An Intimate Destination Wedding in Santa Ynez Valley, California
Marianne and Patrick
Marianne Kortleven and Patrick De Baets first crossed paths on a ski trip in December of 2011. "We had many friends in common, but had never met each other before," Marianne explains. One day, she and her brother found themselves stuck in a closed-off area—and it was Patrick who came to their rescue. "A couple weeks afterward, we met again at a party, and the rest is history," Marianne reminisces.
The two are acquainted with two wedding professionals: photographers Joel Serrato and Jose Villa. So, when it came time to propose, Patrick (who works in banking) consulted them to devise a plan. To get Marianne (a business owner) all dressed up and over to California's Figueroa Mountain, he told her that Joel wanted to do a photo shoot of the couple. "At sunset, Joel asked us to both look at the valley, and gave me the engagement ring," Patrick recalls. Patrick popped the question in September of 2015, over three years after the pair began dating.
The couple, who live in Belgium, decided to return to the United States for their wedding. "We have been coming to California for many years already," Patrick shares, so the choice was an easy one. They tied the knot on a hill in Los Olivos, and held their reception at nearby Roblar Winery. Their intimate, romantic celebration occurred on April 6, 2017, and accommodated just 42 attendees. Two very special guests, the couple's young children, Bellamy and Laurens, played a role in the event.
"We were able to show our friends and family what makes the region so great during a two-week holiday, in which the wedding took place right in the middle," the bride says. "It was a day filled with joy and happiness," Patrick remembers.
The stationery suite, designed by Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy, was letterpressed onto thick, cotton paper and featured sage-green text. The couple's olive branch-surrounded monogram adorned the invitation, and another illustration of the branches adorned the response card.
The details card included illustrations of two of the wedding-related events' venues: the rehearsal dinner, and the post-wedding farewell party. The accordion-fold insert also included color examples to guide the guests' attire (men were asked to wear grays and blues, while women were asked to wear "romantic, soft" shades). It was tied closed with ivory, silk ribbon.
The paper goods were sent in sage-green envelopes, calligraphed with white ink and sealed with wax.
The Wedding Dress
It was Joel and Jose who recommended that Marianne try on dresses by Rime Arodaky. The bride fell for this gown with long, illusion sleeves. "I really loved the flowers made from lace," she says of her decision.
The Bridal Bouquet
Wilder Floral Co. created this wide, lush bouquet of pink and white blooms (including sweet peas, garden roses, stock, and ranunculus), which was tied with trailing ribbons in blush and ivory.
One Fashionable Family
The couple's daughter, Bellamy, wore a white jacket, a white dress with horizontal stripes on the skirt, and white shoes. Their son, Laurens, wore a striped jacket, a boutonnière just like his dad's, red shorts, and sneakers.
The ceremony began at 4 p.m. on a hill in Los Olivos, with wooden benches for seating. "The location was so idyllic, with great views," Patrick shares. "We lost our heart to the Santa Ynez Valley," Marianne adds. "Great wine, food, and beautiful nature."
Patrick walked down the "aisle" (a makeshift path in the grass) with his two children, one holding each of his hands. Marianne was escorted by her father.
The Flower Basket
This gold, blossom-filled basket made Bellamy the chicest little flower girl.
A priest walked the couple through the proceedings and guitarist Ray Fortune provided the tunes.
Marianne and Patrick recessed with their friends and family looking on.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their 42 guests also took a moment to snap this group photograph, showcasing everyone in their on-palette outfits.
Attendees from Abroad
Bellamy and Laurens weren't the only kids in attendance. Patrick's niece's daughters, Chloé and Layla, flew in with their family from Italy for the event. The girls donned adorable, matching JBC cardigans and shoes from Primgi.
Most of the other attendees traveled from Belgium for the affair. Only Jose, Joel, and one other family didn't have to cross state or country boarders.
The Cocktail Hour
The cocktail hour took place in the Potting Shed on the Roblar Winery property. Expectedly, guests sipped on sparkling and regular vino, all served at an open bar. Ray continued to play guitar through to the end of dinner.
Here, attendees chose from four appetizers: brie canapés, mini pulled-pork tostadas, smoked trout crostini, and chilled mussels.
The Seating Chart
For the reception, guests sat at a single long table, and their seating assignments were beautifully calligraphed on a diagram to guide them there.
The table was set under the pergola where upholstered, white-washed chairs, elegant tapers in brass candlesticks, and etched stemware made for an elegant atmosphere.
Dinner began at 6:30 p.m. The catering staff served local crab cakes (first course), butter-seared white seabass (second course), and oak-grilled beef ribeye (main course).
The Place Settings
The reception tables were decorated with white linens and warm arrangements of ranunculus and sweet peas. Gold utensils flanked Anna Weatherly plates, with calligraphed place cards tucked into the dinner forks. The setup was Marianne's favorite part of the celebration. "You felt the romance in the air," she shares.
The Wedding Cake
Ranunculus made another appearance on the couple's rustic-meets-romantic cake by Enjoy Cupcakes, which had berries on each of its three tiers.
The First Dance
Soon after cutting the cake, the couple took their first spin as newlyweds to Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud." The dancing portion of the night was DJ-ed by Gavin Roy Presents, and was hosted in the Barrel Room.
Photography, Lacie Hansen
Location and catering, Roblar Winery
Event planning, Joy Proctor Design
Flowers, Wilder Floral Co.
Videography, Lola Video
Officiant, Randall Day
Stationery and calligraphy, Written Word
Cake, Enjoy Cupcakes
Bride's gown, Rime Arodaky
Hair and makeup, Janet Villa
Groom's suit, Café Costume
Lighting, Gavin Roy Presents
Transportation, Gold Coast Limousines
Child care, The Little Guest