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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 And Mabel Photography | Videography: Artisan Production | Event Design: 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: Sarah Hyde | Officiant: Jack Bacca | Ceremony Music: Synchronicity | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Beaulieu Garden | Dinner Music: Big City Revue | Getaway Car: NLS Limo | Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Wedding Planning: Stacy McCain Event Planning

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Rustic Napa Valley Winter Wedding

My love for winter weddings has been steadily growing, but after seeing these photos, I now consider myself a full blown fan. Waterlily Pond and Soiree By Simone transformed this space into a winter wonderland and Delbarr Moradi Photography was there to snap up every sparkle and snowflake. With Christmas a mere week away, I’ll be dreaming of a White Christmas as I cozy up with this gallery.

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From The Bride… When J.P. and I first got engaged we knew we wanted to have an intimate destination wedding since our families were from different states, however where that destination would be was up in the air for a while. So we put our heads together and thought of a place that encompasses all of the things we love and enjoy as a couple – Napa Valley! Napa wine country is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It is hard not to be relaxed, romanced and content when you are there, from the spectacular green landscape of mountains and endless vineyards to the amazing architecture and design of the wineries, resorts, and restaurants. Visually it is stunning and the abundance of some of the world’s most incredible food and wine doesn’t hurt either. It was the perfect backdrop for our wedding and I am so happy it is where we chose. I wanted a venue that was both rustic and glamorous and when I visited The Vintage Estates I knew the minute I looked at the property it was our venue. It is from top to bottom beautiful with the striking architecture of the buildings, the colorful landscaping, and the vines crawling up the side of the Napa Style building, I fell in love instantly and could not imagine saying I do anywhere else.

I had known long before we got engaged that when I did get married I wanted to have a winter wedding. When I was growing up and even now as an adult, the holiday season was what I looked forward to the most. December means time for beautiful lights, feelings of love, and of course watching one of my favorite movies, White Christmas. This was a major influence when it came to deciding what time of year and what design I wanted for our wedding. With the white snow, twinkling lights, and romantic atmosphere, I could not imagine a better time of the year to celebrate love and be with your closest family and friends.

I wanted the wedding décor and design to be clean and bright but warm; I imagined white floral arrangements, sparkly accents, and twinkling lights. I wanted it to be wine country meets Gatsby and that is exactly what we created. The design execution of the wedding came out perfect and even more beautiful than I imagined. The tent where our ceremony took place was incredible, crystal chandeliers hung delicately on the altar with softly draped fabric lining the ceiling and walls. I wore a floor length dress designed by myself and Danielle Marie Berg, of D’Marie Couture which was an absolute dream. Made of softly textured cotton pique, it was reminiscent of vintage style with bustles in the back and sheer lace sleeves. The cocktail hour looked stunning in the tent with candles and small floral arrangements sitting atop the tables that were adorned in sparkling white sequined linens. The seating chart written in calligraphy on a silver vintage mirror looked wonderful on a mirrored table decorated with candles, baby’s breath, and silver ornaments. As we moved into the reception space before our guests I was taken aback by how spectacular the Barrel Room looked. There were candles everywhere, snowflake lighting on the floor, and the floral arrangements on the tables were the most beautiful that I had ever seen with cascading white orchids, peonies, and crystal branches. The six large chandeliers were covered in delicate frosted branches and the silver chargers sparkled in the candlelight complimented perfectly by our menus written in emerald green and silver – the space was breathtaking. Our reception was amazing, the food, the wine, our delicious signature cocktails, everything was absolutely perfect and everyone was transported into a romantic winter wonderland. We and our 45 guests had the time of our lives in an amazing setting. It was everything I ever dreamed of for my wedding day and both J.P. and I were thrilled to have our closest friends and family share our special day in our favorite place. The vendors were absolutely incredible and I couldn’t have wished for a better team to work with me on my wedding. It truly was the most amazing, beautiful, and happy day of our lives flawless from start to finish!

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From Verite PhotographyBrittany and Greg were married on a perfect summer day in Yountville, California. The Day was set with classic beauty, from the Oscar De La Renta dress, to the gorgeous patio dinner dripping in fancy flowers and beautiful light!

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Preppy Rehearsal Dinner

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From Laurel… Warm and bright — that was the kind of welcome that Lisa and Ethan wanted to give their closest family and friends as they arrived at Bardessono for the wedding weekend. They incorporated bright pinks, tulips, and checkered linens into the event’s design, with the aim of creating a casual and welcoming environment. Both this couple and venue are beautifully chic and modern in style, but Lisa and Ethan’s top priority was to make sure everyone felt 100% at ease and comfortable. By pairing bright and youthful details with the sleekness of the setting, they achieved the perfect balance between casual and special.

In addition to making it a warm and festive dinner visually, Lisa and Ethan wanted the activities to follow suit. They decided to skip traditional toasts and instead asked each guest to share a short memory or story. Each guest brought a photo from home of Lisa and/or Ethan, and then shared the story behind it with the group. (These photos were then pinned up on a board and displayed together at the wedding the next day.) This story-plus-photo idea proved to be an amazing way to bring the entire group closer, with equal measures of happy tears and gut-wrenching laughter.

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Fall Al Fresco Wedding at Beaulieu Gardens

I’m always a little jealous of California’s year round sunshine. It offers up the perfect weather for an al fresco affair, even in the Fall. And Beaulieu Garden couldn’t be a more stunning backdrop with it’s garden finery and canopy of twinkling lights. It’s made even more so at the hands of Atelier JoyaStacy McCain Event Planning and loads of pretty images by Elle Jae. Click here for even more.

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From The Bride…I had no idea Morgan was going to propose. It was the morning of my grandmothers birthday and we got up early to take our bulldog, Dexter for a hike along the beach in Half Moon Bay. We were supposed to be at parents house for an early bbq that afternoon to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday. Dexter loves the water and the beach and was dragging me towards the water and Morgan was walking very slowly behind us. I finally stopped to ask him if he was feeling ok and he had already taken the ring box out of his pocket. He asked me if I would marry him and Dexter and I laughed and said yes. He asked me again if I was sure and I said yes. He said “good, because all of our friends and family are going to be at your parents today to celebrate”. Turns out, I was the only one who didn’t know he was proposing. That afternoon was so much fun because it ended up being a surprise engagement party with our closest friends and family…….

When Morgan and I got engaged, we both immediately knew that we wanted to be married in the Napa Valley. We wanted to invite our family and friends to not only celebrate with us on our wedding day but spend the weekend with us and enjoy all that Napa has to offer.

Our weekend began at the Andaz Hotel, located downtown Napa, surrounded by restaurants, shopping and the Napa river all within walking distance. Our family and friends were greeted with a goodie bag and map of downtown with places to see and visit during their stay. We wanted to spend as much time as we could visiting with everyone who traveled to celebrate so we had an open cocktail party instead of a rehearsal dinner on the patio at the Andaz.

The day of the wedding, our guests were shuttled to Beaulieu Gardens, a private estate located in Rutherford. We chose this venue for its obvious beauty and with its many different gardens, we were able to move the party from one area to another, creating a “roaming party” feel.

The overall theme or aesthetic of our ceremony and reception was a natural-rustic Napa feel with pops of glam. Farm wood tables with sequin runners and mercury glass, hanging tea lights from over head, just made everything look so rich glamorous without taking away the already beautiful landscape from the venue. It was perfect clear fall evening and we had placed throws on all the ladies chairs for them incase they got chilly. We wanted everyone to feel like they were included and had the best seat in the house so we had couches and lounge areas set up near the reception area and dance floor to give it a more intimate feeling. Instead of a guest book, we had photo album on one of the coffee tables for everyone to sign and write messages in. That was fun for us to read though the next day.

We still wanted it to be fun and personal and at the end of evening, we wanted our friends and family to leave thinking that it was the best party ever. We chose Pop Rocks as our band because we loved their energy and we wanted everyone to dance. We had late night snacks passed for guests during the last hour of dancing to keep the party going. At the end of the evening, our guests were shuttled back to the hotel and we invited all of our guests who weren’t ready to go to bed yet, to join us after hours for some sushi and cocktails next.

Photography: Elle Jae | Wedding Planner: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Floral Design: Atelier Joya | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Jewelry: Ippolita Earrings And Bracelets | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Caterer: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Lighting: Got Light? | Band: Pop Rocks | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Hotel: Andaz | Wedding Venue: Beaulieu Garden | Bridal Shoes: Via Spiga | Bridesmaids Bracelets: Anthropologie | Canvas Bags With Bulldog Logo: 4Promos | Cashmere Throws: West Elm | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: An Elegant Touch Of Strings | Chalkboard Seating Chart: Atelier Joya | Flower Girl Attire: Kmart | Flower Girl Shoes: Gymboree | Flower Girl Wands: Atelier Joya | Groom's Tuxedo: Vera Wang | Groomsmen Sunglasses: Vans | Hot Air Balloon For Cards: BLHDN | Printed Pieces: Chewing The Cud | Ring Bearer: Gymboree | Sound: Delicate Productions | Vail: Vera Wang

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