How To Have The Most Instagram-Worthy Wedding Ever

Planning a wedding is no easy task. Factor in how quickly guests share and upload snaps to social media, and it makes every detail even more crucial.

Just ask One Kings Lane social media editor Rosie D'Argenzio, who recently pulled off (with the help of Bustle events) the most Instagram-worthy wedding our feed has ever seen. From the embroidered napkins in lieu of place cards to the mini lounge areas dotting the wine-country estate, the setup couldn't have been more picture-perfect. We asked D'Argenzio for the scoop on her beautiful Sonoma nuptials, and walked away with plenty of pointers. Check out the inspirational snaps, and be sure to bookmark her tips for your own fete — then watch those little hearts add up.
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Photo: Courtesy of @Kellylack.
Go Family-Style
"I come from a big Italian family, so I knew for dinner I wanted family-style, which only makes sense on long, farm-style tables. I also knew I wanted to do dinner under the [stone] ruins under strung lights. To modernize it a bit — and accommodate for our number of guests, which was around 130 — my dad actually made the tables. They were a bit longer and a bit narrower than the traditional farm table. He also did a light-blonde wood to not go too rustic and distressed-looking."
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Photo: Courtesy of @rosiedargenzio.
Make Your Table Setting Unique
"Here, you can really see the shibori-dyed napkins with calligraphy, with each guest's first name. I really wanted to do an embroidered napkin instead of escort cards, so after we landed on the indigo-dyed napkins, we used Curlicue Designs for embroidery on the cloth. They turned out better than I imagined, and everyone really enjoyed taking them home."
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Photo: Courtesy of @Zioandsons.
Offset The Rustic With Modern Touches
"This is outside one of the walls of the stone ruin in the winery. We used the rugs that my husband and I got in India and paired them with some shibori pillows. Twigss did an amazing job with the florals and were a total dream to work with. The arrangements were in a mix of ceramic and brass vessels. I wanted a wild look, with pops of crimson and peach to balance the mostly blue and white indigo going on. I wanted to also balance the overtly rustic nature of the rose farm and ruins with some more modern elements, like the Bertoia chairs."
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Photo: Courtesy of @Kellyalack.
Create A Cool Focal Point For Pics
"This is the barn — it is full of vintage motorcycles — at Annadel Estate. There are some beautiful oak trees on the property as well; it's a stunning location. I thought about using the barn for a cocktail hour, but really wanted the day to be celebrated all outdoors. The barn — with that gorgeous green door — was a great backdrop for pics, though."
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Photo: Courtesy of @Kellylack.
Create Mini Lounge Areas
"At the wedding, we had rugs layered with florals, some low seating, and wine at each little setup, so people could sit on the lawn and enjoy the day. Plus, since we had a handful of kiddos at the wedding, we thought this could be a good place for families to chill."
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Photo: Courtesy of @twigssfloral.
Go For Wild, Free-Flowing Floral Arrangements
"I really loved working with my florist, Twigss. They did such an incredible job with the tablescape. I wanted the florals to feel wild —with the place settings more minimal. These tall ceramic vases by Gerhard Ceramics flanked the ends of the table, and the smaller arrangements were in a mix of brass vessels."
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Photo: Courtesy of @sarahmcooney.
Integrate Tradition
"The day before the wedding, my mom threw a henna party and luncheon at her house for all the bridesmaids and ladies in the family. It's part of Indian tradition for the bride to get henna, so I thought it would be fun for all the bridesmaids to join in. The lady doing the designs did some pretty amazing, more modern designs; it felt very unique and special, but also a nice traditional nod to culture."
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Photo: Courtesy of @rosiedargenzio.
Mix In Street Art
"We commissioned one of our favorite S.F. street artists, I Still Love You, to do some custom pieces for our wedding. One of them was this backdrop. He does these oversize hearts all over the city and came up with these heart cacti for us."
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Photo: Courtesy of @rosiedargenzio.
Layer Rugs
"This is the next-day pool party at my dad's house in Santa Rosa. Ambi and I went to India about six months before we got married, to go to one of his cousins' wedding. During that trip, we bought a bunch of rugs for our own wedding — which we dyed in an indigo bath. We laid them out at my dad's the next day in the backyard to keep a cohesive look and vibe to the day before. Plus, I just love layered rugs; I mean, who doesn't?"
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Photo: Courtesy of @theglamourist.
Find A Textured Wall For Portraits
"This is the back of the barn. I love the distressed wood with my dress. I kept my hair down, with a bit of a wave and a side part for a nod to a vintage vibe. Hair and makeup was by Jane the Glamourist, and my dress is from Rue de Seine."
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Photo: Courtesy of @rosiedargenzio.
The happy couple!
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