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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 Events | Floral Design: Shotgun Floral Studio | Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Bridal Boutique: Lovella Bridal | DJ + Lighting: DJ 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: Honey Honey Photography | Cinematography: Weddings On Film | Coordination: Sarah Drake | Floral Design: Aimee Lomeli Design | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Branching Out Cakes | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: L.K. Bennett | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Hair + Makeup: Bella Bridal | Band: Wine Country Entertainment | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Solage Calistoga | Cocktail Sign: The Paper Walrus | Custom Logo: Union Street Papery | Ketubah: Jennifer Raichman | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Table Sign + Escort Card Calligraphy: Scripts By Sara

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Modern Fall Wedding with a Candlelit Dinner

At the very top of this couple’s wedding wish-list? A non-traditional celebration full of heart, love and family. In lieu of a first look or formal schedule they chose to take the day slow and share in the little moments with their darling baby boy. To cap off the evening, they treated their guests to a candlelit dinner in a wine cave plus a gorgeous dessert by Sweet On Cake. Head to The Vault for even more captured by The Edges.

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From The Edges Wedding Photography… Libby & Ross wanted a more un-traditional wedding. They got ready together on the day with their new baby, Everette. There wasn’t a big reveal or first look, just a sweet moment with the three of them. Guests arrived to a cocktail hour before the ceremony. They were able to chill out and relax on the lounge furniture and enjoy the sunshine and a drink before the festivities began.

What we loved is that the couple was very casual with the timing of the ceremony – they just decided when it felt right to start and the little ones dropped flowers on the ground as guests surrounded them in a circle. Afterwards was another cocktail hour before being seated for dinner.

Since this was a destination wedding, it gave everyone lots of time to interact and enjoy each other’s company. Dinner was served in a wine cave with lots of candles. Even the band they hired was unique – a blue grass/country band from Austin, TX. It was truly a special day and shows how you can celebrate in a way that is unique to who they are as a couple.

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Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography | Event Planning: Napa Valley Celebrations | Floral Design: Kathy Hoffman Flowers | Wedding Dress: Lanvin | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Invitations: Margaret O'Brien | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzurra Firenze | Catering: Calistoga Ranch | Hair + Makeup: Sherrie Long | Band: Drew Womack | Groom's Attire: Sid Mashburn | Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Bride's Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Bride's Wedding Band: Trabert & Hoeffer | Groom's Ring: Amir H. Mozaffarian | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals