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Pastel Garden Wedding in Sonoma | Damian Hamilton Photography

Gita and Mark’s lovely Cornerstone Gardens wedding is the epitome of wine country elegance! This San Francisco based couple chose the Sonoma location for its juxtaposition of vineyard romance with dramatic art installations and modern amenities. Gita, an industrial designer, created the stationery suite that inspired their sophisticated yet sweet wedding palette. Mandy Scott Events worked with them for coordination and florals, bringing their stationery suite to life with romantic florals in rainwashed pastels. The soft garden-inspired floral arrangements worked beautifully with our Ankara Aquamarine linens, with its swirling pattern of pearly flourishes on a delicate aqua backdrop.

The large scale print of the Ankara pattern rendered in such delicate colors made for a serenely beautiful reception under the elegant canopy, along with Hartmann Studios’ natural oak chairs. Delicate floral arrangements in their pastel palette brought the surrounding gardens into the reception space, with low compote centerpieces in pale shades of pink, peach, ivory, and yellow. We’re so grateful to the incredibly talented Damion Hamilton Photography for sharing this wonderful wedding with us!

Pastel Garden Wedding in Sonoma | Damian Hamilton Photography

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Photography: Damion Hamilton Photography
Ceremony and Reception Site: Cornerstone Gardens
Coordination and Florals: Mandy Scott Events
Videography: Rockbridge Productions
Catering: Sage Catering
Desserts: Gerhard Michler
Gown and Veil: Rivini
Hair: Artistry by Christal
Makeup: Kala Ketchum
Shoes: Joan & David
Wedding Rings: Jewelry Art Center
Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor
Groom and Groomsmen Formalwear: Perry Ellis



The interesting thing about a journey is that you never know what will happen along the way. Like all explorers, you set out in a direction, not knowing what you will find, whom you will meet, or what challenges you will face. Perhaps, if we knew what lay in store for us, we would never take that first step. Those of us that step into the unknown armed with nothing but energy, imagination, and optimism used to be called explorers, today we are called entrepreneurs.

That pretty much describes me. I’m an adventurous soul, an explorer. I don’t seek comfort or stability.  I seek excitement and new experiences.  So it should come as no surprise to those who know me and even to myself, that I would be a business owner and not an employee. I’m a slave to my own curiosity and optimism.

Map of Napa Valley Linens

Eight years ago I started a business called Napa Valley Linens. At the time, decorative rental linens were just beginning to catch on as a necessary part of events. I was completely smitten with the possibilities. A self-described fabriholic, I loved the impact that linens could have on an event. Those possibilities began to monopolize my imagination and every waking moment of my life. It was all I thought about. It still is. My husband, ever the voice of reason, tried to talk me out of it. He was convinced there was no money in it and to tell the truth, for many years, he was right. I soldiered on, despite the economics, always seeking a deeper understanding of the magic of fabric, the impact of color, and the mysteries of trends.

Economics drove me to get closer to the source, to move from the first dabble of buying ready made linens, to my current state of buying from mills all over the world. What a journey it has been! It has taken me all around this planet and taught me so much along the way.
Napa Valley Linens Shipping Around the World

I started this quest with with hope, ambition, energy, and tenacity. As I look back and forward, I see that I have gained strength, focus, confidence, and knowledge. I’ve learned so much about the textile industry. I know more than I care to about the difference between warps and wefts, dirty laundry, wine stains, the foibles of UPS, and the perils of exporting.

I’ve also learned a lot about people, especially brides. I’ve witnessed the most overwhelmed, confused, and timid bride move from fearful to fearless and break free of the shackles of tradition.

Unique Brides

I passionately love the people who work with me. They have grown with me and discovered strengths they never knew they had. And mostly, I’ve made a lot of friends, through associations that I’ve joined, partnerships I’ve made, clients that I’ve worked with, and other fearless entrepreneurs who are all a part of this wonderfully creative, special event industry.

This blog is about that journey.

  • Elizabeth Cameron - How amazingly talented you are!!!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Wolfman - Sharon this is so exciting! Your addition to the wedding and event industry has elevated event design and the importance of a completed tablescape to a whole new level. The Mark Hopkins is truly blessed to be able to work with your team of experts along and have our ballrooms dressed with your impeccable taste in beautiful linens on a weekly basis. xoxo Chrissy Wolfman at the InterContinental Mark HopkinsReplyCancel

    • Sharon Dexmier - Chrissy,
      It’s been a pleasure to work with you! You are a delight! Thanks for your continued support.ReplyCancel

  • David Robinson - What a great story. Even though I have known you most of the journey so far, there are some behind the scene things that I was not aware of…I am so inspired by your vision, your tenacity and dedication to succeed. I am in awe of the way your business has evolved. I am on pins and needles anticipating the next post of about your journey. Continued success to you my friend.ReplyCancel

    • Sharon Dexmier - You are one of the most special people I know. Thanks for all the heart to hearts and for all the ice teas :)ReplyCancel

  • Loren - Looks great Sharon! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Joan Henn - I am so proud of you and your accomplishments.ReplyCancel