Chateau Elan Real Wedding: The Details
From the Photographer: “A couple of weeks after arriving to Atlanta I was so honored to be asked by Jennifer Lackey at Story Book Wedding Consulting to photograph the details of one of their weddings being held at Chateau Elan. Having heard people rave about it since I was a little girl, it was an exciting opportunity to not only see the beautiful wedding details, but the winery as well! I was so happy to find that not only was the design and decor fabulous, all of the people involved (Tulip Event Design, I do linens, Eberle Invitations, Marina Miller and more) were also absolutely wonderful to work with!” -Carla Gates Photography
Event Production and coordination: Story Book Wedding Consulting | Event Design: Tulip | Photography by: Carla Gates Photography | Ceremony Entertainment: Candlelight Strings | Reception Entertainment by: Ruperts Orchestra | Bakery: Bakersman Inc. | Invitations and all paper: Eberle Invitations | Favor Boxes: DecoMarj | Hospitality Bags: Lily Rose Designs | Venue: Chateau Elan Winery and Resort
Jessica + Ryan
May 23, 2009
Hans Fahden Vineyards – Calistoga, CA
Note from the Bride: “I have always loved vibrant colors reminiscent of a Spanish/Mexican flair, and the flowers, linens, throw pillows and decorations turned out wonderfully. Our first dance was a salsa dance. I changed into a sassy dress and Ryan wore a fedora. We had a blast preparing for this, and it was fantastic! We walked into ACDC, “Thunderstruck”, which took us back to our classic rock roots. Everybody got into that. Dinner was in a wine cave, which was very unique. When we opened the doors to the cave everybody was in awe. The food was wonderful and we loved that it was family style – it was seated but they served us every course. Everyone said it was the best wedding food they had ever had. All the food was locally grown and seasonal. We weren’t able to pick our menu until a few weeks before! But it was well worth it. Lastly, we decided not to have a cake, but had a dessert buffet and passed ice cream/cookie sandwiches. We had fun feeding each other these for our “food” picture!
Having all of our closest friends and family surrounding us in such an intimate environment was the most important for us. Being able to look out and share a smile with somebody during the ceremony made us feel connected. Our Reverend was amazing, and brought everybody into the ceremony. We both had our 2 siblings (Ryan has 2 sisters and Jessica has 2 brothers) in the wedding party, which couldn’t have been more important to us.”
Special thanks to Lauri Levenfeld of Zoom Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding!
Vendors: Photographer: Lauri Levenfeld, Zoom Photography, Florist: Leah Lowery at Flaxx Floral, Hair: Salon 360, Calistoga, CA – Kyla, Invitations – Hello Lucky