Entries in Napa Weddings (5)


Danielle + Brian {Meritage Resort Napa Valley}

What you're going to notice most of all in this blog entry of Danielle and Brian's wedding is the shear happiness glowing from their smiles and faces. There is so much love between this inseparable couple and it shows. Originally meeting in high school as friends but never admitting their love for each other, Danielle and Brian reconnected years later after college, careers and life decisions had filled the time in between. But it didn't take long for them to remember why they loved each other so much and they are once again, inseparable.

Venue: Meritage Resort, Napa Valley
Event Coordinator: Napa Valley Custom Events
Floral Designer: Seasons Floral Design
Cake: Sweet on Cake
Hair/Makeup: Beauty Mark Ink
Officiant: Your Ceremony Matters, Peadar Dalton 



Lisa & Brian :: A Spanish Mission Inspired Wedding

Lisa and Brian's wedding embraced the spirit of authenticity of space. Inspired by the design and style of the historic Sonoma Mission Chapel, the couple created a beautiful ceremony and reception with subtle nuances in respect to the Spanish heritage of the chapel. The reception took place at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and the Spanish theme carried on throughout the evening. What I like about this wedding is that the bride and groom recognized that when your venue is already themed, you don't need to go over the top with staging and decor. All you need are a few elements like bright flowers, sangria, spanish guitar music, cigars and loving friends and family to make the night complete.

Event Planner: Dream a Little Dream Events  Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs
Cake & Catering: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa  
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas  Hair/Makeup: Meaganne McCandess
Gown Designer: Pnina Tornai  Other Fashions: ...And Something Blue
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals  Videographer: Thomas Hughes Films


Food + Wine + Love = Melissa & David

I would like to thank all of the planners who helped make my wedding season in 2010 fun, effortless and full of eye candy!!!!!

Napa Valley , July of 2010…..I had the great pleasure to work with Megan Peters for the first time.  Megan is the talent behind La Vita Bella.  Her smile and grace brought ease and comfort to our bride and groom…..thank you Megan!

Bride and Groom:  Melissa and David, you are such an amazing couple.  Melissa is sweet and so…what is the word….precious!  David – you are her guardian angel.  David towers Melissa by a couple of feet.  When she looks up at him, her smile closes the gap between.  David is a Chef in New York City.  Their wedding was located in the heart of Napa, surrounded by amazing food and great wine. 

Next to the homemade chocolate chip cookies were the guest favors - a handful of printed favorite recipes of David’s, tied to a kitchen towel.   And I’d like to thank Melissa and David for sitting us with the rest of their guests (and at THEIR table) and inviting us to be a part of your delicious wedding dinner celebration!

The weekend kicked off at Brix Restaurant in Napa….in the garden with some of the most AMAZING passed hors d’oeuvres I’ve ever had!  On the morning of the wedding, the bridal party prepared in my new favorite Hotel & Spa - Bardessono in St Helena.

July was a hot day in Napa – but the Mission where they were married was nice and cool:  Holy Family Mission Church in Rutherford.  The reception was timed perfectly – late afternoon, nice and cool, in the garden of one of my favorite restaurants – Tra Vigne in St Helena!

Congratulations David and Melissa – I wish you a lifetime of happiness, fine wine and mouth-watering food!!! 



Gutierrez Wedding at Solage Calistoga

I photographed the Gutierrez's in San Francisco for their engagement session and three months later we were at one of Calistoga's most beautiful hotel properties: Solage Calistoga. The wedding......


Venue: Solage Calistoga

Food: SolBar Napa Valley (Solage's on-site restaurant)

Wedding Cake: Sweetie Pies

Flowers: Valley Flora

Groom's Cake: Alpine Pastry & Cakes

String Trio: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

DJ: Party Professionals


Rachel + Shaw | The Grove | Silverado Resort

Riding around on golf carts in the warm sunlight...a light breeze....beautiful bridal party.....sweet bride and groom....fun and dynamic family.....wonderful band......fantastic vendors......I LOVE MY JOB!  Thank you Rachel and Shaw for having me on your wonderful day!


Silverado Resort Coordinator: Kimberlie Crego

Hair and Makeup: Elise Newman and Darcy Hunt from Primpednapavalley.com (website soon!)

Cards/Calligraphy: Shannon's Calligraphy, Athens, GA

Band:  The Swing Kings

Officiant: Peadar Dalton, Your Ceremony Matters, Sonoma, CA