Dabney and Robert

Wednesday, April 11, 2012







 









 








 







My wedding fantasies are fairly tame, but sometimes a girl needs a little over-the-top inspiration–this Napa fête is the perfect mid-week day dream! 

Dabney and Robert, a Southern couple, picked Napa for their nuptials, and the wildly talented Laurie Arons to plan a weekend celebration, so it's no wonder that their wedding was nothing short of stunning. The bride comes from a family of interior decorators, so she worked closely with Laurie to craft an event that combined classic Southern taste with Northern California style. It began with understated letterpress invitations from A Day in May in ivory and taupe, a perfect compliment to the wedding's color palette and Dabney's Oscar de la Renta gown, which she paired with knotted white Christian Louboutin peep toes, oversized pearl studs and a classic gold Cartier Love bracelet. Bridesmaids wore floor length grey gowns that perfectly matched the groom and his groomsmen's ties, and complimented the all-white bouquets and boutonnieres by Kathleen Deery Designs.

They were married at Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, a reminder of the bride's late grandmother's Virginia estate, by Bishop Marc Andrus, Dabney's boarding school minster. Guests drove down a long tree-lined drive, and were welcomed with pear cocktails, served in the rose garden. After the ceremony, long tables under a trellis is bloom were the ideal setting for lush white floral arrangements and Paula LeDuc's exquisite meal, enjoyed to the strains of a string trio. The couple danced beneath a draped white tent to the Durell Coleman Band until it was time for Perfect Endings' peony-laden wedding cake. Eventually the newlyweds headed to the Wine Cave at the Calistoga Ranch in a vintage white Packard for an after-party that stretched nearly to sunrise. And there to capture each moment was the gifted Meg Smith, whose photos have me dreaming of a big band and a flute of Perrier-Jouët.

26 comments:

  1. Wow! Really lovely and classy. I adore everything in here. Her dress in unbelievable!

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  2. stunning! her dress is GORGEOUS and all the details are so classy. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  3. Understated and elegant is the best!!! Funny I love that cake the best. I was obsessed with plain fondant cakes when I was planning. They're gorgeous and less expensive that intricately decorated cakes. And I'd need all the savings I could get for those gorgeous shoes!

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  4. Each image is more gorgeous than the next! I adore her gorgeous gown & the stunning reception set-up :-)

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  5. awww so pretty!! :D love those louboutin shoes too

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  6. So stylish with everything in white :)
    And her dress... just wow!

    Hugs,
    Signe

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  7. Such a beauty she is. Love her dress and those shoes. Classic.

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  8. what an elegant affair! Everything is so classic and chic. Very pretty and I love the shot of the flower girl sitting on the steps. She is very cute.

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  9. WOW. Gorgeous... and that dress is to die for.

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  10. What a beautiful, romantic classic wedding. That tablescape... I absolutely die!

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  11. Where was that dress when I was getting married?! And a dinner under an arbor is my wedding dream. I want to be a guest at that wedding!

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  12. this is just perfection!! like it's almost a photo shoot because it's so perfect. i'll take it!

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  13. this is just perfection!! like it's almost a photo shoot because it's so perfect. i'll take it!

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  14. We looked at this exact venue. Breathtaking and the reception was so well designed...just phenomenal.

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  15. Ohhh Oscar...you do make my knees weak!! What a GORGEOUS wedding!!

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  16. Amazing! What a beautiful classic wedding! Those pictures will still look fantastic for years to come. xo style, she wrote

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  17. I adore everything about this wedding. The styling is just divine. I especially love the romantic marquee!

    ~ Clare x

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  18. You were kidding when you said you could carried away by this wedding. Wow, wow, wow. Stunning in every way!

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  19. I really don't know how brides are able to choose just one dress. Because every time I see one of these posts, I'm like, that's the dress I want!

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  20. I have never been a fan of lace-heavy dresses but this one is an exception, so pretty and classy without being matronly! and a beautiful wedding too. xoxo P

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  21. stunning! love, love, love how almost everything was shades of white.

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  22. Lovely pics!!

    XOXO
    http://atravelerjourney.blogspot.pt/

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