Summer Blush Outdoor Estate Wedding in Napa

This summer blush outdoor estate wedding in Napa was definitely one of our favorites!  Ellen and Mike wanted to have an outdoor wedding in an area that had at least some sentimental value to them.  At first, they started looking in the Carmel area where Mike is from.  They then expanded their search to Napa because they have spent several special anniversaries there (and Ellen loves wine!).  While searching online they saw that The Pavillion at The Vintage Estate hosts weddings which sparked their interest because Ellen’s grandparents hosted a big 65th wedding anniversary there the same year her grandmother passed.  In addition to feeling connected to the space, they fell in love with The Pavillion’s expansive garden and potential to be a magical place on their special day!

Formal outdoor wedding setup with long tables and chandeliers hanging in a wood pavilion

Ellen’s dress was Atelier Pronovias, and the detachable overskirt was from Casablanca Bridal.  Her realization that it was “the one” was a process for her.  She went to her first appointment at Novella Bridal in San Francisco with a stack of torn-out magazine pages, and the bridal consultant there looked at them all with Ellen and helped her articulate what she liked about them.  She knew that she wanted something that looked unique, vintage, and high-fashion at the same time so was open to trying many different styles.  They put the dress and the overskirt together at her first appointment, and as Ellen later tried on many other dresses, she just could not stop thinking about it and how happy and pretty she felt in it!  I think it’s a brilliant idea to have a detachable skirt/train so that you can remove it during the dinner reception!

White lace Pronovias wedding dress hanging from an olive tree in the courtyard of Napa Valley's Hotel Villagio

Embroidered white lace Pronovias wedding dress hanging from a hotel fireplace mantle

Ellen wore Romy 85 – ivory satin pointy toe pumps with crystal tiara that were from Jimmy Choo‘s bridal line.  She felt like the ultimate bride in them!

Her engagement ring and all of their wedding rings were custom-designed by Cresalia Jewelers, a San Francisco jeweler that her family has gone to for several generations.  Mike knew that Ellen wanted this particular ring design and it wasn’t something they could just buy in a store, so the Cresalias worked with him to create exactly what she had envisioned.  They went back to them to do their wedding bands – Ellen wanted the band to match her engagement ring, and Mike wanted a unique darker-looking ring.

Classic white satin pointy toe pumps with crystal tiara by Jimmy Choo

For earrings, Ellen borrowed her mom’s diamond studs (for “something borrowed”).  The same grandma who passed away after having her 65th wedding anniversary at their wedding venue gave her a chandelier necklace when she was younger that was her great-great aunt’s – so she wore that as well.

Bride wears borrowed, diamond stud earrings and gold necklace with pearls from her great grandmother

Ellen has always loved pretty writing and stationery, so she really enjoyed selecting the wedding invitations and paper goods.  She wanted the invitations to look very formal and old-fashioned so that their family and friends would feel special and get sort of a preview for what to expect at the wedding.  They selected a classic gold script font on ivory paper.  They then picked out some vintage-looking stamps and gold wax seals to tie it all together.  Ellen hand wrote and addressed all of the wedding invitations and tried to emulate a calligraphy style.

Gold calligraphy wedding invitations by Hyegraphe, custom bridesmaids giftbox, and wedding rings

All of the bridesmaids wore matching pink floral rompers during their getting ready.

Bride and bridesmaids laugh and toast with champagne wearing matching floral rompers on wedding day

Bridesmaids wearing matching floral print jumpers posing with bride holding champagne flute glasses

And then they changed to their gorgeous dresses by Natalie Deayla – a local dress designer in San Francisco.  Yes, their dresses absolutely tied-in with the theme, which was muted colors.  Ellen thought that the necklines looked timeless, the dresses effortlessly elegant, and the color was one of the wedding colors – tan/beige, peony-pink, ivory, and cascading greens.  The overall style was perfect for making everyone’s cascading flowers really stand out.

Bridesmaids watch bride put on a white lace Pronovias wedding dress, and satin Jimmy Choo shoes

Bridesmaids in blush color dresses by Natalia Deayala, watch bride putting a lace wedding dress

Ellen’s hair and makeup were by Dreamcatcher Artistry.  She wanted her hair to be up and accentuate the neckline of the wedding dress.  She chose a look that she felt was very “her” since she frequently wears her hair in a bun or french twist, and she liked that it was simple and classic.

Mom helping daughter with her cathedral length lace veil and dress on her wedding day

Mike’s father handmade all of these personalized wood handle pocket knives with engraved boxes for Mike and his groomsmen.  He presented them to each of them during the getting ready portion of the wedding day.

Custom-made wooden handle folding pocketknives in an engraved gift boxes made for each groomsmen

Groom getting ready with dad, in classic white jacket and black-tie tux from J. Crew

Instead of doing a first look with Mike, Ellen did one with her father instead.  We thought that was very special!

Dad sees daughter for first time in her dress on a sunny day at a resort wedding in Napa

Ellen’s dad owns a classic Rolls Royce and it was the perfect wedding car!  Dad even drove her to the church!

Bride about to get into dad’s white Rolls-Royce to go to her church wedding ceremony

A white, convertible Rolls-Royce parked in front of a stone church on a tree lined street

Bride smiling inside her dad’s white Rolls-Royce on a sunny day, before her church wedding ceremony

Bride wearing a cathedral length veil and wedding dress, posing in front of a historic stone church

Their wedding ceremony was a very traditional Catholic ceremony… and so many favorite parts!  First of all, Ellen and Mike didn’t do a “first look” and she joked that she wanted to “make Mike cry” when he saw her… little did she know the rush of emotions she would feel as she appeared in the aisle and saw him!  Ellen tried so hard to not bawl her eyes out as she walked down the aisle.  She also loved that the Deacon talked about their dogs in the ceremony and had to tell them to put their rings on after the vows since they forgotten!  🙂

Bride escorted by her dad down the aisle for a traditional catholic church wedding ceremony

A traditional catholic wedding ceremony at a historic, stone church in St Helena

Classic wedding photos from a ceremony at Saint Helena Church in California

Just married, newlweds kiss in front of a charming stone church after their wedding ceremony

Newlyweds get away Rolls-Royce decorated with a “just married” sign and tin cans tied to bumper

Groom helps wife carry her long train as they walk to their outdoor wedding reception

Large bridal group posing for photos outdoors wearing formal, black-tie tuxes and long gowns

The flowers were done by Ellen’s aunt, Teresa Stoner Floral Design.  Ellen grew up seeing all of her flowers for weddings and have always been so excited for all the flowers she wanted her to do for her own wedding.  Just like myself and many other brides, Ellen loves peonies but her wedding date was problematic because peonies are not in season in the summer!  She really was not expecting that she would be able to have them at all.  Her aunt worked her magic and was able to get all the peonies she could have wanted – all the way from Alaska!  So she had light pink peonies, garden roses, and dahlias cascaded with lots of greenery.

Bride wearing a white lace and soft tulle with embroidery and holding a blush floral bouquet

A blush and greenery floral wedding bouquet held by a bride in a white lace dress

Newlyweds posing under a wood arbor entrance to a garden in the afternoon sun

Newlyweds posing on a green lawn in front of an estate with large glass windows and gardens

Newlyweds walking on a green lawn towards an estate with large glass windows and gardens

Newlyweds embrace for portraits in a hazy sunlit garden and private estate in Napa

Candid outdoors bridal couple portrait at a garden estate in Napa Valley

Newlyweds pose for bridal portraits in a garden estate in Yountville

Newlyweds pose for candid bridal portraits in a hazy sunlit garden estate in Napa Valley

Ellen wanted the reception space to look elegant with a hint of old-world vintage.  She did mostly muted colors to not compete with all pretty greenery and landscaping that was already there, so peony-pink, ivory, cascading greens, and tan/beige. And then lots of glass/mirrors with the candles at the fountain, tapers and votives at the table, glass bulbs in the tree, table numbers, chandeliers, string lighting, and mirror signs /seating chart.

Glass candleholders of various heights line a stone fountain at an outdoor wedding

One thing we thought was super awesome was when we saw Ellen and Mike’s NEW last name!  Yes, they created a brand new last time for themselves after their wedding.  Mike’s last name was DeMaria, and Ellen’s was Thompson.  So instead of her just taking on Mike’s in the traditional way, they created a new one combining both of theirs – Demson!

Ornate round gold framed mirror welcome sign for guests at an outdoor wedding reception

The blush linens from Napa Valley Linens paired with the farm head table and clear acrylic ghost chairs from Encore Event Rentals fit exactly the style that Ellen was looking for – elegant with a hint of old-world vintage.  The lounge furniture provided a relaxed area for guests to mingle during the rest of the evening.  The string market lights from Magical Lighting created a warm romantic ambiance in the evening.

Long banquet-style tables with blush linen and French country style lounge furniture

Long banquet-style tables with blush linen and clear ghost chairs for formal outdoor wedding

Outdoor misters cool down a formal outdoor summer wedding reception

Love the hanging chandeliers and the fabric draping at the pavillion!

Long wooden farmhouse wedding head table with ghost chairs and chandeliers hanging in a pavilion

Rustic and modern decor by adding clear ghost chairs to long farm tables for bridal party head table

The temperature was really hot that day and the estate provided misting fans during the reception.

Long farm tables set with clear ghost chairs and hanging crystal chandeliers in the Pavilion

Summer wedding head table set with long taper candles and blush floral centerpieces

Pastel florals and blush linens set on long tables and hanging market lights for black-tie event

Beaded glass charger plates with silver trim, blush linens and pastel floral centerpieces for tables

Long tables decorated with pastel florals, blush linens and beaded glass chargers with menus on top

Blush and pastel color theme table décor at a black-tie outdoor wedding celebration

Pastel florals with simple greenery for centerpieces at a black-tie reception

Ellen and Mike made their own honey as wedding favors.  Her dad keeps/has kept bees, so she thought it was fitting.

Jars of honey set on top of a silver stand with florals and greenery for wedding guests “Love is Sweet”

Ellen and Mike loved the mirror signs – they now have two of them hanging in their home – the welcome to their wedding mirror and their last name mirror which they have hanging in their entryway.

For the photo below, the seating charts were printed and taped to the sliding divider but they were originally written on a mirror as well; sadly the mirror completely shattered right before the reception which Ellen thought was pretty funny now because everyone was afraid to tell her on the wedding day!  Honestly, she said so many big things could have gone wrong and would not have even mattered, it’s such a special day — and they were so up in the clouds!

Welcome wedding guests with an ornate framed mirror sign and mirrored table with guestbook and gifts

An ornate gold framed mirror sign and photos from parents wedding day to welcome guests

Newlyweds walk on a brick path wearing formal attire for an outdoor grand entrance

Newlyweds laughing and cheered on by guests during an outdoor grand entrance on a sunny day

A black-tie outdoor wedding celebration at the Estate Yountville Pavilion

Speeches and candid laughing moments photographed at a private estate outdoor wedding reception

Best man in a tuxedo gives a toast during a formal reception at the Estate Yountville Pavillion

Couple wearing formalwear kiss during wedding toast at an outdoor reception

Newlyweds in formalwear in a garden vineyard with white flowers and lavender at dusk

Bride in a long lace dress and groom wearing white jacket stop for bridal portraits in a garden vineyard

Newlyweds on a flower lined path in a vineyard

Happy newlyweds pose for bridal portraits in a vineyard

Newlyweds in a vineyard near the luxurious Vintage Estate in Napa

Newlyweds in a vineyard with ripe grapes for during fall wedding in Napa Valley

Couple kisses in a vineyard near their wedding reception in Yountville

Newlyweds in formal attire pose for bridal portraits in a vineyard

Newlyweds kiss in a vineyard near luxurious resorts in Napa

Ellen and Mike are not huge cake lovers, but for the photo op, they had a red velvet cake from Branching Out Cakes with vanilla buttercream frosting.

When Ellen’s mom asked what kind of toasting glasses they wanted, she expressed that she loved the old-fashioned silver toasting flutes but that people don’t really sell silver like that anymore and so didn’t really care what they used… her mom somehow found exactly what she had in mind and had them engraved!  It was definitely a nice surprise.  🙂

Two-tier wedding cake decorated with pastel flowers and greenery set on a crystal stand outdoors

Newlyweds toast with fluted champagne glasses in front of an ivy covered stone building

First dance and bouquet toss at outdoor black-tie wedding reception

Ellen loved the tent-like lighting that they did, that was one of her favorite wedding elements that she was looking forward to seeing come together with all the candles, tapers, chandeliers, and mirrors that they had.

Bistro string lights hang above outdoor wedding celebration in Napa

Wedding guests dance to dj music under draped lights in wine country

Candles in glass pillars of various heights light up the walk path in front of a stone fountain

Newlyweds walk along a candlelit brick path along an outdoor flagstone fountain

Pillar candles in glass vases provide romantic lighting for newlyweds first dance

Newlyweds sit in front of a flagstone fountain lit by pillar candles for night bridal portrait

Happy newlyweds dance next to pillar candles in glass vases at night

Newlyweds in formalwear dance under crystal hanging chandeliers in an outdoor wooden pavilion

Candid romantic moment of wedding couple dancing under crystal chandeliers in an outdoor pavilion

The talented creative team:

Photographers:  Evonne & Darren Wong of Evonne & Darren Photography
Event Planner:  Cinthy Walsh of A Touch of Grace
Ceremony Location:  St. Helena Catholic Church
Reception Location:  The Pavillion at The Vintage Estate
Floral Designer:  Teresa Stone Floral Design
Wedding Dress Designer:  Atelier Pronovias
Wedding Dress Detachable Overskirt:  Casablanca Bridal
Bridal Salon:
  Novella Bridal
Wedding Shoes Designer:  Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Designer:  Natalie Deayala Collection
Bride’s Engagement Rings:  Cresalia Jewelers
Wedding Rings:  Cresalia Jewelers

Wedding Attire for Groom & Groomsmen’s:  J. Crew
Wedding Shoes for Groom:
  Men’s Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup Stylist:  Dreamcatcher Artistry

Invitations/Stationery Designer:  Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy
Caterer: The Pavillion at The Vintage Estate
Wedding Cake:  Branching Out Cakes
Linens:  Napa Valley Linens
Rentals:  Encore Event Rentals, Big 4 Party Rentals

Lighting:  Magical Lighting
Ceremony Musicians:  Bellarosa String Quartet
DJ:
  Wine Country Entertainment
Cigar Rollers:  Wine Country Entertainment
Guests Transportation:  Napa Shuttle & Limousines

Congratulations, Ellen and Mike!

The Pavillion at The Vintage Estate
6481 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 945-4546

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