Arriving in Geyserville for Jenna and Kyle’s Robert Young Estate wedding, we immediately fell in love with the place. Tucked up against the hills of Alexander Valley, the The Robert Young Estate stretches over a picturesque 500 acres, with 317 of those acres planted in wine grapes. Greeting us as we entered the property were their two, free-ranging Llamas (who’s names I can’t recall) which was different and cool, and made us feel right at home! While the estate hosts private events throughout the year, up to this point there had never been a wedding up on the hill, so we were over the moon being able to experience this “first” with such a lovely couple. When Jenna and Kyle arrived, we knew straight-away that these were two genuinely great people and we were going to really enjoy our day.
I’d considered Kyle’s father Keith, a friend about midway through our very first conversation. He spoke with such affection about his son and future daughter-in-law and wanted to make sure he did everything he could to give them a perfect wedding…while also keeping the day relaxed and fun. Busy finishing up their medical degrees on the east coast, Jenna and Kyle had to rely upon family and their planning team (the always awesome, Quintana Events) to keep things on track for their summertime wine-country wedding. We typically enjoy speaking with a couple first so we can get a feel for each other and make sure it’s the right for everyone, but after several calls with Keith, I knew the “kids” were gonna’ be alright.
In our initial questionnaire we send out when someone inquires with us, we ask for three words that best describe them as a couple, to which they replied: Interdependent.
Disregarding the fact that that’s only one word and five syllables, the response was classic and perfectly summed up their connectedness. They were always by each other’s side, always smiling, and more often than not, borderline giddy. I can’t recall even a moment of stress from either of them; they just seemed to be completely awash in the love surrounding them and with each other.
The afternoon kicked off very summery indeed, with an azure blue sky and intense heat, so we gravitated towards the tranquil shade of a stand of Sequoia trees for the first look and family photos. It was later brought to our attention that these trees had been planted several generations back on the day of a family wedding that took place in that exact same spot. The property has a gorgeous hilltop clearing with unobstructed south and west facing views across Alexander Valley and over to the Mayacamas Mountains which form the border with Napa County; this served as both the ceremony and reception site. As the wedding ceremony led into speeches, and speeches segued into dinner and dancing, the ever warming light on the hills provided a nice counterpoint to the developing chill in the air. We stole them away for what had to have been the most sun-drenched evening light imaginable and had them back just in time to cut their cake and feed it to each other’s noses.
Such a cute couple – it’s days like this that we live for.