Some of you may have noticed my blog makeover! I hope that you love it as much as I do and find it easier to to use. I’m going to share more about this later but today I wanted to share our story of how we picked the venues for our wedding! I was raised in Oregon and Southern California, but with most of my family in Oregon and Brad’s family in Sacramento, I thought a destination wedding in Napa Valley would be a fun getaway for our family and friends.

Selecting the venue sets the date so it’s important to have a time frame in mind. I first traveled up to the wine country with my dad to scout out potential venues to host both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding. I had done a lot of research online and only scheduled meetings with venues that had our time frame open, but meeting with the onsite coordinator really helped to get a feel for the venue. Make sure you make appointments so someone is available to show you the property and tell you about the venue and how they can accommodate your wedding. In my post Questions to Ask: Selecting the Venue, I break down all of the questions to go over with the onsite wedding coordinator.looking at wedding venues in Napa Valley father daughter looking at wedding reception venues in Napa ValleyI had previously been to Brix on a wine tasting trip and fell in love with the venue. It sits right on a vineyard (sold!) and hosts small weddings and events. It wasn’t big enough to host our wedding but was perfect for our rehearsal dinner. Brix restaurant in Napa Valley

father son outside of Brix restaurant vineyard behind Brix restaurant On the last day with my dad we toured The Carneros Inn, and it completely pushed my other top picks to the side. It is unique to other venues in Napa because it’s not rustic, it’s modern and I knew it would fit perfectly with the overall look of the wedding I was trying to accomplish. And the fact that it overlooks a gorgeous vineyard had me gushing with excitement! The dates they had available that worked with our time frame were seven months away, which surprisingly can give you room to negotiate! Make sure you view my budget tips on ways to save money for your wedding. After I booked the date I took my fiance up to Napa to show him what I had selected, needless to say, he was thrilled with my picks.

Carneros Inn pool with vineyard in background being silly with a kidgirl standing in a white dress in a vineyardfamily photo at the Carneros InnCORAL DRESS Rent The Runway  //  WHITE DRESS Express  //  BLUE DRESS Lucy Love  //  WATCH Michele