Sophie + Eric

photography Jose Villa

“Life is Short, Eat Cake First.” The motto of our darling bride Sophie not only inspired a fun little treat for our guests, but pretty much summed up how enjoyable it was to work with this couple on planning their wedding. They embraced the beauty in life, didn’t sweat the small stuff, and all in all, had fun creating a special day for their families and guests.

The wedding at Durham Ranch in Napa Valley had a fresh, crisp canvas on which to create the design. For the ceremony, we constructed a custom wood walkway and magnificent chuppah, which Kathleen Deery Design adored with spring blooms and branches.

Sophie loves soft pink and white flowers, so there was no shortage of peonies in the bouquets and centerpieces. Little petits fours greeted guests at their place setting, with Sophies motto encouraging them to dive into dessert first. The big moment of awe came from the ceiling installation of hanging cherry blossom branches and glass bulbs in the center of Durham’s white barn.

After dinner, guests danced the night away in a clear top tent covering the ranch’s pool, before heading home with individual Bourbon Pecan Pies from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, a nod to Eric’s Georgia roots.