Dear Wedding Gods, please send me the amazing dress below so that I can wear it every day of my life. And if you could throw in the shoes, that would be awesome. And Dear Rebecca at Docuvitae Photography, weddings like these are really making me want to get married all over again and my husband seems to be getting a little nervous. Really nervous actually as it seems that I have gasped out loud more than once while putting this wedding together.

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{Part II is up next but if you can’t wait, click here to see the full wedding}

Being a shoe designer I knew I’d be working from the feet, up.  I was designing my shoes in mind before I bought my dress, so that helped the process.  I based them off of a design I did for Badgley Mischka called the ‘Randee.’  Per the dress, I knew I didn’t want to go traditional.  I wanted to wear something that I hadn’t ever seen before, because for my job, I’m constantly looking in magazines (often Bridal ones) for inspiration.  I felt like I had seen everything on the market.  Until I tried on my Monique Lhullier dress.  It was a read-to-wear piece in a natural color, and fit me perfectly.  The textural, ethereal quality of the dress  sold me.  Also, a tip, I was able to save hundreds of dollars in ‘bridal’ alteration fees because the dress wasn’t technically a wedding dress!  A nice perk.

Marc wore a Christian Dior suit and Paul Smith shirt, socks, and vest.  Our great friend, who is the shoe designer for Lamb gave Marc a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes as a gift!  The groomsmen and Father of the Groom wore coordinating ties from Toybreaker (etsy).  My sisters and sister-in-law picked their own dresses based on a color palette I gave them via magazine tears, etc that included shades of cream, blush, grey, and latte.  I surprised them the day before the wedding with custom black shoes.  I think they knew it was coming :-)   Each pair expressed their personal style, and thankfully, they all worked wonderfully with their dresses! 

Jenne was a fabulous help to us.  I knew I didn’t want a planner that ‘took over’ so to speak.  I had a very specific vision in mind, and she was so wonderful in the way she helped me to realize that vision, within the confines of my budget and my very specific taste.  The advice she offered was spot on, and most importatnly, on the wedding day, I was totally relaxed knowing she was there.

Part II and TONS of fabulous details from the bride coming up next!

Photography: Rebecca of Docuvitae Photography / Flowers: Sharla Flock of Sharla Flock Designs / Event Design: Jenne Hohn of Hohn Events / Site Coordinator & Food/Beverage Director: Brooke Baglietto  / Ceremony + Reception Location: The Carneros Inn, Napa Valley, CA / Invitations: Baumbirdy, etsy / Shoes: designed and manufactured by bride / Dress: Monique Lhullier

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