Fine Vines: Julie & Marc in Sonoma Valley, CA

At first, Julie Miliam and Marc Terrier, from Houston, Texas, pictured a wedding on the Mediterranean. "We would have loved to be married in the south of France or Italy," says Julie. "But we wanted all our friends and family to be there." So the pair instead decided on B. R. Cohn Winery in Sonoma Valley, which lent a European feel with its French Picholine olive trees and cabernet grapevines. 

Julie, a fashion buyer, and Marc, a hospitality manager, planned all the details. "I knew I wanted vintage, rustic, chic and Mediterranean," says Julie.

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At first, Julie Miliam and Marc Terrier, from Houston, Texas, pictured a wedding on the Mediterranean. "We would have loved to be married in the south of France or Italy," says Julie. "But we wanted all our friends and family to be there." So the pair instead decided on B. R. Cohn Winery in Sonoma Valley, which lent a European feel with its French Picholine olive trees and cabernet grapevines. 

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Julie found her dream gown, a strapless drop-waist lace number by Novia D’Art. For her bridesmaids, she chose chocolate-hued dresses by Butter by Nadia, while junior bridesmaids looked sweet in Us Angels.
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Lemonade and cucumber water were served preceremony to keep guests cool.
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Even the littlest partygoers took shade beneath pretty cream-hued parasols.
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On the afternoon of the August wedding day, guests were shuttled from the winery to a grassy area called Fox Hill. Beneath oak trees, they listened to a string quartet before taking their seats on wooden benches. The ceremony began with the bridal party filing down a rosepetal-strewn aisle.
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The couple exchanged vows beneath a tall oak tree, with grapevines as a gorgeous backdrop. "Marc and I wrote our own vows, which made them more meaningful and special to us," says Julie. To enhance the personal feeling, the bride’s oldest sister and the groom’s mother both delivered readings.
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Once the bride and groom said "I do," guests were taken back to a tent, where they enjoyed bellinis, local cheeses and passed appetizers of prosciutto-wrapped melon, Italian rice balls and mini pizzas. Some headed to the tasting room to sample various wines. "It was a great feeling to walk into the reception area to smiles and applause," says Julie.
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Framed boxes filled with lavender and white blooms held escort cards. Guests took their seats at tables topped with ivory cloths, chocolate-brown napkins and floral centerpieces in silver mint julep cups.

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