Photography By: Lisa Lefkowitz
Magical moments can be made to order at Meadowood. This facility is ideal for the couple looking for an intimate and serene setting with timeless beauty. A classically elegant affair with clean modern lines or a celebration that leans towards romantic details will be at home.
The grounds at Meadowood are pristine; you can envision the groomsmen playing a game of croquet or bocci while smoking cigars and enjoying a glass of scotch. The lush rolling hills and the soaring Redwood forest sets a scene that is reminiscent of the New England countryside and creates an ideal location for assembling your wedding guests. White wood chiavari chairs are an obvious choice to create the frame. If your taste lean towards classical elegance, consider scrolled iron garden chairs for a more whimsical romantic vintage feel. Tall floral arrangements seated upon rustic wood pedestals are a fun design element to help blend your decor with the surrounding forest. Create a frame around the bride and groom so their silhouette is not competing with the vast woodland treeline. We recommend using calla lilies, branches, and dog wood, to create height and contrast. Interesting architectural elements can also create a fun canvass for your ceremony portrait. Wooden arches or a trellis with free-flowing vines and bright floral swags make great photos.
While you and your groom retreat and take advantage of the superb photo opportunities, allow your guests to "nosh" in a fun outdoor setting. White Adirondack furniture, comfortable couches, chairs, coffee tables, and side tables are a welcome treat and stunning visual element located under the paper lanterns (provided by the facility). Your guests won't want to leave the inviting area when you pair it with a well-stocked bar serving specialty cocktails and champagne - add a touch of light background music and you have the perfect mood. As the sun sets, the lounge will become a quiet retreat away from the music - include arrangements of warm glowing candles in various heights and you have quite the romantic mood for those guests looking for some R and R.
Your dining preferences are partially determined by your guest count. If you fancy indoor dining, then your guest count should not top 120. For indoor dining we recommend The Vintner's Room. The room is an example of simple elegance. The clean lines, hardwood floor, and immaculate window line are a stunning backdrop for any color pallet or theme. The fireplace is a great element; accentuate it with plenty of candlelight and you will achieve that warm glow that makes every bride look great.
I do Venues prefers to have your guests dine under the beautiful blue canopy of the Napa Valley sky. Begin with ecru colored linen in a topaz style fabric. This will create movement on the table without adding too much glitz. Dark wood chiavari chairs with a corresponding ecru cushion will add the right amount of color to the neutral canvass. Now you can have some fun. A soft color pallet of flowers including pearl, soft ivory, white washed pale pink with hints of coco brown will give the area a soft and romantic feel. If you prefer a more modern and chic feel, use single flower arrangements or a monochromatic floral arrangement. A variety of vases in different heights on each table with candles intertwined will tie the room together nicely.
If you love color and want to make a statement, I do Venues encourages moderation. Too much color can be overwhelming in the beautiful and serene atmosphere. A splash of color in the form of a table runner, a soft colored linen of pale pink or pewter can be accented by bright flowers and accents, this is definitely a venue where less is more. Whether your taste leans towards the tradition of soft, romantic and elegant, or you have visions of a more modern affair - shades of white, ecru, and pearl make a bold statement against the deep evergreen surroundings.