I’ve heard people refer to Meadowood as ‘heaven in the redwoods.’ It also happens to be nestled in some of the world’s most coveted wine country in St. Helena, Napa. The resort’s restaurant has been bestowed with three Michelin stars, so the food is divine as well. I couldn’t think of a better place for two people that love fine wine and food to get hitched. I had the pleasure of getting to know Carolyn’s warm family when I shot her brother’s wedding in Maui last year, so I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. After a low-key morning Carolyn and Mike were married just before twilight under the trees, and then moved to a multi-course dinner accompanied by some of the best wine in the world. Throughout the day it was a joy to see how much Carolyn’s family and friends delight in them, and how much they had fun celebrating together in a place they love. The day was also filled with a bunch of fun details and surprises. From the groom’s turkey-cake (see below), to the break dancers that showed up to get the dancing started, to favors that included Blue Bottle coffee and a candy bar with Chicago’s world famous Garrett’s popcorn, the day seemed to start fantastically and just keep getting better. And did I mention I have never, ever, ever seen such fantastic wine at a wedding? Of course shooting two beautiful people who are utterly in love with each other made my job pretty easy too. Simply perfect.
Location: Meadowood Napa Luxury Resort, Coordinator: Lauren Bates of Meadowood, Dress: Jim Hjelm, customized by designer Francesca Pitera, Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo & custom sneakers by New Balance, DJ/MC: Sana Khamphouvong owner of Platinum Productions, Ceremony Musicians: Music To Go, Suit: Ralph Lauren, Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew, Groom’s Ring: Custom made by Albert Zuger , Brides rings: custom made by Leon Mege, Ceremony and Reception Flowers: Pacific Callas, designed and assembled by mothers. Ceremony Bouquets and boutonnieres: Tesoro Flowers, Linens: Wine Country Party & Events, Hair and make-up: Diane Catorc of Artists by Sherrie Long, Necklace: Bebe, Earings: Stella Dot, Favors: Candy bar from Candy Warehouse, Coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee, and Popcorn from Garrett Popcorn, Officient: Gordon Lundy, Invitations, escort cards, and signs: Hello Lucky, Envelope Calligraphy: The Caligraphy Lady, Escort Cards Calligraphy: Pen Dance, Crush Sodas from Beverages Direct, Cake and Groom’s Cake: Perfect Endings, Table Signs by Jenna Sue Design