A Garden Gathering: Bonny & Dave in Sonoma Valley, CA

Bonny Lepore, a software business professional, and Dave Tovar, a media relations director, wanted their wedding to be anything but ordinary: They envisioned a small guest list of close-knit family and friends and a hip, elegant soiree filled with fine food and wine.

To help them plan the West Coast wedding from Chicago, Bonny and Dave enlisted Sasha Souza, a California-based event designer who specializes in wine-country fetes.

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Bonny Lepore, a software business professional, and Dave Tovar, a media relations director, wanted their wedding to be anything but ordinary: They envisioned a small guest list of close-knit family and friends and a hip, elegant soiree filled with fine food and wine.

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Souza helped the couple dream up a sophisticated color scheme of creamy ivory, light green and cocoa brown and incorporated it throughout the event's decor, making sure each facet was both chic and unexpected.

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The couple met beneath a tall, modified chuppah, covered in ivory silk dupioni, which had small, round vases of orchids suspended from it. There, the pair was married in an intimate, nondenominational ceremony.

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In lieu of a wedding party, the couple's closest family members stood alongside them as they exchanged vows. And at the end of the ceremony, the couple turned to face the crowd to receive their cheers of approval.
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The groom greets one of the littlest guests dressed in his finest.
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Instead of a guest book, guests signed a large bottle of Joseph Phelps Insignia wine for the couple to  open on a future special occasion.
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Mini bottles of a local vineyard's olive oil served as favors.  
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Following the ceremony, everyone strolled to a barn area to enjoy refreshing signature cocktails— mango margaritas, lemon-drop martinis and raspberry moijitos— and appetizers that included calamari served in shot glasses, empanadas and carpaccio crostini. Hors d'oeuvres of pizza rustica pizzettas were a hit with guests.
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