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A Wedding Where Big City Chic Meets Napa Valley Charm

Now that you’ve fallen in love with this couple and their hoedown rehearsal dinner I think it’s high time we dive into the wedding day that followed. It’s one of those incredible celebrations that could only ever happen with a crew of top-notch vendors behind it, and thanks to A Savvy EventGot LightPaula LeDuc, plus Jessica Burke and Paperweight Films capturing the fun, that’s exactly what happened. Let’s not waste another second chatting and instead, head straight to The Vault.

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From Jessica BurkeAllie + Constantine were married at Beaulieu Garden in the Napa Valley. With A Savvy Event at the helm and Paula LeDuc catering, it truly was a one-of-a-kind event. So many amazing touches – from the mirrored reception tables, to the insane lounge setups, crystal chandeliers and everything in-between, it was unforgettable for all!

From A Savvy EventAllie and Constantine met in New York City, but chose to say their I Do’s on the West Coast, choosing Napa’s breathtaking Beaulieu Garden as their venue. The couple wanted a setting that was warm and welcoming, and one that could host their friends and family for an extended weekend of festivities. Napa, with its unmistakable charm and refined-country vibe, fit the bill perfectly.

The couple opted for a Black Tie affair–a fact that was illustrated by incorporating a black velvet ribbon in the oh-so-swanky invitation suite (which Nessa from The Card Bar executed beautifully). Soft, elegant and romantic details peppered the entire affair–from the French silk ribbon that tied the bride’s bouquet of white and blush peonies, to pink sequined cocktail linens that added that special celebratory flair to the overall aesthetic.

Arrangements both soft and grand boasted everything from garden roses to hydrangea to anemones. Trailing passion vines finished off the florals, adding a touch of whimsy to the formal affair. Guests dined al fresco under the shade of an age-old Sycamore arbor–arguably one of the venue’s most ethereal details. Crystal drop chandeliers were suspended over mirrored dining tables–creating an absolutely magical secret-garden-esque area for guests to celebrate. A myriad of dreamy candlelight and a mix of unexpected florals adorned each table.

Two white leather bars, accented with super chic brass studs and gold accessories were stand-out pieces at the event, and framed the venue’s glimmering outdoor pool perfectly. We created a lounge area (complete with formal black cane back chairs) where guests could relax and mingle. Our favorite detail, though? Plush pillows that boasted the couple’s custom monogram sat pretty on tufted white linen couches and made for a detail guests won’t soon forget.

Overall, the event was the perfect balance of Big City Chic and Napa Au Natural. We absolutely adored working with Allie and Constantine to create an affair that reflected their interests and tastes (and one that everyone–including Allie’s 90-year-old Grandfather–was able to enjoy).

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Photography: Jessica Burke | Cinematography: Paperweight Films | Videography: Paperweight Films | Event Planning + Design: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Rion Designs | Invitations: The Card Bar | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Whimsy Bridal | Lighting: Got Light | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Venue: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Getting Ready Venue: Silverado Resort And Spa | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Napa | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Rentals + Lighting: Rion Designs

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See How This Couple Incorporated Cherry Blossoms on Their Big Day

Christine and Oskar travelled to wine country (from Hong Kong!!) for their special day and the results? Absolute perfection. With sweeping views of the valley and an intimate ceremony complete with with cherry blossoms, their day was dreamed up by Jubilee Lau Events and it was everything. From the Giggle + Riot Funbooth, to the Bride’s stunning Monique Lhuillier gown, we’ve got all that and more from Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema in The Vault!

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From Jubilee Lau EventsChristine and Oskar lived in Hong Kong, but envisioned a beautiful and intimate destination wedding in Napa Valley. They picked Auberge du Soleil as their wedding venue for its sweeping views of the valley and Michelin-star rated food. With 80 friends and family flying in from all over the world to join them in their celebration, our team was asked to make it a really special and memorable weekend for everyone.

Guests received hand-selected sparkling wine and local baked goods in wooden boxes upon their arrival to Napa Valley. On Friday evening, they were shuttled to a “secret location” for the Welcome Dinner, which was Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma. There, guests had a wonderful wine country experience with a winery tour, wine tasting, and a 3 course dinner with wine pairings. Due to El Nino this year, we had a superb rain plan in place that included a clear tent on Auberge’s terrace, but lucky for everyone, we were blessed with glorious skies and weather on the wedding day! Christine and her ladies spent a relaxed morning in the bridal suite on site while Jane Kim of The Glamourist took her time making sure everyone looked remarkable. It was very important to Christine and Oskar that they preserve the tradition of not seeing one another prior to the ceremony, which made the anticipation peak right before we sent Christine in her amazing Monique Lhuillier dress down the aisle that was lined with foliage, blooms, and succulents.

For the design of this wedding, we went with a clean, modern, organic glam look. We wanted it to be refined and polished with some hints of whimsy. Shades of blush pink and white, with neutral tones like warm greys and browns filled the event spaces. The ceremony was held on the terrace, with the panoramic valley view as the natural backdrop. We brought in Cherries to create tall, blooming cherry blossom trees for Christine and Oskar to exchange their vows under. Guests enjoyed the magnificent view through cocktail hour, before they were invited to take their seats inside the reception space, which was softly draped and filled with blossoming branches and candles. Gold foil menus that had each guest’s name in gold calligraphy rested on top of blush dupionique napkins. To honor Oskar’s Swedish background, there were funny and touching toasts all throughout dinner, as friends and family shared many wonderful memories of the couple.

After dinner, guests were invited to the Cedar Room, which we completely transformed into the most dreamy, ethereal dessert room as the wow factor of the evening! White and blush draping blossoms, with greenery and moss, draped from the circular ceiling of the room. A variety of beautiful wedding cakes by Sweet on Cake, desserts by Auberge, and petits fours by Dragonfly Cakes were displayed on real tree stumps, custom cement pedestals, and special furniture. As
the backdrop to Giggle and Riot’s photo booth, Cherries created a fresh floral wall filled with blush and white blossoms. Guests were in awe of the room transformation and indulged in the desserts while rocking the dance floor all night to the tunes of the live band Apple Z.

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Photography: Kevin Chin | Cinematography: Kevin Chin | Event Design: Gloria Wong Design | Event Planning: Jubilee Lau Events | Floral Design: Cherries Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Makeup: The Glamourist | Venue: Auberge du Soleil | Chair Rentals: Blue Print Studios | Dessert: Dragonfly Cakes | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Giggle and Riot | Specialty Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals

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Once Upon a Time, This Napa Valley Wedding Escaped From a Fairytale

As soon as this gorgeous Bride saw http://paulaleduc.com/” target=”_blank”>Beaulieu Garden, she thought, “This is a fairytale place.” And having seen all the beautiful photos from Lori Paladino Photography, I feel confident saying her wedding was a fairytale, too. With vendors like Bliss EventsValley FloraPaula LeDuc Fine Catering and Got Light? acting as fairy godparents, this Napa Valley affair is one beautiful beginning to happily ever after. Fall in love with it all in The Vault!

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From The Bride…When my husband, Jon, proposed to me, his first question after “will you marry me?” was “Do you want to have a big wedding in Napa?” Although Jon was from Berkeley, we lived in New York City and I had only been to Napa once about a decade earlier, but having always wanted to get married somewhere beautiful outdoors, I immediately said yes. As the planning unfolded, I quickly understood why Jon had suggested Napa. We both envisioned a whole weekend-long celebration filled with a variety of activities and events so that we could spend quality time with our guests. We wanted our wedding to be just as special and memorable for our guests as it was for us, especially because the majority of our almost 200 guests were flying from the East Coast or Europe. From the stunning scenery and perfect weather to the extraordinary venues, and of course, the world-class wine and cuisine, Napa Valley was truly the perfect place for our wedding weekend.

As we began the planning process, the pieces of our weekend quickly started to come together – a kickoff bike ride through Calistoga and its vineyards, followed by a welcome dinner at a local St. Helena winery, and a farewell croquet brunch at Meadowood. However, finding the right venue for our wedding proved more challenging: we wanted a place that fit our style vision of natural elegance and was large enough to accommodate all of our guests, while still feeling intimate. Beaulieu Garden, with its manicured French and Italian gardens, fountains, pools and vines fit the bill perfectly. I remember the first time I saw it and thinking, “This is a fairy tale place.” We hoped our guests would feel the same way about our wedding.

Our ceremony was held in the breathtaking sunken garden, followed by cocktails in the Italian garden, dinner under the vines, and dancing by the reflecting pool. Getting to use all of these different spaces made each part of our wedding feel extra special and provided more opportunities for guests to mingle and meet one another. To keep the party going when the wedding concluded at 10 o’clock, our guests were whisked up the road for an after-party in the historic, candle-lit cask room at Merryvale Winery where my younger brother Daniel DJ’ed and everyone danced late into the night.

Our design inspiration was the exquisite, natural beauty of our venue. We wanted our color palette and decor to accentuate, rather than compete with, the grounds so we used a lot of light pinks, peach, greens and white in the flowers, programs, champagne and other details. We placed classic chandeliers above the tables and numerous candles everywhere – on the tables, around the pool, and on the fireplace mantle. Everything was designed to feel very soft and ethereal, punctuated with pops of brightness like the guava bridesmaids’ dresses, strawberry welcome drinks and pashminas for guests. We had a lot of fun working not only with our vendors but also our family members (my mother and aunt made the ceremony chair signs, and Jon’s sister made our Wall of Fame) to create little details that pulled our vision together.

We knew that the biggest challenge of a large wedding was to create an experience that was highly personal for our guests; we wanted the wedding to be a celebration of how important they were to us in addition to a celebration of our marriage. One thing we did was create what we called our ten-foot long “Wall of Fame” where we included a picture of each guest and note from us about what we loved about them. This was a fun way for our guests to feel welcomed and also get to know one another. My mother also surprised us with personalized M&Ms in our wedding colors with our faces and names on them for each of the guests.

A highlight of our wedding for both of us was the ceremony. I remember walking down the aisle with my grandfather and seeing Jon with the biggest smile ever staring straight at me, and me stealing looks at my mother in the front row with an equally big smile on her face. Jon and I wrote the ceremony script together for Judge Kozinski who married us, and separately wrote our own vows, so every word of our ceremony had special meaning to us. Reciting our vows in front of our favorite people as the sun shone down on us was simply magical. Lori Paladino was fantastic at capturing it all, including the moment when Jon prematurely went in for a kiss before the judge said “you may kiss your bride,” which got everyone laughing.

We had also arranged for aunts and uncles from both sides of our families to sing and play a song during our ceremony from my great grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Having both of our families – who had previously met only over email – come together for that was very meaningful. Another highlight of our wedding was the final dip in our first dance. Jon and I embarrassingly had over 10 dance lessons to nail those 2-3 minutes, and it was all worth it!

Having our wedding in Napa and both being foodies, we knew we would have great food at our wedding. Jon cooked for me on our second date, and we love to bring friends together over meals. Paula LeDuc was incredible at tailoring our menu with the farm-to-table and local foods we love, using fresh vegetables from the venue’s garden, and even making our entire menu gluten-free since I have Celiac disease (our guests never knew what they were missing!). We also had two gluten-free cakes – a tiered wedding cake with blackberry conserve filling created by Forget-Me-Not cakes, and a Norwegian wedding cake (kransekake) made by Jon’s mother, complete with Norwegian, Irish and American flags to represent our heritage.

My husband and I had a great time designing our invitation suite, escort cards, table numbers and ceremony program with Lisa Kasch of Egg Farm Lane. She captured our style – which she dubbed “wine country prep” – and vision from the get-go and helped us hone our color palette for the wedding. We wanted our guests to open our invitations and feel like they were about to embark on a very special and action-packed weekend. Our favorite insert was the personalized map of Napa Valley that highlighted our weekend venues and some of our favorite wine country sites.

• What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

I would advise brides-to-be to take advantage of the opportunities in the planning process to collaborate with, learn more about and have fun with their spouse-to-be. Planning the ultimate party of your life with your best friend should be fun so don’t let the details – important as they may seem at any given time – wear you down. As for those details, take the time to build a stellar team of expert vendors with whom you connect. Being able to trust them to get the planning and execution just right allows you to focus on more important things.

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Photography: Lori Paladino Photography | Cinematography: Aaron Lee Films | Event Planning: Bliss Events | Floral Design: Valley Flora | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Cake: Forget-Me-Not Cakes | Invitations: Egg Farm Lane | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Lighting: Got Light | Band: Keith Johnson All Stars | Groom's Attire: Lauren by Ralph Lauren | Officiant: Judge Alex Kozinski | Ceremony Music: Synchronicity Strings | Transportation: Royal Coach Limousine | Venue: Beaulieu Garden | After-party: Merryvale | Norwegian Cake: Groom's mother | Wedding Photographers: Lori Paladino Photography

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