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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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Baby Bunnies Give This Wedding Cuteness Overload

If you’re an animal lover and you have the chance to have baby bunnies at your wedding — yes, baby bunnies — you do it. But they aren’t the only part of this wedding from Mango Muse Events that’s giving us the warm and fuzzies. From the Bride’s lovely black lace overlay dress and her ‘maids in Weddington Way to the whimsical decor and Giggle and Riot photo booth, this day is full of good vibes. See it all from Kate Webber Photography in The Vault!

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From Mango Muse EventsNicole and David both work in finance and are traders. They met one night at a trader party and as they say, the rest is history. Nicole was born in China, but has lived all over the place. David was born in Seattle, but also moved around a lot. They both settled down in Chicago and now call it home. Later they found out that their fathers were both from the same town in China, what are the odds?

Having friends and family located all over the country and internationally and being avid travelers, Nicole and David decided a destination wedding would not only be fun, but made total sense. They could bring everyone together in a place they loved and celebrate their love.

The first time they visited Napa valley, they fell in love with the sheer natural beauty along with two of the things they love, great food and champagne. So, having a wine country wedding was a great fit.

Style wise they veer towards the contemporary, but also love vintage accents and artistic touches. They didn’t want to go the standard rustic wine country look and feel, but something that melded their tastes with the beauty of the environment. We created a classy, luxe and lush wedding with vintage, modern and artistic touches like the lush florals in rich jewel tones, slight Chinese influenced elements, natural, but refined elements like the laser cut bird place cards, watercolor menus, petal fan program, crystal chandeliers, comfortably elegant lounges and a cake designed after the bride’s beautiful wedding dress.

As creative and thoughtful people, it was also really important that the wedding be personal, warm and comfortable. So, we so we made sure that came through in their wedding. Their ceremony included sharing the story they wrote and how they feel about their relationship, personal vows, special readings and the cutest ring bearer bunny and bunny release.

As big animal lovers, they have a bunny (and a dog) back in Chicago and while they couldn’t bring her, we brought in some bunnies to add a fun personal touch and surprise. During cocktail hour guests got to leave special wishes for the couple, drank special cocktails named after the characters in their story, and pet some baby bunnies as well.

The evening brought a delicious family style meal, lots of champagne, heartfelt toasts, a first dance to live music, sweet parent’s dance, and lots of lively dancing with video projection.

There were so many things to love about this wedding from the beautiful setting, gorgeous décor, and cute bunnies to the loving couple. But, my favorite parts of the day were the personal and warm moments like a heartfelt hug with their wedding party, dancing in the slomobooth, and getting butterflies over their first dance. Nicole and David do everything together in life from taking voice and dance lessons to playing video games. And their wedding was no different. They did everything together and it showed in the love they shared on this special day.

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Photography: Kate Webber Photography | Cinematography: Lovespun Handmade Wedding Films | Event Planning + Design: Mango Muse Events | Floral Design: Asiel Design | Wedding Dress: Ersa Atelier | Cake: Cake Coquette | Stationery: Sarah Drake Design | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Hair + Makeup: Mimi & Taylor Salon | Lighting: ImpactSF | DJ: Mix Different | Groom's Attire: Proper Suit | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony | String Quartet: Golden Gate Strings | Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation | Venue: Calistoga Ranch Resort | Bunnies: Bunny Central | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Giggle and Riot | Reception Music: Erin O'Neill | Rentals: Standard Party 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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