Back in the late ’90’s, we had the pleasure of touring the California coast, and it’s a trip we will never forget. The highlight, by far, was the Napa Valley region. The scenery was unsurpassed in its beauty…the food was inspired and fresh (I never knew peaches tasted like that!) …and the climate was perfect. I’m not one to return to places I’ve already been, but I would happily make an exception in this case.
A few weeks ago Alex Mitchell, the lovely Community Hostess at The Fairmont reached out to me. They were understandably impressed with my friend Penny’s table from last year and thought it might be fun for me to highlight a few wedding tables and designs to complement one of their California locations, so naturally I choose Sonoma.
Let’s begin with our arrival at the elegant and stately Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa.
Imagine having your wedding take place at this beautiful and idyllic setting, which includes the only luxury spa resort in the country that includes its own thermal mineral water.
The beautiful Sonoma County weather almost guarantees your ceremony won’t get rained on, and what bride wouldn’t love walking up this rose petal filled aisle?
But now it’s time to head inside for the reception, so let’s have some fun with a few tablescapes!
When I think of the Napa/Sonoma region, what comes to mind are natural textures, simple but elegant floral arrangement, and colors and materials borrowed from nature.
Let’s step inside and see what awaits, ok?
It was difficult to pick just one table to highlight, so I didn’t! This next one would be lovely for a casual event, whether it’s a Bridal luncheon, or even a wedding for a client that loves and appreciates natural elements.
Sunflowers, distressed painted wood and hand blown pottery in earthy colors all come together to create a whimsical, cheerful table, perfect for breakfast on the porch the morning after the wedding.
Add some drama and height with a real or faux tree and place some ‘birds’ throughout for a fun and dramatic display.
Now we can’t forget the all important fireplace, can we? And neither did Sharene. Remember I mentioned she was chosen to decorate a mantel at this event? As expected, she outdid herself.
Decorated with traditional elements and antique silver vessels, this look would be right at home in the beautiful but elegant Fairmont.
This table was one of my favorites. Every attention to detail was meticulously tended to, and it all came together to produce one beautifully rustic but elegant table design.
Notice the slate? How creative, and a perfect backdrop for a rustic table design.
It’s been a magical day, but now it’s time to bid your guests adieu and relax in your beautiful suite with a romantic four-poster bed and lovely garden view.
In addition to the reception rooms available at the Inn, the staff can arrange for off-site venues that are quite unique, such as wine caves and ruins, vineyards, private estates, barrel rooms and more.
Thank you Alex for giving me the opportunity to share the beautiful Sonoma Inn with my readers. I had fun gathering inspiration for your gracious venue :).
In other news…
All in all, I took nearly 200 photos at the event. I’ll be sharing some others with you soon and you won’t want to miss my absolute favorite display which I’ll tease you with in two words…Manola Blahnik. Yup, if you’re a Sex and the City fan, you won’t want to miss this!