A Nature-Inspired Wedding at Charles Krug Winery in Saint Helena, California
Sloane Berman, 27, a history teacher for Oakwood High School and Robert Meyer, 32, a social media manager met while working on their Master's degrees in history at San Francisco State University. Robert asked Sloane to tutor him with Latin translations of Vergil's Aeneid. After a few tutoring sessions, Robert asked Sloane to get sushi. "Dinner turned into a four hour conversation and from then on we were inseparable!" says Sloane. A few years later, the two were on a cruise with Sloane's family to Cozumel, Honduras and Belize for New Year's when they decided to grab dinner as a family on board. Little did Sloane know that Robert was planning to propose on New Year's Eve and everyone was in on it. As they ate, a performance of one of Sloane's favorite songs, "I Can't Help Falling in Love" began to play, and Robert knew it was the right time. Since Sloane's mom was the one with the ring, Robert signaled to her to pass it along, beneath the table so she wouldn't notice. As the song ended, Robert got out of his chair and down on one knee. Since Napa Valley has always been special to these two San Franciscans, it was easy to narrow down their wedding venue choices. They ended up going with Charles Krug Winery, the oldes vineyard still in operation in the area (its doors opened in 1870!), which appealed Sloane and Robert as history buffs. "Our goal with the wedding was to let the natural beauty of Napa take center stage," says Sloane. "Nature, forests, greenery, cream and wood grain ruled our image boards during the planning process and the landscape of Charles Krug was our ultimate inspiration."