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    Jennifer & Bryan Casually Elegant Hollywood Style Wedding

    May 14, 2011 at Private Winery in Napa

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    Jennifer & Bryan

    Bryan proposed to Jen in Sonoma on a beautiful day in September 2010… with a cherry ring pop (“if I had asked you what kind of ring you wanted it would have ruined the surprise”). The proposal was preceded by a very Bachelor-esque helicopter tour of the valley.

    Jennifer and Bryan's wedding had every bit of the glamor of an old Hollywood movie set, but none of the formality. The couple had a great sense of style and it shows in their concept of the wedding  every detail was exquisite, from the bride's Oscar De La Renta gown (yes, I know!) to the gorgeous wedding favors and stationery. Yet, there was also a casual elegance that made you completely relaxed and comfortable around the fiesty bride and her stoic groom. In what must be the unexpected climax of the night, the fire from the sparklers set the dance floor on fire—surely a good sign that the guests were enjoying themselves!

    Initially, the bride’s strong desire was to avoid all things “wedding” and “bridal.” To Jen this meant not picking colors, not having a bridesmaids or groomsmen, and not getting carried away with too many fluffy details. Instead of planning a wedding, the couple’s goal was to plan a big, fun party to celebrate good friends and family (and food). And then the bride agreed to go dress shopping with one of her closest friends in NYC. And then the bride found her dress. Which arguably was the most “wedding” dress of wedding dresses in Mark Ingram’s vast stock. From that moment, the bride realized that planning a wedding that is neither “wedding” nor “bridal” is a much larger challenge than expected.

    Of paramount importance was that their beloved guests that had traveled from near and far felt welcomed and comfortable (“everyone must have a good time”), and were able to spend time with one another. With massive support from a team of amazing people (expertly led by Mary Ellen Murphy), Jen and Bryan were able to keep things casual yet festive; playful yet personal.

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