I can’t decide if it’s the girly girl within me, or that the color is just simply always gorgeous, but either way, I never get sick of blush. It makes my heart flutter and combined with these dark tabletops and white roses, this wedding is picture perfect. Weddings By Sasha captured it all, and Reel Eyes Media made sure to bring the romance. Join me as I swoon over every beautiful detail right here.
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From Shannon Leahy Events… Leslie and Paul were one of the most in love and kindest couples I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They met at a friends Super Bowl party and after years of bachelorhood in San Francisco, Paul instantly knew that she was the one. He loved her family values, her fun-loving personality and of course, was struck by her beauty. Not too long after their courtship began, Paul proposed to Leslie at their favorite Napa getaway, Meadowood and they decided to get married there the following Fall.
Leslie is a girly girl at heart so we had to use white and blush roses, lots of lace and sweeping, romantic decor. We brought in the rustic Napa Valley and Paul’s masculine side with lots of touches of dark wood. The ceremony on the golf course was absolutely lovely, framed by their large bridal party of friends and family.
One of my favorite details for this wedding arose out of finding a solution for keeping guests out of the dinner space. Since the cocktail hour and dinner lawn were connected but we didn’t want guests to enter until it was time, we hedged off the space and created a grand entry with a simple sign “Good things come to those who wait.” The purpose, of course, was to urge guests to wait until dinner, but it also served as a beautiful reminder of Paul and Leslie’s love that they both waited for many years.
Individual roses on each place setting mirrored the rose wine served at dinner. A macaroon station and cake from Perfect Endings for dessert and a sparkler exit made for a gorgeous evening in the Napa Valley.
Photography: Weddings By Sasha | Videographer: Reel Eyes Media | Event Design: Shannon Leahy Events | Event Planning: Shannon Leahy Events | Floral Design: Atelier Joya | Cake: Perfect Endings | Catering: Meadowood | Lighting: Impact | Band: Pop Rocks | Ceremony Musicians: Synchronicity Strings | Custom Event Decor: Yonder | Paper: Tiny Pine Press | Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Venue: Meadowood
Have I mentioned how much I love California weddings? Especially when they involve a gathering of loved ones feasting on fresh and delicious food surrounded by an idyllic landscape. This more than perfect affair was topped off with the perfect amount of elegant rustic details like Alicia K Designs arrangements and the gallery from Matt Edge is too good to miss. See it all here.
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From The Bride…Our friends and family were dispersed across the country, and our new home of Chicago couldn’t be counted on to cooperate for a July outdoors wedding. In considering destinations, we settled on picturesque Northern California. Not only would we be surrounded by natural beauty, but Morgan had spent her childhood in nearby Santa Rosa and has fond memories of days spent enjoying the outdoors there.
We knew we wanted two things at the reception – great food and a fun party that wouldn’t be shut down at 10:00 pm. We were drawn to Farmstead because of their fantastic cuisine, especially their ribs, which we ended up having cooked over an open fire for the wedding. We could enjoy dinner outside under twinkling bistro lights plus take advantage of a perfectly sized indoor space that let us dance well into the morning.
We wanted a more intimate setting for the ceremony, closer to nature and away from the “hustle and bustle” of St. Helena. After much research, we came across the beautiful Rust Ridge Ranch, a horse ranch and winery in the mountains. The venue houses a lovely bed and breakfast, allowing our closest friends to stay on site with us, maximizing time amongst far-flung guests. While remote (no need to warn guests to turn off their cell phones), the idyllic setting was a perfect match for our vision of the ceremony.
We asked our friend Tom to officiate, whom we met in DC the same night we met each other – introduced by our future maid of honor and best man. Guests kept (somewhat) cool by picturesque parasols while a fiddle-cello duet played folk songs and bluegrass in the background. The stumps lining the aisle came from the Rust Ridge property. The overall design of the events emphasized an organic and rustic aesthetic, focused more on the beautiful surroundings than on a overly-styled theme. It was a truly magical day in our lives spent with people we love.
Photography: Matt Edge Wedding Photography | Floral Design: Alicia K Designs | Wedding Dress: Catherine Deane From BHLDN | Ceremony Venue: Rustridge Ranch & Winery | Reception Venue: Farmstead Restaurant | Groom's Attire: Custom From The Trunk Club | Bridesmaid's Dress: Reformation | Event Planning And Design: Alicia K Designs | Groom's Tie: Salvatore Ferragamo | Hair & Make-up: Sherrie Long | Rentals: Wine Country Party
If you haven’t noticed, we are pretty darn obsessed with Napa weddings on SMP. They never fail to be some of our favorite fêtes, and with venues like Harvest Inn, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. Because when a gorgeous vineyard setting like that mixes with the unbeatable California light, magic always happens. And that’s just a normal day at the Harvest Inn. When there are weddings? Well, that’s a whole other level of fabulous …
About Harvest Inn… Harvest Inn is home to a variety of tranquil settings to choose from and will customize your vision of the perfect Napa Valley Wine Country Wedding. Offering a picturesque backdrop for your wedding, our resort is nestled on eight acres of majestic redwoods with white roses encircling our Vin Rose Lawn, brick pathways meandering through lush gardens and delicate olive trees lining our Vineyard View Terrace.
From the ceremony to the reception, we will let your vision unfold to create the wondrous and breathtaking wedding of your dreams. Indulge in the comfort of your English Tutor-style Vineyard View room after a romantic elopement. Celebrate with an intimate gathering in the Vin Rose Lawn under our towering Redwoods. Host a memorable celebration with all your family and friends looking out to the spectacular Mayacamas Mountains and vineyard views. Showcasing the incredible beauty of the Napa Valley, the Harvest Inn’s award winning surrounding boasts the luxury of fine dining and amazing wines that will make memories to last a lifetime.
Book your Napa Valley nuptials by the Summer Solstice and be rewarded with $500 in your pocket to spend on your dream honeymoon.
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Photography: Richard Wood | Photography: Mellysa Levy From Sasha Souza Events