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How This Couple Brought Their Texas Style to Napa Valley

You can take the couple out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the couple. For their California destination wedding, Leslie and Cory included hints of home throughout, from the rustic setting to the Texas-inspired BBQ bites to the first song of the night: “Texas Love Song.” See how Kate Whelan Events brought it all together (including the gorgeous Bright Event Rentals reception decor) thanks to Chip Gillespie, Alexander Rubin, and WickFilms in The Vault!

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From Kate Whelan EventsCory and Leslie had met when they were younger and reunited later on in life in their hometown of Houston, Texas. They loved to travel the world together, try exotic restaurants and sightsee. Cory proposed to Leslie on vacation while they were completely alone on a black sand beach during one of their many adventures. It was only fitting that they would host a destination wedding, sharing their love of travel with their friends and family.

Their destination wedding in Calistoga, California showcased Theorem Vineyards, recently purchased by family members, featuring a long, narrow, long historic barn and beautiful rolling vineyards. The wedding weekend started with an intimate Welcome Party, showcasing the new property to all of the closest family and friends. Guests enjoyed small bites, a gorgeous cheese display and delectable mini desserts while drinking wine to the tune of a live guitarist.

Leslie and Cory were married the next day under a rustic chuppah overlooking the absolutely stunning Napa Valley. After the heartwarming ceremony, guests were treated to passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and of course, glasses of wine from the vineyard itself on the adjoining patio to the soon-to-be Schoolhouse Tasting Room.

Guests were then invited to dinner in the recently renovated Historic Long Barn for a strolling dinner of multiple stations, including yummy Texan-worthy BBQ fare like mini sliders and pulled pork combined with a California-worthy salad station. After a ceremonial cake cutting, the fresh summer shortcake station opened, complete with fresh whipped cream to top it off. To keep the party rolling, Leslie and Cory hired an amazing live band and opened the dance floor to “Texas Love Song.” Guests continued to pack the dance floor into the evening – dancing the night away under the summer stars.

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Photography: Chip Gillespie | Photography: Rubin Photography | Cinematography: WickFilms | Event Planning + Design: Kate Whelan Events | Floral Design: Flourish | Cake: Susie Cakes | Catering: All Seasons All Reasons | Hair + Makeup: Something Blue By Kaci Stoots | Lighting: BP Productions | Band:Smash City | Officiant: Rabbi Steve Finley | Venue: Theorem Vineyards | Tent Rental: RAJ Tents | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Blue Print Studios

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This Modern Wedding Proves Wine Caves are The New Venue Trend

Living in Boston, I’m a huge sucker for autumn in New England but this wedding photographed by Sylvie Gil made me realize how equally perfect that time of year is on the opposite coast. Set at Northern California’s Calistoga Ranch, the team at Bustle Events designed a wedding that fully embraced the season, including a ceremony in the coziest wine cave you’ve ever seen. Click here for so much more.

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From The Bride… Like most brides, I think simply being surrounded by those I love and care about made the entire day feel special. I think our wedding was unique because everything I chose was original and a genuine reflection of us. I didn’t want to do anything cheesy that had been done a million times before.

Instead, I allowed our stunning venue – Calistoga Ranch, which is nestled in Northern California’s wine country – to set the scene for an enchanted evening. Since it is so gorgeous in its simplicity, I chose understated decorations that complemented the space rather than distract from its beauty.

We were married in a candlelit wine cave which was a new experience for most of my guests. After the ceremony, everyone was bussed to the vineyard on the property where we had dinner. When dinner was over, guests were bussed back up to the wine cave, which had been transformed into our reception area.

We absolutely succeeded in creating an intimate evening that felt like a good old-fashioned party – dinner and dancing among friends and family – rather than a stuffy wedding.

My best advice for someone planning a wedding is to stop always thinking you can do better. It’s easy to get caught up in, “maybe that venue is better,” or “maybe that bakery is better,” or “maybe that band is better.” Know what you’re looking for, trust your intuition and make decisions. Don’t let yourself get bogged down in the details. Otherwise, your search could be endless.

Another golden piece of advice I was given and would absolutely pass on is to budget for a videographer. My wedding planner told me this, and boy am I glad she did. Oftentimes, brides budget for flowers, music and photos. A videographer becomes a “nice to have,” not a “need to have.” We went with Grover Films.

Our wedding day was so surreal and overwhelming that I think most brides would agree that when you’re in the moment, it’s easy to miss a lot of the details of your wedding. Sean and I were so relieved to have a video to watch long after it was all over. It was incredible to see everything again – to go back in time and relive those moments – and it’s a different experience than simply looking at photos.

Trust your wedding planner. Read reviews on Yelp. And finally, prioritize what’s important to you. For me, it was delicious food, a stunning venue, superb lighting and good music. Everything else was fluff.

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Event Planning + Design: Bustle | Floral Design: Shotgun Floral Studio | Venue: Calistoga Ranch Resort | Bridal Boutique: Lovella Bridal | DJ + Lighting: Josh Dukes | Lounge Furniture: Rion Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Rentals: Frances Lane

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Modern-Meets-Romantic Napa Valley Wedding

With the blend of romantic and natural elements set against the modern Solage Calistoga, this Napa Valley wedding is definitely pretty, thanks to incredible vendors such as Bella Figura, Plum Pretty Sugar and Bella Bridal. But this gorgeous day is also full of sentimental details like the grandmother’s butterfly pin adorning the Bride’s bouquet and the piece of her mother’s dress and grandfather’s shirt sewn into her wedding dress. See every detail, captured by Honey Honey Photography, in The Vault!

JORDAN & ETHAN’S WEDDING AT SOLAGE, CALISTOGA from Weddings on Film on Vimeo.

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From The Bride…“…for nearly a decade.” This became a running theme through the speeches at our wedding, but to me, it’s perfect. Ethan and I met during my freshman year at the University of Richmond and after years of long distance dating, we made a move to Atlanta for graduate school. As we fell hard for southern cooking, we fell more in love with each other.

But after three years down south, a career change for Ethan guided us west to sunny California. The prospective move was initially hard on both of us and “in true Jordan fashion” I had to throw one last party. Little did I know that the farewell picnic we had planned was a proposal in disguise! Ethan had spent months meticulously coordinating schedules to fly our families to Atlanta, surreptitiously emailing friends from a secret account and picking up the ring, mere blocks from my office! What began as a shock when Ethan got down on one knee, quickly brought me to tears as I realized our friends and family were waiting to celebrate the special moment with us!

We knew we wanted our wedding day to be true to us. We envisioned a blend of romantic and natural elements set amidst a more modern venue, unique, flavorful dishes featuring seasonal ingredients and an all-star band! Sarah Drake with Cole Drake Events and Kristen Seaholm with Solage Calistoga, truly brought our romantic, Napa Valley wedding to life. We knew we wanted to have an outdoor ceremony and we fell in love with the Solage lawn with a breathtaking view of the Palisades Mountains. We wanted a soft palette, a mix of antique whites, soft sage greens, and blush juxtaposed with a glamorous gold to portray an elegant and timeless feeling. Natural elements came to life through a farm wood chuppah, wood tables and bistro chairs.

From the beginning, I knew I wanted there to be meaning and family reflected in every element of the day. My bouquet, comprised of seasonal cafe au lait dahlias, hydrangeas, garden roses, succulents and dusty miller, was adorned with my great-grandmother’s butterfly pin.

For my dress, an absolutely stunning Romona Keveza gown with an illusion neckline. We sewed a piece of my mom’s wedding dress with a sentimental message and a patch of my grandfather’s shirt (my something blue!) to the underside. My jewelry for the day came from family, including my mother-in-law’s diamond tennis bracelet and the same necklace my mom wore on her wedding day! Ethan wore my dad’s yarlmuke, a gift we brought back following a trip to Israel.

It was extremely special to have these family heirlooms woven throughout the space and serve as the thread that connected our families and the generations before us.

While our ceremony was painted in a soft palette, our reception was bold, from the peacock blue linens to the “LOVE” gold lettered balloons to our rockstar band. We ended the night with nonstop dancing and truly created a celebration that will be forever remembered in the minds of our guests.

I never dreamed there would be a day filled with so much love. There were so many magical moments, but my favorite memories are of exchanging personal vows with Ethan in front of all our loved ones and a special first look with my dad.

The day would not have been captured in all its glory if it weren’t for the talented Emma McGowan with Honey Honey Photography. Ethan and I quickly became attracted to her charisma, passion and fun-loving nature and knew we not only wanted her to be our best friend, but to help bring out wedding story to life.

My advice to brides would be to compromise; as many dreams as I had, I realized the day was not only about me but the union of two families. In the same vein, be true to yourselves. There will be many opinions, but your wedding day should represent you as a couple – your interests, hobbies and values. And remember, that through the ups and downs of planning, the day will be one of the happiest of your lives, so take a few moments to look around, cherish the moments and say “I love you.”

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Photography: Ether & Smith | Cinematography: Weddings on Film | Coordination: Cole Drake Events | Floral Design: Aimee Lomeli Design | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Branching Out Cakes | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Hair + Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Band: Wine Country Entertainment | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Solage Calistoga | Cocktail Sign: The Paper Walrus | Custom Logo: Union Street Papery | Ketubah: Jennifer Riachman/Urban Collective | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Table Sign + Escort Card Calligraphy: Scripts By Sara

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