This wedding is sure to be love at first peek of those dreamy images by KT Merry. That’s a given. But upon further diving you’ll find so many elegant bits and pieces tucked inside; including a Bride as beautiful as they come with a squeal-worthy headpiece and a wedding day so perfectly crafted by Off the Beaten Path Weddings. Head to the gallery for the full affair + seriously sweet video from Weddings on Film but be forewarned, I predict a major bridal crush in your near future. And you can also find a lovely feature in the current edition of Pacific Weddings, on stands now!
From the Bride… A little over four years ago Darren and I were set up on a blind date by our mutual friend Alice, and the rest is history! We both live in beautiful Bermuda, however Darren is from Vancouver, BC, Canada. When we began to plan our wedding we decided that a destination wedding would be perfect! As we are from different countries we thought it would be fair for everyone to fly somewhere special.
Napa, California was an easy choice as a venue! It’s beautiful, a destination that friends would want to fly to, and we love wine! As this was a destination wedding we began to look for a Napa wedding planner whose vision was similar to ours, and found Mary Ellen Murphy of Off the Beaten Path Weddings. Darren and I were very involved with the planning process and flew to Napa several times to look at venues and discuss design concepts. One thing I would recommend is making a storyboard of your vision so that your team can see exactly what you want. Of course, Mary Ellen and Chelsea Butts can create a magical experience without much input, but I’m one of those people who like to be involved.
We loved every minute of our wedding, and we really relaxed and enjoyed the day. That weekend was the first time that all of our friends and family had been together, so it was really special for everyone to meet and get to know each other. It’s so hard to pick our favourite part of the day… but I have to say our fun wedding dance that started with Etta James and went into Rob Base was one of them! We will always remember the laughter and cheers!
Wedding Photography: KT Merry Photography / Wedding Venue: Private Estate in Napa, California / Location Scout: Patrick Sprinkel of Scout Napa Valley / Wedding Planning: Mary Ellen Murphy assisted by Chelsea Tucker Butts of Off the Beaten Path Weddings / Wedding Production + Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events / Wedding Cinematography: Weddings on Film / Officiant: Steve Thrush / Wedding Catering: Tim Vallery of Pelonton Catering / Wedding Invitations: Dana Reinke of Three Little Words / Save the Dates: Stinkerpants / Ceremony Vocalist: Cheryl Cain / Procession Music: Keri Bailey / Blues Band: Joe Herschel / DJ: Feet First Entertainment / Wedding Website: Wedding Wire / Transportation: Pure Luxury / Bar: Polly Martini / Wedding Dress + Shoes: Vera Wang / Bride’s Headpiece + Earrings: Siman Tu Gallery / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer via Cecils Bermuda / Hair + Makeup: Tia Reagan of Freebird Productions / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew