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Napa Valley: Veronica & Melanie

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After they got engaged, it took these brides several years to decide how they wanted to get married. On May 17, 2012, they assembled with a small group of dear guests at Brix Restaurant & Gardens in Napa Valley. “Our families had a wonderful time and the ceremony turned out just the way we wanted,” the brides said.

Brix combines French inspired California cuisine with local wines, and they offer a private room that was perfect for the brides.

Melanie and Veronica met in 2007 when a mutual friend from work set them up. In fact, their first three dates were group outings. “It was a great way to have a first date because there was much less pressure than a regular one on one date,” they said.

Veronica proposed at the beach in Monterey. “She took me horseback riding because I had never been then asked me if I would spend my life with her,” Melanie said. “I cried and so did she.” They were going to have a traditional wedding, but soon realized that wasn’t what they really wanted. “We decided what we truly wanted was to have a small, intimate ceremony with our immediate families,” Melanie said. “The day turned out to be amazing. We also love the Napa area and we love food and wine. So the setting at Brix was perfect.”

The brides share a love of cooking, doing Crossfit, going to the movies, spending time with family and friends, and trying new food. Now, they look forward to raising children together.    

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Photographer:  T.J. Salsman Photography // Restaurant: Brix Restaurant // Event Planner: Intimate Weddings Napa Valley // Officiant:Jeanne Cole // Dress Store: Gesinee’s Bridal

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.

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