery : catie + taras


There is a little thread that connects me to Catie, even before we met to talk about her wedding. She was the coordinator of a UCSF research project that I had volunteered with years ago in Ethiopia. Catie’s grandparents also happen to live in the same neighborhood as I do, and while that may seem unremarkable if you live in SF, my neighborhood in Mill Valley is not that big. Their engagement session happened in a grove of redwood trees down the street from my house, where her parents and grandparents got married.

Catie and Taras. Smart, world travelers, artistic and kind. This is my year for incredibly smart wedding clients, I’m trying to figure out if it’s fair to the rest of the world that Catie and Taras are also easy on the eyes, sweet and fun on top of that. Plus they got married at Arista Winery, definitely a hidden gem in Healdsburg. If anyone wants to send me back there, I’ll do this one again any day. As long as you are willing to step into the goat pen and feed them your wedding bouquet, like Catie did!

Let’s talk about Catie’s wedding dress. Made of silk that her grandfather brought back from a trip to Thailand and sewn by her grandmother, Catie’s mom was the first bride to wear this dress, and now Catie is the second. She incorporated the motif from her dress on to much of the ephemera of her wedding.

Ceremony + reception location: Arista Winery
Caterer: Grapevine Catering
Cake designer: Forget Me Not Cakes
Band: Los Boleros
Florist: Dragonfly Floral
Hair + makeup: Brush Style
Dress: Vintage, sewn by grandmother
Bridesmaids: J. Crew

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