Calistoga Ranch Wedding : Kimberly+Steve

Photography

The sun shined brightly over endless vineyard acres and the ancient oak trees swayed in the distance, stretching their slender arms toward the cloudless sky. The path leading to Calistoga Ranch was sprinkled with grape leaves, ultimately leading to Kimberly’s suite where echoes of Pharrell’s Happy ricocheted off the wooden panels of the patio. She unboxed her blue shoes, donned a string of pearls Steve surprised her with that morning, and lightly wrapped her veil around her chocolate colored shoulders.

When Kimberly and Steve saw each other from a distance on their wedding day, tears fell as they finally embraced under a canopy of trees. They spent their entire lives for that moment, a space in time when they realized Forever began in that instant.

Friends and family from around the United States gathered to wish the sweet couple well, and while they drank, dined, and danced under a pastel sky at sunset, toasts were made in their honor. Calistoga Ranch was a perfect place for their wedding as it felt like an extension of their hearts, encouraging everyone to join them as they became one.

Kimberly and Steve, thank you for the distinct honor of commemorating your love. The day was perfect in every sense and I appreciated being welcomed like a long, lost family member. I wish you both the best and I have no doubt amazing things are in store for you both. Hope you enjoy three weeks in Africa and while you’re on your safari, blow a kiss to a giraffe for me! Much Love and Appreciation… j*

One of the most impressive things about Kimberly is her impeccable taste…she wore a stunning Monique Lhullier wedding dress and Badgley Mischka blue wedding shoes…they were perfect!

Kimberly was determined not to cry, but when she saw her mother, tears of happiness flowed…

I loved every.single.thing about Calistoga Ranch, especially because each luxury suite is laid out to perfection. Kimberly’s suite was separated into two rooms by an outdoor patio, which made for a perfect place to get into her wedding dress (because, really, I adore when a bride will get dressed outdoors!)…

Kimberly and Steve opted to see each other before the ceremony, which provided plenty of time for wedding pictures. It was awesome because Calistoga Ranch sits on 157 acres, so there were SO many places I wanted to shoot…it was a wedding photo paradise!

It was a stunning day for wedding photos…

The couple wrote their own wedding vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including Kimberly’s…

While cocktail hour soared, Kimberly and Steven snuck away for photos in the Calistoga Ranch vineyards…and the light was downright dreamy…

The wedding ceremony and reception were flawlessly orchestrated by Simone Lennon of Soirees by Simone. She assembled a great team to bring the bride’s vision to life, and I couldn’t have been happier documenting their talent! I was particularly smitten with the floral decor by Atlier Joya…simply divine!

Besides being a stunning day, it was also HOT. It reached 98-degrees, but the creative team worked incredibly hard to keep the flowers from wilting or the decor to lose any vibrancy…they were troopers! Everything worked out beautifully because of their dedication.

The speeches started off the wedding reception perfectly and nothing but love and bubbly filled the air…

There’s nothing more perfect than an al fresco wedding reception in wine country…

After dinner under the stars, the guests walked to the Calistoga Ranch Wine Cave to dance the night away…but not before Kimberly and Steve opened the dance floor with a perfectly choreographed First Dance!

The Calistoga Ranch wine cave was transformed for the wedding reception and proved to be an amazing space for lots of fun…

The reception was the stuff wedding dreams are made of and I couldn’t be happier to see Kimberly and Steve so happy…

Many thanks to the incredible team who made this wedding come to life…
Wedding Venue: Calistoga Ranch
Wedding Coordinator: Simone Lennon of Soirees by Simone
Floral Design: Atelier Joya
Calligraphy: Barbara Callow
Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup
Cake: Perfect Endings
DJ: Josh Duke of Boutique DJs
Rentals: Hartmann Studios
Linens: La Tavola Linens
Lighting: Impact Lighting
Jazz Band: The Turnaround Jazz Band
Photography: Jasmine Star