California Vineyard Wedding


Corina, 34 & Roy, 36

Calistoga, CA

Wedding Date: May 14, 2011

Number of Guests: 13 adults, 1 baby and two dogs.

Wedding Cost: $6,700

Wedding Ceremony Location: Bellisimo Vineyard, Calistoga, CA

Wedding Reception Location: Bellisimo Vineyard, Calistoga, CA

Bride and Groom in Vineyard portrait

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

I never wanted a big wedding; I didn’t want all that attention.  We also wanted the wedding to be affordable.

couple kissing in California Vineyard

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

The hardest thing we had to do was to tell friends they would not be invited.

rose and rosemary centerpieces

Outdoor California Vineyard wedding ceremony site

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

It was the hardest thing!

groom kissing bride on forehead

groom dipping bride

couple portrait in vineyard

rose, lily, and baby's breath wedding bouquet

lily wedding flowers

wedding table setting with boxed favors

winery wedding reception

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?


My grandma wanted to invite everyone she knew and it was really hard to tell her no. We explained to her that we simply could not invite a lot of people. She had to get used to this idea, but she did not like it.

grey leather wedding sling backs

grey leather wedding flats

wedding dress hanging on door

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Saying the vows we wrote for each other.

bride walking down the aisle

outdoor vineyard wedding ceremony

bride and groom first kiss

bride and groom exiting ceremony

What were the highlights of the reception?

The food and speeches.

black box with purple ribbon wedding favor

winery wedding favors

winery wedding table setting

cooking wedding dinner

intimate winery wedding dinner

outdoor shot of winery wedding reception

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

The best thing about the wedding was probably the personal interaction with each guest. We rented the house at the Bellisimo Vineyard for three nights. It was so wonderful to spend three wonderful days with our guests.

bride hugging mother

bride and groom standing by pool

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

If you can do it (i.e. if you can tell people that they are not invited), we highly recommend it! It was so wonderful and memorable and we are thankful that we have some amazingly beautiful pictures to remember it by.

emotional groom with bride

bride and groom hugging

bride and groom kissing in vineyard


Photographer: Kim Martin

Wedding Venue: Bellisimo Vineyard, Calistoga, CA

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  1. Posted by Lissa on July 25th, 2011 at 7:28am

    Wow, renting a house to spend 3 days with your special guests is a wonderful approach to an intimate wedding!
  2. Posted by Jasmine on July 25th, 2011 at 3:55pm

    I love this intimate wedding! I think its great that you guys were able to have your closest friends and family spend 2 days with you guys! Congrats Roy and Corina!
  3. Posted by Christina on August 3rd, 2011 at 1:50pm

    I also love the idea of the weekend wedding. It's so nice to have that extra time to spend with your nearest and dearest.
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