A Chic Intimate Wedding Reception At MacArthur Place in Sonoma

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Step into an idyllic oasis of peaceful grounds and modern art. MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa is an award winning luxury destination in Sonoma, California. This wine country retreat was founded over a century ago as a vineyard and working ranch. The 5 acre property has lush surroundings and elevated dining experiences.

The handsome couple selected an elegant reception style of white and green botanical garlands and dark wood seating. The outdoor courtyard was setup to incorporate both the cocktail hour and formal dinner to utilize the private event space. It was such a pleasure to capture this couple and all loved ones in such a beautiful setting. The staff was incredibly friendly and it has been one of my favorite affairs of 2022!

The grounds are home to gentle honey bees that use the local flora for their honey.

The suites include a contemporary sitting area, fireplace, soaking tub and a private balcony overlooking the grounds.

The grooms got ready together with sleek details including suede loafers and leather brogues, a Cartier Juste un Clou Bracelet, Love Rings, and a Longines Sunray Blue Watch.

Much like my own love story, S & C met on a dating app in 2016. Their first date was in San Francisco with drinks, dinner, and the rest was history.

Lush garlands dotted with accents of baby’s breath, calla lilies, and white roses lined the table’s center. Playing with different elements of wood, linen and glass creates an elegant tablescape.

Comfortable lounge areas and extra blankets are perfect for receptions that lead into the evening. Even summer affairs can get quite cool in the evening so having a “care table” with blankets, sunscreen, bug spray, or misters is always appreciated.

The dress code was semi-formal set with an intentional color palette for guests that complemented the space. This is a fabulous idea if you wanting timeless portraits or a little extra pizazz for your soiree.

It was a beautiful gathering of loved ones celebrating this lovely couple. I recommend checking out MacArthur Place for your next special occasion as it truly is a gem of Sonoma.

Vendor Credits:

Venue – MacArthur Place

Planner – Hometown Gatherings

Florals – Petaluma Floral

Photography Team – Cheri Tran Snaps and Iann Ivy

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