It is always such a treat to feature Lisa Lefkowitz‘s photography here. Not only does she shoot some of the most beautiful weddings, but her photos always make me wish I was there. Chelsea and Scott were married on a gorgeous August day at a private estate in Calistoga – their wedding is classic wine country elegance at its best, with stunning florals from Kathleen Deery in one of my all-time favorite color palettes: green and white. Why this look? From the bride:

We absolutely fell in love with the location! How could you not? I am very simple in terms of style so wanted the feel of the day the be casual elegance. With the beauty of the setting we really didn’t need to bring in too much, and I liked the idea of all white flowers with the touches of color. Our invitations reflected the touches of blue-purple, as well as the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s ties. But other than that, all the flowers, place settings and decor were mainly white.

Don’t you love Chelsea’s little touch of blue lace on her bouquet?

The couple, who married under a weeping willow, included a favorite poem on the back of their wedding programs. Says Chelsea, “It was a nice way to incorporate something we loved that was a little too long for a reading.”

Guests enjoyed basil gimlets during cocktail hour while listening to some of the couple’s favorite country music. As Chelsea says, “You cannot beat a good country song and a good drink in the afternoon sun!”

Chelsea’s advice? “The day goes so fast and is such a whirlwind, be sure to take a step back and appreciate it all. There were several time where I just stopped to take in the setting and see everyone I love having a blast.”

Congratulations Chelsea and Scott! And a big thank you Lisa Lefkowitz and all of the amazing Bay Area vendors who shared this gorgeous wedding with us. You can see more photos from the day over on Lisa’s blog.

Kathleen Deery Designs and Hello!Lucky are sponsors of Snippet & Ink.

Photography: Lisa Lefkowitz / Videography: Bliss* Video Productions / Venue: Black Swan Lake in Calistoga, California / Planning: Arelt Event Design / Floral design: Kathleen Deery Design / Bride’s dress: Melissa Sweet / Bride’s shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Groom’s suit: Selix Formalwear / Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Cake: Perfect Endings / Stationery: Hello!Lucky
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  1. Ashley

    Wow the location of this wedding is fabulous! I love the big weeping willows!

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  2. Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza)

    Love the all-white palette–so fresh and crisp! And were those bamboo parasols I spotted? What a fabulous (and practical) decor touch for an outdoor wedding!

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  3. Shannon Leahy

    awesome, awesome video. i just want to hug that couple!

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  4. Rachel – theWeddingVine

    I love the little touch of blue lace on the bouquet, great idea! and the venue for the ceremony is stunning, the willow trees by the lake make for incredible images!

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    • Chelsea

      The blue lace on the bouquet was actually a hankerchief from my grandma who couldn’t be there. I used it as my ‘something blue’ and have now passed it on to my cousin who’s getting married, so that made it very special.

  5. Alli Lucia

    I was lucky enough to be one of Chelsea’s bridesmaids and must say, every detail was gorgeous! Lisa did an amazing job capturing every bit of it.

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  6. Katie

    Beautiful! any idea where the mother-of-the-bride got her dress? my mom is looking for something similar in that color. thanks

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    • Chelsea

      Thanks for the comment. My mom got her dress at Macy’s. Not sure that’s very helpful though as I don’t know the designer.

  7. christina

    the ceremony under the weeping willow is just beautiful!!!

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  8. Kate/MagnoliaRouge

    What a beautiful wedding!!

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  9. ali

    That weeping willow(?) makes the perfect backdrop, doesn’t it?

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  10. Rachael Ensom

    Oh my goodness, this may be one of my fave weddings ever! Beautiful!

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  11. Elise

    I adore her veil. The length and body of it are spot on. Saved for inspiration!

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  12. Katie

    thanks, Chelsea. Very helpful :)

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  13. Maria

    Hi Chelsea! Your wedding looks absolutely lovely. My favorite part is the petal toss. How did you distribute the petals to your guests? (We’re trying to do a petal toss on the chapel steps after our ceremony.)

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  14. Natasja

    I am in love with Black Swan Lake, but I can’t seem to find any contact information for the property. Do you have any advice on how to get in touch with them?

    Thanks! xo

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    • Kathryn

      Hi Natasja! I believe that Black Swan Lake is only available when you work with certain event planners. You can find more information about it here:

  15. Jaimee

    I absolutely love the venue! My fiancé and I are planning a short notice wedding and would love to get some info on this venue. I’m not sure if anyone can help, but it would mean the world to me :)

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