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Elegant Summer Wedding at Calistoga Ranch

Wine cave? Yes please! This wedding led guests into a cave full of vino for an epic dance party, but not before they were immersed in a whole lotta pretty. With Fleurs De France and East Six setting the scene, guests were treated to quite a sight before they partied the night away. Suzy Berberian planned it all from top to bottom, and Laurie Bailey and New Classic Films captured every moment of this amazing celebration. I could ramble on and on but you can see it all for yourself right here!

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From Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events… It’s not often that a planner finds a couple so wonderful that they’ll change their entire calendar around to accommodate them, but that’s what happened when I met Joanna and Adam! From the start they wanted a fun, elegant and gorgeous wedding, and every detail over the next year was developed with those plans in mind.

The wedding design started off in romantic and clean whites and pale green, with Joanna’s bouquet formed with white peonies, roses and sweet peas. Dinner on the stunning Lommel Lawn showcased the meal with beautiful pewter patterned linen, silver-rim glass chargers, and more white flowers. Lavender was placed on each napkin with the place card to bring a touch of color to the settings, and anchor the card in the mild evening breezes.

After dinner guests were welcomed into the Wine Cave for a completely different experience! The cave walls were saturated in red lighting, and white leather furniture with mirrored accent tables offered a spot for guests to lounge when they weren’t out on the dance floor. Linens and pillows in burgundy and pewter completed the look for the cocktail tables and the stunning cake display. The perfect Napa Valley wedding for a fun couple with impeccable taste!

From The Bride… I met my husband in college, but we fell in love when he was living in San Francisco and I was in New York. When it came time to plan our wedding, our first thought was Napa. We had spent a few romantic weekends there while we were dating, and knew it would be an easy draw for our friends and family, who are mostly from the east coast. We made a trip to Napa to start planning, and fell in love with our venue, Calistoga Ranch, and our planner, Suzy Berberian.

Once we saw Calistoga Ranch there was nowhere else we could get married – it was so beautiful and the perfect size for the intimate wedding we wanted. With such a stunning setting to work with, we decided to emphasize the beauty and contrast between the outdoor and indoor spaces. The dinner was held on the lawn, overlooking the valley on one side and a lake and mountains on the other. As the sun set, the light played beautifully off of the silver linens and white flowers, accented with flickering candles. The long queen’s tables ensured everyone had a spectacular view and we loved the twist on the traditional that the layout and the family style dinner created.

After dinner, our guests drifted back to the Wine Cave, which was lit a vibrant red; the décor, the music and flowing cocktails ensured the night turned into the wild party we hope for – I even crowd-surfed in my gown! We loved the contrast between the first half of the night and the second, and that the venue allowed us to have, in turn, elegance and a bacchanal.

The day had so many highlights for me, but walking with my father to the ceremony is at the top of the list. It was incredible to see the faces of our friends and family, the incredible site high above Napa Valley, all of the little details we spent so much time planning and of course my husband, standing under the chuppah. It was an unforgettable moment, and the highlight of my life so far, to be surrounded by our loved ones and marrying the love of my life, all in the most beautiful place I had ever been.

The planning process was complicated by the fact that we live in New York, but made so easy by our planner Suzy Berberian. We made only two trips to California, and did everything else from across the continent. Suzy made it all so seamless and so much fun – she knew every vendor in the area and did an incredible job of taking my vague guidance and shaping it into our perfect day.

Our photographer, Laurie Bailey, was also an easy choice as I had been following her work for years after seeing photos had taken for friends. After our engagement shoot in Santa Barbara we knew that we not only loved her, but also that she would make us look amazing and capture the candid moments we love so much. We are so happy with the outcome and she was beyond wonderful on our wedding day.

Photography: Laurie Bailey Photography | Wedding Planner: Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events | Flowers: Fleurs De France | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Stationery: East Six | Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six | Catering: Calistoga Ranch | Calligraphy: Owensquill | Lighting: Classic Party Rentals Napa/Sonoma | Officiant: Rabbi Lee Bycel | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Cave Music And Lawn Microphones: DJ Jeremy Productions | Ceremony/Dinner Music: Eloquence String Quartet | Detailer/Seamstress: Heidi Johnson, Sew Heidi | End-of-night Favors: Bouchon Bakery | Groom’s Tuxedo: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Hair/Makeup: It’s A Date At The Powder Room | Ketubah: Ruth Mergi | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Location: Calistoga Ranch | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Video: New Classic Films | Wedding Dress And Veil: Monique Lhuillier

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Solage Calistoga Wedding Awash with Yellow

Solage Calistoga is stunning in and of itself but when you add sunny yellow florals, lemon details helping guests find their way to their seats and a gaggle of littles, it takes on a whole new level of awesome. Planned by Stacy McCain, infused with the happiest blooms by Loop Events and captured by Weddings By Sasha, have a look at the full gallery for yellow in its shiniest, happiest form.

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From The Bride…Paul and I dated for two years after having met ten years earlier through a mutual friend. We’d both been living in San Francisco after spending a few years in New York City and finally the timing was right for both of us, after just one official date it was clear to both of us that this was the real thing!

I grew up in Northern Virginia but we both knew we wanted to get married in the Bay Area. We loved spending weekends in Napa Valley and the wine country was our first choice. We also knew we wanted a summer wedding. As soon as we visited Solage Calistoga we knew it couldn’t get any better. It was important to us that the weekend be as hassle free and luxurious as possible for our friends and family who were coming from all over the world. We wanted a venue with a fantastic restaurant, beautiful outdoor and indoor event space, luxury service for our guests and amazing pool and spa – it was perfect! Our decision to work with Stacy McCain Events was the best decision we made, Stacy and her team created our dream wedding and made the entire process seamless and smooth. We were thrilled to secure the band Wonderbread 5 for the reception and probably would have missed out on them if it weren’t for Stacy.

We started the weekend with a beautiful and laid back outdoor rehearsal dinner at Gott’s in St. Helena which was a perfect kick off to a wine country weekend. Paul’s 11 year old nephew, Luke Kennedy, gave a surprise toast that moved everyone to tears, it was such a special moment for us! Afterwards we invited all of the guests who were in town to a cocktail reception by the pool at Solage. The setting was so lovely and in addition to being the day of summer solstice there was a glowing ‘Supermoon’, the largest full moon of the year, shining down on the festivities.

We loved our officiant, Rev. Peadar Dalton, a friend of Paul’s parents, he was terrific! We both come from Irish families and Rev. Dalton has a charming Irish brogue which was a big hit with everyone. He was warm and gracious and included our parents in a very sweet blessing of the rings. We wrote our own vows and it was so sweet to recite them in front of our loved ones. Our wedding parties included our nieces and nephews and our treasured terrier, Archibald. The ceremony was outside on the lawn and our pianist played “Imagine” by John Lennon while the flower girls and our nephews walked down the aisle, it was one of my favorite moments of the day. Walking down the aisle with my Dad to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen played on the piano was a moment I’ll never forget. Paul and I were so moved by all of the toasts that day as well, our friends and families words meant so much to us. We chose the song “If I Should Fall Behind” by Bruce Springsteen, one of our favorite musicians, for our first dance and it was so perfect!

We were blown away by the beautiful and fun pictures Sasha Gulish captured, she was fantastic to work with, our guests kept telling us how much they loved her and her team. Anna Hoffman of Loop Flowers & Events did an absolutely gorgeous job, the arrangements and displays throughout the weekend were stunning. The ‘altar’ was a simple circle of white rose petals and it looked so sweet against the naturally beautiful backdrop of the Palisades. Our niece Isla couldn’t resist wandering in and out of the circle throughout the ceremony, it was so cute! Our extraordinary team of vendors, thanks to Stacy, flawlessly executed our unforgettable, romantic, summery and fun weekend that we had been dreaming of. We left for our honeymoon so thankful and in awe of all of the love in our lives. To our delight, we’re now proud parents of Colin James Kennedy, born April 5, 2014!

Photography: Weddings By Sasha | Cinematographer: Justin Fone Productions | Event Planning: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Floral Design: Loop Events Arts | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: A Day In May | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Hair & Makeup: She Artists | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Best Man Suit: Banana Republic | Maid Of Honor's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Venue: Solage Calistoga

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Solage Calistoga Wedding

Solage Calistoga is one of my favorite places in the world to say “I do.”  It’s the perfect mix of California casual with a big ol’ dash of elegance thrown in for good measure.  And when you add in fab invitations and paper goods from Three Little Words, some yummy goodness from Sweet on Cake and a whole world of pretty captured by Marianne Wilson Photography, well… perfection, lovelies.  See it all here.

And a sweet film from Artisan Production?  Yes, please.

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From the Bride… Timmy (my husband) proposed on July 6th, 2012 underneath the Golden Gate Bridge on a bridge to bridge boat tour. It was absolutely perfect, as San Francisco means so much to both of us (I grew up in Marin, where my family still resides and Tim’s friends all live in SF, too). We knew immediately after getting engaged so close to the 4th of July and in the Bay Area, that we wanted our wedding day to reflect that as much as possible. We ended up falling in love with Solage Resort (in Calistoga) for our reception venue, as it was both sophisticated and had an Americana charm to it, as well. We also secured a date close to our engagement day (exactly one year and one week to the day). Tim and I are both pretty traditional so we moved forward with a full Catholic mass at the beautiful St. Helena Catholic Church. We kept the decor within the Church very minimal, as it had a classic beauty of its own that we wanted to really shine through. We adored our Priest, Father John Brenkle, who came out of retirement to officiate just for us – so special and we sincerely appreciated it.

Despite the popularity of it these days, Tim and I decided NOT to do a first look before our mass. Call us ‘superstitious ‘or ‘old-fashioned,’ but it’s always been a favorite of mine to see the groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time in front of all of the loved ones. In my opinion, it’s always one of the most touching moments. Tim’s reaction upon seeing me for the first time certainly did not disappoint! My dad and I were doing pretty well up until the doors opened and we saw Tim burst into tears! He was overwhelmed with pure joy and happiness and that spilled over to everyone in the Church, including my Dad and I who at that point were laugh/crying down the aisle together. I will never forget that moment as you really could FEEL the love permeate throughout the Church.

It was important to us that our wedding have some ‘oomph’ to it. We wanted our personalities to come through in the details and more importantly, we wanted our love to really be felt throughout the day. The best way we could do that was to just have fun with the planning and find elements that reflected who we are, what we love and our history. I happen to love a good pun! The more areas where we could incorporate fun pun play, we did. For example, for our guest’s thank you gifts and table assignments, we bottled Limoncello and added a custom label to it that we playfully called “Flemincello!” The kids got to partake in this fun too, as we also made “Flemonade” for them to enjoy.

In keeping with the pun play, we also had our ceremony programs turned into actual fans, and we had it read as, “I am a Fan of Timmy and Gianna!” The church itself gets really hot in the summertime, so our guests could literally use our program fans to cool themselves off!

Originally, we wanted to also include sparklers at our reception, especially since we were getting married within the “fireworks” season. Unfortunately, Solage did not allow said sparklers, so we found other creative ways to incorporate a sense of “sparks” throughout the ceremony and reception – hints of gold in our tablescapes and wedding cake, gold lettering in our invitations, custom program fans, menu, etc., my bridesmaids’ gowns and the groomsmen’s bowties were a light gold champagne color, and the chandeliers even had their own little bit of sparkle. To top it all off, we had gold confetti that dropped from the ceiling later on in the night to really set a spark to the dance floor!

A personal fact that we simply couldn’t (or wouldn’t want) to ignore is the fact that Tim and his entire family are from Las Vegas, NV. What better way to acknowledge this fact then by creating a full blown party on the dance floor. The greatest DJ ever, DJ Josh Dukes of Boutique DJs, kept our guests dancing until midnight by delivering some of the best music ever that truly never alienated any age group. It was perfect! At 10PM, the gold confetti dropped from the ceiling and let everyone know it was time to REALLY party. Our waiters passed out “late night” snacks, gold Elvis sunglasses, and oversized glow stick rods that really made it feel like you had just stepped into a Vegas nightclub. One final surprise was left, when we presented Tim with the surprise groom’s cake, a “Welcome to Las Vegas” design by none other than Sweet on Cake.

Overall, this was a day that overflowed with laughter, good tears and nonstop fun. There were incredibly touching/emotional groomsmen speeches (as you can again see from Timmy’s tears in the pics again, love it), to our hyper-energetic father-daughter dance to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll”, and concluding with my sisters organizing a surprise flash mob that secretly involved all of our awesome wedding guests, Tim and I couldn’t have asked for more! It was truly the most perfect day and what makes it even more perfect, is knowing that I get to spend EVERY DAY with my all-time favorite person in this whole world, my husband.

Photography: Marianne Wilson Photography | Videography: Artisan Production | Event Design: L'Relyea Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Ceremony Venue: St. Helena Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Solage Calistoga | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo - Bella Bridesmaid | Make-Up: Marisa Perel | Hair: Stella Stevens Hair Designs | Bridesmaids' Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Confetti: Confetti Unlimited | Custom Printing +Invitations: Three Little Words | Florals: Olivia Rivas of Papillion Floral | Food/Catering: Solage Calistoga | Groom & Groomsmen Tuxedos: Vera Wang | Lighting Design: Lux Lighting | Music: DJ Josh Dukes | Rehearsal Dinner: Farmstead At Long Meadow Ranch | Veil: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Website: Wix

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