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Solage Calistoga Wedding Awash with Yellow

Solage Calistoga is stunning in and of itself but when you add sunny yellow florals, lemon details helping guests find their way to their seats and a gaggle of littles, it takes on a whole new level of awesome. Planned by Stacy McCain, infused with the happiest blooms by Loop Events and captured by Weddings By Sasha, have a look at the full gallery for yellow in its shiniest, happiest form.


From The Bride…Paul and I dated for two years after having met ten years earlier through a mutual friend. We’d both been living in San Francisco after spending a few years in New York City and finally the timing was right for both of us, after just one official date it was clear to both of us that this was the real thing!

I grew up in Northern Virginia but we both knew we wanted to get married in the Bay Area. We loved spending weekends in Napa Valley and the wine country was our first choice. We also knew we wanted a summer wedding. As soon as we visited Solage Calistoga we knew it couldn’t get any better. It was important to us that the weekend be as hassle free and luxurious as possible for our friends and family who were coming from all over the world. We wanted a venue with a fantastic restaurant, beautiful outdoor and indoor event space, luxury service for our guests and amazing pool and spa – it was perfect! Our decision to work with Stacy McCain Events was the best decision we made, Stacy and her team created our dream wedding and made the entire process seamless and smooth. We were thrilled to secure the band Wonderbread 5 for the reception and probably would have missed out on them if it weren’t for Stacy.

We started the weekend with a beautiful and laid back outdoor rehearsal dinner at Gott’s in St. Helena which was a perfect kick off to a wine country weekend. Paul’s 11 year old nephew, Luke Kennedy, gave a surprise toast that moved everyone to tears, it was such a special moment for us! Afterwards we invited all of the guests who were in town to a cocktail reception by the pool at Solage. The setting was so lovely and in addition to being the day of summer solstice there was a glowing ‘Supermoon’, the largest full moon of the year, shining down on the festivities.

We loved our officiant, Rev. Peadar Dalton, a friend of Paul’s parents, he was terrific! We both come from Irish families and Rev. Dalton has a charming Irish brogue which was a big hit with everyone. He was warm and gracious and included our parents in a very sweet blessing of the rings. We wrote our own vows and it was so sweet to recite them in front of our loved ones. Our wedding parties included our nieces and nephews and our treasured terrier, Archibald. The ceremony was outside on the lawn and our pianist played “Imagine” by John Lennon while the flower girls and our nephews walked down the aisle, it was one of my favorite moments of the day. Walking down the aisle with my Dad to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen played on the piano was a moment I’ll never forget. Paul and I were so moved by all of the toasts that day as well, our friends and families words meant so much to us. We chose the song “If I Should Fall Behind” by Bruce Springsteen, one of our favorite musicians, for our first dance and it was so perfect!

We were blown away by the beautiful and fun pictures Sasha Gulish captured, she was fantastic to work with, our guests kept telling us how much they loved her and her team. Anna Hoffman of Loop Flowers & Events did an absolutely gorgeous job, the arrangements and displays throughout the weekend were stunning. The ‘altar’ was a simple circle of white rose petals and it looked so sweet against the naturally beautiful backdrop of the Palisades. Our niece Isla couldn’t resist wandering in and out of the circle throughout the ceremony, it was so cute! Our extraordinary team of vendors, thanks to Stacy, flawlessly executed our unforgettable, romantic, summery and fun weekend that we had been dreaming of. We left for our honeymoon so thankful and in awe of all of the love in our lives. To our delight, we’re now proud parents of Colin James Kennedy, born April 5, 2014!

Photography: Weddings By Sasha | Event Planning: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Floral Design: Loop Events Arts | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: A Day In May | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Hair & Makeup: She Artists | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Best Man Suit: Banana Republic | Maid Of Honor's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Venue: Solage Calistoga

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Fresh, Farm-to-Table Wedding in Napa

A wedding that feels intimate and cozy, a gathering of loved ones feasting on really amazing food – isn’t that what we all really want at the end of the day? And if you happen to be wearing a gorgeous gown and having all of the festivities captured by K Stone Photography; then it’s even better. Have a look at this day planned by Marisa Nicole Events along with blooms by Valley Flora that really celebrates the true beauty of a wedding – love, family and amazing wine pairings.


From K Stone PhotographySpencer and Shirley did not want an ordinary wedding day. They wanted their wedding day to be authentic to who they are — and more than anything, they wanted to spoil their friends and family.

The couple chose Long Meadow Ranch for their venue, known mostly for it’s amazing array of fresh, farm to table menu and eclectic wines. The day began at the Andaz Napa where the couple prepared and saw one another for the first time that day. From here, the bridal party made their way to Grgich Hills Estate for some wine tasting and gorgeous romantic photos. Every moment of the day, was thoughtfully planned by Spencer and Shirley — they wanted to make sure all of their favorite vineyards were made a part of this amazing day. In the late afternoon, the bridal party arrived to a cocktail hour at Long Meadow, where Spencer and Shirley greeted and mingled with their guests, before the ceremony took place. By six o clock, Shirley had changed into her gown and each guest was seated beneath an oak tree for a beautiful ceremony, followed by an amazing dinner party. The reception had the best of food and

Spencer and Shirley are among the most generous people you will meet. Their wedding day was created around this spirit of generosity. While it was a celebration of their love, they gave back to all of the people around them. Long Meadow Ranch was the perfect venue, providing an amazing menu and beautiful backdrop. Marisa Nicole, designed much of the day, each detail perfectly planned and simply stated. And as their wedding photographers, we are so honored to know this couple. To see their day unfold in front of our lenses and to be inspired by this couple as they gave back to everyone around them.

Photography: K Stone Photography | Videography: Marmalade Sky Films | Coordinator: Marisa Nicole Events | Floral Design: Valley Flora | Reception Venue: Long Meadow Ranch | Hair and Makeup: Christina Chen | Hotel: Andaz Napa | Wedding Venue: Grgich Hills Estate

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Scottish Manor Bridal Inspiration

Set amongst the rugged scenery of Scotland is an inspiration shoot that’ll leave you speechless. It’s romance in the purest form, and with Knot & Pop behind every styling detail, it sort of comes as no surprise. From the linen stationery by Lamplighter London to the rich florals from Pyrus, the gallery from Ann Kathrin Koch is one delicious image after another.


From Knot & PopWith the founder of Knot & Pop, Susie Young, originally from Scottish shores, To The Manor celebrates all that Scotland offers with its honest beauty and stunning rugged scenery. Scotland has a way of capturing your heart forever – the mountains kissing loch-sides, the vivid and lush greenery, the misty mornings and open expanses of untouched countryside. If you are planning a destination wedding then allow To The Manor and Scotland to sweep you away. Shot at Ardkinglas, an opulent Scottish manor house and gardens, with character in every corner, To The Manor encapsulates a sense of theatre and romance in an indulgent setting.

Mixing purple tones with hints of green and a shot of rich red across florals, the palette speaks of a hunter’s haven and sets the scene for an atmospheric wedding. Pheasant feathers and ornamental birds feature as decorative touches, with the stationery by Lamplighter London also including touches of bird and feather motifs. Upon tabletops, a hand-died calligraphy table runner has ‘Love’ by Scottish poet Edwin Morgan inscribed, with stunning florals by Scotland’s finest florists, Pyrus Flowers, placed in copper vases, and a sense of feasting with fruits laid out for guests to graze upon. Beautiful hand-made plates by Love It Want It Buy It, mix with crockery from Helene Millot, with antique silver cutlery holding place names, written on red robin leaves.

Red robin leaves are layered to also form the table plan, reminiscent of bird feathers, and adding natural texture to the details. Further tactile flourishes appear across fabric flag table numbers, fabric menus and statement hand-crafted shields, in a collaboration between Knot & Pop and Lamplighter London. To move from day to evening, two incredible wedding dresses from UK designer Susie Stone team perfectly, with their dresses always speaking of individuality and absolute luxury. The Grace gown with its intricate rose detailing and ivory palette, contrasts beautifully with the evening allure of the 1920s inspired gown and all it’s embellished glory. Elaborate feather head-pieces by Vagabond Couture and Curious Fair, with jewellery by Maria Nilsdotter and Cornelia Webb add the statement finishing touches, giving an other-worldly feel to bridal style.

From Ann Kathrin KochBeing a wedding photographer is the best job I can imagine. Every week I work with people who are experiencing the happiest day of their life with their very closest friends and family.

I prefer working in a documentary style and shoot on film at every wedding for a few reasons, none of them nostalgic. I love that I am connected to my subject with no distraction like a screen on the back of my camera. I even love that shooting film is difficult. It slows me down and I can really concentrate on exposing the exact moment that matters. Mostly though, I just love the way it looks – incredibly flattering yet vibrant and full of life. Shooting film let’s me create images I love.

Scotland has always fascinated me. With an extraordinary beautiful but rugged landscape and known for endless rain and cold winds it’s not a conventionally pretty place. Yet everywhere you turn it seems as if things are just a little bit more special. The wind is a little stronger, the water a little more cold and the trees and mountains just a bit higher. If you are looking to be enchanted, this is the place to go. Combining the roughness of Scotland with delicate beauty creates just that – a little bit of magic.

Photography: Ann Kathrin Koch | Stationery: Lamplighter London | Hair: Anne Marie McElroy | Cake : Big Bear Bakery | Candlesticks: Classic Crockery | Concept, Styling And Production : Knot & Pop | Dresses: Susie Stone | Feather Head Band : Curious Fair | Flowers : Pyrus | Glassware And Cutlery: Helene Millot | Jewellery: Maria Nilsdotter | Jewellery: Cornelia Webb | Large Feather And Bejewelled Head Piece : Vagabond Couture | Makeup: Julie Diplacito | Mansion House And Gardens: Ardkinglas House | Model: Elaine Fisher At Colours Agency | Plates: Love It Want It Buy It