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Romantic Napa Valley Wedding

This wedding is the epitome of romantic. It’s soft, sweet, and ethereal. With jaw-dropping gorgeous The Flower Monkey Group blooms, crisp California sunshine, and some of the most beautiful scenery a la Auberge Du Soleil. In summary, it’s guaranteed to warm your heart. Adeline & Grace Photography were behind the lens of every lovely moment and shared it all, right here!

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From Adeline & Grace Photography… Leslee and Maxine’s Napa winter wedding was one I will never forget. It was under 30 degrees with a chance of snow the morning of their wedding, but the couple lucked out with perfect (yet brisk) weather for their ceremony that overlooked Napa Valley. Leslee and Maxine wanted to spend as much time with their guests as possible so they opted for a first look in the olive grove of Auberge du Soleil. Their first look made me (and my associate photographer Marita) cry. It was so touching and heartfelt. It continued to be the same theme for the rest of the day. I’ve never felt so much love and joy at a wedding before and the guests that came together could not have been more happy for Leslee and Maxine to finally be able to say “I do”. After the wedding instead of leaving immediately for their honeymoon they felt an urge “just to look” at at few houses in Napa, and now they call Napa home!

Cake: Amber From Sweet On Cake | Floral Design: The Flower Monkey Group | Hair & Makeup: Jeanne Eden & Alina Zade | Photography: Adeline & Grace Photography | Wedding Venue: Auberge Du Soleil

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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.

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

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Romantic Napa Valley Wedding

Do me a favor: take everything you know about Napa Valley weddings, add in an extra dose of romance and then top it off with some of the prettiest details you will ever lay your eyes upon.  The result?  This stunning affair captured beautifully by Glass Jar Photography.  Think elegant church ceremony meets one seriously gorgeous al fresco party.  Soak in every last moment in the world’s most amazing gallery.    

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From Glass Jar Photography… Sarah decided to marry her best friend in Napa Valley, CA around the hills of wine outside San Francisco. Her goal was a timeless wedding, classic and beautiful and I think she nailed it.

Starting the day at the gorgeous Pink Mansion then the two said their “I do’s” in a cute Spanish style church in the center of the valley, and hopped in an vintage car to exit and head over to an open wine field reception, with great food, tablescapes and decor and friends.

Bridal Suite: Pink Mansion | Catering: Rutherford Grove | Photography: Glass Jar Photography | Reception Venue: Rutherford Grove Winery

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Fall Al Fresco Napa Valley Wedding

Sylvie Gil wedding never fails to amaze, and this Napa affair is the latest beauty from her lens. Kissed by that California sun, it’s a celebration centered on good food, good wine and loved ones all around. Kathy HigginsAtelier Joya and Julie Morgan made the day something truly special, and I highly recommend you scroll through every last bit.

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From The Bride…Mark and I were both living in NYC when my boss set us up on a blind date five years ago. Although we seemed like an unlikely pair in the beginning, it was our shared love of good friends, good food and good wine that brought us together. After Mark popped the big question on a moonlit Clydesdale sleigh ride in Deer Valley, we immediately began planning our wedding. We both wanted our wedding to have an intimate, romantic, yet casual feel. Napa Valley was the obvious choice — it was the perfect venue to bring together the people we loved to share some of our favorite things: food and wine!

Julie Song, whose style is beautifully whimsical and romantic, designed our invitation suite detailing the weekend of events. Mark and I hosted a Welcome Dinner at Cade Winery for all of our wedding guests to create a family-like atmosphere and to make sure no one left Napa Valley without experiencing an authentic vineyard tour and tasting! After a brief tour of the vineyard in small groups, everyone met deep in the wine cave for a more formal wine tasting and outrageous chacuccerie spread from Oxbow Wine & Cheese. The group then sat down to a casual dinner in the courtyard over-looking the Valley floor with the food catered by gourmet food-truck extraordinaire Mark at X Marks the Spot. The night was filled with toasts from our friends and family and set the tone for the weekend.

The following afternoon, Mark and I were married at a private estate on Spring Mountain overlooking the valley. Kathy Higgins, our wedding planner, was instrumental in making some of our unorthadox requests become a reality. In addition to finding the perfect venue, Kathy was able to connect us a with Choice Entertainers, an acapella Motown group whose melodies accentuated our ceremony and cocktail hour and showcased our obsession for classic Motown music. Fitting with our style and personalities, Kathy also introduced us to one of her personal friend’s who served as our wedding officiant. As our ceremony drew to a close, two of our closest friends read a personalized rendition of Shel Silverstein’s poem “Ations”, which cleverly depicted how we fell in love and why Napa was so special to us.

Chef Katie and the staff at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc worked with our dear friends Monica & David Stevens at 750 Wines to create a perfectly paired feast served at sunset overlooking the Valley floor. Keeping with the inclusive family theme, the meal was served family style at two long tables in multiple courses. Lisa and Priska at Atelier Joya helped create tablescapes that were both beautiful and functional; the arrangements were all designed with a low profile to encourage guest conversation and accommodate the additional flat and stemware needed for our family-style dinner. Together Kathy, Lisa and Priska transformed a naturally beautiful landscape into an enchanting setting complete with urns of flowers in warm pastels and vintage rentals from Found Vintage Rentals. As dinner wound down, guests let loose to some dangerously melodic beats by D.Veloped (who just happened to be in SF that weekend because a friend called in a personal favor). The whole day was perfectly captured by Sylvie Gil, whose warm, infectious personality (and charming French accent) brought a smile to us both throughout the day.

Wanting a moment to ourselves, Mark and I were whisked away in a vintage Packard convertible at the end of the night. That private moment gave us the opportunity to reflect on what was such a special day and allowed us to sit and appreciate everyone who was a part of it. 

Catering: Ad Hoc | Cutting Cake: Calistoga Cakes | Florals: Atelier Joya | Hair And Make Up: Julie Morgan | Invitations: Julie Song Ink | Lighting: Lux Production | Linens: La Tavola | Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Venue: Private Estate | Wedding Planner: Kathy Higgins

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(once like a spark) photography + A Discount!

Here at SMP, we get a little bit giddy when we run across a vendor that takes our breath away. Case in point? (once like a spark) photography. Based in San Diego, Los Angeles + Northern California, this boutique-style photography company creates photos that are truly different — timelessly beautiful with a touch of whimsy and a whole lot of charm.

When you work with (once like a spark) photography, you’re not only signing on with an amazing photographer, but also with a team of wedding experts (in-house planner, editor, etc.) that will seamlessly guide you through the process. Knowing that your wedding photos will be some of your most treasured memories, (once like a spark) photography not only captures you and your honey to perfection, but makes sure you’re totally comfortable on your big day, knows how to schedule everything to get the perfect light and edits beautifully to make sure the final product is picture perfect.

For a ton more information and to book your big day with (once like a spark) photography, head over to their website. OH, there’s more! Just for our SMP readers, (once like a spark) photography is offering either $200 off your package or a free engagement session for the month of November! Be sure to mention SMP California when filling out the contact form to redeem discount. 

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Fleurs de France

Flowers make people happy, that’s a well known fact. But wedding flowers? Well, those beauties cause elation! And when your big day bouquets + arrangements are done by the uber talented Fleurs de France, the pretty just doesn’t stop.

With over 20 years of experience, Jessica of Fleurs de France has created countless unique floral designs for couples saying “I do” in California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. Passionate about weddings, parties and events and endlessly creative, she helps her clients’ dreams become reality by pulling inspiration from the area’s breathtaking scenery as well as the couple’s personal style. Fleurs de France works closely with each couple to create a floral look that is truly special. Whether you’re hosting a traditional intimate soiree or a modern over-the-top bash, Fleurs de France makes sure your big day is completely stress free and flawlessly executed!

To see even more of their gorgeous work, be sure to take a peek at the Fleurs de France blog and head over here to contact Fleurs de France to start planning your big day!

Photo Credits: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Julie Kay Kelly Photography | Larissa Cleveland PhotographyLarissa Cleveland Photography | Jenna Marie Photography | Fleurs de France | Arrowood PhotographyBriana Marie Photography Wedding Planners: Stacy McCain Events | Cole Drake Events | Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events | A Dream Wedding Venues Pictured: Calistoga Ranch | St. Francis Winery | Chalk Hill WineryGundlach Bundschu | Booneville Hotel | Harvest Inn | Chateau St. Jean

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