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A Casual Wedding in Saint Helena, CA

  • Adam George/Embrace Life Photography, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco
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Sarah & Jason in Saint Helena, CA
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To contrast her bridesmaids’ bright-colored dresses and bouquets, Sarah carried an all-white bouquet of garden roses.
Saint Helena Farmers’ Market, St. Helena
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The ceremony and reception took place on the same grounds. A wooden sign pointed guests in the right direction.
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The couple got married beneath a large oak tree on the winery’s lawn, facing the lake. Letting the view’s beauty shine, they decided not to bring any decorations.
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Sarah and Jason wanted their wedding to feel like a big dinner party for their 51 guests. They set up two long dining tables on the grass and chose white linens to play up the colorful centerpieces.
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For a personal touch, Sarah and Jason mounted pictures from their dating days on colorful cardstock and hung them from a tree that guests passed on the way into the meadow.
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Light arrangements of red, pink and coral daisies were set in blue and clear mason jars for a fun, pretty look that worked well with the polka dot plates.
Saint Helena Farmers’ Market, St. Helena
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As a wedding gift, the couple’s close friend (a pastry chef at French Laundry) made the wedding cake. She covered it with sparkled white fondant and decorated the tiers with fresh figs and flowers.
Jennifer Smith, the couple’s friend
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With her family’s help, Sarah made tags and fabric lids for the jars of berry jam that she and Jennifer (her friend and pastry chef) made. Guest could help themselves to homemade scones, too!

Sarah & Jason in Saint Helena, CA

Jason had just moved back to California after spending 10 years in Hawaii when he applied for a job at Bouchon in Yountville, where Sarah worked as a sous chef. When Jason walked into the restaurant for his interview, he and Sarah spotted each other. He was hired and soon the two developed a friendship that turned into a relationship. On their first date, Sarah showed Jason some of her favorite spots to go for walks, including Lake Hennessey in Saint Helena. The Bride Sarah Emhoff, 26, a personal chef The Groom Jason Heller, 31, a wine director at a restaurant The Date September 26 About 10 months later, Jason took Sarah for a walk around the lake before work. Hand in hand, they were about halfway along the trail when Sarah felt Jason slip a ring onto her finger. They spent the next 10 months planning an early fall wedding filled with bright colors in the meadow of a friend’s Napa Valley winery.
- Jaimie Dalessio
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  • Adam George/Embrace Life Photography, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco
  • Saint Helena Farmers’ Market, St. Helena
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  • Jennifer Smith, the couple’s friend

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