Courtney and Daniel's originally dreamed of being married at the place where her parent's were married. Unfortunately, when the wedding date came around the venue was no longer hosting weddings. After searching around Napa and Sonoma valleys for a new venue, they decided on Asti for their DIY wedding. Not many people have heard of Asti, it is a quaint, charming winery that used to be a Swiss-Italian colony site and is not opened to the public. The original buildings and statues are truly amazing and make for a very romantic location for a wedding. Daniel's wedding tied in hues of orange, brown and white, dinner in a romantic courtyard and a dessert bar complete with M&Ms with Courtney and Daniel's faces on them! Guests dance the night away to the original tunes of Trebuchet. If you are a lover of all things DIY, than this wedding is going to be one that you HAVE to check out! Thank you to Borrowed & Blue for featuring Courtney and Daniel's wedding on your website and what a gorgeous wedding it was! Read all about the wedding and see the full feature on Borrowed & Blue!
ABOUT THIS WEDDING
Courtney & Daniel enjoy DIY projects, and the two of them created many of the decorations and accents for their ceremony and reception. While their wedding was in the middle of May, the color palette that they chose for their wedding was reminiscent of fall, and looked beautiful in front of the mountains, as though they were mimicking the beauty of the peaks in autumn. Courtney's bouquet was a lovely bright coral, orange, peach, and white combination that absolutely popped against her white, lace gown. K2B Creative Photography captured a poignant moment of the ceremony, when Courtney's mother walked her down the aisle, as her father passed away when she was only nine years old. Following the ceremony, Courtney & Daniel had some gorgeous newlywed portraits throughout the vineyard grounds. Their reception was absolutely gorgeous, and a DIY lover's dream — a perfect ending for Courtney & Daniel's big day!
Daniel loves to brew his own beer, learn about the brewing process, and the science behind it all. Daniel also loves to build items from scratch, and be handy at fixing things around the house.
I love sewing, doing crafts, and generally being creative. I love to cook, bake, and make peoples tummies happy.
Daniel and I have been through a lot in our eight year relationship. After Daniel's long illness, we have laughed, loved, and just appreciated each other more and more. We love being together, but also enjoy cheering each other on in our separate hobbies. I think what makes us work is we are truly best friends, we love being together but aren't afraid to do things alone either.
OUR LOVE STORY
We met in college, but the stars were not ready for to align just yet. My college roommate introduced me to Daniel, and we stayed friends for over two years before Daniel made his move. For our first date, Daniel took me apartment hunting. I know, great first date, but it had to be done. We laughed the whole time and just had a ball. From then on, I knew there was something special about him. After making it through some hard times it only made us grow closer; if we could make it through that we could make it through anything. Daniel surprised me by proposing at the same site where my parents exchanged vows — my dad passed when I was 9 — which is a very special place. Then, he had all my family waiting at my mom's to surprise me with dinner. Our relationship has thrived on love, laughter, and being open communicators. Laughter has been our #1 and his sense of humor has made me love him more and more each day.
We did a lot of DIY projects for our wedding, including making letters out of cork that spelled love, since I grew up around wine country, and we were getting married at a winery. We made a memory board to honor those who couldn't be with us. We made everything from wedding invitation, table numbers, thank you cards for table settings, and escort cards. We had help making boxes, out of old fence boards from my moms house, for the table center piece flowers, and our friend helped arrange the flowers. We gave out bottle openers as our favors, as an ode to Daniel's love of brewing beer. We had pictures of us from all the years we have been together throughout the venue.
Right now, just enjoying either other and working to save up to buy a house — once we decide where we want to settle. Our goal is to move closer to our families, so we can enjoy more time with them. Maybe start a family of our own, but that is up in the air right now, and time will tell what will happen with that.
Florist - EV Floral Design || Transportation - Napa Valley Tours & Transportation || Photographer - K2B Creative Photography || Catering - Mavericks || Wedding Planner - Lovely Day Events || Sound & Lighting Design - Twilight Design