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Elegant San Ysidro Ranch Holiday Wedding

Take an amazing setting like San Ysidro Ranch and mix in a stunning New Year’s Day wedding orchestrated by the talented La Fête Weddings and it’s all kinds of spectacular.  Now throw in some lush blooms from Ambient Event Design, a fireplace adjacent reception and some glittery gold hues and, well… it’s pure, unadulterated wedding gold.  Click here to see it all captured beautifully by Melissa Musgrove

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From La Fête Weddings… This lovely couple from Texas was looking for a beautifully planned and detailed wedding for 10 special guests at the San Ysidro Ranch. We know there is nothing better than a client who completely trusts you, so when Misti told us “Here are the colors I love, and I completely trust that you will make our wedding classic and beautiful,” we were thrilled! The wedding ceremony was held outdoors on New Year’s Day in the Wine Cellar Garden in front of their romantic fireplace. The guests enjoyed a few cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before entering the Wine Cellar for their seated wedding reception. Of course the weather was a concern for the day, but it could not have been a more perfect Southern California day. The Wine Cellar at the San Ysidro Ranch is such a warm and inviting space especially during that time of year.

Misti included her two daughters in the wedding as her bridesmaids. What a special moment it was to watch them walk her down the aisle to her groom Michael. We worked with Amy of Ambient Event Design to create the lush and organic mixture of red peonies, garden roses, and accents of greenery to develop Misti’s rich dream color palette. Misti loved the flower arrangements so much she decided to take all of the arrangements back to her cottage at the San Ysidro Ranch to enjoy them for rest of the week. Colette from La Fete Weddings provided the dishes and red colored glassware, which were passed down by her grandmother. This added a unique touch to the table top design. We worked with Let’s Party to create custom menus for each place setting to complete the look. Melissa Musgrove perfectly captured all of their love, joy and the beautiful details that made that day so unique and special for them.

Shortly after the wedding we received a very nice email from the groom…”I must admit I was a bit reluctant to hire a planner because the wedding was small in relation to head count. What I figured out though was what you did with our wedding is no matter how big or small there is still a lot to pulling them off problem free. You did a wonderful job and it greatly helped with Misti’s stress load.”

Photography: Melissa Musgrove Photography | Floral Design: Ambient Event Design | Catering: San Ysidro Ranch | Ceremony & Reception Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Event Design/Wedding Planner: La Fete Weddings | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Products: Let's Party | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Romantic Summer Sonoma Wedding

I’ve become pretty convinced that Sonoma is the land where weddings have an extra special sparkle and this one right here reinforces that belief even more. Toss in the talents of Pineapple Planet and Vanda Floral Design and we have an absolute gem on our hands. Jihan Cerda captured every stunning moment of this elegant affair and you can bet that I’ll be losing myself in these photos for the greater part of today.

From Pineapple PlanetPatti & Evan’s sweet and romantic wedding was held at Beltane Ranch in Sonoma. A gorgeous August weekend celebration was joined by guests from Thailand, Southern California and the Bay Area. Patti’s name in Thai translates to Honey Bee so accents of bees were used in the design as well as honey jar favors. Patti and Evan were gracious and thoughtful throughout the entire planning process. Their talented and professional team of partners did an amazing job hosting 60 guests at this breathtaking ranch.

Photography: Jihan Cerda Photography | Videographer: Designated Hitter Films | Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka | Wedding Cake: Sweetie Pies | Catering: Ramekins | Hair & MakeUp: Lily Stronger | DJ: Mark Welch Entertainment | Event Coordination, Design, Decor, Lighting, Specialty Rentals: Pineapple Planet | Florals: Vanda Floral Design | Rentals: JRB Event Services | Trio: Garden Strings | Wedding Venue: Beltane Ranch

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Fall Al Fresco Napa Valley Wedding

Sylvie Gil wedding never fails to amaze, and this Napa affair is the latest beauty from her lens. Kissed by that California sun, it’s a celebration centered on good food, good wine and loved ones all around. Kathy HigginsAtelier Joya and Julie Morgan made the day something truly special, and I highly recommend you scroll through every last bit.

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From The Bride…Mark and I were both living in NYC when my boss set us up on a blind date five years ago. Although we seemed like an unlikely pair in the beginning, it was our shared love of good friends, good food and good wine that brought us together. After Mark popped the big question on a moonlit Clydesdale sleigh ride in Deer Valley, we immediately began planning our wedding. We both wanted our wedding to have an intimate, romantic, yet casual feel. Napa Valley was the obvious choice — it was the perfect venue to bring together the people we loved to share some of our favorite things: food and wine!

Julie Song, whose style is beautifully whimsical and romantic, designed our invitation suite detailing the weekend of events. Mark and I hosted a Welcome Dinner at Cade Winery for all of our wedding guests to create a family-like atmosphere and to make sure no one left Napa Valley without experiencing an authentic vineyard tour and tasting! After a brief tour of the vineyard in small groups, everyone met deep in the wine cave for a more formal wine tasting and outrageous chacuccerie spread from Oxbow Wine & Cheese. The group then sat down to a casual dinner in the courtyard over-looking the Valley floor with the food catered by gourmet food-truck extraordinaire Mark at X Marks the Spot. The night was filled with toasts from our friends and family and set the tone for the weekend.

The following afternoon, Mark and I were married at a private estate on Spring Mountain overlooking the valley. Kathy Higgins, our wedding planner, was instrumental in making some of our unorthadox requests become a reality. In addition to finding the perfect venue, Kathy was able to connect us a with Choice Entertainers, an acapella Motown group whose melodies accentuated our ceremony and cocktail hour and showcased our obsession for classic Motown music. Fitting with our style and personalities, Kathy also introduced us to one of her personal friend’s who served as our wedding officiant. As our ceremony drew to a close, two of our closest friends read a personalized rendition of Shel Silverstein’s poem “Ations”, which cleverly depicted how we fell in love and why Napa was so special to us.

Chef Katie and the staff at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc worked with our dear friends Monica & David Stevens at 750 Wines to create a perfectly paired feast served at sunset overlooking the Valley floor. Keeping with the inclusive family theme, the meal was served family style at two long tables in multiple courses. Lisa and Priska at Atelier Joya helped create tablescapes that were both beautiful and functional; the arrangements were all designed with a low profile to encourage guest conversation and accommodate the additional flat and stemware needed for our family-style dinner. Together Kathy, Lisa and Priska transformed a naturally beautiful landscape into an enchanting setting complete with urns of flowers in warm pastels and vintage rentals from Found Vintage Rentals. As dinner wound down, guests let loose to some dangerously melodic beats by D.Veloped (who just happened to be in SF that weekend because a friend called in a personal favor). The whole day was perfectly captured by Sylvie Gil, whose warm, infectious personality (and charming French accent) brought a smile to us both throughout the day.

Wanting a moment to ourselves, Mark and I were whisked away in a vintage Packard convertible at the end of the night. That private moment gave us the opportunity to reflect on what was such a special day and allowed us to sit and appreciate everyone who was a part of it. 

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Planner: Kathy Higgins | Invitations: Julie Song Ink | Catering: Ad Hoc | Cutting Cake : Calistoga Cakes | Florals : Atelier Joya | Hair And Make Up : Julie Morgan | Lighting : Lux Production | Linens : La Tavola | Rentals : Classic Party Rentals | Venue: Private Estate

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