January 4, 2016


Beaulieu Garden is a dream wedding venue for so many couples. The minute the gates open and you make your way down their beautiful tree-lined driveway, you instantly know you're being swept away to a magical place.

Located in Rutherford, in the heart of Napa Valley, Beaulieu Garden is a private estate that hosts just a limited number of weddings a year. Our stylish couple from New York, Libbie and Jesse, were amongst those lucky enough to wed there. After seeing the estate in person, it was not hard to convince them to host their destination wedding there, even if it meant traveling across the country and asking their friends and families to do so as well.

We spent a year planning and designing this gorgeous wedding, ensuring that every detail of the guest experience reflected Libbie and Jesse's vision for their special day. We loved getting to know them through the process, including Libbie's fun-spirited parents Susan and Andy, who flew out with them for our planning meetings.

As with many destination weddings, the weekend festivities were kicked off by a fun welcome party that took place at the Villagio in Yountville the Thursday before the wedding. Welcome parties are a great way to get the energy going as guests get to see each other for the first time (or reunite) in a more casual and informal setting. This helps ease everyone's comfort, and builds the anticipation for the actual wedding day. On Friday, guests had the option to choose between various activities, such as yoga, golf, and wine tasting. The rehearsal dinner was kept on a more intimate level, with just the bridal party and immediate families, held at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena. There are certainly no shortage of great restaurants to host pre and post wedding parties in Napa Valley!

The wedding day began at Bardessono Hotel, where Libbie and Jesse got ready with their bridal party in separate suites. We were blessed with a gorgeous day, and everyone was relaxed and in good spirits.

Arriving to Beaulieu Garden earlier, we arranged a private First Look for the couple in the Secret Garden, next to a lovely fountain.

Guests were shuttled into Beaulieu Garden late afternoon. After being greeted with Paula Le Duc Fine Catering's famous ice tea, they got to leisurely stroll through a rose garden before taking their seats for the ceremony in the fountain garden.

The families and bridal party were seated in these beautiful wooden pews by Archive Rentals, as they witnessed the heart warming ceremony officiated by Jesse's father underneath a blush chiffon canopy.

As soon as Libbie and Jesse were pronounced husband and wife, they kicked the energy up a few notches by leading everyone into the Secret Garden for cocktails and hors d'oeurves. The guests immediately let loose and the party officially began!

Outdoor weddings are difficult to do slideshows, so instead, we created this cool Wall of Fame that featured photos that Libbie and Jesse took with their families and friends through the years.

Dinner took place underneath the magical arbor, filled with twinkle lights and beautiful chandeliers. Pop Rocks got the party started with their 80s' tunes, and the photobooth had guests bringing out their silliest selves all night. Truly, nobody wanted to leave, but with a 10pm curfew at the venue, everyone gathered around the vintage RR to send the couple off with a bang!

Thank you to everyone who made this wedding a smashing success! 

Event Planning + Production: Jubilee Lau Events
Event Design + Styling: Gloria Wong Design
Venue: Beaulieu Garden
Caterer: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering
Photography: Gary Ashley from The Wedding Collective
Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Design
Lighting: Got Light
Band: Pop Rocks
String Quartet: Golden Gate Strings
Makeup + Hair: Erica Carr
Cake: Studio Cake
Stationery: Good on Paper
Canopy and custom furniture: Blueprint Studio
Wooden Pews: Archive Rentals
Linens and Napkins: La Tavola Fine Linen
Custom Napkin Ring: Wildflower Linen
Tabletop Rentals and Chiavari Chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation

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