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“Shortly after Tony and I got engaged, I scheduled a bridal gown consultation at Vera Wang to celebrate our engagement and the start of wedding planning with my sisters and mom. I had zero intentions of actually choosing a gown on our first outing as we had only been engaged for a few days and we had yet to set the date or select a venue. However, the moment I caught sight of the Vera Wang gown Kate Hudson wore in “Bride Wars,” I knew I had found the one! A few twirls later, we put down the deposit and called it a day. Since the dress is quite a BIG statement, it was important to us that our wedding matched the style of the dress— elegant, romantic, and classic.

At the time, we were living in Florence, Italy and we wanted to choose a venue that captured the essence of Tuscany, complete with rolling hills and sunset views. My sisters suggested Clos LaChance Winery in San Martin, California and we immediately fell in love with the vineyard’s Tuscan charm, panoramic views, and California feel. We even booked it prior to ever visiting! The venue provided an elegant, yet easygoing and intimate setting to create our dream Tuscan-inspired wedding.” – Bride, Claire.

Advice for Other Brides

“As you get into the final stages of planning your wedding it’s inevitable you will have regrets (venue regrets, vendor regrets, dress regrets, invitation regrets, décor regrets, budget regrets, etc.), but chances are you have already put down a deposit or signed a contract and there’s no turning back now. Just TRY to remember how you fell in love with the idea in the first place, trust your instincts, and remind yourself of what’s really important; you are getting married to the love of your life and you get to celebrate with all of your loved ones!” – Bride, Claire.

Photographer: KT Merry 

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