Today we are celebrating the launch of our Destination Guide, the Little Black Book’s newest addition. Some may consider a destination wedding one that guests have to travel far and wide to attend, one that is planned on some incredible beach in the middle of nowhere, one that is incredibly difficult to plan but so romantic to attend.

But, that isn’t really what this guide is about. Although all of the vendors listed will travel far and wide, wherever your wedding may take you, they will also travel twenty minutes outside of town to the cute winery near your house or an hour down the road to a great resort. To SMP, destination weddings simply mean that they aren’t in your own backyard. They are usually weekend weddings, those where guests stay to enjoy the scenery and of course, the company.

One of my favorite photographers within the Destination Guide is none other than Lauri Levenfeld of Zoom Photography in San Francisco. And this wedding…just thirty minutes outside of San Francisco in Napa Valley, is a beautiful reflection of Lauri’s talents.

zoom photography

A few details from the bride…

We both wanted a destination wedding, but also wanted some place close enough to the Bay Area that guests could either enjoy a full weekend of events or just come for the day.  We also envisioned a wedding set entirely outdoors, both for the ceremony and reception.  As soon as we visited Beaulieu Garden, a private estate located in Rutherford, in Napa Valley, we knew it would be a perfect setting for our wedding.

We wanted an elegant, classic, and joyful wedding.  Our focus was on enjoying a delicious meal and wine with our family and friends, surrounded by vineyards and beautiful flowers.  Our guests sat at long banquet tables, and the first course of organic heirloom tomatoes (grown by Paula Le Duc on right on the grounds) and mozzarella, prosciutto, marinated baby artichokes, roasted gypsy peppers, and olive oil poached prawns with preserved Meyer lemons was passed family- style, in fitting with our shared Italian heritage.

We named the tables after our favorite ski areas where we had skied together or separately, with our table named after the mountain where were engaged.  And since we love dark chocolate, we chose as our favors to have Recchuiti chocolates in small white boxes tied with green ribbon personalized with our names.  The square three layer wedding cake from Perfect Endings was covered with fresh white flowers.  It had three flavors – chocolate with chocolate butter cream with fresh raspberries, vanilla with chantilly butter cream with fresh raspberries, and lemon with lemon curd filling.

More to come from this beautiful wedding!