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Paul + Eliav | Mad Men in Napa | Cole Drake Events

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This wedding was incredible…I don’t even know where to begin. From an amazing start of a board game invitation suite by Ceci New York to every single detail thoughtfully planned by Stephanie of Cole Drake Events. These two dapper men had the idea of Mad Men in Napa and all of the vendors took the fantastic idea and ran with it! Their guests were treated to a bruch with Tre Postri, Wine Blending at Franciscan, Cooking school at CIA, an over the top wedding at Calistoga Ranch and a champagne tour and brunch at Domaine Chandon. But the most memorable part of this weekend but not just the exceptional events that were planned but the love and respect that these two men had for each other and their friends & family. I was touched many times throughout the weekend by the sweetness, thoughtfulness and gentle humor that they shared. It was a gift to work with them!

Everyone worked tirelessly on this wedding to make these two gentleman’s dream come true! It was an awesome sight to see!

PLANNER: Cole Drake Events
 Stephanie Cole
VENUE & CATERING: Calistoga Ranch
 500 Lommel Rd, Calistoga, CA
PHOTOGRAPHY: Briana Marie Photography
Briana Marie & Brian David Forgie
CINEMA: Aaron Lee Films
FLORAL: Fleur de France
Jessica Switala
WELCOME, WEDDING, Wine Country Entertainment
AND SOUND PACKAGE Synchronicity Strings Quartet,
 ICE SCULPTURE Clear Memories
HAIR & MAKE-UP Bella Bridal
Jocelyn Locy
RENTALS Classic Party Rentals
 Kristina Pahlow
Bright Rentals
Ana Stone
Bickner Dance Floors
Standard Party Rentals
Jessica Sharp
La Tavola
Eileen Wagstaffe
Jeffry Mills
FAMILY LUNCH TrePosti Events & Catering
Kimmie Husted
Michael Lea
WELCOME DINNER Culinary Institute of America
Samantha Chavez
Kristine K Events
CATERER Debbe Dellinger
GUEST TRANSPORATION: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation
October 6, 2016

Molly + Graham | Vintage Estates | Cole Drake Events

I stood in awe of these two. Their love looked so easy. Their laughter so genuine. Their friends and family embraced them and we were all got to watch it shine! I love what I do. Molly & Graham- thank you for the inspiration!

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Wedding Planner: Stephanie Cole, Cole Drake Events


Venue/Caterer: Tracee Alves, Vintage Estates


Florist: Jennifer Cole, Jennifer Cole Florals


Cake: Condra Easley, Patisserie Angelica


Photography: Briana Marie Photography


Videography: Peter’s Video


Entertainment: Angela Takeishi, Wine Country Entertainment; 707.287-0085;


Ceremony Music: Perfect Prime, WCE


Cocktail Music: Perfect Prime, WCE


Dinner Music: WCE Sound Tech


Dance Music: Entourage; WCE


Hair and Make-up: Bella Bridal, Alexandra


Officiant: Herminia (Mimi) Hernandez (friend)


Rentals: Ana Stone, Bright Event Rentals


Lighting: Vintage Estates


Rehearsal Dinner: Kimmie Husted, Tra Vigne


Transportation: Gina Rodriguez, Pure Luxury Transportation

July 21, 2016

Lynn + JP | Napa Valley Ranch Wedding

What happens when a super fun couple from two farm families find each other and fall in love? … an amazing ranch wedding with adorable country kids, a stage made of flat-bed trucks, fresh pies, vintage metal chairs, lots of cowboy boots and lights strung among an olive orchard. But more than anything I saw a lot of love and goodness shared! I loved being a part of this day!

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Photographer: Briana Marie Photography
Coordinator: Marlee Rodrigue
Caterer: Lombardi’s | Petaluma
Band: Joe Sharino band
Dress: BHLDN
Florals: Groom’s mother, aunt, and their friends

July 7, 2016

Olivia + Murphy | Chalkhill Estate | Cole Drake Events

A gorgeous spring wedding with an amazing couple…couldn’t ask for anything better! A few times during the day I caught myself simply smiling, teary eyed…in awe of their love for each other! Stephanie Cole & Meredith Law of M. Design pulled together a beautiful spring palate with soft romantic tones to compliment the natural beauty of Chalk Hill Estate.

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To create a seamless beautiful wedding like this you need an amazing team. I was so proud to a part of this one:

Planning / Coordination: Stephanie Cole | Cole Drake Events

Venue: Chalk Hill Estate

Florals / Design: Meredith Law | M Designs

Cake: Condra Easley | Patisserie Angelica

Make Up \ Hair: Deanna Reese | It’s a Date

Rentals / Linens: Encore Events | La Tavola Linens

Transportation: Pure Luxury

Music: Angela Takeishi | Wine Country Entertainment

Officiant: Pete Shaw



April 18, 2016

Caroline + Jon | Calistoga Ranch | Napa Valley Film Photography

This sweet couple enjoyed a gorgeous dinner along Lommel Lawn at Calistoga Ranch below a super moon. As Jon so eloquently said during his toast to his bride….the moon and stars came together for us to be together! With amazing florals by M Design this Napa Valley affair had a bit of a modern twist and an incredible intimate ceremony in the wine cave! Such love. Such joy! 1 2 3  5 6 7 8 9 10114  1315 14  16 17

Kudos to the amazing team that designed, planned and executed this gorgeous day!

Venue: Calistoga Ranch

Planner: Stephanie Cole | Cole Drake Events

Florals: Meredith Law | M Design

Photographer: Briana Marie Photography

Cake: Leyla | Sift

Seamstress: Heidi Johnson | Sew Heidi

Makeup / Hair: Jocelyn Locy | Bella Bridal

Cigar Roller: Patricio Angulo | Oye Productions

Music: Wine Country Entertainment

Linens: La Tavola

Rentals: Classic

Hedging: Five Star Productions

Cigar Roller: Oye Productions



October 28, 2015

Nikki + Andrew | Solage Calistoga | Napa Valley Film Photographer

A classic Napa Valley beauty! True love, humor and the connection these two had was so lovely to capture on film. Oh…and that Napa Valley light…a photographer’s dream wedding!1 2 3 45 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1314 15 16

Many thanks to this team for helping to create a gorgeous wedding for N + A !

Venue: Solage Calistoga

Planner: Echo | A Dream Wedding

Hair: DeeAnna | It’s a Date at the Powder Room

Officiant | Kimberly Thompson

Rental | Classic

Ceremony Music: Eloquence Strings Quartet

Band | Entorage Dance | Wine Country Entertainment

Photography | Briana Marie Photography

Video: Love Spun Films

Photobooth: Smile City Photo Booth

Florals: Poppystone Floral Design


October 27, 2015

Rachel + Wes | Calistoga Ranch Wedding Photography

Her amazing smile. His fantastic sense of humor. Together;  their charisma and gorgeous style made for a perfect day!

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Brittany Payton of A Savy Event  pulled together a stellar group of professionals and made it all happen…seamlessly!

Photography: Briana Marie Photography

Venue: Calistoga Ranch

Florals: Susan Garden | Garden Party

Dress: Nardos Imam – Dallas

Shoes: Jimmy Choo


Cake: Model Bakery

Rentals: Bright

Linens: Susan | Garden Party




October 5, 2015

Chelsea + Jason | Calistoga | Napa Valley Wedding Photography

These two, that were friends first, gathered with their family and friends to celebrate the love that has grown! With great friends, a fabulous family and a venue like this…what’s not to love about this wedding?! pepsea1 vintage car, wedding, photography, flowergirls, wedding cake, brianamariephotography pepsea3 vintage car, wedding, photography, brianamariephotography, napa valley pepsea5 pepsea6 pepsea7 pepsea8pepsea12pepsea22 pepsea10 pepsea11pepsea9 pepsea21

Venue: Chateau Montelena

Coordination: George Blankensee

Photography: Briana & Brian Forgie | Briana Marie Photography

Cake: Patisserie Angelica

Florist / Design: Kate Stanley

Caterer: Jimtown Store

Music: Aaron Meyer | Time Bandits

July 2, 2015