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Mayacamas Ranch Wedding from J Wiley Photography

Do you want to know which trend I absolutely adore? When couple’s embrace their venue’s surroundings and strive to keep things local. Which is even more beautiful (and delicious) when you are somewhere like Mayacamas Ranch. Because their list of local lovelies is miles and miles along, and when you pair some of the best wine in the country with Elaine Bell Catering - the result is a wedding guests will surely talk about for years.  One peek at all the pretty snapped up by J Wiley Photography, and it’s safe to say this was just such a soiree. See it all here.



From J Wiley PhotographyI photographed this completely gorgeous, heartfelt wedding at Mayacamas Ranch in the Napa region of California, and loved not just the natural beauty of the setting, but that Carrie & Sean cared so much about being eco-friendly and incorporating local, sustainable elements into their day as well. Their ceremony and reception took place on the hillside, with their cocktail hour being held in the Sunrise Garden on the grounds nearby.

Carrie & Sean are the absolute kindest, most down to earth people you could want to meet. They did all of their planning long-distance from Chicago and Seattle, and in spite of how overwhelming that might have been, they ultimately made their friends and family the stars of the day at every step, incorporating meaningful heirloom touches and requesting a photo with a sign just for Sean’s grandmother who couldn’t attend. I think that was incredibly special.

From the Couple… We knew immediately that we wanted a destination wedding so we could celebrate with friends and family over an entire weekend. We decided on Calistoga after coming across Mayacamas Ranch online. The Ranch looked like the perfect combination of rustic and gorgeous, and it did not disappoint. We loved the summer camp atmosphere and that a lot of our friends and family could stay onsite throughout the weekend.

We planned a full weekend of festivities, including a Friday Field Day for our friends, Friday night barbecue at Buster’s BBQ, and brunch on Sunday. For look and feel, we decided on “rustic elegant.” Our moms drove across the country with mason jars and other décor my mom had collected, in addition to an antique birdcage and family chuppa.

We wanted our ceremony to be very personal, so we asked Sean’s Aunt Linda to marry us and our moms to do readings that they selected. We were married under the same chuppa my sister was married under, which was made from my grandmother’s lace tablecloth. I walked down the aisle to our guitarist’s rendition of “Rivers and Roads” by one of our favorite bands, The Head and the Heart.

Food and wine were a priority – Elaine Bell created a beautiful, family style meal of local, seasonal specialties and we served signature cocktails and local wine alongside. We happened upon Lava Vine winery and fell in love. Not only did we serve their Syrah and Rosé, but they arranged to have a 9-liter bottle produced and custom painted for us by a local artist.

It could not have been a more perfect weekend. We had so much fun and felt so loved surrounded by our family and friends.

Photography: J Wiley Photography |  Venue: Mayacamas Ranch | Officiant: Linda Lager, Groom’s Aunt | Floral Design: Plan Decor | Catering + Pies: Elaine Bell Catering | Candy: Buckeyes, Mother of the Groom |  Invitation Design: Anne Benjamin |  Maps: Natalie Kilgore of Natty Michelle | Chuppa: Bride’s Grandmother’s Lace Tablecloth | Wine: Lava Vine | Wedding Dress: Michelle Rahn | Necklace: Family Heirloom | Hairpiece: Renee Pawele | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Julie Dillon, Bloomingdales | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Accessories: Brooks Brothers | DJ: DJ Stan

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Calistoga Ranch Wedding from Julie Kay Kelly Photography

I have physical reactions to weddings this pretty. My heart starts to beat a bit faster, my smile gets wider and my fingers get antsy. I can barely wait to sit behind this computer and share the beauty with the rest of our wedding-loving readers. Because I know you get it – the pitter patter, the grin, the excitement – it happens to you too. And today it’s all thanks to this cultural beauty captured by Julie Kay Kelly Photography at Calistoga Ranch. It’s two beautiful ceremonies in one gorgeous post, making this gallery simply fabulous.

And just when you thought this couldn’t possibly get better, it does. Oh it really does…


From Julie Kay Kelly PhotographyGrowing up as a little girl in Louisiana, Brittany’s wedding  fantasies did not include a sari. The first time she saw an Indian wedding though, two years after Vivek proposed to her on a Ferris wheel, she was smitten. She fell in love with the vibrant colors and beautiful rituals and wanted the guests at her wedding to experience the same magic and meaning as she had.

Currently living in Austin, and with family and friends scattered around the globe, the two chose the beautiful Napa Valley as a central destination that few of their guests had ever experienced. The couple loved Calistoga Ranch as soon as they saw it. Secluded and rife with natural beauty, Brittany knew her guests would feel at ease there. Originally, Brittany and Vivek thought they’d get married in 2013. It turned out that Calistoga Ranch still had an opening on Labor Day weekend, though, so the couple planned their wedding in a whirlwind five months, with the help of San Francisco event planner Sheila Dizon.

On the night before the big day guests gathered around Calistoga Ranch’s long turquoise pool to enjoy Indian food and the application of mehndi, or henna, to their hands. The wedding day began with a Catholic ceremony at the nearby St. Helena Church. After a few hours’ rest, Brittany exchanged her long white gown for a breathtaking jeweled red sari; Vivek traded his suit for a traditional sherwani and red turban.

In one of the most dramatic, joyful moments of the day, Brittany’s mother then waited near Calistoga Ranch’s picturesque lawn for Vivek. He entered on horseback, his friends and family in a singing, dancing crowd all around him. After receiving a blessing from Brittany’s mother, Vivek waited for Brittany under the ‘mandap,’ or traditional ceremony structure, and Brittany walked down the aisle between her mother and father to meet her groom. Guests watched, mesmerized, as Brittany and Vivek performed the traditional tying of their hands together, walking around the fire, and other rituals.

The celebration then moved into Calistoga Ranch’s wine cave, where guests dined and danced to the music of DJ Mike Swing, a Texas musician the couple flew out for the occasion.

The experience was everything Brittany had hoped for and more. She loved experiencing and sharing all of the Hindu rituals with her guests, and loved the Catholic ceremony just as much. Having heard the traditional wedding vows spoken so many times, she practically knows them by heart. Getting to say them herself to the man she loves – that  was a dream come true.

Photography: Julie Kay Kelly from Julie Kay Kelly Photography | Second photographer: Kristi Knoblich from Allison Reed Photography | Catholic Ceremony Venue: St. Helena Catholic Church in Saint Helena, California | Hindu Ceremony + Reception Venue: Calistoga Ranch in Calistoga, California | Cinematography: Thomas Hughes Films | Event Planning: Sheila Dizon from Event Solutions | Floral Design: Natalini Flowers | Catering + Wedding Cakes: Calistoga Ranch | Indian Music: Jugalbandh including Peter Van Gelder on Sitar, Teed Rockwell on Touchstyle Veena, Gangadhar Gerhard on Tabla + Rhonda Gerhard on Tanpura | Reception Music: DJ Mike Swing | Wedding Invitations: The Paper Place | Wedding Dress: Kitty Chen Couture | Indian Sari + Suit: Silk Threads |Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Attire: Armani | Hair: Carlos Guevara from Ron King Salon

Calistoga Wedding from Onelove Photography + Off the Beaten Path Weddings

Get cozy, SMPers, because one look at this wedding captured by Onelove Photography, and you’ll want to stay awhile. It’s a detail-filled love fest that wedding planning dreams are made of, and it was all whipped up by Off the Beaten Path Weddings. Best of all? This wedding looks Fun. Yes, with a capital F. Complete with a wedding theme based on the combo of their two last names, “Woopa,” and about one million little details I want to kiss – this is a must see for sure. And you can see every last fabulous bit right here.

And even more “woopa” magic from the wonderful Stephen Bailey


From the bride… The theme of our wedding was “woopa”. this is a nickname our friends call us that joins our two last names- Wood & Patrino. we made a sign of vintage marquee letters that lit up which read “woopa” on the side of the barn. Dinner was served next to the barn under a grove of trees with twinkle lights hung from tree to tree. We sent everyone home with “woopa pies” (whoopie pies) that my mom had made from scratch. We really wanted the wedding to be colorful which would really create the fun party energy that we were looking for. It was a very rustic country setting, however I wanted to incorporate a sophisticated chic element with color, as I didn’t want it to be overly rustic. I would say it was a rustic chic wedding. The tables had navy and white runners with colorful flowers. The boys in the wedding party wore navy & white gingham shirts, khaki pants, navy vans & a navy pink tie. The girls wore navy dresses with fuchsia heels.

We wanted our wedding to be an amazingly fun party in the middle of the vineyards with fabulous food and wine. We really just wanted it to have a light-hearted sentimate, so that the guests could really relax and have FUN. Nothing stuffy about it.

Wedding Photography: Onelove Photography | Wedding Venue: Private Estate in Calistoga, California | Floral + Event Design: Mary Ellen Murphy from Off the Beaten Path Weddings | Wedding Cinematography: Stephen Bailey | Caterer: Off the Beaten Path Weddings | Wedding Cake: Jaeca Sweeney from Goldilocks | Officiant: Emily Mollo, Best Friend of Bride | Signs: DIY | DJ: Sean from King on the Move | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Jewelry: Tag Heuer | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Sung | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Hair: Alycia Brown | Makeup: Kayla Headley

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