By Invitation Only….you are invited to my wedding!

OK I knew I was going to have fun with this months theme when I got the email. Its time for our monthly “By Invitation only” where a group of bloggers get together and present their interpretation of an agreed upon theme……This was right up my alley, ?Planning your wedding as if you were getting married today! A chance to do my wedding all over again? Fun and how fast can I say I do! Same guy of course but you better believe I might want to do things a bit differently almost 30 years later. I had a beautiful wedding, make no mistake, but it was more about a lot of pomp and circumstance, the big dress, and I do mean it literally, lots of ugh….volume shall we say! A formal affair, wonderful but honestly a little overwhelming to my then 22 year old self.

What would I choose today? Well something quite different, partially reflective of how times that have changed, and very much with how I have changed. How I appreciate the simpler things in life, that less can be more, and that some of the most beautiful moments occur when surrounded by nature so I have decided to spend this wedding outdoors as much as possible. So, here we go, the details right down to the nitty gritty details of my wedding, IF I were getting married today…….

The invitation would look something like this…..cannot make up my mind, but one of these beauties from The Lettered Olive! It has to be letterpress…have such an obsession with it!

Where is my wedding going to be? ?Why, Napa Valley of course! I would have to have it there, its a place that calls my name and a place near and dear to my heart and I have made no secret of my love for Napa on this blog, as I talk about it often. I cannot imagine a more wonderful place to call in my guests from all over and invite them to come spend the weekend for pre wedding festivities. Wineries, outdoor jazz concerts, al fresco dinners, bike rides through the vineyard would all be a part of the weekend iternary. Everyone arrives on a Friday night, just in time to be part of a welcome dinner we are hosting outside under a great big tree at one of my favorite vineyards of course, but first everyone settles into their hotel rooms………

Right at sunset, everyone gathers to marvel at the landscape and view, and soon we are seated ushering in a perfect night of friendship and celebration……..

The next day everyone is able to ?do as they please, go into town, visit wineries, go on a scheduled group bike ride and picnic lunch, spend the day at the spa, whatever strikes their fancy……

That night is the rehearsal dinner, held under a beautiful trellis at one of our favorite wineries, this is an intimate affair for my closest family and friends and it goes on until the wee hours of the morning….
First what am I wearing you ask? Well, since I am the belle of the ball….have to go with something that makes me feel princess-y but still fun and party like, so I opted for this fun party dress, that has a little bling, a few feathers…fun, chic and definitely special and with legs like these….I want to show them off!
Moving to the actual dinner……held under a fabulous trellis at my favorite vineyard, this is a night?to remember, don’t remember feeling this happy!
The most scrumptious mini wedding cakes are served for dessert!
As the night nears (or should I say early morning begins) we are told that we are expecting the most beautiful weather on Sunday, the wedding day…..clear skies, no humidity and 75! I will take it can am giddy with anticipation……..as we end the night!?
We awaken to the most brilliant blue sky, slightly breezy cool air and blazing sunshine, its a custom ordered day! My bridesmaids are all dressed in different dresses but all done in blush tones, some lace, some silk, some linen, they each got to choose their own according to their own taste wtih a few parameters..they blend harmoniously like a perfect symphony!
The flowers are all done around the palest pinks, peaches and creams…my favorites peonies, roses, french tulips?
And if you are wondering about my own gown,I have decided to go wtih the most delicious vintage wedding gown that I have ever laid my eyes on……true I could have gone with something simplier but I just couldn’t resist and if theres one day to pull out all the stops this is the one! Come to Mama……
The ceremony is outside of course and has been beautifully designed to focus on the beautiful nature, but oh what a magical setting!

?Love how outdoor seating areas have been set up, with real furniture, absolutely stunning right in the middle of the vineyard.

And for the actual tables…..a fantasy like concoction of bring the best of nature and elegance with touches like the crystal chandeliers and urns overflowig with luscious white blooms, how exhilarating to see my vision come to life. All this under a great big white tent right smack in the middle of my favorite vineyard. ?The icing on the cake is seeing all those that I love and care about enjoying what I have dreamt up!
A close up of the all white flowers on the table
My cake is simple but elegant, inspired by beautiful and timeless Wedgewood….and very similiar to my wedding invitiation.
As the guests depart a small wedding favor is given to each and every guest, specifically designed just for them, monogrammed silver votives holding my favorite gardenia candle as a special keepsake of this memorable day in my life…..
The wedding is deemed a wild success…everyone proclaims it is the?best wedding they have ever attended and that no other could possibly top it. The band goes on and on at the pleas from the crowd until 3 am! Cheers to that!
? ? ? And soon, after a weekend fit for a princess, we are off ?driving into the Napa sunset….happy as a glass of a good Chardonay!

Thanks for stopping by “my wedding”. How about you? Would you do things differently? How would you like to plan your wedding if you were doing it all over again? Would love to know!
Wishing you an enchanted day!

If you want to see more interpretations of a wedding day done by other talented bloggers, then visit Marsha the brainchild aka glamourpuss over at Splenderosa and you will see not only her gorgeous rendition but links to all the others, Click here to visit!

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By Invitation Only….you are invited to my wedding!

OK I knew I was going to have fun with this months theme when I got the email. Its time for our monthly “By Invitation only” where a group of bloggers get together and present their interpretation of an agreed upon theme……This was right up my alley,  Planning your wedding as if you were getting married today! A chance to do my wedding all over again? Fun and how fast can I say I do! Same guy of course but you better believe I might want to do things a bit differently almost 30 years later. I had a beautiful wedding, make no mistake, but it was more about a lot of pomp and circumstance, the big dress, and I do mean it literally, lots of ugh….volume shall we say! A formal affair, wonderful but honestly a little overwhelming to my then 22 year old self.

What would I choose today? Well something quite different, partially reflective of how times that have changed, and very much with how I have changed. How I appreciate the simpler things in life, that less can be more, and that some of the most beautiful moments occur when surrounded by nature so I have decided to spend this wedding outdoors as much as possible. So, here we go, the details right down to the nitty gritty details of my wedding, IF I were getting married today…….

The invitation would look something like this…..cannot make up my mind, but one of these beauties from The Lettered Olive! It has to be letterpress…have such an obsession with it!

Where is my wedding going to be?  Why, Napa Valley of course! I would have to have it there, its a place that calls my name and a place near and dear to my heart and I have made no secret of my love for Napa on this blog, as I talk about it often. I cannot imagine a more wonderful place to call in my guests from all over and invite them to come spend the weekend for pre wedding festivities. Wineries, outdoor jazz concerts, al fresco dinners, bike rides through the vineyard would all be a part of the weekend iternary. Everyone arrives on a Friday night, just in time to be part of a welcome dinner we are hosting outside under a great big tree at one of my favorite vineyards of course, but first everyone settles into their hotel rooms………

Right at sunset, everyone gathers to marvel at the landscape and view, and soon we are seated ushering in a perfect night of friendship and celebration……..

The next day everyone is able to  do as they please, go into town, visit wineries, go on a scheduled group bike ride and picnic lunch, spend the day at the spa, whatever strikes their fancy……

That night is the rehearsal dinner, held under a beautiful trellis at one of our favorite wineries, this is an intimate affair for my closest family and friends and it goes on until the wee hours of the morning….
First what am I wearing you ask? Well, since I am the belle of the ball….have to go with something that makes me feel princess-y but still fun and party like, so I opted for this fun party dress, that has a little bling, a few feathers…fun, chic and definitely special and with legs like these….I want to show them off!
Moving to the actual dinner……held under a fabulous trellis at my favorite vineyard, this is a night to remember, don’t remember feeling this happy!
The most scrumptious mini wedding cakes are served for dessert!
As the night nears (or should I say early morning begins) we are told that we are expecting the most beautiful weather on Sunday, the wedding day…..clear skies, no humidity and 75! I will take it can am giddy with anticipation……..as we end the night! 
We awaken to the most brilliant blue sky, slightly breezy cool air and blazing sunshine, its a custom ordered day! My bridesmaids are all dressed in different dresses but all done in blush tones, some lace, some silk, some linen, they each got to choose their own according to their own taste wtih a few parameters..they blend harmoniously like a perfect symphony!
The flowers are all done around the palest pinks, peaches and creams…my favorites peonies, roses, french tulips 
And if you are wondering about my own gown,I have decided to go wtih the most delicious vintage wedding gown that I have ever laid my eyes on……true I could have gone with something simplier but I just couldn’t resist and if theres one day to pull out all the stops this is the one! Come to Mama……
The ceremony is outside of course and has been beautifully designed to focus on the beautiful nature, but oh what a magical setting!

 Love how outdoor seating areas have been set up, with real furniture, absolutely stunning right in the middle of the vineyard.

And for the actual tables…..a fantasy like concoction of bring the best of nature and elegance with touches like the crystal chandeliers and urns overflowig with luscious white blooms, how exhilarating to see my vision come to life. All this under a great big white tent right smack in the middle of my favorite vineyard.  The icing on the cake is seeing all those that I love and care about enjoying what I have dreamt up!
A close up of the all white flowers on the table
My cake is simple but elegant, inspired by beautiful and timeless Wedgewood….and very similiar to my wedding invitiation.
As the guests depart a small wedding favor is given to each and every guest, specifically designed just for them, monogrammed silver votives holding my favorite gardenia candle as a special keepsake of this memorable day in my life…..
The wedding is deemed a wild success…everyone proclaims it is the best wedding they have ever attended and that no other could possibly top it. The band goes on and on at the pleas from the crowd until 3 am! Cheers to that!
      And soon, after a weekend fit for a princess, we are off  driving into the Napa sunset….happy as a glass of a good Chardonay!

Thanks for stopping by “my wedding”. How about you? Would you do things differently? How would you like to plan your wedding if you were doing it all over again? Would love to know!
Wishing you an enchanted day!

If you want to see more interpretations of a wedding day done by other talented bloggers, then visit Marsha the brainchild aka glamourpuss over at Splenderosa and you will see not only her gorgeous rendition but links to all the others, Click here to visit!

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Nirvana in Napa

Good morning! A lot of you have asked about the house….going today to take some update pictures and will update and share tomorrow. Ever since I saw the remake of The Parent Trap, shot in Napa Valley and featuring the then innocent and adorable, Lindsay Lohan, I have been in love with Napa Valley and all things having to do with wine country. ?Looking back that is probably where my desire to live there one day started. I admit I fantasize about living there one day, buying a small farm/vineyard, having my own “farm to table” movement restaurant right in the middle of the vineyard and leading “the life” that I envision is all about Napa laid back living. The crisp mornings with the dew still on the grapes gives way to perfect blue skies, low humidity bright sunny days, and chilly, cricket chirping nights…..whats not to love??



Being surrounded by vineyards, both small boutique ones and larger commercial ones, the topography of the land is breathtaking. I was lucky enough to be there last year and absolutely cannot wait to get back. ?Surrounded by a cultured community that is not driven by money, the make and model of your car, how prestigious yours kids school is or what club you belong to, things there are less complicated. ?At least in my mind, life there is simpler, a throwback to how things used to be. Then you throw in oodles of amazing restaurants run by renowned celebrity chefs, chic roadside gourmet grocers and you have what I ?would venture to say is a near perfect setup. In my own sometimes overactive imagination I will never lose sight of this “picture” of how it must be to live in Napa and Sonoma valley.



?Even if Napa and Sonoma?have fallen prey to all the vanities and trappings of their more suburban counterparts, I don’t want to hear about it. I have always, as a result of this fascination been drawn to the homes, interiors and lifestyles of those that are lucky enough to reside there. So today I pay tribute to the Napa lifestyle. Here are some exquisite homes and interiors from homes in wine country. Let me set the tone…its a perfectly crisp, zero humidity day, and its later afternoon with the sun just starting to set and give way to a starry filled night….. I can almost feel the breeze, hear the jazz band playing at the local vineyard, and smell the aromatic scent of fresh grapes getting crushed for the next seasons harvest.



Howard Backen designed this beautiful understated Napa residence
Just love how the outdoors is brought in
With a setting like that I would be eating all day
Just love the walls of glass to take full advantage of the vistas
Rich warm colors work so well with the Napa Valleys natural beauty
Another gorgeous Napa bedroom…the views are amazing
Poolside in Napa…sounds mighty good right about now!
Jacques Saint Dizier designed this beautiful and warm living room in Napa
Gorgeous sumptuous bedroom takes full advantage of the weather and views
I would like to be invited to this incredible setting for just one dinner…..
Stunning master bedroom with a completely open wall to take advantage of cool evening breezes
Picture perfect setting for candlelit wine tasting dinners
Almost looks too perfect to be real!
If this isn’t the essence of Napa Valley at its finest..don’t know what is….
J E Caldwell designed this fabulous rustic stone home
One of my all time favorite backyards….perfection!
Of course this residence is lucky enough to have a separate “art studio” in its own cozy cottage!
Elegant and understated living room in all its earthy neutral glory
Cozy dinners by the wood burning fireplace
Stunning mountainside retreat by Howard Backen
Beautiful backyard pool set high up to take advantage of the spectacular views
Even this bathroom is what I would envision my Napa bathroom to look like, in all its earthiness both in color and feeling……beautiful
This beautiful Napa compound is reminiscent of something you would see in Tuscany
Gorgeous entrance with breathtaking vistas..love the rich, warm colors
And this is where my wine tasting dinners for 20 would all come together!
Howard Backen designed this stunning Napa residence
High up in the mountain, this spectacular neutral toned living room relies heavily on the great outdoors for maximum impact
Light colored dining area….love those floor to ceiling glass walls…this is perfect!
This is the ultimate dream dining room for me in my future Napa home, my Bossa Nova soundtrack is ready to get cranking….
Breakfast is served in this sunny breakfast room
Beautiful soft toned master bedroom takes full advantage of the great outdoors
Beautiful creamy colored living room…so cozy and inviting, Suzanne Tucker
Love the stone floors and how the bath opens onto a private patio…only in Napa!
Grand stone fireplace adds so much character to this room, Suzanne Tucker
I could get used to eating breakfast outside everyday on this patio overlooking the vineyards
Perfect entertaining space for those cool valley nights, Howard Backen
Fabulous home, love the blue gray accented trim
Grand, glorious but so cozy living room….colors are gorgeous!
A picture perfect setting, a foutain just beyond the foyer doors…..glorious!
Distressed cabinets adds to the rustic elegance of this Napa home, Tucker and Marks
Beautiful and elegant bedroom, love the stone fireplace, Suzanne Tucker
Breathtaking views at every turn
The large open, airy spaces are just amazing
After a hard day of working in the vineyard, you get to relax with a glass of Cab right here…..
My guess is either:?
A. you are in awe of my incredibly overactive imagination and give me credit for dreaming or?
B. that you are reaching for a glass of wine as we speak as this has gotten you in a Napa Valley frame of mind!
?Hope you enjoyed it…..I so enjoyed putting it together and cannot wait to go back to this incredible place. Its bad enough I have already told??asked my three boys that one of them has to ?should consider getting married there one day! Hope you have an enchanting day!

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Nirvana in Napa

Good morning! A lot of you have asked about the house….going today to take some update pictures and will update and share tomorrow. Ever since I saw the remake of The Parent Trap, shot in Napa Valley and featuring the then innocent and adorable, Lindsay Lohan, I have been in love with Napa Valley and all things having to do with wine country.  Looking back that is probably where my desire to live there one day started. I admit I fantasize about living there one day, buying a small farm/vineyard, having my own “farm to table” movement restaurant right in the middle of the vineyard and leading “the life” that I envision is all about Napa laid back living. The crisp mornings with the dew still on the grapes gives way to perfect blue skies, low humidity bright sunny days, and chilly, cricket chirping nights…..whats not to love? 

Being surrounded by vineyards, both small boutique ones and larger commercial ones, the topography of the land is breathtaking. I was lucky enough to be there last year and absolutely cannot wait to get back.  Surrounded by a cultured community that is not driven by money, the make and model of your car, how prestigious yours kids school is or what club you belong to, things there are less complicated.  At least in my mind, life there is simpler, a throwback to how things used to be. Then you throw in oodles of amazing restaurants run by renowned celebrity chefs, chic roadside gourmet grocers and you have what I  would venture to say is a near perfect setup. In my own sometimes overactive imagination I will never lose sight of this “picture” of how it must be to live in Napa and Sonoma valley.

 Even if Napa and Sonoma have fallen prey to all the vanities and trappings of their more suburban counterparts, I don’t want to hear about it. I have always, as a result of this fascination been drawn to the homes, interiors and lifestyles of those that are lucky enough to reside there. So today I pay tribute to the Napa lifestyle. Here are some exquisite homes and interiors from homes in wine country. Let me set the tone…its a perfectly crisp, zero humidity day, and its later afternoon with the sun just starting to set and give way to a starry filled night….. I can almost feel the breeze, hear the jazz band playing at the local vineyard, and smell the aromatic scent of fresh grapes getting crushed for the next seasons harvest.

Howard Backen designed this beautiful understated Napa residence
Just love how the outdoors is brought in
With a setting like that I would be eating all day
Just love the walls of glass to take full advantage of the vistas
Rich warm colors work so well with the Napa Valleys natural beauty
Another gorgeous Napa bedroom…the views are amazing
Poolside in Napa…sounds mighty good right about now!
Jacques Saint Dizier designed this beautiful and warm living room in Napa
Gorgeous sumptuous bedroom takes full advantage of the weather and views
I would like to be invited to this incredible setting for just one dinner…..
Stunning master bedroom with a completely open wall to take advantage of cool evening breezes
Picture perfect setting for candlelit wine tasting dinners
Almost looks too perfect to be real!
If this isn’t the essence of Napa Valley at its finest..don’t know what is….
J E Caldwell designed this fabulous rustic stone home
One of my all time favorite backyards….perfection!
Of course this residence is lucky enough to have a separate “art studio” in its own cozy cottage!
Elegant and understated living room in all its earthy neutral glory
Cozy dinners by the wood burning fireplace
Stunning mountainside retreat by Howard Backen
Beautiful backyard pool set high up to take advantage of the spectacular views
Even this bathroom is what I would envision my Napa bathroom to look like, in all its earthiness both in color and feeling……beautiful
This beautiful Napa compound is reminiscent of something you would see in Tuscany
Gorgeous entrance with breathtaking vistas..love the rich, warm colors
And this is where my wine tasting dinners for 20 would all come together!
Howard Backen designed this stunning Napa residence
High up in the mountain, this spectacular neutral toned living room relies heavily on the great outdoors for maximum impact
Light colored dining area….love those floor to ceiling glass walls…this is perfect!
This is the ultimate dream dining room for me in my future Napa home, my Bossa Nova soundtrack is ready to get cranking….
Breakfast is served in this sunny breakfast room
Beautiful soft toned master bedroom takes full advantage of the great outdoors
Beautiful creamy colored living room…so cozy and inviting, Suzanne Tucker
Love the stone floors and how the bath opens onto a private patio…only in Napa!
Grand stone fireplace adds so much character to this room, Suzanne Tucker
I could get used to eating breakfast outside everyday on this patio overlooking the vineyards
Perfect entertaining space for those cool valley nights, Howard Backen
Fabulous home, love the blue gray accented trim
Grand, glorious but so cozy living room….colors are gorgeous!
A picture perfect setting, a foutain just beyond the foyer doors…..glorious!
Distressed cabinets adds to the rustic elegance of this Napa home, Tucker and Marks
Beautiful and elegant bedroom, love the stone fireplace, Suzanne Tucker
Breathtaking views at every turn
The large open, airy spaces are just amazing
After a hard day of working in the vineyard, you get to relax with a glass of Cab right here…..
My guess is either: 
A. you are in awe of my incredibly overactive imagination and give me credit for dreaming or 
B. that you are reaching for a glass of wine as we speak as this has gotten you in a Napa Valley frame of mind!
 Hope you enjoyed it…..I so enjoyed putting it together and cannot wait to go back to this incredible place. Its bad enough I have already told  asked my three boys that one of them has to  should consider getting married there one day! Hope you have an enchanting day!

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