Napa Destination Wedding and Luxury Guest Experience…..those were the first words I heard from my bride, Amy who wanted to travel from Shanghai, China to the Napa Valley to get married. At first I thought she was kidding, after all, she contacted me in July to plan, design and coordinate her wedding…..in October of the same year. So with a little less than four months, more than twelve hours’ time difference and a language barrier between me and most guests, I set out to plan her dream wedding.
The whirlwind wedding would include a welcome reception on the Napa River at the River Terrace Inn – our host hotel for the weekend with wine, figs, bruschetta and fabulous local cheeses, followed by a light stroll over to one of downtown Napa’s best restaurants….Fish Story (and that’s just day one).
Day two started out with a hearty breakfast and a champagne toast & tour at Mumm Napa….then our own private winery estate for the afternoon at Flora Springs (complete with a cave tour, barrel tasting, grape picking and lunch on the terrace).
But what wine country destination event would be complete without a good old fashioned Grape Stomp…which we thoroughly enjoyed at Grgich Hills Winery….
Day three…wedding day…some of the guests went hot air ballooning, some played golf and others took in a spa treatment….but one thing was for sure, they were ready to dance the night away with the bride and groom….so who better than one of the hottest Latin Bands in the Bay Area…..Oye Productions….from welcome, to ceremony, cocktails and beyond….Latin rhythms kept the mood light and the feet moving….
Wedding day at Auberge Du Soleil….one of the Napa Valley’s most prestigious resorts, was nothing short of magical. The ceremony started just as the sun was snuggling up in the sky and cast the perfect amount of heat and light on everyone…especially the bride in her Cathedral veil and Vera Wang dress……a dress I picked which she never saw until ten days prior to the wedding (talk about a wedding planner sweating bullets). The ceremony was translated into Chinese by a good family friend and was unapologetically funny, endearing and sweet.
After our Michelin star rated dinner, guests were invited into the Lounge….filled with sultry furnishings, and candle light and now…the full Latin band….nothing but dancing till the end.
Special Thanks to our Creative Partners:
Wedding Planner & Event Designer: Tamara J Events
Photography: Brian MacStay Photography
Second Shooter: TJ Salsman
Photographic Assistant: Dario Leventini
Flowers: Wine Country Flowers
Hair & Make Up: Bella Bridal
Wedding Cake: Patiserrie Angelica
Transportation: California Wine Tours
Music: Oye Productions
Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, Hartmann Studios and Tamara J Events & Design
Stationary – Union Street Papery
Bridal Gown: Vera Wang
Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Company
Guest Accommodations: River Terrace Inn
Wedding Venue: Auberge Du Soleil – Rutherford, CA
Officiant – Father Jim Thomas of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sonoma
Have a fabulous day,