Wilhelmina & Dan

Wilhelmina & Dan

Wilhelmina & Dan

Napa Valley, California

As you prepare for your wedding day, you may find yourself ‘pinning’ images to your Pinterest board or snapping a picture for Instagram. The prevalence of social media often means that today’s brides have a plethora of resources at the tip of her fingers. As such, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the entire process of planning for your special day. Our advice is to keep it simple by personalizing your wedding design to reflect your own unique preferences. For instance, our bride “Wilhelmina has a fun personality and she loves color; mustard yellow is her favorite. We kept the ceremony a neutral color palette but brought in lots of vibrant yellows, pinks, and champagne tones for the f lowers on the tables,” notes f loral designer Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers. “We used lots of bright colors, but grounded them with some more subdued, muddy versions of the colors, so that they felt fitting for the early spring wedding.” When every event on the day of the wedding occurs at a different venue, this usually adds a layer of complexity for guests who must factor in more time and energy into getting from point A to B, which may lead to a series of unpleasant experiences to an otherwise celebratory occasion. “The flow of an event is extremely important,”Arons emphasizes. “The event needs to progress in an organic way at the venue, and be designed with the guests’ comfort in mind. It is also an opportunity to treat your friends and family to new experiences through the wedding. Almost all of my events have some sort of ‘reveal,’ where guests are invited into a new space. I find it reenergizes the party and makes for a memorable wedding over all.”

“Wilhelmina has a fun personality and she loves color; mustard yellow is her favorite. We kept the ceremony a neutral color palette but brought in lots of vibrant yellows, pinks, and champagne tones for the flowers on the tables,” notes floral designer Sarah Winward

SOURCES

  • photographer Jose Villa
  • design & production Laurie Arons Special Events
  • floral design Sarah Winward
  • bride’s gown Les Pose di giÒ
  • veil Joan Gilbert Bride
  • bride’s shoes Dolce Gabbana
  • venue Durham Ranch
  • catering Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
  • table tops Casa de Perrin
  • ceremony music Carlos Reyes
  • dinner music Voodoo Lounge
  • dance band James Gang
  • lighting Got Light
  • cake Perfect Endings
  • sound Delicate Sound
  • rentals Classic Party Rentals
  • linen rentals La Tavola
  • hair & makeup Jim Avila
  • photobooth MVS Studio
  • candles Creative Candles
  • calligraphy Curlicue Designs
  • paper goods A Day in May

Whether you enlist the help of friends and family or choose to hire a professional team of vendors, selecting the right team that can bring your vision to life is crucial. After all, you are entrusting that the people you bring on board will understand your vision, and ensure that you can focus on the most important part of your special day: getting married. But not all vendors are created equal and it is important to understand what your vendor will or will not do, the scope of his/her experience, and quite frankly, if you will enjoy working with the vendor throughout the entire process. Take the time to do your homework and interview each vendor prior to bringing him/her on board. You may wish to inquire if the vendor has previously collaborated together on a wedding with another vendor from your list since it helps ensure that planning for your wedding will be a seamless process for all parties involved. Once you have narrowed down your final choices, remember to secure a written contract that clearly outlines the terms of the agreement.

When every event on the day of the wedding occurs at a different venue, this usually adds a layer of complexity for guests who must factor in more time and energy into getting from point A to B, which may lead to a series of unpleasant experiences to an otherwise celebratory occasion. “The flow of an event is extremely important,”Arons emphasizes. “The event needs to progress in an organic way at the venue, and be designed with the guests’ comfort in mind. It is also an opportunity to treat your friends and family to new experiences through the wedding. Almost all of my events have some sort of ‘reveal,’ where guests are invited into a new space. I find it reenergizes the party and makes for a memorable wedding over all.”

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