Calistoga Wedding Designers Create Intimate Garden Parties

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As a Calistoga wedding designer, we know that wine country weddings in the fall are always spectacularly beautiful, and the hills surrounding Calistoga Ranch created the perfect backdrop for Vicki and Adam’s intimate garden party wedding.

Vicki and Adam have an extensive background in the hospitality industry, so naturally it was important to them that their venue had the same high standards for customer service as they did. When they arrived at Calistoga Ranch during their site visit they were blown away by the hospitality, and knew immediately that Calistoga Ranch was the perfect place for them.

Fun was their motto throughout the planning process; we incorporated lawn games, Jenga, Connect Four, customized Cornhole boards during cocktails, and finished the evening off with dinner and dancing in the Wine Cave.

For the design of the event we focused on a soft color pallet in neutral tones, with a hint of smokey violet. The texture of the linen was an important design aspect to Vicki so we focused on that during the design process, ultimately selecting an array of textural choices that really complemented one another.

Creating this beautiful elegant garden party with Vicki and Adam was an absolute pleasure. I loved that the guest experience was of the utmost importance to them, because we also strongly believe that the guest experience is vital to creating a memorable event.

What does a Calistoga Wedding Designer do?

Are you looking for a Calistoga wedding designer?  We provide a variety of wedding planning and design packages to suit your needs and love to customize packages for our clients.  Lacey provides full-service wedding planning, partial service wedding planning and month of wedding planning and works with Sasha on wedding design & wedding rentals services. Fill out our info request to get more information for your wedding.

Images are by Sabine Scherer 

We would love to work with you to create a celebration like this Calistoga Ranch wedding.  Please fill out our information request form for more information

What's the key to a wine country wedding


So, you want a wine country wedding?

It sounds so simple, you gather up your closest friends and family and tell them you’re  having a destination wine country wedding – Napa or Sonoma or Santa Barbara or Gold Country or Tuscany or New York or France…take your pick!  But some areas are easier than others and I’m here to give you some encouraging words for your wine country wedding in Napa or Sonoma.  The reality is, you have a lot of places to choose from – wineries, private estates surrounded by grape vines, beautiful resorts all decked out with world-class spas and Michelin-starred restaurants.  You can quite literally take your pick of the best wines and food offerings in the entire world and we would love to help you plan your wine country wedding!

Some things to know before you plan your trip out here, though!

  1. You’re going to want to hire a planner to help you with the process.  It may seem like a cost that you’re not sure you can afford, but a planner works as your advocate, your time manager, and your girl/guy Friday.  We know sites you won’t have access to, we can get timing and provisions that even if you ask, the venue or vendor won’t provide.  Not because they don’t like you or want you to be happy but because of relationships.  Everything in a wine country wedding is about relationships.
  2. If you hire a planner, you can make one or two trips out for the planning and not have to worry about “getting it right”.  A wine country wedding planner, that is one that is actually living and working in the wine country knows all the in’s and out’s of the laws of doing weddings here.  It’s not the same as a San Francisco wedding planner or a wedding in the Hamptons.  It comes with some rules, some regulations but they’re easy to circumnavigate!
  3. If you hire a planner before you go look at sites, they can help you spend your time looking at QUALITY wedding locations and not just QUANTITY wedding locations.  That’s important since the drive time between Napa and Healdsburg can be about 1.5 hours!  You want to see sites that fit what you’re looking for and what you want to spend.

We’re really excited about planning your wine country wedding and would love to chat with you more about it!   Please fill out the information request form below and we can get started by sending you some information!



We would love to show you more examples of beautiful wine country weddings in these galleries:

Chris & Dave

Anne & David

Stephanie & Trevor

Candace & Chip





Being a Sonoma Day of Wedding Planner is delightfully captivating

sonoma same sex weddingSonoma is one of our favorite California wine country location to work as a Sonoma Day of Wedding Planner.   The beautiful rolling hills covered in vines are breathtaking and beyond comparison. No matter the season, the views are always wonderful, from the deep colored leaves in the fall, blooming mustard in the winter, an abundance of wildflowers in the spring, to the heavy vivacious vines in the summer. Sonoma is always ready to meet clients’ needs.

We often recommend the beautiful venues in Sonoma, not only because of the scenery but because of the ease and variety that many of the venues provide our clients.  Working as a Sonoma day of wedding planner, I have the opportunity of experiencing a multitude of venues and adore the unique spaces in Sonoma.  The venue spaces vary from the historic to the uniquely charming, clients are always pleasantly surprised when they begin their site visits in Sonoma.

Sonoma is often considered the country, but the downtown hub, Sonoma Plaza is surrounded by wonderful hotels within walking distance and is also circled by shops, wine tasting, restaurants, and beautiful picnic space, allowing guests to make an entire experience out of their trip.

Being an experienced Sonoma day of wedding planner, I would absolutely recommend considering scheduling time to visit a few of these wonderful venues and check out the town for yourself. We would love to help you plan your event and any additional experiences you would like to provide for your guests.

Contact us at the form below if you would like to chat a little more about what Sonoma can offer you, and what we can offer in regards to Sonoma day of wedding services or one of our other excellent customized services.

Enjoy more weddings from a Sonoma Day of Wedding Planner below:

Tara & Michael’s Cornerstone Sonoma Wedding

Jillian & Alex’s BR Cohn Wedding

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Napa Wedding Planner Sasha Souza speaking at Catersource

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Celebrity Event Designer Sasha Souza, owner of Sasha Souza Events in Napa Valley, is an author, business coach and event industry influencer. She has been the winner of multiple awards including the Spotlight Award for Designer of the Year. She has also published two wedding design books: “Signature Sasha: Magnificent Weddings by Design”, an IPPY award winner and “Signature Sasha: Weddings & Events to Inspire” both which are available in the bookstore. In 2016, Sasha launched the Consultancy for Creatives where she mentors companies within the events industry who are looking to take their businesses to their next level. Believing strongly in giving back, she served as the Founding President of Wish Upon a Wedding from 2009 – 2013 and also on the SEARCH Foundation Board of Directors from 2008 – 2013. She has been a member of the Catersource Advisory Panel since 2013


Sasha Souza Events is an award winning event planning company considered one of the top event design & wedding coordination companies in the US. Sasha Souza Events has offices in Napa Valley, Sonoma, San Francisco & Los Angeles