Real Wedding: Kate & Brandon

While yesterday’s wedding feature was pink with a modern twist, today’s is pink at it’s most classic and romantic. Hello, peonies! My friend Laurie Arons (who was also part of the planning team for my own wedding) sent this wedding over, and it’s full of such lovely details. Kate and Brandon’s timeless wedding is a perfect example of how you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to have a wonderful wedding that’s also an amazing time for your guests. Says the bride:

We wanted a destination wedding, and since we’re big foodies and we love wine (plus we wanted our wedding to be elegant yet relaxed), Napa was perfect. As soon as we saw Beaulieu, we knew that was the place. It’s an amazing setting – so beautiful – and it was like having three different venues in one, with different spaces for each part of the day – ceremony in one place, cocktails in another, dancing in yet another. And since Paula LeDuc is the exclusive caterer at Beaulieu, we knew we’d have amazing food. It was such a memorable weekend, because of all the people who made an effort and traveled to Napa to celebrate with us – my brother came all the way from Switzerland!


Kate shares her wedding dress experience: Originally I was going to have my dress custom made, and it ended up causing me a total anxiety attack. I didn’t get to see the final product until a few weeks before the wedding, and it was not at all what I was expecting. I ended up wearing a Vera Wang dress that I bought off the floor two days before we left Seattle for the wedding weekend. Laurie [Arons] was hugely helpful with the dress – I really needed her at that moment, and she found somewhere that I could have it altered in San Francisco at the last minute.

Brandon was all about the food. He was beside himself with all of it! The passed hors d’oeuvres were really creative and fun (like mini chicken and waffles) and the fritto misto station was amazing.

Kate loves peonies, and happily they were in season at just the right time, so floral designer Kathleen Deery used pale pink peonies everywhere, from the bride’s bouquet to the cake. Jill Poole from PS Paper created a “chalkboard” seating chart and menus to fit in with the feeling of relaxed elegance.

In addition to the three-tiered cake from Perfect Endings (with layers of lemon pound cake and ivory apricot cake), Paula LeDuc Fine Catering created a dessert buffet with strawberry shortcake, pots de creme, cookies and miniature lemon meringue tartlets.

Best wishes Kate and Brandon, and a big thank you to Laurie Arons and all the awesome vendors who shared this wedding with Snippet & Ink! You can see even more pretty from Kate and Brandon’s wedding over on Laurie’s blog.

Laurie Arons Special Events, Kathleen Deery Design and PS Paper are sponsors of Snippet & Ink.

Vendor Credits

Photography: Angie Silvy / Event Planner: Laurie Arons Special Events / Venue: Beaulieu Garden in St. Helena, California / Bride's dress: Vera Wang / Flowers: Kathleen Deery Design / Day-of stationery: PS Paper / Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Cake: Perfect Endings / String trio: KLC Music / DJ: DJ Solomon / Tent, lighting: Classic Party RentalsGot Light

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