Napa Valley Wedding by Michelle Walker Photography
April 6, 2011
United States

I definitely have tomboy tendencies but show me anything with a Parisian flair and I turn into a big squealing girly girl.  This Napa Valley wedding by Michelle Walker Photography definitely got my heart racing with blue and white Parisian street signs, French-inspired postcards and an all around feeling of whimsy and enchantment.  And how cute are those custom cake toppers made to look like the bride and groom down to her bouquet?  The ooh la las continue in the full wedding gallery!

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From Michelle Walker Photography... In June 2010, Sharon Martin and Joel Savitzky wed at Auberge de Soleil in beautiful Rutherford, California.  Sharon and Joel, New York foodies inspired by all things French naturally picked Napa for their destination wedding.  At the time of the wedding Sharon was the Manager of Creative Services in the Marketing Department for Tiffany & Company in New York! Specializing in the design and installation of window displays, she brought her attention to detail and elegance to her wedding.

Notable design elements included the table numbers, which were enameled vintage French street number signs.  The bride visited Paris every summer with her mother and has fond memories of the blue and white street signs.  The unusual larger numbers (Table 24, Table 181) gave a sense of whimsy and a hint of disorder to keep the guests entertained.  The escort “tree” was filled with a card for each guest inspired by French postcards.  The color of the vintage postage stamp cleverly indicated which entrée the guest was having, without the guests even realizing it.  A custom cake-topper was ordered in Sharon and Joel’s likeness, down to the floral bouquet, groom’s tie and pretty red hair on the bride.

Arrangements were set in glass bottles that belonged to the bride’s grandmothers, collected over a fifty-year span.  They were shipped to the florist, and honored her grandparents who couldn’t attend the wedding.  The groom, an advertising and marketing art director, designed all of the stationery for the wedding, including their wedding invitation.

Sharon and Joel stayed at the private estate of Newton Winery, featuring stunning gardens and architecture, which meant stunning photos!

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Location: Auberge du Soleil / Wedding Photography: Michelle Walker Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Tesoro Flowers / Wedding Cupcakes: Kara's Cupcakes / Hair & Makeup: The Powder Room / Ceremony Music: Davis Ramey Musical Services / Dinner & Dancing Music: AMS Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet / Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Groom's Suit: Ralph Lauren Black Label / Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss / Groom's Tie: Gucci / Bride's Jewelry: Nicole Miller / Bride's Hairpiece: Ce Jaune Bridal Vintage / Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. / Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Bridesmaid Jewelry: Sharon Martin Designs / Groomsmen Suits: J. Crew / Groomsmen Ties: Bergdorf Goodman / Cake Topper: Together Forever / Table Numbers: The Pudding Store Vintage / Honey favors: Marshall's Farm Natural Honey / Calligraphy: Katherine Knauer / Officiant: Kimberly Thompson, A Beautiful Ceremony