Napa Valley has IT. And by IT, I mean that little something special that takes your wedding day to levels of amazing you never even knew existed. Think acres upon acres of rolling vineyards, delicious wine, uber-tasty cuisine and some of the most breathtaking views you will ever lay your eyes upon… and that’s just the beginning. The world’s most perfect wedding locale? Yes, indeed.
A little slice of Northern California paradise, Napa Valley has everything you’ll ever need to make your Big Day as magical as you ever imagined. From the luxurious resorts and picturesque gardens to the amazing vineyards and wineries, there isn’t a spot in this beautiful valley that isn’t perfect for saying “I do” and dancing the night away. So whether you’re a classic couple looking to celebrate in a glamorous ballroom affair or a rustic chic duo hoping to tie the knot under the stars, Napa Valley is THE place where every last one of your dreams will come true… and in true luxury.
Contact the Napa Valley today for free assistance in planning your dream day. An entire world of amazing venues, top-notch accommodations and California sunshine awaits you.
Props to this Bride for planning her whole beautiful bash in five months. Not only is that an accomplishment in itself, but the finished results are absolutely stunning. From the floral arches DIY’d by the Bride and her creative mother, to the postcard worthy views surrounding the estate, onelove photography’s pics have me in awe. Add in the GoPro drone film and this wedding is one for the books.
From the Bride… Chris and I wanted our wedding to reflect who we are as a couple mainly by the location we chose for our wedding, as well as the personal touches we incorporated throughout the night.
We had the ceremony and reception outdoors on my parent’s 17-acre property in Danville, California because it has been a special place for us throughout our relationship. Family is the most important thing for both of us, so it felt right having the event in our hometown where we spend the most time with our families.
Chris and I chose to have our wedding dinner served as a five-course tapas menu because we both love food and wanted to share some of our favorite dishes with our guests.
When Chris and I first met we quickly bonded over our love of music and attended dozens of concerts – for this reason live music was a must! We chose a nine-piece band to play during the evening.
Chris and I were only engaged for five months before getting married so our planning was done very quickly!! My mother and I planned the wedding together (with Chris’ input of course). We made a lot of the decorations ourselves. My favorite decoration was for our ceremony; my mother and I created flower arches that our bridal party held up as my father walked me out to Chris. They were originally pink hula-hoops we bought at the dollar tree. We spray painted them cream and covered them in flowers. They turned out beautifully!
Another favorite was our wedding favors: they were two tiny containers filled with a flavored salt Chris and I each picked out. Accompanying the salts were recipe cards each containing a recipe from Chris and I (for guest to use the salts with)! We wrapped each party favor in a small cellophane bag and finished it with a ribbon. My favorite memory of the evening was the sunset we got that night. The sky was the most vibrant pinks and purples. It was seriously a gift from God!
Chris and I were fortunate enough to have our friend use his GoPro camera and drone to make our wedding video. It is something so unique and we now have it to cherish forever!
My advice: follow your initial instinct when it comes to decision-making. It is easy to get distracted by magazines, Pinterest, etc. Get creative outside of what you find in ads and social media, and think about what you want to feel when you look back on your wedding photos in ten or twenty years.
From XOXO BRIDE Events…This elegant bohemian designed photo shoot was inspired by astrology and the individual spirit and style of couples. Each couple with their unique love can collaborate two different styles into one cohesive form to represent both in high fashion. With a mixture of laid back and informal to structure and purpose, we decided to tailored the seating at ceremony symmetrically to emphasize organization but to balance the order we showcase a lush vine swing with bride a perch. Two seats await the couple to commensurate their vows. Our bride with blonde locks of curls and exaggerated halo personifies her relaxed nature and easy going spirit and her gown is the perfect mix of vintage and proper elegance.
We chose antiquarian dinner settings and a formal Venetian lace overly, antique rose dishware on top of a medley of silver trays and mirrors, and crystal cut glassware to depict style and grace at the table. We then added some pearls in the centerpieces for whimsy.
We hope to inspire those who have different design perspectives that cohesiveness is only a conversation away.
We love a Bride who embraces pops of color on her Big Day and this next beauty is no exception. Busting with bright bouquets and sunny hues, this Dutch Bride honored her heritage with tulips and organic details (just look at this aisle runner)! Adeline & Grace captured it all and we promise that this gorgeous gallery is sure to add some cheer to your day!
From Adeline & Grace Photography… Francine and Jay are the most fun-loving couple we’ve ever worked with—their love of life and laughter is immediately apparent when you meet them. Their beautiful springtime wedding took place in Campovida, and utilized several areas of the expansive property. Francine’s family is Dutch and so the wedding theme featured orange, the Dutch national color, as well as tulips, which are the national flower. The dress code was black tie, and guests were encouraged to wear hats for the ceremony, another Dutch tradition. Jay, a proud Detroit native, had special custom tuxedo shoes to show his hometown pride. Campovida is an organic farm, so we wanted everything to feel natural— the ceremony was under an old oak tree on the property, and aisle arrangements were created without vases, to look as if they were growing out of the ground. After the ceremony, guests strolled through the property’s various floral pathways to the Tuscan Garden where they enjoyed a Hendricks Gin specialty bar, with drinks infused with seasonal fruit flavors. After cocktails guest were invited to the Hop Barn to dine at long farm tables under a soft glow of market lights. To show their Dutch pride, Francine’s entire family had some sort of orange accent to their outfits, so each guest was given an orange handkerchief as a favor so they too could join in on the fun. The handkerchiefs were tied with a little dutch clog napkin rings at each place setting. Francine and her family have lived all over the world, including Malaysia, Italy, and Hong Kong. The menu featured some of the family’s favorite recipes from the countries they’ve lived in, including a Dutch cheese station. After dinner, the guests headed to a custom tent for a night of dancing with the 80′s band “Mustache Harbor” and Jay changed into a custom orange tuxedo for the first dance! After the band set, the party goers danced into the wee hours of the night with a silent disco to finish the night.
It goes without saying that the name Lazaro holds some serious weight in the world of bridal fashion. So California brides, you’ll want to mark your calendars for June 5-7, 2015 to preview the new Fall 2015 Lazaro collection at the JLM Couture Flagship Salon in West Hollywood. These dresses are beyond stunning, and the icing on the cake? You’ll get the chance to meet Head Designer Lazaro himself!
Known not only for their incredible selection of dresses but also for their top-notch customer service, JLM Couture is the shop to find your dream dress. Featuring incredible silhouettes, luxe fabrics and jaw-droppingly gorgeous details, this Lazaro Fall 2015 Collection is something else. I’m also pretty smitten with the incredible watercolor inspired fabrics which would be perfect for a bride looking for something just a little bit different.
Ladies, you will not want to miss this one! Appointments can be made by calling 424.249.3909 or by visiting the JLM Couture website. Happy dress shopping!
From the Bride… Since our third date, Sean and I knew we would marry each other, but I had no idea he was going to pop the question the night we were celebrating a year together at our favorite restaurant in LA, Crossroads Kitchen. We left a wonderful date and as we were headed home he started babbling all this stuff about loving me so much that I started to freak out – I thought he was about to deliver some bad news. But when I asked him he just kept smiling and so I started to suspect. Turns out he had commissioned my sister (and future MOH) to set the scene and make sure the dog didn’t catch fire from all the candles. I walked in the apartment and when I turned around he was on one knee. I’m a pretty private person so I love the fact that he made it just about us, at home. And, our wedding was no different – totally about us.
I wasted no time trying on dresses and about 10 white, traditional gowns in, found the one. A gorgeous multi-colored, drop waist, fit and flare with an asymmetrical horsehair ruffle (GASP). We’re vegan, so we started researching caterers who could accommodate and through that search came across the Smog Shoppe. It was so perfectly us – a little urban, a little earthy. Then we did a food tasting with Jennie Cooks Catering and were sold on bite one of pierogi casserole and tempeh schnitzel – in honor of the groom’s Polish roots. I only met with one florist who totally got my theme – mixing in soft romantic colors and structures to the harder urban venue. The overall color scheme was inspired by my dress – blush, ivory and champagne, accented by the bridesmaids in navy, groomsmen in grey and rose gold metallic accents. Then, by the grace of the universe, Wedding Paper Divas released rose gold metallic foil printing! With my mom and sister’s help, we DIY’d table number holders from wine bottles, seating charts and bar menus. My dad and Sean built custom bag-o boards with our monogram and wedding date for the reception. And our amazing family friend created our “naked” wedding cake (also vegan) and the ivory flower girl dresses. Koman Photography did an amazing job capturing (and coaching, if I’m honest) every amazing moment, without making me feel like hiding from the paparazzi. It turned out exactly how I’d hoped.