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Annadel Estate Winery | Weddings

On a cool rainy day in March, I had the great privilege of getting a tour of one of the most fabulous wine country wedding venues! I’d heard about Annadel Estate Winery and it was practically becoming legend in my own mind. I had heard about the twinkly lights strung across the stone “ruins”, the barns with their perfect rustic backdrop for family portraits, the statuesque farm house, the antique rose gardens…. and now it was my turn to see it first hand. It was everything I could hope for and of course when it came time for me to leave, I considered running and hiding and never leaving.  It’s really special.

The lovely proprietress, Abigail, along with her trusty sidekick Anni, zipped me around in her golf cart, pointing out a dizzying amount of history and beauty.  Annadel is available for private events (dinners, weddings, etc) but because the location is so special, and because they only book a handful of events a year, it books up very quickly. It’s even become so sought after that they removed any road-side signs, hoping to deter curious fans who started to brazenly walk on the private property at any ‘ol time of day. Please make an appointment folks.

Anyway, it is my version of wedding heaven and I hope to return someday soon! Perhaps for your wedding….

 

ANNADEL ESTATE WINERY  .  www.annadelestatewinery.com

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Crisp Bake Shop

There’s a new bakery in town and not just any kind, it’s a bake shop!  If you’re a Sonoma local, it’s a lovely place to while-away a morning with your hands wrapped around a toasty warm mug and a scone next to your paper.  But if you’re not local, I have something for you too!  Andrea, the very sweet co-owner also offers the most delightful wedding cakes.  Sweet, simple and precious.  Old fashioned yet modern all in one.  I adore them.

 

 

Crisp  .  www.crispbakeshop.com

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Tears dropped into my cereal

I’m a personal kind of gal, but I still like to keep a little separation between home and business.  I think we’re all like that.  But on Thursday, something made me burst into tears and I wanted to share it with you.

I work from home.  I like to sit at my desk with my giant bowl of cereal; it always sits on my Angela Adams coaster (pink side up, not the blue side) that I got 2 years ago when I was in Maine.   There are about 30 blogs that I follow on a daily basis through my Google Reader; some that I find beautiful or funny or interesting; most are pretty weddings that inspire me.  I’ll take a bite of cereal, and scroll through each daily blog only looking at the images.  I rarely read the text.

Snippet & Ink’s Thursday Real Wedding post made me slow down a touch. Each image was very heartfelt, something that I connect with through my own photography.  I glanced at the bottom to see the photographer credit.  Kevin Kubota.  Ah yea, he’s very good.  And then the text next to his name caught my eye.  I quickly scrolled back to the top of the page to read from the beginning.  This adorable couple, whose photos made me smile… this couple who was young and happy and cute just like so many that I see… this groom was dying of cancer.  The wedding was put together in just a couple of days.  Kevin turned the images around in 1 week so the groom could see them.  He loved them.  He loved them and then only lived a few more weeks.  I burst into tears.

Life is so fragile.  Life is so precious.  Live life fully.  Please.

 

 

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Kim

This made me burst out in tears tonight. Thanks for sharing. We all should be reminded to live life fully. xo.

Alynn

Thank you for sharing this, Megan. It is so easy to get caught up in details when planning a wedding. This story reminds us that love is the real focus.