Napa Valley elopement

Kristin, 30 & Matthew, 33

Napa Valley, CA

Wedding Date: May 3, 2011

Number of Guests: 2

Wedding Cost: $3,500

Wedding Ceremony Location: Brix

Wedding Reception Location: Brix

Napa Valley elopement

Vineyard elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted to be able to experience what we wanted for our wedding, not worry about everyone else and pleasing them instead of us.

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley Brix wedding

Napa Valley elopement

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

We didn’t come across any challenges as we had an amazing contact in Napa (who also was our officiant). Everything went so smoothly from the florist to the ceremony location to our photographer. We couldn’t have had such a stress-free occasion if we had a larger wedding.

groom in converse sneakers

pink pocket square

tan suit

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Not at all. Once we figured out where & when we wanted to get married we then asked our closest friends if they would join us. Of course they said yes. Who would pass up an amazing trip to Napa?

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

We extended the invite to our immediate family. Unfortunately, the majority of them were not able to make it to CA. So it was easy for us to say “we are eloping”, which worked out perfectly!

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Napa Valley Vineyard elopement

Napa Valley elopement

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

We decided on a non-traditional ceremony. There was no “walking down” the aisle or vows that were stuffy. We did however create the “first look” part of a traditional ceremony. Matt and I met in a special meeting place at our ceremony location and we were able to talk & get the jitters out before the actual ceremony. Megan captured amazing pictures of the “First Look”. Another special part of the ceremony for me was the Wine Ceremony in honor of my brother that passed away 6 yrs ago. When Matt & I first came to Napa in 2009 we came across a winery that produced a bottle of wine that was labeled Giovanni (my brother’s name), so we toasted in his remembrance with our special wine!

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Blue bridesmaid dress

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

blue satin wedding shoes

Napa Valley elopement

What were the highlights of the reception?

It was exactly what we wanted. Outdoor dining, perfect weather, amazing food! The service was impeccable. The outdoor setting during sunset was priceless. The reception was an amazing memory in itself!

Napa Valley elopement reception

Napa Valley wedding reception

Brix wedding reception

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement

Napa Valley elopement reception

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

No stress! We were able to focus on US and not everything else that could be happening during a large wedding. We were able to talk amongst ourselves without having that feeling of needing to mingle and talk with everyone! There was so much laughter, happiness and just pure relaxation being able to enjoy our special day with our best friends and with one another. We didn’t have any worries at all!

casual groom attire

Napa Valley elopement

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Do what makes you and your partner happy. Whether that is a big elaborate wedding or an intimate wedding. What matters is that when you look back at that day you are able to say we did exactly what we wanted to do!

wedding shoes photo

Napa Valley elopement

Vendors:

Photography: Megan Clouse Photography

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Brix

Officiant: Kimberly Thompson

Gown: Galina

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

 

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  1. Posted by Lissa on June 6th, 2011 at 10:35am

    Fabulous wedding location! So great to see a couple having the ceremony and reception they truly want...and being able to savor and treasure every moment.
  2. Posted by Katie on June 6th, 2011 at 12:45pm

    Glad to hear your beautiful wedding went off without a hitch! Congrats!
  3. Posted by Megan Clouse on June 6th, 2011 at 1:04pm

    This was such a lovely wedding - thanks for sharing with the world IW!
  4. Posted by Christina on June 6th, 2011 at 2:20pm

    Thanks so much for sending it along Megan!
  5. Posted by Corinna on June 6th, 2011 at 2:21pm

    Dapper groom and dazzling bride - awesome couple! Such a wonderfully beautiful and intimate wedding!
  6. Posted by Kimberley Bowman on June 9th, 2011 at 5:02pm

    My Fiance and I are getting married October 15th of this year and we are planning a small wedding . He wants to marry here at home and I think that would be nice In the back yard under the big oak tree with close friends and family.
  7. Posted by Christina on June 10th, 2011 at 9:21am

    Under the big ol' oak tree. Love it!!
  8. Posted by Stacey on August 19th, 2012 at 3:31pm

    Did you marry during the week and what package did you have for photography. What hotel did you stay at and what isthere to do in or near napa for a couple who may wanna step out and party while honeymooning
  9. Posted by Meagan M. on September 16th, 2013 at 10:28am

    A stress free wedding is quite an accomplishment! Congrats to you guys for not only getting married, but making an elegant and beautiful wedding day without having to tear your hair out!
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