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Romantic Napa Valley Winery Wedding

This stunning Bride described her wedding day as a blur of amazing love. And from the looks of the beautiful imagery from U Me Us Studios, that’s exactly what it was. Splashed in coral charm peonies, blush tones and set amongst the gorgeous vineyards at Brix, every bit of pretty made way for smiles, sweet kisses and a whole lotta love. Peruse the full gallery right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… We met in Washington, DC in January of 2011 at a swearing-in party for Representative Colleen Hanabusa from Hawaii that was hosted by a mutual friend. It was very crowded and we ended up being crammed in a corner together. He asked for my number and the rest is history! We were engaged in February of 2013 in Miami.

In early 2014, we both started new jobs and had been very busy traveling over the holidays for family events. We had a long-planned President’s Day weekend trip to Miami to get away, congratulate ourselves on the new jobs, and spend some much needed alone time together. On Saturday, we had late dinner reservations in Brickell Key and after spending all day at the beach, Ankit casually suggested we get cleaned up for dinner and go for a walk on the beach at sunset. The beach had cleared out so it was virtually deserted as we kicked off our shoes and walked in the sand. Ankit surprised me by getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. We’d been talking about getting married but I didn’t have a clue it would happen that weekend! I was completely surprised. We hugged and laughed and cried and then walked to get a glass of champagne and call our families.

We had a small Thursday night gathering at the Hill Family Estate Tasting room in Yountville, a family-run winery that Ankit and I love to taste the current release of wine and sample some charcuterie and to die for cheese. We had a family dinner planned at Redd Wood that had to have a sight detour due to some late flight arrivals. We ended up ordering a bunch of pizzas to bring to our families at the hotel when they arrived, Nora’s dad bought beer and wine and we had a great time! On Friday night, we had a welcome dinner for everyone attending the wedding at the beautiful Flora Springs Estate in St. Helena. The group of about 140 guests took a wine cave tour, sampled the current selection of wine, and ate delicious local fare from Marks the Spot food truck: prosciutto wrapped figs, wild mushroom tarts, gluten-free fried chicken, duck and pulled pork sliders, seasonal ravioli, risotto, potato and celery root gratin, and meyer lemon curd with graham cracker crust. Despite the rain (and a last minute rented tent) the guests had a blast and enjoyed the food and Flora Springs Wine, including by drinking them dry of a guest favorite red blend. A fantastic party to start the weekend!

Once we decided we were going to do a destination wedding in Napa, we took a trip over Memorial day weekend in 2013 on a whirlwind wedding venue tour. We fell in love with Brix Restaurant and Gardens immediately and even more so after eating lunch there! The food is off the hook. The grounds are absolutely stunning and we loved the idea of getting married in the vines in the garden with the bluffs as the backdrop, seeing the wine train go by in the evening, and being able to use the restaurant when the sun went down and it got chilly! Matt Guyot was so friendly and helpful and we knew that he would be able to help us create our perfect wedding. Food and beverages were extremely important to us for the wedding, as well as making guests feel really special. Having the wedding on restaurant property made the food and beverage service flawless and every guest felt really well taken care of. All the food was so incredibly delicious we are still getting compliments from our guests about it. We loved being able to design our menu with fresh, local, seasonal ingredients and creating a wine paring with each course. We loved being able to use the entire property for different purposes. Guests experienced being in the vines for the wedding, in the gardens for cocktail hour, in a beautifully decorated tent for dinner, then inside the restaurant for dancing and desert and outside on the heated patio if they wanted to sit by the fire pits or smoke cigars. It really allowed for a feel of many different locations all in one for our 150 guests.

Having been to a lot of weddings before our own, guest comfort, amazing food, and lots of good wine was a priority! We did an american wedding, but I really wanted to incorporate some design elements from the Indian culture, which started with the invitation and our other printed materials. We used a lot of small touches to personalize the wedding – welcome bags that included Wisconsin cheese curds, my Dad did the ceremony, my brother played an original composition on his saxophone during the ceremony, and our friend Senator Mark Warner gave the reading. Ankit’s nephew (with help from his brother) was the ring bearer. We had a table with photos of our parents and grandparents at their own weddings, as well as some family photos and memories of those no longer with us, like Ankit’s Dad. The escort cards were hand-painted wooden elephants I got in Crawford market in Mumbai when Ankit and I went to India in December. The place cards were stamped with a lotus leaf and tucked in the napkin. We put a sign near the vineyard with the places we both grew up (Madison, WI for me and Nutley, NJ for Ankit) the place we met and live together (Washington, DC), and the place we got married (Napa, CA). We used a lot of candles and flowers to create a beautiful and romantic, warm and welcoming feel. We chose the menu and the wine pairings with each course, and had the menu printed with our monogram.

It was the most epic party we’ve ever thrown! Both Ankit and I love to entertain and a wedding is the quintessential gathering. We were thrilled to have loved ones from near and far join us to celebrate in our day. From the morning of getting ready, to walking down the aisle with both my parents, to my dad marrying us, the incredible cocktail hour, the ridiculously delicious dinner, touching toasts, Ankit’s mom dancing up a storm on the dance floor, everyone dancing up a storm on the dance floor, late night food and apps, people hanging out on the patio smoking cigars by the fire pits outside and the photo booth – everything was the absolute most amazing time. We also loved how after spending a few days together everyone knew each other and the photo booth had new friends from the weekend taking pictures together!

Everything was the most memorable and everything was the highlight! We had SO much fun. Marrying Ankit was so touching, real, and meaningful. Everyone loved how meaningful the ceremony was with the personal touches and emphasis on family and love. My dad was a hit and a genuine mix of funny and emotional. My veil flying off because of the wind during the ceremony was pretty memorable, and it got everyone laughing. The food was really incredible as was the stunning scenery. But most of all, we were so happy to have all of our family and friends in one place and having a blast, and marrying each other. We were thrilled to see everyone having such a blast. The whole day was a blur of amazing love.

I wanted to incorporate some Indian elements into the design but also keep things classic and romantic, classy and elegant but warm and welcoming. It was tough to incorporate small touches while still maintaining a soft romantic feel, so the vision changed a lot as things evolved. The colors changed from the navy base with magenta flowers I had originally envisioned to a navy accented affair with ivory, gold, white and many colors of pinks for the flowers. I worked with the florist to refine the idea I wanted with tons of flowers and candles. I wanted a look that was polished and full of flowers, but also didn’t look too fussy. I never wanted to get married in a ballroom, I wanted to get married outdoors because I love how beautiful natural colors are outside, so we built off of that. Music – we just wanted to keep people dancing!

The escort cards were painted wooden elephants that Nora bought in Mumbai when she and Ankit were visiting there in December before the wedding. It was Nora’s first experience “street haggling” in India and Ankit’s cousin helped her negotiate the prices.

I was looking for something unique but classic – just like my rose gold ring with a classic design. I tried on a lot of dresses and wanted something with some lace but that felt more structured and “bridal” to me. I had given up thinking I was going to find “my dress” when I found this Matthew Christopher dress at a small boutique about 30 minutes outside of DC. It has a champagne underlay and lace overlay and is trumpet style with a lot of crinolin underneath. The lace overlay has a classic floral design but also some formal striped patterns that make the dress really unique and the color look great on my fair skin. Ankit also wanted something a little different than a black tux and decided on a beautifully tailored navy tux.

When it comes to the day of – just enjoy! I was so incredibly happy the day of my wedding, any minor things that went wrong I didn’t even care.

Photography: U Me Us Studios | Event Planning: Boutique Events | Floral Design: Kate Stanley Designs | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Ceremony Venue: Brix | Reception Venue: Brix | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Caterer: Brix | Makeup Artist: Carrie Aldous | Hair Stylist: Stella Stevens Hair Designs | DJ: Boutique DJs | Grooms' Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Baker: Sweetie Pies | Blue Beaded Bracelet: Gorjana | Bride's Rings: Shenoa & Co. | Ceremony Musician: Bellarosa String Quartet | Chiavari Chairs: Classic Party Rentals | Earrings: BHLDN | Groom's Bow Tie: Isaia | Groom's Tuxedo & Shirt: Ermenegildo Zenga | Grooms' Wedding Ring: Boone & Sons Jewelers | Linens: La Tavola | Tent: Classic Party Rentals

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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 | Coordination: Jane Hammond Events | Floral Design: Chestnut & Vine | Caterer: Jane Hammond Events | Makeup: Carrie Aldous | 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) | Event Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events | Linens: La Tavola | 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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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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Peach Inspired Farm Wedding at Carneros Inn

The theme for this affair (modern, rustic, sparkle and glam, peach orchard inspired wedding) is a mouthful but the result is a seamless blend of fruit and elegance. The maid of honor and head design aficionado, Charmed Events, crafted a peach-filled soiree that we can so get behind. And with imagery by Jen Huang Photography and a film by Burkart Studios, there’s plenty to pore through. Have a look here for more.

From Charmed Events Planning… Planning Anna and Matt’s wedding is so dear to my heart because Anna is one of my oldest friends; we’ve known each other since Jr. High! I was also her Maid of Honor so this wedding was extra special to me. Since getting married and having a fairytale wedding was so important to Anna, I made sure that no detail was lost in planning and designing the wedding of their dreams!

When Anna and Matt decided to get married at the Carneros Inn, we quickly got to designing their modern, rustic, sparkle and glam, peach orchard inspired wedding. We begun with building a color palette of peach, mint green and sparkle gold and accented it with lace details and peaches of course…lots of them!

For the ceremony, we wanted to re-create a modern peach orchard paradise. We had boxed crates lining the aisle filled with peaches and eucalyptus leaves with a huge floral A+M piece placed at the end of the aisle to greet guests and the couple alike. Some highlights to the ceremony included Mia, the couple’s labrador retriever, who walked down the aisle with the Groom and the vows that were exchanged between the couple. The entire ceremony was serenaded by talent extraordinaire, Bobby Jo Valentine. After the ceremony, guests were given satchels of lavender to congratulate the newly wed couple.

For cocktail hour, guests enjoyed drinks and merriment on the Carneros garden lawn and found their seats through personalized peaches with their names on flags. Guests were encouraged to leave a postcard for the couple, sharing their well wishes for the couples’ nuptials. Custom pillows were created in the couple’s color palette to further enhance the guest experience during cocktail hour while guests enjoyed guitar and singing by Bobby Jo Valentine.

The reception was as decadently gold and blush pink as can be! Glitter sequin chevron runners glistened each table, adorned with gold rimmed glassware and chargers that were accented by olive sprigs at each place setting. For the Sweetheart table, our concept was to build an indoor garden just for the Bride and Groom and Poppy’s Petalworks did an amazing job of building a romantic, rustic arbor for the couple’s “throne”, complete with a love seat for the couple. The couple went the distance to splurge on treats for their guests, to include three wedding cakes by Perfect Endings, a cotton candy stand and Honolulu Cookie Company treats packed for each guest, all wrapped up with twine and lace. For the couple’s first dance, they twirled to Adam Sandler’s rendition of “I want to grow old with you”. My favorite detail of the reception were the custom glass patterns that were splashed onto the walls in blush pink and peach.

Photographer: Jen Huang Photography | Videography: Burkart Studios | Floral Design: Poppy's Petalworks | Cake: Perfect Endings | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair And Make Up: Vanity Pham | DJ: Boutique DJs - Josh Dukes | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Jewelry: Tiffanys | Ceremony And Reception Venue: The Carneros Inn | Ceremony Musician: Bobby Jo Valentine | Full Event Planning, Design, Stationery: Charmed Events Group | Letterpress: Felix Rhys Paperie | Linens: La Tavola | Linens And Event Rentals: Hartmann Studios

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