French Theme Wedding in Napa Valley

We love this story of two people from different parts of the world connecting - Chasa from San Diego and Sebastien from Paris, meeting a la Americana during none other than a Super Bowl Party. For the next month they courted each other. During a trip to Las Vegas with friends, they decided to take things up a notch and take a mini excursion to the Grand Canyon without their friends. After the trip and on their flight back to San Francisco, the bride shared with us, she knew he was the one. During the next two years, the unlikely couple moved in together, visited France, where Chasa met her future in-laws, and got engaged. To honor the way they met, Sebastien proposed during a Super Bowl Party two years later.

The couple wed at St. Helena Catholic Church. The reception at Long Meadow Ranch and Winery in Napa Valley was the perfect location for the couple’s American and French cultures to meld, hence the theme: Oui Are Family. Chasa wore Joni, our bohemian lace wedding dress with a capelet with a crystal beaded belt. She looked stunning, and we are happy to have been a small part of making this bride’s vision a reality. Congratulations to Chasa and Sebastien!

Intimate Wine Country Wedding at Auberge du Soleil

Being Cal Bears ourselves, we’re suckers for UC Berkeley romances, and Priya and Will’s is no exception. They were assigned the same dorm, and Priya and her roommates found themselves living in the room directly above Will and his roommates. Priya and Will connected in one of the campus’ study lounges and their love has blossomed ever since.  

Will and Priya chose to celebrate their wedding at Auberge du Soleil in California’s wine country.  In Priya’s words: “We wanted a very intimate and small wedding in wine country filled with romance, laughter, and love from our closest family and friends.”  Priya absolutely glowed in Reagan, a lace trumpet wedding dress with a full tulle skirt, accessorized with a sparkling embroidered and beaded crystal bridal belt all by San Francisco Wedding Dress Designer Trish Lee. The combination of lace and tulle created a romantic and elegant look for Priya that perfectly suited the intimate surroundings. Congratulations to Priya and Will!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Ken Viale

Mid-Century Modern Wedding

With a minimalist vision and a sophisticated eye, Scott and Kiyoka created an intimate wedding putting their friends and family to work. Mother-of-the-bride and friend were in charge of the flowers and cake, while-father-of-the-bride hand selected five wines and a bubbly from his wine shop. The bridesmaids crafted two signature cocktails in honor of the bride and groom – the Pink Salty Dog: vodka, pink grapefruit juice, Campari with a salt rimmed glass and the Derby Day Punch: bourbon, elderflower, mint leaves, and chamomile. Kiyoka chose the Charlotte wedding dress for its soft architectural lines. Crafted of four-ply silk crepe, the gown complemented the home’s stark modern lines seamlessly. The reception featured amazing eats from a local caterer, simple lawn games – corn hole, bocce ball, and croquet, and live music performed by a friend and guest, Alex Cornell. With a little ingenuity, creative friends and family, their dream wedding came to life.

Photography: Ben Blood

The  Charlotte's  soft cowl neckline highlights the stark lines of Summerhill House. 

The Charlotte's soft cowl neckline highlights the stark lines of Summerhill House. 

Friend of the couple,  Alex Cornell , warms up. 

Friend of the couple, Alex Cornell, warms up. 

The delicate Swarovski crystal embellished belt add just the right amount of sparkle. 

The delicate Swarovski crystal embellished belt add just the right amount of sparkle. 

The bride picture perfect in the  Charlotte  wedding gown. 

The bride picture perfect in the Charlotte wedding gown. 

Fabric covered buttons add polish to the back of the  Charlotte  wedding dress. 

Fabric covered buttons add polish to the back of the Charlotte wedding dress. 

Homemade cocktails, yes please.

Homemade cocktails, yes please.

The cavalry. 

The cavalry. 

Peach dahlias brighten up the bridal bouquet. 

Peach dahlias brighten up the bridal bouquet. 

The bridesmaids wore their own dresses in shades of cream. 

The bridesmaids wore their own dresses in shades of cream. 

Modern garden party.

Modern garden party.

Let them eat cake. 

Let them eat cake. 

Reclaimed metal wedding bands by  D&H Sustainable Jewelers . 

Reclaimed metal wedding bands by D&H Sustainable Jewelers