On September 22nd Andrew proposed (and cast me into a land of magic) with the most perfect day, filled with surprises, romance, family, and friends. He even hired a secret photographer to capture it all without me knowing. Maybe one day I’ll convince him to let me share some of the photos with you. But for now, they remain a sacred reminder of a day we’ll never forget.
The weekend after he proposed, we began planning our upcoming wedding. We knew we wanted to get married in wine country, just two hours from our home in San Francisco, at a place that captured our ‘casual elegance’ aesthetic. Durham Ranch was the last place we visited and once we saw it in person, we knew we had found our special spot. In fact, I couldn’t bare the thought of getting married anywhere else now that I knew this place existed.
We had been looking for a place in wine country, but for something that didn’t look overtly ‘Napa’. We wanted the serenity and beauty of the rolling hills, but not necessarily the barrel rooms and vineyards. And as a girl with an affinity for neutrals, I had dreams of a largely white backdrop to our wedding (and because I love the way white looks in photos). Since Andrew and I both work in the design industry, style was of course also at the top of our wishlist. Simply put, this place had it all and we connected with the property instantly.
So now that the place is officially booked (as of this morning!) I’m so excited to share that Andrew and I will be getting married at Durham Ranch in Napa Valley on June 15th in front of our friends and family! And I can truly say, I got my dream venue!
These days I’m really counting my blessings and savoring this unique moment in time. Of being on the cusp of a new life of everlasting love with the love of my life, my best friend, my everything.
I’ll be sharing more details about our wedding in the weeks and month to come, but in the meantime, I’m cataloging all my inspiration for the big day here.
[Durham Ranch is managed by the exquisit team at Paula le Duc, and owned by design industry talent, Ken Fulk. Be sure to check out the interiors of his cottage at Durham Ranch in this House Beautiful article. It's to die for! ]
*Photography: W. Scott Chester