In the heart of westside Paso Robles, CA on Vineyard Drive, HammerSky Vineyards offers it all, from BORDEAUX CENTRIC award winning estate wines to simply majestic vineyard views. The historic century old farmhouse with beautiful lawns, is an exquisite wedding venue for an elegant, romantic fall destination wedding for Carolyne and Michael.
Truly a unique and pictorial property, the historic site offers a restored farmhouse inn boasts casual elegance. Built for a Mennonite minister and his family on 1904, the gleaming white house at HammerSky Vineyards embraces it longtime love and history. Despite the home’s age, it’s crisp black shutters, second-floor balcony, and cropped boxwood hedge reveal a contemporary aesthetic. It has been described as the Scarlet O’Hara/Great Gatsby House. The couple oriented windows to incorporate views of a centuries-old valley oak, affectionately known as Uncle Dan, of which Carolyne and Michael said “I do” under. And lastly a post-and-beam Yankee barn behind the house of which offered a lovely location for Carolyne and Michael to dance the night away with their guests.
Carolyne and Michael’s love story began the summer of 2011 in Northern California, the Bay Area, when two very wonderful people who had both found a great success in life and vocation and friendships decided it was time to see if they couldn’t find that same sort of success in a relationship. On the one hand you had Carolyne who had just recently landed in San Francisco to begin her career as a Federal Prosecutor. On the other hand you had Michael who was already at home in the city, and working as a video game producer. Now in Carolyne’s case she needed help to begin her search and found it in the person of her friend Roxanne who not only purchased her a subscription to a reputable online dating and relationship website Match.com, but also helped her create her profile. In Michael’s case he was already online, had already posted his profile on Match.com. So they both typed, both clicked, both waited. They didn’t wait long. While they are not sure who saw each other’s profile first… We believe it was Michael who while sorting through an exhausting number of profiles spotted a picture of this beautiful woman posted above the words “Clumsy and Driven”. Michael liked that, both what he saw and what he sensed. An attractive, but unpretentious woman who obviously took life seriously, but not herself. He read that she was looking for an “honest, funny, adventurous and family oriented man”, he thought, “I think that’s me” and fired off a message. Clicking on Michael’s profile, Carolyne felt an immediate connection. There was the fact that he commented on the pictures she had posted of herself hiking in Yosemite and expressed his love of the outdoors. CHECK. The fact that he had traveled in South America and spoke Spanish. CHECK. The fact that he had quoted Philosopher Robert Soloman (a favorite of Carolyne’s) in his profile, heck the fact that he even knew who Robert Soloman was. CHECK. The fact that he was close to his family. CHECK. The fact that he was so darn good looking. CHECK. CHECK. CHECK. After three incredible dates… the rest was truly history! These two are a perfect Match from heaven!!!
I wish I had enough space and time to blog every photo from this incredible wedding… but for now enjoy a sneak peek!
Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co. Wedding Gown Designer: Lillian WestBridal Jewelry Designer: C Thomas Hunt Designs ~ San Francisco, CAHair + Makeup: The Queens BeesCarolyne + Michael exchanged little messages in a bottle that they wrote to each other on the morning of their wedding day. Priceless emotional moments…and I loved the creative idea of course!Michael’s wedding gift to Carolyne was a diamond that has been in his family since 1891. It was originally in his grandmother’s necklace, when she passed away Michael’s father put it into a men’s ring in 1975 which he wore for years. Michael chose to continue the tradition by having the diamond placed into a new beautiful necklace setting made by C Thomas Hunt designs especially for Carolyne!Transportation: Central Coast Trolley Co.Live Music: Anthony Garcia Flamenco Guitarist San Diego, CAAll guest were able to enjoy some lovely wine prior to the wedding ceremony at the HammerSky Vineyard tasting roomColombian Marriage Tradition: This is a special part of Carolyne’s Colombian heritage. Carolyne and Michael recently visited their family in Colombia where they were gifted with 13 gold coins called “Arras”. The number of coins is significant in that 13 is an odd number that is not dividable, it is meant to symbolize the strength of a marriage and how it too cannot be divided. Michael placed the 13 coins in Carolyne’s hands. Carolyne then poured the coins back into Michael’s hands. The transfer of the coins back and forth symbolizes their commitment to sharing their lives together. The fact that there are 13 coins signifies values in mind and maintain those values in their marriage. Those values includes: love, trust, commitment, respect, joy, happiness, harmony, wisdom, nurture, care, cooperation, peace, and laughter.A Vintage 1973 bottle Don Perignon was purchased by Carolyne’s parents the year she was born in 1978 and was meant to be opened on a special occasion… Carolyne’s wedding day was the perfect opportunity!
Lovely wedding cake with hand made porcelain grapes that can be kept as a keepsakeColombian folkloric outfit is from the state called Antioquia , and the outfit name Paisa. The shoes are called alpargatas. The dance was more from the north coast of Colombia called Vallenato. The purse is called carriel from the state of Antioquia , the raspa is an instrument used for tropical dances in Colombia and other countries.
Venue – Hammersky Vineyards & Inn
Wedding Consultant – Antonia Christianson Events
Wedding Officiant – Rick Comstock – AVow Ceremony
Wedding Photographer – Kimberly Kay Photography Bend, OR
Caterer – Field to Table Events
Wedding Cake Designer – Jenny Perejolo – Cake Cathedral
Live Music – Anthony Garcia Flamenco Guitarist San Diego, CA
DJ – LaBarbara Sound
Videographer – Fig Leaf Productions
Floral Design – Adornments Flowers & Finery
Rentals – Classic Party Rental – Kate Rounds
Hair & Makeup Stylist – Queens Bee – Reeda + Asha
Transportation – Central Coast Trolley Central Coast Trolley
Hotels – Paso Robles Inn, Carlton Hotel, Dunning Ranch
Carriage Company – White Horse Carriage
Wedding Rings – Tiffany & Co.
Wedding Gown Designer – Lillian West
Vintage Rentals – Embellishments Vintage Rentals – Owner Judi Powers
Calligraphy Artist = Rona Siegal
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