Elegant California Ranch Wedding :: Susanne & Ed

We’re so pleased to celebrate Select vendor Jesse Leake‘s new website, and to share his photos from Susanne and Ed’s lovely wedding with you today! Susanne and Ed let the beauty of their venue in springtime set the tone for their lovely wedding day, from the flowers to the menu, and their team of all star vendors made sure the day was exactly what they’d hoped for.


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The Ceremony

“The best thing about our wedding ceremony was having everyone we love and care about in one spot, to support our love and our new journey as husband and wife. It was a beautiful day.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  Traditional, non-religious, short and sweet.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We met with our officiant The Right Reverend Dave (David Graves, co-owner and winemaker at Saintsbury Winery), and he gave us a book of wedding poetry and ceremonial readings, from religious to New Age, to Buddhist. We picked a traditional, non-denominational ceremony.

What was your favorite part of the day?  There are so many favorite moments from that day, but by far the best moment of the day is when I saw my husband for the first time waiting for me at the end of the aisle. He started crying when he saw me and I was just concentrating on getting to him. When I got to him he was still crying and I leaned over and whispered to him, “Please stop crying or you are going to make me cry and I don’t want to ruin my make up.” He laughed, wiped away his tears, and before I knew it we were married!

Ceremony music, played by Entire Productions (string quartet): 
Bridal Party Processional
: “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young
Bridal Processional:  “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
Recessional: “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison


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The Reception

“We were inspired by spring time, new life, new beginnings, fertile ground abundant with wild flowers, bright green fields and mountains. Spring is filled with hopes and promises for a prosperous, happy, love-filled future. In planning our wedding we drew inspiration from our surroundings and the land. We wanted to bring the outdoors inside with an effortless, casual elegance, nothing overproduced, with everyone dressed in black tie.”


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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We got married at Hudson Vineyards, this is my husband’s family ranch located in Napa Valley where he grew up.  The Ranch is a special place to both of us, and I think my husband always wanted to get married there. We have created a lot of special memories there together over the years, so it was an easy choice. Plus, no site fee which was a major bonus!

Tell us about your wedding decor.   To create the abundant springtime look that we wanted, our florist used only flowers that were in season and California grown, as well as lichen and Spanish moss, branches and some wild flowers found on Hudson Ranch. Alison Events created this feeling inside three different tents: cocktail, dinner and dancing. We used ivory, flax and slate blue gray and let the flowers and greenery add the color. We had green water glasses and vintage wine glasses, with fine china and wood handled flatware.

What did you serve?  We wanted a menu that would reflect our tastes and have the feeling of something we would serve at an intimate dinner party at home, and our caterer did a fantastic job. The seasonal menu included an asparagus and artichoke salad, followed by lamb osso buco, and an Italian café wedding cake for dessert, made by Alexis Baking Company. The wines were from producers who used Hudson Vineyards grapes to make their wine.


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Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We had a “speakeasy” lounge tent for after dinner, and Rye on the Road served a range of cocktails: Pisco Sour, Girl Next Door, Aviator, Old Fashioned and many more. // We did a traditional first dance, father/ daughter, and mother/son dance, and then the Monophonics came on and rocked the house for about two hours! They were amazing and had everyone on the dance floor the entire time they played. After the band finished, our close friend, DJ Dukes of Boutique Wedding DJs, had people dancing non-stop until the early morning hours. I danced all night! // Our photographer Jesse Leake, was so easy and fun to work with. He was able to capture the many special moments of the evening without hovering. I loved that!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  If anything goes wrong, chances are you will be the only one who notices, so let it go. Don’t draw attention to it and nobody will be the wiser. Also, make sure to steal away with your husband for a few minutes and be present in the moment.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Be patient with each other, follow your hearts and your vision. Be flexible and if one of you really doesn’t like something, let it go.


Vendor Credits

Photography: Jesse Leake / Event Planning & Design: Alison Events / Venue: Private Estate in Napa, California / Dress: Carolina Herrera / Shoes: Rene Caovilla, Jimmy Choo / Tuxedo: Brioni Tuxedo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Floral Design: The Monkey Flower Group / Stationery: Olive Route / Videography: Lola Video / Cake: Alexis Baking Company / Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth / Rentals: Hartmann Studios, One True Love Vintage, Frances Lane, Zephyr Tents, Royal Restrooms / Hair: Stella Rickett / Makeup: Darcy Hunt / Valet: Soiree Valet / Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation / DJ: Boutique Wedding DJs / Ceremony, Cocktail Music: Synchronicity Strings Quartet via Entire Productions / Band: Monophonics / Catering: Tasha De Serio / Lighting, Sound: Got Light Alison Events and Jesse Leake are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

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