This nature-inspired shoot features simple elegance with a clean and crisp white and green color palette with hints of gold. Organic elements with evergreens and pinecones blend perfectly with the snowy Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop. Lots of earthy wedding ideas mountain brides can incorporate into their wedding day.
The Wedding Team
Photographer: Ryann Winn Photography | Design and Decor: Chic Unique Vintage Rentals & Events | Floral Designer: Fleur de Fou | Invitation Designer: Willow Hope Designs | Calligrapher: Sincerely, Dearest | Cookies: Its All Sugar To Me | Equipment Rentals: Classy Event Rentals | Bridesmaid Dresses: Ava Clara Couture Bridal | Dress Designer: Truly Yours Bridal and Formal | Makeup Artist: Simply Elegant by Audra | Hair Stylist: Enchanted Styles | Jewelry: Petite Margaux Bridal Jewelry | Shoes: Ralph Lauren | Etsy Designer: Over the Moon Bridal | Location: Wintergreen Resort
Meghon & Sam | Napa Valley, California
From the bride: We held our wedding at Sam’s parent’s house in St. Helena, California. Our guests were amazed that a beautiful mountain setting like this existed in the Napa Valley.
Romantic and nature-inspired with a slate blue and copper color palette.
I was the second to wear a veil that is being passed down “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” style with my best friends.
The ceremony space was tucked back near the mountain in what used to be a river bed. It is surrounded by hundred-year-old oak trees and the ground is scattered with the most beautiful slivers of obsidian. We knew we wanted our ceremony design to be simple and understated as to not take away from the natural elements.
Sam’s 91-year-old grandfather is a published author and poet, and he recited a poem he wrote especially for us. It was so special and nearly brought everyone to tears.
The reception took place on the lawn and deck of the backyard. It was the perfect size for our 80 guests.
We wanted to keep the décor soft and understated so we went with a solid ivory table linen and grey napkins. The florals were light peach, blush, and white to complement the copper chargers.
We wanted to give our guests something truly unique to the Napa Valley. A family friend owns Napa Valley Olive Oil Manufacturing, which was founded right in St. Helena, so we knew mini bottles of olive oil would be the perfect gifts for our guests. We included little tags that read “Thank you with olive our hearts”. I’ve been to weddings where dozens of favors get left behind, but we didn’t end up with any extras. They were a huge hit!
THE PLACE CARDS
I had been practicing my hand lettering for months because it was really important to me to make all of the signs and place cards at our wedding. I thought it would be so special to look back and be able to say that I had written them all myself. Our place cards were 2” Carrara marble tiles with guest’s names written in copper ink. It was very tedious, but I’m so happy with how it all turned out!
THE GUEST BOOK
We wanted to do something playful and creative for our guestbook, so we purchased a mini Polaroid camera and let our guests have at it. It was fun looking through all of the photos and notes from our family and friends after the wedding. We even took the camera on our honeymoon to use up the extra film.
I knew I wanted something different than traditional wedding cake. We opted for apple and berry pies from a famous local bakery served a la mode. It was the perfect complement to a warm summer night.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Our favorite part of the reception was the dance floor! Our guests did not leave from the minute it opened to the last song. I’m fairly certain we requested at least eight Drake songs and our DJ played every single one.
The most helpful was asking people what they loved or would have done differently about their own wedding or a wedding they’ve attended. I found that people were incredibly honest and it definitely helped prioritize what was important to us on our big day.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: Hannah Kate Photography | Day of Coordinator: Stiched Together Weddings | Floral Design: Kathy Hansen Floral Design | Caterer: A La Heart Catering | Linens: Grapevine Party Rentals | Rentals: Big 4 Party Rentals | Pies: Mom’s Apple Pie | Favors: Napa Valley Olive Oil | DJ: Runaway DJ | Transportation: CPA Valet | Wedding Gown Designer: Enzoani from Trudy’s Brides | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Kennedy Blue | Hair: Jordan Segna | Makeup: Erica Bivens | Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply | Men’s Wear: The Black Tux | Wedding Rings: Steve Quick Jeweler
After purchasing Emily’s dream engagement ring, John had no clue how he wanted to propose, but he knew he wanted to do something big that would catch her by surprise. He enlisted the help of wedding planner Christin from Pretty and Planned Events to help sort through his ideas and bring his vision to life.
John’s first surprise for Emily would be to catch her off guard by proposing before the holidays, especially when they’d talked of waiting until spring time to get engaged. They had a ski trip planned with some of their best friends, including Emily’s sisters, so what better opportunity than that to come up with plan that would include the people they love. John’s idea was to get Emily to his proposal location by sharing a fake flyer advertising a special outdoor whiskey tasting event at the Breckenridge Distillery. She was under the impression that they would be going to the distillery and then heading out to take photos together around Breck. This was key so that Emily would show up to the proposal camera ready, and that she wouldn’t suspect why the photographer was meeting them there and taking pictures of this “cute whiskey event.”
When they showed up to the distillery with their whole group for the tasting event, the hostess at the front greeted them and led them to the outdoor patio, where there was a special outdoor bar set up and styled just for them. The bar included whiskey barrels from the distillery styled with fresh winter greens from Jae Le Mae, an organic Denver-based florist, mini bundt cakes, and of course a full sampling of the distillery’s best whiskeys.
Christin, the planner, was stationed behind the custom outdoor bar as the “bartender” and played the part well by sharing a little with the group about the whiskey they were trying. Once the group enjoyed their tasting flight, Christin said, “I’ve actually got one more special blend I want you to try!” This was the cue for the rest of the group to back away, while Christin reached behind the bar to pull out John and Emily’s personal tasting board. It held engraved leather flasks that John had made, one with his name and one labeled “Future Mrs. Molle,” along with their personal whiskey blend, with a custom bottle label “I was just wanting to say high…” and a photo of John and Emily on the night they met for the very first time. The significance behind the quote comes from that very night they met when that photo was taken! John sent a message to Emily on Facebook when the night was over, and it simply said, “I was just wanting to say high…” He was so nervous to message her that he misspelled “hi.” He has yet to live that down! As Christin set their board up on the bar, she stepped away, and Emily quickly realized what was happening. John dropped to a knee, there were tears and laughter, and she said YES!
After soaking up a group hug and lots of love and congrats from their friends, the evening continued with a few photos at Lake Dillon with the most beautiful scenery. Emily said that she was completely taken by surprise. She couldn’t believe that all of that was set up just for them, and that ALL of her friends knew and no one had given anything away. It was without a doubt a night to remember!
THE PLANNING TEAM
Photographer: Melissa & Beth | Event Planner: Pretty and Planned | Floral Designer: Jae Le Mae | Venue: Breckenridge Distillery | Bakery: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Paper Props: Little Yellow Leaf | Rentals: Plank and Pearl
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This natural bohemian shoot in North Dakota is dripping in greenery. The perfectly matched invitation suite and lush floral bouquet beautifully complement the surrounding forest. Personalized calligraphed vows add a personal touch while vintage suitcases, books, and the fact that the bride made her own dress, added just the right amount of creative details. And, we must mention that stunning ring any girl would adore!
The Wedding Team
Photographer: Rachel Graham Photography | Invitation Designer: KB Designs | Calligrapher: HM Lettering | Event Planner: I Do | Cake Designer: Beaton the Batter | Makeup Artist: Kelsey Joy MUA | Floral Designer: Erika with a K Designs | Fashion Designer: Tori Dany Designs | Location: TC Nursery
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