A Fall Wedding at Mission Santa Clara de Asis

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Pink Groom Boutonniere

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After an evening spent strolling Napa Valley's downtown Yountville, Robin pulled Mirna into the manicured courtyard of a Spanish-style hotel. "Suddenly, out of nowhere," Mirna recalls, "he popped the question along with something sparkly." Napa Valley immediately took on a special meaning for the couple, who would later shape their wedding into a formal fete fit for such a beautiful place.

Groom Pink Tie

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Once the couple set their November wedding date, it was time to decide on a theme. "My initial design concept was romantic and classic with a dash of Napa Valley chic and French flair," Mirna says.

Tea Wedding Theme Tea Wedding Favor

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With a color palette of blush pink, ivory and splashes of gold, the bride picked color-coordinating details for every aspect of the day, from displaying a tea tin collection to adding elegant Chivari chair seating. "We tried to bring Napa Valley in by creating a relaxed ambiance, an intimate gathering with close friends and family and great food," she says.

Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony

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A longtime admirer of Mission Santa Clara de Asis's Spanish-style architecture, Robin suggested the historic church for the couple's ceremony site—and Mirna gladly obliged him. "Despite being built centuries ago," she says, "it is just so timeless, classic and beautiful." The Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park would host their reception.

Lace Wedding Invitations

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The couple's ivory and champagne-colored invitation suite featured lace embellishments and envelopes lined in shimmering gold patterned paper.

gold mother of the bride dress

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"When I hugged my parents," Mirna says of her wedding day, "I couldn't hold my tears. It felt so real at that point."

Layered Ballgown Wedding Dress

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The bride's Monique Lhuillier ball gown was light despite its size, Mirna says. Its crisp chiffon layers reminded Mirna of "an upside-down rose."

Diamond Bracelet

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"When I tried on this dress for the first time," Mirna recalls, "I just felt so comfortable and beautiful in it."

Cathedral Length Veil

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It was love at first sight when Mirna tried on her Vera Wang veil. "I remember my consultant gave me a moment to myself after she helped put on the veil," Mirna says. In the silent store, "it felt like time had stopped. I couldn't help staring at my reflection."

Soft Bridal Makeup

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In that moment, Mirna says, she felt "so bridal, so ethereal."

Classic Bridal Hairstyle With Flower

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The bride wore solitaire diamond earrings that her mother also donned on her wedding day.

Round Pink Ranunculus Bouquet

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"I love lush, romantic flowers," the bride says of her pink and white bouquet made from peonies and roses.

Pink and White Peony Bouquet.jpg

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Pink and white are the bride's favorite colors, she says.

Pale Pink Bridesmaids Dresses

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Mirna and her three bridesmaids met in New York City to search for the perfect dresses to compliment the couple's delicate color palette. "Surprisingly, there are not a lot of champagne dress options that can work for all body types," the bride says.

Champagne Bridesmaids Dresses

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When the women discovered Saja Wedding, they found floor-length creme-colored dresses that gave each bridesmaid a "flowy, airy, ethereal-goddess look," Mirna says.

Ombre Pink Bridesmaids Bouquet

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Mirna describes the bridesmaids' pink bouquets—made from roses, ranunculus and peonies—as "full of life."

Flowers Tied To Ceremony Chairs

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From chairs tied with pink blooms, guests watched the couple's wedding ceremony, which included readings from 1 Corinthians 13. "It may be used a lot, but I always find the verse very touching and lovely," Mirna explains.

Tall Pink Arrnagement on Guestbook Table

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An elegant arrangement of pink roses and white hydrangeas towered over the couple's guest book table, a photo album of images from the couple's Napa Valley engagement session.

White Tented Escort Cards Pink Rose White Hydrangea Arrangement

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Guests found seats at tables named for meaningful places and things in the couple's relationship, from their favorite bakery to their favorite movie, Casablanca. "It was Robin's suggestion," Mirna says. "He loves classics."

Indoor Pink Ceremony Decor

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Mirna and Robin served a signature drink during their cocktail hour: A blush-pink Bellini.

Small Mercury Glass Arrangements

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When the bride considers the decorative success of the couple's wedding, she muses, "Maybe because we used things that matter to us, it just all came together nicely."

Beaded Glass Charger

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For the "a romantic and classy soiree" reception the bride envisioned, touches of crystal were a must and included beaded chargers at each seat.

Pink Macaroon Wedding Favors

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Rose and champagne-flavored macaroons awaited guests at their seats. Blush-colored gift boxes trimmed in lace held the edible favors.

White Cake Topped With Pink Flowers

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The couple's blush pink vanilla cake filled with color-coordinating strawberry puree. Its confectionery lace? A sugary replica of the real ribbon found on the couple's invitations.

Bride and Groom Dance

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Though Robin rarely dances, he practiced for the couple's first dance to Fred Astaire's infamous The Way You Look Tonight. "I got to enjoy the romantic soft side of him," Mirna says.

Sparkler Bride and Groom Exit

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Mirna and Robin ducked beneath a tunnel of sparklers as they left their reception.

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Amazae Special Events || Ceremony Venue: Mission Santa Clara de Asis || Reception Venue: Rosewood Sand Hill || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride's Veil: Vera Wang || Bride's Shoes: Valentino || Groom's Tux: Ermenegildo Zegna || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Saja Wedding || Groomsmen Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna || Florist: Nicole Ha Designs || Caterer: Rosewood Sand Hill || Stationery: Parrott Design Studio || Cake Baker: Rosewood Sand Hill || Favors: Amazae Special Events || Rentals: Hartmann Studios || Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linen || Entertainment: Big Fun Disc Jockeys || Photography: Caroline Tran

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