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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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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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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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Napa Garden Wedding from Amy Nichols Special Events

Wedding planning isn’t easy, that goes without saying. And wedding planning from across the world is a feat all its own. But this beautiful mama-turned-bride proved it’s positiviely possible thanks to top-notch vendors like Amy Nichols, Nancy Liu Chin and Ceci New York. The result? A gorgeous Napa garden party filled with the most magical of moments and prettiest of details. Gertrude & Mabel documented the day to perfection and you can see it all right here!

From the bride…I met Ben in Hong Kong. One date later, we were smitten. Nine months later, among friends and the setting sun, Ben asked me to marry him. Planning our wedding from Hong Kong was a unique, online-only experience. While wedding planning, I was pregnant and studying for the bar exam so I could not afford the time to travel to visit venues and try on dresses. But like lots of brides, I have been planning my wedding since I was a little girl. The biggest challenge for Ben and I was deciding on the destination: Ben is from Perth and I am from Hong Kong so we have friends scattered all over the world. We decided on Napa as it was the first place we visited as a couple and it was easy for our friends and family to get to. Also, Ben always wanted a winery wedding with spectacular trees. The moment I saw Beaulieu Gardens, I knew it was perfect.

During the planning process, I was most anxious to pick my dress. My stomach was growing by the week and I knew I wouldn’t have time to pick a dress once the baby arrived. I tried on a dozen dresses and ended up picking the Elie Saab dress because it was the first dress I tried on and loved. I loved the lace detail and the vintage look. My mom was invaluable in the wedding planning process. In addition to all her wonderful advice, she helped me scour the Hong Kong markets for fun take-home gifts. We made all the envelope liners for the save-the dates, stuffed and stamped all the wedding invitations, made the labels and tied all the ribbons for the flip-flops/shoe bags/pashminas, and put together the take-home gift boxes of marionberry jam and Tim-Tams (a taste of home for both Ben and I)

We loved all the people we worked with. Amy Nichols was the ultimate wedding planner. We connected because we had both attended the same tiny boarding school in Santa Barbara. Amy fielded every phone call and email–I must have sent her a dozen emails a week with picture of flowers, invitations and furniture! Nancy Liu Chin, event designer and flower designer, helped turn my rustic French country wedding vision into a reality. Our photographers, Judy and Heidi, the geniuses behind Mabel and Gertrude, kept us in good spirits despite heat and frozen faces. And their gorgeous pictures have helped us win features in great publications like Style Me Pretty! Pop Rocks!, our band was amazing and people are still raving about us having the best band at a wedding. Paula LeDuc cooked up some of the most delicious wedding food we, or any of our guests, have tasted. We had a dessert and cheese bar, in addition to down-home comfort hors d’oeuvres including fried chicken and mini-burgers.

Of all the wedding preparations, the invitations took the longest time. Ceci and her team were wonderful and understanding. We went through nine drafts and the final product came out more beautifully than I would have ever imagined. Our funniest moment was riding in the blistering, red leather interior, vintage Rolls Royce to the venue. It was a blistering hot day and the driver had parked the car directly in the sun. We got into the car and asked for him to turn on the air conditioner and he just turned around and laughed. “Ma’am, the car is from the 1950s, there was no air conditioning in cars back then.” Ben and I sweated (through his Tom Ford tux and my Elie Saab wedding dress) all the way to the venue. The driver couldn’t even drive the car faster for a better breeze because the car was so old! Talk about arriving in style!

The wedding planning would not have been as fun as it was without Style Me Pretty. I went on the website every morning to look at the new featured wedding, as well as spending countless hours going through the archives for inspiration. I hope our wedding provides inspiration for future brides!

Wedding Photography: Gertrude & Mabel | Wedding Venue: Beaulieu Garden in Napa, California | Wedding Planner: Amy Nichols Special Events | | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Officiant: Judith Caldwell | Cinematography: Thomas Hughes Video Production| Invitations: Ceci New York | Programs + Escort  Cards + Menus: Union Street Papery | Guest Book: Kolo Turquoise | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Furniture: One True Love Vintage | Wedding Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Ceremony Music: Eloquence Strings | Band: Pop Rocks! | Wedding Cake: Patisserie Angelica | Desserts: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Wedding Dress: Elie Saab | Hair + Makeup: Sarah Hyde | Veil: Marco Cucinotta via Designer Bridal Room | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaid Dresses: Giorgio Armani, Blanc de ChinePosh Little Tutus | Groom and Groomsmen: Tom Ford | Bow Tie: Neiman Marcus

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Wine Country Wedding from Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events

When a bride has you crying only moments into her description, you can pretty much guarantee you are going to love her wedding.  That’s a theory that has been proven time and time again.  So, it pretty much goes without saying that when the tears started falling a few sentences into this lovely bride’s narrative, I knew I was done for.  And, oh, was I ever correct. With the perfect planning of Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events, amazing images from Megan Holly Clouse Photography and beautiful blooms from Fleurs de France, it’s pure lovely from start to finish.  See so much more right here.

From Suzy Berberian Weddings & EventsOne of the only bad things about being a wedding planner in an area known for destination weddings is that the couples all live far away. Sometimes, as with Chris and Corinne, I wish they lived here in town because then I could be friends with them and not have to say goodbye! This couple epitomizes fun, light-hearted romance, and both are as smart and successful as can be. It was truly a pleasure to help them with their wedding details over the year of planning, as well as an absolute delight to witness the wedding day come together so perfectly for them! 

From the Bride… I was never the little girl who dreamed and planned out every detail of her fairytale wedding. I never pranced around in my mother’s old wedding dress and I never fantasized about the debonair, handsome Prince Charming that would sweep me off my feet and choose me to be his wife. Now I know why — there was no way I could have possibly dreamed of a more perfect wedding day then the one my best friend and I shared on May 19th, 2012 in the breathtaking expanse of Napa Valley at Auberge du Soleil. 

Our wedding was an intimate gathering of 60 people, and our wedding guests witnessed us profess our vows to each other on the deck at Auberge overlooking the vibrant green Rutherford Valley on a perfect California summer day. Following our ceremony, we enjoyed cocktails on the deck, and as the bright orange sun set, we headed indoors for Michelin-rated cuisine along with wine pairings of our favorite Napa blends. The dining room was decorated in vibrant blue, green, purple and gold to give the natural setting some bursts of color, and our classic lace cake was elegantly designed to match my favorite lace pattern. For favors, guests were given personalized wine opener cases and purple, chocolate-covered blueberries wrapped together to mimic a bunch of grapes. After endless hours of dancing with the people we love dearly, the night was slowly brought to an end in the lounge and on the deck for one last hour of snacks and nightcaps. 

We are incredibly thankful for the amazing team working with us to help make such a perfect wedding day that was truly beyond anything we could have ever dreamed of! I look forward to reminiscing about that unforgettable day for the rest of our lives together!

Wedding Photography: Megan Holly Clouse Photography / Wedding Venue: Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, California / Wedding Planning: Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Fleurs de France / Officiant: Peadar Dalton of Your Ceremony Matters / Wedding Cake: Perfect Endings / Stationery: Arabella of Arthur’s Invitations / Calligraphy: Mrs. McCormick of Lacey Township High School (The Bride’s High School Art Teacher) / Ceremony Music: Lawrence Strings Trio via Wine Country Entertainment / Dinner + Dancing Music: DJ Dave Tutton (davetutton@sbcglobal.net) / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via Bridal Reflections / Bride’s Veil + Earrings: Bridal Reflections / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair: Stella Rickett / Makeup: Audrey Crandell / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm via Here Comes the Bridesmaid / Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Jennifer Miller / Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss via Bloomingdale’s / Groom’s Shoes + Tie: Barneys New York / Engagement Ring + Wedding Bands: T. Gluck & Company

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Auberge du Soleil Wedding from Adeline and Grace Photography

I think it’s safe to say that I need to keep my little blogger booty away from Napa, because after this fantastic affair, I am worried I would never come home. The big, gorgeous sky, the gently rolling mountains, amazing color of that foliage are all calling my name. The wedding, seen through the lens of Adeline & Grace Photography, is filled to the brim with all California has to offer, plus an adorable couple, phenom flowers, and food to make your mouth water. Perfect for a Monday morning. In fact, there is so much to offer in this stunning affair, we couldn’t show it all here, so make sure to check out the full image gallery!

The brides fab jewelry comes from the cuties over at Haute Bride.

Magnus and I grew up in neighboring towns in the Bay Area and then attended the same college. But it wasn’t until our senior year of college that we met through mutual friends at a party. Magnus later surprised me with a beautiful sunset proposal on the rooftop of the same building where we had first met six years prior.

While dating, we’d spent many weekends traveling from San Francisco to Napa to get out of the city and enjoy all that the beautiful wine country has to offer.  We knew right off the bat that Napa is where we wanted get married.  With most of our friends and family already from the Bay Area, Napa provided a mini-destination wedding of sorts. The actual venue choice wasn’t as easy, as there are so many gorgeous venues in the area.  However, we knew we had found the site the minute we arrived at Auberge du Soleil.  The natural elegance and absolutely stunning views of the Napa Valley at Auberge sold us immediately.  It was important to us that our venue showcased the natural beauty of the area and the views from the ceremony site at Auberge surely fit the bill.

The flowers and decor were really important to me in the planning process.  I wanted to pick a color scheme and decor that didn’t compete with the natural beauty of the site, but still set the tone for an elegant fall wedding while reflecting our personalities.  I chose warm browns, taupes and varying shades of orange to complement the warm decor of Auberge, with touches of metallic gold throughout to incorporate a more glamorous feel to the day. I have always loved flowers, so I chose dense arrangements of orange flowers – roses, orchids, dahlias and more, with touches of green to add visual interest and texture.

It was a gorgeous and memorable day that went off without a hitch, with large thanks due to all of our wonderful vendors who helped keep us on track and provided seamless service.

Photography: Adeline & Grace Photography / Wedding Coordination: Suzy Berberian for A Dream Wedding / Venue & Catering: Auberge du Soleil / Hair: Rachel Zimmerman / Makeup: Nelanie Borges / Officiant: Rev. Don Emmel / Flowers: Tesoro / Cake: Perfect Endings / Ceremony & Reception Music: Eloquence String Quartet / Entertainment: DJ Dave Tutton / Bride’s Dress: Alvina Valenta / Bride’s Shoes and Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: J.Crew / Bride’s Jewelry: Haute Bride / Bride’s Veil: Bridal Galleria / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Groom’s Tuxedo: Canali / Groom’s Tie: Nordstrom / Groom’s Shoes: Bruno Magli / Groomsmen’s Tuxedos and Ties: Men’s Wearhouse / Invitations: Vera Wang / Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Tacori &  Diana

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Napa Valley Wedding by Jose Villa + Rosemary Special Events

For anyone that is a regular SMP reader you know that I am a total sucker for two things…perfect white weddings and anything Jose Villa. So what do you get when you put those two little numbers together? You get a very happy blogger who just happens to be dorking out on many different levels…from squeals of glee, to wedding butterflies, to maybe even a high kick or two. Or three. You get a dancing, twirling, whirling, counting-my-lucky-stars-to-have-the-best-job-on-the-planet blogger who can’t wait to share all of the Jose Villa gorgeousness with you. Designed by the crazy talented Rosemary Hattenbach of Rosemary Special Events…this little wedding just might be what heaven looks like. Oh and not to fret, we’ve got a buying guide coming up for all of you crafty DIY and budget brides out there. Click here to see the whole shebang!

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From Rosemary Special Events… From my first meeting with Lauren & Joe when we met to scout out venues in the Napa Valley, I just knew working with them would be a pleasure… they are such a great couple… so much fun and sweet! They wanted a simple, elegant celebration that featured the beauty of Napa Valley… classic and natural with just a touch of modern style.

They decided on Holy Family Mission, a charming and historic Catholic church built in 1912 set in the midst of the vineyards in Rutherford. For the reception they selected the Calistoga Ranch, a beautiful 48-room resort tucked in a private canyon just outside the town of Calistoga.

The wedding took place over Memorial Day weekend. Lauren wanted the wedding day to feel bright, summery and natural so we chose a palette of white and taupe with subtle green accents to keep it light and airy. We had a little weather scare with rain leading up to the wedding but in the final days the weather miraculously turned and they enjoyed temperatures in the mid-80s all weekend.

The traditional ceremony was intimate, simple and gorgeous. Lauren’s parish priest flew up from San Diego to perform the ceremony. Lauren looked absolutely stunning in an ivory, strapless Vera Wang gown. She carried a white bouquet of peonies, hydrangeas and garden roses that was finished with a vintage silk ribbon that her mother had found on a trip to France. Her bridesmaids wore full-length Kirstie Kelly dresses in a blush tone and the men looked very handsome in classic black tuxedos. Bunches of simple white hydrangea behind the altar and on the pews were the perfect accent to the gorgeous wood beamed ceilings and hand painted walls of church. A vintage lace French altar cloth given to the couple by Lauren’s mom graced the altar.

After the ceremony, guests were transported by shuttle up to Calistoga Ranch where they mingled over cocktails, sampled delicious bites of Calistoga Ranch’s spectacular cuisine and took in the 180-degree view of the surrounding lake and canyon. Designer, Nicole Sillapere blew everyone away with her absolutely stunning florals and event décor. In order for guests to savor every moment of sunlight and the natural surroundings, dinner was served under a soft and beautiful white Raj Tent with open sides. Nicole kept it clean and modern with contemporary white chairs, a mix of square, round and long tables with crisp white linens. Fluffy white peonies, Star of Bethlehem, lily of the valley, white tulips and white hydrangea were grouped separately in mixed sizes of white and glass vessels. The programs, escort cards, menus and place cards were gorgeous… each finished with taupe custom stitching. Place settings were accented with a taupe woven ribbon and a single gardenia leaf.

Guests enjoyed a delicious 3-course meal and listened to jazz standards performed by Ever Music Group. Once the sun went down and it started to get chilly, we ushered everyone into an underground wine cave that had been transformed into a chic, candlelit lounge for dancing. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Joe, a really talented singer/songwriter surprised Lauren with an original song he had written for her…. it was very romantic! They had a blast dancing the rest of the night to the sounds of DJ Goyo and enjoyed the chocolate wedding cake created by the pastry chef at Calistoga Ranch. It was such a fun and romantic celebration for such a fabulous couple. Congratulations Lauren and Joe!

Wedding Photography: Jose Villa / Wedding Gown (silver belt): Ivy & Aster, Sweet Pea/ Wedding Invitations: Tiny Pine Press / Other Paper Goods: Mira Aster / Event Planning: Rosemary Hattenbach of Rosemary Special Events / Floral Design & Event Décor: Nicole Sillapere / Wedding Ceremony Location: Holy Family Mission, Rutherford, CA / Wedding Reception Location & Catering: Calistoga Ranch / Wedding Cake: Calistoga Ranch / Tent: Raj Tents / Hair & Makeup: Darcy Hunt & Elise Newman of Primped Napa Valley / Band: Ever Music Group / DJ: DJ Goyo of Uptempo Productions / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid Dresses: Kirstie Kelly / Film Work: Richard Photo

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