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Art Deco Beaulieu Garden Wedding

We’re being spoiled today loves, spoiled with SO much pretty from Jacin Fitzgerald Events and Tec Petaja. This morning we traveled South for this dreamy coastal affair and now we’re heading to the west coast for a Beaulieu Garden celebration full of Art Deco goodness, and one utterly stunning Bride. Catch it all in motion below with Elysium Productions and stay tuned for this afternoon’s Rutherford fete!

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From Jacin Fitzgerald EventsKatya + Colin gathered their closest friends and family from across the globe in one of the most beautiful places in the US – Napa Valley. Their ceremony took place at the quaint Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena, CA and shuttles then drove guests to the reception for libations, dinner and dancing at Beaulieu Garden just down the road. The bride’s family is from Russia and had instilled a love of all things Art-Deco and and appreciation of art and beauty from a very young age. After searching for venues with their planner, Katya + Colin knew Beaulieu was the one – it embodied the sense of the 20s era with the sunken gardens, poolside setting, and evoked the feeling of timeless beauty that they had been searching for.

Photography: Tec Petaja | Videography: Elysium Productions | Event Design: Jacin Fitzgerald Events | Event Planning: Jacin Fitzgerald Events | Floral Design: Jacin Fitzgerald Events | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Ceremony Venue: Grace Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Beaulieu Garden | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Two Birds | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Makeup: Betten Chaston | Hair: Eugene Toye | Lighting: Got Light | DJ: DJ Cams | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Bride's Gown + Veil: Jenny Packham | Caramel Favors: The Caramel Jar | Chairs: Blueprint Studios | Cocktail + Welcome Linens: La Tavola | Custom Lace Dinner Overlays: I Do Linens | Day-of Paper Goods + Design: Southern Fried Paper | Invitation Suite (Odeon Design): Bella Figura | Lounge + Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Musical Booking Agent: Entire Productions | Photobooth: Tomfoolery | Piano Artist: Art Khu

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Whimsical Napa Wedding

In the world of fabulous weddings, Nancy Liu Chin can do no wrong.  So give her a duo as adorable as these two, plus a stunning + vibrant color palette and the results are pure, unadulterated magic.  It’s lush, peony-filled blooms meets the gorgeous beauty stylings of It’s A Date at the Powder Room meets the cutest of cakes from Sweet On Cake.  See it all captured brilliantly by Adeline & Grace Photography right here.

And a sweet sneak peak from Marmalade Sky Films… 

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From Nancy Liu Chin Designs… ‘All you need is love ‘ is a famous song from the Beatles and it really does embody the spirit of this love story between Cherry and Sam, who were married on a beautiful summery day in the hills of Rutherford overlooking the Napa Valley. Love is what united these two. And in every little details, their love for the Beatles, coffee, good food, fun and dance came out.

I love that their wedding wasn’t that typical look of a beautiful Napa winery wedding. Instead I love how Cherry and Sam used wine bottles from their own collection to hold ceramic table numbers to indicate where guests were sitting. How terrific is the idea that they had a terrarium with flowers and placed a fun wedding quiz to entertain their guests, plus the addition of note cards for people to write advice. And who doesn’t love the casual and whimsy feel of coral pink peonies to finish the tables in a modern vase over linens by La Tavola.

In terms of colors, it’s so refreshing to see a pop of color. A beautiful arch of wood with hanging globes of flowers in hues of lavender, coral, greens, pinks all work to add to a festive mood. The bride and groom stood in front of the birch arch and repeated their vows to each other while best friends and family looked on. Bridesmaids all wearing unique dresses also carried bouquets of delightful coral peonies that popped with freshness. And who can forget the flower girl carrying that unique basket. Cherry Picks Sam. Swoon!

From the Groom… Life was good. I had just been accepted into graduate school, I escaped a destructive relationship and I was on my way to sunny San Diego for a summer internship. I had no idea my carefree summer on the west coast would change my life forever. After a few weeks, I met Cherry at a mutual friend’s birthday party. We hit it off and became close friends. Cherry would frequently invite my friend Brian and I to join her for movies, coffee, dinners, bar trips and parties. I quickly learned we had a lot in common and started falling for her.

From the Bride… It was a lovely July afternoon in San Diego, about a month after Sam and I first met. I was stuck between tedious intern tasks and burnt office coffee, when a Facebook notification popped up: “Your friend Samuel Hertz shared a playlist with you on” “A playlist?” I thought to myself, “I love reading people through music, especially someone I JUST met at a friend’s house party”, so I clicked on the link. 70 indie songs appeared on my screen and above it was an interesting title – “Cherry”. Oh! So I was the one being read? I didn’t translate the gesture into a pick up move, and Sam can deny it all he wants, but the playlist was flawless and I was delightfully surprised.

Two years after we met, Sam and I were already an inseparable couple living in the Bay Area. We took a road trip down California coast with close friends. One night during the trip, Sam and I went on a date – a lovely dinner overlooking the soft waves of La Jolla coves. It was my idea of course. When he ordered filet for entree, something clicked in my head – 4th of July, San Deigo, beach – the exact backdrop of our first encounter, when we discovered a common love for steak and butter. I was about to point out it was a “day worth celebrating”, but the beautiful entrees distracted me. Routinely, I took out my phone to snap a few shots. As I moved the focus from my plate to his, a giant sparkle “came into the picture”. Instead of screaming and cheering, I burst into laughter and happy tears as he devotedly asked me to marry him. Only Sam can “sneak” a proposal into my meticulously planned trip. “YES!” I said, to the man who knows me better than I know myself, the man who makes EVERY day worth celebrating.

Unlike most of our engaged friends, Sam and I fought to be in charge of every wedding detail. Our common goal – this celebration must scream the things we are nuts about: wine, coffee, vibrant colors, the Beatles and each other. We began with a boatload of overwhelming ideas but Nancy and the creative team translated into a style: vibrant and whimsical. It was perfectly us.

Since the first 18 months of our relationship was long distance, most of our guests only saw us together a few times. But Sam and I would not have happened without the help of friends and family, so we want them to come to the valley, spend the evening with us and be confident that they supported the right unity!

Photography: Adeline & Grace Photography | Cinematography: Marmalade Sky Films | Event Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Hair And Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room | Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Venue: Auberge Du Soleil | Attire: Sew Heidi Wedding De-Tailor | Bride's Gown: Vera Wang | Rentals: La Tavola

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Greek Orthodox Northern California Wedding

Don’t get me wrong, the rest of this wedding is hold-the-phone gorgeous, but even getting past this first bouquet image? Well, it’s easier said than done. The prettiest mix of peonies, garden roses and ranunculus by Mandolin Floral, it’s a Pinterest sensation just waiting to happen and we certainly wouldn’t blame you if stopped to stare All. Day. Long. More wedding goodness from Danielle DeFiore in the gallery right here.

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From Danielle DeFioreSandra and Chris traveled 3,000 miles to exchange vows and celebrate their wedding in the heart of wine county in Northern California- the very same place they got engaged! Sandra’s family choose the ascension cathedral to pay homage to Sandra’s greek upbringing. Their Greek orthodox wedding ceremony took my breath away. The fact that Sandra and Chris choose an area so rich with culture and tradition while incorporating so many of their personal touches is a testament to their deep connection to family and desire to blend their distinct personalities into the wedding day. Shades of pinks, blushes, ivories and gold complimented their day and it all came together like an excellent, balanced glass of Pinot Noir. I have a special place in my heart for eucalyptus, Peonies and letter press so the natural Mandolin flowers and Postscript paired together perfectly on the invitation suite.

Sandra wore a delicate strapless modern lace Vera Wang and Chris’s black tux with pink bow tie matched the featured wedding color. Their look was simple, classic and elegant. 

The wedding and reception took place at the Auberge De Soleil, one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph. There’s something alluring about Northern California, the lush, rich feel of the ocean air that’s so enticing, and a nice change of pace from mountains of Northern Colorado.

I’ve been coming to Northern California on and off for years, but Sandra and Chris’s wedding was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to take in the richness of the landscape while documenting such a beautiful affair. Just a few of the things I love about “Wine Country” ; the wild rosemary and olive trees, mixed with a hint of ocean air from the bay. The turning of the grape leaves and the quiet stillness just after the harvest. The valley was still bustling, but over all, it held a quite space. The grapes had been pulled from the vines, which means it’s time for people to quietly retreat and close things up for the winter.

This energy was perfect for Sandra and Chris’s intimate wedding cerebration. The warm, golden light of October in wine county was the perfect shade for all the outdoor photographs and really helped to set the mood for the whole event. A rainbow means something different in each culture, but to me it’s a symbol of promise and connection. This is what I see in store for Chris and Sandra. Their connection is undeniable – and made this wedding celebration was a perfect kick-off to a new life together.

Photography: Danielle DeFiore | Flowers: Mandolin Floral | Invitations: Postscript Paper | Ceremony: Ascension Cathedral | Reception: Auberge Du Soleil | Band: Shake | Venue: Auberge Du Soleil | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Jewelry- Wedding Bands, Engagement: Fuenfer Jewelers | Rehearsal Dinner: Silverado Vineyards | Wedding Attire: Vera's House Of Bridal