Get ready for a good dose of lovely because this next little number by onelove photography is overflowing with prettiness. So much so, I am just beyond smitten. I can almost guarantee it will have the same affect on all of you out there because it is a-dor-able. The couple could not look more in love, the personal details could not be prettier and the blush hues could not make me happier. It’s easy to see why I am so smitten, and there is even more to swoon over in the full gallery!
From the Bride…We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of who we both are – individually and as a couple. Just as importantly, we saw the wedding as our chance to give our closest friends and family a glimpse into our love story and to celebrate their part in it. Almost all of the decisions we made – both big and small – reflect this.
Our venue, the Carneros Inn, was absolutely perfect for us. The fact that it is in Napa appealed to Ben (a wine lover), and I was pretty much smitten with the property from the moment I set foot on it. From the quaint apple orchard where we had our intimate ceremony, to the adorable cottage where we had our first look, to the gorgeous courtyard with overhanging string lights where guests could grab a drink and warm up by the fireplace, the Carneros Inn was a dream come true. It is the perfect blend of clean and modern, but also comfortable and inviting.
Our ceremony was equally personal. One of Ben’s best friends, Elliot, officiated the ceremony, while one of my bridesmaids read a poem that holds special meaning for the two of us and another – an amazing violinist – played a heartfelt piece. We hoped that even the smallest details would help tell our story, so we chose to give guests jars of our favorite Korean citron tea as favors and created photo collages of our memories from each month we dated to designate the tables at our reception. We decorated the courtyard with photographs of our parents and grandparents at their own weddings and lined our dessert table with many of our favorite treats. The slideshow that my brother-in-law painstakingly made for us added the perfect finishing touch, painting an even fuller picture of the most meaningful moments we’ve shared with friends, family and each other.
We wanted our decor to be fresh, clean, cute, and personal. Because our ceremony took place in an apple orchard, we incorporated green apples into our color scheme and design. We placed bright, granny smith apples at each place setting, which simultaneously added a punch of color to our tables and served as the perfect holder for our guests’ place cards. Our wonderful planner, Cay Lemon, also helped us create a wishing tree filled with congratulatory wishes from our guests. Their notes were written on green apple-shaped cards, reminiscent of the apple orchard where we were just married. Many elements of our wedding and decor were also handmade by the two of us (with help from family): the place cards, menus, welcome sheets and candy bags for guests, favors, petal bags, and photo collages. We hope they added a personal touch to our day.
A few of my favorite memories: the look on Ben’s face when he pulled me out from behind our cottage doorway and we saw each other for the first time, the sound of my sister’s sniffling behind me during the ceremony when Ben gave his vows, the sweet and special moment I shared with my dad during our father-daughter dance, seeing our parents get down on the dance floor, jumping up and down in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by our cheering friends and family at the end of the night.
Wedding Photography: onelove photography / Event Design + Coordination: Zest Productions / Make-up: Audrey Crandell / Hair: Rachel Gardea of It’s a Date at the Powder Room / Caterer: Carneros Inn / Wedding Videography: Sandbox Love / DJ + Lighting: DJ Saint Patrick / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Floral Design: Vanda Floral Design / Groom’s Attire: Astor & Black / Jewelry: Haute Bride / Pearl Bracelet: Grandmother of the Bride / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Officiant: Elliot Ling / Bride’s Shoe: Kate Spade / Stationery: Minted