Folks, there’s nothing quite like a summer wedding at a vineyard. Late sunsets, warm afternoons, and cheery people! Especially here in the PNW, these are welcomed feelings.
Let me set the stage for you.
Gilbert Cellars winery, a few hours outside of town (Seattle), will feel like a whole new world! If you’ve never been, please go there one day. It’s so charming and lovely! As we cross over Steven’s Pass, we already feel like a million miles away from the hustle of the city. Yakima welcomes us all with open arms and sunny skies.
Cue our lovely, amazing, handsome, boujee couple, B&P. #bandpsittininatree are pretty much the loveliest people you’ll meet.
I don’t have a wedding planning background, I have to be honest with you. But I love it, and I love making dreams come true! Because that’s exactly what this is. The stress and workload that comes with it, it’s all for one goal. To make the couples dream a reality.
Cue in incredible photographer Matt Rommel , who can capture the most amazing candid photos! The essence of that day can be seen through his lenses, much much farther than what you’ll see in choreographed poses and rehearsed timelines.
So much detail! So much intensity captured in the moment.
I have to be honest again, if you’re a local, you’ll know that the most common thing we will see in the summer in the Pacific Northwest is the massive amount of smoke from the wildfires surrounding us. And it was a very real thing we were concerned with for this amazing summer August day. But you know what? Somehow, miraculously, the smoke cleared out for the wedding, and the little that stayed behind helped bring some drama to the photos! The day after the wedding, it looked like we were on a different planet.
And now, the desserts. Grooms wanted to focus more on variety on the dessert buffet then actually serving cake, so we went hard on the bite-sized options. French macarons, Brazilian Truffles (Brigadeiros), amarula cupcakes, meringue cookies, chocolate cake shooters, and cake pops for days. Check it out:
You ready for the cake? ….
We wanted to go with something modern and different. And this is what it came down to! The tall first layer gave us the opportunity to make a rare design with rice paper and edible gold. The ragged flakes of sheets reminded us of the mountain range that surrounded us from all sides.
Second layer brought in the bold navy blue of the wedding theme, as well as gold leaf as an accent.
And the top final layer was simple white fondant with thin gold stripes to add the modern touch. The flavor was vanilla with an Amarula buttercream (South African groom needed a touch from home. If you don’t know what this is, please stop what you’re doing right now and go buy it.)
Also, have you seen these amazing Protea flowers? Native to South Africa, we wanted to incorporate this in the decor to honor one of the groom’s heritage. Talk about unique and striking!
And as customary, here are a few more shots from this magical evening: