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FloryPhoto_Wedding_Silverado_001Eileen + Dave had a perfect napa valley summer wedding at the Silverado Resort.  Eileen was such a stunning bride in her Valentino shoes and Jim Hjelm dress and together with Dave they rocked it in front of the camera.  I just love their fun and vibrant colors that they choose and Traci’s flowers added that perfect pop.  Eileen + Dave were so much fun to photograph and I just loved all of the emotion and great moments that took place on their wedding day.  Megan Hann did a great job with the hair and as always, DJ Mark Divita created the best dance party EVER!  I have never seen a better dance party while it was still light out. Bluegrass Stomp was an amazing band to have for the ceremony and cocktail hour and I highly recommend them.  Last but not least, we LOVED the cupcakes from Perfect Endings.  Their Banana Nut Bread cake is to date my favorite wedding cake I have ever had.  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to read Eileen + Dave’s recap of the day along with all of the details that made this such a special wedding.  Thank you so much Eileen + Dave for having us photograph your wedding!


Venue(s) , Date and # of Guests:
Silverado Resort, August 28, 2010, 115 guests

What inspired you in planning the wedding?
I am originally from the east coast, so it was really important for us to have a true “California wedding” for all of our friends and famly to experience and enjoy. Having the entire event outdoors, in the open air and under the stars accomplished that goal, and definitely inspired us in terms of the decor, and overall vibe for the day. Above all, we wanted our wedding day to reflect our personalities, which meant a laid-back, relaxed, fun party surrounded by the people who mean the most to us.

What were your favorite moments, surprises, traditions from the day?
The entire day from start to finish was truly magical, but the ceremony was definitely our favorite part. Dave and I decided to write our own vows and we did not hear what the other had written until we were reciting them during the ceremony. Writing vows to your future husband/wife is not an easy task, and at times it felt overwhelming, but I am so happy we decided to do it. Dave honestly took my breath away with his words- it added such an element of personalization and really made our ceremony special.

Dress designer, shoes, Jewelry, Etc. Groom’s suit, Bridesmaids, etc.
Dress: Jim Hjelm
Shoes: Valentino
Jewelry: heirlooms borrowed from my mom and my bridesmaids
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J Crew
Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss
Groom’s shoes: Bruno Magli
Ties: Brooks Brothers

Wedding Planner, Stationer, Floral Designer, Rentals, Music, etc.
Wedding Planner- Kimberlie Husted, Silverado Resort
Officiant- Howard Steierman
Stationer- Hello Lucky
Floral Designer- Traci Terrick
Ceremony Music- Bluegrass Stomp
DJ- DJ Mark Divita (AMAZING DJ!)
Makeup- Alexandra Green
Hair- Megan Hann (email me for contact info)

Menu, Drinks, Dessert, Caterer, Baker, etc.
Cupcakes- Perfect Endings- far and away the best cupcakes we have ever eaten; flavors were chocolate peanut butter, carrot cream cheese, coconut, banana chocolate and black & white.
Late night snack- Its Its
The remainder of the catering was done by the Silverado.

DIY elements
Dave really helped me out with a lot of the DIY elements. Together we did the blanket baskets, placecard trees, and a little photo gallery showcasing our parents’, grandparents’, and great-grandparents’ wedding days.

Favorite Blogs or Magazines used in planning the wedding
Style Me Pretty
Green Wedding Shoes
Once Wed
Brooklyn Bride

Advice that you’d give to other Brides?
With all the hussle and bussle on your wedding day, it honestly flies by before you know it. At some point throughout the day, remember to stop, take a deep breath and really take it all in.

Anything else…
Joel, we so appreciate everything that you and Cara did for us to help make our wedding day so special. We used so many of your vendor recommendations from our stationer Helly Lucky to our DJ Mark DiVita to my hair stylist Megan Hann- I was so happy with every single vendor we used and I feel that I never would have found them without your assistance.

I feel that the mark of a great photographer is the ability to take pictures that really capture the emotions of the day- and I can honestly say that every time we look at these photos it really stirs up every feeling we felt on our wedding day. Thank you both for everything.

-Eileen and Dave

  • John Edgar Says:

    Really really great images Joel. :)

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