When Karen and George planned their September wine country wedding, they knew it was about the special details. Between the natural beauty of Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch and the personal elements the couple incorporated from start to finish, the pair created a free-spirited and unforgettable celebration.
Karen and her six bridesmaids got ready in a private home in the idyllic Napa Valley. After taking some photos outside in the vineyard and on the backyard swing set, the ladies moved indoors to swap their silk robes for gowns. The bride selected a light and airy color palette that was perfectly fitting for the outdoor occasion. Her bridesmaids wore soft blush, which paired beautifully with the bouquets of white and pink by Nancy Liu Chin. After slipping into her stunning Pronovias wedding gown, Karen posed for bridal portraits around the spacious estate.
George and his groomsmen prepped at a home nearby, donning some trendy California sunglasses to meet up with the bridal party. Before being permitted to see the bride, however, George and his men had to complete a series of goofy tasks selected by the bridesmaids. After passing a chopstick down the line (no hands allowed!) and doing a series of yoga poses in the yard, the groom finally got to see his blissful bride.
Before the wedding ceremony, Karen and George honored their families and cultural backgrounds with a traditional tea ceremony. Karen wore a red cheongsam for this portion of the festivities. The bride and groom served tea to their parents and extended family as a way to show their gratitude and respect, while family members shared last-minute words of wisdom and encouragement before the vows. The couple received gifts in red envelopes – the color of luck – as well as engraved gold jewelry.
After the tea ceremony, Karen slipped back into her wedding gown – and knocked the socks off her groom when he got his first look. Before heading to Long Meadow Ranch, the couple and their wedding party posed for pictures in the expansive vineyards along the property. The property was sun-soaked and bright, which was completely appropriate for the goofy, fun loving wedding party.
Karen and George said, “I do,” at the Farmstead in a gorgeous, open-air ceremony infused with unique, personal touches. The altar was fashioned in breezy white drapery and lush green garlands, and the aisle was lined with large white lanterns and pink flowers. Guests received a custom program made to look like a glossy magazine, the couple’s dogs took part in the procession, and Karen and George shared personal vows they’d written themselves. The couple also took time to give heartfelt thanks to their parents during the ceremony. From start to finish, the ceremony was charmingly distinctive and touching.
The Farmstead space was transformed for the reception, and the rows of chairs were replaced with various sizes of rustic wooden tables. The long farmhouse tables were decorated with white runners topped with floral arrangements in shades of pink, golden accents, and rustic white lanterns. The couple opted to sit in the center of the long center table, which was fitting for the welcoming, interactive occasion they created.
After the sun went down, strings of market lights lit up the deep blue sky. Venus Wei from La Vie Douce Design created a beautiful wedding cake with cascading pink and white flowers, but that certainly wasn’t the only sweet treat. The couple spoiled guests with an entire sparkling dessert bar, filled with macaroons, panna cotta, green tea mousse, and more. Karen and George munched on late night s’mores from a bonfire before moving inside to dance with their loved ones to the tunes mixed by Spintronix. It’s not easy to one-up the natural beauty of Napa Valley, but the authentic love and happiness radiating from Karen and George’s wedding undoubtedly stole the show that night.
Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
Prep Locations: Private Estates, Napa
Coordination: Charmed Events Group
Hair and Makeup: Joli De Jackie
Floral: Nancy Liu Chin Designs
Dessert and Wedding Cake: La Vie Douce Design
Photobooth: Ellen Lin