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Rustic + Romantic Napa Valley Wedding

If ever you find yourself amidst the chaos of planning a destination wedding…heed this so very smart bride’s advice. Find great vendors that do great work. That you can trust and that you just know will help to pull all of those moving pieces together into one, stunning evening. With photographs by Brooke Beasley Photography, florals and decor by PoppyStone and planning by Sugar Rush – this duo turned destination into all out gorgeousness. And there is more here!

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From the beautiful Bride… We decided to have a destination wedding to take advantage of the opportunity to get all of our closest family and friends out for a vacation together. We love good food and fabulous wine so what better place to find it all than Napa Valley?

The prep for a destination wedding on the opposite coast was a bit challenging due to the time difference. Not to mention trying to sort out the logistics of getting all of our personal decor details we created for our special day. But it all paid off in the end and the whole wedding week was a dream come true. We were blessed with finding the most incredible wedding vendors locally in California and by putting our creative friends to work as well. One of our closest friends, and owner of Lauren Quinn Design created our beautiful invitations and custom wedding monogram that we used as a constant theme for the wedding. My best friend Robin and her husband David created our gorgeous custom card box.

But what really made our day so special were all of our family and friends that traveled from near and far to celebrate with us. Even my childhood Pastor, Dr. David Uth and his wife, flew all the way across the country to marry us. We couldn’t have asked for a more special and perfect day in every way!

Photography: Brooke Beasley Photography | Videography: Jon Hechtkopt | Event Planning: Sugar Rush Events | Floral Design: PoppyStone Floral Couture | Wedding Dress: Inez De Santo | Cake: The Model Bakery | Invitations: Lauren Quinn Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: The Vintage Estate | Hair and Makeup: Betten Chaston | Band: Lucky Devils Band | Groom's Attire: Joseph Wendt | Groomsmen's Attire: Joseph A. Bank | Wedding Venue: The Vintage Estate | Food Truck: Krush Burger | Photography - Assistance: Dana Todd | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals

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Classic Napa Valley Wedding

Take a stunning Napa Valley setting, a fab team of vendors (ahem, Stacy McCainPaula LeDuc Fine Catering and Sweet On Cake) and a bride and groom who are all sorts of stunning (seriously) and the results are this: a drop-dead gorgeous wedding that is all about the ROMANCE.  Soak in the full gallery captured by Gertrude And Mabel Photography and the sweet film from Artisan Production below.          

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From the Bride… Our wedding story began far from home. We both share a love of travel, so it came as no surprise (to everybody but me!) that Tom first asked for my hand in marriage in the South of France. We spent the following six months driving our native California coast each weekend, excel spreadsheets in hand, anxiously searching for an outdoor venue that spoke true to us – and perhaps the more challenging, could accommodate our ever-growing list of family and friends.

And then, much like our romance, the answer came naturally and without question: Beaulieu Garden in Napa Valley.

Napa was a place we both shared, full of memories from stolen visits during our Alma Mater’s USC Weekender, a place where Tom’s favorite cheeseburger (Gott’s Roadside) and my favorite wine (Cakebread Wine Cellars) coexisted. Of the available venues, Beaulieu Gardens was a standout – its vast green gardens easily accommodated our 250-plus guest list; its French namesake a subtle nod to my paternal heritage and the beginnings of our marital journey.

After a brief visit with the venue coordinator and caterer, Paula le Duc Fine Catering, we brought on the oh-so-talented Stacy McCain to help bring our wedding vision to life. Her resourcefulness and superior attention to detail were certainly evident in the successful execution of our event. As far as I know, there wasn’t a hiccup — and if there was, she certainly made sure I didn’t know about it!

The day of, our ceremony took place in Beaulieu’s Sunken Garden, an unexpected clearing characterized by its central lily pond and cherub fountain. Guests entered via private transfer down the venue’s canopied sycamore driveway, an incredible four hundred and fifty yards in length, and were greeted with minted ice tea and fresh lemonade as they made their way to the site. Tom and I repeated our vows in the shade of a wreathed arch, artfully created by our florist, Sharla Flock, while our guests looked on from under vintage parasols.

Following the cocktail hour, all ​made their way to the ivy-shrouded dining veranda. Our design premise was that of an intimate dinner setting: long kings tables with farm-to-table eats adorned with a mixed arrangement of votives, bulbous florals and natural candlelight. In our traditional California-casual way, we opted for linen runners over tablecloths and varied styles of chandeliers overhead. Tom and I sat side-by-side in an antique settee to metaphorically commemorate our union.

Similarly, the reception decor was an attempt to bring the indoors out, as if our living room had exploded onto the green landscape. Love seat lounges strewn with custom Rose Tarlow pillows and throw blankets flanked the pool as if to say, “grab a drink and stay a while.” And stay they did! Our dance floor buzzed to the tune of Rock Classics until the very last guest left. Even the mother of the groom joined onstage to sing along for a few melodies. All were well fed, well drunk and ready to continue the party.

But like all good nights, this one came to an end. At our reception’s conclusion, Tom and I hopped in the back of a vintage white Rolls Royce, fashioned with a burlap “Just Married” sign and white-painted cans, and sped down Highway 29 to our happily ever after… and our After Party at Hotel Yountville.

Photography: Gertrude & Mabel Photography | Videography: Artisan Production | Event Design: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Wedding Planning: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Floral Design: SHARLA FLOCK DESIGNS | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Invitations: Tiny Pine Press | Shoes: lanvin | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup: sHe Artists | Officiant: Jack Bacca | Ceremony Music: Synchronicity | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Dinner Music: Associated Entertainment | Getaway Car: Nationwide Limousine Service | Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

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Cole Drake Events

This, loves, is the kind of wedding we live for.  That sort of elegant meets at-home affair that seamlessly mixes sophisticated details with a beautiful laid-back charm.  And the geniuses behind all of the pretty? Cole Drake Events, a team of talented designers and planners with an eye for design and a work ethic that is so crazy awesome, they’ll most definitely create the wedding of your dreams.

Just one look at this stunning affair and it’s easy to see why we can’t get enough of Cole Drake Events’ amazing talents.  I’m talking a breathtaking Napa Valley setting, yummy food stations and entertainers wowing the guests every step of the way.  It’s the kind of drop-dead gorgeous party that Cole Drake Events is known for – one that really speaks to who you are as a couple and is chock-full of creativity.  Whether it’s sourcing the perfect paper goods, designing a dream ceremony on straw bales or weaving in cultural touches that really make your day sing.  With Cole Drake Events, you can count on their authenticity, humor and roll-up-the-sleeves mentality to take your event to that next level.

Call Cole Drake Events today to begin planning your dream wedding.  And don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for even more inspiration.

Photography: Christophe Genty | Event Planning: Merren Events | Wedding Planner: David Aten Events | Wedding Planner: Cole Drake Events | Florist: Kathy Hoffman Flowers | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Favors: Favor Custom Gifts | Transportation: Napa Valley Limousine | Additional Rentals: Wine Country Party and Rentals | Ceremony Entertainment: Laura Simpson | Dining Entertainment: Wine Country Aerialists | Dining Subfloor Rental: Classic Party Rentals | Farewell Brunch: Napa Valley Country Club | Farewell Brunch: Napa Valley Country Club | Furniture/Dining/Cocktails Rentals: Zephyr Tents | Golf Cart Rentals: Nick's Custom Golf Carts | Lighting/Audio: Lux Production | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Patio Heaters: Patio Heaters R Us | Pool Area Rentals: RAJ Tents | Pool Subfloor: Stage Commander | Private Estate (Wedding): Cole Drake Events | Reception Entertainment: Zach Darling ZDCA | Rehearsal Dinner: The Carneros Inn | Rehearsal Dinner: The Carneros Inn | Stationery/Logos: Ceci New York | VIP Portalettes: Northbay Portables | Valet Services: Certified Parking Attendants

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