After a surprise engagement at their favorite Napa Valley vineyard, it was only fitting for Ali and Chris to tie the knot with vineyard inspired flair. Their Texas celebration included personalized mirrored pieces throughout with quotes such as: “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full, there is clearly room for more wine.”
The bride chose a deep palette of purple and blue floral. She and Chris were married in an outdoor ceremony, under a lush floral arbor with natural wood touches. Wine barrels complimented the scene with flowing bouquets, soft acoustic guitar strums, and beautiful weather. We absolutely love that they carried their inspiration into cocktail hour with several specialty wines to reflect their love for Napa Valley. Fairy Tale Photography did a perfect job capturing the beauty of the day, and we can’t wait for you to see all of the fun details that Ali and Chris incorporated!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Molly Rasmussen and Pop Parties played a huge roll in the planning process. I originally was the girl who was against paying money for a planner (I thought I was super woman and could do it alone) and oh my gosh was I wrong. I wouldn’t change a thing and glad to have spent every penny on our wedding planner, Pop Parties. Junior at Garden gate also made a HUGE impact on the planning (and execution).
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
I really just went with what I liked and people who were easy to work with. This is the most happiest time of your life, of course stress will come, but working with people who truly enjoy what they do makes the world of a difference. I didn’t spend too much time reading reviews because everyone’s expectations and taste are different. All of my vendors also worked so well together (and knew each other from previous parties) and that was so helpful and carefree day of!
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
Napa/Sonoma! My husband and I travel there every year and drink lots and lots of wine. I wanted a destination wedding at first, until I realized we could bring “wine country” to Dallas! I wanted a casual atmosphere, outdoors, with wine and cheese- just like our nights in Napa and Sonoma.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
The party. The dance floor opened up at 7 and didn’t die down once. There was never a moment that the dance floor was empty. Everyone just had the time of their lives.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Everyone says it goes by so fast, and it does…. Enjoy yourself. Do what you want- it’s your night!! Don’t worry about saying hi to every single guest (especially when you have over 250) and if you want to drink- drink!
Thank you Ali and Chris for sharing your special day with us!
We love that this couple chose to closed out the evening with a private last dance to soak in their special day one last time before heading outside to a sparkler and fireworks send off. Now that is a way to exit for sure!
VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…
Photographer: Fairy Tale Photography // Lighting: Absolute Lighting // Linens and Coverings: BBJ Linen // Floral Designer: Garden Gate Floral // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Officiant: Love Notes // Event Planner: Pop Parties // Band: Project Band // Cinema and Video: Soul Box Productions // Dress Store: StarDust Celebrations // Cake Designer: Sugar Bee Sweets // Caterer: Tastefully Yours Catering // Reception Venue: The Laurel // Dress Store: Warren Barron Bridal // Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas