An Invitation to The Knot’s Dream Wedding in Wine Country

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A dream wedding in wine country? Yes!!  I felt excited as I read my invitation to attend the wedding of the year by the wedding website, The Knot. I had used The Knot website to plan my wedding back in 2000, and since that time they have become the premier wedding website. I also noted that the wedding location, the picturesque Chateau St. Jean, in Sonoma Valley, is a quintessential wine country venue.

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I had read about the couple, Samantha Carisch and Taylor Sinclair, who had originally planned a destination wedding in Mexico, but Samantha’s mother’s health issues prevented her from traveling. As they moved the wedding location back to California, they received the devastating news that her mother’s cancer had returned, diagnosed stage 4, and had spread. Samantha and Taylor were determined to bump up the wedding date so that her mother could attend the celebration. In this clip they speak about their wishes with the local news. As you can see, America voted and this deserving couple won their Dream Wedding!

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Once they were announced as the winning couple, the voting–on everything from wedding gown, makeup look, hairstyle, flowers, wedding rings and honeymoon destination–began. In the end, viewers made some beautiful choices for this wine country wedding, co-sponsored by Revlon and Chateau St. Jean. The selections included the lace Pnina Tornai wedding dress and Jenny Yoo’s Annabelle bridesmaid dresses in spearmint. The flowing, pastel bouquets and florals were created by Farmgirl Flowers.

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Samantha carried a heart-shaped locket with her mother’s picture on her wedding day.

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I can only imagine there was a touch of bittersweet in this reflective moment for Samantha.

 As Samantha wrote on the Knot, “Life has challenged our relationship in numerous ways and has yet to affect how incredibly in love we are and our ability to grow even closer as a couple. After canceling our wedding plans twice due to my mom’s health concerns, it brings tears to our eyes knowing that we’ll be able to share our wedding day, which may be our last “big life moment,” with all of our loved ones.”

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The beautiful wedding party…and

The sweet story of finding her gown.

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The picture perfect wedding day…

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and the affectionate kiss seals the deal.

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Meet Mr. & Mrs. Taylor Sinclair!!

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Not only did the couple look forward to the inherent romance of wine country, but also a high-tech twist to their nuptials. The wedding was live-streamed on the wedding day so family and friends, including Samantha’s mom, unable to attend in person, were able to watch the romantic wedding ceremony in real-time. Samantha was able to chat with her mom throughout the wedding day on skype.

Wine Country Wedding and the high tech detailsDrones captured the spectacular views of the intimate venue, set among the vineyards. A robotic machine created cocktails, the wedding party wore 3-D printed jewelry and the bride and groom wore fitness monitors during the ceremony.

Why technology is important for this special day.

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As Samantha and Taylor look back on their wedding, I hope the beauty and romance of these images will be a sweet reminder of the day they were united as husband and wife. As many of us know, marriage is not all about a gorgeous lace gown, stunning flowers and a champagne toast. Samantha and Taylor, destined to meet, have already experienced some of the deepest challenges that life can bring. Life has already tested them with joys and sorrows along their journey. They have already lived some of the most essential wedding vows, in sickness and in health. Samantha and Taylor are beginning their married life with the genuine, hard-won knowledge of how to support each other, and their families, in this journey of marriage, commitment and life.


Best wishes on your marriage, Samantha and Taylor, and this new chapter in your lives.

Enjoy your well-deserved honeymoon in Tahiti!

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I hope to be invited to the Knot’s next Dream Wedding. In the end, I made the choice (difficult as a blogger and a romantic!) to watch the wedding on live-streaming, and not in person this time.  Instead of a glamorous wine country wedding, I kept my previous commitment (as a school psychologist) to celebrate our Special Education graduates and throw an end of the year party for our hardworking Special Education staff at my house. The live-streaming broadcast of the wedding allowed me to be part of each event that day. Despite a surprise rainstorm, we had a beautiful rainbow to end our evening, and I toasted to Samantha and Taylor’s wedding day from my view across to wine country.

I received this message from the beautiful bride Samantha on Instagram:

 “Such a beautiful blog about our wedding thank you so very much!💗 Wish you could have made it to our big day as well but I agree it was a worthy reason to miss…ironically enough my mom was a special education teacher and a great one at that! Takes a genuine soul to be in such a field and I send all my best wishes to the graduates! Hope you had a wonderful celebration and glad you could follow along from afar☺️ Cheers all around!😘🍷”

Watch the entire video series of the Wine Country Dream Wedding.

Read more of Samantha and Taylor’s story at Dream Wedding People Magazine.

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Do you have any words of wisdom for the newlyweds?

Are you inspired by their love story like I am?


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I was offered lodging/transportation to attend The Knot’s Dream Wedding in Wine Country.

All opinions about the event are my own. 

Wedding Event Planning: Jeannie Savage and Tips on Planning

All Images: Credit Jasmine Star Photography/The Knot

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What a beautiful wedding and such a touching story. Thank you for sharing it with us, Heather!


It was special to be part of the big day, even from a distance. Thanks for stopping by! xx


Such a very special wedding and a beautiful couple. I’m truly sorry to hear about Samantha’s mother. I’m glad she was able to see the wedding live-streamed. Thanks for sharing their story, Heather.

love, ~Sheri


So special, Heather. Thank you for sharing with us.


Gorgeous Wedding! I featured it today on my Friday Fun Stuff on the blog.


I saw that Cindy!! Thanks so much for including my link. There was an extra special twist that I learned from the bride on IG. Her mom was a special education teacher-and a gifted one at that-it made perfect sense to us all why I couldn’t attend in person. Love that story.


Love wedding stories but also love the ones done by NYTimes a couple of years – or a decade after they’ve been married too.


What a beautiful wedding and heartbreaking story…thanks for sharing it with us. I do hope you can go next time! Are you excited for summer vacation? Enjoy every minute! xoxo


This was such a beautiful post Heather. Very timely as I have just returned from a lovely trip to Carmel to celebrate me and hubby’s 46th wedding anniversary. You are so right on about the strength and commitment this beautiful couple have shown as they deal with the gritty challenges of life. Most wonderful that her mom could could share the day in this special way. I wish them many blessings and may their romance continue for many years! xx Karen


Absolutely lovely post in every sense of the word! Thanks for sharing!!


Beautiful post. Lovely setting, gorgeous couple, touching story. I’ll have to remember The Knot when it’s time to plan my daughter’s wedding … In time, she’s only 14 . Congratulations to the newlyweds, The Knot for helping to produce such momentous occasion, and you, Heather, for your thoughtful and creative writings and blog success!


Hi Heather,
Oh, this story is amazing, it’s just so touching that this couple was chosen, and that her mom was able to share the day. I cannot even imagine what it must have been like for her, for both of them, happy but also very bittersweet I think.
This is a wonderful post Heather, because for me, it was like their story, and I love posts that provide this special detail. It makes it seem so personal and up close, do you know what I mean? And I believe that is what you were aiming to get across — that yes, this couple won a dream wedding, but that they truly deserved this endearing experience, and it allowed her mom to be part of it, as much as she could anyway. Wonderful writing, thank you. xx Nancy


They have such a special story. Thanks for your kind words, Nancy!


Such a beautiful wedding! It looks picture perfect you would never know all the technical gadgets involved. What a bittersweet time for both mother and daughter!
I know is was a tough decision for you with your schedule conflicts.
I hope they invite you back next year!!


Ahhhh Jen, thanks. As you know, I certainly wished I could have been both places at once on this day. The live-streaming was a great option…hopefully I’ll be there in person next time. I can usually change my schedule around-just not that day. Aren’t the photos just swoon-worthy?


Just read the whole story and how sad about her mom. What a beautiful love story and that they were able to make it happen, it was touching how she carried a locket of her mom too. I used the Knot too planning my wedding and it definitely deserves to be at the top especially after throwing a wedding like this. :) What a fun opportunity you got invited, but I think it’s good you kept your plans too and were still able to watch it streaming online. Crazy about the rain storm you had there!!



I’m sure you found The Knot website super helpful in planning your gorgeous wine country wedding, Dale. How fun! When I used The Knot, back in 2000, they were just getting started-brilliant idea. Isn’t this wedding so beautiful-and such a special couple. Life has already tested them in some ways. I wish them every happiness!
PS-and yes, the Chico weather was crazy for 2 outdoor parties at the house back to back-rain for both (but the sun did come out!)!


Good morning dear Heather from CARMEL! OOOOOOOOOO you should hear my husband; he wants to live here. BIG DREAMER! But I said, “How about we vacation here every summer?” Now that’s more manageable!

These photos are spectacular. A combination of country and chic and wine and roses, what better backdrop is there for a wedding! I wish them all the happiness of a lifetime. HUGS! Anita


You made it to Carmel!! What a lovely spot to unwind and refresh after a busy school year, Anita, so well deserved my dear. I like how your husband is thinking! If not a move in spot the annual vacation sounds excellent. Can’t wait to see more–I’ll be checking IG today. Enjoy every moment!


What a stunning wedding and rather sad story.



It is picture perfect, isn’t it….a wine country wedding always has a special charm.

Love to hear from you!