At the same time, outdoor weddings are increasingly in demand – in 2010, 43 percent of ceremonies were held outdoors, compared with 39 percent in 2009 according to Decipher, Inc. data management. In Sonoma County, this certainly rings true, thanks to a million acres of gorgeous terrain and breathtaking venues including more than 370 wineries.
Taken all together, that information might make couples nervous about their chances in booking a prime Sonoma County winery for their ceremony and reception. Daytime events sell out quickly, and far in advance.
But consider an evening wedding. During the summer, it stays light in Sonoma until after 8 p.m., and in winter, mild weather makes an outdoor ceremony just as gorgeous.
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards caters specifically to such dreams. On a sprawling estate in the Carneros region, the winery hosts ceremonies under its grapevine-covered Spanish arbor, overlooking stunning views of the Valley. Specifically, weddings are held any evening of the week with up to 120 guests enjoying exclusive use of the winery from 6 to 11 p.m.
Spanish-inspired architecture is reminiscent of the Ferrer family’s 11th-century Catalonian farmhouse in the hills outside Barcelona, and the Vista Terrace is an elegant outdoor gathering spot. Their Las Cavas also offers a spectacular setting for anything from intimate candlelit dinners to receptions graciously accommodating 120 guests.
Beneath the beaming moon, and under the sparkle of white twinkle lights, an evening wedding brims with romance.
Details: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, 23555 Highway 121, Sonoma, gloriaferrer.com. For information, call the Special Events line at 707-933-1999 or email email@example.com.