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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

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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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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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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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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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