A Formal Outdoor Destination Wedding in Napa, California

Jessica and Andrew

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For their October 8, 2011, wedding, Jessica and Andrew Nigrelli wed in a very special spot: the same place where they got engaged 14 months earlier. And like the beauty of California's Napa Valley, where they held their destination wedding, the sentimental touches came naturally.

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A Special Gift

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Andrew gave Jessica diamond drop earrings to wear with her dress.

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A Wedding Memento

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A lightblue swatch of fabric embroidered with the couple's wedding date surrounded by a grape-inspired design, was sewn into Andrew's Canali suit jacket.

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Bridal-Party Bouquets

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Bridesmaids carried hydrangeas, dahlias, garden roses, lisianthus, trailing clematis, and lamb's ears. The soft shades reflected followed the couple's color palette.

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Flower Girls

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The couple's nieces took pictures with Jessica before the ceremony.

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The Groomsmen

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Andrew posed with his groomsmen, who wore gray J.Crew suits, with Zegna ties.

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A Quiet Moment

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Before the ceremony, Andrew and Jessica reunited on the golf course where he proposed. For both the bride and the groom, it was the highlight of the day.

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Mother and Father of the Bride

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All smiles: the bride snapped pics with her proud parents.

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Preceremony Refreshments

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Before the service, guests sipped sparkling water, iced tea, and lemonade.

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The Ceremony Spot

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One hundred of Jessica and Andrew's family and friends gathered for the late-afternoon service.

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The Ceremony

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Jessica and Andrew wed under a canopy of white roses and greenery.

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Simple Elements

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The clean, classic ceremony program, printed by A Day in May, was adorned with a simple gray ribbon.

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A Walk to Remember

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All eyes were on the bride she and her father made their way down the aisle to a string quartet's rendition of "My Girl." The song holds significance for the pair -- it was playing when Andrew proposed.

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The Vows

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Jessica and Andrew recited custom vows at their ceremony and a close friend read a blessing.

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The Recessional

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After making it official, the joyful newlyweds walked hand-in-hand back up the aisle.

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Just Married

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Photographer Lisa Lefkowitz took photos of the lovebirds around the ceremony site after the service.

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The Cocktail Hour

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Florist Kathleen Deery created a tufted bar using bold fabric. The drinks on offer were siplayed on slices of tree wood.

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The Lounge Areas

Overhead View of Guests Eating at Reception Tables
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Natural wood furniture with crisp white pillows provided extra seating during the cocktail hour.

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Escort Cards

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Befitting of the lush surroundings, calligraphed escort cards were placed on a bed of moss encased in rustic trays.

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Sign the Wine

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In lieu of a traditional guest book, Jessica and Andrew's loved ones wrote special notes and well wishes on large bottles of locally produced Duckhorn wine. Another vineyard touch? The newlyweds gave each couple in attendance an engraved Simon Pearce coaster that read "Jessica and Andrew, October 8, 2011, Napa Valley."

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The Reception

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The clear plastic sides of the classic tent allowed guests to take in the beautiful scenery of Napa Valley. The structure was framed with small topiaries.

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The Reception Decor

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Beaded wood chandeliers and draped fabric provided soft lighting from above while lustrous linens illuminated the tables.

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The Centerpieces

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Arrangements of tulips, hydrangeas, roses, and lamb's ears were surrounded by small glass votives.

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The Menu

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A simple white bloom was placed on top of every napkin, in which a letterpressed menu was slipped. The cards bore each guest's name calligraphed by Michele Papineau and outlined the feast prepared by Meadowood. The meal included a trio of tomato dishes (a tower of heirlooms, basil panzanella, and a gazpacho shooter); grilled beef tenderloin with zucchini croquettes and cabernet-sauvignon jus or pan-roasted halibut with Dungeness crab, sweet corn soubise, and lemon butter; and, of course, a towering wedding cake.

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The First Dance

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The couple chose Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" for their first dance as husband and wife.

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A Special Moment

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Jessica and her dad embraced during their father-daughter dance.

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The Cake

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A round tiered cake, piped in butter cream and adorned with white flowers, was made by Perfect Endings. And because the groom loves milk with his sweets, shot glasses full of the childhood staple was served with each piece.

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Photography: Lisa Lefkowitz

Location and catering: Meadowood

Wedding planning: Melissa Panico of MAP Events

Flowers: Kathleen Deery Design

Stationery: Elizabeth Hubbell Studio; A Day in May

Calligraphy: Nancy Howell; Papineau Calligraphy

Cake: Perfect Endings

Ceremony music: Golden Gate String Quartet

Reception music: PowerPoint

Hair and makeup: Sarah E. Hyde of sHe artists

Videography: Greg Slick of Once Studio

Engagement ring and wedding bands: DeScenza Diamonds

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