Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Contemporary Carneros: Juliet + Gregor

Juliet and Gregor have great chemistry. Juliet is loud and energetic, while Gregor is calm and thoughtful. They wanted to get married at the very place they began their relationship: The Carneros Inn in the Napa Valley. The Carneros Inn boasts modern luxury at every corner. There are private guest bungalows, exceptional restaurants, and beautiful gardens where you can enjoy a glass of wine and the California sunset.

The ceremony took place at The Carneros Inn Apple Orchard - a small secluded area nestled in amongst the guest cabins. We used the apple orchard as a theme for the ceremony. We created the aisle by simply mowing the lawn shorter in the middle and then lined it with baskets of petite green apples. The overall look was fresh and fun. As guests arrived at the orchard, they were greeted with a fresh lavender lemonade. After the "I-dos", a bagpiper led the recessional - an ode to Gregor's Scottish heritage.

The reception was beautiful in its simplicity. We utilized the clean lines of the ballroom to create a modern, yet elegant setting for dinner and dancing. Guests dined on local, grass-fed filet mignon complemented by wines from Darioush winery - vinted just a few miles from the hotel.

After the band played its last song, guests enjoyed their cocktails in the comfort of a roaring fire in the courtyard. It was an evening filled with love and lots of laughter. Definitely a wedding to be remembered.

My Favorite Detail? I loved the use of white as the main color for the reception. Using white allowed guests to focus on every texture - from the table linens and napkins to the flowers and cake. It all came together seamlessly. Walking into the dinner area, you could see pops of lush green from the centerpieces. Kathleen Deery even incorporated deep purple Champagne grapes into the centerpieces to complete the Napa Valley feeling.

Photography by Meg Smith. Ceremony and reception at the Carneros Inn. Flowers by Kathleen Deery Design. Cake by Perfect Endings. Printed materials by A Day in May Design. Calligraphy by Barbara Callow. Bride's gown by Valentino.

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