Amy & Naveen | School Theme Wedding at Carneros Inn

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.

Vendor Credits

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: Cufflinks.com / 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

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