Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekly Inspiration: Brides + Bonnets

If you love weddings as much as I do, I'm sure you're up early to catch every minute of the Royal Wedding coverage. I'm most looking forward to seeing the bride's gown, but also the colorful assortment of custom hats worn by revelers.

In honor of William and Kate, I just had to share this picture of a bride who loved unique headwear as much as our neighbors across the pond. Commissioned by a milliner in France, she donned this miniature Swedish-style crown for the ceremony. It was made specially for her to replicate the one her mother wore on her wedding day. She then had a little fun by putting on a festive fascinator of greenery for the cocktail reception.

The Royal Wedding is sure to spark trends in the industry. I wonder if American wedding guests will adopt this British tradition in the months to come...

Photography by Michelle Pattee

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Love This: Boys Choirs

There are few things more charming than the sound of children singing. Boys choirs are such a touching addition to a wedding ceremony, whether in a church or a more natural setting like this beautiful redwood grove. These boys from Ragazzi Boys Chorus sounded absolutely angelic, guests couldn't stop talking about how special the ceremony was.

Photography by Thayer Allyson Gowdy.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Napa Valley Wedding: Joanne + Daniel

Joanne and Daniel wanted their wedding to reflect their sophisticated, yet fun style and to share their passion for great food and wine with friends and family across the globe. The couple, two Brits who met and fell in love in Houston, chose the Napa Valley for their destination wedding.

Joanne and Daniel exchanged "I-dos" amongst enormous Weeping Willow trees on the grounds of a gorgeous private estate in Calistoga. After cocktails on the lake, guests were led up to dinner and dancing by a bagpiper. Joanne's family kicked off the evening with two hilarious toasts, including one from Joanne's sister that was an all-out Fresh Prince of Bel Air style rap about the couple. (A first!) Guests spent the evening laughing, dancing, and indulging in special treats like a cigar bar and bananas foster station from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering.

Photography by Meg Smith. Catering by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. Florals by Kathleen Deery Design. Cake from Perfect Endings. Dance music from Pop Fiction and Ceremony music from Golden Gate Strings through Innovative Entertainment. Bride's hair and make-up by Jim Avila. Antique convertible from Antique Tours Limousine and Teal Rolls Royce from Mosaic Transportation. Invitations and menu cards from Union Street Papery. Escorts  from PS Paper. Linens from LaTavola. Videography by Lola Video. Calligraphy from Barbara Callow.

Monday, April 4, 2011

As Seen In: Style Me Pretty

Woop Woop! Style Me Pretty featured Joanne and Daniel's Napa Valley Wedding last week and we couldn't have been more thrilled! Check out the full feature here and check back here for more photos later this week. Thanks Abby! Photo by Meg Smith. *Update: we're experiencing some technical difficulties, but should have this post ready soon. Thanks for your patience!
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