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Napa Valley Welcome Dinner + Grape Stomping

Near or far, when it comes to welcoming your wedding guests, doing it in style is key. And I’d say these two cuties nailed it with their gorgeously cozy Napa welcome soiree, grape stomping and all! Guests were greeted with sweet welcome bags designed by the planning genius that is Laurie Arons Special Events, while Rebecca Yale Portraits (the Bride’s amazing sis!) snapped up all the pretty touches and smiling faces. Join in all the fun right here in the gallery.

This beautiful sign from The First Snowfall makes for a stunning welcome to Grgich Hills Estate.

Guests getting their stomp on! We’ve officially added grape stomping to our must-try list at SMP.

Stamped table numbers placed in halved wine corks from Kathryn Murray made for a sweet touch.

How gorgeous are those custom wood welcome bag tags from Anticipate Invitations paired with Curlicue Calligraphy? The perfect rustic detail for a vineyard soiree.

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Fall
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Estate
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Rustic

From Rebecca Yale PortraitsI love nothing more than photographing an amazing party full of great friends, great wine and great food and this one is particularly special to me because it was the welcome dinner kicking off the celebration for my sister’s destination wedding weekend in Napa. We chose Grgich Hills Estate, one of our favorite vineyard’s in Napa, to host the party and it was the perfect intro to Napa for all of our East Coast friends who had flown in from New York. Not only is Grgich one of the most beautiful vineyards around with the most delectable of wines, but they have a very storied history within Napa. A bottle of 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, made by Mike Grgich, won the blind Paris tasting in 1973 that put Napa on the map as a world class wine region. Kelly at Grgich helped us create such a lovely evening for our friends and family, which began with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres on the patio of the Ranch House. Guests were invited to stomp the grapes (a la Lucy) and taste the grapes that had just been pulled off the vines. Underneath strings of twinkly lights guests dined next to the vineyard and watched as the sun set over the endless rows of vines.

Upon their arrival in Napa guests were presented with a welcome bag, crafted by Laurie Arons Special Events, containing all of the couple’s favorite snacks and essentials for a weekend in wine country including a map of the area, bouchon from Bouchon Bakery and a one day membership pass at Grgich. The totes were perfect to carry around all weekend, perhaps holding a bottle or two of wine purchased at the amazing local vineyards. My sister accessorized for the weekend with the FEED bridal bag, which not only makes a perfect tote for the weekend, but also provides 1 child with micro-nutrient powder for an entire year! It even has cute compartments inside for something old, new, borrowed and blue.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Floral Design: Thoughts In Bloom | Reception Venue: Grgich Hills Estate | Bride's Shoes: Miu Miu | Catering: Oak Avenue Catering | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Bride's Bag: Feed | Bride's Dress: Haute Hippie | Coordination: Kelly At Grgich Hills | Escort Cards: Rifle Paper Co. | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Lighting And Linens: Classic Party Rentals | Pashminas: Yadis Closet | Sign: The First Snowfall | Table Number Stamps: Kathryn Murray | Table Numbers: Better Off Wed | Welcome Bag: Laurie Arons Special Events | Welcome Bag Calligraphy: Curlicue Calligraphy | Welcome Bag Tags: Anticipate Invitations

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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.

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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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