Written By Ivanna Woods | Photos by Robert Silver
It was a glorious spring day for future brides (and grooms) to attend an event designed to catapult their dreams of the perfect wedding into the stratosphere. Black Bride Magazine and a bevy of hand selected wedding vendors gathered at Chateau St. Jean in Sonoma Valley to host The Bridal Brunch : Wine Country Edition. Black Bride Magazine has hosted their very own National Brunch Tour for the past few years, and this Spring they kicked it off in the captivating wine country of Napa Valley. This was also the first event hosted in California for the premiere magazine for brides of color, making this particular event even more monumental.
At the core of Black Bride Magazine’s National Brunch Tour, the grand objective is to provide an opportunity for brides and grooms to create unique details from wedding experts that best assist them with the planning process. Set up outdoors, the ambiance was nothing less than immaculate. The fit for a King and Queen purple and gold decor truly set the tone. The backdrop design was by Petite Pomme Design, flower arrangements by Floral Designs by Reina and luxurious linens by Napa Valley Linens. The unique vintage furniture rentals were brought by Trunks & Tales and Bright Event Rentals.
The Bridal Brunch: Wine Country Edition was designed for couples of class, sophistication and polished taste. The soiree was styled and designed like a real wedding to inspire couples to design the celebration of their dreams! The intimate event began with a delectable three course plated brunch by A La Heart Catering complete with delightful mimosas by At Your Service Bartending. Elected wedding industry professionals took part in an expert panel discussion and shared tips on their trade. The event's’ Mistress of Ceremonies and Wedding Planner was Denise of d.Royal Engagements and she brought such an amazing energy to the outdoor venue at Chateau St. Jean. Panel members included Wedding Features Editor at Black Bride and CEO of Love Ink, Owner of Your Wedding Countdown Nicole Martinez, Lola Lewis Owner of I Do Bridal CA, Photographer Chloe Jackman, Creator of The Big Fat Indian Wedding Preeti Pradhan, Fashion Editor at Black Bride and Blogger at Vaune’s View Elaina Moore and Deborah Moody, Executive Director of the Association of Professional Wedding Consultants.
Creative DNA designed all stationery - from the menus to the table settings, signs, menu cards, program and marketing literature. Honeybook created the planning software that kept the entire group of participants communicating clearly and Kalena Marie offered her incredible graphic design skills. The fab gift bag sponsors were Ticks by Gavrieli, Saint Heleine, Natural Annie Essentials, LunchBOX Wax, Pastiche, Loaded Moon.
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