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A Modern Black Tie Wedding in Meadowood

First featured in March of 2017 on Style Me Pretty, Katlin and Nawder's wedding continues to be one of my all time favorite Meadowood weddings. What is there not to like about an open tented reception, grand white and green floral canopy, garden style aisle of flowers in white planters, modern linens from La Tavola with modern all white florals.  Too many details to like and of course a wall of floral escort cards made by the mother of the bride. Now, that's just perfection. 


Black and white wins every single time in our book. It's so classic and elegant even when paired with modern details. Now throw a crazy talented bunch of wedding vendors into that mix including design by A Savvy Event, florals by Nancy Liu Chin, a whole lot of pretty imagery by Lindsay Madden Photography and a film by Reel Eyes Media, and it takes this already stunning affair and truly makes it shine. Plus there's a fairy godmother of wine tucked in the gallery and what's not to love about that?

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From A Savvy Event...Katlin and Nawder Alavi were just a girl from Florida and a boy from Texas, until they met each other at SMU during their college years. They fell in love, and eventually moved out to a beautiful apartment in the marina district of San Francisco. Their home is clean, and white, with many modern elements. When Katlin and Nawder first started planning their big day, they knew that they wanted to bring a similar style to their wedding.

With the help of Kelly from A Savvy Event, the Alavis planned a romantic, elegant, black tie affair at Meadowood Napa Valley. The entire weekend of events was picture perfect, from their welcome party and rehearsal dinner at Brasswood Estate, to their brunch and croquet game on the lawns at Meadowood.

Because the groom and his family are Persian, it was important to the couple that they incorporate Persian elements into the ceremony. Katlin and Nawder had two officiants, and a Persian-American ceremony. In following with the Persian traditions, they had a sofreye aghd, filled with beautiful elements such as a mirror, candlesticks, beautifully crafted flatbreads, decorated eggs, sugar, gold coins, and more. Traditionally this portion of the wedding is very colorful, but in keeping with Katlin and Nawder’s design aesthetic, it was filled with white and metallic accents.

Cocktail hour was held on the fairway of the golfcourse, with playful elements such as a woman wearing a champagne skirt, which the guests enjoyed immensely. They offered signature drinks from a bar surrounded by elegant lounge areas, all enclosed with greenery.

Dinner was held in an open air tent on the upper lawn. The tent was intended to define and elevate the outdoor space, so that the guests felt as if they were simultaneously inside a black tie venue while enjoying the beauty of Meadowood’s outdoor spaces. The head table ran down the middle of the tent, with chandeliers hanging above. The silver mirrored tables used to seat the bridal parties and bride and groom reflected the lights shining from above, creating a sparkly ambiance throughout the meal. The rest of the surrounding tables were covered in metallic tablecloths of two variations, all of which complemented each other and the head tables. The florals were white with hints of greenery and sage colors, in modern vessels to create a clean contrast with the more romantic china and table scapes.

Nawder’s most important request was to have a fantastic band that could sing into the night. So, they flew one up from Los Angeles and danced the night away with their guests.


What a lovely team of vendors including Planner A Savvy Event who never repeats a design twice.  And the kind hearted Lindsay Madden behind the camera captured so many delightful details that I will never forget Katlin and Nawder's wedding.  It will always remain a classic Napa wedding with that modern twist. 

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Real Wedding | Meadowood Modern Classic White and Black Soiree

When I met Katlin and her mom Karol, they were so warm, genuine, stylish, and trusting.  From the moment Kelly of A Savvy Event brought them to me, we just clicked on all cylinders.  We talked on and on about patterns, textures, movement, and the guest experience.  What resulted from hours of laughter and good conversation was a wedding that would different than most Napa weddings. Sure, it would be outside on a golf course at the uber relaxed Meadowood but it wasn't going to be some casual Napa affair. Oh no!

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Katlin and her dapper groom Nawder wanted black tie formality with a modern edge.  And the result --- look for yourself - is all that and so much more.  This Meadowood wedding is featured on our website but take a look at more details designed so wonderfully by Kelly McLeskey-Dolata my Oh So Inspired partner and the inspiring designer from so many of my favorite weddings.  I'm just so honored that I was able to design the flowers because this was a wedding that one would not want to miss out on.  

 

 

 

  

Planning and Design by A Savvy Event

Venue Meadowood, Napa

Photo by Lindsay Madden

Tent by Bright Party Rentals

Furniture by Rion Designs

Linens by La Tavola

Accessories by Theoni Collection

Featured in Style Me Pretty

Newsworthy | What's Your Style Part IV

Of the four major categories of floral style the final one is what I consider rustic, organic. It's tends to be rich in hues, think fall colors, all things warm, what you would envision if you had a dinner in Tuscany.   Though I'm sure many of you will think you can do rustic in pastels, I prefer when rustic (which has elements of the earth) is done in richer, deeper hues.   Decor elements could be wood containers, branch materials, sunflowers, succulent or airplants, lots of texturals, non tropical foliage, garlands, Tuscany stone, rustic chairs, wrought iron, herbs, natural linens.  I think you get it!  

Here is a few examples of rustic organic. 

Newsworthy | What's Your Style Part II

In a previous post, I spoke about floral styles.  We talked about the 4 different styles that are the prevailing floral styles that you see in the majority of weddings.  To reiterate, these are the four styles

structured + architectural + minimalism 

lush garden style

formal traditional 

relaxed + organic + rustic + natural 

 

We covered Structured + Minimalism in a previous post so I thought I would cover the second Floral style today.  What is lush garden style?  I would describe garden style as romantic with beautiful lush garden style flowers.  Flowers that evoke this style could include the following  garden roses, roses, spray roses, dahlias, peonies, poppies, anemones, astilbe, ruffled tulips, sweet peas, lisianthus, hellebores, viburnum, lilac, spirea, hyacinth, scabiosa, stock, larkspur, wax flower, and so many more.  Within garden you will find lots of layers, movement, textural elements.  There is movement with in and out airiness in the design.  Some may be more tailored but the trend is more bountiful and filled with natural elements.   You will see elements like  garlands incorporated in the design.   I wouldn't be surprised if the vessels were ceramic urns or silver compotes.   And don't count out the use of wonderful green foliage and even some flower branches.  

Venue | Viansa Winery Photography | Jen Phillips


This is merely one example of garden style.  Of course there are many variations.  Let's talk a look at garden style expressed in a different way.  Shall we?

Venue | Ramekins Canopy | Encore Event Rentals Photography | Kevin Chin


This wonderful look with pastel hues which was created at the Oh So Inspired retreat at Ramekins is another example of garden style.   The image of the wonderful long table with wisteria hanging over is the quintessential definition of garden.  Recreating the feel of sitting outside on a veranda sipping lavender lemonade was the inspiration for this design.   It's relaxing, soothing, full of what you would imagine what it would be like to have a wedding under a garden of flowers.  Am I right?

Not all of us will agree on where a wedding will fall as many have two styles incorporated but I certainly hope these examples help you to determine if this style suits you.  After all that's the important thing to answer.  Does this style evoke what you are looking for?    Look for Part 3 of What's Your Style in the week to come.