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Wedding Week: Details & Decor

WeddingVeronica Arrieta1 Comment

I wasn't one of those girls growing up that dreamed about her wedding. I had no idea what I wanted it to look like of what dress I was going to wear. Needless to say, when it came time to plan, I was clueless but optimistic. Fortunately, today we have Pinterest. I had been pinning wedding stuff onto an inspiration board long before we got engaged so when it came down to the details and decor, it turns out I had a theme going on on my Pinterest board and didn't even know it (boom!!). Our color palette was neutrals, champagne, dusty rose and blush with a winery, whimsical, romantic and hint of rustic feel. 

It was so fun to see everything come together during the planning process. We only had a day of wedding coordinator so all of the details and decor was all me.  Allison from A Savvy Event oversaw the entire day, she told us where to be and took any worry off my shoulders on our wedding day. (If you don't have a wedding planning, I highly suggest at least getting a day of!)

Flowers make all the difference to truly transform a space, so we hired Heather from Heather Hendrickson Flowers, she was local and familiar with the property, which was so helpful. We did large arrangements on the wine barrels, a light ombre pink rose petal aisle for us to walk down, and white hydrangeas in mason jars for all the outdoor tables She created the most incredible bouquet for me with shades of white, ivory and blush; she used white hydrangeas, champagne and ivory roses, blush garden roses, white anemones, and even surprised me with peonies since they were out of season and knew how much I loved them. 

Food tasting was the best part of wedding planning! We found Judy from Giorgi's Wedding Cakes. There was a lot of pressure to pick the perfect cake because it's my mom's favorite part about a wedding. We went a three tiered cake with different flavors: red velvet and carrot cake. Judy's cake was seriously the best tasting wedding cake I've ever had (and I'm not even being biased!). Our guests loved having the option to choose a flavor (or had both!). I've never been a huge wedding favor person but felt like it was something we had to do, so we picked up some local honey and me and my bridesmaids poured the honey into jars. 

We had a polaroid guestbook that each guest took a selfie and left us a little note (warning: by the end of the night the selfies got better and better...we know who you are ;-)) My artistic sister and MOH, burned wood and carved the cover for our polaroid guest book, which is incredible (pictures below!). All of the chalkboard signs was a DIY project. I found frames from an antique fair and spray painted them gold, then got wood cut from Home Depot for the inside of each frame, then spray painted that with chalk board paint. My amazing cousin Angelica wrote on them with a chalkboard marker because let's face it, my handwriting skills are just not up to par!

Everything at our wedding was truly amazing and transformed the space, but what made our wedding was the infinite amount of love that filled the room. Make sure to check back tomorrow for my four favorite moments.   


Wedding Week: Our Look

WeddingVeronica Arrieta2 Comments

It's our wedding week...well kind of! November 8th marks ONE YEAR of marriage (holy moly where has the time gone!!!). I've gotten a lot of interest in our wedding - everything from decor, where we got this or how we did that so I wanted to share some of the moments that made our day so special. I've decided to dedicate this week to our wedding, covering various parts of our wedding and links to our vendors, etc. Today starts with: our look. 

From the moment we got engaged we knew we wanted to get married in wine country, living in San Francisco we've been lucky enough to spend a lot of time in the Napa area. It's so beautiful with the mountains, vineyards and overflowing amounts of wine. Although we knew we wanted a winery wedding, we had some guidelines. We wanted a venue that had a family-run small vineyard feel (nothing commercial with a lot of foot traffic), and separate spaces for the ceremony, cocktail and reception with vineyards surrounding everything. After a month of searching, we found Trentadue Winery, Trentadue had different lawns to break up the ceremony, cocktail and reception (check!), could hold our guest count (and then some), big redwood trees, and beautiful views of the mountains and vineyards. It was romantic and whimsical, with a bit of that rustic winery feel, which was exactly what I had pictured. 

I never tried on a wedding dress prior to being engaged because I wanted to share the special moment with my mom. My mom lives in Houston so we picked a weekend for her to fly out to San Francisco to go dress shopping. I went into the process with an open mind, but like every girl had been searching Pinterest and was leaning towards a mermaid dress with a sweetheart neckline. We went to a few different bridal places in the city, I narrowed it down to three dresses and slept on it - meanwhile my mom knew exactly the dress all along. Well, a mom's intuition is always right, because the following day I went back and said yes to the dress: an organza wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, ruched bodice and mermaid skirt. I loved how simple and beautiful the dress was - it hugged my body perfectly. I even got to work with Novella Bridal to customize a crystal belt to put the finishing touches on my dress (and added some extra volume inside the skirt). Novella was so charming and the staff was wonderful to work with for the dress and accessories (including the belt and my veil). I wore a pair of gold sequins Kate Spade heels. For my beauty look, I wanted romantic loose curls with natural makeup and a subtle pink lip. Katie at It's A Date At The Powder Room, executed the look; as well as my bridesmaids hair/makeup. My ten bridesmaids wore mix-and-match style Dessy dresses in the color cameo. Each bridesmaid had a different body type so I wanted them to pick a dress style that they would feel most comfortable in. We rented houses for the bridal party: guys in one and girls in the other. My mom made me a yummy breakfast for us girls, and my grandmothers, aunts and future-mother-in-law popped in throughout the day while we sipped champagne in our robes

Mike and the guys had a morning with prayer and drank beer. It's crazy to think of how different our mornings were. The guys all rented their black tuxedos from The Black Tux (think Rent The Runway for your modern day tuxedo). All they had to do was plug in their measurements and had a stylish tux was sent to them days before the wedding. We loaded up in the shuttle and headed to to Trentadue, I was nervous and excited, but I couldn't wait to see my groom as I walked down the aisle. 


Venue: Trentadue Winery

Hair/Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room

Photographer: Rolo Tandeo Jr.

Robes: Etsy 

Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia

Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade "Charm" Slingback Pump

Bridal Belt: Customized with Novella Bridal 

Veil: Novella Bridal 

Wedding Dress Hanger: Etsy 

Groom/Groomsmen Tuxedo: The Black Tux 

Next up for Wedding Week is The Ceremony...