Friday, March 23, 2012

Julie & Hayden's Beautifully Simple Wine Country Wedding

Late last year, I got an email from Sarah Pease of Brilliant Event Planning in New York City. She had a bride and groom who were getting married out here in Calistoga, CA and were looking for welcome gifts for their intimate affair at Solage Calistoga Resort. 

Let's just stop right here and say that when I got that email, I was BEYOND excited to work on this project.

For one, I was working with Brilliant Events. Have you seen their work?? If you haven't, RUN to their website and check it out. Sarah creates not only beautiful weddings and events, but helps nervous, love struck, hopeful grooms-to-be pop the question to their partner in amazing style. Sarah has incredible taste so I was incredibly flattered to be considered for this job [to see some of the amazing work Sarah has done, go to her website:

Secondly, when I learned more about the bride and groom and their tastes and wedding style, I knew that this was going to be an opportunity to create something really beautiful. They were to have an intimate affair in gorgeous wine country at the equally stunning Solage resort, a place who's elegance comes from its simplicity and understated beauty. From what I had learned of the couple, it fit them to a tee. And the welcome gifts were to fit right in. I was excited to create a sophisticated welcome for their guests.

Through the craziness of the holiday season, I worked with Brilliant Events to source just the right "ingedients" for these gifts. Julie and Hayden wanted a simple neutral palette of whites, and local products. They were also looking to include products that were of the best quality and would be an amazing treat for their travel weary guests. Again, I was thrilled at this, as I was able to employ some of my tastiest local vendors to create this gourmet box of loveliness!

Set in an off white canvas "tote box", the welcome gifts included Julie and Hayden's favorite wine, a box of locally baked olive oil and sel gris flatbreads, San Francisco dry cured salame, and a delicious local olive tapanade. What a delicious snack the guests discovered upon their arrival! To finish out the deliciousness, guests found local chocolates and gourmet sparkling water. Add some local guides (don't want their guests getting lost!) in a white paper sleeve tied with ribbon, a beautifully hand calligraphed note (done by the AMAZING Abigail Hancock of Abigail Hancock Calligraphy, check her out) to each guest and a wide satin ribbon around the whole thing, and Julie and Hayden had a stunning way to show their love for their guests.

Thank you to Sarah and Jen of Brilliant Event Planning for including me in this gorgeous wedding. Thank you also to Shanni, of What Shanni Saw Photography for taking these amazing pictures of the final product. To see more of Julie and Hayden's wedding, check out Shanni's blog post here.

Congratulations, Julie and Hayden! A stunning wedding for a stunning couple!

Products Featured In These Gifts:

Wine: Cakebread Cellars, Rutherford, CA
Flatbreads: Rustic Bakery, Larkspur, CA
Olive Tapanade: We Olive [Chestnut Street], San Francisco, CA
Salame: Molinari Salame, San Francisco, CA
Chocolates: Woodhouse Chocolates, St. Helena, CA
Sparkling Water: Voss Sparkling


  1. Wonderful opportunity - nice to see the final product!

  2. Thank you! It was a fun project to work on!

  3. Thank you so much! It's Julie here (from Hayden & Julie) - Everyone LOVED the gift baskets, especially myself! You guys did such a great job, they were absolutely perfect!

    1. Oh, Julie, I am SO SO glad! I had a great time working on your wedding! From the photos I've seen, it was gorgeous! Congratulations!