Our Wedding 10.20.12

Happy second anniversary Dan! michele-m-waite-auberge-du-soleil-wedding-napa041

I cannot believe it has already been 2 years since our wedding day. Planning our wedding was such a fun time; I loved being engaged and all that entailed (so many fun moments and things to look forward too!), but being married to Dan is even better ;)  I haven’t posted about it here yet because I wasn’t sure where to begin, but I think our anniversary is a good place to start. And with our anniversary being on a Monday, why not go ahead and do a little wedding-themed week?

We got married on October 20, 2012 at Auberge du Soleil in the Napa Valley. I’ve always been drawn to destination weddings – they offer the chance to bring your closest loved ones together for an unforgettable weekend of celebration – and we were able to do just that. Our families got to spend more time together, our friends bonded and now we all have that weekend to look back on together, from wine tastings to room parties to the actual wedding! When it came to picking a destination, California was the right choice for us for several reasons: reliable/gorgeous weather, lots of things to do for our out-of-town guests, and it is simply a place we both love. After a little deliberation between Napa and Palm Springs, Napa it was. It is easier to get to – just a one hour drive from San Francisco – and we have some friends and family already near there, not to mention, its Napa Valley. ‘Nuff said!

It was a truly amazing weekend filled with love, family, friends and wine! Memories were made, and best of all, I got to marry my best friend. Happy anniversary Dan!

I would like to share some photos of the day, if you don’t mind, all taken by our awesome photographer Michele M. Waite.


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michele-m-waite-auberge-du-soleil-wedding-napa067I’ll be back tomorrow with my top advice for planning a wedding, from my point of view. Rehearsal/welcome dinner and brunch coming soon too!

Our Vendors

Photographer: Michèle M. Waite

Day-of coordinator: Erin Lail and Brittany Payton (from Auberge du Soleil)
Ceremony & Reception: Auberge du Soleil
Officiant: Reverend Peadar Dalton
Invitation Designer: Jennifer Harrison (my maid of honor – contact me for her info!)
Florist: Nancy Liu Chin
Cake/Dessert Station: Patisserie Angelica
Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore
Bridal Accessories: Head piece – Jenny Packham; Shoes – Jimmy Choo; Earrings – Badgley Mischka; Bracelet – Links of London
Bridesmaids Apparel & Accessories: Dresses: BCBG
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: Ralph Lauren Black Label & Hugo Boss
Hair & Make-up: Sherrie Long
DJ: David Carvalho
Live Music: Eloquence Stings
Transportation: California Wine Tours
Rentals: Wine Country Rentals
Rings: Hers – Dimend Scaasi; His – Bario Neal
On Site Detailer/Seamstress: Heidi Johnson, Wedding De-Tailor
Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

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