Having your family own a beautiful vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley is but a dream for most, but for Sophia and Andrew it's a reality and naturally the perfect - and only - option they considered for their special day. DEMETRIA ESTATE, owned by the bride's family, has become a very special gathering place for them. MEGAN SOREL captured these stunning images of their day.
Gorgeous bride Sophia tells us, "My father was born and raised in a small village in Greece at the base of Mount Olympus, where my grandfather grew grapes and raised horses for a living. Demetria-named after my cousin, Demi, and also the Greek goddess of the harvest-was started with this tradition of agriculture in mind. Family bias aside, it is one of the most beautiful vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley and anyone who visits will immediately understand why. The drive to the heart of the property is a long winding one off of Foxen Canyon Road, which I was initially wary of when planning the transportation for our guests, but it gives you an incredible sense of the landscape-the rolling hills that make the wines from that area so great, that magic late summer light, the sheer expanse of the valley. You really feel like you've arrived at someplace special. September is especially beautiful because it marks the beginning of the harvest-the vines are brimming and hills are golden that time of year. Of course having a wedding on a vineyard has its perks-we served one of my favourite vintages of pinot noir, 2013 'Le Belier', and kept the bar stocked with the Estate's chardonnay and 2015 rosé."
With food being an anchoring point for this family, there is always a bit of a ceremony around shared meals so this became a driving force for the kind of wedding they wanted - more of a dinner party style in the service and presentation. The menu pulled from each of their heritages and showcased the very best of California's central coast.