Thursday, July 30, 2009

Modern Elegance in the Napa Valley: Susan + Ben

After Ben proposed, Susan looked far and wide to find a unique backdrop for their vows. The college sweethearts reside in New York, but wanted a Napa Valley wedding that reflected their sophisticated style. The couple decided upon a beautiful private estate in Calistoga for their ceremony and cocktails, but really wanted a reception location that would let their guests dance until midnight. Luckily, Solage Calistoga, a gorgeous eco-friendly hotel, had just opened. Solage is one of the only properties in the Napa Valley that allows amplified music until 12am.

The private estate in Calistoga provided the perfect backdrop for an intimate ceremony and cocktail hour. Paula Le Duc Fine Catering created many delicious hors d'oeuvres perfect for the occassion. Following cocktails, guests were transported to Solage, where they dined upon courses prepared with local, fresh organic ingredients and danced to the tunes of The Fundamentals until midnight, of course!

My favorite detail? Susan wanted to surprise Ben with his favorite snack of "pigs in a blanket" at the wedding. The chefs at Solage made a gourmet version: hot dogs from Niman Ranch surrounded by fresh pastry dough. We passed them out as late night snacks and they were devoured. Delicious!

Photography by Miguel Fairbanks. Flowers by Kathleen Deery Design. Ceremony and cocktails held at a private estate in Calistoga, CA. Cocktail reception caterer Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. Reception at Solage Calistoga. Cake by Perfect Endings. Hair and make-up by Wallett Luberich. Printed materials by A Day in May Design.

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