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Napa Valley Wedding at The Vintage Estate

Napa Valley is the land of gorgeous weddings, and we have another beauty to add to that list of lovely today. And trust me when I say, this one is a beaut. Lauri Levenfeld captured every picture perfect moment at this stunning soirée hosted at The Vintage Estate, and you can see it all right here.

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From the Bride…We both love spending as much time as possible outdoors so there was no doubt that we wanted to have an outdoor wedding. Spending most of our time in the Bay Area, we knew that the San Francisco fog was a force we couldn’t control. So, naturally we focused our eyes on Napa as the weather during the summer months provides beautiful weather, sunshine and greenery. We’ve left every trip to Napa with a sense of relaxation and stomachs full of remarkable food and wine. We wanted our wedding to evoke these same feelings and felt that The Vintage Estate did just that. The exposed brick, exquisite greenery, stunning flowers, candlelit chandeliers, and indulgent cuisine provided everything we desired for our wedding day.

Neutrals. We didn’t want to distract from the natural beauty of the grounds so we chose white, green and champagne colors to complement the backdrop.We wanted our wedding day to depict “us” and our relationship. This meant choosing details along the way that evoked simplicity, romance, and fun. Nothing says romance better than candlelight so we had our venue lined with Italian string lights with a pathway of candlelit jars guiding our guests to The barrel room for dancing and dessert. Prior to our ceremony, we wanted our guests to feel welcomed so we had a waiter greet each guest with champagne as they arrived. As the ceremony started, my three year old nephew literally ran down the aisle carrying “last chance to run” which ultimately commenced the laughter that would continue throughout the rest of the evening. I walked up the aisle to a Beatles favorite, “Here Comes the Sun” on the harp. During the ceremony, our wedding was officiated by Brett’s cousin and readings were completed by each of our brothers. We wrote our own vows and then walked down the aisle to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” We kept décor simple and natural by using wood table numbers, wood chivari chairs, burlap runners, cork table holders and white linens accented with white and green roses, calla lilies, peonies, hydrangeas and orchids. Brett and I created the table signs using old newspaper as a backdrop in vintage frames. Our guest sign in table included a bottle of wine to be opened on our 10-year anniversary and wooden box full of well wishes by our guests to be read on our first year anniversary. For dessert, we hand stained an old wine crate to hold our cake. After the dancing, we were picked up in a white 1949 Packard.

Besides the amazing unplanned supermoon? Brett and I knew we wanted to take most of our pictures before the ceremony. We wanted to enjoy all the hard work we put into the wedding planning by enjoying the party as soon as we could! That meant taking most of the pictures before the ceremony, which coincidently turned out to be part of our favorite and more unique photographed moments. We sauntered around Yountville in dress and tux, enjoying the sun and the calm before the celebration. One of our favorite parts of the stroll was stopping by the mouth-watering Bouchon Bakery. We couldn’t ask for a better pre-wedding snack!

It was important to us that our photographer captured our vision but was also someone organized and someone we were comfortable having around on our wedding day. Coming from someone that does not like being photographed, Lauri put us at ease and her energy is so contagious that it’s hard not to have a fun time. We wanted photographs that were unique yet timeless, romantic but with an urban twist. Lauri did that and more. She exceeded all of our expectations and we walked away with photographs capturing all of the wonderful moments of our wedding day. We’re still in awe of her creativity and the ability to capture light and emotion in all of the photographs. Lauri and her team are an absolute joy to work with. Extremely reliable, organized with ingenious vision!

Our wedding day was everything we wanted so Brett and I were really stumped trying to pick just one moment. But some of our favorites were walking towards one another and seeing each other for the first time; meandering around Yountville and stopping at Bouchon before the wedding; hearing each other’s vows; dancing and playing under the moonlight as our car arrived.

Photographer: Lauri Levenfeld | Dress: Marisa | Florist: Tesoro Flowers | Cupcakes: Kara's Cupcakes | Planner: Elizabeth Naylor | Calligrapher: Hyegraph | Furniture Rental: Hartmann Studios | Macaroons: Bouchon Bakery | Packard car: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation | Photo Booth: Flying camera | Second Photographer: Jessica Epstein | Site: The Vintage Inn | Wedding: The Vintage Estate | Wedding Programs: Papyrus | music: Wine Country Entertainment

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Napa Valley Wedding from James Moes Photography

For as beautiful as Napa Valley is on its own, this wedding from James Moes Photography blows that beauty right out of the water. Woven into the backdrop of The French Laundry, is a day awash in pure romance. From green and lavender blooms by Flowers by Ivy to chandeliers strung from the treetops, get all the gorgeous details right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride…When Todd and I discussed what we wanted for our wedding, we narrowed it down to what mattered most for both of us: family, friends, food and fun! For both of us growing up, food is a huge part of our family gatherings and celebrations. With that in mind, we decided to go for a slightly non-traditional wedding and invited all our loved ones to an unforgettable dining experience at The French Laundry in Yountville, California.

We loved the fact that The French Laundry could only seat sixty guests, which made for an intimate evening. With such a small guest list, I was able to put my creative juices to work and had such a good time designing my Save the Dates and Invitation Suite with the help of Antiquaria who helped with the printing. The Save the Dates were stamped handkerchiefs wrapped with French Laundry clothespins as the first clue to where the wedding was to be held.

The French Laundry has such a great ambiance and charm which really helped set the tone for the rustic and relaxed wedding we wanted. I used cream, beige and grey tones with pops of our favorite colors teal and yellow. The French Laundry used to be a laundromat, so to continue with that theme, lavender was the perfect flower of choice for decor and lavender-filled sachets for guest favors. Todd is obsessed with coffee so we named the tables after our favorite coffee brewers. Todd’s first gift to me was a skeleton key from an old bank vault in Paris, so we attached each guests’ name tags to a skeleton key. And of course, our big day wouldn’t be complete without our babies, Rufus and Gremlin, as the ring bearer and flower girl.

I am lucky to be great friends with the talented May Tran from HelloBoos Event Styling and her mother, Ivy Vuong of Flowers by Ivy. With the help of Kiera Illusorio Garrone, the best day of coordinator, our big day was completely stress-free. Every detail was done perfectly. James Moes and The Cana Family Films did an extraordinary job capturing the mood of the entire day. The love of our friends and family and the extraordinary efforts of the entire French Laundry staff and our vendors truly made our wedding night an unforgettable one. We feel so blessed to have such great people be a part of our day and our lives.

Photography: James Moes Photography | Floral Design: Flowers by Ivy | Event Planning + Design: May Tran, HelloBoos Event Styling | Day of Coordinator: Kiera Garrone | Ceremony + Reception Location: The French Laundry | Cinematography: The Cana Family | Hotel: Bardessono | Invitations: Printing by Antiquaria | Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet | Shoes: Fendi

Yountville Engagement Session from Adrienne Gunde Photography

This is by far the most adorable and beautifully shot e-session I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I’m so in love with the farm fresh veggie theme that perfectly fits this foodie couple’s personality. As does the box of macarons, just like the ones they shared after their engagement in Paris. We’ve got Adrienne Gunde Photography to thank for all this beautiful eye candy and you can see even more of it right here.

From Adrienne Gunde Photography…  The bride and groom are both big foodies and really wanted to incorporate this shared passion for food into their engagement session. After some brainstorming, they arranged for us to photograph at the beautiful gardens of the famous French Laundry restaurant in Napa! The French Laundry grows much of its own produce in a vegetable garden across from their restaurant, and it was a treat wandering through the open gardens photographing this sweet couple. Aside from vibrant flowers and veggies they brought to add color to the session, they had a handful of pretty macarons — they have special memories of sharing these together in Paris, where they were engaged, as well as baking their own versions at home.

Photography: Adrienne Gunde Photography / Location: The French Laundry in Yountville, California