Colleen & Shane | Tra Vigne & Merryvale | St. Helena, California

Colleen & Shane's love story seems to be straight out of one of our favorite chick flicks. These two met at a baggage claim carousel in Las Vegas while waiting for their luggage. Shane slyly approached Colleen where they sparked a conversation and quickly learned that they were both originally from the same home town of Saskatoon. Even more, both were currently living in Calgary and knew a lot of the same people, and yet they just had never met. Fate played its lovely role in bringing these two together, and we are still in awe of how romantic their love story truly is.  

Intimate weddings always speak to us in an extra special way. There's something to be said about being surrounded by your closest loved ones on your big day and being able to share in all the excitement with all of your guests in such an intimate way. Colleen & Shane chose to go this route, with a cozy guest count of 30. Their romantic dining table set in the cask room at Merryvale was adorned with tall candelabras that created a classic centerpiece of dim candlelight with simple white floral details and glass accents. They wanted to embrace a cozy dinner with their dearest. The intimate dinner setting was the highlight of the entire event with bold rich tones the black chivari chairs and centerpieces  to compliment the dark wood accents throughout the barrel room. 

A huge thanks to all of our wonderful vendors from this event: 

Ceremony Venue: Tra Vigne

Reception Venue: Merryvale

Caterer: Tra Vigne

Photographer: Richard Wood

Ceremony Music: Bella Rosa Strings

Florist: La Fleuriste

Hair & Makeup: Katie Nash

Erin + Victor

We are loving the bold purple hues that were set into this classic white toned wedding!  The lovely couple celebrated their special day at Trentadue Winery in Geyserville, Ca, surrounded by lush vineyards, giant oaks and fresh summer air.  They used rustic wine barrels and iron candelabras to embrace their Spanish-infused Wine Country wedding.

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Planner: l’Relyea Events | Lindsey Relyea
Venue: Trentadue Winery
Caterer: Park Avenue Catering
Ceremony Officiant: Brian Plaugher
Photographer: Jennifer Bagwell
Ceremony/Reception Music: AMS
Cocktail Music: Jay Alverez, Guitarrist
Florist: Fleurs de France
Wedding Cake: Cousteaux
Transportation: California Wine Tours
Rentals: Wine Country Party 
Rentals Video: Uforia Films

Stephanie & Alex

Nothing is more appealing than a fun, relaxed wedding at a family property that holds so many valued memories.  We were thrilled to hear that Stephanie wanted to get married at her parents estate property, and over the several months leading up to her wedding we transformed their family abode to a wedding destination to host 250 of their nearest and dearest. Set in Healdsburg, Ca. this country estate wedding encompasses family, friends and new memories making this day one to remember. Truly a labor of love, everything from the floral design, handmade wooden signage, to the desserts were made by family and friends.  It is easy to see how much thought and love went into each little detail and that is what makes this wedding even more special.                  

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Planner: Lindsey l’Relyea Events
Venue/Caterer: Jim, Black Bean BBQ
Ceremony Officiant: Sanhya Jea
Photographer: To Amaze
Ceremony Music: Way Out West Band
Reception Music: Verducci Entertainment
Florist: Darla Fairlee, Aunt | Dragonfly Floral
Wedding Cake: The Flour Girl, Cake | Desserts made by the Bridal Party
Transportation: Family Friends | Avis Rentals
Hair & Makeup:Guys & Dolls Salon
Rentals: Encore Rentals and Wine Country Party
Stationary: Handmade by the bride

Brooke + Robert

Brooke and Robert are a couple that embodies the unique culture of North Cal. The love birds, who met from a chance encounter at a convenience store in SF, desired a wedding that was “casual, but stylish” with a twist on some of the traditional aspects. Their sweet ceremony took place at the very quaint General Vallejo’s Home, a historical house located just a short walk from Sonoma's town square.  After the “I Dos”, the wedding party and guests marched down the street playing instruments as they followed behind the band. They were creating a symphony to announce the joyous harmony of Brooke and Robert’s union. The parade would end at El Dorado Kitchen, where the party would begin. The restaurant itself has a very rustic, yet chic atmosphere. To compliment the organic ambiance, each guest had their own personalized stamped wood coins at their seat; these will make memorable ornaments on their Christmas tree this year. We also enlisted the help of the talented Lidia of La Flueriste to design natural tablescapes of flowers, herbs, and vegetables. The Newly Weds wanted to approach their reception like a “big party” that “not only celebrates the fact that we are getting married, but also a celebration of all the people we love”. With half of their guests from Germany, they wanted to blend the family traditions and help with ice breakers at the dining tables. Each guest was given “fact” cards to match up with other guests at their table. It was really fun to watch everyone bond over dinner. Rather than a traditional guest book, Brooke and Robert decided to have 6 wine bottles labeled for each of their first 6 anniversaries of marriage. Guests were asked to impart words of wisdom or written love notes for the couple to read on each bottles respective anniversary. By the end of the night, it wasn’t hard to see why this couple had fallen in love. Through the laughter, blessed tears, and gleeful merging of families, it was apparent these two would be together for many years longer than their guest book elixir would last them.

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Planner: l’Relyea Events 
Ceremony Venue: General Vallejo’s Home
Ceremony Officiant: Lili Goodman Freitas
Reception Venue: El Dorado Kitchen & Hotel 
Reception Music:  Premier productions
Photographer: Rebecca Gosselin  
Florist: Lidia of La Fleuriste
Transportation: Sebastiani Trolly, Vinatge Cab: William Valley  
Hair & Makeup: Salon Novo - Hair: Andrea  & Makeup: Alan 
Rentals: Big 4 Rents

Real Wedding: Tanya + Chris

This chic {and ridiculously gorgeous!} couple wanted to offer their guests a wine country experience that captured their NYC lifestyle. After searching high and low they found the perfect setting for their September wedding in Calistoga, Ca. Guests flew in from the East Coast for an early start to their weekend which kicked off with a rehearsal dinner in the wine caves of Clos Pegase Winery and spent the rest of the weekend wine tasting at a few favorite Napa Valley wineries, cruising through the quaint town on their bikes, and basking by the mineral pools in Calistoga. The highlight, of course, was their modern wine country nuptials at Solage Calistoga.

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Photography: Brett Butterstein | Planning & Design: l'Relyea Events | Venue: Solage Calistoga | Floral: EV Floral Design | DJ: Spintronix Entertainment LLC | Cake: Perfect Endings | Rentals: Wine County Party

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