For anyone that has ever spent time in Napa Valley, you know that it’s basically like a little piece of heaven. There is just something about the organic elegance of the town, something that screams sophistication and warm, approachable style. So today, I have two really pretty Napa-esque weddings to share that I know you are going to love. And the best part about each one is that they have details that anyone can replicate…on any budget, with any weddings style.
The first wedding that Beth Helmstetter designed, actually took place in Los Angeles and yet it captures the vibe of Napa Valley to perfection…from the color palette to the elegant, but understated details. The gorgeous photographs were captured by B & G Photography.
Beth Helmstetter is one of those designers that approaches each event, each couple as if it’s her very first wedding. She puts her heart and soul into the affair so that the day reflects that unique couple to perfection…whether it’s a chic Cultural inspired dinner or an elegant, rustic celebration. I love Beth and everything that she does.
Susie and Curtis were the most amazing couple! They have been to their share of weddings and knew what they didn’t like as much as what they did which meant leaving out many things such as an uber long photo shoots that left guests hungry and bored, a forced dance floor for a group that wasn’t that into dancing and a stuffy and uncomfortable dinner where guests can’t relax. The end result was a really comfortable and approachable wedding that I was proud to be a part of.
Her vision for the day was rustic and vintage which I definitely think we accomplished. The ceremony took place literally in a forest at the Descanso Gardens and for the decor we let the environment do most of the talking. Adding leaves for the aisle and stumps with candle light and doilies seemed to be all we needed for the heavenly location.
For cocktail hour, Susie is all about cheese, so we served an artisan cheese board and mini grilled cheese sandwiches in the rose garden of the venue. Guests were greeted with Kir Royals which happens to be Susie’s favorite champagne cocktail. For dinner, they wanted the entire evening to resemble a slightly larger version of a dinner party in their home. We worked with the caterer to customize the menu with comfort foods such as Pot Roast, Herb Roasted Chicken and Maple Glazed Squash. The guests dined at ultra long feasting tables and were kept close to encourage intimacy and conversation. For entertainment, we had a small band that played tunes from the Rat Pack all night long which allowed those who wanted to dance the ability but didn’t force the dance floor onto anyone who would rather chat the night away.
Holly Flora did an amazing job with the mismatched, Anthropologie inspired table scape which included everything from vintage pressed glass to sugared plums. For dessert, we had homemade pies which guests helped themselves to and the cake was from SusieCakes here in LA. SusieCakes specializes in cakes that are just like grandma used to make so they were the perfect ending to the down home meal. For the favors, Susie and Curtis gave the guests some of their favorite brownies boxed up in the sweetest packaging complete with a Laura Hooper seal to boot.
Vendor List: Photography by B&G Photography / Calligraphy by Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Florals by Holly Flora /Catering by Patina / Linens by La Tavola / Venue Descanso Gardens / Custom Runners & Pillows The Sewing Lounge / Cakes by SusieCakes