June 5, 2012

Hans Fahden Wedding – Orange + Navy + Gray

Summer is headed our way and I am loving the bright pops of orange against navy and gray for a summer color palette from this wedding up in Calistoga at Hans Fahden. At first I thought – navy and gray in summer?? But we pulled in some cobalt blues and a gray with blue undertones and mixed it with lots of different shades of orange to create a cool contrast to the hot oranges. Added touches of white to soften the look. I am a bit in love! The photos are by the lovely Hannah Suh and florals by Julie Stevens Designs.

Photo by Hannah Suh

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 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!

April 27, 2012

Flower Friday – Nancy Liu Chin

Happy Flower Friday! I have been working with a client on her wedding that will take place in a couple of weeks at the Harvest Inn, which is one of my favorite wedding venues, especially since waaay back in 2004 it is where I tied the knot with my hubby. Sigh!

In looking for Flower Friday inspiration to share with you all – I ran across one of my all time FAV floral designers, the amazing and talented Nancy Liu Chin, and a recent real wedding she did at the Harvest Inn. Jennifer Kloss was the photographer and A Savvy Event was the planner and designer. Look at how the decor, florals and rentals truly convey a family style wedding with a love of food and entertaining.


Have an amazing weekend! Here in Nor Cal it is supposed to be gorgeous – so if you are headed out to wine country – wear sunscreen!


April 24, 2012

Venue Highlight – Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch + Winery

Often I get requests from clients to find a modern yet rustic venue space. When they refer to their wedding style, they exclaim “Think Anthropologie!”  and I think I may have found a great option in the Napa Valley! This past weekend, I was up in St. Helena and did a site visit of a gorgeous little place called Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Farmstead is the main restaurant on this property that also boasts a sweet little 1874 Gothic revival farmhouse that houses their tasting room, apple orchard, horseshoe pit and tree swing. There are four main private dining areas, one indoor and three outdoor for groups sized from 40 to 250. The indoor area is probably the most modern whereas the three outdoor areas lend themselves to being the most flexible with regard to your wedding style.

Photo by Tec Petaja via Style Me Pretty

Also, on property is Centerpiece Floral & Home which creates some of the most amazing floral decor in the area and truly know how to play up the Anthropologie style on the property.

Imagine the possibilities…before the rehearsal dinner, your host a private tasting for your guests, play a round of horseshoes and enjoy the warm summer night. The night of the wedding a large gorgeous barn backdrop and causal yet modern atmosphere create the perfect reception!

Long Meadow Ranch Layout


April 23, 2012

Real Wedding – Mayacamas Ranch

One of my all time favorite wedding photographers is Mary McHenry. Her photos are so incredible to look at and she is one of the sweetest people I know, which makes her a pure joy to work with. I was sighing at all the loveliness on her blog and stumbled upon this gorgeous wedding at Mayacamas Ranch. This venue is a rarity, where you and all of your guests can get lost in an amazing weekend away. Your guests have accommodations right on the 80 acre property and there is so much to do – swimming, hiking, fishing, all while being surrounded by breathtaking views. Take a peek at this stunning wedding and venue.

Wedding Coordinator: Marilyn Ambra Party Consultants
Caterer: Barbara Llewellyn Catering
Flowers: Fiori
Cake: Calistoga Cakes
Photography: Mary McHenry Photography
Dress: Amsale
Tent: Zephyr Tents

April 17, 2012

Real Wedding – Hans Fahden Winery

Hans Fahden is an amazing spot to get married. A sweet little lake, a gorgeous vineyard and an amazing wine cave for dining. I am so excited to share with you this gorgeous navy, orange and white wedding we did in the heart of wine country this September. Vanessa and Gregg are from NY and wanted a Napa Valley destination wedding. We had so much fun searching for the perfect venue. They fell in love with the sweet charm of downtown Calistoga for their guest’s accommodations where there are some great late night spots and most hotels in the area rent bikes out to travel up and down the main drag. They invited their closest friends and family for a weekend starting Friday with the wedding and then spent Saturday touring Napa Valley’s best wineries. Hannah Suh was the photographer for the day and Julie Stevens Design did the amazing florals – I think this might be my new favorite color combo! The deep blue glass chargers were one of my favorite things! We turned the front of the cave into a lounge area for post dinner drinks. They danced the night away to Bruce Springsteen as the groom has quite the thing for Bruce, but then again, who doesn’t!?

Wedding Planning and Design: Trisha Dean Events
Photography: Hannah Suh