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Rustic Chic Wedding at The Solage Calistoga from onelove photography

onelove photography has the most beautiful way of capturing not only those heart palpitating, feel the love right through the lens moments of a wedding, but the crazy gorgeous details as well. This Solage Calistoga affair is the epitome of that combo with black and white images we literally want to print out and hang on our office walls right next to a soft, romantic reception crafted by LVL Weddings & Events  and Fleurs de France. It’s just the kind of wedding we love to get cozy with. Do so for yourself right here in the full gallery as well as in the film below captured by A Bryan Photo.

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From the Bride… I adored the linen that we finally picked. I had something very specific in mind, but when I saw the fabric that I had originally loved it fell flat against the rest of our design scheme. The French tapestry like design and place settings were my favorite part about our decor and I couldn’t have done it without the help of our wonderful vendors.

Photography: onelove photography | Videography: A Bryan Photo | Flowers: Fleurs de France | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Reception Venue: Solage Calistoga | Caterer: Solage Calistoga | Lighting: Twilight Design | DJ: Boutique DJs | Band: KJ Allstars | Event Design and Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Makeup: The Makeup Dolls | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Linens | Transportation: Pure Luxury

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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.

 

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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…

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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