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Lovely Day Events is a boutique wedding planning company serving Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Napa + Sonoma, California. Founded by Lindsey Nickel, the company provides services for all wedding styles from elopements to galas. Lovely Day Events specializes in working with stylish, hands-on couples. Their friendly, professional and attentive planning approach enables couples to relax, have fun and enjoy the wedding day. Lovely Day Events is a winner in The Knot Best of Weddings since 2014 and has been published extensively, including Style Me Pretty, Brides, The Knot and CNN.com

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Natalie and Jason's Wedding Featured on Carats & Cake

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Natalie & Jason's late summer Napa Valley wedding was filled with everything you could possibly want out of a wedding fun, laughter, and a few happy tears. The soft color palette blended with the natural surroundings and gave an almost ethereal feeling to the whole event. As always, the Harvest Inn provided the perfect backdrop for everyone to celebrate and have the time of their lives while also providing amazing views. It was our honor to be a part of this beautiful couples most perfect day!

For more on Natalie and Jason's wedding, visit Carats & Cake.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Monkey Flower Group | Wedding Venue: Harvest Inn | Photographer: White Ivory Photography | Catering: Harvest Inn | Band: Lucky Devils | Hair & Makeup: It's a Date at the Powder Room

Maureen & Doug's Romantic Wine Country Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

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Maureen and Doug's wedding was like no other we've ever worked on before! What really set this wedding apart from the rest was the incredible personal details added by the bride, a visual merchandiser for Pottery Barn.

The wedding was held at the bride's childhood home in Napa which was the perfect setting for this unforgettable day! To read more about this wedding, visit Style Me Pretty's recent article which describes all of the stunning details. 

"Our wedding planner, Lindsey, was the best decision we ever made. At first we wanted to try and pull the wedding off on our own but as the day neared we realized we were in way over our heads. I reached out to her, late one night, and thankfully she was able to fit us into her busy schedule. She was literally a life saver and the sole reason the day went off without a hitch."  -Maureen, Bride

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Revel Floral | Wedding Venue: Private Residence | Photography: Suzanne Karp Photography | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang  | Bride's Shoes : Kate Spade NY | Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew | Groomsmen Attire:  Al's Attire | Catering: The Oyster Girls | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Tent: Peak Tent and Event Rentals

Chelsea and Mason's Casually Elegant Wedding at Sylvan Lake Estate Featured on Borrowed & Blue

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"Casual" and "elegant" are the perfect way to describe Chelsea and Mason's wedding at Sylvan Lake Estate. We had a blast working with this down-to-earth couple and were excited to see their special day featured on Borrowed & Blue.

Chelsea and Mason's romance began working together on a political campaign. As Northern California natives, the couple has always loved the relaxed atmosphere and picturesque beauty of wine country. They selected Sylvan Estate as their venue because it still felt like an intimate destination within close proximity to their families.

EV Floral Design's lush green and white floral arrangements were breathtaking. Delicious gourmet pizza from Ca'Momi contributed to the elegant yet casual feeling of the day. The night ended with an unforgettable dance party to the sound of the Decades Band and a delicious treat from Johnny Donuts.  See the full details on Borrowed & Blue!

Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: EV Floral Design | Wedding Venue: Sylvan Lake Estate | Photography: Rahel Menig Photography | Hair & Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Dessert: Johnny Doughnuts | Rentals, Tents, Decor: Encore Events Rentals  | Catering: Ca'Momi | Ceremony Musician: Rob Michael Guitar| Band: Decades | Transportation: California Wine Tours

Anna and Derek's Dreamy Vineyard Wedding at B.R. Cohn Featured on Brides

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We were so excited to see Anna and Derek’s wedding featured on Brides! BR Cohn’s rolling vineyards were the setting for this dreamy, summer wedding in Sonoma, California. Bride Anna chose a stunning lace dress designed by Maggie Sotero that was complimented by her colorful bouquet of roses and ranunculus.

Anna and Derek love traveling was a theme throughout the day. Their guest’s tables were named after states the couple had visited together. Anna also handcrafted a seating chart using a map of the US to help guests locate their table.

The bride’s advice to anyone getting married is to hire a wedding coordinator, "it will make your wedding day so much more enjoyable and stress-free!" We are so glad Anna chose us to help make her wedding a “Lovely Day!”

Read more about the details of Anna and Derek’s special day here.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Photography: Christine Chang Photography | Floral Design: Anne Appleman Flowers | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Hair & Make-Up: Heart Amonos | Music: Patrick Connor Smith; DJ Dave Tutton| Wedding Venue: B.R. Cohn Winery | Photo Booth: Pro Studio Booths  | Catering & Rentals: Park Avenue Catering | Cake: Crisp Bake Shop

We're hiring!

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The Lovely Day Events team is looking for a few fabulous, friendly and fun people to join us for the 2016 season. Specifically, wedding day assistants in Napa + Sonoma and Jackson Hole and an elopement specialist for Jackson Hole. Great side gigs for summer. Must be available on Saturdays and love to smile. Learn more at lovelydayevents.com/jobs We're Hiring

Courtney and Daniel's DIY Dream Wedding at Asti Featured on Borrowed & Blue

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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!

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ABOUT THIS WEDDING

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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!

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THE COUPLE

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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.

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I love sewing, doing crafts, and generally being creative. I love to cook, bake, and make peoples tummies happy.

TOGETHER

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.

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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.

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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.

WHAT'S NEXT

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

Napa Wedding Venues: Westin Versa Napa, Silverado Resort and Spa, and Meritage Resort and Spa

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Greetings!  Summer is in full swing and the heat here in Napa is perfect for weddings. Hot, but not too hot during the day. The the evenings are simply magical and the perfect temperature for dancing under the stars. For those of you who are already planning for next year, here are a three very places near downtown Napa to consider for your wedding. It seems that people zip right past downtown Napa to head to the wineries when looking for a Napa wedding venue.  The truth is there is a range Napa wedding venues in the town of Napa, plus they are all unique and fit a range of budgets. The three I am writing about today all have lodging options at the same place as the reception location, but beyond that they are as different as cake and pie. Staying near downtown Napa is convenient for guests, because they can take taxis to easily explore downtown Napa and tasting rooms. I had the pleasure of touring each of them. The Westin Versa is located in downtown Napa. It is a hotel and so that means no driving for your guests- yahoooo! There is a darling courtyard for your dinner too! All of their details are on their website in the weddings section. There are a combination of options at Silverado Resort and Spa. If you someone is a golfer, check this place out. Details about weddings at Silverado Resort and Spa are in the wedding section of their website. The Meritage Resort and Spa is another stunner in Napa. This location is close to downtown Napa, but still has a vineyard for your wedding ceremony.  My personal favorite feature was the bowling alley. Can you think of a better after party location?! Check out the details of their wedding services on their website. To sum it up, there are wonderful options for a range budgets and visions that are close to downtown Napa.  A few snapshots I  took from the site visits are below, enjoy!

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Vendor Selections- Hair and Make Up

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Of the many things to check off on the wedding to-do list, one important item is the hair and make-up stylist. This vendor is very important because not only are they tasked with the finishing touches of the day, but they are also someone who will be spending the majority of your wedding day with you and your closest friends and family. Making this a vendor you must get along with well and enjoy their company. Initially, I wanted to have my hair stylist travel up to Napa and do the wedding party's hair, as he has been the only person who has done my hair for many, many years. Quickly I learned that there is a reason he only does highlights and not up-dos, he hates doing them. I thanked him for his honesty and began my search for a make up and hair stylist to fit the bill.

After speaking with about five different stylists, I quickly learned that there are a few important factors in choosing the correct stylist.

  • Choose someone you can easily talk to and aren't overwhelmed by. This is someone you will be spending your wedding day with, an outsider who you maybe meeting for the first or second time, be sure to screen the person well- with an emphasis on their personality and how it meshes with yours!
  • Don't be fooled by their "fees"! As with everything attached with the word "wedding", the hair stylist and make up artist is no exception for increasing pricing and fees when they hear the job is for a wedding. Be sure to go through their quotes with a fine toothed comb, and make sure you know exactly what you're paying for.
  • On that note, don't be afraid to negotiate! Many of these hair stylists and make up artists are self-employed and can negotiate on pricing. If you love a stylist but they're too expensive, don't be shy to talk through the pricing and see where they'd feel comfortable coming down on pricing.
  • Book early! Many hair stylists and make up artists book up quickly and early. It's a surprisingly competitive market, and this is a vendor you don't want to have to go with plan C for.

Have fun in the selection process, and definitely take the vendor up on a trial run if they're offering!

Here are lovely photos from Wedding Channel to get you inspired. See these photos and more at http://weddings.weddingchannel.com/wedding-planning-ideas/wedding-hairstyles.aspx

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The Spectrum of Flowers

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A couple of weekends ago I met with a few florists in Napa Valley and learned quickly the breadth of creativity that is out there. From the color scheme of the flowers, to the type of flowers, to the height and weight of the bouquet, all of these were just a few of the factors to decide on for yet another item on the wedding to-do list.

The hardest part of the whole decision process is that these flowers are only going to live and be apart of the big event for a few hours, and a day at most! It is very hard to weigh the price of this item on the wedding to-do list when this point is looked at.  The florists I enjoyed meeting with the most were the ones that had creative ideas for how to transition flowers used in the ceremony and use them for the reception also, without losing any creativity.

My advice for floral consultations: 1. Don't meet with more than two florist vendors 2. Select those two florists based on recommendations (Yelp, Facebook, your venue's preferred vendors list, ask your wedding planner, etc.) and from there base it on the most attentive florists- for example, the ones that call you back in a timely manner (it's all about customer service and pleasing the bride!) 3. Ask questions and be creative!

First Stop Napa

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After months of eager anticipation to get the wedding planning started my fiancé and I finally made it up to beautiful Napa Valley to check out the reception site and potential ceremony sites. We first stopped at Meadowood Resort in St. Helena to meet with the weeding coordinator and visit the actual space the big party and feasting would happen at. Meadowood is a beautiful resort with a simple style that is complemented by outstanding service. As we expected, the reception space was perfect with lots of customizable options but most importantly, a Michelin rated kitchen.

Next, we visited the various Episcopal churches sprinkled about the valley. The first church we visited was a simple but beautiful traditional church surrounded by vineyards at the end of a dirt road. The exterior was adorned white shingled wood planks and the interior had dark brown wood paneling. The church was unique and not something one comes across often in the modern fast paced world. Built in 1913 the church was old and perfect except it could only pack in 80 people and that was pushing it. Unfortunately, we are expecting about 120 if not more.

As the 90 degree day went on, we stopped at a few other Episcopal churches, all modern and large (200+ seating). We wound up back at Meadowood to look into ceremony space at the resort. The resort, nestled in a canyon with natural beauty all around the property, had a few options for an outdoor ceremony- one of them being on the fairway between two ponds under a willow tree (very picturesque).

At the end of the day, we had a date and reception space but no ceremony space. And the predicaments of modern versus traditional, guest comfort versus accommodating all, arose. The more wedding details planned the more everyone had their opinion about how the wedding should be played out (whether they’re paying for it or not), but it comes down to the bride and groom and what they want. And so the wedding planning begins....