Drenched in golden California sunshine and layers upon layers of windswept tulle, this timeless Napa Valley wedding stole our hearts. The soft pastel color palette blended beautifully with the pale blue sky and honey-hued horizon. We also love that this couple decided to go black-tie for their outdoor wedding! The bride wore an ethereal ballgown whose layers danced in the breeze while the groom rocked a classic black tux.
Leora Soleymani Of Best Bride designed and planned this gorgeous wedding and brought this couple's dream to life at Carneros Resort. The florals by Bellevue Floral Co were kept monochromatic with only white flowers and greenery, this allowed the colors of the rest of the decor to really shine. Sanaz Photography captured these airy photos that are so full of light and movement. Keep reading to hear more from the happy couple, Bailey and Kyle, about their big day. Be sure to check out the full gallery to see even more from their beautiful wedding.
For Kyle and Bailey, the wedding of their dreams meant it had to be Napa Valley. Born and raised in Napa, Bailey always felt a strong connection to the abundant natural beauty and lush landscapes of her hometown. After meeting Bailey in college and visiting the valley many times over their 9-year relationship, Kyle was quick to appreciate her reverence for such a special place. Carneros Resort proved to be the perfect Napa venue, providing a stunning view of the golden summer hills and beautiful green vineyards, along with an incredible culinary team ready to bring their vision to life. The couple kept the guest list small (only 30 people) which allowed for an intimate black-tie event spent with their closest family and friends.
It was important for Kyle and Bailey to work with vendors who were familiar and more like friends, so, the couple turned to Leora Soleymani of Best Bride to assist with planning. It was so special for them to work with Leora as Bailey has known her since 2015 when she started as an intern at Best Bride. After experiencing as many weddings as Bailey had, the couple knew they were in good hands with Leora’s guidance. Sanaz Riggio of Sanaz Photography perfectly captured their entire day from start to finish. She was there for Kyle’s surprise proposal and knew exactly how to capture every detail of the wedding day that mattered to them. The florals and color palette were inspired by the colors of Napa Valley just before the sun sets behind the hills: golden-yellow, light olive greens, and soft blue accents. Napa florist Christina Yan of Bellevue Floral Co was brought on to design the florals to complement the surrounding natural landscape. Rentals from Theoni Collection and Napa Valley Linens provided the finishing touches and final details.
The groom perfectly fit the black-tie dress code in his Lanvin tux, cufflinks, and shoes. The bride wore the Laraline dress by Watters (her something new), along with blue ballet flats from Repetto (her something blue), the groom’s grandmother’s pearl wedding earrings (her something borrowed), and kept her great-grandmother’s handkerchief tucked into her dress to catch her tears (her something old). The couple chose their wedding date as it was Bailey’s birthday and her birthstone is the pearl so it was extra special to have Grandma Kathy’s own pearl earrings from her wedding day! She chose this dress because of the movement and golden undertones that complemented the golden fields found in their sunset photos.
The warm and inviting vibe carried over into the ceremony; Bailey’s Uncle Scott officiated, the only members of the bridal party were Bailey’s sisters and Kyle’s brothers. The couple exchanged handwritten vows both during their first look under the olive trees (to help ease nerves!) and again in front of guests. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on Carneros Resort’s gorgeous hilltop patio, surrounded by panoramic views of the southern end of Napa Valley. The couple chose a four-course sit-down menu that focused on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and opted for tableside ordering so that guests could select what sounded most delicious to them that day. In lieu of a traditional guest book, the bride and groom used an old landline telephone retrofitted with an audio recording device created by After the Tone, so guests could record a voicemail message for the couple to listen back to. Kyle and Bailey wanted the reception to be intimate and breathtaking– a single table set on the Carneros lawn with full views of the valley gave guests the perfect setting for an unforgettable evening. Instead of traditional place cards for the reception seating, the bride and groom opted for wooden clothespins placed at each guest’s seat with their name inscribed–an ode to The French Laundry, a Napa Valley icon. The wedding party enjoyed a lemon madeleine wedding cake from Bouchon Bakery, the couple’s favorite spot in the valley, and proceeded to dance the night away thanks to fantastic music by Ian of Dart Collective.
Focus on your relationship and what brings you both joy, remember why you’re having the event. We wanted to be sure that we were able to spend time with each of our guests and feel relaxed throughout the day. For us, we wanted to focus on the celebration of our love with the people that we love and the start of a new, special time in our life together.
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