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Fiesta De Amor: A Boho-Vibed Wedding with a Rustic Mexican Twist at Westerbeke Ranch

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By: 
Lainey Dow

There's nothing more we love than a good party, and Ariel and Patrick's wedding day at Westerbeke Ranch definitely hit the mark! The venue was built by the bride's great grandparents in 1935 and became a venue for weddings, retreats, meetings and workshops by her grandmother and mother in 1978. It was only fitting that the bride and groom tied the knot at this sentimental and stunning venue in Sonoma.

The Mission style buildings wear their history well, flaunting a rustic Spanish meets boho-chic vibe. The gorgeous brick, clay tiles, stone and redwood accented with greenery and color galore create the perfect spot for a warm and gorgeous wedding day.

The Friday night Welcome Fiesta, in lieu of the traditional rehearsal dinner, quickly turned into the hottest day of the summer without warning, giving it the name of "Fiesta Calliente de Amor." Guests danced and celebrated Ariel and Patrick before gathering for fireworks in the pool to close out the night.

Having worked at various weddings and events at the venue over the years, Ariel valued tradition and family heirlooms for her big day. She stunned in a satin gown purchased in the 1940s that has since been worn by five other women in her family and a breathtaking veil thought to have been from Queen Anne's coronation. The veil had been worn by seven women in the family and the beautiful lace is of museum quality, an incredible detail that did not go unnoticed. The bouquet was made to resemble the one Ariel's grandmother carried at her wedding in 1948, a mix of white florals and orchids. The engagement ring was a reset diamond from Ariel's paternal grandmother, as well as her lovely diamond necklace and strand of pearls.

Ariel and Patrick's wedding was officiated by family friend and spiritual advisor Jim Burklo, who also had the honor of marrying Ariel's mother and huband. Instead of having bridesmaids, Ariel was accompanied by her "Wing Women," who released doves at the beginning of the ceremony to represent peace and hope as Ariel and Patrick headed into their marraige. Guests were treated to an amazing meal crafted by Ranch's General Manager and Head Chef meant to convey the "comfort cuisine of California." Per tradition, the vintage iron triangle was rung before the wedding meal was served, and guests held hands around the pool for a blessing for the bride and groom.  The cake was made by Carol Bojarsky who also made all of Ariel's birthday cakes growing up. Horse-shaped napkin holders were gifted to guests, replicas of the ones used at the Ranch in the 1940s by Ariel's great-grandparents.