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Happy & Doug’s Auberge du Soleil Wedding Photos

June 10, 2021

Happy & Doug

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“Relax, enjoy life and have some wine. Never take one second for granted.”

 Photography: Apollo Fotografie
Venue: Auberge du Soleil
Hair & Make up: Artist by Sherrie
Harpist: Bertina

 

From the couple: Doug suggested having a wedding in Napa Valley because he has never been there. After discussing with each other, we both agreed that it will be a great location to tie our knot. That’s when I started researching and reaching out to different vendors and I found Auberge Du Soleil and their intimate wedding package. The inspiration behind the day is to be authentically you and enjoy the day with our closest family and friends. That’s why we only have 12 guests. All the credits go to the venue coordinator at Auberge and the florists that Auberge referred me to. I have consultations with them regarding the color theme and overall feel. That’s how we decided on going with a natural, rustic, and modern look wedding.Florals definitely play a crucial part in the wedding. In fact, every detail in the wedding plays a huge role. I did not use a specific type of flowers but I told the florists that I wanted the color theme to be burgundy with a lot of greenery and a dash of white flowers. Some of my favorite parts of my wedding:
(1) Hiking in heels because there are a lot of hills in the venue
(2) Enjoying the special day with Doug’s parents and my friends
(3) All the foods, scenarios and photos!
We want to go with traditional looks where the female wears white and the male wears black. That’s how we decided that I’m going to wear a white tuxedo because I play more of a feminine role in the relationship and the Doug wears a black tuxedo.
Doug proposed to me (Happy) in the same brewery where we first met on our trip back to Chicago in November 2019!

I had already moved to Houston in May, but I went back to Chicago to visit my friends while Doug went to Spain to visit his second family. In the last few days of my trip to Chicago, he joined me because he thought it would be fun. He booked the same Airbnb when he came down to Chicago during his trip we both first met, and we stayed there together. I thought it was very sweet of him to do that, but I had no idea about his secret plan. On the second day of our trip, he told me we were going to a Mexican restaurant for dinner and suggested that we dressed up, and we walked over there because it’s walking distance. While we were walking there, we passed by the same brewery where we first met, and he suggested that we went for a quick drink before dinner. I said, “okay!” (I was still clueless about the plan.)

We, then, ordered a flight of beers. Basically, it’s like 5 shot glasses of beers. Little did I know, he coordinated with the brewery a few months ago and got the same glass. He had the waitress replaced the middle glass with a red rose, a ring underneath it, and had “Will you marry me on the glass” written on the glass. Once I saw that he went down on his knee and proposed to me! I was soooooo shocked and had absolutely no clue of the whole thing. I eventually, said, “Yes!”
Take a deep breath to allow the event to play out. You have already planned the wedding and set everything in place. Allow things to happen naturally and be flexible should there be any unexpected events on the day. There’s no “perfect” wedding day. The idea of perfection is a concept that we create in our minds. Enjoy every moment because the day is going to go by so quickly!

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