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Napa Valley Wedding at Shady Oaks Ranch

Have I mentioned how much I love Napa weddings? Of course I have, and probably on more than one occasion. And my love comes from weddings like this one - where every moment just seems magical, and every detail on a new level of lovely. Andi Hatch was behind the lens to capture every gorgeous moment of this Napa Valley beauty, and you can see all the swoon-worthy moments here.

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From Andi Hatch…I am excited to share this lovely wedding at a private estate in Napa. This dreamy summer wedding occurred at a secret private estate in Napa which hosts only a few weddings each year. The mother of the bride found the venue on a tip from a busboy who drew a map on a paper napkin, proclaiming that when he eventually found the right girl, this is where he would marry her. It is a gorgeous venue with graceful lawns, massive oak trees, vineyards, English gardens and a guest house. A perfect location for an outdoor summer wedding in wine county, complete with rocking dance party under a giant oak tree.

From the Bride…Our wedding was an absolutely magical day in the Napa Valley surrounded by our friends and family. We decided to get married at a private estate in wine country because because of its proximity to Mendocino, where both David and I grew up. We loved the idea of incorporating some traditional elegance into our garden party, and we also wanted our guests to feel relaxed and comfortable. Our venue was gorgeous, and provided the intimate yet expansive setting we had dreamed of. The ceremony took place in front of a lovely pond, shaded by ancient trees, with green lawns, fruit trees and flowers surrounding us. My father passed away suddenly a few years ago, so my mother escorted me down the aisle, and I carried a charm with my father’s photo on my bouquet. David’s parents escorted him down the aisle, and his nephew was our ring bearer.

A string quartet played classical music as our guests were greeted with lavender lemonade. David’s cousin officiated our ceremony, which we crafted together with him. The whole ceremony was meaningful and from the heart, and there weren’t too many dry eyes! Our mothers both read poems, and David’s sister read a traditional hand blessing. We spent a lot of time writing our own vows, pronouncing them to each other for the first time at our wedding. Once we were announced as husband and wife, right after our first kiss, David surprised me by performing a song! He had secretly been taking voice lessons for months; you can’t get more romantic than that!

During dinner, our guests sat at long white farm tables and dined on delicious farm-to-table cuisine and local wines. After dinner, we took to the dance floor for our first dance to Michael Buble’s Hold On, for which we had been taking dance lessons together. The vibe was set for a very lively dance party under the stars. DJ Dan of Love in the Mix was awesome and kept everyone moving!

David and I are grateful to our families for all their support in making it a reality. Some of our fondest memories from the day were seeing our diverse group of family and friends come together and have so much fun. We are blessed to have a wonderful community of family and friends, and we only wished the day had lasted longer so that we would have had more time with everyone.

Photographer: Andi Hatch Photography | Videographer: 3 Thirds Visual | Floral Design: Chestnut & Vine | Caterer: Jane Hammond Events | DJ: Dan Rosenblach, Love In The Mix | String Quartet: Bellarosa String Quartet | Bride's Dress: Romona Keveza | Bridesmaids And Flower Girl Dress: LuluKate | Ceremony And Reception: Shady Oaks Ranch (Private Estate) | Coordination: Jane Hammond Events | Event Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup: Carrie Aldous | Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals

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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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