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Luxurious Lavender Napa Wedding at The Carneros Inn

Napa Valley and ridiculously gorgeous weddings go hand in hand, but this stunning lavender-infused fête planned by Sarah Drake takes that level of gorgeous up a few notches. It’s layered with love and loveliness, and thanks to Sposto Photography, we can soak up all the pretty here

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From Sposto PhotographyWe had the privilege and honor to photograph the most beautiful wedding in one of the most beautiful areas in California. Napa Valley. We flew into San Francisco from Southern California the day before the wedding and drove up to Napa for the weekend. Boy, was it a sight! The party started at the gorgeous luxury farm Carneros Inn which offered nothing less than perfect light, perfect scenery, and perfect accommodations for all who partook in this wedding. The day was filed with gorgeous whispers of lavender and classic details that will stand the test of time. From the bride’s Christian Louboutin pumps to the grooms classic Tom Ford suit. Alison and Michael got married in the most pristine style. Everything they planned was so thoughtful and luxurious. We truly felt like we were photographing a celebrity couple. The reception featured incredible fine dining dinner service as well as some incredible dishes from the Chef at The Carneros Inn. Dinner and dancing was accompanied by the incredible DJ stylings of Tre Hardson (Slimkid3) who couldn’t have made the night any more amazing and even threw in a surprise performance! (Okay, we may have coaxed him a little… ) We felt so grateful to have made new friends like Alison and Michael. They were so kind and giving making us feel no less than family.

Photography: Sposto Photography | Coordinator: Sarah Drake | Florist: Jaime Giorgi | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: The Carneros Inn | DJ: Tre Hardson | Groom's Shoes: Tom Ford | Groom's Suit: Tom Ford | Baker: The Carneros Inn | Bridal Hair: Carole Tokodumi | Bridal Jewelry: Blush Bridal Couture | Bridal Make Up: Meredith | Dog Bow Tie: Silly Buddy | Dress Designer: Hayley Paige | Dress Shop: Blush Bridal Couture | Invitation: Invitation Only | Wedding Venue / Resort: The Carneros Inn

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Napa Valley Rustic Glam Wedding at The Carneros Inn

I recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting Jacin of Lovely Little Details in person, and let me just say, she’s just as amazing as you could possibly imagine. So now, when I see a wedding she whipped up like this stunner at The Carneros Inn , I am not surprised in the slightest that all that talent can come from one (spirited) little lady. And when she teams up with the likes of Huckleberry Karen Designs and one love photography, I know the best kind of magic is about to unfold right before my eyes, and that’s just what happened right here.

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From The Bride…Michael and I share an appreciation for handcrafted cocktails. Our first few dates invariably suffered from an utter lack of flirty banter or free-flowing exchanges. At least until we could turn the night over to the (usually overly detailed) cocktail menu. It worked every time. Because as each night wore on, we would begin to talk deeply, laugh freely and share our genuine selves with each other.

Naturally, a cocktails theme would be the key inspiration behind our thoughtfully crafted wedding. We were engaged in Napa Valley, a place that radiates romance and where food and drink is appreciated and cultivated as high art.  Almost instantly, we decided that our wedding venue had to be there and so we chose the Carneros Inn, which remained dear to us as our first getaway weekend destination. The site exudes modern simplicity and understated elegance; this backdrop influenced our color palette as well as the overall atmosphere we wanted to achieve on our special day.

The details planning process was one of my favorite parts of wedding planning. The challenge was to weave in our cocktails theme while ensuring all of the details flowed and complemented each other. Once we decided on the theme, the ideas poured in. I decided to create homemade limoncello as favors and personalized coasters with our favorite cocktail recipes that doubled as escort cards. We would also integrate his-and-hers signature cocktails, oversized martini glasses for the sweets bar and used wine barrels as cocktail tables.

I try to be crafty, always looking for things to do to post on my blog.  So I tried to incorporate as many D.I.Y. projects that I could with the help from my bridesmaids and the team at Lovely Little Details to bring our ideas to fruition. My first project involved creating gold glitter table numbers, which led me to make the glitter picture frames and glitter ribbon wands. That was when I discovered a recurring theme. Gold glitter and sequins became our accent color and texture, respectively; these were the essential elements that kept our details and décor cohesive. We then added a gold sequin photo booth backdrop, glitter tape on the stripe straws, decorative sequin pillows for the Adirondack chairs and gold dusted cake pops. The moment we saw the details come together was truly one of the highlights.

The day was magical, more than I can really put into words. There had never been a time when I was surrounded by all my favorite people in one place and it was an honor to celebrate our commitment in their presence. My best advice to those in the planning process is to take a step back and regroup when things get stressful. And my advice to the bride and groom on the day of is to take a few minutes to be alone with each other, just after the ceremony.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Florist: Huckleberry Karen Designs | Cake: Fleur De Lisa | Catering: The Carneros Inn | Lighting: Got Light | Groom's Attire: IndoChino | Officiant: Lili Goodman Freitas At Weddings Of Heart | Ceremony Music: Corelli Strings | Bridal Gown: Vera Wang | Bridal Jewelry: J.Crew Jewelry Collection | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Gold Glitter Bar Banner: Mint Love Social Club | Invitation: Minted | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Makeup And Hair: Nikki Ngo At A-List Make Up | Photobooth: Shutterspeed Photobooth | Programs, Menus, Place Cards, Signage, Labels: Lovely Little Details | Reception DJ: Lee Francisco At Aim 2 Pleez | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Veil: Vera Wang White | Venue: The Carneros Inn | Wedding Planning + Design: Lovely Little Details

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Boho Barn Wedding in Napa

From the second I saw the bride’s BHLDN gown, I knew a really good wedding was about to follow. Off The Beaten Path worked to bring the couple’s rustic-boho celebration to life, and the photos from Matt Edge are what wedding dreams are made of. Take my advice and kick off your Friday festivities in the gallery right here.

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From The Bride….We vacationed in Napa Valley a few years ago and we both knew that it was the perfect place for us to get married. The combination of great food, wine, and the picturesque scenery captured our hearts and we knew that this would be the perfect place to start our journey together. Napa has the unique small town feel with all the luxuries of a big city, which made it an ideal destination to host our wedding.

We kicked off our wedding weekend by having our wedding party join us a few days before to explore the greater Napa area on bikes. We “biked for wine,” traversing Napa’s hilly landscape, while visiting several wieners throughout the valley. We capped off our ride with a beautiful lunch on Bell winery’s patio.

One of our favorite memories of our wedding day was our choreographed first dance. The upbeat tempo, friends and family laughing as we did spins and lifts to our favorite song, “Stuck On You,” by Meiko. The setting at Running Pony Farm was sensational, a natural rustic feel, with the white barn giving it a hint of elegance, while the herb garden and peach orchard gave us the subtle outdoor feel. As the sun was setting, the Italian string lighting came alive as we capped off the evening with John’s favorite combination, bourbon, fire pits and doughnuts. Thank you to Off the Beaten Path Weddings and Matt Edge photography for helping us coordinate a dream come true.

Photography: Matt Edge Wedding Photography | Event Design: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Floral Design: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Shoes: Something Bleu | Catering: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Ceremony And Reception: Private Estate, Napa, CA | Signage: Off The Beaten Path Weddings

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