A few weekends ago my Mom and I spent four fabulous days in Napa Valley. In case you missed it, I got engaged in February and Jordan and I will be tying the knot in Calistoga, California this August. I only toured two venues but instantly knew Hans Fahden was “the one”. Even in the winter, the beautiful garden winery with its lily pond, mountain view and lush greenery was exactly what I envisioned for our wedding day. After visiting Hans Fahden in full bloom, I’m even more excited to share the venue with our guests.
Since we made all of our “big” wedding decisions back in February and March, the past few months I’ve focused on the details. I’m not crafty myself so I am constantly scrolling through Etsy and Instagram for the perfect artistic details to give our venue a little flair. My Mom got remarried two summers ago and one of the most impressive parts of her gorgeous forest wedding was all of the details. From hand drawn maps of the property that served as placemats, to custom painted signs with sweet love quotes and lush bouquets of colorful wildflowers, the wedding was simply stunning. I love the details that make a wedding personal by reflecting the couple. When I hear that the flowers on a bride’s veil reflect her grandmother’s favorite blooms (or the commonwealth’s flowers if you’re Meghan Markle), or that each centerpiece was hand carved by the groom and his father-in-law to-be, I can’t help but feel like the party is even more special. I know not everyone cares about decor, but I know when I arrive at a wedding or party it is the decor that sets the vibe for the evening.
It was a bit difficult to plan our wedding decor and details without all the ins and outs of the venue. Our visit to Hans Fahden wasn’t just fun but strategic. The staff at Hans Fahden were sweet enough to allow my Mom and I to walk through the venue snapping photos and taking videos for reference. We looked specifically for outlets, arches, and walls. I was a little scatterbrained when we toured the venue initially so it was helpful to look at the space with the intention of decorating. Where could we hang props? Post signs? Or otherwise, decorate? We’re lucky because the venue is SO naturally stunning we could honestly get away with minimal decor but I want pieces here and there that reflect Jordan and I, along with our vision for the day. What is our vision for the day you ask? Enchanted Garden with a touch of Taylor Swift, at least that is what I keep telling people when they ask our wedding theme.
August will be here before we know it. I’m frantically ordering pieces off Etsy and I’m in the process of recruiting bridesmaids to help me craft pieces for this beautiful garden. I really cannot wait to see all of the little pieces come together to form our day, of course, I’m sure I’ll share wedding details all throughout fall.
In addition to touring the venue for the second time, my Mom and I met with the caterer to finalize menu details and the baker to taste cakes. I’ve never been much of a cake person but I do love carrot cake. My mom and little sister Gigi tagged along to taste cakes with me and we all agreed the carrot cake was a winner. Plus, isn’t carrot cake just lovely for a summer garden wedding? It certainly feels fitting to me.
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