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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: EMANUELA PASSERI | Jewelry: Mociun | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Nopalito | Hair + Makeup: Jenna Blanchiette | DJ: Dart DJ | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Triple S Ranch | Reception Dress: Free People | Sash: Untamed Petals By Amanda Judge

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

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Elegant + Intimate Napa Valley Summer Wedding

I love all weddings, every style, shape, season. But there are some guaranteed home runs. Classic elegance is forever chic and add in a stunning Napa Valley vineyard and my heart just about explodes. Bliss Event Productions worked their magic, and with the talents of Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and Sweet On Cake, this was an affair not to be missed, with onelove photography capturing it all. More this way!

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From the Bride… To us, our family was the most important part of our big day. Having a small wedding with just family allowed us to focus on the details that would make them feel special (welcome packages, a jam-packed itinerary, a scavenger hunt for our nephews and nieces, customized menus, music, etc.). A destination wedding in Napa Valley allowed us to take our families away for an intimate celebration at our favorite vacation spot, allowing them to enjoy a mini-vacation at the same time!

The setting, Beaulieu Gardens, was the perfect backdrop for our classic, rustic-elegance decor theme. From the lawn games, to the floral tablecloths, giant peonies, and vineyards just around the corner, we wanted the decorations to subtly enhance the beautiful setting without taking away from it.

I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Etsy finding wedding details that I loved. For example, the custom embroidered handkerchiefs we gave our parents, the custom corn hole games, the “i do” embroidery on Brian’s tux shirt, the “here comes the bride” sign, and inspiration for our welcome packages all came from Pinterest.

I learned that in the end, you will remember how you felt on your wedding day rather than all of the small details or things that did not go perfectly. My advice would be to plan your wedding around the people and things that make you and your groom feel happy and loved.

The day was simply perfect. From the moment we left the church in the vintage Cadillac, both Brian and I felt a calm come over us. We got to spend some time together before going to the reception just driving and talking; that moment will forever be my definition of happiness.

The first dance was choreographed and I felt so nervous right before. Brian squeezed my hand, said a few words of encouragement and I can’t tell you how happy I am that we did it! It turned out perfectly.

Photography: onelove photography | Photography: Sarah Joelle Photography | Wedding Coordination: Bliss Event Productions, Brandy Cabral | Floral Design: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Wedding Dress: Cocoe Voci | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Stationery: Black Ink | Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Mission, Rutherford, CA | Reception Venue: Beaulieu Vineyard | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup: PMA Artists, Maria Chang | DJ: Boutique DJs | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Accessories: Cocoe Voci | Venues: Crane Beach

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