Katie and Pete LaCoursiere's Wedding

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Our wedding was in Napa at the beginning of December. The weather was a little unpredictable with a couple of rainy days before and after but the day of the wedding was perfect. The day was a little cloudy and that made beautiful lighting for the photos. The leaves were still on the vines and had turned beautiful autumn colors. We used Wedding Mapper quite a bit. It really helped to get a feel for the area. We appreciated all the newlywed reviews! There is nothing like reading a review by someone that has just gone through all the planning for a wedding especially if you are from out of the area.

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Alexis Baking Company
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Cakes/Candies

We chose ABC because they offered a gluten free wedding cake. It was beautiful and delicious. Guests couldn't tell it was gluten free! I sent her a photo of the cake I wanted and it turned out exactly the way I wanted it….and I'm picky!


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TJ Salsman Photography
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Photographers

TJ was wonderful. Professional, very personable, listened to us and understood the feel we wanted the photos to have. TJ is in his profession for the art of it, not the money. He was always available to talk to us and was instrumental in setting our timeline for the day. I was a little concerned that he doesn't airbrush the photos but he don't need to. He used all the best natural lighting and subtle lighting at our evening reception to produce beautifully romantic photos. It was a pleasure working with him!


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Smoke Open Fire
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Caterers

WOW! We are foodies and Smoke Open Fire didn't disappoint. They planned and executed the perfect meal paired with Whetstone Wine Cellars Chardonnay, Pinot, Syrah and Vioeginer. Most wedding food isn't memorable but our family and friends are still talking about how perfect the meal was. Trust them with the foods they recommend. You won't be disappointed. YUM!


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Sherrie Long Makeup Hair and Effects
Napa, California
Bands/Live Entertainment

Sherrie is a true professional. She has a background in commercial work and is slowly doing more weddings. Her hair and makeup are not the typical wedding look. She wanted to see pictures of what I wanted (elegant-messy) and my hair turned out great. I didn't want heavy black eyeliner, she listened and I got just what I wanted…not too heavy, not too natural, just right. She brought along two other hair/makeup pros and everyone looked great, my 9 year old niece, bridesmaids and Moms.


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Valley Flora
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Florists

Polly arrived with all the beautiful flowers in tow. My bouquets consisted of roses, peonies, ranunculus with long flowing ribbons. Bridesmaids had beautiful bouquets of fluffy babies breath. I sent her a photo of the type of bouquet I wanted and she did a beautiful job of using the photos as a guide and creating a unique bouquet for me. She is an artist with flowers.


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Where's the Party
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Invitations

We live in Orange County and had our wedding in Napa. We worked with Mimi and she is a gem! She made the whole process smooth and easy from picking out the invitations (and they have lots of books!), the wording, the additional inserts, the addressed envelopes. She is patient and knows her business! They really are a full service stationer.


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Mon Amie Bridal Salon
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Wedding Fashion

This is an upscale bridal salon in Orange County. They are on the expensive end but they took care of me from beginning to end. They have great customer service. I wanted a Chantilly lace jacket (for lack of a better word) to wear over my strapless dress. The seamstress Esme ordered the lace and made one to look like part of the dress during the ceremony. It was beautiful with long sleeves, eyelash lace edging at the neckline and buttons on the back. They couldn't have been more accommodating.


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Alexis Baking Company
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Cakes/Candies

We chose ABC because they offered a gluten free wedding cake. It was beautiful and delicious. Guests couldn't tell it was gluten free! I sent her a photo of the cake I wanted and it turned out exactly the way I wanted it….and I'm picky!


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TJ Salsman Photography
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Photographers

TJ was wonderful. Professional, very personable, listened to us and understood the feel we wanted the photos to have. TJ is in his profession for the art of it, not the money. He was always available to talk to us and was instrumental in setting our timeline for the day. I was a little concerned that he doesn't airbrush the photos but he don't need to. He used all the best natural lighting and subtle lighting at our evening reception to produce beautifully romantic photos. It was a pleasure working with him!


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Smoke Open Fire
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Caterers

WOW! We are foodies and Smoke Open Fire didn't disappoint. They planned and executed the perfect meal paired with Whetstone Wine Cellars Chardonnay, Pinot, Syrah and Vioeginer. Most wedding food isn't memorable but our family and friends are still talking about how perfect the meal was. Trust them with the foods they recommend. You won't be disappointed. YUM!


View Smoke Open Fire
397866
Sherrie Long Makeup Hair and Effects
Napa, California
Bands/Live Entertainment

Sherrie is a true professional. She has a background in commercial work and is slowly doing more weddings. Her hair and makeup are not the typical wedding look. She wanted to see pictures of what I wanted (elegant-messy) and my hair turned out great. I didn't want heavy black eyeliner, she listened and I got just what I wanted…not too heavy, not too natural, just right. She brought along two other hair/makeup pros and everyone looked great, my 9 year old niece, bridesmaids and Moms.


View Sherrie Long Makeup Hair and Effects
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Valley Flora
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Florists

Polly arrived with all the beautiful flowers in tow. My bouquets consisted of roses, peonies, ranunculus with long flowing ribbons. Bridesmaids had beautiful bouquets of fluffy babies breath. I sent her a photo of the type of bouquet I wanted and she did a beautiful job of using the photos as a guide and creating a unique bouquet for me. She is an artist with flowers.


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Where's the Party
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Invitations

We live in Orange County and had our wedding in Napa. We worked with Mimi and she is a gem! She made the whole process smooth and easy from picking out the invitations (and they have lots of books!), the wording, the additional inserts, the addressed envelopes. She is patient and knows her business! They really are a full service stationer.


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Mon Amie Bridal Salon
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Wedding Fashion

This is an upscale bridal salon in Orange County. They are on the expensive end but they took care of me from beginning to end. They have great customer service. I wanted a Chantilly lace jacket (for lack of a better word) to wear over my strapless dress. The seamstress Esme ordered the lace and made one to look like part of the dress during the ceremony. It was beautiful with long sleeves, eyelash lace edging at the neckline and buttons on the back. They couldn't have been more accommodating.


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Silverado Resort and Spa at Napa Valley
Napa, CA
Hotels/Accommodations

Silverado Resort and Spa couldn't have been a better setting for our guests (and ourselves) that attended our wedding in December. The men had a great time playing golf, the manicurists were available and so personable, the morning-after-the-wedding brunch was perfect. The whole resort was decorated for Christmas which added to an already festive weekend. Alisa the Wedding Sales Mgr and Jazmine Erwin the Wedding Services Mgr are a great team to work with. They were on top of every detail. Al the staff was very accommodating and pleasant to work with. One suggestion; book your rooms during regular weekday office hours. They use an off-site booking agency after hours and on the weekend which is a nightmare to work with.


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Holy Family Mission Church
St Helena, CA
Ceremony Sites

Holy Family Mission is a small (120 people max), romantic, charming Catholic church in Napa. Patience is a must working with the office secretary but the ceremony and church were perfect.


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Whetstone Wine Cellars
Napa, CA
Reception Sites
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Napa Palisades Saloon
Napa, CA
Restaurants

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