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Modern Fall Wedding with a Candlelit Dinner

At the very top of this couple’s wedding wish-list? A non-traditional celebration full of heart, love and family. In lieu of a first look or formal schedule they chose to take the day slow and share in the little moments with their darling baby boy. To cap off the evening, they treated their guests to a candlelit dinner in a wine cave plus a gorgeous dessert by Sweet On Cake. Head to The Vault for even more captured by The Edges.

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From The Edges Wedding Photography… Libby & Ross wanted a more un-traditional wedding. They got ready together on the day with their new baby, Everette. There wasn’t a big reveal or first look, just a sweet moment with the three of them. Guests arrived to a cocktail hour before the ceremony. They were able to chill out and relax on the lounge furniture and enjoy the sunshine and a drink before the festivities began.

What we loved is that the couple was very casual with the timing of the ceremony – they just decided when it felt right to start and the little ones dropped flowers on the ground as guests surrounded them in a circle. Afterwards was another cocktail hour before being seated for dinner.

Since this was a destination wedding, it gave everyone lots of time to interact and enjoy each other’s company. Dinner was served in a wine cave with lots of candles. Even the band they hired was unique – a blue grass/country band from Austin, TX. It was truly a special day and shows how you can celebrate in a way that is unique to who they are as a couple.

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Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography | Event Planning: Napa Valley Celebrations | Floral Design: Kathy Hoffman Flowers | Wedding Dress: Lanvin | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Invitations: Margaret O'Brien | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura | Catering: Calistoga Ranch Resort | Hair + Makeup: Sherrie Long Makeup Hair & Effects | Band: Drew Womack | Groom's Attire: Sid Mashburn | Venue: Calistoga Ranch Resort | Bride's Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Bride's Wedding Band: Trabert & Hoeffer | Groom's Ring: Amir Mozaffarian | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Romantic, Laid-Back Calistoga Ranch Wedding

It’s the personal touches that make a wedding truly special, and this sweet California fête is full of them. Take, for instance, the ceremony procession. The Bride’s brother learned to play her favorite song on the ukelele and walked behind her down the aisle as his partner sang along. Another? The vintage china and Champagne flutes, sourced by the Bride’s mother so that each place setting was truly unique. See these details and so much more pretty captured by onelove photography in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…Since Matt is from Australia and we were planning on having a fairly large contingent of overseas guests, it was really important for us to find a venue that had on-site accommodations for at least a portion of our guests as well as grant us access from Friday-Sunday. We really mindful of the fact that this would probably be the only time we’d have all of our family and friends together at one time.

In terms of the actual wedding, we wanted the venue and aesthetic to be unassuming and laid-back. We placed a lot of emphasis on sourcing a high quality food vendor (we ended up using one of our favorite restaurants) paired with local beer and wine, chosen by Matt. In hindsight, the extra money we spent on a highly-recommended DJ company was one of the best investments we made. We wanted guests to have a great time and tell other people it was the best wedding they had ever been to :)

One detail that added a very special touch, and that many guests commented on, was that my mom spent over a year individually sourcing unique pieces of vintage china and champagne flutes, such that every place setting was different. The champagne flutes also served as escort cards and gifts for our guests to take home. She also sourced the votives and vases used through out the venue.

Know where you’re willing to compromise in order to spend more in other areas. Although I really loved the idea of letterpress invitations, I realized the money I’d save on less expensive designs could be used towards paying for an awesome DJ.

Additionally, from the outset Matt and I had a very clear vision for the weekend, and made sure that all of our decisions were in line with that vision. Our focus was on providing space for our friends and family to spend time together and for our overseas guests to meet our stateside guests – this was one of the reasons why we decided to serve dinner family-style.

It’s easy to get caught up in the details, but stepping back and reminding ourselves of what we wanted the weekend to feel like was really helpful. From the casual BBQ the night before the wedding, to breakfast burritos on the Sunday morning after, we wanted to make sure our guests had opportunities to spend time together and enjoy the amenities the venue offered. There are so so many!

For the procession, my brother learned to play one of my favorite songs on the ukulele while his partner sang. They ended up walking behind behind my parents and I as we made our way down the aisle; it was really touching and special to have my family around me as I walked towards Matt.

The speeches from my dad, maid of honor, and best man were all the perfect combination of sentimental and funny.

One of our favorite memories from the reception was when the DJs played Wonderwall by Oasis and our guests gathered around Matt and I in a big circle, with everyone singing along as we danced in the middle.

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Photography: onelove photography | Coordination: Ali Blasing | Floral Design: Ampersand | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Moustache Baked Goods | Stationery: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Armani Vest From YOOX | Jewelry: Mociun | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Asos | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Nopalito | Hair + Makeup: Jenna Blanchietti | DJ: Dart DJ | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Triple S Ranch | Reception Dress: Free People | Sash: Untamed Petals

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Calistoga Wedding with Must-See Ceremony Lounge Seating!

I love when couples break tradition. When they add their own little this-is-our-day twist. This beautiful duo? They chose to switch up their ceremony a bit and created the coolest lounge space à la Bright Events for their bridal party, foregoing the classic standing lines. And I’m obsessed. With Charmed Events Group as the mastermind, the rest is equally as gorgeous and you can find it all in THE VAULT, thanks to Nadia Hung Photography!

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From Charmed Events GroupJane and Carl had a beautiful Fall wedding at the Solage Calistoga. They wanted to have a modern wedding with a mix of rustic elements so we used a color palette of Peach and various tones of grey, matched with rustic furniture, wooden elements and lace to complete the design.

For the ceremony, we created a “lounge” for the wedding party to mix up the traditional notion of having the wedding party stand in the front with the bride and groom. Instead, two rustic couches were brought in for the wedding party to sit at and stand behind. For the couple, we created a draped ceremony altar that was adorned by flowers and foliage by Poppy’s Petalworks.

Guests were invited to find their names on a wooden wall adorned with ivy and foliage and encouraged to sign a wooden slab with the couple’s initials on it.

The ballroom at the Solage Calistoga is gorgeous with it’s high barn ceilings and cement flooring. For a hint of glam, we brought in a large chandelier that hung above the dance floor. We created a floor plan of mixed tables for guests and each guest menu was personalized with their names. For a touch of romance, we had lots of tapered candles for each guest table and had candelabras on the head table for the wedding party.

The best part of the day was probably the speech that the groom gave during the ceremony in which he professed all the reasons and ways in which he loved his new wife to be. There was not a dry eye in the house!

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Photography: Nadia Hung Photography | Event Planning & Design : Charmed Events Group, LLC | Floral Design: Poppy's Petalworks | Wedding Dress: Berta Bridal | Stationery: Charmed Events Group, LLC | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: TFNC London | Hair And Makeup: Vanity Pham | Venue: Solage Calistoga | Event Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Tabletop Rentals: Standard Party Rentals

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