• J'Aime Bridal lace, scalloped wedding veil
  • Wedding at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley
  • Scalloped, waist-length lace veil from J'Aime Bridal
  • Classic updo bridal hairstyle with gardenia flower
  • White rose and gardenia bridal bouquet
  • Family photo tied to bridal bouquet
  • Impression Bridal long, purple bridesmaids dresses
  • Anemone bridesmaids bouquets
  • White bridesmaid bouquet with roses, anemones and dusty miller
  • White gardenia and greens boutonniere
  • Napa Valley wedding ceremony at Culinary Institute of America
  • Gardenia garland strung from wedding ceremony canopy
  • Classic black and white wedding ceremony program
  • Purple dahlias and berries in a cone as wedding ceremony decor
  • Pocket of petals to toss for wedding ceremony
  • Elegant updo bridal hairstyle to go with lace wedding veil
  • Sottero and Midgley lace, mermaid wedding dress
  • Purple reception decor for a wine-themed wedding
  • White hydrangea, dahlia and rose wedding centerpiece
  • White hydrangea, rose and dahlia wedding reception centerpiece
  • Wine cork table number for wedding reception
  • Purple wedding reception place cards set in wine corks
  • Purple wedding menu
  • White wedding cake with pearls and confectionery gardenia flowers
  • Pink and white floating flowers as wedding decor
  • First dance to Joshua Radin at a Napa Valley wedding
  • Sparkler wedding favors
  • Sparkler wedding exit
  • Vintage white getaway car with

An Elegant Summer Wedding in Napa Valley

One couple hosts a wedding with phenomenal food and rich purple decor at the Culinary Institute of America—where the bride's sister also wed years before.

High school friends Cristina and Mark made each other a promise and put it in writing: If they weren't married "later in life," the document reads, they would marry each other. The agreement turned out to be a prophecy when years later the formally-platonic pair locked lips during their college years. "Best of all," Cristina says, "we both still had our copy of the 'contract,'" a piece of paper they proudly displayed at their July wedding.

The 1920s-inspired fete, held in the foothills of St. Helena, California, was a labor of love for the hands-on couple, who tackled more than few do-it-yourself projects for their big day. "I wanted to be very hands-on and customize all of our details," Cristina says.

Photo: Janae Shields Photography