A California Destination Wedding with a Rustic Touch

Laura and Evan

Weddings by Sasha Gulish

For bride Laura, throwing a party is not a matter to be taken lightly, and her wedding with Evan was no exception. "I wanted it to be meaningful and romantic, of course, but also fun, sexy, and stylish." The Houston couple already knew they would invite 250 guests to a private estate in California's Napa Valley. After deciding on a Middle-Eastern inspired theme, they planned a lavish celebration that included a family-style Moroccan feast, exotic decor, and a crowded dance floor.

Here, the couple share a sweet moment with Laura's daughter, Ava.

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The Fashions

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Laura paired her Monique Lhuillier gown with ornate silver bangles that fit the wedding's Moroccan vibe, while Evan looked dapper in a Tom Ford tux.

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Ladies in Waiting

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The bride and her party, all in custom-made cream-colored gowns (thanks to Hollywood costume designer Leesa Evans), gathered for a group shot.

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Scenic Ceremony

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Laura and Evan exchanged teary vows in a Napa olive grove on a white-rose-petal-covered aisle with the bride's son and daughter by their sides.

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High Water

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A 32-foot tiled fountain was dotted with gardenias, enhancing the day's exotic Middle-Eastern vibe.

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Refresher Course

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Guests sipped Moroccan mint tea in ornate glass cups.

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Delicate Nibbles

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Caviar on blini with chilled vodka rocked cocktail hour.

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Golden Light

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Neutral linens and bronze lanterns, hurricane lamps, and candles warmed the tables, where guests dined on lamb tagine and salmon in fig leaves.

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Tiered Treat

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Chocolate emblems adorned the five-flavor layer cake, which rested under an eclectic lantern display.

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The First Dance

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The newlyweds took to the dance floor to sway under hanging lanterns. The tune? Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You."

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Weddings by Sasha Gulish

Event Design and Production: Yifat Oren & Associates

Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

Flowers: Floral Theory

Photography: Weddings by Sasha Gulish

Calligraphy: J.P. Panter

Cake: Cakework

Music: Synchronicity String Quartet (ceremony); DJ Michael Smith (reception)

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Lighting: Got Light?

Decor: Studio D Decor

Hair: Marilee Albin at Chris McMillan Salon

Makeup: Lauren Kaye Cohen for Dior Beauty

Bride's Reception Dress: Roseark

Bride's Acces­sories: Martin Katz ring; Jimmy Choo shoes); Karma El-Khalil earrings and Anndra Neen clutch (both roseark.com)

Bridesmaid Bracelets: Roseark

Flower Girl Dress: J.Crew

Sound: Delicate Productions SF

Transportation: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation

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