Fall Photo Invitational Winners!

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We are so grateful for all the photographer that came to capture the beauty of Park Winters in the Fall! We received so many beautiful images, it was hard to pick one winner… so we chose two! Read on to see the winning images, as well as 2nd and 3rd place. We look forward to another invitational this Spring… we have planted several thousand bulbs of all shapes, colors and sizes… it’s going to be truly spectacular!

FIRST PLACE
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LAVONA GELARDI
Lavona Gelardi Photography

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FIRST PLACE
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CHARLES MCDONALD
Alpha 73 Photography

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SECOND PLACE

NICOLE MACEY
Nicole Macey Photography


THIRD PLACE (TIED)

SARAH SCHWEYER
Sarah Schweyer Photography

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THIRD PLACE (TIED)

LISA FOWLER

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Looking Forward to Spring Bulbs!

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The gardens at Park Winters are our pride and joy, and while love every season, we are especially looking forward to Spring this year! One of the most amazing rewards of gardening is watching blooms emerge months after they’ve been planted. We recently planted a dream line-up of bulbs throughout the property… see below for photo gallery of each one!! What bulbs are you planting this season? Comment below, we would love to hear!

Holiday Dinner Magic

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Thank you to everyone who celebrated the holidays here at Park Winters! Our team pulled out all the stops to create 'Simple Country Luxury' holiday magic... from dried citrus, to gilded pine cones and greenery galore. It was a dream come true to host our very own Holiday Dinner this year, and we are excited to share some photos from the evening!

p.s. Park Winters isn’t just a wedding venue! We hope you will consider us for your company and family celebrations in 2019!

Photos by: Zoart Photography

Featured Wedding: Danielle and Carly

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It was the perfect Fall day for a perfect Fall wedding... but nothing about this day was more beautiful than the love between these two brides. From their dreamy dresses, gorgeous Fall palette and radiant smiles, it was a truly magical October afternoon.

Featured Wedding: Jade and Bhavin

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Sometimes a wedding is just so magical it leaves you speechless… or should we say TWO weddings, because this amazing couple threw not one, but two ceremonies and receptions in one day! We love that Jade and Bhavin incorporated their families and culture into this beautiful event. The vibrant colors and florals, rich tradition and modern aesthetics all wove together in the most perfect way.

Fall Wreath Workshop Magic

One of our favorite events of the year is our Fall wreath workshop with Hannah Muller of Full Belly Farm. Hannah is a flower farmer, florist and social media maven… and also happens to be a wonderful friend of Park Winters! These workshops have been such a blessing to us… each one has been filled with amazing creatives, former brides, neighbors, family and friends. The opportunity to make something beautiful, and connect with other people is a truly magical experience! Scroll down for some dreamy images from our day. To see more of Hannah’s beautiful work, find her on Instagram: @farmerhands

Featured Wedding: Rayna and Lohan

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This stunning Brazilian couple perfectly showcased Northern California Simple Country Luxury to their international wedding guests... we can't get enough of the gorgeous photos, and you won't either.

Featured Wedding: Tess & Dustin

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This month, we are looking back at one of our favorite 'all things Fall' weddings to date. Tess & Dustin embraced the season and infused that inspiration throughout many of details… in a way that wasn’t too overly-thematic. Scroll down for some serious Autumnal wedding magic!

VENDORS:
Planning and Design: Leslie Sherlin (My mom was the mastermind behind the wedding. From the table layout of the reception, to every table detail, and everything in between.)
Day of Coordination: Katie Rebecca Events
Floral: Studio Mondine
Photography: Anna Marks Photography
DJ: Ike and Martin
China Rentals: Frances Lane

Featured Wedding: Kayla & Ryan

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This month's feature is the stunning Spring wedding of high school sweethearts Kayla and Ryan, who's wedding date was planned to land right on their 10 year anniversary! How magical is that??

FROM THE BRIDE:
How did you two meet?
We met at Dixon High School. We started dating on May 25, 2008, when I was a sophomore and he was a senior. We dated the rest of my high school career and all of our college careers. He asked me to marry him when I had just graduated from college!

Tell us about the proposal!
The proposal was perfect! I had just graduated with my undergraduate degree from Sacramento State. As a couple, we love to take trips together, so for a graduation present he surprised me with a trip to San Diego. The second full day into our trip Ryan planned a sunset horseback ride on the beach. He knew this was special to me because I grew up riding horses but did not get to enjoy them as much as I would like to. We had a trail guide on the ride with us, but other than that it was just the two of us. The trail to the beach was about an hour and a half ride. Once we got to the beach, we rode for about another 30 minutes. The view was amazing, the sun was setting, and we were the only people on the beach for miles. We reached the turnaround point of the ride and the guide had us get off our horses to “stretch our legs”, because she knew what Ryan had planned. He grabbed my hands and proposed in the most perfect way. I was completely in shock and was completely unaware that he had anything like that planned. He even hired a photographer to capture the moment.

Ryan was already enrolled/accepted into Law School at the time we got engaged. This led us to have a long, 3 year, engagement because we did not want the process of planning a wedding to be mixed with the stress of law school. It ended up being the perfect decision, because it allowed us to get married exactly on our 10-year anniversary, May 25, 2018.

Why did you choose Park Winters?
My mom, Leslie, is the person that found actually found our venue. She was involved in helping us search because she knew what we were wanting in a venue. We were looking for something that was reasonably close to Dixon, due to the fact that we and both of our families are from there.

We always pictured an outdoor wedding so that narrowed it down a little bit. We were also looking for the venue that would give us the freedom to make our wedding special and put our own twist on it. As soon as we toured Park Winters we knew we wanted to get married there. The venue was the total package from all of the outdoor spaces, the house itself, and even the food. Not to mention, everyone there was wonderful to work with and very accommodating in working with us.

What was your favorite wedding moment?
I am not sure how many brides can say that their wedding day was the definition of perfect and more than they could ever imagine, but mine was that and more. To pick a favorite wedding moment is difficult.

If I had to choose one I would say it was the cocktail party. Ryan and I decided on being introduced early so we could spend the extra time with our guests. Being introduced as man and wife then getting to spend the next hour or so with the people closest to us was unforgettable. We were very grateful we had that special time with our guests.

A close second favorite was our ceremony. Even though it was short, it summed up Ryan and I’s relationship perfectly.

VENDORS:
Planning and Design: Leslie Sherlin (My mom was the mastermind behind the wedding. From the table layout of the reception, to every table detail, and everything in between.)
Day of Coordination: Rachele Poplin with Alluring Events
Floral: The Dixon Florist 
Hair: Adreana Cross
Makeup: Marissa Stacey
Photography: Anna Perevertaylo
Videography: By Design Film
DJ: Extreme Productions
Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Bride Dress: Galia Lahav
Bridesmaids Dresses: Hayley Paige
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Recipe: Crème Brûlée French Toast with Blackberry Coulis

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We've been told that the best part of staying at Park Winters is the breakfast the next morning! And, while you can't replace the magic of starting your day in our little country oasis, you can at least recreate one of the decadent breakfast dishes we offer! 

INGREDIENTS

Crème Brûlée Base
1 quart heavy cream
1 cup egg yolks
½ cup + ¼ cup sugar
2 tsp bourbon vanilla

French Toast
1 loaf challah bread
3 tbsp unsalted butter

Blackberry Coulis
1 cup blackberries
2 tbsp sugar
⅛ cup water
1 tsp lemon juice

Fresh Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp powdered sugar
½ tsp bourbon vanilla

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make the crème brûlée base: Heat cream to a simmer (don’t boil). In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla together until incorporated. Next slowly add the hot cream a little at a time to the egg yolk and sugar mixture while whisking vigorously.

Cut the challah bread into 1 ½ inch slices and soak both sides in the crème brûlée base until soaked all the way through. This is best done while the base is still warm, but not hot.

Place the soaked bread onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper that has been sprayed with pan spray. Bake soaked bread for twenty minutes or until the custard is set. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Make the blackberry coulis: Heat the water, sugar, and lemon juice until the sugar dissolves. Cool the mixture in the refrigerator. In a blender add the cooled mixture to the blackberries and purée until smooth.

Make the whipped cream: Add all ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment. Whip on a medium speed until the whipped cream holds under its own wait. Do not over-whip or the whipped cream will turn into butter. If you do not have a stand mixer, you can use a hand mixer, or whip it by hand with a whisk.

Cook the French toast: Heat a pan on medium heat. Coat the one side of the French toast in sugar. Add butter to the pan, and as soon as it is melted, place the French toast onto the pan, sugar side down. Cook on the sugar side down until the edges start to get a little crispy. Flip the French toast and place in the 350 degree oven for 7 minutes or until it is warmed through. Place French toast on a place and garnish with the blackberry coulis, and the whipped cream.

Featured Wedding: Laura & Alexis

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This month's feature is the intimate Spring wedding of Laura and Alexis, who's love for each other radiates with pure joy.

FROM THE BRIDE:
How did you two meet?
I was being recruited by a company, and they invited me to wine and dine with potential co-workers. Alexis was sitting nearby as I played a game of pool against myself. I missed pretty much every shot, and would occasionally hit the ball clear off of the table, all the while laughing hysterically. I remember noticing Alexis watching me with confusion, but luckily I intrigued more than scared him! And, the rest is history!

Tell us about the proposal!
We got engaged on Wailea Beach in Maui  —  Alexis got down on one knee in the middle of the ocean at low tide and popped the question. I couldn't actually tell he was on one knee because of the water. I thought he was joking! But, after realizing what was going on, I said yes. :)

Why did you choose Park Winters?
We visited a lot of wineries and farms before choosing Park Winters. We were looking for something magical, whimsical, and not pretentious. All of the wineries were pretentious, and the farms usually had horses or other animals—the smell of manure really takes the magic out of things. Park Winters had the perfect combination of history and timelessness, and we loved that it was secluded amongst the farmland.

What was your favorite wedding moment?
Vows and speeches! We wrote our vows late the night before, and we didn't have any paper, so we ended up writing them on paper grocery bags from Whole Foods. Despite the frantic rush, our vows were so heartfelt and genuine. Hearing our friends and family talk about us as a couple at dinner meant so much to us. A lot of people travelled from out of town to attend our intimate wedding, and it was a really special time with the most important people in our lives. We also loved the stormy sunset at the end of the day. It was dramatic and perfect.

VENDORS:
Invitation Suite, program fans, seating chart, chalkboard signs, dinner menus, favor calligraphy, table numbers, disposable cameras: (Bride) Kristin Hashimoto Read
Photography: Ruth Nyquist
Officiant: Tan Weddings & Events
Dress - Sarah Seven
Floral Design - Bouqs, Blooms By The Box
Hair & Makeup - Christi Reynolds
Day-of Coordination - With Grace and Love Events

Summerland in Winters

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Last month, we welcomed some of the most influential bloggers, event planners and social media mavens to Park Winters for a full day of fun and inspiration! At Summerland, guests were treated to dreamy photography vignettes, delicious food & drinks, pool party fun and so much more! One of our favorite parts of Summerland was getting to work with the amazing event planners we often recommend to our wedding guests. We asked them to create something magical... and boy did they deliver! We will be sharing more about each event planner's vignette in the days to come, but thought we would start by sharing this amazing photo collection of the event, shot by the lovely Crystal Lynn Collins. (for even more amazing inspo, check out the #PWSummerland hashtag on Instagram!)

Featured Wedding: Lauren & Graham

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Let's be honest, we were all swooning over the simple, chic wedding look of our favorite fairytale Princess, Megan Markle. Her minimalist style is a growing trend amongst modern brides, and yet we are actually looking back to one of our favorite understated, elegant weddings: Lauren & Graham. Their neutral color palette, simple green florals and Lauren's stunning wedding day look proved that less is most definitely more.

Spring Wedding Inspiration

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We host many unbelievably beautiful weddings each year, often thanks to an amazing team of professionals working tirelessly to perfect every last detail. Along with the many real weddings we host, we've also had the pleasure of working with some of the best wedding vendors in the region to create stunning inspiration shoots. Last May, as the lavender on the property was emerging, we hosted a magical styled shoot led by Hailey Yeager of Two Roads Event Co. (and former Park Winters bride!). You've seen some of the images on our Instagram, but we've never shared the whole album! Be prepared for some major Spring wedding inspiration... made possible by an all-star team:

Photographer: Susan Yee
Plan / Coordinate / Design / Style: Two Roads Event Co.
Floral Design / Styling: Bloomers
Cake: Paper Heart Patisserie
Stationer: Pop Calligraphy
Hair + Makeup: Angela Nunnink
Dress(es): Bride to Be Couture
Linens: La Tavola
Plant Dyed Ribbons / Textiles: Jennifer Tan

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Mother's Day is right around the corner and finding the perfect gift for someone so important is no easy task! While we are all sold out for our Mother's Day Lunch, we still have plenty of wonderful options to treat Mom to the experience of Park Winters. Read below for some inspiration!


GIVE THE GIFT OF PARK WINTERS

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Mom should be celebrated every day of the year! Luckily, our Farm Dinners are scheduled several times a month, and rooms at the Inn are available for booking throughout the year! The Park Winters gift certificate can be used towards either experience (and more!), giving her the freedom to redeem when she's truly in need of a relaxing retreat.


SHARE AN EXPERIENCE

Treat your Mom this Mother's Day to this very special workshop with succulent expert Noelle DeMartini of Succulents by Noelle DeMartini and Sweet Pea's Nursery! In this one hour workshop, you will create a one-of-a-kind succulent wreath, learn tips and enjoy the beauty of the land around us.

We only have a handful of tickets left... click the button below to purchase before they're all gone!
 


MAKE HER SOMETHING DELICIOUS

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Mom has probably made you more than a few meals in your lifetime... give her a break and make something special for her this Mother's Day. This light recipe we shared last Fall is the perfect appetizer for brunch, although we suggest switching out the fresh fig (which is out of season) with a freshly hulled and halved strawberry. And, to make it extra special, gift her with her very own jar of our delectable fig jam!


PAMPER HER WITH SIMPLE COUNTRY LUXURY

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Our online marketplace Simple Country Luxury carries a selection of wonderful, locally-made artisan goods... including luxurious soaps and body butters by Yolo Press! Find a unique vanity tray, add an embroidered hand towel, lavender-mint soap, body butter and lip balm, and finish off with a few sprigs of fresh lavender for an extra special presentation!

Featured Wedding: Kristin & Isaac

This month's feature is the beautiful wedding of Kristin & Isaac! This lovely and talented bride designed everything from the invitation suite to the dinner menus, and hand-lettering the chalkboard signs. All those personal touches are what make a wedding extraordinary, and this stunning affair was no exception! 

FROM THE BRIDE:
Tell us about the proposal!
Every summer since we’ve met, we always make a trip to Isaac’s hometown in New England to visit his family. We always take a walk through town to this tree-lined path that leads to a secluded cove overlooking the water. One year on Father’s Day, he called my mom & dad to ask for their blessing and took me to that same spot to get down on one knee.

Why did you choose Park Winters?
Park Winters was the first place that we saw and nothing else compared. The grounds are beyond beautiful and the event barn was the perfect place for our reception. It is truly a magical place with the most kind and wonderful people. Every time we go, we never want to leave.

What was your favorite wedding moment?
There were a million moments that made that day so special and memorable! Walking down the aisle with my dad... seeing Isaac standing under the arbor he built for us... even Isaac's dad dropping our rings during the ceremony! Being announced as Mr & Mrs... celebrating my Grandpa's 95th and our niece's 1st birthday... and dancing the night away with our friends and family! It was truly the happiest day of our lives.