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Swanson Vineyards Just Married wedding wine was inspired by a sweet and sentimental ritual in the Swanson family…
To commemorate the wedding of each of Clarke Swanson’s girls, he made magical elixirs in their honor, to be served at their wedding reception and dinner. First, there was the Alexis wine, then the Veronica, and lastly Mrs. Frank. Each wine was a special + potent brew that mirrored the girl: the Alexis wine was a Cabernet-Syrah blend and was a little bit country and a little bit rock n roll; the Veronica was an intoxicatingly beautiful and sweet Late Harvest Semillon; and Mrs. Frank was a tiny and most original batch of an unexpected Late Harvest Chardonnay. These beguiling wines created a most festive and indelible moment sprinkled about the tables.
With an eye on convenience, quality, innovation and value, Swanson Vineyards is delighted to offer Just Married! This elegantly crafted, proprietary Bordeaux-style estate wine is the perfect antidote to the vexing issues of both wedding wine selection, and gifting.
For the reception, you’ll find a refined and approachable wine carefully blended to connect and appeal to a wide swath of palates, from the beer-and-whiskey-loving wine novice, to the most discriminating oenophiles on your guest list. As a standalone gift, we can think of no better way to say ‘Thrilled For You!’.
Laurie Arons, the Bay Area’s most sought after wedding planner, opens up her black book (in this case, white book) and answers the juicy questions we’re dying to know.. But first, let me tell you about her. Laurie has been the go-to wedding planner for 16 years– if I weren’t so persnickety, I would have used her too! She knows and works with the most talented vendors– she has seen it, done it– and knows what works.
Describe your most favorite wedding?
It’s hard to pick my favorite since every wedding is so unique and special in its own way. Of course, my own wedding is at the top of my list. It was held at a southern style mansion in Napa, complete with a southern style menu and tons of southern details. Guests sipped mint juleps and feasted on comfort food served family style under a beautiful sailcloth tent. We invited the children of our friends and family to the wedding and really wanted to make them feel special. (After all, I fell in love with weddings as a small child and always loved when I could attend a wedding with my parents.) We created a special round tent filled with miniature tables and big colorful pillows for the kids to hang out. After a magic show, they joined us for dancing with the Durell Coleman band. It was so much fun!
What is the most outrageous request you have ever had?
I planned one wedding for a family many years ago, then when they hired me to plan another wedding for a sibling they told me they wanted to create a “more spectacular” wedding than the first for less money – 6 years later!
Favorite wedding venue?
It changes but right now it is the Santa Lucia Preserve in the Carmel Valley.
Paula le Duc Fine Catering or Elaine Bell for larger weddings and Daniel Ripley Catering for smaller affairs.
Only one, Perfect Endings
I love Durell Coleman Band for dancing and Tim Hockenberry for cocktail/dinner music. Tim’s voice is sensational.
Here we have the darling Mrs. Trousseau – she’s packed for holiday and thrilled to do so. Fresh from her wedding which was quite the ‘to do’ – a celebration of love and a gathering of the Michigan’s who’s-who. She’s here to indulge with her newly minted mister – to which she knew he was the one the moment he kissed her. She chose Napa for their honeymoon, a trip she’s been planning all her life – she dreamt it to be the perfect and most romantic holiday as husband and wife. With Swanson’s JUST MARRIED wine just served at her wedding – a trip to the Swanson Sip Shoppe was certainly befitting. She heard it was filled with special offerings and goodies galore – she was just dying to get inside this grown-up candy store! Her duffle is filled to the brim and on the verge of exploding – with a weeks worth of garments and goodness that she plans on unloading. It’s summer in wine country the weather just perfect – warm and sunny, just what you’d expect. For this time of year it’s all about transition wear – so that she can do what she pleases, fashionably and without a care! She’s got the perfect daytime dress that segways savvily into night – with the right accessories she’ll be a glittering sight. She brought her bikini as to show off her wedding ready physique – she spent months shopping for it and it’s painfully chic! What’s a trousseau without some sexy lingerie? And how about some naughty games to play? She’s got that covered and then some I’d say!
1. Violet May London, Balman Travel Bag 2. Thread Social, Printed Silk Jumpsuit 3. Straw Fedora 4. Vintage 1980′s Chanel Gold Clip-Ons 5. Linda Farrow Luxe Sunglasses 6. Revlon, Kiss Me Coral Lipstick 7. Seal It with a Kiss : Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Delivering a Knockout Kiss 8. Gold Men’s Rolex 9. Hermes, Sofia Pumps 10. Fifi Chachnil Chemise 11. Marabou Slippers 12. Swanson, Just Married Wine 13. Mary Green Sleep Mask 14. Tiffany Playing Cards 15. Undrest, Ruffle Bikini 16. Moshino Cheap and Chic Heart Dress 17. Kate Spade Tutti Fruitti Cosmetic Case 18. JimmyJane Spin Me Bottle 19. Love Moshino Gold Wedges 20. Coach Straw Basket Tote
Having married off all three daughters, Clarke Swanson is no slouch when it comes to weddings. To wit, the arrival of Swanson’s first Occasion Wine, “Just Married” Red Table Wine, respectably priced at $25 a bottle / $270 a case. Delicious, beautiful, and at this price point guaranteed to make the father-of-the-bride a happy man.
The Swanson girls, who all inherited their mother Elizabeth’s great propensity to entertain with style and largesse at a moment’s notice, resorted to their signature high-low elegance. Their idea of a perfect wedding: a Sam Godfrey cake, transportation in a Cinderella carriage (just in case it got a tad too stuffy), and of course 60 bottles of Just Married. In short, a wedding for 100 and instant marital bliss.
Assemble the guests, slip on the frock, say the vows, open the wine = instant wedding!