May 31, 2012

Harvest Inn Wedding – Purple and Green

So excited to share some photos from Brandi Schlagel of Indigo Photography and the wedding that we recently did up in Napa at the beautiful Harvest Inn. Kristin and Gabe are both getting their PhDs in Astrophysics and ironically got married on the eve of the very cool solar eclipse. Kristin chose a very spring wine country color palette with pops of green and purple and I wanted to share how gorgeous it was – especially with the lush spring vineyards and the lavender in full bloom on the Harvest Inn property. She also brought in a lot of wine related details with corks and vintage harvest boxes from her family’s orchards which were used in different vignettes – that is where that rich brown color comes into play. Kristin really embraced the natural setting surrounding the venue while enlisting the help of her Maid of Honor who is an incredibly talented floral designer. Monica from In Full Bloom, did an amazing job pulling the palette together within the florals as well as working double duty that day!  Check out Indigo Photography’s blog and the Trisha Dean Events blog for more amazing photos of this beautiful wedding!


May 29, 2012

Meet + Greet: Lisa Lefkowitz Photography

Hi friends! Hope you enjoyed the looooong weekend! We are so excited to bring your our next Meet + Greet Interview with the incredibly talented photographer Lisa Lefkowitz! Lisa’s images have graced the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, The Knot Magazine and Bride and Bloom, just to name a few. She truly knows how to capture a moment. Lots of love and thanks to Lisa for sharing with us her thoughts on wine country weddings!

Company Name: Lisa Lefkowitz Photography

Which wine country locations do you serve? All!

What are your top three wine country venues to shoot at? Black Swan Lake, Calistoga Ruins, Beaulieu Garden.

What type of cameras do you use? Contax 645 (medium format film camera), CanonEOS-3, Canon 5D and 5D Mark IIs.

What is your favorite time of day to shoot? Later evening, right before sunset.

Any tips for how to look your best when taking photos in a vineyard? Just focus on your partner and on enjoying the moment!! Your photographer will make the rest happen.

What three things should a couple never plan a wedding without? A wedding planner, a Pinterest board, and wedding magazines/blogs.

What are your favorite sites, blogs and/or mags for wedding inspiration? I read all the major wedding magazines and blogs. I especially have always been inspired by Martha Stewart Weddings.

What should a potential client bring to a first meeting with you? Nothing really! We talk a lot about what’s important to them in terms of theirphotography, how I work, and then just look at at a lot of images. I guess if I had to say something, I’d say time – I like to chat for a while and really get to know my clients.

Any overall tips that couples should keep in mind when it comes to photographing the big day? Trust your photographer and just have fun!

Thanks so much Lisa! Here are some amazing images that Lisa sent over from some of her past weddings – aren’t they just the bestest?! Enjoy! xo

May 24, 2012

Wydown Hotel in St. Helena

It is with pure joy that I showcase this next hotel. I literally stumbled upon it last weekend thinking it was a high end furniture store! The Wydown Hotel is right on Main Street in the heart of St. Helena and has a very modern and sleek yet comfy feel. We were immediately welcomed by the friendly front desk gals who promptly saw our excitement about the hotel and offered us a tour of some of their rooms. The rooms were gorgeous and spacious – very sleek and homey all as the same. There are 12 rooms total and my favorite thing to share with you all…there is NO TWO NIGHT MINIMUM! This is a rarity in the Napa Valley and such a great thing for out of town wedding guests that will only be around for one evening. We were so excited we booked a room on the spot and plan on spending the fourth of July up in St. Helena.

The true charm of this hotel is walking out the front door and being surrounded by the hustle and bustle of main street. Go visit! If you are there on the 4th we can watch the fireworks together.

Really cool 4 person chair photo by me

May 18, 2012

Gorgeous Pink, Red and Orange Ranunculus

It’s no secret that I’ve got a mad thing for barns…and second in line to all that barn love is some ranunculus love – my all time favorite flower. Soft ruffles in bright pops of color get me every time. The Little Branch had me weak in the knees for this incredible shoot, the linens, the centerpieces, the bouts – UNREAL! Take a peek, visit their site for more flower love and happy flower friday!

May 8, 2012

Coral Summer Dresses

Bonjour! I am currently zipping around France, the French Riviera to be exact, for a site visit and I can’t help but share with you all the happy summer color that is lining the streets of the croisette in Cannes! Coral, coral and more coral! My thought immediately went to – how perfect is this color in a flirty sun dress for engagement shoots in the wine country OR a bridal party all decked out in this magnificent color – the coral would truly look so bright and happy against a rustic wooden backdrop or bright lush green vines!

Loving this photo below – the pleats and the belt make me squeal a little. The dress is from Mango and the shoes from Zara – and they seriously pop! However, instead of sinking in the dirt, you might want to opt for some bright flats or wedge heels when tromping through your vineyard style photo shoot…

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May 2, 2012

Visit to Domaine Carneros – relax with sparkling wines in Napa

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I don’t know about you but bubbles make me happy, giddy almost! Especially sitting in the sun, with wide sweeping views of Napa Valley, and the most amazingly yummy (and rather large!) cheese plate. Domaine Carneros is one of my most favorite places to sneak off to after a long day of meetings in the valley and allows me to re-create this simple but wonderful experience every time I visit. They are one of the wineries that are open a bit later (they close at 6pm) and the stunning Chateau has this wrap around terrace that seems to go for miles. You can find me at a table near the vines, with a glass of their pretty pink Brut Rosé in hand, cheese plate very close by. The service lends itself to being on the relaxed side, with a wait staff that engages with you as a friend instead of a just another customer.

Domaine Carneros features many different varietals. My favorite, their sparkling wine, is made in the classic manner, “méthode champenoise”. So why is it not called champagne? In theory, champagne comes from the Champagne region of France, and if the grapes are not grown in that area, they are unable to be recognized as champagne. In the 1930’s the U.S. failed to sign a labeling agreement limiting the use of the word “champagne” to wines from the Champagne region, so some American wineries do utilize this description, but typically you will find sparkling wines to be the majority in the U.S.

Other varietals they produce are Pinot Noir, a Merlot, and every now and then a Chardonnay. My two favs are the Brut Rosé and the Avant-Garde Pinot Noir. The Brut Rose tastes like strawberries and roses without any sticky sweet flavors, the characteristics of the Brut comes in and makes it incredibly refreshing. The Avant-Garde Pinot’s flavors take me to dark chocolate, cherries, and raspberries. Yum!

There are multiple event spaces at the Chateau for small dinners and parties but the space is not available for weddings. So after a long day, make sure to stop by and relax and truly enjoy yourself!

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May 1, 2012

Meet + Greet: An Interview with a Wine Country Bride

So excited to launch a new series of posts called Meet + Greet on Barn Lovely today! In this series, we will be interviewing couples who have been married in or are planning a wedding in wine country. We’ll learn why they chose the venue they did, what worked, and what truly inspires them.

The bride and groom we are featuring today I adore with all my heart and I am so very lucky to have them as friends (and to have been a guest at this AH-mazing party!) Their jaw-dropping gorgeous wedding has been featured in Brides Magazine, Modern Bride (China), Vogue’s Bridal Issue (Japan) and Style Me Pretty, just to name a few. Leslie and Jeff got married at stunning Beaulieu Garden in the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley. A huge thank you to Leslie for the interview and another huge thank you to Lisa Lefkowitz for allowing Barn Lovely to share the beautiful images she took of Leslie and Jeff’s wedding.

Bride & Groom: Leslie + Jeffrey

Wedding Location & Time of Year: Beaulieu Garden, June 2010

Describe your wedding style: Casual Elegance. Understated effortless luxe. Simplicity. Forever modern. Light. Edited. Sweet Sophistication. A breath of fresh air. An appreciation of subtle, meaningful details.

The theme of our wedding was to envision Beaulieu as our summer home. Over the years, Jeff and I have had many homes (NYC, SF, Boston, New Jersey, WV and Taiwan) so to us the world is our home. We wanted our wedding day to feel as if we invited all of our friends to stay with us in our summer home.

We wanted our guests to walk away from the night like they had just woken up from a summer reverie. Nothing too heavy handed. However, we did want something different than what we had seen from typical wine country weddings. For instance, we asked Lisa, our photographer, not to shoot any vineyard shots because it’s been overdone. We wanted the freedom, relaxed elegance of Napa, but without the “expected.”

Where did you find your inspiration?
Blogs, blogs, blogs. Martha Stewart Weddings. J. Crew. Vogue. Domino Magazine. Domino Magazine The Book of Decorating (one of our patterns we used for our paper goods was inspired by the wallpaper I found in the book!).

Why Wine Country?
For us, it was Beaulieu Garden that did us in. Beaulieu is the perfect blend of beauty and intimacy.

On our 1st visit (we only visited 4 venues in total), we immediately were taken aback by the ½ mile drive lined with sycamore trees. We fell in love with the intimate, secluded grounds where all of our guests could roam freely. Not only was it the perfect backdrop for our “summer reverie” but logistically, Beaulieu answered our wishes in a very big and tactical way. Because we had a good portion of our guests traveling internationally (China, Taiwan, India) and from the east coast, it was important to us to have 1 location for both ceremony and reception.

What three things you could have not planned your wedding without:
1. Jeff! He was the rock (and always is) to my madness.
2. My event designer Gloria Wong Design.
3. Three way toss up between timelines, love and the belief that everything (and I mean everything) comes together for an absolutely ultimate day.

Your favorite sites, blogs and/or mags for planning: 100 Layer Cake, Snippet & Ink, Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Wedding Book: The Big Book for your Big Day.

Where did you go on your honeymoon? The Maldives and Kenya for a 10 day Safari. It was the best of both worlds!

What is your go to “wedding ready” beauty product or treatment:
International Orange’s Blissful Bride Package! My skin never looked so radiant. It’s a series of 3 facials that will perfect your glow for the big day and has built-in savings, which every bride loves!

If your wedding was a (choose one) car, actor, piece of furniture, who/what would it be?
The Restoration Hardware Belgian Track Arm Slipcovered Sofa. It’s classic, yet redefined for today. Slipcovered (not fussy, easy to clean), clean lines, and deeper than normal couches for ultra-comfort. Casual yet sophisticated. It’s so “us” that this was our 1st piece of furniture that we purchased after we got married!

A ginormous thank you to Leslie and Jeff for sharing all of the insight behind their incredible day!