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40 Squared Party! | Damion Hamilton | Bay Area Special Event Photographer

The invitees received their invitations to this special 40th birthday bash via a custom labeled 40 oz bottle of beer, just a tantalizing hint of the fun event to come! Since they were both celebrating their 40th birthday parties, they decided to throw a “40 Squared” soiree at their home, complete with the band that played at their wedding, Super Diamond. Sasha Souza Events designed this party to be a mix of bold, hot colors and patterns and even incorporated an old rickshaw that they found in the couple’s garage.  Rolando Mafnas with Betty Zlatchin Catering did an incredible job of inventing food stations intended to mimic upscale cuisine from multiple food trucks.   Their friends rocked the night away with Super Diamond and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  They even got an extra special treat…his childhood friend gave him back his Hulk Hogan doll from when they were boys, which you’ll see in the pictures! Happy birthday to them both!!

 


Thanks to these incredible vendors for a great event!
Design Company: Sasha Souza Events
Floral Designer: Leah Lowry for Sasha Souza Events
Event Site: Private Estate
Lighting: Got Light?
Entertainment: AEC Marin & Super Diamond

Katie & Dirk’s Vintage Estate Destination Wedding Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Katie and Dirk’s big day! Beginning with their first peek at each other, here are some of the special moments that they shared with their guests, from being joined together at the Vintage Estate to enjoying dining al fresco on a beautiful summer night in the Napa Valley.  Afterwards, the band, Notorious, kept everyone rocking long into the night in the Barrel Room.

Congratulations Katie & Dirk on your beautiful day!! May your marriage be long and full of love and laughter!

 

 

Thank you to these great vendors:

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Brix

Wedding Venue: Vintage Estates

Wedding Coordinator: Suzy Berberian Weddings

Officiant: Peadar Dalton, Your Ceremony Matters

Hair/Makeup: It’s a Date at the Powder Room

Flowers: Tesoro

Cake: Perfect Endings

Ceremony/Dinner Music: Eloquence String Quartet

Cocktail Hour Bluegrass Band: Bluegrass Stomp

Dancing Music: Notorious

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Hartmann Studios

Linens: La Tavola Linen

Katie & Dirk’s Vintage Estate Destination Wedding Part 1 | Damion Hamilton | Napa Wedding Photographer

We don’t typically include rehearsal dinners in our blog posts, but this sweet dinner at Brix Restaurant and Gardens was too cute to not share! Texans Katie & Dirk celebrated their last night of single-hood surrounded by their closest friends and family in the vineyards.  There were smiles, laughs, and memories galore as their guests were treated to delicious cuisine and of course plenty of great wine.  This was all in preparation for the next glorious day, the wedding at Vintage Estate. Katie’s Monique Lhuillier ball gown was light and airy in a textured silk organza and was perfect for her. For a special touch and long lasting tribute, through BlackJack Boots, the groom created a cowboy boot design incorporating the date of their wedding and had custom boots created for himself and both dads. Here’s a little peek at Katie & Dirk’s rehearsal dinner and preparation for their wedding….that should hold you over until we get to the REALLY good stuff including their first peek at each other!

Thank you to these great vendors:

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Brix

Wedding Venue: Vintage Estates

Wedding Coordinator: Suzy Berberian Weddings

Officiant: Peadar Dalton, Your Ceremony Matters

Hair/Makeup: It’s a Date at the Powder Room

Flowers: Tesoro

Cake: Perfect Endings

Ceremony/Dinner Music: Eloquence String Quartet

Cocktail Hour Bluegrass Band: Bluegrass Stomp

Dancing Music: Notorious

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Hartmann Studios

Linens: La Tavola Linen

Our Hot Air Balloon Adventure!

I thought we would take a break from all the “work” and share a really cool experience with you.  Damion and I recently celebrated our 14th, yes 14th anniversary! We wanted to do something special, so we decided it was the perfect opportunity to try a new adventure…riding in a hot air balloon! We watch them land around our neighborhood almost every morning and have even helped land them (HARD WORK by the way!), but had never built up the courage to ride in one.  As expected, we were a little nervous, well maybe just me.  The group met at our predetermined location in Healdsburg about 5:30 in the morning (the 4:00 wake up is the contributor to our sleepy, morning, no makeup faces :)) and a limo took us all to the launch site.  There, they had the balloon inflated on it’s side.

From that position, they tip it up and you climb in the basket. This particular balloon is one of the four largest in the United States.  We had 24 people in the basket I believe! It was huge.   The pilot asked if anyone was scared.  I think I was the only person that raised my hand.  He said “You should be.  You’re riding in your grandmother’s laundry basket with a cotton dry cleaning bag with a huge flame underneath holding you up.”  Great. Thanks for that.  Actually, it is quite safe and the pilot was incredible with the level of control he had over the vessel! When you ascend, it feels smooth and surreal, just like you’re rising up in a elevator..you’ll see my reaction below. I’m not really sure how clinging to the basket was supposed to help, but after a while, you just couldn’t help but enjoy the view and the ride!

If you look closely in the distance, you can see two other hot air balloons cruising.  This was around the Santa Rosa area. Because you’re traveling with the wind, the ride is so smooth and wonderful.  You don’t even feel like you’re moving, it’s more like the scenery below you changes.

After learning about what to look for, we all helped scout the perfect place to land.  The pilot showed off his skills by placing us down ever so gently in the middle of a private field.  It was barely a bump.   Then the task began of squeezing all of the air out the envelope (colored part) and compressing the 2,000 lbs of nylon for transport! Here you can see clearly the size of the flame and the balloon compared to the size of the crew.

Overall, this was an incredible, incredible experience.  We highly recommend it and would do it again in a heartbeat!!! Some great companies that can help you cruise the Napa Valley and pass right over our house are Balloons Above the Valley and Napa Valley Balloons. Let us know when you’re coming and we’ll go outside and wave as you pass by:)We hope you try it!

Jennie & Dave’s Harvest Inn Wedding Part 2 | Damion Hamilton | Napa Wedding Photographer

If you loved Part 1 of Dave and Jennie’s Harvest Inn wedding (as seen in this month’s issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons), I am confident that you will be as breathless as I was over this dinner and reception.  Sasha Souza Events has done it again-taken my breath away.  One of the most meaningful touches of the day was the old family photos included at the escort card table.  Then, Dave & Jennie’s guests enjoyed a romantic dinner at the vineyard’s edge surrounded by opulent gold and purple touches and partied the night away in the reception room at Harvest Inn.  What an incredible day it was!

Thank you to Jennie and Dave for allowing us to be a part of this very wonderful day of celebrating you two! Congratulations!!









Special thanks to:

Design Company: Sasha Souza Events

Venue: Harvest Inn

Rentals: Hartmann Studios

Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen

Officiant: Wedding Ministries

Hair: Maria Aguilar

Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Alan

Catering: 9 Catering

Cake: Fleur de Lisa

Lighting: Got Light?

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