Erica + Pat: California Vineyard Destination Wedding

People often ask me, “Do you travel for weddings?” YES! I love to travel. So I was thrilled to head out to Napa in California for Pat and Erica’s vineyard wedding. And let me tell you, it was quite a shindig!

wedding dress
groom getting ready
bride trying on her shoes
bride getting ready in gown

Time for Pat and Erica to do their “first look”….

first look between bride and groom

Flower…lots of flowers!

wedding ceremony flowers
wedding ceremony flowers

A little hairstyle change for the ceremony…

groom waiting for bride
bride walking down the aisle with her father
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California vineyard wedding Napa Valley

After the ceremony, I whisked them away in the golf cart for a few casual portraits.

bride and groom after vineyard wedding
bridal bouquet and cowboy boots

Keep an eye out for those boots. I’m serious! But first, let’s go to the dinner tent.

california vineyard wedding reception tent

Old family photos greeted guests as they arrived for dinner. One table for the bride’s family – another for the groom’s.

The florist created 18 unique centerpieces!

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rustic elegance steampunk themed wedding centerpieces
rustic elegance steampunk themed wedding centerpieces
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bride and groom first dance
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bride and groom first dance california destination wedding
bride and groom first dance california destination wedding

Pure, unadulterated emotion. I love it!

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bride and groom first dance california destination wedding
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california destination wedding photographer

california destination wedding photographer
california destination wedding photographer

I told you the boots would show up again.

bride in cowboy boots

After dinner, guests walked (or took the shuttle bus) down to the reception barn, which was made up like a speakeasy. One word – SAZERAC!

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california destination wedding photographer
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california destination wedding photographer barn wedding reception

If you need a getaway car, this vintage Packard will suit nicely!

california destination wedding photographer sunset portraits
california destination wedding photographer bride and groom at sunset
california destination wedding photographer bride and groom at sunset
california destination wedding photographer bride and groom at sunset
california destination wedding photographer bride and groom at sunset

I have to say, you have some nice sunsets California! Now let’s take a closer look at that barn decor…

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california destination wedding photographer speakeasy wedding reception

Topped off by cake inspired by a photo Erica and Pat saw of a floor covered in pennies.

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california destination wedding photographer steampunk wedding cake
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Now it is time to party!

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california destination wedding photographer speakeasy wedding reception
california destination wedding photographer speakeasy wedding reception
california destination wedding photographer speakeasy wedding reception
california destination wedding photographer speakeasy wedding reception
california destination wedding photographer speakeasy wedding reception

Thank you, Erica and Pat, for having me there to document this amazing event. I look forward to getting back to California for more weddings!

Creative Team:
Caterer: Sage Catering
Event Planner: Julie Atwood Events
Floral Designer: MARIA PHILBIN FLORAL DESIGN
Musicians: The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
Reception Venue:  Julie Atwood Events
Cinema and Video: Weddings on Film
Dress Designer: Olivia Gown, Wtoo by Watters
Other: Best Beverage Catering
Cake Designer: Pretty Please Bakeshop
DJ: DJ Bob Duskis, 6 Degrees Records,Sound Expressions
Lighting: Twilight Design
Linens and Coverings: Classic Party Rentals,La Tavola Fine Linen
Equipment Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals,Blueprint Studios
Makeup Artist: Betten
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Transportation: California Wine Tours,Classic Convertible Wine Tours
Assistant Photographers – Rob Fadtke and Vinh Nguyen

 

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