Friday, August 10, 2012

Napa Valley Wedding Flowers - Harvest Inn

The stars did align literally and figuratively the stars aligned (well, technically the moon and our star) May 20, 2012 for Kristin and Gabe on their wedding day at the Harvest Inn in St. Helena, California.  The solar eclipse took place directly following the ceremony, which was oddly appropriate for the couple who met in the Department of Physics & Astronomy Graduate Studies Program at UCLA

They are one of my favorite.couples.ever.  It's not like I say this about all the couples I work with, Kristin is one of my very best friends.  We met shortly after high school on the Sierra College Tennis Team back in 2002 and have been best friends ever since.  I think one of the many things that bonds us so closely is our ultra-calm demeanor that can often times be misread as unhappy, disgruntled, what have you (to put it nicely).  We just get each other.  I am so happy for her that she found a partner for life that gets her too! 

Kristin and I collaborated a lot on how to execute her wedding and flower vision.  Her color palette was inspired by the surrounding vineyards when she selected green, white and purple. I used green tea roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, spider mums, pom pons, lavender, freesia, viburnum, sword fern, hypericum berries, picasso lilies and more to complete the look. 

I'm partial to the flower girl too!  She was the only kid at the wedding and had a blast!  I loved creating her flower girl head wreath and she was so excited to wear it for the day!

For the centerpieces, Kristin and I generated two floral concepts.  The first was a clear glass vase about 8" in diameter on a wooden round pedestal with clear votive candles surrounding it. 

The second floral concept consisted of three glass vases about 4 1/2" in diameter on three wooden tree pedestals that were different heights. The round in the middle had a vase with a flower arrangement while the other two vases (tall and low) had a floating candle in water inside (pictured below). 

Kristin spent a great deal of time and effort doing DIY projects, adding a beautiful personal touch to the wedding.  I think she did an especially amazing job on the cupcake table!  By the way, the Sift cupcakes were delicious!  Let me tell you, I did not hold back volunteering for that tasting!

I utilized my collection of small antique bottles for centerpieces on the cocktail tables and the reception.  Each vase contained a few stems of flowers, and each table a cluster of bottles.  These antique bottles are available for rental as well as the wooden rounds and vases that you see in the photos!

It was a wonderful wedding, one that I will never forget and keep close to my heart for oh so many reasons. 
To view more pictures of the wedding click here!
All photographs by: Indigo Photography
Venue: Harvest Inn
Event Coordinator: Trisha Dean Events
Florist: In Full Bloom by MJL
Cupcakes: Sift
Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering
DJ: Perfect Day DJ
Hair & Make-Up: Darcy Hunt Makeup Artistry
Harpist: Lara Garner of San Francisco Trio
Rentals: Wine Country Party and Events
Officiant: Nancy Turner of A Ceremony of Love
Bride's and Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groom's Suit: Macy's


  1. Thank you Monica for doing such an amazing job with the flowers at my wedding. They were truly amazing <3

  2. Just doing a little stalking.... you're so creative, and i love all the different looks you have up here... can't wait to see what you come up for my big day... whenever that happens!