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Stunning Napa Wedding at Chardonnay Golf Club

Oh Napa weddings. They never fail to make me swoon. It’s as though they special order the magical California light and stylish couples specifically for their soirees. Because at first look, you think weddings like this one at the Chardonnay Golf Club captured by  K Stone Photography can’t possibly be real, but then you thank your lucky stars that it is. See every second of this perfect wedding here.

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From K Stone Photography…Chardonnay Golf Club stole our hearts as the backdrop for Kayla and Taylor’s incredible wedding day. With rolling hills of vineyards, it truly could not have been more breathtaking for this summer wedding. Kayla and her girls wore the perfect J Crew bridal and the bouquets made of succulents and David Austin Roses were stunning. The tent at Chardonnay, was the perfect place for a beautiful celebration of Taylor and Kayla. What else can I say about this wedding? The photos speak for themselves — they tell a story of joy and beauty, love and friendships. The bride and groom are the kind of people who make this world a better place and their style made for an absolutely gorgeous wedding day; one we won’t forget for years to come.

Photography: K Stone Photography | Cinematography: Calixte | Event Design: Noy Mendoza | Flowers: Katharina Stuart | Cake: Kristie's Cake Creations | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Linen: La Tavola | Venue: Chardonnay Golf Club

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Elegant Durham Ranch Wedding

It’s not often that an al fresco fete drenched in natural light doesn’t sweep me off my feet. And this Durham Ranch wedding from Kate Webber has nearly knocked me onto the ground. With a wildly beautiful orchid ceremony backdrop from Gathering Floral + Event Design, a sweet spread from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and rustic goodness in every corner, there’s a whole gallery filled with even more!

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From Kate WebberA wedding at Durham Ranch is sure to be pretty. The place just feels special! Margaret & Pat’s wedding nicely illustrates how its spaces can be transformed! Their wedding was so elegant, fun and full of lots of thoughtful, personal touches.

From Kristin Newman DesignsHundreds of dendrobium orchids were arranged along the stone wall for the ceremony – it was important to the couple to have a beautiful altar arrangement that did not compete with the natural surroundings. Outside arrangements consisted of beautiful white flowers with the inclusion of different foliage such as: cabbages, olive branches, and lavender. After the ceremony guests gathered for cocktails across from the bocce ball court. Large wooden lanterns, hung with rope, cast a hint of candlelight as the sun went down. As cocktail hour ended guests were led up the stairs to dine.

Displayed upon a long stone-clothed table adorned with tall arrangements of white dendrobium orchids were the guests’ butler cards. The butler cards were made of zinc and were addressed in gray calligraphy.

The dinner took place in the industrial barn at Durham Ranch and all guests were seated under three grand chandeliers, which were accented with glass bell jar lanterns and rope textured candles – all hung throughout the space. Custom white linen chair covers had been made for all chairs and guests dined at a mixture of tables – some with a soft woven/textured linen and some were made of solid wood. Pillar candles were placed onto glass disks – tealights and taper candles were in crystal holders and spread down the center of each tablescape. The table numbers we square white cards letterpressed in gray to complement the wedding invitation suite. Each card was supported on a rope knot, which mirrored the rope elements – natural to the venue’s design.

As dinner concluded the father of the bride gave a toast and summoned the gray sheer curtains to be drawn back revealing a space for dancing and celebration. The existing pool had been covered and the dancefloor was placed on top for the guests to dance under the stars! Different, but complementarily, lounges were created around the dance floor for the guests who wanted to share in the excitement but rest their feet. Luminaries were also spread throughout the hill – casting a soft light.

Guests were welcomed to the Napa Valley with white-washed wooden crates filled with delicacies from the area – the couple’s favorite sparkling wine, Schramsberg blanc de blanc; lightly salted, roasted pistachios, artisanal sea salted caramels, and a lavender candle. Each gift was packaged in custom muslin bags. Accompanying these items was an itinerary booklet garnished with springs of lavender freshly cut from the mother of the bride’s home.

All materials were letterpress and complementary to each other, keeping within the gray and white color palette. The dinner menu was a booklet entitled “A Fall Evening,” inspired by the groom’s love of the experience of perusing traditional restaurant menus.

Photography: Kate Webber | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Calligrapher: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Lighting: Got Light | Band: Big Swing And The Ballroom Blasters | Custom Design Stationer: Sideshow Press | Custom Design Stationer: Stitch Design Company | Floral & Event Design: Gathering Floral + Event Design | Linens: La Tavola | Planning & Event Design: Kristin Newman Designs | Rentals: Blueprint Studios | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Venue: Durham Ranch

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DIY Napa Wedding at Chardonnay Golf Club

This wedding is loveliness defined. The beautiful, fresh color palette, the sweet DIY details and the oh-so-fun florals from Daisy Rose Floral Design all make it the perfect wedding for the pages of SMP. But it’s the love between these two cuties that really makes us giddy, and you can see all the perfect moments snapped up by Carmen Holt Photography right here. And be sure to stick around to watch their special video from IQ Videography below…


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From the Bride…From the very beginning, my relationship with Jamaal moved quickly. We were dating for less than a year when we knew we wanted to get married. And when Jamaal proposed after 14 months of dating, we gave ourselves 4 short months to plan our wedding. We knew that we wanted the wedding to be sweet and simple, and we had only a few requirements: (1) that the ceremony be outdoors and (2) that the reception incorporate elements that represented us as individuals and as a couple.

For me, that meant a lot of DIY. I love anything that lets me exercise my creativity, so I took the lead in creating our wedding decor. Jamaal and I bought ream upon ream of cardstock and, with the help of some friends, created dozens of paper wheels and paper roses that we hung as backdrops for the reception. We stamped and filled favor bags, designed and created our table signs, cut and strung name-tags onto mason jars, wrote our own chalkboard signage, and much, much more.

Beyond the crafts, we found other ways to make sure that our wedding had a personal touch. Jamaal loves milk and cookies — it’s his nightly ritual. So we set up a delicious milk and cookies bar. To make sure that I was represented too, we included almond milk and vegan cookie options in addition to the whole milk and buttery cookies that Jamaal loves.

While Jamaal’s nightly ritual is milk and cookies, mine is a glass of piping hot tea (like every true Persian) and a vegan cupcake from Whole Foods. So as part of our wedding favors, we filled cotton bags with some of our favorite loose leaf tea blends, including Monk’s Blend, White Jasmine, and Persian Amber tea. We made sure to include brewing instructions so our guests could get the most out of our gift. We also had a tea bar onsite to keep our guests caffeinated and satisfied throughout the evening.

As for the cupcake-lover in me, we decided to serve our guests cupcakes in lieu of wedding cake. Our cupcakes were catered from Whole Foods in Davis, CA, which is essentially my second home. Even before we hired Whole Foods Davis as our dessert caterer, the bakers there knew me by name because every day, without fail, I would purchase one (or two) of their delicious vegan cupcakes. At the wedding, we served some mine and Jamaal’s favorites: vanilla, red velvet, and carrot cupcakes with both vegan and non-vegan options.

Jamaal and I not only wanted to represent ourselves at the wedding, but also where we came from. So we decided to name our tables after cities with some significance to us either individually or as a couple. We included our places of birth, our hometowns, our college towns, the city where we met, where he proposed, where we would honeymoon, and more.

Also, Jamaal and I are both Persian, so to represent our heritage, we decided to cater Persian food for dinner. We served three types of Persian rice, traditional herb and eggplant stews, and kabob as our main dishes. For appetizers, we served dolma, herb yogurt, an assortment of nuts, and feta cheese with lavash bread. We also served an array of traditional Persian pastries, including baklava, rice and pistachio cookies, and more.

Another way that we personalized our wedding was through our guest book, or rather, our guest quilt. I’m a quilt-lover and, as it happens, Jamaal’s mom is the Quilt Queen. She makes quilts for him and all her loved ones for various special occasions. At the wedding, we had all our guests sign fabric blocks that Jamaal’s mom later sewed together into a beautiful wedding quilt that reflects all the love and support we felt throughout our special day.

The four months of wedding planning were a whirlwind, but everything came together beautifully the day of. We are so happy to share it with you now.

Photography: Carmen Holt Photography | Videography: IQ Videography | Flowers: Daisy Rose Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: Chardonnay Golf Club | Reception Venue: Chardonnay Golf Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | DJ: Sound in Motion | (some) Bridesmaids' Hair & Makeup: The Traveling Stylist | Accomodations: Holiday Inn Express & Suites | Bride's & (some) Bridesmaids' Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Lia | Bride's Dress: Mori Lee | Cake & Cupcakes: Whole Foods Market | Day-Of Coordinator: Events by Satra | Groom & Groomsmen's Suits: Men's Wearhouse

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