In 2005, Chris and Eric went on one of their first trips to Napa Valley, California and stayed at a private residence. Eric works for an importing and distributing company, so a wine tasting trip was very appropriate. The property features a very romantic setting. At the time, they both though of how amazing it would be for a wedding, not realizing that six years later, it would be their venue. The property features lots of fruit trees and a vineyard that overlooks the valley. In keeping with the natural beauty of their surroundings, they chose to do a simple yet rustic theme, choosing summery pale hues of yellow, green, and cream for their colors.
One of the first wedding planning tasks they had completed was finding a florist. After meeting Leah and Rafael, owners of Spiral Hand Floral and Event Design, they realized they shared a love for nature. It was a perfect match. Since Chris attended culinary school, a great caterer was extremely important. Andrea from The Girl and the Fig Caterers was wonderful at capturing exactly what Chris and Eric envisioned; amazing crostinis, an oyster bar with 500 oysters, and finally a dessert bar that included delicious pastries. Another vendor they could not have done without was their event planners, Amy and Janice, from Amy Nichols Events. Planning a wedding from NYC to California was not an easy task, but Amy and Janice made it seamless and effortless. Amy and Janice helped with every little detail, from representing their mini dachshunds, Gus and Tucker, to the honorary table that held pictures of their beloved ones who had passed on. Overall, their day was magical in its simplicity and truly reflected Chris and Eric as a couple. Together they shared a beautiful day with their friends, family, and each other.
Planner: Janice Javier for Amy Nichols Special Events
Photographer:Carolyn Quilici for Lisa Lefkowitz Fine Art Photography
Flowers: Spiral Hand Florist
Catering: The Girl and the Fig
Cake: Buttercream Bakery
Photobooth: Denon and Doyle
Hair & Makeup: Sherrie Long
[images from Carolyn Quilici for Lisa Lefkowitz Fine Art Photography]
The dress and shoes make this wedding for me…love the sparkle with tiny detailed petals fluttering all over the dress!
Venue: W Union Square
Catering: Todd English’s Olives
The W was the second place I looked at with my mother and our search ended there. The staff would have sold us if the space weren’t beautiful enough. Between the excellent onsite coordinator and quality of the food service, we felt like we were in great hands! And Nick and I are foodies, so guest expectations were pretty high.
Cake: LuLu Bakery
Cake Topper: www.fancyflours.com
I have been told this was the most delicious cake some people ever ate. I was not surprised.
Photography: Tory Williams
Before anyone even saw our photos, we got rave reviews about our photographer. She was always in the thick of things, but never in anyone’s way. She’s a photo ninja.
Florist: Denise Fasanello
Denise is a joy to work with. I wanted the wedding to be full or rich jewel tones and didn’t want to have to stick with a boring palette of two or three colors. Then I asked for food in my flowers. None of this threw her for a loop. She put together rich, lush arrangements dotted with rosemary, artichokes, pomegranates, sprays of olive branch, and berries.
Chuppah: my mom
Denise was wonderful in working with my mom on the chuppah. She kept the structure very simple and modern so that it didn’t complete with the beautiful tree of life design my mom created.
Ketubah: Rachel Deitsch
We decided to echo the tree of life theme in our interfaith egalitarian ketubah. Rachel is an amazing artist and so easy to work with on customization.
Invitations: Umi from Village Invites
I adore letterpress stationery, but found that invitations suites in letterpress were way out of budget. So I was thrilled when the incredible Linda at Village Invites told me that Elum Letterpress also makes a line of flatprinted cards!
Conversation starter guest books: Kate’s Paperie + DIY (inspiration from Martha Stewart!)
[images from Tory Williams]
Tory Williams & Denise Fasanello are members of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listing.
[images from AGA Images]
Melinda & Chris’s relationship started with a date at Freeman’s, so its fitting that their marriage should start there as well!
Photographer: Michael Gross
After researching photographers, we found Michael’s website and saw that he not only took beautiful wedding photos, but also he took gorgeous still life images. His wedding shoots seemed to capture the particular feeling of the event, and that is when we decided that he was the photographer for us. We were so lucky to find someone to capture the beauty of our day, and he definitely delivered photos that bring us back to each moment of the day.
Makeup: Ashley Rike
We were very lucky to get Ashley! She is represented by Agency Gerard, and I called three weeks before the wedding hoping that she wasn’t booked. We never had a test run, but she made me look exactly (actually better) than I had wanted! She was such a pleasure to spend time with during the day!
Flowers: Jasmine’s Floral Design
We always use this small florist a few blocks away for weekly home arrangements. They always have beautiful blooms and their prices are fantastic. For our wedding, I wanted to keep it simple with varying arrangements of white roses. I ordered 12 dozen a week before the wedding and requested that they all be fully bloomed, which they were when they arrived at Freemans!
[images from Michael Gross Weddings]