Boy meets girl at a bar in St. Helena; boy proposes to girl at annual firehouse lobster dinner in St. Helena…or so goes the courtship of Leigh Anne and Tony.
It didn’t take this couple of three years long to know that they would be together forever. Tony knew that Leigh Anne was the one after they spent her birthday weekend at Calistoga Ranch. For Leigh Anne, it was the distance—the two-hour drive separating their homes—that filled her thoughts with dreams of forever.
Two years after the couple’s first kiss at the St. Helena Fire Department’s lobster feed, Tony proposed under a gazebo in Lyman Park, next to the firehouse. Friends and family were there to take photos and share with Leigh Anne in the surprise of her engagement.
The bride and groom each had their own fond memories of the wedding planning process. For Leigh Anne, it was “flying down to Beverly Hills for her dress design and fitting.” And for Tony, it was booking the band, venue, officiant and culinary staff.
Since all of their “firsts” had happened there, it was fitting that the couple chose to wed in St. Helena. The late June wedding took place at Trinchero Family Estates in Napa Valley—owned by the groom’s family and a perfect spot for an intimate wedding.
Held in the winery’s barrel room, the site was transformed with drapes, carpeting and lighting. Suspended from the ceiling and hanging over each table were floral arrangements in glass balls, which accented the ceiling’s dramatic height. Perhaps even more dramatic was the chandelier wedding cake suspended from the ceiling. “This was the second marriage for both of us,” Leigh Anne says.
“We both wanted it to be more than just a wedding—we wanted it to be an event that people would be talking about for years.”
After the couple’s first dance, barn doors opened up from the barrel room into the fermentation area of the winery. Guests were then welcomed into the whiskey bar and nightclub-like set-up created by the couple’s wedding planner and designer Robb Smith with Laurels Events.
On the day of the wedding, the bride and groom felt happy, nervous and most of all, relief. In the words of the groom, “I was going to spend my life with a person that makes me happy.”
Leigh Anne & Anthony's Wedding Resources
Caramel peach with white frosting.
A wood box filled with olives that we cured, Spanish almonds and cookies from Parker's Crazy Cookies (they were made to look just like us!). Laurels Events put them together and tied the box up with a monogrammed ribbon.
• A great moment was when we were doing our second dance on a tiny dance floor near the cake and mid-dance these huge barn doors across the room opened to a band and huge round bar and lounge. Watching everyone run across the barrel room to the lounge was so much fun as everyone thought they had to dance on this tiny floor.
• A huge thank you to Papineau Calligraphy who triple checked addresses, names and proofread everything. Highly recommend!
• Plan ahead! Don’t stress if a vendor backs out, there are a lot of other businesses that will step up to bat. Our baker for the cake was last minute! Yes, only a few weeks before the wedding!! Also remember, it’s your day, not your wedding planners, etc.
• Enjoy it! If you don’t want to cut the cake at a certain point, don’t! I enjoyed every single minute of my wedding because I paced it the way I felt fit and it worked out perfectly.
I would have wanted to do the flip book - we forgot to!