June 24, 2013

“Jonny and Erin have been friends forever. We couldn’t have been happier to shoot their stunning wedding in Napa Valley! Their wedding was right up our alley…vintage feel, all antique china, and in the middle of an olive orchard at a vineyard in St Helena! Kara Delay from Love this Day rocked the details from the kings table to the amazing vintage bird cages. With only 20 people, it was such a quaint gathering of family and close friends, which was the perfect size group for this event. Thank goodness there is not a winery closer to our house, because we’d probably be there every day! For now, here’s Jonny and Erin!” – Brinton Studios

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I’m obsessed with Erin’s something blue! Jonathan’s mom gave a toast at their rehearsal dinner and as part of her well wishes for the couple she handed Erin cut apron strings – as a symbol of passing on the motherly/wife duties to her! I’m totally tearing up while I’m typing this ~ how sweet is that!!?? So Erin tied the blue apron strings onto her bouquet along with her something old – her grandfathers wedding ring. I love hearing stories like this where age old traditions are incorporated with such heartfelt meaning.

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“My favorite memory was watching all of my bridesmaids walking down the aisle and then the moment where I looked at my dad, grabbed his hand (while we both cried hysterically) and begin walking down the isle to Jonathan to my favorite Louis Armstrong song. It was surreal and very emotional. I couldn’t wait any longer for that moment!

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..Many of the items at our wedding were hand crafted including our invitations, which were printed on vintage handkerchiefs that I had collected over the years – they were all different shapes, sizes, and styles. We also had vintage postcards that we transformed into our guest book where our friends and family could write warm wishes for our marriage. 1 year prior to the wedding my family and I collected mismatched china, silver, goblets and antique flower vases so that each guest could have a different and unique place setting that fit their personality…

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Something old: I wore my grandmothers wedding pearls and tied my grandfathers wedding band to my bouquet.
Something new: I wore a vintage hat that I had purchased from a Kentucky Derby hat shop in New Orleans.
Something blue: Jonathan’s mom had given a speech at the rehearsal dinner the evening before. As part of her wishes to us she presented me with her cut apron strings (which where blue). For her this was her way of passing on the wife/motherly responsibilities from her to me. I used the blue apron strings to hold my grandfather’s wedding ring on my bouquet.

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..Enjoy your day and don’t let anything stop you from this. Allow the day, environment and people to exemplify your relationship, family and love!” – Erin, the bride

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photography: Brinton Studios // catering: Tra Vigna // event planner + floral design: Love This Day Events // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // dress: Nicole Miller // cake: Jace Crane (brother of bride) // hair + makeup: Heaven & Earth // venue: Private Estate


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