I had the very special pleasure of working with photographer extraordinaire Jose Villa on his Napa Valley Photography workshop. I was so happy when he asked me to help design and plan the two-day session, in which 20 photographers would learn from and shoot with Jose in an experience of a lifetime. With talented event and floral designer Ariella Chezar on board as well, I knew we’d have the chance to create something absolutely stunning.
We chose Aetna Springs in the secluded hills of Pope Valley for its abundance of breathtaking scenery and golden light. The setting inspired the design direction, utilizing a soft romantic palette and natural touches like acorns and nuts. For two days, photographers captured artfully styled engagement couples, bride and groom, printed materials, wedding day details and tablescapes.
After the final shots were taken of the vineyard event table we designed, the students, vendors and special guests all sat down together to a wine country dinner prepared by Elaine Bell Catering. A picture perfect moment to conclude two very special days.