On this rainy summer day I can’t help but wonder about this weekend’s brides, their planners and vendors, all scrambling and working out possible weather backup plans! Luckily it looks to be a beautiful weekend ahead, but I’m thinking back to Karla and Chris’s amazing wedding at The Vintage Estate where we DID have to deal with an emergency backup plan.
A wedding in May in the Napa Valley…what could be more perfect? The green lush vineyards, sunny warm weather, summer just around the corner…unless you are hit with an unexpected storm on your outdoor wedding and reception! Luckily, Karla and Chris are one of the greatest couples a planner could hope for, and we smiled, and jumped right into planning for rain, wind, cold and anything else the weather gods could throw at us.
The heart of their wedding was the focus on friends and family, celebrating with a large group of loved ones. These two love to have fun, and they scheduled a weekend of great events for their guests. Most of the guests stayed at one of the two hotels on property in Yountville, and enjoyed all of the town’s amazing cuisine, wine and shopping. The band, candy and dessert display, and food and beverage menus were all crafted to create a fun party, with an emphasis on celebration!
Karla and Chris selected an elegant mix of cream, black and green tones for the wedding, highlighting the green surroundings of the venue. The bridesmaids were striking in black cocktail dresses with the maid of honor’s dress mirroring the bridal gown’s fit and flare silhouette. The ceremony took place under an arch created from curly willow and oak branches, highlighting cream garden roses and blackberries. A meaningful touch for the bride was her bouquet, wrapped in a beaded ribbon cut from her grandmother’s wedding veil.
The morning of the wedding the skies were clear but cool, and three large event tents were installed, with heating and beautiful lighting, to keep everyone comfortable for the night. As guests moved from the outdoor seated dinner to the barrel room for dancing and desserts, the rain started to fall, making a beautiful night even more romantic.
Photos courtesy of Molly Watson Photography
Wedding Coordination by Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events, www.suzyberberianweddings.com
Photography by Molly Watson Photography, www.mollywatsonphotography.com
Location/Catering by The Vintage Estate, www.thevintageestate.com
Officiant: Family Friend Domingo Garcia
Hair by Kien Hoang, Umbrella Salon, www.umbrellasalon.com
Makeup by Emy Vo, Umbrella Salon, www.umbrellasalon.com
Floral by Traci Terrick Weddings, www.traciterrickweddings.com
Desserts by Penelope Jane, www.penelopejane.com
Music by Busta-Groove, www.busta-groove.com
Rentals by Classic Party Rentals Napa-Sonoma, http://napasonoma.classicpartyrentals.com/
Transportation: California Wine Tours, www.californiawinetours.com