Jo & Layna

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An ultra-personal celebration of family, friends and love at a valley winery—this is the kind of day that dreams are made of.

Two-and-a-half years ago, Jo Ansell and Layna Bennett finally matched on Tinder. But that fateful swipe wasn’t their first time laying eyes on each other. “I DJ and Layna is an awesome dancer,” says Jo. “We saw each other for years but did nothing about it.” Flash forward a couple of years, and Jo was making Layna’s dreams come true. Literally. “She had had a dream a long time ago that I had asked her to marry me by throwing a bracelet at her,” says Jo, who re-created that moment at Burning Man, with a bracelet that read “Will You Marry Me?” and then, of course, a ring. The couple’s wedding was simple and romantic, gathering with 80 of their friends and family at Sainte-Famille Wines to celebrate their love and dance. “We didn’t have a dress code, we told people to wear whatever made them feel fabulous,” says Jo. “And Layna didn’t want a wedding dress, she wanted a dress that was just—her.”

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The DIY vibes helped to make it an ultra-personal day—their dads managed the barbecue, they decorated everything themselves and DJ Tommy Knuckles brought the soundtrack, which included their first dance, a deep house version of “Ain’t Nobody.”

“The people made the day and we made the day for each other,” Jo says, adding that their vows were the highlight of the day. “It was just us and it was special and what all of it was for anyway.”

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“It was just us and it was special, and what all of it was for anyway.”

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Ooh LaLa Photography

Wedding Details

Venue: Saint Famille Wines
Dress: Miss Foxine Couture
Decor: DIY and Amazon
Rings: Chasing Victory
Cake: Tart & Soul
Caterer: DIY
DJ/Music: Tommy Knuckles
Photographer: Oh Lala Photography
Flowers: Nardin’s Gardens

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  1. It was a beautiful wedding, food was great. Brian and I had a great time, It was great to be with family, meet Jo and also see people we had not seen for awhile. We are so glad that we were there to share your wedding day.

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