A Gorgeous Winter Wedding with the Prettiest Spring Garden Feel

It’s safe to say the sun is always shining in California, but infusing a February wedding with the look and feel of a stunning garden affair is still no easy feat. That is, unless you have a team of wedding superheroes on your side. This Calistoga celebration is a testament to the beautifully crafted design by Jesse Tombs of Alison Events along with those pretty, pretty (did I mention pretty?) blooms by Charlotte & Daughters and all captured by Larissa Cleveland. You would swear it took place smack dab in the middle of Spring but nope. We’ve got a winter wedding California style on our hands and it’s a stunner.

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From the Floral Designer … A wedding in February is always a time of crossroads for flowers. We have our winter favorites still going strong, but it is also a thrilling time for florists because we start to see the first nods of spring at the flower market. For U-Wen and Mike’s wedding we were able to bring in lots of bright seasonal flowers to create a warm, fun, relaxed, yet sophisticated feel to their celebration.

For her personal flowers, U-Wen wanted a more traditional style bouquet and some simple flowers for her hair. We used Romantic Antique and Juliet david austin roses in addition to poppies, Italian ranunculus, fritillaria, spray roses, hellebore, and freesia with a touch of greenery to create a soft pastel bouquet. Many of the boutonnieres featured local hellebore to add a darker contrast to the spring blooms.

Guests entered the home and were greeted with a grand arrangement featuring flowering branches, which connected with the large statement pieces in the cocktail area. The space had lots of big blank walls which were prefect for us to use tall flowering cherry blossom branches, paired with peach and pink flowers and lots of candles. The cocktail tables were adorned with exquisite hellebores in copper vases. We used some flowing ferns and greenery to connect with the ceremony pieces. Set in front of a stunning backdrop of the Napa hills, the outdoor ceremony needed little more than a simple addition of candles and two arrangements on either side of the couple.

The reception tables featured long ceramic boats filled with the bright flowers and flowering cherry blossom branches. Food was the central focus of the reception and we wanted to allow space for the full culinary experience, while adding interest, color and beauty to the tables.


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Photography: Larissa Cleveland Photography | event planning and design: Alison Events, LLC | florist: Charlotte & Daughters | cake: The Whole Cake | Catering: Seven Hills – Anthony Florian | hair and makeup: Imagi By Fiona | harpist: Diana Rowan | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Dinner Music: Peter Horvath | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper: Little Miss Press | Vocalist: Nicholas Bearde | child care: Joanna’s Nannies | dinner service: Meadowood Napa Valley | floor over pool: Jason Ranhin Contractors | tent and rentals: Hensley Event Resources | video: Collideskope Studios

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