This Luxe Sunstone Winery Wedding Surprised Guests with a Legal Marijuana Lounge

May 6, 2018 | juliette

After an epic engagement in Santorini, it was only fitting that Monica and Adam’s wedding at Sunstone Winery was equally romantic. So, to make the wedding weekend truly feel like a community experience, they invited all their guests to stay in the Italian-style villa for the entire weekend and showered them with love and attention from beginning to end. One of their most unique surprises were the lounge areas at the reception, which included a smoke lounge with hand-rolled favors for any guests over 21 to enjoy. Because Monica and Adam both work in the legal marijuana industry, it fit their personal vibe to include such a modern reception activity, and their planning team from Soleil Events made it fit in seamlessly with the timeless look and elegant feel of the rest of the decor. Alexandria Monette Photography knocked it out of the park in capturing every perfectly designed detail and every dreamy moment the couple spent in the vineyard after the ceremony.

The Couple:

Monica and Adam

The Wedding:

Sunstone Winery, Santa Barbara, California

From the photographer: Adam proposed to Monica in the most fairytale romantic way. Prior to their trip to Santorini, Greece, Adam found a planner who would set up the perfect proposal at the highest building on the coast of Santorini. He hired musicians, a private chef, a photographer, had their dinner table decorated and even hired “extras” to stand in as pretend hotel guests in the abandoned building so that Monica wouldn’t catch onto his plan. He proposed at the top of that building overlooking the Aegean Sea. Their love for travel to beautiful places led them to Sunstone Villa in the hills of Santa Barbara on a gorgeous summer day for their celebration. They were inspired by the moody + sophisticated vibe that an Italian Villa can represent and wanted their wedding to feel like a destination celebration.

There are so many amazing wedding trends out there that we’d love to indulge in, but we wanted to keep things timeless. I wanted to be comfortable and look myself. I opted for a very clean wedding dress made out of crepe with a dramatic train. The girls wore blush colored dresses also made out of crepe. The men wore classic black suits as my husband wore a classic tuxedo.

we are in the legal marijuana industry and wanted to incorporate it somehow. So, we gave out pre-rolled joints with our hashtag #thisweddingisdope on it. We also gave out personalized jars of matches. They were all there for everyone to grab at our smoking lounge (21 and over of course). My brother, his girlfriend, and the girls in the wedding party all sat around the giant round table at the villa putting everything together the night before. It was such a fun experience as everyone sat around drinking wine and laughing at how many times we had to redo things.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Alexandria Monette Photography
Event Planning – Soleil Events
Venue – Sunstone Winery
Floral Design – Anna Le Pley Taylor
Catering – Chris Brugler Catering
DJ – DJ Sam House
Live Music – Ocdamia Strings
Stationery – Minted
Wedding Dress – Monique Lhuillier
Bridal Accessories – Gucci
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Bloomingdale’s
Groom’s Apparel – ISAIA
Rings – Tiffany & Co.
Rentals – Found Vintage Rentals
Lighting – Bella Vista Designs


Congratulations to Monica and Adam, and our most sincere thanks to Alexandria Monette Photography for sharing this incredible wedding with Junebug! Looking for more inspiration for creating a timeless wedding look? Alicia and Paul will show you how it’s done in their timeless Michigan wedding at the City Opera House!

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