Vivacious, Vineyard Wedding in Napa Valley

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 12, 2012

Crystal & John

August 13

St. Helena, California


Q & A with the Bride:

1. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

 1. We placed our favorite bible passages in pretty antique frames on each table. This was special because we were able to share a bit of ourselves with our guests.

2. The food–The Meadowood has the most amazing food from cocktail hour to appetizers to entrees. Delish! 

3. Watching the same day edit video put together by Cana Productions, our videographer, with all our guests during dinner was  great.

2. Give us the one moment in your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.

I remember my heart feeling very full and blessed from being surrounded by all our closest friends and family. Particularly, the anticipation of getting ready with my bridesmaids, having brunch in the room, getting our hair and makeup done and taking fun pictures. It’s a rare event that all my best friends are in one place together spending quality time together since we all are busy with our daily schedules and living in different cities.

Dining-Napa Style

Posted by lfrazier on Sep 14, 2010

In our last posts we’ve explored great wedding venues in Napa, as well as some must see stops in the region. Now we’d like to introduce you to a great place to dine while you’re there.

Tra Vigne is one of those restaurants that make you feel completely transported somewhere else. In this case, it’s clearly Italy. Its cuisine, that’d billed as neo-Italian, has Tuscan, Sicilian and Northern Italian influences with a decidedly modern twist. Their menu changes seasonally to reflect the best ingredients, which are mostly grown locally and brought right to the restaurant.

An Amazing Journey Through Napa, Continued…

Posted by lfrazier on Aug 31, 2010

In our last post we introduced you to Gloria Ferrer-perfect for a destination wedding. Now we would like to show you some of the other things to enjoy while in Napa.


Sonoma and Napa are famous for their quiet, tranquil evenings. Sit by a fire at a small bistro and hear live jazz. Go to a show at one of the numerous small theatre companies nearby. Or, for something a little different, you can tour an olive press and taste fresh-pressed handcrafted olive oils. They’ve got citrus olive oils, extra virgins – even blood orange olive oils. They were just awarded numerous awards and gold medals from the prestigious Yolo awards – so it’s definitely a must-see – and have backstocked over 250 awards in the past few years alone from different competitions in the region. It really is a foodie’s paradise just as much as a wine lover’s haven.

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At 8:46 this past Wednesday morning, I was well into my daily yoga routine at the Houstonian in Houston, Texas, and far, far away from the fax, computer and iPhone email, and quite deep into a twist that had taken me perpendicular to the floor. I listened for further direction from Rie Congelio, my blithe and breezy “Yoga Body” instructor.

Actually, in the last four years of yoga practice, Rie had said many instructional and inspirational things in her class, yet in the next few seconds she would utter one word that would possibly influence thousands of WeddingWire brides, not to mention change lives, bodies, minds.

So, I listened and over my measured inhale, I heard: “Your next move will be counterintutive.” Say no more. Get me out of here, I have a message for my brides. I packed up my Manduka professional mat and rolled out.

“Counterintutive,” became my mantra. Listen, yoga, at its heart, is about the balance of opposites. The balance in Life. The juxtaposition of Ying and Yang; breath in, breath out. So for brides, who are on what seems a non-stop, life altering twelve month marathon to the alter, or Cabos, the opposite life approach in life would be most welcomed.