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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

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Fall
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BarnVineyard
Styles
Rustic

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

J.Crew and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. onelove photography is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Solage Calistoga Wedding from Lori Paladino + L’Relyea Events

A huge, unstoppable grin formed on my wedding-loving face when I first came across these images by Lori Paladino. Because this wine country beauty is just so downright charming, so adorable, so everything I love about weddings. It’s well thought out details perfectly reflecting these two adorable newlyweds curated by L’Relyea Events nestled amongst beautiful California backdrops, and it’s all sitting pretty here.

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Seasons
Summer
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Outdoor
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Rustic

From the Bride… As every bride does, more than anything I wanted our wedding to be a true reflection of us and full of the love we have for each other and our family and friends. We decided on a wine country wedding on July 14th, 2012 because we’ve gone up there many times during our relationship and love the comfortable elegance of so many places there. We were so excited to find a venue that was somewhere we had been together independent of wedding planning and reflected our style – we wanted it to feel comfortable and casual, but also classy and elegant.

My husband is from Vermont and loves big open space and farm animals. I am from Northern California and have always loved the beach. When we saw Solage and the combination of wine country, palm trees and a barn-like open door reception space, we new that was the place. While I thought the wine country would preclude us from a beachy feel, our designer, Kate, loved the idea of brining the beachy feel into our design, especially at Solage. To bring these themes together, our invitations featured cows in honor of Vermont and palm trees in honor of California. To bring the beachy theme to life, our name cards were on shells, we had a candle-lit shell lateen entrance, and yellow and white tropical flowers throughout. I also gave all the girls in the wedding party yellow and white flip-flops for dancing.

Bringing my husband’s, Vermont roots into the picture was where we had the most fun getting creative and throughout the reception we had a theme of “all of our favorite things.” Our specialty cocktails where lemonade and sweet tea vodkas served in mason jars with DIY name tags that we cut, stamped and tied with twine, along with a Vermont beer – Magic Hat that we brought in, especially for the reception. Our table names were all of our favorite things to do together – these included things like taking Sunday walks or Looking for cows. We started dinner with a Vermont Cheddar cheese amuse-bouche (one of our favorite snacks), we brought in steak from our favorite butcher in Palo Alto called “Fred’s Steak” that we eat all the time and cooked together on our third date, and we finished dinner with our favorite Vermont ice cream – a three tier Ben & jerry’s ice cream cake featuring 8 of our favorite flavors. Our favors were Vermont maple syrups.

Additional personal touches included our DIY programs from Minted that we made and tied ourselves, lots of candles which we love, a polaroid guest book so people could leave “messages from our favorite people” and an iPad set up to video for a video guest book so our guests could leave us “videos from our favorite people” throughout the evening which was a highlight on our honeymoon. We had an outdoor fire-pit, which is also one of our favorite activities and even managed to find a barn to take wedding party photos at for my husband, as well as a dog to take a photo with at Solage, just like we did for our save the date since we both love dogs, but own one ourselves yet. I surprised my husband with one of his favorite foods – chicken wings, made with his favorite recipe – as an additional late night snack.

As an extra special touch for the ceremony, we flew our priest out from Biloxi, Mississippi, who my husband had met and kept in touch with after volunteering after Hurricane Katrina. We had incredibly talented friends as our pianist and singers for our ceremony as well. The day was definitely comprised of all of our favorite things and our favorite people and we could not have asked for a more incredible wedding!

Wedding Photography: Lori Paladino | Ceremony Venue: St. Helena Catholic Church in Saint Helena, California | Reception Venue + Catering: Solage Calistoga in Calistoga, California | Event Planning: L’Relyea Events | Floral + Event Design: Kate Stanley Design | Meat: Schaub’s Meat, Fish & Poultry | Wedding Cake: Ben & Jerry’s Napa | Musician: Lisa Schieble  | DJ: Sean Evans | Linens: La Tavola | Wedding Invitations: Papyrus | Wedding Stationery: Minted | Wedding Dress: Christo’s | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair + Makeup: Betten Chaston

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Napa Wedding from Soiree by Simone + Tia & Claire Studio

Wow. Not only have I found my new favorite wedding venue, I’m totally sold on winter weddings. And it’s all thanks to this intimate Napa gem planned and designed to perfection by Soiree by Simone. Full of simple yet stunning details, the images from Tia & Claire Studio are sure to knock your pretty, little socks off. Don’t miss a thing! Click here for the full gallery!

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From Soiree by SimoneBeing from Texas where large weddings are the norm, it was decided that they would do something a little bit different. Olivia’s vision was an intimate destination wedding for only the most important people in California’s wine country.

From the start, Olivia had her heart set on an elegant winter affair in one of the most beautiful regions in all of Northern California. It was equally important that the food and wine experience was unsurpassed while still feeling very relaxed. Olivia toured a half a dozen beautiful venues and nothing really felt like it was “the one” until she experienced Calistoga Ranch. The exclusivity, serenity and gorgeous accommodations felt just right, and the vision of having a romantic and warm candlelit dinner was exactly what she was looking for.

A full four days of festivities were planned for their forty-five person guest list – a welcome reception at Hotel Yountville, a custom wine blending class, hot air balloon rides, and a fantastic family-style rehearsal dinner at Michael Chiarello’s flag ship eatery, Botegga.

When we began to conceptualize the wedding design, it was important to us that it felt warm, romantic and inviting, but still very connected to the winter season and the environment of Napa Valley. We loved the olive trees that are lush along the Silverado Trail, the hardy nature of succulents and herbs, and all the exposed wood at Calistoga Ranch. Since we used the magical wine cave for both the ceremony and dinner reception, we wanted all floral to be very structured and for the lighting to play a large role throughout the entire event. It was also important that we matched the elegance and formality of Olivia’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown.

We loved the cool tones and bright contrast of our color palette of white, lavender, slate gray and moss. We also focused on using natural wooden components such as exposed wood kings farm tables, various styles of wooden dining chairs and natural wood floral vessels. To compliment the cool tones, we decided to bring in silver metallic and mercury glass accents in the form of tall taper candlesticks and votive candles to add that special sparkle.

Since the wedding was so close to Christmas, Olivia really wanted to incorporate one of her favorite family holiday traditions into their wedding by giving each guest a special ornament as a take home keepsake. To incorporate this element into her event, we created elegant ornaments made of clear glass spheres filled with Air Plants attached with slate tags with each guests’ name and table using white ink calligraphy. The ornaments were then placed on a bed of dried lavender on top of glass trays at the entrance of the dinner reception and were used as escorts and then taken home as favors in custom letter press boxes.

One the most special and beautiful details that we created for Olivia and Seth were our Prayer Scrolls. As a couple, along with their families, they have a deep spiritual faith which played a huge role throughout their entire wedding. We asked Olivia to select her favorite scripture about love which we broke into individual lines and had embroidered on to ivory muslin scrolls. As part of the dinner prayer, we placed a single scroll across each guests’ dinner place setting and had them recite their line around the room in sequence of the scripture. It was so beautiful to hear the words spoken by each person in their group that was there to celebrate in their union.

Wedding Photography: Tia & Claire Studio / Wedding Venue + Catering: Calistoga Ranch in Calistoga, California /Wedding Planning & Design: Simone Lennon from Soiree by Simone / Floral + Event Design: Yasmin Zialcita Ali from Floral Theory / Wedding Cinematography: Jessica Ringer from LoveSpun Films / Lighting: Enhanced Lighting and Sound / Event Rentals: Hartmann Studios / Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals / Linen Rental: La Tavola Linen / String Quartet: Garden Strings / Band: The Wall Street Band / Letter Press Invitations: Oblation Letter Press via Union Street Papery / Menus + Escort Cards: Union Street Papery / Prayer + Chair Scrolls: Tree and Ink / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier “Catherine” / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Monique Lhuillier / Hair + Makeup: Sarah Hyde, sHe Artists

Monique Lhuillier is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. La Tavola Fine Linen Rental and One True Love Vintage Rentals are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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