A Sonoma Celebration: Ann & Jarrod in Glen Ellen, CA

Ann, a retail buyer, had spent time working in the event-planning industry, so she took on the bulk of the preparations herself. She quickly chose Beltane Ranch in nearby Glen Ellen. "Beltane has gorgeous vineyards, and olive orchard, and huge oak trees," she says. "Plus, it has rustic barns, complete with barn cats, and the feel of a working ranch."
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Pomegranates add color to the escort table.  
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For the meal, guests were seated at tables with green cloths and flower centerpieces. Then to resounding cheers from the crowd, the bride and groom were announced. "That was the best feeling in the world!" says Ann. As the sun went down, guests tucked into beef tenderloin, halibut or butternut-squash ravioli.
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The table markers were personalized to the bride and groom's experiences.
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The centerpieces included roses, lilies, berries, lady apples, cherries, and bells of Ireland.
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After the ceremony, everyone headed to a nearby grassy area, where beer and local champagne and wine were served. They feasted on raw and barbecued oysters and passed hors d'ouevres of mini bacon cheeseburgers, spring rolls and prosciutto-wrapped goat cheese and arugula.
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