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.
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