Wedding Inspiration: A Vampy, Evening Affair at Murrieta's Well


For Paige and Kristopher Watts, it made perfect sense to marry in the place where the got engaged: at Livermore Valley winery Murrieta's Well.

The two planned an intimate nighttime ceremony with mood lighting and lush, leafy arrangements with crimson accents, followed by a vino-themed celebration.

"Our focus was on a romantic and comfortable atmosphere," says Paige. "Light played a huge role in creating a cool ambience."

As the wedding was after sunset, she worked closely with Fantasy Sound Event Services to design a lighting scheme that illuminated the ceremony as well as the reception inside the barn. A wall of hanging pendant lights and foliage created a dreamy backdrop.

Their hues balanced a bit of the moody aesthetic with burgundy, light pink, white, and hints of black. Decor was rustic-glam, with wooden tables, glass plates, and gilded accents; a wine crate served as a cake stand beneath and a row of crystal chandeliers.

Rather than a guestbook, guests signed a "shotski," a ski lined up with shot glasses; and after dinner everyone hit the dance floor with light-up sunglasses and foam sticks.

Venue: Murrieta's Well

Makeup: Chelsea Harmon

Hair: Danielle Santa Maria

Flowers: The Flower House

Linens, glassware, and runners: Pleasanton Event Rentals

Photography: Russ Levi Photography

Catering: Wente Vineyards

DJ: 21st Century Sounds

Lights: Fantasy Sound Event Services

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