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Romantic Garden Wedding under a sea of chandeliers

In my mind, chandeliers have always been the benchmark for romance in an outdoor wedding. The more the merrier or so the saying goes and this garden wedding designed by Stacy McCain is awash with sparkling chandeliers. Plus pastel florals by Sharla Flock Designs and a reception backdrop as lovely as they come. Have a look at the images by Yvonne Wong and then prepare to get lost in the gallery for awhile.

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From The Bride…Dan and I got married on September 2nd 2012, 11 years after we first started dating in high school. We stayed together through college, long-distance, first jobs and apartments. We grew up together and we wanted our wedding to be a celebration of that.

We wanted to get married in wine country, because even though it’s only a short distance from Oakland where we’re from, you can feel like you’re a million miles away. We fell in love with Beaulieu Garden the first time we saw it, and knew right away that it was the place. The tree-lined drive and courtyard felt like a secret European hideaway, and dining under the arbor was the perfect combination of casual California and romantic elegance.

Most of all we wanted our wedding to feel personal, and tried to carry that through with all of the vendors we used. Our invitations, designed by Lotus & Ash (a friend from Dan’s days at Stanford) were inspired by the menus at Chez Panise, the restaurant in Berkeley where we first fell in love with food. For dinner, the amazing team at Paula Leduc recreated a roast chicken with bread salad dish from Zuni Cafe, which has become our go-to spot in SF. Our table numbers were photos of Dan and I throughout the years (including an awkward prom pic which I’m still not quite sure how that got in there…) Sharla Flock worked up the most beautiful arrangements in soft romantic colors that had reminded me of my grandmother’s rose garden, and Yvonne Wong and the masters at Seaglass Cinema captured it all for us to look back on.

The day itself was so filled with joy, we were both grinning from ear to ear the entire time. It was everything we hoped it would be, and ended with a our guests dancing into the night.

Photography: Yvonne Wong Photography | Videography: Seaglass Cinema | Wedding Planner: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Floral Design: Sharla Flock Designs | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Reception Venue: Beaulieu Garden | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup: The Glamourist | Lighting: Got Light? | DJ: Jeff Virzi For California Mobile DJ | Photo Booth: Swag Bunch Photo Booth | Transportation: California Wine Tours

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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 | Planner: Elizabeth Naylor | Florist: Tesoro Flowers | Dress: Marisa | Cupcakes: Kara's Cupcakes | 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

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

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