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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

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

{Michelle + Dave} St. Helena Catholic Church, Merryvale Winery, Culinary Institute of America | Wedding Photography


Michelle & Dave set the bar high – a gorgeous wedding, unmatched kindness and a love that made us all smile throughout the day! Enjoy…I promise you’ll smile too! Oh…and that cake…!! Amazing! Untitled M+D1M+D19M+D13 M+D15 M+D18m+_d134 123 Untdfg itled sdfM+D19untitled M+D10Untsdf asdfitledUntitledM+D7Untiasdf tledM+D6  M+D16

Amazing weddings like this come together because of professionals like these:

Chaz Crozier | Cole Drake Events

Hair & Makeup: Heather Romero | The Powder Room

Ceremony: St. Helena Catholic Church

Wine & Cheese Reception: Merryvale Winery

Reception/ Catering: Culinary Institute

Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation

Florals: Fleurs De France

Enterainment: Wine Country Entertainment

September 14, 2014

{ Carmen + Scott } Wedding Weekend . Napa Valley

This couple is amazing… The amount of love, generosity and authenticity that I witnessed during their awesome three-day affair was beyond!cs16

Their weekend began with a welcome dinner at Travigne followed by a rehearsal dinner at Sullivan Winery and was wrapped up with a gorgeous Calistoga Ranch Wedding! With design and coordination by Sarah of Cole Drake Events… perfection!

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Special thank you to these amazing professionals:

Coordinator: Sarah Drake | Cole Drake Events

Welcome Bags: Favor

Welcome Dinner: Travigne

Rehearsal Dinner: Sullivan Winery

Rehearsal  Catering: Oak Avenue Catering

Catering: Calistoga Ranch

Florals: Jessica Switala | Fleurs de France

Music: Wine Country Entertainment

Officiant: Father Harmuth

Makeup/ Hair: Jennifer Smallwood | It’s a Date


September 4, 2014

{Shawna + David} Calistoga Ranch Wedding Photography

Before we all venture off to spend time with family and friends for Thanksgiving, I think you’ll want to take a peek at this beautiful wedding! There is no where better to celebrate fall in the Napa Valley; Calistoga Ranch is the perfect setting to enjoy rustic romance with classic elegance.  You may remember this gorgeous couple from their maternity shoot.  Now, just a few months later, with their adorable baby in their arms, Shawna & David celebrated an unforgettable day planned and designed by Sarah Drake of Cole Drake Events. With every moment, every image…romance!



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Planning & Design: Sarah Drake | Cole Drake Events

Venue: Calistoga Ranch

Officiant: Charles Grande

Cake: Sweet on Cake

Ice Sculpture: Ice Illusions

Music: Wine Country Entertainment | Boutique DJ’s

Florals: Fleurs de France


November 28, 2013

{any day now…} Maternity Photography . Napa Valley

This gorgeous mom-to-be is expecting her little one any day now. I am so excited that I will be photographing their wedding (and will get to meet the new arrival) in a few months! Love her beautiful dress?…well, you’ll have to request one from Grandma because that is just what Shawna did! Impressed? Yes…I was too!










July 25, 2013

{ Kathy + John } Beaulieu Gardens | Napa Valley Wedding Photography


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Kathy & John’s Ketubah was intricately hand painted…a work of art.10 5 7

The couples adorable son donned an adorable tux matching Dad. 1214 8 13 9

Paula le Duc never fails to make tasty bites that are not only delicious but beautiful! 11


Julie Stevens Florals built a beautiful manzanita Chuppah woven with orchids. After the ceremony, guests wrote their wishes for the family and attached the notes to the Chuppah. 2 1

I love a couple that really enjoys their first dance! Kathy & John’s dance combined beautiful ballroom with a sassy swing set. 4  15

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On this warm summer night guests wandered into the vineyard and enjoyed dipping their toes into the pool.22

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A special thanks to all of the professionals who came together to make Kathy & John’s day memorable!

Venue: Beaulieu Gardens | Sarah Lamborn

Coordination: Erin Taylor | Bustle Events

Photography: Briana Marie Photography

Video: Thomas Hughes

Cake: Sweet on Cake

Florals: Julie Stevens

Caterer: Paula Le Duc | Sarah Lamborn

Transportation: California Wine Tours

DJ: Josh Dukes


July 16, 2013