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Organic Bubbly

So far, we’ve offered you tons of tips on how to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into your wedding. Here’s one more for your list: serve organic wine and champagne. If you haven’t thought about the wine and champagne you’ll be pouring into your guests’ biodegradeable/reusable/recyclable glasses, take a look at Domaine Carneros’ sparkling wines.

Domaine Carneros Sparkling WineDomaine Carneros made the decision to farm sustainably when they opened over two decades ago, so it was only natural that they began moving toward being a completely organically farmed winery. They also happen to have the first sparkling wine to be certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (as of April 2008).

If you want to do more than just pour their delicious sparkling wines at your next event, you can book your rehearsal dinner at the winery. Or, take it one step further and create 24 bottles of your own customized blend during a private session!

Julia Posted by Julia on May 28, 2009.
Filed under Food and DrinkGreen WeddingsRehearsal Dinner

Wedding Venues with a Wild Side

Would you like to have a giraffe crash your wedding? It’s possible, and for animal lovers it would make a jaw-dropping story to tell for years to come. If you want to get wild at your wedding, consider these animal-friendly wedding locations in Southern California:

San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal ParkSan Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park: Exchange your vows while herds of giraffes, rhinos, gazelles, and oryx roam nearby, or maybe say “I do” at a lagoon surrounded by rare birds and plants. The staff at the San Diego Zoo can design your own customized wedding “habitat,” complete with animal print linens and whimsical leopard-dotted and zebra-striped cakes.

The Condor’s Nest Ranch: With pot-bellied pigs, goats and horses, The Condor’s Nest Ranch outside of San Diego won my heart with their gorgeous skyline views and serene poolside reception area. Their on-site wedding coordinator encourages animal encounters for visitors—which would be a great way to keep children entertained at a wedding!The Condor's Nest Ranch

Allison Posted by Allison on May 25, 2009.
Filed under CeremonyLocationsOff BeatReceptions

20 Years Later

I am Mean Old Stepmommy to a wonderful daughter named Cindi. She will celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary this month and personally I am in awe of how two 19-year-old kids created a marriage that I truly admire.

Michael & Cindi, 20 years agoCindi really knew how to pick a husband because she has a gem of one. I love how they allow each other to be who they are and I like that they know they have someone on their side always. They are great cheerleaders for each other and honestly want the other to be happy.

Michael and Cindi remind me that some people really take their vows to heart. They don’t walk out when the going gets tough; they hang in there, constantly creating and recreating their life together. When I look at their marriage, I am reminded of the famous Robert Browning quote, “Come grow old with me, the best is yet to be.”

For all of you who are newly engaged, I hope you can envision a life with your beloved 20 years from now; that you see yourself as your partner’s number one cheerleader and best friend.

Create a marriage that your parents will truly admire, like I do with Cindi and Michael. Happy Anniversary, Kiddos!

Kathy Posted by Kathy on May 22, 2009.
Filed under Expert AdviceSex Romance Relationships