From the second I saw the bride’s BHLDN gown, I knew a really good wedding was about to follow. Off The Beaten Path worked to bring the couple’s rustic-boho celebration to life, and the photos from Matt Edge are what wedding dreams are made of. Take my advice and kick off your Friday festivities in the gallery right here.
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From The Bride….We vacationed in Napa Valley a few years ago and we both knew that it was the perfect place for us to get married. The combination of great food, wine, and the picturesque scenery captured our hearts and we knew that this would be the perfect place to start our journey together. Napa has the unique small town feel with all the luxuries of a big city, which made it an ideal destination to host our wedding.
We kicked off our wedding weekend by having our wedding party join us a few days before to explore the greater Napa area on bikes. We “biked for wine,” traversing Napa’s hilly landscape, while visiting several wieners throughout the valley. We capped off our ride with a beautiful lunch on Bell winery’s patio.
One of our favorite memories of our wedding day was our choreographed first dance. The upbeat tempo, friends and family laughing as we did spins and lifts to our favorite song, “Stuck On You,” by Meiko. The setting at Running Pony Farm was sensational, a natural rustic feel, with the white barn giving it a hint of elegance, while the herb garden and peach orchard gave us the subtle outdoor feel. As the sun was setting, the Italian string lighting came alive as we capped off the evening with John’s favorite combination, bourbon, fire pits and doughnuts. Thank you to Off the Beaten Path Weddings and Matt Edge photography for helping us coordinate a dream come true.
Photography: Matt Edge Wedding Photography | Event Design: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Floral Design: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Shoes: Something Bleu | Catering: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Ceremony And Reception: Private Estate, Napa, CA | Signage: Off The Beaten Path Weddings
In all it’s al fresco beauty, this affair beneath the wildly branching trees of Napa is wine country lover’s dream. And fittingly so, with a South African winemaker as the handsome Groom. They paired blushes, grays and emerald green for an unexpected and pleasant palette that complements every touch. onelove photography captured it all and this lovely little gallery is the result!
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From the beautiful Bride…It was important to us as a couple for our wedding to be fun, light hearted, and full of love. We kept our guest list small, including just close friends and family, and did all of the planning together. We knew we wanted to honor Bertus’s South African heritage, have tons of great wine and food since we are both in the industry, and enjoy a night of dancing and laughing with all of our favorite people. Essentially, we wanted it to feel like a dinner party we would host with our friends, only slightly more glamourous.
When we started our planning process we knew we wanted to have our wedding in Napa, not only because it is an absolutely beautiful backdrop, but also because this is the place where we live, work, and where we fell in love. For our reception we decided to have one long farm table, so we could have a family style meal with large formats of wine. We dubbed it a “big bottle party” and hand selected each bottle from our favorite producers. We also wanted to play up the natural beauty of our venue by keeping our decorations simple. We were lucky to have the most wonderful vendors, friends, and family standing behind us.
Our only advice is to have fun with it, and if it ever starts to overwhelm you, grab a glass of wine.
Bertus is the winemaker for Regusci Winery, James Cole Winery, T-Vine Cellars and Tank Garage Winery.
Photography: Onelove Photography | Stationary: Minted | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Cake Designer: Sweet On Cake | Ceremony And Reception: Private Estate | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Florals: Yoli's Flowers | Rentals: Wine Country Party
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