Before we delve into the photos fully, let's take a few minutes to fully appreciate the highlight of this great wedding, as captured by AwesomeShot Studios.
That adorable parasol is from Customized Wedding Creations.
For some, it’s the dress. For others, it’s the food. For us, it was the details. As Dave and I started planning our wedding, we decided early on that the small but memorable touches would be the most important aspect of our big day. We met in high school and Dave (who is an unbelievable artist!) would draw adorable cartoon pictures of me during class. They never failed to brighten my day! Staying “forever young” has had such a positive impact on our relationship and that motto served as an inspiration for the most important elements of our wedding day.
Early in our planning process, my husband drew a cartoon illustration of the two of us as he imagined us on our wedding day and that served as the signature design for our wedding. We used it on our wedding website, hand-crafted invitation suite, program and menu cards, wine glass favors, and even a personalized cake topper that was a labor of love by a close friend. Other DIY aspects of our wedding day included coloring books and crayon kits for the kids, table numbers featuring childhood photos from each year, wine cork placecards, a cupcake stand and paper cones holding flower petals for tossing.
We were also lucky enough to win a beautiful parasol from Customized Wedding Creations and purchased a few products from Etsy to match the theme of the event. I also loved working with my husband to create our interactive wedding website, which featured an “Our Story” video, video introductions to each member of the bridal party, quizzes about ourselves and the bridal party, links to fun Bay Area activities for the out-of-town guests and a video and photo gallery.
We were married at our favorite winery, V. Sattui, which is a family-owned vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley. The rustic courtyard and rising stone tower with balcony provided the perfect backdrop for our day – and the staff could not have been more friendly! Our color palette of sage green, blush pink and chocolate brown complemented V. Sattui’s dark wood elements and pale pink florals.
Dave’s gift to me on our wedding day included an illustration of him pushing me on a swing with the caption, “I can’t wait to never grow up with you.” A pretty perfect summary of how I felt that day. We enjoyed our wedding day from start to finish and both felt so relaxed as we watched our family and friends discover all the elements we had created with such love and care. Seeing the look on my husband’s face as I walked toward him down the aisle is a moment within a day that I’ll never forget.
Venue: V. Sattui Winery / Photography: Michele Beckwith Photography / Cinematography: AwesomeShot Studios / Catering: Elaine Bell Catering / Cake: Sift Cupcakes / Cake Topper: Candicakes / Parasol: Customized Wedding Creations / Flowers: VBKirk Flowers & Events / Day-of Coordinator: Events by Darlene / DJ: Close-Cut Productions / Pianist: Wine Country Piano Music & Strings