We decided we wanted to get married somewhere simultaneously rustic and romantic and the first area we thought of was Napa. Lucky for us we only live about an hour away so it isn't really a destination wedding. Yay no air travel!
When we began looking for the most beautiful place to have it things got a little tricky. Many wineries in Napa proper don't allow weddings due to city ordinances. Fortunately there are some beutiful places in surrounding towns that are still part of the Napa Valley. When I saw V. Sattui Winery I fell in LOVE, it gave me the same feeling as my engagement ring when I first saw it and that I had with my dress a few months later. It was completely RIGHT! So we booked the last weekend in September and never looked back. there are several places on the property to have the ceremony but we chose the sunken stone courtyard. It is spectacular! It is right next to the main winery building which is about two stories. I will enter by walking around the balcony above the courtyard and then down the stone steps for a super dramatic entrance- LOVED this part! It will be beautiful in September and since it is crush season the smell of wine will permeate everything. I am terribly excited!
We will stand between the two barrels during the ceremony.
The courtyard holds about 175 people seated. This is the view from the steps I will be walking down. You can sort of see the balcony I will walk along at the top.
These are the stairs I will walk down with my Dad :)
The reception will be in the adjoining Barrel Room which holds tons and tons of wine barrels in an aged looking stone space. It is romantically lit and the winery staff put votive candles along all the walls and barrels to make it sparkle. There are also little caves off the main room where we will set up a wii for the kids and some tables for the girls (all between the ages of 7 and 11). We want them to feel special and weddings can be so boring for them snadwiched between their parents! There is also a separate room with a bar for the wine to be served during the dancing part of the reception. I will post some photos of this room soon!
09/02/2009 at 10:24 pm