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Melanie & Drew: A Vineyard Wedding in Yountville, CA

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Melanie & Drew in Yountville, CA
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Melanie carried a rounded bouquet of white and cream flowers: open garden and Ecuadorian roses, peonies, ranunculus, freesias, lisianthus, and sweet peas. The stems were wrapped and tied with ivory organza ribbon.
Karen Axel, Tapestry Flowers, San Francisco, CA
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Melanie’s bridesmaids wore strapless luminescent taffeta dresses by Watters & Watters with full skirts and chocolate taffeta sashes. The groomsmen coordinated in copper-colored silk ties.
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The bridesmaids carried rounded bouquets similar to Melanie’s. Open roses, orchids, echinacea pods, montbretia, berries, and ranunculus in shades of shades of orange, tangerine, apricot, copper, and chocolate were wrapped with copper organza ribbon.
Karen Axel, Tapestry Flowers, San Francisco, CA
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The nine groomsmen, the fathers of the bride and groom, and Melanie’s godfather (the ceremony officiate) wore boutonnieres made of copper-colored echinacea pods, twigs, and tiny orange berries.
Karen Axel, Tapestry Flowers, San Francisco, CA
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The flower girl threw orange rose petals down the aisle. She carried a flower-covered dark-twig basket decorated with the same copper organza ribbon as the bridesmaid bouquets.
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Melanie and her mother custom-designed the wedding invitations, and the colors they chose (copper and brown) inspired the palette of the entire wedding.
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When rain threatened Melanie and Drew’s plans for an outdoor ceremony, the ceremony chairs were quickly moved under part of the dining tent. The tent provider was able to hide the dining area with copper draping.
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For the escort cards, Melanie’s mother bought tiny copper-colored envelopes on clearance at an art supply store. She also found textured brown card stock to match the invitations, which she gave to the printer.
Prima Printing, San Carlos, CA
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In honor of wine country, bottles of a local Merlot served as Melanie and Drew’s table numbers. The original labels were soak-removed from the bottles and replaced with custom-printed ones.
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Low chandeliers hung from the roof of the reception tent.
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The table centerpieces complemented the elegant wine country atmosphere and featured open orange roses, copper-colored echinacea pods, Sunkist orchids, lime cymbidiums, apricot Macarena roses, chocolate cosmos, and orange dahlias with fresh grapes, cracked open pomegranates, figs, and amaranthus.
Karen Axel of Tapestry Flowers, San Francisco, CA
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Melanie and Drew’s square, monogrammed wedding cake was covered in a chocolate glaze and made with candy bar and Baileys Irish Cream filling. It was decorated with fresh fruit, harvest flowers, and edible sugar made copper bands.
Perfect Endings, Napa Valley, CA
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Guests took home small bottles of California olive oil with custom-printed labels as favors.

Melanie & Drew in Yountville, CA

Melanie and Drew attended the same college, but because he’s two years older, they rarely crossed paths. On a Saturday night four years after college, Melanie had already changed into her pajamas when a friend called, encouraging her to go out. Minutes after she met her friends, wearing a sweatshirt and old jeans, one of them called Drew over, who asked for her number and called her Monday. The Bride Melanie Anne La Vaute, 28, account coordinator The Groom Andrew (Drew) Quinlan, 30, software sales The Date November 8 Drew proposed during a weekend getaway. It was Christmastime, and the couple agreed they’d bring their first gifts to each other to exchange on the trip. Drew’s gift was an engagement ring. The couple chose to have their wedding in Napa because it’s within driving distance of most of their family and friends.
- Jaimie Dalessio
Their Ingredients
  • Annie X Photographie, Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Cay Lemon, Zest Productions, Sebastopol, CA
  • The Vintage Estate - Napa Valley
  • Karen Axel, Tapestry Flowers, San Francisco, CA
  • Prima Printing, San Carlos, CA
  • Karen Axel of Tapestry Flowers, San Francisco, CA
  • Perfect Endings, Napa Valley, CA
  • OliveSource.com

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