Sarah, Andrew and their families threw one amazing wedding weekend in Napa Valley! I am so thrilled to have been a part of each event over the Memorial Day weekend. Initially I was just scheduled to cover the welcome party and wedding. However, Sarah decided to add on rehearsal dinner coverage as well. I am so happy she did! Everyone was dressed to perfection and complimented by a stunning barrel room dinner.

The welcome party, hosted on Meadowood’s croquet lawn was such a special kickoff to the weekend. I loved seeing everyone dressed in all white, looking stylishly casual. There were cocktails, small bites and definitely lots of croquet! This is my first experience with the game of croquet and probably many of the guests as well! There was never a shortage of moments to capture at this event. Sarah and Andrew were all smiles, ready to celebrate with their closest friends and family.

The rehearsal dinner was held at Markham Winery in St. Helena. Andrew’s parents planned and designed an absolutely gorgeous sit down dinner in the barrel room. I loved how stylistically different the rehearsal was in comparison to the wedding the next day. (stay tuned next week for the wedding post!) Both sets of parents looked lovely and so proud of their kids. Even though I left before dinner began, I got to capture some shots of the dining space and woah was it stunning!

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It was a cool spring day in a charming little wine country church that these two said their I Do’s. With just close family and friends in attendance, this couple had a beautiful, traditional church service in Napa followed by a gorgeous golf club reception in Sonoma!

Normally there is a little added stress when there is travel between the ceremony and reception. Especially jumping from one valley to another! But this day was totally different. Everything ran pretty much on time and the couple and their families were very organized, which made my job a whole lot easier! Plus, that drive between venues allowed me to take a breather and prep for the next set of portraits.

This whole day was about spending time with family and friends and just mingling. And with the guest count on the smaller side, I never know how hopping the dance floor is going to get. Well, this crowd danced! I loved seeing almost everyone get onto the dance floor at some point in the evening. And if people were not dancing, they were enjoying a late night beverage and a s’more on the patio. Cheers to this beautiful couple!

Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Mission // Reception Venue: Sonoma Golf Club // Planner: Jennifer of So Eventful // Florals: Vanda Floral // Hair/Makeup: Ulta // Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero // Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // DJ/Photobooth: Boutique DJ’s // Cake: David Blom of The Fairmont // Transportation: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation // Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein

 

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As the week of Melanie and Patrick’s wedding approached, I couldn’t help but get so excited for these two to finally get married! I love that this couple are so different yet compliment each other so well. Patrick is outgoing and the life of the party. Melanie is kind and relaxed. I think they bring out the best in one another and the fact that they both feel so lucky to have the other one, is probably the sweetest thing about them. One incredibly memorable moment from this wedding (among many!) was hearing the story of how this couple came to be. Patrick’s mom, who couldn’t stop smiling the whole day, shared with everyone how she always knew this couple would come together. Years ago, she bought 3 personalized Coca Cola bottles that said Mel & Pat At Last and told her son that they would open them at his wedding. She kept the promise and had them present as she gave her toast. It was a special moment that made everyone smile.

Vendors:

Venue: Trentadue // Hotel Accomodations: Hotel Healdsburg // Planner: Krista with Milestone Events Group // Photography: Caitlin O’Reilly Photography // Florals: Venn Floral // DJ: AMS Entertainment // Caterer: Broadway Catering // Cake/Dessert Bar: Michele’s Corner Cakes // Suits: Bliss Bridal and Black Tie // Bride’s Gown: Mon Cherie purchased at Starlet Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson “Blue” Bridal Line // Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Azazie //

 

 

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