If you read last week’s story, you got a peak into a few of my favorite moments from our wedding day.
Sigh. Take me back!
Today, I’m excited to share with you the location, decor, and style details of our nuptials.
Neema and I knew Villa Montalvo was special from the moment we saw it. It was elegant, grand, and transported us to another time and place.
Sitting on hundreds of acres, Montalvo is an Italian estate built by a wealthy politician back in the early 1900’s — though he had many homes, the most lavish of his parties were thrown here. The mansion itself sits on the edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains, surrounded by lush gardens and rows of cypress trees. During warm weather, the white exterior is dripping with green ivy, more than a hundred years old, making the building even more enchanting in the summer months.
Outside of Montalvo being picturesque, it allowed for an outdoor ceremony without sacrificing a formal dress code. We got married in a garden and held dinner on the veranda, in the open air, overlooking the Front Lawn.
The night concluded with dancing in the ballroom, the floor to ceiling french doors open wide, letting in the fresh mountain breeze on that warm July night.
My vision for our wedding sounded something like this, “I’m thinking classic but modern. Art deco but not Gatsby. Pink but not girly…” My poor planners. The ladies of Paper & Plumes went above and beyond to make my convoluted vision a seamless, beautiful, reality.
The color palette consisted of creams, pinks, silver and gold. The art deco component was incorporated with geometric patterns throughout the wedding invitations, programs, and signage. The ladies of Mondine Flowers created the most gorgeous garland and centerpieces, full of garden roses and dahlias — playing perfectly with the lush greenery all around us.
We chose to add modern pops by making these DIY tinsel drink stirrers we used in champagne classes for the seating chart and these custom table numbers from Etsy, representing a few of our favorite landmarks in San Francisco.
To top off the night with a classic twist, we waved goodbye to our friends and family, and drove off in a vintage 1933 Packard. It was the perfect ending to an unforgettable day.
Finding my dress was probably the easiest part of wedding planning. I found it at the second boutique we went to. I’d wanted a form fitting gown and fell in love with this one the moment I saw it. This Maggie Soterro dress had gold beading, scalloped detailing, and a sheer back. It had classic elements with unique detailing, just what I wanted.
Though the colors of our wedding were light and neutral, my bridesmaids stood out from the party in bold berry Donna Morgan gowns, a color only used for their dresses. To add a little more glam, they wore these custom beaded belts from Etsy.
As for the gentlemen, Neema opted for a J. Hilburn, midnight blue tuxedo with black, high peak lapels while the groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedo’s.
In the end, I know I can look back, decades from now, and appreciate the traditional style we were aiming for.
P.S. I’d love to hear your wedding questions and/or comments! It’s one of my favorite topics. Leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
A special thank you to the talented team WhenItClicks for perfectly capturing our special day.
Location: Villa Montalvo | Planners: Paper & Plumes | Photography: WhenItClicks | Makeup: Vlada Haggerty | Hair: Sheryle Cottaneo | Flowers: Studio Mondine | Rentals/Catering: Cafe Primavera | Linens: La Tavola | Getaway Car: Elegant Limousines
My Dress: Maggie Sottero | My Shoes: Kate Spade | My Earrings: Nordstrom | Neema’s Tuxedo: J. Hilburn | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Donna Morgan/And Something Blue | Bridesmaid’s Belts: Something Ivory | Bridesmaid’s Earrings: Nordstrom