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Solage Calistoga is one of my favorite places in the wine country – it’s where Ryan and I went for our pre-babymoon! It also makes for a beautiful wedding venue, as Lauren and Darrin discovered: “We wanted a location that was both casual but elegant and chic, something that captured who we are as a couple. We fell in love with Solage.  The outdoor space was a perfect setting to hold our ceremony and the indoor/outdoor reception space was the perfect clean slate to bring our vision to life.  As a whole, the entire Solage property was the right balance of luxury and relaxation.”

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Lauren’s bouquet was a mix of white, pink, and peach peonies. The flower girl carried a wreath of lavender.

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Jesse Leake, Alison Events Jesse Leake, Alison Events
Jesse Leake, Alison Events Jesse Leake, Alison Events

Pink dahlias were scattered along the edges of the aisle.

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Jesse Leake, Alison Events Jesse Leake, Alison Events
Jesse Leake, Alison Events Jesse Leake, Alison Events
Jesse Leake, Alison Events Jesse Leake, Alison Events

Lauren and Darrin’s 60 guests enjoyed a bourbon and cigar bar.

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The fact we were in the heart of wine country helped guide many of our planning decisions.  We paid a lot of attention to the food and wine during dinner, giving our guests part of the culinary experience we love every time we are in the valley.  We wanted our decor to be elegant but casual, focusing on the organic beauty of the floral choices.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Of course, watching my future husband turn around and look at me for the first time was amazing. It took Darrin and me a long journey to find a love like we have and at that moment we knew we had an incredible life ahead of us.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Our wedding day was very much about celebrating our love and commitment to each other. Other than my father walking me down the aisle and dancing a first dance as a married couple, we left many wedding traditions out.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Keep it in perspective. On your wedding day there is nothing more important than marrying the one you love. I would also offer that advice as you plan your wedding – at the end of the day the most important thing is saying “I do” and building a life of love, trust and support together. It sounds totally cliche but it is really true: the color of the napkins doesn’t matter. Don’t get me wrong, you want your day to beautiful to every last detail, but you want people to walk away talking about how in love you are, not about the shrimp cocktail.

 

Menu 
Hors d’ouevres: Oysters, Seared steak and Gruyere bites, Herb Arancini, Dungeness Crab and Avocado crisps // First Course:  Heirloom Tomato Salad with goat cheese mousse // Second Course: Wild Mushroom Soup with black pepper croutons & sherry // Third Course:  Buttermilk Fried Chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, yellow wax beans and black pepper gravy // Dessert Buffet:  Chocolate and Marshmallow Cupcakes, Strawberry Shortcake, Crème Brûlée // Late Night Snack: Cones of fries and pizza

 

Jesse Leake and Alison Events are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

Photographer: Jesse Leake / Event Planner: Alison Events / Venue: Solage in Calistoga, CA / Stationery: Olive-Route / Floral Designer: Brown Paper Design / Rentals: Classic Party RentalsLa Tavola Linen / Music: Ever Music / Lighting, Sound: Refraction / Transportation: California Wine Tours 
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  • Romantic Wedding at Solage Calistoga

    15 August 2013
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    Today’s romantic Vermont wedding comes from Pam Cooley, one of the awesome photographers in the Snippet & Ink Select vendor guide!

    The bride’s bouquet of white peonies was embellished with a white ribbon and black and white cameo brooch.

    Says the bride, “Towards the end of our reception it rained, creating such a romantic and cozy atmosphere in the barn. Afterwards, a heavy fog settled on the mountains that took both ourselves and our guests breath away. There was so much beauty in every part of the day!”

    The taupe bridesmaid dresses were designed by the bride and custom made by Vlasta’s in Hamilton, Ontario. All of the ladies carried bouquets of lush, white peonies.

    White flowers and candlelight created a warm and inviting atmosphere inside the antique barn. The four tiered buttercream wedding cake was decorated with white peonies.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  As a little girl, I envisioned a wedding in an open field, surrounded by lush green mountains. I had always dreamt of one day visiting Vermont – I love its storybook beauty, with its rolling hills and historic charm. After stumbling upon a link online and visiting Riverside Farm, we both fell in love. It was everything we had dreamed of and more. We were thrilled with the idea of inviting our closest family and friends to spend such a special weekend with us in such a beautiful place.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We tried to compliment everything our venue already had to offer. Riverside was inspiration all on its own. We incorporated details that we felt added romance, elegance and sweetness to the rustic venue..

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I’ll always remember getting ready. Waking up to the sunrise through the french doors, tip-toeing around on gorgeous wide planked floors that so many brides have walked with the same anticipation and excitement. The entire morning was a dream.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We incorporated two of my favorite traditions into the day: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue; and the throwing of rice during our recessional.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  After the ceremony, we snuck away for a moment alone. It was so nice to have a few minutes to ourselves to soak in the commitment we had just made together. We didn’t plan it – it happened on a whim – so I would say my best advice to brides is to give yourselves a few minutes entirely alone during the day.

     

    Pam Cooley is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

    Photographer: Pam Cooley / Venue: Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont / Dress: Mori Lee 4808 / Veil: David’s Bridal / Shoes: Aldo / Earrings: YJDesign / Belt: Tradesy Weddings / Suit: Tuxedo Royale / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vlasta’s / Stationery: Martha Stewart, Printed by: Stoney Creek Graphics / Floral Designer: Nancy Murray from Schoolhouse Garden / Rentals: 1888 Builders, Occasions Catering / Cake: Alisha Eich / Catering: Noel’s Catering / Music: Mark Harding / Cake stand: Melinda Wedding Design / Bridal Robes: Wedding Prep Gals / Getting ready attire: 1950’s Vintage Valentino Robe / Favors: Jane Wallman from Bleu Door Bakery
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  • Riverside Farm Wedding from Pam Cooley

    14 August 2013
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    If this anniversary party had a theme it was family. The couple met in Seattle in 1968, and after Graduate School in 1972, they were off to California to get married with about 40 of their closest friends and family in attendance. Three children, seven grandchildren, and a few chapters later, they marked their 40th anniversary with an incredible celebration in the wine country.

    This party is one of those events with enough details for forty parties! From the custom table runners to the chalkboard seating chart to the kids craft station, there is plenty of inspiration to be found in this Alison Events production.

    Table numbers were created with salvaged wood and silver house numbers. Vibrant floral arrangements included red and orange dahlias, dark red scabiosa, pieris, red viburnum berries, fall color hydrangea and mokara orchids. Between the arrangements, potted herbs (parsley, basil and chives) were available for guests to snip and add to their meal! Table runners were embroidered with words like family, loyalty, joy, and love.

    Miniature clothespins attached favorite family photos to a photo wall made of vintage bed springs.

    This kids’ tent would be a dream come true for any young guests! Decorated with bunting and comfy floor seating, there were toys, a movie, and craft projects galore.

    Atelier Joya designed an oversized chalkboard wall with a “family tree” that the kids were invited to decorate.

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    Alison Events and Lisa Lefkowitz are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

    Photographer: Lisa Lefkowitz / Event Design, Coordination: Alison Events / Venue: private estate in Cloverdale, California / Floral Designer: Atelier Joya / Catering: Betty Zlatchin Catering / Stationery: Chen Design Associates / Band: Lynne Jordan and the Shivers / Rentals: Blueprint Studios, Wine Country Party Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola Linen /
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  • Anniversary Party from Alison Events

    13 August 2013
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    We made a mistake! We weren’t supposed to feature the gorgeous wedding from A Bryan Photo and Calder Clark Designs until later in the year, and we’ve had to take it down for now. You can catch it in an upcoming issue of Flower magazine, and it will be back up on Snippet & Ink in the fall!

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