I love weddings. That pretty much goes without saying. And this breathtaking Napa soiree? Well, I LOVE it with every sense of my being. The gorgeous, almost too beautiful to believe Carneros Inn setting, the downright fabulous stylings of Esla Events: Planning + Design and the perfect blending of two cultures in a marriage that will make your heart sing… a lesson in pure wedding perfection. Carlie Statsky Photography snapped up all of the lovely… and the bride and groom? Sweetest duo ever. See SOOO much more right here.
From the Bride… Our wedding day was everything we dreamed of and so much more. We are still basking in the glow of it! We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our incredible vendors — first and foremost, to our truly spectacular wedding planner, Laurel Anderson of Esla Events. To say that Laurel went above and beyond for us would be a huge understatement … she truly made all our wedding dreams come true. We asked Laurel to help us create a fusion wedding that would honor both of our cultures and families, embrace the natural beauty of Napa yet still be modern and sophisticated and highlight the amazing local food and wine. Most of all, we wanted our wedding to be filled with personal details and surprises for our guests – from individualized welcome baskets filled with our favorite Bay Area snacks, to handmade programs (designed by Laurel) explaining the meaning of our Hindu and Christian ceremonies, to our personal vows, to Rishi’s carefully chosen wine and hors d’oeuvres pairings, to a dessert display featuring all my favorite sweets. The logistics of designing and executing such a large and complex fusion wedding were daunting, but Laurel rose to the challenge with tireless dedication and enthusiasm, and she made every detail fall into place flawlessly. She designed most of our print pieces herself, personally arranged every welcome table and food display, coordinated the wedding schedule down to the minute and did it all with grace and poise. The result was more beautiful than anything we ever could have hoped for.
The Carneros Inn was the perfect setting for our wedding – we fell in love as soon as we laid eyes on it. It embodies the rustic beauty of wine country, but with a clean and modern twist. Brooke Baglietto and the whole Carneros team were so enthusiastic and collaborated with us to make our vision of a gourmet farmers’ market-inspired meal come to life. The food was absolutely delicious, which was a huge priority for us. We were thrilled to get a gorgeous sunny day for our wedding, so our guests could enjoy the beauty of Carneros Inn and wine country in its full glory!
We are endlessly grateful to our incredibly photographer, Carlie Statsky – a true artist, as well as one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. Her photos capture all of the love and joy of that amazing day with such poignancy and authenticity, and looking through her pictures is like re-living our wedding all over again. And Luke Goodman blew us away with the truly gorgeous highlight video he created for us – it makes me cry every time I watch it (and I’ve watched it at least 50 times already!). Rishi and I will cherish these photos and videos for our entire lives. It’s hard to put into words how blessed I feel to have married my best friend and to have watched our dream wedding become a reality. What a wonderful way to start the rest of our lives together!
Wedding Photography: Carlie Statsky Photography/ Second Shooters: Gabe Statsky + Ari Moshayedi / Wedding Venue + Catering: The Carneros Inn in Napa, California / Event Planning + Design: Laurel Anderson of Esla Events: Planning + Design / Floral Design: Crimson Horticultural Rarities / Wedding Cinematography: Luke Goodman Cinematography / Western Officiant: Reverend Joslen of Ceremonies of the Heart / Hindu Officiant: Pandit Prabha Duneja / Quartet: Synchronicity Strings / DJ: DJ Salim / Baraat Drummers: Lal Singh Bhatti / Rentals + Lighting: Classic Party Rentals / Carriage: Vintage Carriage Company / Sari Dresser: Meghna Patel (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Western Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani / Hair + Makeup: Eliza Desch / Invitations: Hello!Lucky