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Wedding Venue Series – Sonoma Wine Country Venues

Nowhere is a wine country wedding more popular than in the Bay Area – given the proximity of vineyards all over the Napa and Sonoma areas, abundant sunshine, and weather that allows for an outdoor event well into the fall. Pinterest has made the idea of a rustic affair popular nationwide, but in Northern California, we have the special privilege of having vineyards, ranches, and rustic sites available for use right outside our own backyards.

Take a look at three of our favorite Sonoma wedding venues, and let us know which is your favorite!

1. B.R. Cohn Winery

A favorite among brides and event designers, B.R. Cohn (off Sonoma Highway) boasts a rustic ceremony venue behind the tasting room, out in the vineyard. There are also myriad options for a reception and cocktail hour, including a pool, Olive Grove grass area, and an outdoor amphitheater. The red wine is some of the most popular in the valley, and the views at sunset are spectacular!

Kaella Lynn Events // Wine Country Venues in Sonoma

The Oak Hill Ceremony location // Photo by Elle Jae via Style Me Pretty

The Olive grove outdoor reception // Photo by Rylee Hitchner via OnceWed

The Olive grove outdoor reception // Photo by Rylee Hitchner via OnceWed

2. Beltane Ranch 

Beltane Ranch, also included in our Outdoor Venue Gems Feature, is fully functional ranch and inn venue – offering not only a beautiful outdoor event venue and accommodations for a small wedding party, but also a view of the expansive property and onsite ranch animals as well (the bull is a favorite). Kaella Lynn Events was featured on Wedding Chicks for this Pretty Peach Wedding that took place on the charming property. Featured in the film ‘The 5-year engagement’, you’ll want your timeline to be as short as possible, so you can enjoy the stunning architecture and quaint farm touches! The yellow and white trimmed main building is a popular backdrop for wedding photography, and the oak tree is host to some of the most beautiful afternoon ceremonies in wine country.

3. Cline Cellars

Famous for their ponds and ample green space (the entire venue is surrounded by trees), Cline Cellars boasts a host of options for ceremony and reception locations – including a tree lined park, complete with a vintage train car. An afternoon ceremony can be tented or open air, and the reception space is flexible as well. Interested in the wines onsite? Cline partners with Jacuzzi cellars as well, to meet your needs for both wine and bubbly. Cheers to that!

4. Kunde Family Winery

While a beautiful event venue and family winery, Kunde is best known by Sonoma County locals for their delightful summer red wines and outdoor tastings by the pond. With multiple exclusive locations available for a ceremony – including a hidden hill back in the vineyard – Kunde is the perfect location for an outdoor event. With large formal tasting room, as well as space for a tent, the location and view options are virtually endless!

5. Hamel Family Wines

Having just recently opened their doors in spring of 2014, Hamel Family Winery is the perfect blend of outdoor vineyard settings and modern minimalist interiors. Set amongst 124 acres of estate vines, and specializing in Bordeaux style wines, the winery and cavernous barrel room have been the subject of a lot of bride envy over the past two seasons. If the garden isn’t enough to make your jaw drop, the furnishings and designs will be -check out those chandeliers!

Kaella Lynn Events // Wine Country Venues in Sonoma

Barrel Room magic // Photo via BeGreen

6. Olympias Valley Estate

What do you get when you mix a rural farm property in dreamy Petaluma with a rustic chic barn and willow draped pond? Olympias Valley Estate – and believe us, this self-proclaimed ‘Organic Farmstead’ is worth the drive north. Sporting an idyllic white farm house, guest cottage, ample property with animals and trees in abundance, and a majorly styled barn out back, this venue is everything you could want all on one property. Thinking about hosting your wedding here? Just ask the family venue staff for recommendations on local fare and lodging – they’re more than happy to help.

Kaella Lynn Events // Wine Country Venues in Sonoma

The Farmhouse // Photo by Onelove Photography via Style Me Pretty

Kaella Lynn Events // Wine Country Venues in Sonoma

A Ceremony by the lake // Photo by Onelove Photography via Style Me Pretty

7. Ramekins Culinary School 

One of the most unique wedding venues in Wine Country, Ramekins is a culinary school and gastro-educational center that moonlights as a gorgeous wedding and event venue. Just a short ride from the square in downtown Sonoma, Ramekins is a European inspired property, complete with a large great room (wooden exposed beams, swoon!) and a limestone courtyard boasting a fountain and French doors. Bonus? The executive chef onsite will custom create your wedding menu, for a one of a kind food and wedding experience.

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The property // Photo by Allyson Wiley via Style Me Pretty

Kaella Lynn Events // Wine Country Venues in Sonoma

A reception in the courtyard// Photo by Allyson Wiley via Style Me Pretty

Fave 5: First Dance Songs

Every event has a focal point – whether it be the flowers, the wedding dress, the food, or the band. This is a result of each wedding couple being unique, and bringing their own particular wedding ‘flavor’ to the day – and we think this is fantastic! Some of the greatest weddings we’ve been lucky to be a part of were focused on the music – from the DJ to the bridal march, every song curated to perfection. Some couples enjoy oldies; others enjoy jazz or ’80’s Pop – and for a modern event, the choices really are endless! You can have bridesmaids walk down the aisle to Coldplay, or dance with your parent to a lullaby – anything goes, as long as it’s characteristically ‘you’. We’ve rounded up our Fave 5 wedding First Dance songs, each with a unique character and personality – just like the unique brides and grooms we work with. Click through the image to listen to the song, and tell us which is your favorite in the comments!

1. Cat Power, ‘Sea of Love’ Kaella Lynn Events // Fave 5 First Dance Songs

2. Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, ‘What Would I do Without You’

Kaella Lynn Events // Fave 5 First Dance Songs

Photo via PictureQuotes

3. She and Him, ‘You Really Got a Hold On Me’ Kaella Lynn Events // Fave 5 First Dance Songs

4. Jasmine Thompson, ‘Thinking Out Loud’ (Ed Sheeran Cover) Kaella Lynn Events // Fave 5 First Dance Songs

5. Starship, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ Kaella Lynn Events // Fave 5 First Dance Songs