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We all know that Napa Valley is a hot spot for weddings, but with so many different vineyards, inns, and ranches to choose from, it can be hard to narrow things down and find a venue that is perfect for you.  The girls here at Arcularius Events want to help all you venue-hunting brides out there by saving you the legwork and sharing some of the most interesting venues we’ve seen.  Over the next few posts, we’re going to show you the unique, beautiful, and somewhat lesser-known places that we got to visit on a fantastic Napa Valley site tour hosted by La Tavola Fine Linen.
 

The morning of our tour started at La Tavola’s gorgeous Napa showroom, where we were picked up by Pure Luxury Wine Tours, a Napa-based green transportation agency.  Pure luxury drove us in an uber-comfortable shuttle bus to our first site, Shady Oaks Ranch and Vineyards.

Shady Oaks is a lovely  site in the heart of Napa Valley with expansive green lawns and lush gardens.  The main estate home sleeps 16 and is accompanied by 3 more cozy cabins that come with rental of the site.  The 12.5 acre grounds are home to a reflecting pond and gazebo, several intimate gardens, and 400 year old Oak trees (the oldest in the valley).  Shady Oaks is secluded and romantic and, with little lights scattered among the gardens and a string quartet playing, would make the perfect setting for a fanciful, elegant, Secret Garden-type wedding.
For more information on this site, contact Wayne at wayne@gwines.net.  Next time, we’ll leave the fairy tale charm of Shady Oaks for a site that can only be described as “California Country Chic”…
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Just a few weeks ago Arcularius Events had the pleasure of attending an ISES meeting at Artesa Winery in Napa.  ISES, aka the International Special Events Society, is an organization dedicated to excellence and professionalism in the events industry.  The society focuses on educating and informing events professionals as well as encouraging cooperation and high business standards.  What a great organization!

The meeting couldn’t have been held in a better location.  Called the “Jewel of the Carneros,” Artesa Winery definitely lives up to its nickname – this place is gorgeous!  Artesa has unique, completely modern architecture with very eco-conscious design elements.  Pulling up to the vineyard, the first thing we noticed was the grass rooftop covering the main building.  There are water features everywhere you turn and the views of the valley truly can’t be beat.  
Artesa offers vineyard lunches and courtyard receptions, so it is definitely worth a look if you are planning an event!  Contact Michael McKinley at Michael@artesawinery.com or (707)254-2148 for more info.  

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Arcularius Events just participated in the Second Annual Tabletop Competition and Fundraiser hosted by NACE, the National Association of Catering Executives.  After winning first place at last year’s competition we were extremely excited to participate in this year’s fabulous event, where eight teams of designers went head-to-head to see who could create the best tabletop.  The judges had a tough time deciding which of the gorgeous tables would be the winner, but one table managed to capture the first place prize – the one designed by Arcularius Events!!  
Catriona teamed up with our new in-house florist Suzanne to come up with a innovative design in which natural beauty merged with a sleek, modern aesthetic.  Underneath the clear tabletop, rocks, moss, and tiny lights were combined to suggest a riverbed, while in the center of the table a modern twist on a manzanita tree replaced the traditional centerpiece.  The table was kept uncluttered with clear blue plates, curlicue flatware, and simple glasses – the menus, napkins, and table assignments were placed on rustic white benches surrounding the table.  In keeping with the “natural meets modern” theme, the menus were printed on clear plexiglass with images of dogwood trees and 
the place cards were replaced with river rocks.

Everything besides the china and glassware (from Celebrations Party Rentals) was custom designed by Arcularius Events – that’s right, we sewed the table linens, found and painted a manzanita branch, constructed the benches and even the table.  This was truly a labor of love, and we hope you love our table as much as we do!  We really had a blast at this event, and our thanks go out to NACE, Celebrations Party Rentals, and Jenn Bartell Photography and Design for the beautiful photos.

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