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photo: Gia Canali
We loved so many things about this wedding, not the least of which was the couple’s dog, Lola, who was a total show-stopper with her sweet and spunky personality. Rare is a wedding as thoughtfully and soulfully planned out as this one. The couple considered every single detail, and Amy Kaneko designed their extraordinary lush, natural ceremony “altar,” the olive tree “guest book” (aka wishing tree) and the escort card tree, which was hung with mica “fairies,” crystals, and quotes from the bride’s brother’s poetry, as a memorial to him. The escort cards were hand-wrapped with wire and attached to gemstones that matched the gemstone table names.
The bride planned a ton of extra time for getting ready and for pre-ceremony photographs, so that no matter what, they wouldn’t be rushed or stressed out as they prepared themselves for their ceremony. This kind of foresight had great pay-off, not just for the couple, but also for their photographs. They look well-composed, relaxed, happy, and excited because they are well-composed, relaxed, happy, and excited. (What a good trick, huh?!).
photos: Gia Canali
design & planning: Amy Kaneko Events; venue: Meadowood; videography: LoveSpun Films; florals: Cherries Flowers; officiant: Dr. Judith Caldwell; Linens: La Tavola Linens; Rentals: Hartmann Studios; Hair & makeup: Sarah Hyde; On-Site Dressing/Pressing: SewHeidi Wedding De-Tailor (707.479.0790); Paper goods, Gemstone escort cards, Table numbers: Amy Kaneko Events
S & E’s wedding embodied all the most elegant and magical things about wine country and we were thrilled that it was featured in this year’s C Weddings. So we thought we should offer a closer look at the wedding in its intricate and well-designed detail. Below: the bride’s ceremony-ready updo; bouquet of peonies and garden roses by Sharla Flock (complete with mint and dusty miller Sharla plucked from her own garden!); ceremony set in the ruins of an old winery. During the recessional, the bride and groom were followed out by a New Orlean’s style jazz band (!).
A ceremony design note: wide aisles are wonderful, and afford excellent vantage points for photographers and guests alike. If you have the space, make a wide aisle.
During cocktails, Stacy McCain and her crew oversaw the transformation of the ruins area into a dining area. We love the centerpiece design by Sharla Flock. (I also worked with her on this inventive wedding last spring). Meanwhile, the bride was transforming her look, too. The bride and groom had a busy schedule, but we were happy to catch them here and there, in between the various parts of the day.
Dessert, dancing, and self-portrait-taking in the barn followed dinner. If you look closely above and below, you’ll see some of the many musical ensembles that contributed to the festive mood of the wedding from beginning to end. One thing we loved about the wedding was how very different each part of the day looked and felt. Musical cues were as important as visual ones. We also loved how personal the food felt. The groom’s family contributed produce from their farm, including almonds for badam kheer, a traditional Indian dessert drink (that I am now mildly obsessed with … and have started making regularly on my own!). The couple departed the reception in a vintage Packard. I love the grand exit as a photo op (even if I am, as I was here, the only one there to witness it).
photos: Gia Canali; planning & design: Stacy McCain Events; floral design: Sharla Flock; music (!!): Ed Ivey, Bay Area Booking; bride’s gown, Vera Wang; stationery, Hello!Lucky; lighting, Got Light; venue: Annadel Estate; catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering