Black Swan Lake Wedding by Meg Smith

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Stephanie and Scott had a lovely ele­gant wed­ding. Located at the breath­tak­ing pri­vate estate of Black Swan Lake, this couple’s day was truly out of a fairy­tale. The soft col­ors mixed with white roses and weep­ing wil­lows set the tone for the clas­sic ele­gance that Stephanie and Scott suc­ceed to illus­trate. Meg Smith beau­ti­fully pho­tographed the details of this day as well as cap­tur­ing the cou­ples true and nat­ural charm. Enjoy!

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Wed­ding Plan­ning Inspiration…

The prop­erty took our breath away the moment we saw the beau­ti­ful lake sur­rounded by wil­low trees and vine­yards. We had always wanted to have an out­door wed­ding in a stun­ning nat­ural set­ting that could stand on its own, requir­ing lit­tle dec­o­ra­tion. We really loved how we could use dif­fer­ent areas of the prop­erty for the cer­e­mony, cock­tail hour, and recep­tion.  We had fun lead­ing the guests from the lake up to the ter­race where we dined and danced under the stars.

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Details…

The wispy wil­low trees that sur­rounded the lake . We incor­po­rated wil­low tree art­work in the wed­ding invi­ta­tions and wed­ding programs.

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Advice for Other “New­bie Brides”…

Take a week off before the wed­ding.  You will be sur­prised at all the lit­tle things that come up at the last minute (even if you had over a year to plan like I did).

Make a list of the “splurge” items, or things that mean the most to you. For me, the cake was not as impor­tant, and we there­fore opted for a smaller dis­play cake that was beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated and used dur­ing the cake cut­ting.  Since the dis­play cake was not big enough to serve all the guests, we relied on a larger sheet cake that was hid­den in the kitchen to serve all 150 guests with.

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Mem­o­rable Moments…

Dur­ing our send­off at the end of the night, out fam­ily and friends gath­ered around our white packard con­vert­ible with sparklers that lit up the dark night sky.  Sud­denly, our friends broke out in song to “Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Good­bye” as we were get­ting into the car.  The singing was such an unex­pected bonus and made the send­off all the more spe­cial.  As we drove off, I cud­dled up to my new hus­band with blan­kets and cham­pagne as we drove along the dark streets of St Helena toast­ing to our mag­i­cal day.

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Wed­ding  Artists | Pho­tog­ra­pher: Meg Smith | Event Plan­ner: Lau­rie Arons Spe­cial Events | Video­g­ra­pher: Lola Video | Flo­ral Design: Kath­leen Deery | Venue: Black Swan Lake, pri­vate estate in St. Helena, Cal­i­for­nia | Bride’s Gown: March­esa | Brides­maid Dresses: Saja | Invi­ta­tions: A Day in May | Bride’s Hair: Cheyenne Kratz, Salon 801 | Bride’s Makeup: Alexis Simon­son | Brides­maids Hair, Makeup: Wal­lettt Luberich | Escort Cards: PS Paper | Rentals: Clas­sic Party RentalsHart­mann Stu­dios,  La Tavola | Band: Paula West Quar­tet | DJDJ Dojah | Cater­ing: Paula LeDuc Fine Cater­ing | Cake: Per­fect End­ings | Get­away Car: Antique Tours | Lim­ou­sine: Sausal­ito Limousine

1 Comment

  1. Thanks so much for this Josie, you did a beau­ti­ful job with the photos!!

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