Marin Magazine – January 2013 – Wine Country Weddings

Ashley Holmstrand and Doug Carr

Anvil Vineyard and Ranch, Annapolis, September 8, 2012

When a few of the members of the Sonoma State University soccer team moved in downstairs from Ashley Holmstrand and her roommates during her junior year, she thought she had won the jackpot, and if “the most amazing husband ever and best friend” is considered a grand prize, she did. However, she was almost too busy to let a romance bloom into an engagement. After repeatedly trying to get her to drop a work shift and go out of town for the weekend, Doug Carr ended up taking a moment on New Year’s morning 2011, while Ashley was twirling around the kitchen, to surprise her on bended knee with a ring in his hand. She loved it — the ring and the moment. Considering their alma mater and Doug’s passion for wine, having a wine country wedding was at the top of their list. The venue they chose, Anvil Vineyard and Ranch, is a 13,000-acre property with a lake, vineyard and three houses that can sleep up to 38 people. Anvil also met their planning needs; the venue allowed outside vendors, it had a beautiful outdoor setting, and there were no time constraints — so they could dance all night. “Patrick, the property manager, was amazing,” Ashley says. “It didn’t matter what odd request we had; Patrick had a solution for everything.” Highlights of the night for both included Ashley walking down the aisle; the first glimpse of his bride took Doug’s breath away, and Ashley especially cherished being escorted by her brother Tom. “I would not do anything differently,” says the groom. “The day was perfect.”

VENUE Anvil Vineyard and Ranch,

REVEREND Rev. Doug Rhoads (brother of the bride)

PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Phongsa, MP Photography,

CATERING Jennifer Lopez Catering and Events

FLOWERS Carlie Factor

MUSIC Runaway DJ Services,


GROOM’S SUIT Jim’s Formal Wear,