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Dreamy Napa Valley Wedding Part I

Darlings, get ready for a bit of lunch hour lovin’. This Meadowood soiree is an explosion of pinks, peaches and corals that’ll have you walking away from your screen with the happiest grin—thanks to the planning genius of A Savvy EventNancy Liu Chin Designs florals and of course, those beautifully crisp images from Jessica Burke. Stay tuned this afternoon for Part II of this cheerful day!

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From Kelly of A Savvy EventWith a just less than one year to design and plan their big day, Nicole and Bryan Castro certainly hit the mark with this sweet and dreamy, yet decadent Napa Valley wedding. The couple (with planners Kelly McLeskey-Dolata and Meren Dehaze from A Savvy Event) approached their vision adding heaps of graceful and personal touches along the way. The finished product was an extraordinary event, unforgettable for all involved.

Her Bridesmaids in beautiful long soft pink gowns and his Groomsmen in dapper suits and colored bowties added to the elegance against the serene backdrop that is Meadowood Napa Valley, their chosen venue. Before it all began, Bryan surprised Nicole during their “first look” moment with the most special gift: their wedding vows printed on framed canvas to hang in their home.

The ceremony took place on the lush greens of the golf course on a late October afternoon. The sophisticated sounds of a trio band complete with a massive golden harp glistening in the late sun really set the tone. Nicole describes the walk down the aisle with her father as the “longest walk ever” as they whispered words to each other laughing under their breaths and taking in every moment as she stepped another foot closer to reciting her vows. Adding to all of the special and personal details of the day, her uncle Mike served as the officiant. The couple floated elegantly through the ceremony reciting their own vows as the sun started to come down in the October sky.

As the couple’s cocktail hour grassy lawn, the sky became even more beautiful with the “magic hour” lighting we all love so much. The dark wooden bar stood high and Italian bulbs strung over the guests as they began to toast to the couples happiness. One of the most memorable moments of the day for the bride and groom was the moment they stepped foot into the dining tent, as they saw their dream come alive surrounded by family and friends. And just before, their planner suggested the couple stop, breathe, and take it all in. Looking all around, there was no escape from elegance as guests entered the tent on the Manor Lawn. The collaboration of many succeeded in creating this absolutely stunning ambiance. Twilight Design came up with a custom lighting scheme. The ceiling was dripping with eclectic décor including floral, ivory and crystal chandeliers hanging at different levels. Long, draping green garlands twirled around the tent poles.

The tabletop design (Frances Lane) included subtle hues of pink including rose colored glasses and dashes of ivory, gold and just the right amount of greenery. Nancy Liu Chin Designs worked her magic with perfectly suited centerpieces highlighting these colors. Tabletop votive candles were provided by Theoni Designs (a special debut to their tabletop décor company opening shortly after this event.) As dinner came to and end a beautiful dessert display with varying levels of sweetness (Sweet on Cake) provided the finishing touch to a delicious meal. After dinner, everyone danced, twirled, and swayed the night away to the sounds of AMFM Downbeat LA, one of Southern California’s hottest bands! Nicole and Bryan’s wedding was the epitome of sophistication, storybook elegance, and most importantly of all, true love.

Photography: Jessica Burke | Cinematography: Thomas Hughes Films | Event Planning: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: After Six | Catering: Meadowood | Makeup: Artistry By Danika | Hair: Amy Carter | Lighting: Twilight Design | Band: AMFM | Wedding Favors: DulceArte | Groom's Attire: Pronto Uomo | Ceremony Music: Laura Simpson At Wine Country Entertainment | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Venue: Meadowood | Bridesmaids' Dress Studio: And Something Blue | Custom Designed Sash And Jewelry: Haute Bride | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Forever Heyday | Photobooth: Orange Photography | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Rentals: Frances Lane | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Signage: Swoon Custom Chalk | Tent Rentals: Zephyr Tents | Wedding Dress Boutique: Haute Bride Design | Wedding Website: Riley & Grey

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Romantic Meadowood Napa Wedding

When Coco Tran and Fleurs De France join forces, there’s no telling how gorgeous a wedding gallery will be. They’re two of our most adored talents in the industry, and when they sent along this Meadowood Napa Valley celebration, my eyes were instantly glued to the screen. It’s the little details like emerald cut engagement ring, to the the floral stationery suite by Ceci Of New York and the bride’s gorgeous glow a la Artistry By Danika that all add up into something truly special. Go ahead and see for yourself.

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From The Bride…Chris and I met at work in FL and we were instant friends. Soon thereafter we both moved to separate cities for new job opportunities (me to Chicago and him to the Bay area). We kept in touch and kindled our relationship during his work travels to Chicago. After a few years of long distance I made the move to San Francisco and we were engaged a short six months later!

Chris proposed in Halfmoon Bay at the Ritz Carlton just as the sun was setting. A bag piper played while he went down on his knee, which was so fitting (and romantic!) because he is Irish. Afterwards, my family surprised me (all the way from FL) and we celebrated over dinner and cocktails with friends. It was a magical evening!

With Chris’ family from Ireland and mine from Argentina we wanted to include traditional tidbits in our wedding to reflect our heritage. We also knew we wanted to have our wedding in Napa Valley for our love of wine. As soon as we visited the Meadowood we feel in love with its traditional and scenic property; the ambiance, food, and service could not be any more exquisite–a perfect place for a wedding to say the least! My vision for the day was timeless romance…it was such a treat to work with this dream team who executed our vision flawlessly…The day was absolutely perfect. Thank you Coco for capturing our day and all the pretty details so well. We are so excited!

Photography: Coco Tran | Cinematography: Luke Goodman Cinematography | Floral Design: Fleurs De France | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Perfect Endings | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Meadowood Napa Valley | Band: Lucky Devils Band | Venue: Meadowood Napa Valley | Invitation Suite: Ceci Of New York | Linens : La Tavola | Makeup & Hair: Artistry By Danika | Planning & Design: Heather McMichen for Meadowood Napa Valley | Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals

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Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
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Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).

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Charming Yellow Wedding

After what can only be described as an epic engagement (seriously, read below), these two cuties tied the knot in one of the sweetest affairs you will ever lay your eyes upon.  Planned by the talented L’Relyea Events, it’s the perfect merging of sunny yellow hues, gorgeous florals from Shotgun Floral Studio and that laid-back elegance that CA is known for.  See it captured by Myrtle & Marjoram right here.  

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From Julia Evans at L’Relyea Events… How do you take cutest and most creative couple of the year to the next level? Step 1: Design and construct your own kayak – Step 2: Propose in said kayak under Brooklyn Bridge – Step 3: Somehow top off this heartfelt proposal with a surprise engagement party – complete with friends, flowers and lots of champagne! And to think, that’s before the wedding plans even begin.

I think it’s quite obvious that Danielle and Bryan take the cake for this one! Every ounce of their joint creativity was reflected in their wedding. A playful palette of yellow and ivory, a birch-wood alter strung with antique bottles and gorgeously whimsical floral arrangements are just a few of the lovely details we can’t get enough of. Ah yes, and did we mention she designed all of her own printed materials?

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Elegant Saint Helena Vineyard Wedding

After an intimate at-home proposal, this darling duo set out to craft an eclectically styled wedding day with 70 of their nearest and dearest. The result is one part elegance, one part rustic, a dash of magical goodness and shaken up with a whole lotta love. onelove photography trailed these sweeties and every bit of their day, and you can soak it all in right here in the full gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride…My husband surprised me with a simple and heartfelt proposal while we were both cooking dinner in our home in Chicago, Illinois. It was just the two of us and our pet dogs; I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect proposal.

Prior to our engagement, I wasn’t the type of girl who dreamed of her wedding day so I surprised myself by how easily I transformed into the planning bride. I spent the first few months after our engagement scouring the Internet for the perfect venue. Thanks to Style Me Pretty and Pinterest, I immediately started piecing together our special day. I knew from the start of our planning process that I wanted to style our wedding myself. I pulled inspiration from many weddings but I made sure to incorporate our own spin on everything we did.

We both knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony, nature, romance, elegance, and 70 of our closest family and friends. My husband grew up in the Midwest but I grew up in Northern California so we didn’t rule out the idea of a destination wedding. After narrowing down our list of venues, my husband and I ventured out west to Napa Valley.

From the moment we arrived at V. Sattui Winery we both knew that’s where we would exchange our “I Do’s”. I immediately fell in love with the old world style, the brick courtyard surrounded by vines and gorgeous hydrangeas, the colorful rose gardens on the property, and the old oak tree that overlooked the winery. As a matter of fact, the old oak tree ended up being our inspiration for the “Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” reading during our ceremony.

After securing our venue, I focused my search on finding the vendors who I felt the most compatible with. I can’t stress enough how important it was that I placed just as much importance on interviewing our vendors as I did all the other details; it allowed our day to flow perfectly and for all the pieces to fit together. My vendors were all patient and so very helpful. They served as my sounding board to bounce ideas off of as I planned our wedding day.

Now onto the details… I wanted to make sure the entire day felt romantic and magical. We found the perfect “getting ready” property that had the earthy and nature feel we wanted a few miles north from our venue in the city of Calistoga. We ended up staying at this same property for our honeymoon which worked out perfect. I browsed Etsy and local shops to find all the little details like my garter belt, the bridal gown hanger, antique plates to serve our wedding cake, green antique goblets for our sweetheart table, my embroidered handkerchief, rustic keys for our seating chart, and so forth. Instead of traditional flower girl baskets, I found two rustic copper watering cans that our florist filled with roses and hydrangeas. We also had a custom calligraphed welcome sign that greeted our guests as they arrived in lieu of paper ceremony programs.

In hopes of getting our guests excited about what was to come, our calligrapher and invitation designer composed a personalized hand drawn map of our venue. We included the map with our invitations and it added that special touch we wanted for our guests.

After finding my wedding gown at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture in Chicago, I had the shop ask the designer to create a matching bolero that fit the old world romantic feel I envisioned. We added long sleeves with hand sewn lace designs in ivory and gold that matched the same design found throughout my Francesca Miranda wedding gown.

With our ceremony taking place at sun set, my husband and I decided to take “First Look” photos earlier in the day to not lose the light with our bridal party photos. While we aren’t traditional and didn’t have a problem with seeing each other before the ceremony, I still wanted something special to surprise him with as I walked down the aisle. I found a gorgeous cathedral length veil by Ines Di Santo that had stunning details all along the edges. I put it on right before the ceremony started – it was perfect!

After watching Kate Middletown walk down the aisle with a bouquet of lily of the valley, I knew that I wanted one of my own! Unfortunately the flower was not in season in Fall. To keep the costs down but still partially achieve the look I wanted, I had our florist scatter lily of the valley in my bouquet of white roses. I was really happy with how it turned out.

With my bridesmaids residing a four-hour flight away in California, we had lots stressful moments trying to complete our DIY projects with just my husband and I but we somehow managed to get it all done. We were able to print our escort cards on our home printer and hand tied them with twine to antique keys. We also spray painted wheat stalks in gold and hand tied them with ivory ribbon to place on our guests menus, an inspiration I pulled from Jessica Simpson’s wedding. My calligrapher did an amazing job at carrying our wheat theme onto pieces she did for us which really helped to pull everything together.

For the ceremony, my groom and our bridal party walked down to the instrumental version of “Turning Page – Sleeping at Last” played by our string trio. I walked down the aisle with both my parents to the instrumental version of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. I fell in love with both songs when I first heard them and together they evoked the emotion and tone we wanted for the ceremony. For our grand exit as husband and wife, we wanted a song that was less traditional but no less beautiful or striking; we chose “Great Expectations 1998 Score (Estrelle’s Theme)” played by our string trio. I still get a smile on my face and goose bumps whenever I hear it! It’s such a powerful and remarkable piece.

We cut our wedding cake to “Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls and my husband picked our first dance song, “Shot Gun Rider” by Tim McGraw. As a tribute to our friends and family who flew in from Illinois and our life back in Chicago, we ended the night with “Sweet Home Chicago”.

Our wedding day was completely magical. After being together for five years, I surprised myself when I cried as I walked down aisle. Every moment of stress during our planning process was absolutely worth it and our day could not have been more perfect. It was by far the happiest day of both our lives. We are still in awe of how beautifully our day was captured and are so thankful to have experience it and shared it with our closest family and friends.

Photography: onelove photography | Videographer: Frontside Films | Florist: Valley Flora | Cake: Fleur De Lisa Cakes | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Dessy | Caterer: Alex's Catering | Calligrapher: The Left Handed Calligrapher | DJ: Verducci Entertainment | Officiant: Your Ceremony Matters | Bridal Gown: Francesca Miranda | Bride's Hair & Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Bridesmaid's Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Car Rental: Classic Convertible Wine Tours | Day Of Wedding Coordinator: Sugar Rush Events | Flower Girl Dresses: David's Bridal | Getting Ready Property: Calistoga Vineyard Estate | Groom & Groomen's Tuxedos: Vera Wang | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events | String Trio: Wine Country Entertainment | Veil: Ines Di Santo | Welcome Sign: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Winery: V. Sattui Winery

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