When a mutual friend wouldn't stop texting Rebecca Leung and Michael Son about meeting up at a bar in 2011, the two finally gave in and found themselves in the same place at the same time. "Our first conversation lasted maybe ten seconds," says Rebecca. "But it made an impression!"
When Michael surprised Rebecca with a proposal over appetizers at Auberge Du Soleil, the pair knew they'd be returning to Napa to say "I do." So on May 4th, 2013, they invited 120 guests to join them at the Carneros Inn for a fresh, colorful celebration planned by Lovely Little Details and photographed by onelove photography.
Though the wedding was in a country setting, Rebecca brought a touch of modern glam to her look, choosing gunmetal glitter Jimmy Choo pumps and a J.Crew statement necklace to complement her updo.
Michael wore an Indochino tuxedo, while Rebecca picked a veil by White by Vera Wang.
The bride's mermaid gown, with a swirling tulle skirt and ribbon belt, was by Vera Wang. "My favorite element was the drama on the train," says Rebecca. Her bridesmaids wore peach-hued infinity dresses.
The bride carried a white and cream bouquet of garden roses, calla lilies, freesia, and ranunculus. Her bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets of soft green hydrangeas, orchids, and berries.
"We're both really attracted to modern lines and understated elegance," says Rebecca of her and Michael's wedding-day aesthetic.
The daughters of the couple's friends served as flower girls, walking down the aisle in dresses that looked like clouds of tulle. And they were very serious about their responsibilities! "One of the flower girls spilled her petals a few minutes before the ceremony," says Rebecca. "They were asked to be extra careful and not waste the petals, so they went extremely slowly and barely threw any!"
As guests made their way to their seats, they grabbed green, silver, and gold ribbon wands to wave after Rebecca and Michael were pronounced husband and wife.
Guests were seated at white chairs overlooking the valley. The aisle was lined with peach rose petals, and the altar was flanked by two lush arrangements of peonies, hydrangeas, and roses.
"We put a lot of work into the cocktail hour," says Rebecca. The couple's planner snuck them from the ceremony straight to the cocktail hour so they could see the fruits of their labor before the guests arrived. On the menu? An Old Fashioned for Michael and a Mai Tai for Rebecca.
Though the wedding was in wine country, even Rebecca and Michael's reception was all about the cocktails, starting with the coaster escort cards. Hung on twine, the coasters featured recipes for the bride and groom's favorite drinks on the back.
Inside the Napa Ballroom, guests sat at tables simply decorated with low arrangements and candles. Also on the tables were two of Rebecca's DIY projects, bottles of homemade limoncello and gold glitter table numbers. Centerpieces featured bunches of pastel flowers, including peonies, garden roses, and hydrangeas. "We kept it minimal so that our guests would be able to have a conversation," she says.
A sweets table, topped with a gold sequined cloth, featured macarons, cake pops, and the couple's favorite candies.
The three-tiered cake included layers of raspberry zinger and caramel apple cake. "We kept the design simple," says Rebecca of the cake, topped with fresh pink and peach roses.
Instead of a bouquet and garter toss, Rebecca and Michael acknowledged his Korean heritage with a Paebek ceremony, where they honored their parents, received blessings, and tried to catch dates and chestnuts as a sign of how many children they'll have. "Our guests thought it was hilarious," says the bride. "There will apparently be a dozen!"
Five days after the wedding, Michael and Rebecca went to French Polynesia for their honeymoon. Their favorite part of the day? "Having a few moments just the two of us," says Rebecca. "Couples should definitely spend a couple minutes alone after the ceremony if they can!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Carneros Inn || Wedding Planner: Lovely Little Details || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: J.Crew || Hair & Makeup: A-List Makeup || Groom's Attire: Indochino || Wedding Bands: KTD Fine Jewelers || Florist: Huckleberry Karen Designs || Invitations & Paper Goods: Minted, Lovely Little Details || Music: ceremony - Corelli Strings, reception - DJ Leethalmix of Aim2Pleez || Catering: The Carneros Inn || Cake: Fleur de Lisa || Desserts: Cako || Rentals: La Tavola, Classic Party Rentals || Photography: onelove photography