There are so many things I love about this beautiful wedding: the venue, the dress (oh the DRESS!), the darling school theme… 

Amy gave Naveen a pair of clover cufflinks in a silver box engraved with, “You are my lucky shamrock forever.”

Amy carried a bouquet of peach garden roses and dark chocolate calla lilies. She wore a peach cymbidium in her hair. And isn’t that dress stunning!? It looks like it’s blooming!

In lieu of a traditional guest book, guests were asked to leave “love notes” on pages printed to look like binder paper. A chalkboard and elementary school portraits finished off the table.

Instead of seating cards, guests’ names were printed on little tags attached to a classic yellow No. 2 pencil. Tables were numbered by grade (“1st Grade,” “2nd Grade,” etc.).

How cute is this bake sale dessert table! Cookies, brownies, rice krispy treats, and of course little cartons of milk. Guests were invited to take treats home in little brown paper bags stamped with Amy and Naveen’s names and wedding date. The two tier wedding cake was white cake with lemon curd filling and lemon icing. Yum!

Amy answered some questions about the day:

Why did you choose this for your wedding?   Naveen and I met in elementary school, so we were inspired to do a school theme. We chose the Carneros Inn in Napa because it upscale yet rustic – like a modern barn. We wanted to consider our guests that were traveling from India, Europe and other far away places, so we chose a place with soul, but where you could also get a spa treatment and brilliant meal and wine pairing.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Make things as easy as possible for yourself – if you can, hire a great coordinator and a great photographer. Outsource everything you possibly can so that you are surrounded by a great group of designers and vendors – your only responsibility on the day of should be to breathe and enjoy and look beautiful.

Photographer: Meg Smith / Venue: Carneros Inn in Napa, California / Event Styling, Design: Emilie Kate Style + Design / Bride’s dress: Carolina Herrera Hair, Makeup: Betten Chaston / Bridesmaid Dresses: Banana Republic / Groom’s Suit: Prada / Shamrock Cufflinks: / Flowers: Gilly Flowers / Ceremony Music: Lawrence String Group / Reception Music: DJ Morty Coyle / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Cake: Sweet on Cake / Transportation: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation
  • School Theme Wedding at Carneros Inn

    6 March 2011
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      I pretty much love any Napa wedding, but this one’s cute school theme adds such a sweet dose of charm!

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    2. allison

      Oh my!! I love all the little details here!

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    3. Anne Elisabeth

      Thankyou, for always inspiring me. It´s great to see other wedding photographers!

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    4. Martha B.

      How sweet…to meet your life partner in grammar school! And so many nice details in this wedding…love the apples hanging on the back of the chair. :)

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    5. Prippy Handboook

      So sweet… and such a sophisticated way to incorporate the school theme!

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    6. Lindsay T. Hall

      Brilliant! I love the details that made the wedding so unique to their story.

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    7. Meg

      Thank you so much for your beautiful layout and sweet words! I loved photographing this wedding — the couple absolutely radiated. I’m so glad to be able to share this, thank you Amy and Naveen, and thank you Kathryn!!

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    8. The Bride’s Butler

      This is simply amazing! All of the fine details are perfect – A+! Love the escort card table and the use of clip boards to signify table names. Wonderful!

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    9. Megan Clouse


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      Every Napa wedding I love but this one is truly stunning! Gorgeous styling and colors!!

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    11. Megan

      There is nothing about this wedding I don’t love! What a unique and meaningful theme! I don’t think I’ve ever come across a “school” themed wedding and I really can’t imagine running into one who did it better than this couple. And oh, as you mentioned in your intro… that DRESS!!! oh, that dress! <3

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    12. Pretty Domestic- Justine Raoof

      This is such a cute play on when and where they met. I want to be at this wedding :)

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    13. Isabel Smith Wedding Design

      I love looking at US weddings – here in the UK, brides are only just becoming comfortable with spending a little more here and there to create amazing looks with really personal little details!

      This is the perfect example of how small things make such a difference!

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    14. katie.

      I love the photos! The couple looks so happy. And the dessert table is so adorable!

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    15. Kali

      SUCH a cute theme! The bake sale dessert table is adorable! And the yellow pencils…so cute. Very creative!

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    16. lydia {ever ours}

      love the centerpieces and the theme for them!

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    17. Camila F.

      I love weddings with a theme. Gorgeous centerpieces!

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    18. Sarah (A Paper Proposal)

      That classroom reception theme is absolutely adorable! Such a cute idea!

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    19. mandy

      What a beautiful wedding! The dress is totally amazing!!!! love love love.

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    20. Lacey @ Lacey Wagner Events

      What a handsome couple :)

      That dress IS amazing. Today must be the day of amazing dresses, everywhere I turn I see another one.

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    21. @WeddingMusicPro

      Awww, this is such a lovely wedding! Love the implementation of the bake sale, notecards and pencils…makes me actually want to go back to school! :-)

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    22. Debbie @ Bridalhood

      I adore this wedding and all the thoughtful little teacher related touches!

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    23. WedinStyle Wedding planner in Vietnam

      how sweet the details, and what a STUNNING dress!!!!

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    24. The Perfect Palette

      Great wedding. Loving all the details. Love her dress & the color palette.

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    25. McKenzie Powell Designs

      There’s something so wonderful about a wedding that isn’t so matchy-matchy, and yet still has a lovely theme and a beautiful palette. Well done!

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    26. Aileen@Love&Lavender

      Oh wow! This is SUCH a beautiful wedding and the details are so well styled! Love the “grade” table #s, the bake sale with the cute pinwheel decor, and the apple garland on the back of the chair!

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    27. Susan @ My Place to Yours

      I’m planning a couple’s shower for two school teachers, and this gave me a few new ideas! Such a fun and memorable event. Beautiful!

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    28. Ariane

      Breathtakingly beautiful! What a darling couple, too. And the dress **swoon**. ‘Tis a work of art!

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    29. Karen Hill Photography

      Beautiful photos! Love the school house theme!

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    30. CN

      Looooove the dress and the venue! Did you two go to Chandler in Pasadena? It looks like you did from your elementary school photos. My brother went there about 18 years ago. What a coincidence!

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    31. Betten Chaston

      What a wonderful Wedding this was to work on!Lovely pictures, great, thoughtful and sweet styling.Amy and her Bridesmaids were as beautiful as they looked.Thank you for publishing this Wedding.

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    33. Erika

      May I ask who did your invites?

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