Sonoma Wedding at Viansa Winery from Nancy Liu Chin

Over the years, some weddings just stick to you.  This one was special because of the relationship I had with the bride, Clarice.  She had impeccable taste, discerning eye for details, and a clarity of what the day should be for her and Hubert.  I had the best time working with them and I think the results speak for themselves.  It's an endearing and lovely Sonoma wedding for the ages.  So privileged that Style Me Pretty picked it up.  Originally Featured august 2013. 


From Nancy Liu Chin Designs...Have you ever been to a wedding that you just didn't want to leave?  This is how I would describe Clarice and Hubert's  wedding at Viansa Winery in Napa.  Even though it was in a tent at Viansa, it felt ike I was attending a wedding at Clarice and Hubert's back yard lawn.   Though I was only their floral designer, everything about that felt warm and inviting from the moment you were greeted with refreshing drinks to the s'mores by the fire.  

One of my favorite things was the sign at the ceremony  --- "Today we become a family, please take a seat, not a side."  It really spoke volumes that Clarice and Hubert wanted their families, relatives, friends to be one.  There was this spirit of joyfulness and unity.   You couldn't help but be taken in by it's  warmth.  

In all the details, the elegance and reserved beauty that exemplified Clarice the bride's personal style came through while the fun and whimsy were reflected of Hubert, the groom's laid back manner shown in his carefree, wide grin.  These two have been through a lot together and their journey as individuals and as a couple were reflected in many ways details.  In their guidepost, you see all the key places where their courtship took them.  In their milestone was marked.   In the table numbers, guests were treated to their dating history.  And on and on.

Every detail was thoughtfully prepared by Clarice who was more than just a client, she was a partner whether she was the event designer, planner or craft/ DIY enthusiast.  From her pastel hues to her embroidered gossamer like bolero, from the curved calligraphy on her invitations to  the bocce ball game setup, from the refined bite size hors d'oeuvres to the Yum Yum food truck --- it was just one of those weddings that felt right, felt real to me.   Why would I want the night to end? 


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As for the flowers ---- the flower  were really important to Clarice and we met at my studio many times to refine what Clarice wanted which was bountiful, gentle, natural in movement, not too tailored or stuffy serene. I would also add that it was important that the blooms be "Graceful".  Flowers that we used included creamy hydrangea, garden roses, blushing bride, parrot tulips which were the bride's favorites, cyclamen, and so many more.

One of my favorite things was the beautiful welcome table that had spools of thread and wonderful seamstress notions.  These were very important details because Clarice loves to sew and create.  In fact, she was inspired by her own sister's wedding to begin crafting.  Her floral hairpieces and ring bearer pillows are skillfully made which is why the welcome table was especially important to the design. So many of the details were crafted by Clarice but even from a professional like myself, they looked top notch.  So well designed, so well throughout.

What a great group of vendors who all contributed to this incredible event. 

Photography: Stephanie Williams | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Venue + Day of Coordination: Viansa Winery | Catering: Sage | Planning: Bride | Escort Mirror: Blue Print Studios | After Party Food Truck: Nom Nom | Invitation + Paper Goods: Handrawn, Designed + Assembled by Bride | Calligraphy: Neither Snow | Signs + Welcome Cards: Bride | Rentals: Classic Party RentalBlue Print Studios | DJ: Mixter Li | Cake: Henry Awayan from Tucker's Creamery | Make Up: Aimee Lam | Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang | Flower Girl Dresses: Designed + Sewn by Bride | Shoes: ValentinoJimmy Choo | Groom's Tux: Custom

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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.