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Friday, May 2, 2014

Napa Nuptials

Words by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of Gideon Photography

When we think of Napa, we think of grape vines and winery weddings. That is why this Napa wedding is so unique! Scott and Kelly decided to host their destination wedding at a private residence, which also happened to be a walnut orchard. Scott and Kelly knew they wanted to have a more intimate wedding at an outdoor location and they were having a hard time finding their perfect spot in their hometown of San Diego, which drove them to Napa – a location near and dear to Kelly’s family. “Napa and the property we were married at has always been a special place for [me and my] family so Scott and I went to visit the site to see if it was possible. Immediately we knew this was where we wanted to say ‘I Do’.”

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Excited by the opportunity to make a vacation out of the event, families and friends were overwhelmingly supportive of the couple’s decision. Scott and Kelly expected only about 100 people to attend the wedding and were pleasantly surprised when 175 RSVP’d. The rustic property had never hosted a wedding before and was quite unique in the fact that it did not have power, parking, lighting, or restrooms. The owners were unbelievably flexible and helpful in finding ways to accommodate the couple, helping them rent generators, busses, restrooms and lighting.

One of the most meaningful aspects of the couple’s wedding was their use of DIY projects. Not only did the couple craft and create most of their décor, but they also got the whole family to participate in helping. “We had a full weekend with both sides of the family (including parents, siblings and grandparents) where we basically did all things “wedding”. From welding the table numbers, to the grandmas stamping stationary and writing signs, everyone was involved,” says the bride.

From welded table numbers and a donut stand to carved wooden signs and creative centerpieces, the couple worked hard at adding their own personal touches to their wedding. The bride purchased discount fabric to drape through the venue, enhancing the rustic look, and used bags of walnuts for seating. The couple also ordered chocolate milk in cardboard boxes to accompany the donuts and provided guests with customized bags of coffee beans with their picture on it.

All in all, the couple feel they spent around the same amount of money they would have, had the wedding been in San Diego. Although the venue was free and they found many ways to save in certain areas, there were still a number of items that added up like the generators and shuttles.

Finally, Kelly reminds other brides to simply relax and be creative. “Remember that the wedding is just one day, and to really just enjoy the whole process and not stress on the little things. It is so easy to get overwhelmed with all you think you should be doing (especially with Pinterest now!), but remember to relax and the more you make it your own, the better. If going down the “destination" route, especially if on a budget, be open to thinking outside the box. We had donuts for desert and ordered our flowers from a grocery store florist which both probably saved us over $5k. We had food stations and a food truck, orange solo cups for keg beer, and other eclectic items that were unique but perfect for us.”

Photographer: Gideon Photo, Wedding Planner: Napa Wedding Source / Pilar Mustafa & Christina Andrews, Ceremony/Reception Site: Private Residence on Dry Creek Road, Napa CA, Florist: Debra Barron, Cake: Donuts from ButterCream Bakery, Hair & Makeup: Bloom Salon, Gown Designer: Casa Blanca Bridal, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Hugo Boss, Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Banana Republic, DJ: Randy Harris from Pacific Entertainment, Custom Coffee Gifts: Lanna Coffee

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