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Glam Auberge du Soleil Destination Wedding

For the girliest of the bunch, I’ve got a treat for you, and it comes with macarons, 50 pounds of pink and purple candy, and the most beautiful wedding overlooking the Napa Valley – which you are going to absolutely adore. Captured lovingly by Vero Suh, this soiree is pink and glittery, and so, so beautiful!


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Summer
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Winery
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Glamorous

From the beautiful bride… I was that little girl who dreamed of finding my prince charming and having a wedding day full of all things sparkly and pink. I was fortunate enough to meet my modern day prince charming and, two years later, my wedding dream came true on a beautiful summer day in Napa Valley. Being that my husband and I first met in San Francisco (and moved to Boston together 6 months later!), we wanted to pick a venue that would always hold a special place in our hearts. Auberge Du Soleil was perfect. It combined the understated elegance and luxury that we were looking for with an intimate setting for our closest friends and family.

Our ceremony overlooked the picturesque backdrop of Napa Valley. My Mother walked me down the aisle as I wore my beautiful lace and chiffon Lazaro gown with an ivory cathedral veil. We wrote our own vows and when we recited them every word felt that much more special. The ceremony was followed by cocktail hour where guests snapped photos and enjoyed sunset views of the beautiful wine country. But the marital bliss truly kicked in as we settled into the dinner reception at our sweetheart table and took in the warm and joyful smiles of our guests. I will always remember that moment of happiness just sitting next to my new husband watching our dear friends and family celebrate our love. Our delicious dinner was served by the wonderful Michelin rated restaurant of Auberge Du Soleil and soon afterwards we were ready to get the party started! There was plenty of dancing, photobooth fun, and love was definitely in the air. Our wedding cake was beautifully displayed on a purple sequin table linen and tasted as divine as it looked – the strawberry and mango mousse was an absolute hit!

I would say our theme was classic romance with touches of glam, a blend that was complimentary to both of our styles. I am definitely a gal who loves sparkle, so I worked with our floral team to create pink and blush tone centerpieces with just the right amount of crystals to glam up the natural decor of the reception area. I also alternated sequin and silk table linens throughout the reception tables to match our theme. Did I also mention the touches of gold glitter on our wedding stationery? It all came together beautifully and, thankfully, Vero and her team captured all the details!

Planning a wedding from Boston was much easier since I was lucky to have my Mother in San Francisco to help us with the DIY details. She spent hours adding purple glitter ribbons and thank you tags to our wedding favors. Summertime in Napa can be warm during the day and cool in the evening, so we created personalized monogramed water bottle labels to welcome guests with cool refreshments and provided lavender and blush colored shawls in the evening for guests to use and take home. Of course we couldn’t forget about the cute little kids, so we put together goodie bags to keep them entertained during the reception. By the end of the night, my hands were covered with little stickers given to me by our flower girls. Too cute! The fun would not be complete without a dessert table full of a delectable assortment of goodies, 50 pounds of candy and cupcakes from our favorite bakery in San Francisco. It was plenty of yumminess to go around.

We could not have asked for a more beautiful, fun, and loving wedding celebration. We are truly grateful for awesome wedding vendors, our family & friends, and of course our love…which made it such a perfect day for us!

Photography: Vero Suh | Floral Design: Asiel Design | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cupcakes: Cako | Invitations: Papered Wonders, Inc | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: VanelDesign on Etsy | DJ: DJ Ryan O | Grooms Attire: J.Crew | Ceremony Music: Trio Maxim | Ceremony + Reception: Auberge du Soleil | Dessert Table: Candy Warehouse | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Hair + Makeup: Victoria Nguyen Of Rain TIGI | Linen: La Tavola | Photo Booth: A Flying Camera

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Rutherford Vineyard Wedding from Paperweight Films + Timothy Mak

This darling bride has a smile that could light up the entire state of California.  Seriously, I don’t believe I have ever seen a more joyous Mrs…. and the moment when she puts on her veil and dances a little jig? Priceless.  Also priceless?  This entire film from Paperweight Films, which is like one glee-filled second after another of the world’s happiest duo, celebrating with the world’s happiest friends.  Prepare to fall in love (you can’t help it) and press play for all of the magic.

Need even more from this darling duo?  We don’t blame you.  Dive into the full gallery of gorgeous images captured by Timothy Mak right here.

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Fall
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Vineyard

From Paperweight Films… Christine and Daniel had a wedding day with a focus on family, fun, tradition, and beautiful details. We fell in love with their infectious smiles and excitement from the moment we met them, and felt so welcomed into their celebration by them and their wonderful families. Getting to capture the pure joy everyone was exuding for Christine and Daniel, in addition to their carefully thought out details, was a treat. Both the bride and groom are in the wine industry, so a wedding at beautiful Sullivan Vineyards was a perfect fit for them. From the bride’s custom designed gown, the bridesmaid’s gorgeous wrist corsages (in lieu of bouquets), the patterned linens, and sugar plums given out as favors, this wedding was full of elegance. Some other special details celebrated Christine and Daniel’s Vietnamese heritage. A beautiful and heartfelt tea ceremony was incorporated into their wedding ceremony, Christine’s second dress was a traditional Vietnamese wedding gown, and late into the night a food truck pulled into the reception, serving Bahn-Mi! The guests were shown a great time, were served beautiful food and wine, and danced the night away with the bride and groom (who performed the BEST choreographed first dance we’ve ever seen!). We had an incredible time filming Christine and Daniel on their wedding day, and wish them both happiness!

Wedding Cinematography: Paperweight Films | Wedding Photography: Timothy Mak | Second Photographer: Art Chang | Wedding Venue: Sullivan Vineyards in Rutherford, California | Wedding  Coordinator: Rachael Poer (winegirlpoer@gmail.com) | Floral Design: Friday Flowers | Catering + Service: Visconte Catering  | Coffee + Tea Cart: Travelin’ Joe’s Espresso Catering | Wedding Cake: Penelope Jane | Ceremony Musicians: Wine Country Harps | DJ + Sound: Jason Dunham from Infinity Pro Sound | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Valet Parking Attendants: CPA Valet | Shuttle Service: Beau Wine Tours | Wedding Dress: Colleen Quen | Bride’s Earrings + Bracelet: Jewelry by Rosalina | Hair: Kelly Kent from Terrace Spa Napa Valley  | Makeup: Jessica Lloyd from Terrace Spa Napa Valley

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Rutherford Wedding from Docuvitae + Lyndsey Hamilton Events

I’ve spent years now pouring over weddings. Gorgeous, take-your-breath away affairs that leave you speechless.  But I can honestly say this one is in a league of its own. It’s spectacular, and with the lovely Lyndsey of Lyndsey Hamilton Events behind the design and seriously talented Docuvitae snapping up the most timelessly perfect images I’ve ever laid eyes on, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. But the level of polish put on this elegant evening makes you stop and take note, because ladies and gents, this one is special – and definitely shouldn’t be missed. See every last gorgeous detail right here.

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Fall
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Estate

From Lyndsey Hamilton EventsJulie Chapgier and Brian Biel married at the Biel family estate in Rutherford, California. The couple was inspired by the Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford’s novels about impeccably dressed, high society characters that threw fabulously eccentric parties. When we met, Julie immediately referenced “Downton Abbey” and the goal was to infuse a British flare into their wedding. Julie and Brian hoped to turn the Biel estate into a scene from Gosford Park. “Very clean, very masculine—I’m really not a girlie girl—very polished,” she says. Julie was stunning in her Vera Wang gown. Dinner was held in the bosque, which made for a lovely setting with dozens of sycamore trees and lanterns hanging overhead. We placed hundreds of candles throughout the property, lining stone walls and walkways. Her two bridesmaids did not wear matching dresses, but rather stunning couture. Julie changed into an Alexander Wang cocktail dress for dancing. Brian wore a Tom Ford tux.

They very much wanted a “hunting lodge” theme, where we used a mix of their own collection of taxidermy, consisting of an owl, armadillo, deer, rooster, and a fox, with supplemented pieces from Paxton Gate in San Francisco. The taxidermy was placed atop Julie and Brian’s own incredible collection of antique books. For place cards, Julie personally selected each vintage postcard from the Marché aux Puces in Paris. We also infused the menu with Julie’s French heritage: for the cocktail hour overlooking Napa Valley, Paula LeDuc shucked oysters and served Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne. And for dessert, we served a croquembouche, which was an exact replica of her parents wedding cake. Guests left with some great treats: L.A. Mill Tea boxes and bouchons from Bouchon Bakery. It was also important that the evening to end with someone swinging a tuxedo jacket overhead, which it certainly did!

Wedding Photography: Docuvitae | Wedding Venue: Private Family Estate in Rutherford, California | Event Planning: Lyndsey Hamilton Events | Floral Design: Sharla Flock Designs | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Furniture Rental + Lighting Design:  rEvolve Rentals | Entertainment: Boutique Wedding DJs | Wedding Stationery: Sugar Paper | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Rings: Cartier

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