There are so many wonderful things available to us here in the wine country. I am constantly finding new wines, restaurants and food items worth writing about and I hope that you will enjoy my discoveries.

This blog is not just about weddings, but about what makes this part of the world such a draw; great food, excellent wine and wonderful people. I hope you enjoy reading these posts and can find yourself here, enjoying the same amazing things we do.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Style Me Pretty

I am thrilled to share with you Amy & Tony's amazing wedding that is being featured on Style Me Pretty:

Amy & Tony were fabulous to work with and their wedding last September at Calistoga Ranch was beautiful.  She looked simply stunning.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fiesta Time

This past weekend we celebrated Grace's Fourth Birthday ~ hard to believe how quickly time has flown by.  I know everyone says that about weddings and children but it really is the truth!  Being an event planner, I of course had to have a theme which was a classic fiesta.

The weather cooperated (unlike last year) and we hosted the party in our local park.  Jesus from Mi Taqueria provided an absolutely delicious taco bar (quesadillas for the kids), we had plenty of Mexican beer and of course a pinata!  The kids had a blast whacking away at the poor donkey until finally he succumbed to the inevitable and lots of toys spilled onto the ground.  I had given all of the children a small bag to scoop up the toys as quickly as they could...fabulous entertainment and favor!

I know we all can have the tendency to go overboard with our children's parties and I am no exception ~ this weekend reinforced that for kids it doesn't take much....good food, good friends and a pinata to hit with a stick!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Gorgeous Campovida

I went to visit a new location last week that absolutely stunned me in its natural beauty and simplicity.  Campovida is located about 30 minutes north of Healdsburg but feels worlds away.  It is a fantastic location for a true destination wedding where you take over the entire property, sleeping many of your guests (the rest stay in town 5 minutes away).

This would be my ideal wedding ~ I would start the weekend off with a welcome BBQ or casual wood fired pizza party, enjoying delicious wines from the surrounding area, while guests slowly gather from the drive up 101.  The next day, I would get up early for a rejuvenating yoga class with those motivated guests before enjoying a gorgeous, outdoor ceremony in the serene learning arbor, followed by some yummy cocktails and hors d' oeuvres in the organic gardens.  I would then meander across the property to the super cool hop barn for dinner and dancing late into the evening.  The next day, I would have a a casual farewell brunch, complete with a bocce ball tournament before everyone heads back to reality...the weekend feeling like a dream.