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Nontraditional Rustic Orchard Wedding

Set in a St. Helena apple orchard, this lighthearted wedding captured the colors and cavalier of summer to a T. After an eight-year relationship, Roy and Rebekah decided on a relaxing, slightly-fancier-than-dinner-party wedding that blended their country girl and city boy backgrounds. Here’s how they did the country part—with succulents dripping in gold, dried flowers dyed in a modern palette of saturated blues and greens, vintage accents, and a barn dance; and here’s how they did the city part—with everything we love about California cuisine: great local food, wine, and cocktails with friends and family.

Out-of-state guests arrived via yellow school bus after spending a relaxing weekend in St. Helena, which Roy and Rebekah planned as a special opportunity for friends to mingle and explore Napa Valley before the big day. The newlyweds hosted breakfast each morning in the hotel courtyard with locally roasted coffee and fresh pastries from Calistoga Roastery, as well as a Saturday night welcome dinner catered by Mitchell's Taco Truck.

Rebekah made a bold move choosing a vivid yellow cocktail dress, while Roy added his own personal flair with a vintage Jeager-LeCoultre Reverso watch, the same kind Don Draper wore in Mad Men. Together, the couple walked down the aisle as they skipped over other prim and formal wedding traditions — tequila shots instead of a champagne toast, s’mores instead of a wedding cake, and an iPhone app instead of a live DJ.

The cocktail hour featured fresh oysters shucked to order and signature cocktails French 75s and Sazeracs while guests played lawn games. Keeping with the casual feel, dinner—brick cooked chicken, local petrale sole, and risotto—was served family style on the lawn. Guests then moved to the barn for a lively dance party that continued well after midnight. 

Photographer: Caitlin O'Reilly Photography 

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Long Meadow Ranch 

Catering: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch 

Floral Designer: Succulently Urban 

Event Coordinator: Erica Selsted Events 

Hair stylist: Stella Stevens Hair Designs

Makeup artist:  Cari Orr

Transportation: Michael's Busing

Lodging: Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Welcome dinner catering: Mitchell's Taco Truck

Breakfast catering: Calistoga Roastery

Paper fans, garland, mad libs, tin vases: BHLDN

Dried flowers: Fantastico

Mailbox and table runners: DIY

Lodging: Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Officiant: Rev. Richard Orr

Groom's attire: Custom suit by Black Lapel, custom shirt by Proper Cloth, pocket square and tie from Tie Bar, vintage watch by Jeager-LeCoultre, shoes by Allen Edmonds

Brides attire: dress by Shoshanna, shoes by Rachel Simpson exclusive to BHLDN, necklace by J. Crew, earrings by Anthropologie, veil by Brenda's Bridal Veils on Etsy