Thursday, March 11, 2010

Romantic Napa Valley: Neely + Adam

As people go, there is no one more radiant than Neely. She is bubbly, fun, and simply lovely to be around. Neely is a romantic to the core and really wanted her wedding to be an intimate celebration with close family and friends. We put together a stunning palette of dusty pinks and creams, tons of candlelight, and lots of lush garden roses to create the romantic look she was striving for. Neely and Adam picked one of my favorite private estates in the Napa Valley for their ceremony and reception - a magnificent home with gorgeous gardens and extraordinary outdoor space. And despite the threat of rain on her wedding day, Neely was as bright as the California sunshine.

The ceremony was beautiful. It's simple palette of whites and greens was elevated to ethereal with a lush white rose petal aisle. After the ceremony, guests cocktailed by the pond and indulged in a seafood bar - a favorite of the bride and groom. For dinner, we set 2 long tables with exquisite arrangements of pastel garden roses, dahlias, and hydrangea under a canopy of trees. Ladies were even greeted with a perfectly placed posy at their seat. Guests dined by candlelight and later danced the evening away to the Durell Coleman Band. 

My favorite detail? The long tables with the candles hanging from the trees were perfect for the romantic wedding Neely desired. The combination of the candlelight and laughter from the guests created such a magical evening.

Photography by Meg Smith. Ceremony and reception at a private estate in the Napa Valley. Catering by Paula Le Duc Fine Catering. Flowers by Kathleen Deery Design. Cake by Perfect Endings. Bride's hair and make-up by Wallett. Bride's gown by Oscar de la Renta.

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