Good things come to those who wait! We always hear that, but is it true? Well after ten years of patience and separation TJ and Troy finally tied the knot and it seems they couldn’t be happier! This darling couple’s love story is better then any Rom-Com rerun, so stay tuned to hear all about it. Plus, the cuteness keeps on coming! You’ll even get a sneak peek at TJ and Troys rehearsal dinner which is just as lovely as their big day! There is always more to see in the full gallery here. Check out all the gorgeous details from this gold and white wedding in Napa Valley captured beautifully by Matt Edge Wedding Photography. Be sure to read on to see the final budget breakdown of this Napa Valley wedding. Always great to see if something like this is in your budget … right?
From the Bride: We planned our wedding from Michigan, which is where we live now. Planning an out-of-state wedding is tricky business, so our engagement ended up being over two years. I recommend putting your money where your priorities are, which we had three: 1) for our guests to have a great time, 2) to have clean photography that would be timeless, and 3) to have beautiful invitations (I have a letterpress studio, and naturally wanted to splurge on paper!). I also recommend doing a first look. I don’t think anyone could have talked me into this, but looking back I see why it’s a wise decision. It’s a better use of your time with the photographer and you would get to enjoy more time with your guests. So spend your money where your priorities are, take photos before the ceremony, and then of course enjoy the day! It truly does go by so fast and you’ll be wishing you could relive it again … at least I am.
We had a magical day and have stunning photos to show for it, but if I could do it all over again, I would put more time into planning the photography. I hired the most amazing photographer and just left it at that. I assumed the candid shots would “just happen” and didn’t put any thought into them until after the wedding. I should have included candid shots with the shot list I gave the photographer, for example pinning the boutonniere on my dad’s lapel (which I didn’t do, but should have), us in our getaway car, or us posed certain ways, etc.
At the end of the day, there will always be something you wish you had done differently and in the big picture those things really aren’t what’s important. The day after the wedding, I was so sad “it was all over” and my dad reminded me that it’s not over, it’s just beginning. And that truly is what matters.
Rewind one day to TJ and Troy’s rehearsal dinner at the Lodi Farm Center. A beautiful night filled with farm fresh food, family from all over and excitement for the next day!
Brownies and ice cream in a mason jar, Yum! Such a sweet way to welcome your guests! We love the vintage sink they used to keep their adorable and tasty rehearsal favors cool.
Photographer: Matt Edge Wedding Photography
Venue & Caterer: Farmstead Restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch
Hair & Makeup: The Powder Room
Cinematography: Frontside Films
Coordinator: Va de Vie Events
Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Flowers: Green Snapdragon
Groom's Attire: Vera Wang
Shoe Designer: Nina
Stationery: Ink & Iron
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events
Bridesmaid Dresses: Parker
Band: Hot Einstein
Calligraphy: K is for Calligraphy
Read on to hear how TJ and Troy met and to see how much this gold and white wedding in Napa Valley cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you Troy and I were set up by mutual friends in the summer of 2003 when he was still in the Navy. In no time at all, I was head over heels for this sailor and was hearing wedding bells. But at the end of his enlistment, he relocated from California to Florida to finish his flight training and although we continued to see each other, we were young and the distance proved to be too much. As the years passed by, I never forgot about Troy; I would compare the men I dated to him and wonder what he was up to. Finally in early 2010, we reconnected via email, and it was as if we had never been apart. Within six months we were engaged and were finally planning our future together! In the seven years that we were apart, I had assumed he was married and oh how I was jealous of his wife, for I knew she was the luckiest girl alive. Today I pinch myself because I am that girl. I had to wait ten years to marry him, but it was so worth it! Here's the partial budget breakdown: Venue & Catering: $12,900 Venue included dinner for 92 guests, 8 kids meals, 12 vendor meals, open bar, and s'mores. We opted for s'mores instead of a wedding cake, and I'm so glad we did. It was about $700, but it added so much to the atmosphere; it was one of the best decisions we made for the wedding. Transportation: $610—Our guests were staying all throughout the valley, so we did not offer shuttle service. Party Rentals: $2250—The big ticket items were th dance floor ($450), patio heaters ($855), and café lights. Farmstead has a "barn" that can be used for dancing and would have spared these expenses. Flowers: $1700—Included flowers six centerpieces for the rehearsal dinner. Band: $3500—We could have reduced the music cost by going with a DJ, but we wanted live music. Coordinator: $1300 Decorations: $500 The other big ticket items, like the dress and photographer, are more flexible.