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82 LOCAL ATTRACTION Inside an exotic Venice compound, Cayley Lambur and Kyle Blasman take their first steps as husband and wife.
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Unveil this season’s most elegant shape-defining silhouettes and dreamy textures.
From an intimate dinner party to a blowout bash, Sydney Michaels and Andrew Roth master the art of celebration.
104 FIELD OF DREAMS A pristine mountain meadow proves to be the ultimate venue for Keri Nielson and George Rhodes.
ON OUR COVER Monique Lhuillier dress, $8,500, wrap,
108 PICTURE THIS Designer Danielle Sherman and photographer Todd Selby refashion the at-home wedding.
114 SOUTHERN CHARM After a decade-long romance, Jon Brockett and Jason Martin make it official in Malibu with a nod to their Dixie roots.
88 IN THE STARS
118 WALKING ON SUNSHINE
Katya Sorokko and Gregory Spencer’s worlds collide in an idyllic Napa Valley affair.
Coryna Sorin and Mario Turza return to California for a High Desert celebration.
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HIGH DRAMA, Geri Hirsch and Darin Friedman at the Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery, p.27.
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24 C PEOPLE Who’s who behind the scenes of C.
27 C WHAT’S HOT Art walk: Geri Hirsch weds her longtime beau at a contemporary L.A. gallery; March’s new chef-worthy registry service; rehearsal dinner dresses from the fall runways; stylish eco tips from Finch Events.
39 C FASHION LOHO’s romantic gowns for the antibride. Venice-based newlywed Christy Dawn’s debut collection. Fancy feathered accessories. The fall runway report; from plunging necklines to new-fashioned corsets. Plus, brilliant diamond necklaces worthy of a princess bride.
53 C BEAUTY Sakara Life caters to the altar-bound, nourishing from the inside out. Lauren Remington Platt’s Vênsette now beautifies bridal parties across the state. L.A.’s top salons open in destination retreats.
59 C DESIGN Consider going green with The Plant Library; plus, three industry experts shed light on how to nail the verdant look. Envelope envy, from custom wax seals to decorative liners.
67 C MENU A taste of the good life: Ashley Sater and Taylor Fijan toast their union in Napa Valley. Whisk and Whittle’s family affair.
75 C TRAVEL Island time: three exotic honeymoon locales to help you wind down from the big day.
126 C CALIFORNIA A piece of cake: Artist Claes Oldenburg whips up a most unusual wedding gift.
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fter 16-plus years of marriage, I have learned that a successful union is one that involves compromise. As much as I love always being right or doing whatever I want, in reality, that doesn’t happen all of the time (heck, most of the time). A good opportunity to practice compromise is during the
planning of your wedding. While you may have always dreamt
of a party with 500 of your nearest and dearest, he may have hoped for an intimate gathering of 50. Instead of arguing to the point of exhaustion, it’s best to calmly decide to meet in the middle…and by middle, I mean closer to your number but still less than originally planned. Or perhaps your dreams for a beach wedding were nixed in favor of the church ceremony his family expected—find a solution that makes you both feel like you won. The bottom line: Compromise is easier said than done, but when it’s done, it makes everything flow. When I was engaged, my now-husband had requested that the flowers be lush, but not pink or yellow (his least favorite colors). When we arrived at our reception, the flowers were exactly those colors (our wedding planner corrected him by saying they were actually “butter and blush” hues). We laughed and went about enjoying our special day.
With that being said, the couples we feature in this all-encompassing wedding issue don’t seem to have made many concessions. When Sydney Michaels and Andrew Roth couldn’t decide on a big or small wedding, they had both (“Modern Romance,” p.120). Or take Edun designer Danielle Sherman and photographer Todd Selby’s fashion-forward, at-home wedding—the couple purchased their landmark midcentury house, then realized it was also the venue they’d been looking for all along (“Picture This,” p.108). This issue of C Weddings is full of ideas to help you create your memorable day. And, if you both disagree about certain points, just remember the reasons why you are getting married in the first place. If you can master this step, your marriage will no doubt be one for the books.
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Jesse Chamberlin “An incredible couple, those Selbys!” raves photographer Jesse Chamberlin of Todd Selby and Danielle Sherman, whose wedding she shot (“Picture This,” p.108). “I was so enamored by their charm, their creativity and their priorities that I wanted to put them in my pocket when I left.” Chamberlin is a co-owner of Our Labor of Love, Smilebooth and The Flashdance; her clients also include WilliamsSonoma and Levi’s. C SPOTS • The Tasting Kitchen in Venice for the spaghetti pomodoro • El Capitan Canyon • El Matador State Beach
Lara Porzak “Sydney [Michaels] and Andy [Roth’s] wedding was a beautiful tapestry of joy
and family,” says photographer Lara
“A great team making a great thing,”
Porzak (“Modern Romance,” p.120).
is how photographer Dani Brubaker
“The exuberance of their love held me
describes this month’s cover shoot (“Lovestruck,” p.96). The lenswoman and award-winning art director was raised in Oklahoma “by the code of
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rapt.” With 19 years of experience to her credit, Porzak’s client list includes such high-profile couples as Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden, and Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman. C SPOTS • Venice
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Mathilda [Tolvanen], is also from Finland, and we worked
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together four years ago back in our homeland,” says makeup
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artist Karoliina Kangas (left) of “Lovestruck” (p.96). With clients
from my house,” says lensman
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WH (Opener) Dinner and dancing at République—one of Geri and Darin’s cherished date-night destinations.
For their action-packed wedding weekend, Geri Hirsch and Darin Friedman transform their favorite Hollywood haunts into dazzling milieus PHOTOGRAPHED BY PAIGE JONES
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hors d’oeuvres by République (here, caviar chips). Ghost chairs line the aisle. Geri and Darin’s sweetheart table. Table settings from Casa de Perrin. The chuppah features a canopy of orchids. A kiss on the dance floor. Geri collaborated with Connor Stationery and Barneys New York on the invitation suite. Geri, in J. Mendel, surrounded by flower girls.
eri Hirsch and Darin Friedman both know how to put on a show: Geri started the fashion blog Because I’m Addicted and is the co-founder of lifestyle video site LEAFtv; Darin is a partner at talent company Management 360. So after
Darin proposed on a ski gondola dangling above Jackson Hole with an emerald-cut sparkler he had stowed in his backpack, the Hollywood Hills-based couple set the stage for their starry weekend. Geri enlisted the help of Ohio-based planner Pieter Bouterse and Annie Campbell in L.A.; Simone LeBlanc made welcome bags for guest rooms at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. Following the rehearsal dinner at Spago, the couple exchanged “I dos” at the contemporary Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery. “We wanted it to feel like a really fun night out,” says Geri. As the pair signed their ketubah under a James Turrell Skyspace, guests meandered through the gallery with glasses of Dom Pérignon rosé. Following the traditional Jewish ceremony, the party headed to chef Walter Manzke’s République for dinner and dancing. “We chose venues that have never had weddings; we didn’t really pay attention to ‘the rules,’ ” says Geri. The result? A Hollywood ending, all their own. •
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With the recent launch of Registry by March, Sam Hamilton’s revered culinary emporium on Sacramento Street has become the ultimate destination for designminded couples. The online and in-store gifting service features many of the shop’s signature pieces including an exclusive in-house line of made-to-order monogram dinnerware. Hamilton also suggests Malle W. Trousseau’s 43-piece box set of premium kitchen utensils, Splatterware serving pieces, John Pawson sterling-silver flatware, a Michael Verheyden oak coupe, an Azmaya copper teakettle and a Deborah Ehrlich decanter (a March exclusive). marchsf.com. Red ranunculus
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Pawson flatware, from $500. Malle W. Trousseau Full Trousseau, $7,800. March monogram tableware, from $316. Sterlingsilver napkin rings, $185/each. Splatterware pitcher, $95. A collection of Christiane Perrochon bowls.
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Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are extending their bridal offerings with the launch of Marchesa’s Eternal Collection of engagement rings, wedding bands, pendants and earrings. marchesa.com.
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The case for a nontoxic, anti-Vegas bachelorette is especially convincing when the girlish sojourn occurs in close proximity to the wedding. In lieu of old-fashioned debauchery, “bacheloretters” at Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson can choose from a variety of holistic, purifying activities ranging from Himalayan sound baths and Tibetan chakra treatments to horseback riding and meditation—and, yes, they do have a full wine list at the Cactus Flower Restaurant. Santa Barbara’s Smith/Firestone Associates is slated to complete a refurbishment of the guest rooms and fitness center come fall, so you may just want to book a return trip for your honeymoon. miravalresorts.com.
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The new players in the bridal field: Lauren Santo Domingo’s e-commerce site Moda Operandi (modaoperandi.com) launched its first bridal trunk show this past spring with designers including Naeem Khan and J. Mendel; look out for a follow-up this fall. For the bohemian bride, Free People (freepeople.com) teamed up with multiple designers (e.g., Grace Loves Lace) for a debut collection, while Calypso St. Barth (calypsostbarth.com) created a 15-piece line complete with dresses, skirts, jumpsuits and a flower girl dress. And the L.A.-based online shop Revolve (revolveclothing.com) enters the game with The Wedding Shop, featuring a collaboration with altar-bound actress Jamie Chung. Free People Ever After Collection dress, $2,750. Calypso St. Barth Evida dress, $795. J. Mendel Aria dress, $4,990, available at Moda Operandi. Julia B. Couture Linens, available at Moda Operandi. Alice + Olivia shoes, $345, available at Revolve.
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At The Cream’s latest bazaar at Culver City’s BookBindery (artfully executed by Bash, Please), a crop of noteworthy wedding vendors were on hand: The Mrs. Box purveyor of colorful velvet ring containers; the new gypsy jazz trio Django Foxtrot; couture flower and event styling from O.C.-based Carissa Jones’ JL Designs; and unique tabletop rentals from Borrowed Blu.
LEFT A place setting from Borrowed Blu. BELOW A Palm Springs wedding by JL Designs. Ring boxes by The Mrs. Box, $75 each.
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rides-to-be often fall into one of two categories: those who mastermind their big day from scratch, and those who enlist the help of a full-time professional. Now, there’s a third approach: month-
of coordination by The Poppy Group, a new service from Amy Nichols and Kate Whelan, two of Northern California’s most in-demand wedding consultants. “I noticed as my business grew that I was becoming less and less accessible to clients who I really wanted to work with,” says Whelan (whose expertise lies in nonprofit event planning and technology) of her inspiration for the new venture. Using their experience and their extensive network of colleagues throughout California, the duo act as matchmakers for clients and month-of coordinators, while offering mentorship and maintaining a hands-on approach throughout the process. Services start as early as two months prior to the wedding day, and include everything from vendor coordination to a customized event timeline, access to online organizational tools and an on-site planner at the wedding. Says Whelan, “It allows our clients to benefit from our years in the field, through
someone who is really talented and can take the ball and run with it.” thepoppygroup.com.
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Nina Ricci dress. Anndra Neen choker, $510. Perrin Paris cuff clutch, $1,850. Manolo Blahnik sandals, $765.
Dries Van Noten dress. Dior earrings, $900. Monique Lhuillier bag, $1,895. Tabitha Simmons sandals, $625, modaoperandi.com.
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A citrus spread by Hollyflora. A delivery of ranunculus from Silver Lake Farms. Lars Francisco and Stephanie Giles of Finch Events. Santa Margarita Ranch.
Keeping style at the forefront, the wedding gurus behind Finch Events take a less-(waste)-is-more approach to nuptials
ike so many L.A. stories, the origin of Finch Events can be traced back to the elusive Hollywood dream. “We both came out here 10 years ago to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts—that’s where we met,” says Lars Francisco of his introduction to best friend and business partner (and self-proclaimed Grace to his Will), Stephanie Giles. In the ensuing years, they both waited tables while notching up acting jobs on the side before taking on more permanent positions; Francisco held the post of event coordinator for Beth Helmstetter Events, while Giles worked in public relations and marketing for Radio Disney and Universal Studios. One night two years ago, over margaritas at Don Cuco, they hatched a plan: to turn their mutual love for “dinners, parties, and being together” into an event production business with a bent toward all things eco-friendly—as evidenced by their moniker (“We went through a plethora of ‘naturey’ nouns and landed on Finch,” says Giles). Launched a year ago, Finch has already won over a devoted client base of brides and grooms, and been tapped for high-profile gigs such as Jo Malone’s recent Hollywood Hills bash hosted by Poppy Delevingne. We asked the pair to share their tips and go-to vendors for pulling off a better, greener big day. finchevents.com.
“Instead of getting tired of them, people are really embracing cacti,” says Francisco of the succulent craze. For a less-expected twist on the reusable centerpiece, the duo hang macramé baskets with greenery and ferns over tablescapes, and incorporate fruit-centric tableaus or potted plants like heirloom tomatoes that guests can take home. For DIY brides, Silver Lake Farms (silverlakefarms.com) and The Bouqs (thebouqs.com) source seasonal blooms.
“One-and-a-half million tons of food are wasted through caterers and weddings throughout California every year,” says Giles. To counteract this trend, she recommends teaming up with a compost company like Cater Green (catergreen.com) as well as joining forces with Angel Harvest (angelharvest.org), an organization that picks up unserved food and delivers it to social service agencies. Choosing a caterer that prizes local, seasonal sources is also a positive—Finch’s go-tos include Taste of Pace (tasteofpace.com) and Transitional Gastronomy (transitionalgastronomy.com).
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“Find a place that you love that you’re not fighting to make different: That way you don’t leave too large a carbon footprint by bringing in fabrics or indoor trees to hide walls, for example,” says Giles. For green-conscious venue options, Finch likes Downtown L.A.’s Millwick (marvimon.com), Santa Margarita Ranch (historicsantamargaritaranch.com) and Huron Substation (huronsubstation.com).
Going the vintage route is always an eco-friendly decision— Finch points brides in the direction of Shareen Bridal (shareen.com) for one-of-a-kind looks. If you’ve got your heart set on a made-to-order number, but aren’t interested in preserving and keeping your frock for posterity, consider passing it on for a good cause: Brides Against Breast Cancer (bridesagainstbreastcancer.org) mounts weddinggown sales to raise funds that benefit wellness and educational services for those impacted by the disease.
It’s hard to avoid paper products for a formal event. “Use recycled paper, and think of alternatives where possible: like a chalkboard or a mirror for your table plan, or linen napkins at cocktail hour,” says Francisco. As for favors, “it’s great to have something that people can use right away,” says Francisco, who loves Los Angeles County Store (lacountystore.com) for locally made artisanal items. •
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any a new fiancée sets out dress shopping in search of “the one,” only to be faced with endless not-quite-right options. Enter Christy Baird, founder and creative director of San Francisco’s recently opened niche concept LOHO Bride, an artfully curated boutique with the unwavering nonconformist in mind. “We’re really going after the anti-bride,” says Baird (previously of boho label Daughters of Simone), a statement evident in the Potrero Hill boutique’s organic-yet-urbane aesthetic, as well as its moniker, an acronym that stands for League of Her Own.
Having recently traveled to Paris to pick up styles by emerging French designer Elise Hameau, Baird stocks the studio with an intuitive assortment of gowns by buzzedabout labels such as Bo & Luca and Stone Cold Fox, and ultramodern silhouettes from the likes of Houghton and Unbridaled by Dan Jones, all at approachable price points ($2,000-$5,000). “Girls say that our store is like an amazing apartment and they’re coming to play dress-up with us,” says Baird, who hopes to soon bring a second location to L.A. By appointment; 550 15th St., Ste. 19, S.F., 415-525-4544; lohobride.com.
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HEART & SOLE British designer Sophia Webster has stepped into bridal with a statement-making, tonguein-cheek (hello, “Wifey for Lifey” soles!) accessories collection that nods but certainly does not bow to tradition. In addition to eight pairs of Webster’s signature shoes, reimagined for every Mrs.-to-be—including the tasseled light-pink Lacey sandals, which Webster wore to her own recent nuptials; the baby-blue winged Chiara; and the elegant sling-backed ivory Tyra, complete with a crystal-bead stacked heel— there’s also an array of leather speech-bubbleemblazoned clutches bearing playful phrases like “I Do” and “Happily Ever After.” Says Webster, “I made it a point to think of all the little touches and wedding traditions that are important to
From open backs to embellished details, designer Hayley Paige knows how to turn heads.
brides on their special day, but with a twist!” From $450; sophiawebster.com.
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“Your bridesmaids are your best friends,” says Reformation founder and CEO Yael Aflalo. “Why torture them with expensive, hard-to-wear dresses?” We agree, and love the brand’s newest collection, perfect for bridesmaids or wedding guests, each made from sustainable fabrics in Downtown L.A. Flowing, feminine silhouettes like the silk satin V-necked Mia dress can suit an elegant, formal or casual beach wedding; for a more modern option, try the Harper Two Piece with high slits—perfect for dancing ’til dawn. thereformation.com.
Harper Two Piece, $328. FROM TOP Chiara heels in ice, $610. Lola Gem heels in ivory, $485. Each pair has the playful saying stamped onto the soles.
More Than Words Positive Thinking Edie Parker’s acrylic Yes bag is the perfect way to announce your upcoming nuptials, from your bridal shower to your bachelorette party, and beyond. edieparker.com. Yes bag, $1,295.
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Wear your heart on your sleeve and on your wedding band, too, thanks to Furrer Jacot’s engraving service. The Swiss jeweler’s personal touch includes underside etching of your significant other’s fingerprints, handwritten inscriptions or a lasered poem in any language. furrer-jacot.com.
Laser-engraved white gold ring, from $6,680, and laser fingerprint ring, from $1,990.
WRITTEN BY LINDSAY KINDELON AND HEATHER SEVERS. REFORMATION: OLIVIA MALONE. SOPHIA WEBSTER: COURTESY OF SOPHIA WEBSTER
PILLOW TALK Jewelry designer Liseanne Frankfurt’s knack for detail and offhand glamour has translated into a new realm: LFrank Lingerie. The line’s made-in-L.A. bridal collection, Love, Honor + Respect, delights with bygone era-inspired pieces for the “modern bride with a love of luxury and tradition,” says Frankfurt. “It’s a reflection of a more elegant, sophisticated and ultimately private time.” The honeymoon-ready underpinnings and nightwear are tinged with plush accents like 18-karat goldplated buttons and soft pearl-hued fabrics including imported silk charmeuse, crinkle chiffon and French greige lace. The designer’s personal covet? The kimono-style dressing gown: “It just feels incredibly feminine and lighter than air.” From $345; 226 Main St., Venice, 310-452-0771; lfrankjewelry.com.
Vestia long wrap dressing gown with French lace detail, $1,695. Asteria kimono-style dressing gown, $945, and Kali half slip in Swiss cotton, $595.
Ondulation Privilege sandals, $925. Belle de Nuit Buckle heels, $1,750. D’Orsay Strass heels, $1,250.
CHURCH BELLES SANTA MONICA
A year after Kelsey Doorey started Santa Monicabased Vow to Be Chic, the only e-commerce platform offering rental designer bridesmaid dresses, the former wedding planner has introduced the Bridal Suite: a shopping tool where bridesmaids can cast votes for their favorite frocks and recommend styles from a roster of labels including that includes Monique Lhuillier, Pamella Roland and Jenny Yoo. Each bridal party is also assigned a stylist who sends two sizes of the selected dress to each individual for stress-free, at-home try-ons. From $50; vowtobechic.com. Rental bridemaids’ dresses by Alvina Valenta and Swoon, $95-$110. Alvina Valenta dress, $95.
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Known for outfitting first ladies and royalty alike, it’s only befitting that Roger Vivier has made his foray into weddings with a shoe collection of five ivory-satin, princessworthy designs. Walk down the aisle in the timeless D’Orsay Strass heels or slip into the crystal buckled dance floor-approved Belle Vivier flats. From $975; rogervivier.com.
WRITTEN BY LINDSAY KINDELON. LFRANK: DAN MONICK. VOW TO BE CHIC: STEPHANIE WILLIAMS
Change of a Dress
Venice-based designer Christy Dawn talks marriage and launching her new bridal line
A CUT ABOVE
Vintage and estate jeweler Fred Leighton has a long history with Hollywood; the brand’s extraordinary pieces have graced red-carpet fixtures such as Nicole Kidman, Lupita Nyong’o and Sarah Jessica Parker. Now the New York-based label pays homage to its favorite vintage-style cuts and mountings with an in-house line of engagement rings. Rose-cut, Asscher-cut and old European-cut diamonds are set in art deco or Edwardian platinum settings. fredleighton.com. Old European-cut diamond ring and circular-cut diamond Honeycomb ring, prices upon request.
In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love and fidelity. Here, our favorite azure accessories
MARTIN KATZ aquamarine earrings, $46,500, Martin Katz, B.H.
MIGNONNE HANDMADE silk flower crown, made to order, $150-$300, mignonnehandmade.com.
MANOLO BLAHNIK satin flats, $955, saksfifthavenue.com.
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ALEXIS BITTAR amethyst earrings, $1,495, Alexis Bittar, W.H.
HENRI DAUSSI sapphire and diamond ring, price upon request, traditionaljewelers.com.
JIMMY CHOO sandals with tulle bow, $950, Jimmy Choo, B.H.
WRITTEN BY HEATHER SEVERS. CHRISTY DAWN WEDDING: SHAWN HANNA AND CARLY FOULKES. CHRISTY DAWN LOOK: JAMES BRANAMAN
hat inspired you to design bridal dresses? I was getting married and there were no dresses out there that really knocked my socks off, so I decided I’d design my own. Describe your personal style. I always like to feel comfortable in whatever I’m wearing. That’s why I love a dress so much: It’s a cute, comfortable look without having to put together an outfit! How does your aesthetic translate to CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Designer Christy your bridal line? I’d like to think that every dress Dawn and husband Aras Baskauskas at their wedding in Tulum, Mexico. I’ve designed is a reflection of my personal style. Bridesmaids in the Lira, $240, and I refuse to design something that I wouldn’t wear Myla, $250, dresses. Christy wears the Athena dress, $980. myself. I know that means I might be cutting myself off from a huge part of the market, but I can’t get behind releasing a dress that I’m not 100-percent excited about. Any fashion tips for future brides who are overwhelmed by the options out there? The best advice I can give is to take time to find the dress that’s right for you. If you only have one day, it’s a lot of pressure and you might find yourself settling. Most brides have friends with multiple shapes and styles. Any tips on making all your bridesmaids happy? Rather than try to fit each of my bridesmaids into a specific shape and style, I designed dresses for each bridesmaid individually. I wanted my girls to feel comfortable and beautiful without pressuring them to wear something that wasn’t right. But with three different styles, the challenge became finding a unifying thread for a cohesive aesthetic. To that degree, I had all of the bridesmaids dresses made in the same colorway and fabric. The result was happy bridesmaids and a happy bride! What was your favorite moment from your own wedding? Having our son, River, there to witness our commitment to each other was very special. shopchristydawn.com. Autumn dress, $270.
PHOTO: ZACK + BECKY
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The fall runway report, from plunging necklines to billowing sleeves
Fashion (Bits) Naeem Khan
Honor for Stone Fox Bride
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Oscar de la Renta
fashionjewelry box TIFFANY & CO. Scarf necklace, Tiffany & Co., B.H.
KWIAT white and pink diamond necklace, kwiat.com.
Circle of Love Nothing makes a statement like a simple, yet fabulous strand of diamonds
DE BEERS Phenomena Frost necklace, De Beers, C.M.
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UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD/CORBIS
HARRY WINSTON Cluster Wreath necklace, Harry Winston, B.H.
GRAFF Heart-shaped diamond necklace, Graff, S.F.
STEPHEN RUSSELL vintage Riviere necklace, stephenrussell.com.
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TOWN & COUNTRY EVENT RENTALS plates and charger, price upon request, Pure Lavish Events.
JENNIFER BEHR tiara, $925, jenniferbehr.com.
THE BUTTER END CAKERY wedding cake, price upon request, thebutterend.com.
CHANEL ring, $3,200, Chanel, B.H.
DAIZY SHELY bolero, $1,575, farfetch.com. WILFREDO ROSADO necklace, $57,000, Just One Eye, L.A.
Spread your wings in the season’s blushing plumage and gold accents
AURÉLIE BIDERMANN earrings, $905, aureliebidermann.com.
FRED LEIGHTON headband, price upon request, Fred Leighton, N.Y.
CRANE & CO. hand-engraved note, $29, crane.com.
KAVIAR GAUCHE BRAND
AQUAZZURA heels, $950, Saks Fifth Avenue, B.H.
ANUPAM PODDAR bowl, $178, gumps.com.
THE BUTTER END CAKERY: BRIAN LEAHY PHOTOGRAPHY. TABLE SETTING: KAYSHA WEINER
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beauty Sakara Lifeâ€™s Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle.
Health and Happiness
Cult organic meal-delivery service Sakara Life gets Los Angeles bridal parties ready for the big day BY CAROLINE CAGNEY
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hat started out four years ago as a mission to overcome acne and poor body images for N.Y.-based Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise led to Sakara Life, an organic, plantbased meal-delivery program beloved by the likes of models Lily Aldridge and Coco Rocha. Now the service has landed in L.A., so brides-to-be who are looking for a simple way to slim down and boost their energy can get antioxidant-packed meals such as the toasted coconut and goji berry superfood granola made with green Mylk, or the green Caesar salad with polenta croutons, delivered straight to their doors. Also visit Sakara Life’s online store to scoop up supplements like spirulina for an immunity boost or amla extract to kick-start metabolism. Five-day meal plan (three meals a day), from $125; sakaralife.com.
Sakara Life’s meal delivery can be ordered in one-, five- or 20-day programs.
At First Blush
Glam to Go
Lauren Remington Platt’s on-demand hair-and-makeup service Vênsette has expanded to include bridal options— call on a bookings concierge to help pick from S.F. and L.A.’s top-tier artist network. Every package includes touch-ups for photos following your ceremony, and trials to ensure that you find the best expert suited to your personal taste. From $750/bride only, $3,250/bride and party of 10; 212-520-9109; vensette.com.
Channel simple elegance with floral hues, a dewy sheen and a little something blue
Beauty (Bits) FROM LEFT Tenoverten nail polish in Austin, $18. Chanel Joues Contraste powder blush in Alezane, $45. Givenchy Blush Mémoire de Forme in Rosé Délicat, $37. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna, $32. Nars lip gloss in Baby Doll, $26. La Mer The Renewal Oil, $240. Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino, $220.
Brushes with Genius
few of Beverly Hills’ best are opening hair salons further afield: Stylist Jonathan Antin (of Bravo series “Blow Out”) and colorist Amanda George have unveiled OBO Salon by Jonathan & George at One & Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos (866-829-2977; palmilla.oneandonlyresorts.com). After relaxing in the spa’s yoga garden, book the Bride Experience ($400/3.5 hours), which includes picture-perfect hair, makeup and a mani/ pedi. Also not to be missed is the Bride & Groom Romance package ($550/90 minutes), which features the Palmilla signature massage, chocolate-covered strawberries and Champagne, all set in a private villa. Hollywood legend José Eber, who counts salons in the 90210 and at The Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara to his name, has debuted his latest eponymous offering at the new The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage (760-321-8282; ritzcarlton.com). “By being in the hotel, we can more easily provide brides with the superior services and pampering they deserve on their big day,” says Eber, whose VIP menu includes color, cut and hair-care services in a minimal, yet elegant setting.
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FROM TOP Amanda George and Jonathan Antin. José Eber.
WRITTEN BY CAROLINE CAGNEY. SAKARA: ERIN CAULEY. VÊNSETTE: COURTESY OF VÊNSETTE. ANTIN AND GEORGE: JACK WATERLOT. EBER: FADIL BERISHA
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LOS ANGELES + MONTECITO
Melanie Simon. The at-home ZIIP NanoCurrent Skincare Device and serums.
In-demand esthetician Melanie Simon (who has offices in L.A. and Montecito) has created ZIIP, an at-home facial device with a supporting iPhone app that delivers powerful serums using electric currents, waveform and frequency. The four treatments—Energize, Sensitive Energize (which firms and brightens skin), Total Clearing (an anti-blemish fix for stressed complexions) and VitalEyes (decreases dark circles and puffiness)—are used in conjunction with Simon’s Golden Conductive Gel Treatment, made with potent ingredients like bio placenta (five human-growth factors known to stimulate skin-cell production) and hematite, which increases collagen. What’s more, it’s small enough to fit in your carry-on. From $495; ziipbeauty.com.
The Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie.
Before tying the knot, consider heading to Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie in November, when it will host renowned U.K.-based intuitive counselor Susan King. Choose from two packages (both are followed by a 60-minute session with King, who offers insight into your personal life by pinpointing significant events); the Mind, Body & Spirit, a 75-minute rejuvenating massage that focuses on the scalp; or the Renewal A treatment room for two. Package, which features a full-body exfoliation, hydrating wrap and caviar massage. Sessions with King are also available without treatments, and for brides who aren’t able make it to L.A. in time, King conducts sessions via phone or Skype. Nov. 5-9; $500-$1,075; 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Bel Air, 310-909-1681; dorchestercollection.com; susankingintuitive.com.
Beauty (Bits) BEVERLY HILLS + NEWPORT BEACH
Dr. Zein Obagi, the Beverly Hills skin-care authority who recently opened ZO Skin Centre in Fashion Island, offers his six-month countdown to getting photo-ready: 6 MONTHS For brides with stressed skin, we use the ZO Ultimate Regeneration Treatment. This begins with the Hydrafacial, a crystal-free microdermabrasion that uses a unique Vortex Fusion serum delivery system to exfoliate and extract impurities and dead skin cells while infusing peptides, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. Next, she receives a custom mask followed by LED light therapy, which speeds up collagen production for a tighter, even-toned complexion. 3 MONTHS Our 3-Step Peel uses a blend of potent exfoliants including salicylic acid and lactic acid to remove the outermost layers of the skin, and is followed by glycerin to improve hydration. 1 MONTH Now is the time for Botox and fillers. 1 WEEK Be sure to increase your daily water intake to flush out toxins and eliminate alcohol and sugars to ensure optimal skin moisture retention and less bloating. Try our ZO2 Facial for contouring, and to stimulate cell regeneration and reduce fine lines by employing a firming serum combined with topical oxygen technology. 1 DAY The night before, use our Invisapeel Intensive Resurfacing Peel ($72), which uses an enzymatic process (ingredients include papain and bromelain enzymes and glycolic acid) along with soothing kukui-seed and safflower-seed oils to renew the epidermis and replenish hydration and lipids. Obagi Skin Health Institute, 270 N. Canon Dr. B.H., 310-275-3030; obagiskin.com; ZO Skin Centre, Fashion Island, N.B., Atrium Level, 949-346-4567; zoskincentre.com.
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WRITTEN BY CAROLINE CAGNEY. SIMON: RACHAEL YARBROUGH. HOTEL BEL-AIR: COURTESY OF HOTEL BEL-AIR. ZO: ALEXANDER NOVIKOV
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A foliage-dense tablescape by The Plant Library.
Emerald Aisle The latest trend in wedding arrangements is all about greenery. Here, four of our favorite sources
WRITTEN AND EDITED BY ANDREA STANFORD
THE PLANT LIBRARY Prompted by an increased demand for
plant-based installations, Danielle Rowe of Berkeleyâ€™s Brown Paper Design started growing her own vegetation, a project that has since evolved into full-fledged venture The Plant Library. In addition to custom collections, Rowe offers desert, evergreen and native groupings paired with >>
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<< Mexican and artisanal pottery, all for rent. “I think greenery intensifies the level of texture and elegance. Nature has a way of growing a branch in the perfect spot, always in balance with the rest of the plant, so there is a harmony that is never contrived,” she says. Her latest obsession? “Native California cuttings like loquat branches and banana leaves balanced with delicate plumose and cat grass.” theplantlibrary.com. AMY BLESSING Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Amy Blessing was always taken
with the year-round greenery—from moss-covered trunks and brick pathways to ivyladen overpasses. So it’s no surprise that when she moved to California and began designing special events she was more interested in the leaves at the market than the flowers. “I love the idea of bringing the outdoors inside, and using greenery is the best way to accomplish this. Green goes with everything,” says the L.A.-based event designer. Blessing also appreciates the versatility of plants and branches, which are easier to sculpt, crawl and hang (and last longer than flowers). And there is no compromise on fragrance, she finds: “Pine and fir are so refreshing in the colder months, and the smell of eucalyptus reminds me of visiting Northern California as a young girl.” 213-400-1127.
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Bloom & Plume. Luna Gardens Events. The Plant Library. Amy Blessing.
BLOOM & PLUME Maurice Harris’ striking installations create natural opulence and the right amount of drama with non-floral options such as acacia, opium pods and his signature, mint. Harris is sought after by brides looking for “something impactful, transformative and romantic but not overtly feminine,” says the florist. And using greenery doesn’t mean compromising on dimension and color variation: “Chocolate tones in geranium leaves play well against mint or sage, and the gray hues in eucalyptus balance variegated greens like Italian
pittosporum,” explains Harris. @bloomandplume; bloomandplume.com. LUNA GARDENS EVENTS Known for using pavé, tea and monstera leaves to bring color to
plant-themed wedding decor, Luna Gardens Events has mastered the art of unexpected foliage. “Creating textures and bringing elegance to an event is just as achievable using various breeds of bunched exotic leaves, mosses, succulents and wheatgrasses as it is using florals,” says co-owner and designer Ricardo Luna. “And for those making organic and other eco-friendly choices, planted greenery is the perfect complement.” lunagardensevents.com. •
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BLOOM & PLUME: MAURICE HARRIS. LUNA GARDENS EVENTS: WIND PRODUCTIONS. AMY BLESSING: DAVID ROBERT JONES. THE PLANT LIBRARY: MICHAEL RADFORD
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Woven Together Modern ceremony decor takes a new twist thanks to custom works by textile artist Janelle Pietrzak of All Roads. From stunning serapes to a tepee altar, Pietrzak’s wovens recast the backdrop, and after the big day, provide newlyweds with a lasting keepsake. From $1,500; allroadsdesign.com.
While the practice is more than 900 years old, heraldry is no longer just for brides of the manor thanks to artists Arabella June of Arabella June Design and Ruth Chou Simons of Gracelaced, whose respective updates of crests and coats of arms are making a tradition synonymous with antiquity current again. arabellajune.com; gracelaced.com.
Arabella June Design custom crest, from $600. Gracelaced custom crest, from $500. FROM TOP
Tom Dixon mortar and pestle, $240. BELOW Michael Verheyden petite bud vase, $235. Retegui carrera marble Batela tray, $575. LEFT
Design-savvy couples seeking gifts that match their selective aesthetics turn to Garde when it’s time to register. “I love marble items; each piece is unique. As a material, it’s ancient and timeless and only gets better with age,” says owner Scotti Sitz of her go-to recommendation. “It symbolizes a solid foundation.” 7418 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323-424-4667; gardeshop.com.
Weaving with gold leaf and handmade ceramic tiles, price upon request.
Because a steno pad just won’t do: These letterpressed journals by Moglea are an elegant way to preserve your handwritten vows forever. bhldn.com. Set of Gilt Vow Journals, $28.
Masters of Ceremony Best friends since college, Sarah Tolboe and Marla Weintraub launched Park & Grove to create events that not only fit their clients’ aesthetics but also their lifestyles. Although neither are California natives (Tolboe is from Park City, Utah, and Weintraub hails from Long Grove, Illinois—thus the name of their event studio), they love working in a state where the diverse beauty speaks for itself. Says Tolboe, “If your wedding is taking place on a cliff in Big Sur with sweeping views, you don’t even need to think about altar decor!” parkandgrove.com. A private dinner in West Hollywood, curated by Park & Grove.
GRACELACED: RUTH CHOU SIMONS. ALL ROADS: JANELLE PIETRZAK. PARK & GROVE: SARGEANT CREATIVE
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Sought-after calligrapher Anne Robin is thrilled that people are getting creative with envelope formats and colors. “After years of black-inked, leftjustified envelopes, it is so refreshing to use neon hues, write names on the diagonal and fill all of the space,” she says. annerobin.com.
Avoiding unsightly barcodes and embracing the matte finish and texture of vintage stamps is what inspired Patrick Dea to open his boutique postal shop, Edelweiss Post. Wedding and locale-specific sets are best-sellers. And, yes, for an extra charge, the online store will artfully apply the stamps as well. edelweisspost.com.
A fixture on the fine stationery scene for almost 15 years, Jonathan Wright and Company creates keepsakes to cherish long after the special event is over. Shown here: custom linings that bring the perfect flair to handcrafted envelopes. 7404 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323-931-1710; jonathanwright.com.
Emma James and Bailey Amon Rivera, co-owners of Antiquaria Design Studio, started with a handful of unique rubber stamps in 2011. Four years (and everything from bespoke wedding suites to handlettered monograms later), the duo continue to impress with their vintage-modern aesthetic. Pictured here: custom wax seals teamed with lace envelopes from fellow designer Molly Harris of Etsy’s Modern Vintage Paperie. Paperie shopantiquaria.com; etsy.com. etsy.com
Armed with a degree in art history and a love of European compositions, Molly Shultz started The Vintage Inkwell to share her decorative designs with like-minded brides. Her signature Regency era-inspired folded invite doubles as an envelope and delivers Old World charm. thevintageinkwell.com.
For brides who want to add their personal touches to correspondence, S.F.-based Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls provides materials and instruction in modern script with the new Belle Calligraphy Kit. $30, chroniclebooks.com.
TOP LEFT: DESIGN BY BLISS & BONE. EDELWEISS POST: PATRICK DEA. THE VINTAGE INKWELL: MOLLY GARDINER
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Menu (Opener) The autumnal tablescape at Durham Ranch.
Love at First Bite
A Brentwood couple head to the heart of wine country for a gourmet wedding weekend PHOTOGRAPHED BY MAX WANGER
WRITTEN AND EDITED BY LESLEY McKENZIE FALL WEDDINGS 2015
hen Ashley Sater and Taylor Fijan met through friends at a volleyball tournament in the summer of 2009, little did they know that their casual postgame flirtation over chicken fingers and fries at Manhattan Beach’s The Kettle would turn into a lifetime of breaking bread together. “We generally talk about what’s for lunch while we’re eating breakfast and what’s for dinner while we’re eating lunch,” says Ashley, a pre-kindergarten teacher, listing local L.A. restaurants including Bandera, Milo & Olive and Osteria Mamma among the couple’s favorites for a night out. And when it comes to takeout, the pair regularly opt for a “pizza off”—an idea hatched by Ashley’s brother, which involves ordering pies from up to four different restaurants, and doing side-by-side taste comparisons over cocktails. “We can get the chili oil that we love from one spot, the fresh ingredients we love from another and the perfectly baked dough and marinara sauce from yet another,” says Ashley of the at-home date nights shared with Taylor, a real estate investment and fund management company exec. So it’s no surprise that when the couple, both Phoenix natives, decided to tie the knot in St. Helena last fall, food played a central role in their plans. “We looked for restaurants in Napa with farmto-table foods and a gourmet feel,” says wedding planner Cassie Dube of Bash, Please. “Nothing too old-school, more progressive.” Members of the wedding party and close family kicked off festivities on Thursday night with a rehearsal dinner at Thomas
Keller’s Ad Hoc featuring dishes including the chef’s signature fried chicken. The following evening, the couple lived out their fantasy of a giant backyard barbecue with a welcome dinner at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch— open-fire cookout, s’mores and bluegrass band included. The feasting culminated on Saturday for the big event, staged at interior and event designer Ken Fulk’s Durham Ranch, with Paula LeDuc Fine Catering leaving no detail untouched: from a pizza station to passed hot churros to two bars with customized cocktails, and servings of french fries to nibble on during the bus ride back to the hotels. Just when they thought they couldn’t muster one more bite, guests awoke the next day to breakfast bags delivered to their rooms, courtesy of the newlyweds, and packed with just-baked pastries and maple butter from Paula LeDuc, fresh fruit and Milton & Small cold-brew coffee. “No brunch is complete without good coffee,” muses Ashley. “But we would have sent mimosas if we could have.” •
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The bride
and groom. An open-fire cookout at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Customized cocktails served at the wedding reception. An Ad Hoc menu. Passed hors d’oeuvres by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. The Susie Cakes confection. A place setting at the welcome dinner. The scene at Farmstead.
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“It’s cliché,” says Kim Hauck of HammerSky Vineyards, the Paso Robles winery she owns with her husband, Douglas, “but I always hear guests describe us as ‘a slice of heaven’ or a ‘magical place.’!” It’s easy to see why, and it’s no surprise that the property has become a soughtafter wedding venue. The Bordeaux-style vineyard is anchored by a restored farmhouse with three bedrooms and a dressing suite that’s just a stroll away from the tasting room and barn, an airy space that can seat up to 45 guests. Hauck works closely with brides on all aspects of the event, and the award-winning in-house wines make a natural pairing. “We create an amazing experience for couples and their guests,” she adds. And there’s nothing cliché about that. 7725 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles, 805-2390930; hammersky.com. FROM TOP The barn doors open up to the vineyard and gardens. The structure was originally built as Hauck’s art studio. 2012 Open Invite Zinfandel, $49.
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Printed Matters Samplings from the Fisherman’s Raw Bar. SANTA MONICA
Westside seafood staple The Albright restaurant is going mobile with its fresh fare, thanks to the Fisherman’s Raw Bar. Housed in a custom wooden dory, the oyster, shrimp, scallop and ceviche-laden spread is the perfect addition to a casual rehearsal dinner or beachy party. The all-inclusive setup includes delivery, shucking and serving. Consider us sold—hook, line and sinker. From $700/40 people; 258 Santa Monica Pier, S.M., 310-394-9683; thealbright.com.
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For the ultimate wedding-weekend gift bags, turn to boutique retailer Olive and Poppy, whose charming offerings draw inspiration from their Napa Valley surrounds. The new Print with Wine collection includes the Appellation Tote, screen-printed with names of the area’s major growing regions using ink made with Cabernet grapes—a thoughtful souvenir for a wine-country wedding. oliveandpoppy.com. California Appellation tote, $76, and peshtemal, $48.
WRITTEN BY MAILE PINGEL AND LESLEY McKENZIE. HAMMERSKY: ONELOVE PHOTOGRAPHY. THE ALBRIGHT: JOHN KONKAL. OLIVE AND POPPY: JUSTINE DI FEDE
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Lemon cake with fresh blackberries and a walnut cake server. Dark chocolate and raspberry mousse cake. Walnut cutting board, $180. Founders Emily and Corey Petrick.
LABOR OF LOVE
A young Eastside couple collaborate on a sweet new culinary concept
rom their home in L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood, husband-and-wife team Emily and Corey Petrick have launched Whisk and Whittle, a year-old venture offering confections and artisanal kitchen accessories that unites Emily’s culinary talents with Corey’s woodworking skills. Before striking out on her own, Emily, a professionally trained baker, had worked for several local shops, including Milo & Olive in Santa Monica, but felt the urge to go solo. “I didn’t want to wake up at 2 a.m. anymore,” she says with a laugh. When Corey saw her eyeing wooden utensils online, inspiration struck. “I thought, ‘I can make that,’ ” he recalls. “So I went out to the shed and started. It just came naturally.” (Corey’s “real job,” as he puts it, is film production.)
“The first spoon he made was so beautiful,” adds Emily, admitting it’s sometimes hard to part with his work, which
is sold through their website (a veritable treasure chest of charming wedding gifts). Word of mouth has spread quickly, and Emily, who counts
her grandmother’s cookbook collection as a benchmark, now caters a variety of events, yet remains focused on wedding cakes. She personally delivers the showstoppers and helps with their setup, as well as staging elaborate spreads of sweets— including an all-cookie option—to meet the growing demand for dessert tables. With Corey doubling as taste tester (he’s given the gluten- and sugar-free recipes the stamp of approval), expect nothing less than perfection. whiskandwhittle.com.
MILL VALLEY LEFT Jane Friedman and Janet Ryvin. BELOW Meringue tiers.
Lighter Than Air For Janet Ryvin and Jane Friedman, a generations-old recipe for meringues led to a perfectly modern pursuit. Based in Mill Valley, the founders of The Grand Meringue source local ingredients to create their confections. Traditional flavors like lemon coconut and chocolate hazelnut are popular choices for brides, but Ryvin and Friedman don’t shy away from bolder offerings like smoky honey habanero and chocolate. The busy bakers also offer the Grand Mess, a twist on the classic English dessert Eton Mess—an assortment of meringues piled high with whipped cream and fresh fruit. You can find the melt-in-your-mouth treats at Juice Girl in Mill Valley and the Corte Madera Farmers’ Market; and soon they’ll be mobile with The Grand Meringue Cart, available for private events. From $25/box of 16; thegrandmeringue.com.
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JACK KELÉGE 18-karat gold bands from the Gatana Collection featuring 1.02-1.35 carats of round diamonds, $7,700-$7,950. Available at authorized retail stores, 818-933-0092; jackkelege.com.
HENRI DAUSSI 18-karat white-gold pavé halo diamond ring featuring a signature Daussi cushion-cut center stone, price upon request. Traditional Jewelers, 817 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-721-9010; traditionaljewelers.com.
Trunk Show OLEG CASSINI Cap-sleeve tulle ball gown with embellishments, $1,250. 901-D South Coast Dr., Ste. 200, Costa Mesa, 714-445-0091; olegcassiniweddings.com.
LOVELY BRIDE The Lovely One Bella dress, $2,750. 638 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-659-2050; 2266 Union St., San Francisco, 415-962-7415.
GRAFF DIAMONDS Pink and white Diamond on Diamond ring, price upon request. 237 Post St., San Francisco, 415-926-7000; 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-205-2400.
JULIERI Dot R3 ring, $9,519. 310-450-6162; julieri.com.
HAYLEY PAIGE Style 6556 Remmington dress, price upon request. JLM Couture Flagship Salon, 352 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-2493909; jlmcouture.com.
travel Montenegro’s Aman Sveti Stefan rises from the Adriatic Sea.
New Moon AMAN RESORTS
Three less-expected island getaways to stave off your post-wedding blues
EDITED BY JENNY MURRAY FALL WEDDINGS 2015
BELOW Sveti Stefan island. RIGHT Views stretch across the Adriatic Sea.
Spoiled for choice, you’ll be hard-pressed at Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro to select your favorite spot in the pink sand. The gem of the sprawling threepart resort is the ancient island of Sveti Stefan (a restored 15th-century fortress), complete with 50 perfectly understated cottages, alfresco restaurants, terrace swimming pools and a centuries-old church. Connected to the mainland by a stone isthmus, the property continues with the eight-suite Villa Miločer (Queen Marija’s early 20th-century summer residence) and the breathtaking freestanding Aman spa. With three private beach coves, each framed by forested cliffs and the turquoise Adriatic Sea, you’ll never want to leave. From $850/night; amanresorts.com.
Travel (Turn) The Deluxe Cottage bathroom blends the historically cobbled Montenegrin past with modern comforts. DIOR earrings, $380, 800-929-3467. BALENCIAGA
AURÉLIE BIDERMANN necklace, $710, aureliebidermann.com.
THEORY sandals, $295, 323-782-0163.
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THE ROW backpack, $4,200, 310-853-1900.
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The private beach in front of Villa Miločer.
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A “castaway picnic” for two. BELOW Casa Familia’s private swimming pool.
ALEXANDER WANG heels, $595, alexanderwang.com.
Set on the Bazaruto Archipelago, a pristine expanse that forms part of a national marine park, this summer’s opening of andBeyond’s Benguerra Island signals a glamorous rebirth for the beloved locale (previously known as Benguerra Lodge). The property comes on the heels of luxury hotel brands Anantara and Singita moving into the region, and is dotted with thatched casinhas done up in tropical decor that nods to the area’s Portuguese and African heritage. The resort is also a veritable aquatic Shangri-La, its deep lagoon serving as a gateway to untouched coral reefs. Of course, there’s always the option to set up shop on the white sandy beach with a cocktail—the horseback riding, traditional dhow cruises and “castaway picnics,” also on offer, will wait. From $585/night; andbeyond.com.
CÉLINE bag, $1,100, celine.com.
ANNDRA NEEN choker, $505, anndraneen.com.
ISABEL MARANT bracelet, $250, 323-651-1493.
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Each of the 10 casinhas and two cabanas open to lush tropics and the Indian Ocean. BELOW AndBeyond renovated the interiors to reflect the area’s African-Portuguese heritage.
Alex Šepkus creates miniature masterpieces in platinum and 18-karat yellow and rose gold, set with the finest diamonds and gemstones. His signature microscopic detailing brings a playful elegance to the beauty, originality and tradition that are hallmarks of his work. 212-391-8466; alexsepkus.com.
The JLM Couture Flagship Salon is located at 352 N. Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood. The intimate boutique carries luxury bridal brands including Lazaro, Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm and Alvina Valenta, and is the premier destination for L.A.’s most fashionable brides-to-be. To schedule an appointment to preview the newest collections, please call 424-249-3909; jlmboutique.com.
Taglyan Complex is Southern California’s most extravagant special events venue. Home to Hollywood’s most influential and elite, Taglyan is unquestionably the most magnificent and memorable escape to entertain up to 500 guests. Come discover awe-inspiring elegance, coupled with unparalleled amenities and divine dining. 323-978-0005; taglyancomplex.com.
Sarah Seven has been offering stylish wares since 2009. Made for the woman who has an urban inclination, but is whimsical at heart; the Sarah Seven girl seeks out beauty, loves love, and drinks Champagne with abandon. Sarah Seven’s flagship in San Francisco delivers an intimate shopping experience, offering bridal gowns and separates, reception dresses and bridesmaid dresses. 415-416-6731; sarahseven.com.
The villa provides ample space for relaxing in seclusion.
CÉLINE similar styles available, celine.com.
HERMÈS necklace, $710, and bracelets $640-$730, hermes.com.
For the ultimate private island escape (with up to nine of your closest friends should you wish to invite them), look no further than Sri Lanka’s Taprobane Island—Count de Mauny-Talvande’s lush paradisaical home for more than 30 years. Wade through shallow waters to arrive at this secluded destination just a stone’s throw from the country’s southern tip, where an airy villa awaits with five en suite bedrooms and terraces that open up to views of the Indian Ocean. A five-person staff is at the ready for all of your whims and fancies, so the only real decision to make is whether to while away the hours in the sea-facing infinity pool, or among the two-and-a-half acres of tropical gardens. From $1,000/night; taprobaneisland.com.
NINA RICCI bag, price upon request, ninaricci.com.
The infinity pool looks out onto the Indian Ocean.
CARVEN belt, $295, carven.com. JIMMY CHOO heels, $925, jimmychoo.com.
The bathroom features colonial-style furnishings. RIGHT Each room has a private terrace.
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Inside an exotic Venice compound, Cayley Lambur and Kyle Blasman take their first steps as husband andÂ wife By Lindsay Kindelon Photographed by Gary Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective
The couple stand over the water feature in fashion photographer Philip Dixon’s Moroccan-inspired retreat. OPPOSITE “It’s such a naturally beautiful site of muted blues, greens and whites that we didn’t need to do anything to enhance the space,” says Cayley of the wedding venue.
HE HAD A LOT OF GRACE in the way she carried herself,” remembers Agoura Hillsbred Kyle Blasman of the first time he crossed paths with his future wife, Cayley Lambur, seven years ago. The two were introduced through their best friends (who are now married as well) during a weekend getaway just north of Cayley’s native Toronto. The impression she made on Kyle, an insurance broker, ensured his return the next summer, when sparks flew. Four years later, Kyle got down on bended knee during a sunset stroll through the Venice Beach canals. While considering wedding destinations in Hawaii, Canada and Big Sur, the couple had a realization: “We wanted to show everybody what our life is [day to day],” says Kyle. Cayley, an architect, quickly thought of the unassuming hidden oasis belonging to their neighbor, fashion photographer Philip Dixon: “I love going to people’s properties and stepping behind a fence to see something that you’d never expect—it was that kind of experience [that we wanted to create],” says the bride of the couple’s vision. After some convincing, Dixon gave his blessing for the pair to marry at his high-design compound, where the Moroccan decor is heavily influenced by the lensman’s travels around the globe. When the day arrived, following a cool morning surf session with his groomsmen, Kyle stood in front of the living room’s candlelit stone hearth as Cayley glided down the aisle in a strapless embroidered Jenny Packham dress. A local gospel choir performed Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” with 160 guests looking on. After a short commute to the reception venue, Venice’s artist-in-residence space 800 Main, revelers enjoyed a rooftop cocktail hour while local jazz-rock duo The Mattson 2 played. A family-style Italian dinner was catered by the newlyweds’ friend Antonio Mure’s restaurant, Casa Ado. Guests dined under a canopy of eucalyptus and berries brought in to warm up the industrial space before dancing the night away, the ’80s surf film North Shore projected in the background. “I took Cayley aside during the the reception to have our own little thing being goofy away from everybody,” says Kyle of his personal highlight. “It was a special moment that I remember most.” •
Cayley’s Jenny Packham gown hangs in Dixon’s home. Kyle gifted each of his groomsmen with a soft-top surfboard prior to their midmorning surf.
VENUE Private residence of Philip Dixon, 800 Main PLANNER Melissa Diner of 800 Main FLORIST Elizabeth Bailey Floral & Event Designs MENU Casa Ado DESSERT Superba Food + Bread ENTERTAINMENT The Mattson 2, Vienna Hayes and Family Choir RENTALS Town & Country Event Rentals, A Rental Connection VIDEOGRAPHY Max and Molly Films DRESS Jenny Packham SHOES Stuart Weitzman SUIT J.Crew HONEYMOON Brazil
The boardwalk-themed invitations. Gift bags double as beach totes bearing custom-printed towels. Guests gather pre-ceremony after crossing the stone steps. The bridesmaids’ dresses: a blue-green spectrum reflective of the home’s environs. Husband and wife share a moment on the minimalist staircase. Centerpieces of white dahlias, roses and baby’s breath, arranged among eucalyptus branches.
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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Long tables lined the level beneath the roof deck where guests made their way for dinner and dancing. Cayley and Kyle’s first look. The pair share a laugh during a speech.
The newlyweds’ first dance to Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” sung by Cayley’s friend, Lucy Keating. Cocktail hour on the roof of reception venue 800 Main.
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IN THE STARS Katya Sorokko and Gregory Spencerâ€™s worlds collide in an idyllic Napa Valley affair By Christine Lennon Photographed by Jesse Leake
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The lush vines at Ken Fulkâ€™s Durham Ranch in St. Helena, site of the ceremony and reception. OPPOSITE The bride accessorizes her custom Ralph Rucci dress with a diamond and platinum tiara that is a family heirloom.
Featuring alternating tiers of classic yellow cake with buttercream and a Momofuku Milk Bar-inspired funfetti, the dessert was made by Krista Juracek of Sainte G. Cake Company. Actor Peter Coyote (who is also an ordained Zen Buddhist priest) serves as officiant. Floral designer Svenja Brotz showcases lush greens prominently in the archways lining the aisle. BoutonniĂ¨res feature scabiosa pods. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP TheÂ couple strike a triumphant pose post-ceremony. The altar. Two flowers girls escort the ring bearer. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT
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ATYA SOROKKO and Gregory Spencer were strangers despite being raised in the same area. “I’m from Mill Valley and he grew up in Tiburon. We had all of the same friends. Our worlds intersected so much,” says Katya, a public relations and marketing executive at Restoration Hardware and the daughter of Serge Sorokko, the San Francisco-based contemporary art dealer and publisher (his wife of more than 23 years, model and fashion editor Tatiana, is Katya’s stepmother). “But weirdly, we never met.” After Katya caught the eye of Greg (who works as a real estate investment professional) at a benefit for the Make-AWish Foundation, he asked a mutual friend to persuade her to attend his 30th birthday party. “He walked right up to me the minute we got there. That was six-and-a-half years ago,” she says. “We’ve pretty much been together ever since.” When the couple decided to get married, the 175-person guest list practically wrote itself—their circles were that entwined. They knew their wedding had to reflect their shared touchstones: a love for music, local food and wine, and the kind of relaxed but elegant entertaining that Marin County, where they grew up, and Napa Valley, where they spend much of their free time, are known for. The weekend started in Oakville, at Greg’s family’s Spencer Vineyards. Everyone played bocce ball, drank rosé and enjoyed a feast catered by Ad Hoc in Yountville (“one of our very favorite places,” says Katya). A rehearsal dinner at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, now owned by Katya’s employer, RH, followed. The main event was held at interior designer and family friend Ken Fulk’s private estate just outside of St. Helena, Durham Ranch. Ralph Rucci, another friend, designed Katya’s gown, which featured romantic embroidery based on Russian Tula metalwork, a nod to Katya’s family heritage, imbuing it with “the stature and dignity of a czarina,” according to the designer. Personal flourishes were in abundance: from the floral arrangements, highlighting white anemones, peonies and garden roses that Katya researched during early-morning trips to the flower market; to a cart from the couple’s favorite gelateria, La Copa Loca; to the musical entertainment, which included cover band The Pop Rocks, a group Greg and Katya regularly turn out to see at S.F.’s kitschy Red Devil Lounge. “Greg walked down the aisle to ‘California Stars’ [the song written by Woody Guthrie and later adapted by Wilco]. I walked to [the Rolling Stones’] ‘Wild Horses,’ ” she says. “And when it was time for the father-daughter dance, we started off to ‘Sunrise, Sunset’ from Fiddler on the Roof, which is just the most traditional, emotional song. And then halfway through, you heard the needle scratch, and the DJ started playing ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses.” “That was one of my favorite moments,” she adds. “It was very us.” •
VENUE Durham Ranch PLANNER Nonpareil Event Planning and Design FLORIST Chestnut & Vine MENU Paula LeDuc Fine Catering CAKE Sainte G. Cake Company, La Copa Loca ENTERTAINMENT The Pop Rocks, DJ Chris Harnett, Panique Jazz, Sam Johnson RENTALS Standard Party Rentals, La Tavola Fine Linen DRESS Ralph Rucci SUIT Ralph Lauren Purple Label
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Guests mingle during cocktail hour in the yard of the expansive property, a former cattle ranch.
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The tables are set with organic arrangements of greenery and white blossoms. The couple during their first dance. The party heats up. A vintage Rolls-Royce getaway. Serge and Tatiana Sorokko. Best man Michael Herwick and his wife, Anne, at the center of things on the dance floor. OPPOSITE, FROM TOP LEFT Florist Svenja Brotz adds artichokes to bring a structural, yet natural, element to the tablescape. Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey and actor Peter Coyote. Leafy arbors bring the outdoors inside during dinner. Greg with his groomsmen. For the reception, a 4,000-square-foot barn is a sophisticated study in low-key elegance. Designer Gelila Assefa Puck and Tom Bugbee. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT
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Protagonist dress, $1,240, Barneys New York, 310-2764400. Jennifer Behr voilette, $262, jenniferbehr.com. OPPOSITE Reem Acra top, $1,980, and skirt, $3,995, M Bride, 858-5511718. De Beers earrings, $8,500, wedding bands, $2,000-$2,350, and engagement ring, price upon request, 714-641-5820. Flowers throughout, Eric Buterbaugh Flower Design, 310-247-7120; ebflorals.com. FASHION EDITOR: SHADI BECCAI
Oleg Cassini dress, $850, 714-445-0091. Harry Winston earrings and ring, prices upon request, 310-271-8554. OPPOSITE Lazaro dress, price upon request, JLM Couture, 424-249-3909. Beladora earrings, $6,550, ring, $9,950, and bracelets, $9,950-$78,750, beladora.com.
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Oscar de la Renta dress, $24,990, 323-653-0200. Tiffany & Co. earrings, $50,000, ring, price upon request, and bracelet, $32,000, 310-273-8880. Harry Winston necklace, price upon request, 310-271-8554. OPPOSITE Sarah Seven dress, $2,800, 415-416-6731. Harry Winston earrings and ring, prices upon request, 310-271-8554.
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Dolce & Gabbana dress, $6,995, dolcegabbana.com. Christian Louboutin shoes, $675, 214-780-0833. Harry Winston earrings, price upon request, 310-271-8554. Tiffany & Co. ring, $12,000, 310-2738880. OPPOSITE Vera Wang dress, $4,200, verawang.com. Graff headband, price upon request, 415-926-7000. MAKEUP Dior Skinflash concealer, $38, Glow Maximizer, $45, Backstage Eye Prime, $28, 5 Couleurs Designer eye shadow in Purple Design, $62, Contour lipliner in Airy Mauve, $30, Rouge Baume lipstick in Milly, $35, Diorskin Nude Air Serum, $38, Diorskin Nude Air loose powder, $56, Diorskin Nude Air tan powder, $54, Diorblush in Amber Show, $43, Diorshow Brow Styler, $29, and Diorshow New Look C 00 mascara, $28.
MODEL: MATHILDA TOLVANEN AT PHOTOGENICS. HAIR: SYLVIA WHEELER FOR R+CO AT ATELIER MANAGEMENT. MAKEUP: KAROLIINA KANGAS AT OPUS BEAUTY USING DIORSKIN. MANICURE: BRITTNI RAE FOR OPI INFINITE SHINE POLISH IN THE BEIGE OF REASON AT NAILING HOLLYWOOD. PROPS: FOUND VINTAGE RENTALS FOUNDRENTALS.COM. STYLIST ASSISTANT: ALI MILLER. FASHION INTERN: JACKIE BEYER
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A pristine mountain meadow proves to be the ultimate venue for Keri Nielsen and George Rhodes
By Maile Pingel Photographed by Jose Villa
FIELD OF DREAMS
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The blanket of wildflowers sets a romantic scene. The bride beams in a Nicole Miller gown while the groom wears J.Crew. OPPOSITE Illuminated pathways and a glowing tent welcome guests for dinner and dancing.
AKE TAHOE HAS ALWAYS BEEN a special place for me,” says Keri Nielsen. “My family used to spend summers on the lake and the winters in the mountains.” So when planning her August nuptials to George Rhodes, her longtime love, it was the obvious locale to consider. “An outdoor wedding was our No. 1 requirement,” she explains, but finding a destination that could accommodate 175 guests was harder than expected. It was George to the rescue with the online discovery of Mitchells Mountain Meadows, 80 acres of unspoiled wilderness just a 45-minute drive north of Lake Tahoe. “Jenna, our beloved wedding planner, drove us out there to meet the owners, Pam and Fred. They gave us a tour, and we knew it’d be perfect,” Keri says. The couple chose one of the property’s three meadows, which offers sweeping vistas and an abundance of wildflowers. “Jenna took a blank space in the middle of the woods and made it our dream location,” she adds. “We had one design meeting and that was it. I’m in awe of how she pulled off such extravagance with nothing to start with but land!” After a night together at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe (“We’re not superstitious,” jokes Keri), George went hiking with his
groomsmen while the bridal party, friends since grade school, got ready in the hotel suite. A shuttle brought everyone up to the venue for pre-ceremony photos, then Keri and her father waited, out of sight of arriving guests, in the cabin. “We couldn’t look at each other without crying, so we stood on the deck holding each other. Once we hit the aisle he started cracking jokes, so I was laughing and smiling the whole way down. I loved that walk,” she recalls. Waiting at the altar were Keri’s brother, who officiated the ceremony, and George. “My most favorite people in the world—it was so special.” After the ceremony, the couple retreated for a few private moments before family photos. Then it was time for cocktails, speeches, a meal of either braised short ribs, roast salmon or vegetable quinoa pilaf and, of course, dancing, which went until 2 a.m., though the bride and groom snuck away around midnight. “Throughout the evening, we would stand back and watch our guests dance and laugh. We tried to take it all in and I feel like we did a pretty good job,” Keri says. “I just wish we could relive it because it was absolutely our dream wedding.” They also enjoyed their dream honeymoon: two blissful weeks in Bali and Fiji. •
VENUE Mitchells Mountain Meadows PLANNER AND FLORIST Jenna Lam Events CATERING AND CAKE The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe COCKTAIL SERVICE Camper Cocktail Company WINE Dean & Deluca ENTERTAINMENT Chuck Wansley Band, Chris Clouse RENTALS Zephyr Tents, Hartmann Studios, Classic Party Rentals VIDEOGRAPHY The Cana Family DRESS Nicole Miller VEIL Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces SUIT J.Crew RINGS Turgeon-Raine Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Amsale STATIONERY Ink by Kymberli Parker CALLIGRAPHER Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls HAIR AND MAKEUP Anne Ueda and Elizabeth Harris
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kiss as husband and wife. A curving aisle weaves through the meadow. A trio of fairylike flower girls. In keeping with the natural theme, woven place mats and birch-bark vases adorn the tables. Keriâ€™s bouquet features creamcolored roses. The cake, laden with summer fruits. The raised reception area, where celebrations went long into the evening.
Designer Danielle Sherman and photographer Todd Selby refashion the at-home wedding By Melissa Goldstein Photographed by Jesse Chamberlin of Our Labor of Love
The couple walk across the frog pond post-ceremony. OPPOSITE A private moment at the Palihouse Santa Monica, where the wedding party met before the ceremony.
’M NOT IMPULSIVE, but I am decisive,” says Todd Selby. “I know a good thing when I see it.” And so it was when the lensman, known for documenting creatives’ spaces on his cult blog The Selby, first met his now-wife, fashion designer Danielle Sherman, nine years ago at a late-night concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Santa Monica-bred Danielle was working for The Row at the time (she co-founded the label with the Olsen twins, and is now creative director for Edun), and the pair were introduced through a mutual friend, designer Jeremy Scott. The next day Todd, an Orange County native then based in New York, changed his flight so he could stay in town to take her on an official date at The Hungry Cat in Hollywood. “I’m very proud of myself for that,” he says. Six-and-a-half years later, he proposed at San Francisco bed and breakfast The Parsonage while on a book tour for his gastronomic design tome Edible Selby, asking for Sherman’s hand with a modern ring by Paris-based Noguchi Bijoux discovered at Dover Street Market in Tokyo. The wedding venue required rigorous scouting; it wasn’t until the couple bought their L.A. home, a midcentury residence by architect Raul Garduno, that they realized they’d found the locale for their nuptials, too.
“Everything was pretty atypical,” Danielle says of the intimate celebration; her sister Lauren Winnick officiated the ceremony (attended by a close circle including Edun founders Bono and wife Ali Hewson) in the property’s carport, during which pond-dwelling tree frogs nearby chimed in as if on cue; Danielle’s dad serenaded the couple; and in place of a cake, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of Tartine fame provided treats including salted chocolate cookies and meringues. The bride wore a pair of gowns she masterminded herself: a heavy silk apron-cut style with an angular square train and handmade fringe on the seams, and for the reception, an A-line dress with a ’70s-inspired halter neckline. “They were both conceived a few weeks before the wedding,” she admits. The groom went retro classic, to match the surroundings, with a white tux by Miller’s Oath. The next day, partygoers reconvened at Malibu Farm for brunch before the couple escaped on a honeymoon to Bora Bora. In light of their extended courtship, has anything really changed since they made it official? “The nicest part is introducing Todd as my husband,” says Danielle. “I think I still smirk every time I do that, because that’s new, and it’s something to be really proud of.” •
BELOW FROM LEFT Louesa Roebuck designed the bride’s bouquet, a loose interpretation comprising a passion vine and rare orchids. The couple snuggle up in the Palihouse lobby. OPPOSITE The bride models her reception dress, a ’70s-inspired silk halter gown.
VENUE Palihouse Santa Monica for pre-wedding photos, private residence for ceremony and reception PLANNER Bash, Please FLORIST Louesa Roebuck MENU Sqirl DESSERT TABLE Tartine COCKTAILS Pharmacie ENTERTAINMENT DJ Smiles Davis of The Flashdance, The Mattson 2, Smile Booth RENTALS Yeah! Rentals, Town & Country VIDEOGRAPHY Shark Pig DRESSES Edun SUIT Miller’s Oath HONEYMOON Bora Bora
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Todd and Danielle dance their first dance to Kanye West’s “Only One.” Romance is in the air for designers William Eadon and Elizabeth Ammerman. The bride and groom stake out the dance floor. Todd takes a breather with designer Derrick Miller. The bride with a group of fashionable friends. OPPOSITE The newlyweds get a bird’s-eye view from the top porch.
After a decade-long romance, Jon Brockett and Jason Martin make it official in Malibu with a nod to their DixieÂ roots By Kelsey McKinnon Photographed by Jose Villa
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The rustic outdoor ceremony at Triunfo Creek Vineyards. OPPOSITE The couple hold hands as they walk down the aisleÂ together.
Jason and Jon signing the guestbook. BELOW Guests mingling before the ceremony. OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Rings by Brooklynbased designer Marian Maurer. Vineyard grounds. The dining room in the farmhouse. An arrangement by Yasmine Floral Design. Jon’s nephew, Will, with the couple’s Boston terrier, Aldo. A roasted-vegetable station by Heirloom L.A. The farmhouse entrance. Eucalyptus garland with place settings by Casa de Perrin and laser-cut leather menus and place cards by Amber Moon Design. Jon and Jason just after the ceremony.
ARRIAGE WASN’T SOMETHING WE always talked about; it wasn’t really on our radar,” says Jon Brockett, who began dating now-husband Jason Martin more than 10 years ago. “When that window before Prop 8 opened and everyone was getting married, Jon and I were very cavalier about not doing it just because it was legally convenient,” adds Jason. But by the time the court decision came down two years ago repealing California’s Proposition 8, they were ready. They started fantasizing about what kind of wedding they would have and who would be there on a long afternoon walk that summer around their Hancock Park neighborhood. “When we got back we were both like, ‘Oh, we’re engaged now,’ ” remembers Jason. Their wedding the following spring doubled as a reunion for their tight-knit Southern families—Jon, a supervising producer for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, hails from North Florida, while Jason, an interior designer and proprietor of design store Martin & Brockett, had family fly in from Texas. The pair made decisions based on what felt most authentic. “We love going to Ojai and Point Reyes in Northern California, and we liked the idea of a rustic setting,” says Jason. They found everything they were looking for in the bucolic surrounds of Triunfo Creek Vineyards, set between the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu, where they walked down the aisle hand-in-hand and exchanged vows before 120 teary-eyed loved ones and their Boston terrier, Aldo. Given Jon and Jason’s professional backgrounds, the design and production of their wedding was no everyday affair. A team of experts (helmed by planner Aaron Hartselle) was tasked with bringing the couple’s minimalist and understatedly masculine vision to life: Amber Moon created laser-cut wood stationery and printed menus on soft brown leather squares; long farm tables in the converted barn were laden with eucalyptus garlands and brass candlesticks; food stations featured Southern comfort staples including Texas brisket, pulledpork sliders, fried chicken and fried okra from Heirloom LA, and brown leather sofas were placed in the reception area for dance breaks. As an homage to Jason’s family’s market in Texas, guests filled linen favor bags with treats from an old-fashioned candy buffet. Plans for a Scandinavian honeymoon were abandoned a month before the wedding when their beloved pooch was diagnosed with cancer and they had to schedule a costly surgery. (He’s made a full recovery.) Instead, they all headed to the dog-friendly hotel Parker Palm Springs for a week. While many things remain the same, looking back, Jon contends that being married does feels different: “For one thing, it’s really empowering to wear a wedding ring.” •
VENUE Triunfo Creek Vineyards PLANNER Aaron Hartselle FLORIST Yasmine Floral Design MENU Heirloom L.A. ENTERTAINMENT Djeko (Erica Olsen) RENTALS Town & Country, Casa de Perrin, A Rental Connection VIDEOGRAPHY Joel Serrato SUITS Jason: J. Crew; Jon: Tommy Hilfiger STATIONERY Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies, Anne Robin Calligraphy HONEYMOON Palm Springs
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
Portland’s Coryna Sorin and Mario Turza return to California for a High Desert celebration By Lesley McKenzie Photographed by Jesse Chamberlin of Our Labor of Love
STROKE OF IRISH luck brought together Mario Turza and Coryna Sorin, who first laid eyes on each other at a local bar in Portland on St. Patrick’s Day in 2009. But it wasn’t until another festive occasion, a Kentucky Derby dress-up party, that their mutual curiosity was piqued. And by the time Mario, a native Peruvian, had to move to London for work, they were officially an item. In 2013, during a trip back to Oregon, he popped the question to Coryna, a client partner for interactive firm Instrument, just minutes before a celebratory engagement dinner he’d planned at The Allison Inn & Spa, a boutique property on the outskirts of Portland (“I finally got the chance to ask her to marry me during the ride to the hotel after many failed attempts,” says Mario, a marketing exec for Nike Football). The pair, who both spent part of their childhoods in California, sealed the deal with a September affair at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in sunny Palm Springs—a favorite vacation spot and ideally situated between Portland and Peru for traveling family and friends. After a rehearsal dinner at The Saguaro Palm Springs’ El Jefe Taco Bar on Thursday, 90 guests gathered for an outdoor wedding ceremony followed by a reception, where the newlyweds danced to Johnny Cash’s “Rose of My Heart” and indulged in a family-style dinner topped off with cotton candy and rainbow wedding cake. “We tried to create a vibe authentic to our backgrounds: colorful, fun, creative and unexpected,” says Mario. This was evident in everything from the wedding party’s outfits (bridesmaids wore mismatched designers and fabrics in a neutral color palette and groomsmen sported an array of blue J.Crew shirts) down to the playful Peruvian bull party favors. But the celebration didn’t stop there; in lieu of a morning-after brunch, the couple continued their revelry on Saturday with a pool party for all of their guests. •
Feature (TBD) FROM TOP The wedding party. Coryna carries a bouquet from Siren Floral Co. Sweet treats from Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Desserts. Katie Allen, a friend of the bride and groom, officiates the happy occasion.
VENUE Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs PLANNER Lace & Likes (Rachael Lunghi) FLORIST Siren Floral Co. CAKE Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Desserts ENTERTAINMENT Dart DJ RENTALS Yeah! Rentals, Planks & Patina DRESS Nicole Miller SUIT Zegna
Modern Romance From an intimate dinner party to a blowout bash, Sydney Michaels and Andrew Roth master the art of celebration By Kelsey McKinnon Photographed by Lara Porzak
AFTER A FOUR-YEAR courtship and a surprise proposal at San Ysidro Ranch, Sydney Michaels and Andrew Roth were considering whether to say “I do” during a small ceremony at home or throw a larger affair for a few hundred people. The simple decision for this relaxed pair was to do both. Last fall, they tied the knot at Sydney’s parents’ art-filled, ultramodern home in Malibu. “I wanted it to be intimate, almost like a dinner party that turns into a really fun dance party,” says Sydney, who works in e-commerce for fashion brands Equipment, Joie and Current/Elliott; Andy is a TV writer. The couple were drawn to the idea of a small wedding partly due to the flexibility it allowed them to indulge in the details— from marbled, hand-calligraphed invitations to the salt-and-pepper cellars at each place setting. The venue also informed many of the distinctive design decisions: Flowers were creatively arranged in water features and amaryllis stalks were “planted” along the terrace. Inside, long tables filled the first level of the home, where sliding glass doors allowed for fluidity between the environs. A dinner of braised short ribs and wine from the Napa Valley Reserve was served before guests hit the dance floor. “It was so stress-free and I think a lot of that was due to feeling so comfortable at home,” says Sydney. “I love that my mom put on her slippers late-night, and that I could go upstairs to my bedroom to change into flats.” The couple spent their wedding night at Malibu Inn before heading back to San Ysidro Ranch for a mini-moon. A few months later, they celebrated with 250 friends and loved ones at Hollywood club Hyde Sunset, bringing in a 12-piece band and catering by Katsuya sushi. “It was the best of both worlds,” says the bride. Next stop, a honeymoon in South Africa. • VENUE Private residence PLANNER Amy Blessing FLORIST Bloom & Plume (Maurice Harris) MENU Annie Campbell CAKE Lark Cake Shop ENTERTAINMENT West Coast Music, DJ Smiles Davis RENTALS Town & Country, Form Decor, Casa de Perrin VIDEOGRAPHY Shark Pig DRESS Delpozo STATIONERY Jonathan Wright and Company
INVITATION: ROBERT RICHMOND
Tables against the backdrop of the dining roomâ€™s flowerladen wine wall. Florist Maurice Harris adorned the chuppah with different widths and textures of ribbon and fabric, from painted muslin to satin ribbon. The black-and-white invitation suite by Jonathan Wright and Company.
FROM TOP RIGHT
FROM TOP LEFT Ferns, hydrangeas and burgundy peonies arranged in a water feature. Sydney walks down the aisle holding a bouquet of peonies and lotus flowers with her parents, Marla and Jeffrey. The couple during their first look. Table flowers including striped amaryllis and Earl Grey rosesâ€”meant to look like they are growing from the tables.
FA L L 2 0 1 5 R E S O U R C E G U I D E BEAUTY
10.11 MAKEUP C.M., 951-223-1011; 1011makeup.com. BARE MINERALS bareescentuals.com. COCO LEIVA S.F., 415-397-0177; dipietrotodd.com. DREA ROHRBOUGH (UNVEILED MAKEUP) O.C., 949-219-0920; liveinlove.me. FINGERS AND TOES S.F., 415-383-7534. HOTEL BEL-AIR SPA BY LA PRAIRIE B.A., 310-909-1681; dorchestercollection.com. JAMIE LEONARD jamleonard.com. JONATHAN & GEORGE SALON B.H., 310-275-2808; jonathanandgeorge.com. JOSÉ EBER SALON L.A., 310-858-4000; joseeber.com. Santa Barbara, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, 805-969-2261; fourseasons.com. Rancho Mirage, The Ritz-Carlton, 760-321-8282; ritzcarlton.com. KIM LE MAKEUP ARTISTRY S.F., MAC Cosmetics. MIRANDA WIDLUND thewallgroup.com. NAILING HOLLYWOOD (BRITTNI RAE) L.A., 949-378-2636; nailinghollywood.com. OBAGI SKIN HEALTH INSTITUTE B.H., 310-275-3030; obagiskin.com. OBO SALON BY JONATHAN & GEORGE Los Cabos, One & Only Palmilla, 866829-2977; oneandonlyresorts.com. SAKARA LIFE L.A., N.Y.; sakaralife.com. SAM HILL SALON (DANTE DOBRY) S.F., 415-299-0140; hairbydante.com. VÊNSETTE L.A., 212-520-9100; vensette.com. ZIIP S.F., 800-944-7031; ziipbeauty.com. ZO SKIN CENTRE Newport Beach, 949-346-4567; zoskincentre.com.
SUSIE CAKES L.A., 310-442-2253; susiecakes.com. TARTINE S.F., 415-487-2600; tartinebakery.com. WHISK AND WHITTLE L.A., whiskandwhittle.com.
ANGEL HARVEST L.A., angelharvest.org. ANNIE CAMPBELL L.A., apresfete.blogspot.com. BREAD + WATER CATERING L.A., 310-849-6279; breadandwatercatering.com. CAMPER COCKTAIL COMPANY campercocktails.com. CASA ADO L.A., 310-577-2589; casaado.com. CATER GREEN L.A., 323-420-6196; catergreen.com. DEAN & DELUCA St. Helena, 316-821-3200; deandeluca.com. HEIRLOOM LA L.A., 855-456-6652; heirloomla.com. JENNIFER NAYLOR Malibu, 310-753-7619; jennifernaylor.com. THE KITCHEN FOR EXPLORING FOODS Pasadena, 626-793-7218; thekitchen.net. MILTON & SMALL BEVERAGE CO. S.F., miltonandsmall.com. PATINA RESTAURANT GROUP patinarestaurantgroup.com. PAULA LEDUC FINE CATERING S.F., 510-547-7825; paulaleduc.com. PHARMACIE L.A., 323-928-2306; pharmaciela.com. RÉPUBLIQUE L.A., 310-362-6115; republiquela.com. RUSTIC CANYON L.A., 310-393-7050; rusticcanyonwinebar.com. SQIRL L.A., 323-284-8147; sqirlla.com. TASTE OF PACE L.A., 213-537-0056; tasteofpace.com. THE TIPSY PIG S.F., 415-292-2300; thetipsypigsf.com. TRANSITIONAL GASTRONOMY L.A., transitionalgastronomy.com.
BALENCIAGA W.H., 310-854-0557; balenciaga.com. BARNEYS NEW YORK barneysnewyork.com. BHLDN bhldn.com. BURBERRY B.H., 310-550-4500; burberry.com. CALYPSO ST. BARTH L.A., 310-623-1532; calypsostbarth.com. CARVEN carven.com. CÉLINE B.H., 310-888-0120; celine.com. CHANEL B.H., 310-278-5500; chanel.com. CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA B.H., 310-276-1111; charlotteolympia.com. CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN W.H., 310-247-9300; christianlouboutin.com. CHRISTY DAWN L.A., shopchristydawn.com. CLAIRE PETTIBONE L.A., 310-360-6268; clairepettibone.com. CUSHNIE ET OCHS N.Y., 212-564-7839; cushnieetochs.com. DAIZY SHELY Milan, daizyshely.com. DAVID’S BRIDAL 877-923-2743; davidsbridal.com. DELPHINE MANIVET L.A., 310-659-2050; delphinemanivet.com. DELPOZO Miami, 305-573-1009; delpozo.com. DENNIS BASSO N.Y., 212-794-4500; dennisbasso.com. DIOR B.H., 310-859-4700; dior.com. DOLCE & GABBANA B.H., 310-888-8701; dolcegabbana.com. DRIES VAN NOTEN 212-228-8181; driesvannoten.be. EDIE PARKER edie-parker.com. EDUN N.Y., edun.com. FREE PEOPLE freepeople.com. GIANVITO ROSSI gianvitorossi.com. GRAFF B.H., 310-205-2400; graffdiamonds.com. HAYLEY PAIGE jlmcouture.com. HERMÈS hermes.com. HOUGHTON N.Y., houghtonnyc.com. INBAL DROR B.H., 310-860-9221; inbaldror.co.il. ISABEL MARANT L.A., 323-651-1493; isabelmarant.com. J.CREW L.A., 323-939-1070; jcrew.com. JENNIFER BEHR jenniferbehr.com. JENNY PACKHAM jennypackham.com. JIM HJELM jlmcouture.com.
BON PUF COTTON CANDY BOOTH L.A., 310-625-3113; bonpuf.com. THE BUTTER END CAKERY L.A., 310-943-9241; thebutterend.com. THE GRAND MERINGUE S.F., 415-215-6959; thegrandmeringue.com. LA COPA LOCA GELATO S.F., 415-401-7424; lacopalocagelato.com. LARK CAKE SHOP L.A., 323-667-2968; larkcakeshop.com. OVER THE RAINBOW P.S., 760-322-2253; romanblas.com. THE RITZ-CARLTON Lake Tahoe, 530-562-3000; ritzcarlton.com. SAINTE G. CAKE COMPANY (KRISTA JURACEK) S.F., 415-699-9140; sainteg.com. SUPERBA FOOD + BREAD L.A., 310-907-5057; superbafoodandbread.com.
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DESIGNERS + SALONS ALBERTA FERRETTI albertaferretti.com. ALEXANDER WANG alexanderwang.com. ALTUZARRA altuzarra.com. AMSALE amsale.com. ANGEL SANCHEZ angelsanchezusa.com. ANNDRA NEEN anndraneen.com. AQUAZZURA aquazzura.com. AURÉLIE BIDERMANN aureliebidermann.com. BADGLEY MISCHKA B.H., 310-248-3750; badgleymischka.com.
FA L L 2 0 1 5 R E S O U R C E G U I D E JIMMY CHOO 877-955-2466; jimmychoo.com. JLM COUTURE BOUTIQUE W.H., 424-249-3909; jlmboutique.com. J. MENDEL jmendel.com. JULIANNE MONTECITO 805-969-7100; julianneny.com. KAVIAR GAUCHE kaviargauche.com. K.SLADEMADE kslademade.com. LAZARO BRIDAL W.H., 424-249-3909; jlmboutique.com. LFRANK LINGERIE L.A., 310-452-0771; lfrankjewelry.com. LOHO BRIDE S.F., 415-525-4544; lohobride.com. LOVELY BRIDE L.A., 310-659-2050; lovelybride.com. MACY’S macys.com. MANOLO BLAHNIK manoloblahnik.com. MARCHESA N.Y., marchesa.com. MIGNONNE HANDMADE mignonnehandmade.com. MILLER’S OATH N.Y., 212-219-9965; millersoath.com. MODA OPERANDI modaoperandi.com. MONIQUE LHUILLIER L.A., 323-655-1088; moniquelhuillier.com. NAEEM KHAN B.H., 310-887-5509; naeemkhan.com. NICOLE MILLER W.H., 310-652-1629; nicolemiller.com. NINA RICCI S.F., 415-362-3900; ninaricci.com. OLEG CASSINI 877-923-2743; olegcassiniweddings.com. OSCAR DE LA RENTA L.A., 323-653-0200; oscardelarenta.com. PERRIN L.A., 323-866-5260; perrinparis.com. PROTAGONIST B.H., 310-276-4400; protagonist.com. RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL ralphlauren.com. RALPH RUCCI ralphrucci.net. REEM ACRA N.Y., 212-319-1800; reemacra.com. REFORMATION L.A., 323-852-0005; thereformation.com. REVOLVE L.A., revolveclothing.com. RIVINI S.D., 619-688-9201; rivini.com. RODARTE rodarte.net. ROGER VIVIER C.M., 207-437-6007; rogervivier.com. THE ROW L.A., 310-853-1900; therow.com. SAINT LAURENT ysl.com. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE BRIDAL SALON B.H., 310-275-4211; saksfifthavenue.com. SARA GABRIEL VEILING & HEADPIECES
saragabriel.com. SARAH SEVEN S.F., 415-416-6731; sarahseven.com SHAREEN BRIDAL L.A., 323-276-6226; shareen.com. SOPHIA WEBSTER sophiawebster.com. SOUTH COAST PLAZA C.M., 800-782-8888; southcoastplaza.com. STONE COLD FOX thestonecoldfox.com. STUART WEITZMAN B.H., 310-860-9600; stuartweitzman.com. TABITHA SIMMONS tabithasimmons.com. THEORY theory.com. TOMMY HILFIGER L.A., 310-247-1475; usa.tommy.com. VERA WANG BRIDE B.H., 323-602-0174; verawang.com. VOW TO BE CHIC 844-932-7869; vowtobechic.com. ZEGNA zegna.com.
CHRIS CLOUSE S.F., chrisclouse.com. CHRIS HARNETT chrisharnett.com. CHUCK WANSLEY BAND 310-962-9575; chuckwansley.net. DART DJ, JESSIE KIVEL L.A., 213-915-4375; dart-dj.com. DJANGO FOXTROT L.A., 818-660-5136; djangofoxtrot.com. DJ EKO- ERICA OLSEN L.A., ekogirl.com. DJ SMILES DAVIS djsmilesdavis.com. THE MATTSON 2 L.A., mattson2.com. PANIQUE JAZZ S.F., paniquejazz.com. POP ROCKS 952-448-4202; poprocksrocks.com. SAM JOHNSON samjohnsonband.com. VIENNA HAYES AND FAMILY CHOIR @firstname.lastname@example.org. WEST COAST MUSIC B.H., 310-278-6848; westcoastmusic.com.
JENNA LAM EVENTS NorCal, 415-504-3545; jennalamevents.com. JL DESIGNS L.A., 949-891-1811; jldesignsandevents.com. LOUESA ROEBUCK S.F., 415-686-5482; louesaroebuck.com. LUNA GARDENS EVENTS L.A., 310-281-2565; lunagardensevents.com. THE PLANT LIBRARY theplantlibrary.com. SILVER LAKE FARMS L.A., 213-640-3755; silverlakefarms.com. SIREN FLORAL sirenfloralco.com. YASMINE FLORAL DESIGN L.A., 323-240-8140; yasminefloraldesign.com.
HOTELS + LOCATIONS
800 MAIN L.A., 310-800-6246; 800main.com. ACE HOTEL & SWIM CLUB, PALM SPRINGS P.S., 760-325-9900; acehotel.com. AD HOC Napa, 707-944-2487; thomaskeller.com. THE ALBRIGHT S.M., 310-394-9683; thealbright.com. AMAN SVETI STEFAN Montenegro, amanresorts.com. ANDBEYOND’S BENGUERRA ISLAND Mozambique, andbeyond.com. BARDESSONO Napa, 707-204-6000; bardessono.com. THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL B.H., 310-276-2251; dorchestercollection.com. CASA SHELTER HALF L.A.; shelterhalf.com. THE CITY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO S.F., 415-362-2480; cityclubsf.com. DURHAM RANCH Napa, 707-968-9010. FARMSTEAD AT LONG MEADOW RANCH St. Helena, 707-963-4555; longmeadowranch.com. FOUR SEASONS RESORT THE BILTMORE S.B., 805-969-2261; fourseasons.com. FRENCH OAK RANCH St. Helena, 415-250-5642; frenchoakranch.com. HAMMERSKY VINEYARDS AND INN Paso Robles, 805-239-0930; hammersky.com. HOTEL BEL-AIR B.A., 310-472-1211; dorchestercollection.com. HURON SUBSTATION L.A., 323-225-8909; huronsubstation.com. KAYNE GRIFFIN CORCORAN L.A., 310-586-6886; kaynegriffincorcoran.com. THE LOWELL HOTEL N.Y., 212-838-1400; lowellhotel.com. MA(I)SONRY NAPA VALLEY Napa, maisonry.com.
AMY BLESSING L.A., 213-400-1127. BLOOM & PLUME L.A., 323-515-2928; bloomandplume.com. THE BOUQS Marina del Rey, 888-320-2687; thebouqs.com. CHESTNUT & VINE S.F., 510-356-4943; chestnutandvine.com. ELIZABETH BAILEY FLORAL & EVENT DESIGNS L.A., 310-922-3223; elizabethbaileydesigns.com. ERIC BUTERBAUGH FLOWER DESIGN L.A., 310-247-7120; ebflorals.com.
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FA L L 2 0 1 5 R E S O U R C E G U I D E MALIBU BEACH INN Malibu, 310-651-7777; malibubeachinn.com. MALIBU FARM Malibu, 310-456-1112; malibu-farm.com. THE MARK N.Y., 866-744-4300; themarkhotel.com. MEADOWOOD Napa Valley, 707-531-4788; meadowood.com. MILLWICK L.A., 310-837-3610; marvimon.com. MIRAVAL RESORT & SPA Tucson, 800-232-2969; miravalresorts.com. THE MISSION INN HOTEL AND SPA Riverside, 951-784-0300; missioninn.com. MITCHELLS MOUNTAIN MEADOWS Lake Tahoe, 775-427-5171; mitchellsmeadows.com. ONE & ONLY PALMILLA Los Cabos, 866-829-2977; oneandonlyresorts.com. PALIHOUSE S.M., 310-394-1279; palihousesantamonica.com. THE PARKER PALM SPRINGS P.S., 760-770-5000; theparkerpalmsprings.com. RESTAURANT TROKAY Lake Tahoe, 530-582-1040; restauranttrokay.com. THE RITZ-CARLTON Rancho Mirage, 760-321-8282; ritzcarlton.com. THE SAGUARO P.S., 760-323-1711; thesaguaro.com. SANTA MARGARITA RANCH Santa Margarita, 805-540-3214; historicsantamargaritaranch.com. SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH S.M., 310-587-1707; shuttersonthebeach.com. SPAGO B.H., 310-385-0880; wolfgangpuck.com. TAGLYAN COMPLEX L.A., 323-978-0005; taglyancomplex.com. TAHITI TOURISME 310-414-8484; tahiti-tourisme.com. TAPROBANE ISLAND Sri Lanka, taprobaneisland.com. TRIUNFO CREEK VINEYARDS L.A., 747-222-6315; triunfocreek.com. THE WESTIN MISSION HILLS Rancho Mirage, 760-328-5955; westinmissionhills.com. W SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL S.F., 415-777-5300; wsanfrancisco.com.
BUCCELLATI B.H., 310-273-6660; buccellati.com. CARTIER B.H., 310-275-4272; cartier.us. CHANEL chanel.com. DE BEERS C.M., 714-641-5820; debeers.com. FRED LEIGHTON N.Y., 212-288-1872; fredleighton.com. FURRER JACOT furrer-jacot.com. GRAFF S.F., 415-926-7000; graffdiamonds.com. HARRY KOTLAR harrykotlar.com. HARRY WINSTON B.H., 310-271-8554; harrywinston.com. HENRI DAUSSI henridaussi.com. JACK KELÉGE 877-653-5343; jackkelege.com. JULIERI L.A., 310-450-6162; julieri.com. KWIAT N.Y., 212-725-7777; kwiat.com. MARCHESA ETERNAL COLLECTION L.A., 831-625-3129; marchesa.com. MARTIN KATZ B.H., 310-276-7200; martinkatz.com. THE MRS. BOX themrsbox.com. SHREVE & CO. shreve.com. STEPHEN RUSSELL N.Y., 212-570-6900; stephenrussell.com. SUZANNE WILSON L.A., 323-487-2625; swdjewelry.com. TIFFANY & CO. B.H., 310-273-8880; tiffany.com. TRADITIONAL JEWELERS N.B., 949-721-9010; traditionaljewelers.com. TURGEON RAINE Seattle, 206-447-9488; turgeonraine.com. WILFREDO ROSADO wilfredorosado.com.
800 MAIN (MELISSA DINER) L.A., 310-800-6246; 800main.com. AARON HARTSELLE L.A., aaronhartsellecreative.com. AMY BLESSING L.A., 213-400-1127. BASH, PLEASE Culver City, 310-730-6466; bashplease.com. CASSIE DUBÉ L.A., 310-730-6466; bashplease.com. FINCH EVENTS L.A., finchevents.com. JENNA LAM EVENTS NorCal, 415-504-3545; jennalamevents.com. LACE & LIKES (RACHEL LUNGHI) laceandlikes.com. NONPAREIL EVENT PLANNING AND DESIGN S.F., 415-238-0499; nonpareilevents.com. PARK & GROVE L.A., 310-310-3408; parkandgrove.com. PITBULLS & POSIES (AMBER MOON) L.A., pitbullsandposies.com. THE POPPY GROUP S.F., 415-877-1897; thepoppygroup.com. PURE LAVISH EVENTS C.M., 714-225-1903; eventsbypurelavish.com.
66 MINT S.F., 415-982-4402; 66mint.com. ALEXIS BITTAR Venice Beach, 310-452-6901; alexisbittar.com. ALEX ŠEPKUS L.A., 212-391-8466; alexsepkus.com. AURÉLIE BIDERMANN aureliebidermann.com. BELADORA B.H., 310-285-0046; beladora.com.
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GARY ASHLEY (THE WEDDING ARTISTS COLLECTIVE) L.A., theweddingac.com. JESSE CHAMBERLIN (OUR LABOR OF LOVE) L.A., 323-379-9324; ourlaboroflove.com. JESSE LEAKE PHOTOGRAPHY S.F., 415-250-1272; jesseleake.com. JOSE VILLA L.A., 805-688-8654; josevilla.com. KAYSHA WEINER C.M., 949-385-0556; kayshaweiner.com. LARA PORZAK L.A., 310-779-4361; laraporzakphotography.com. MAX WANGER L.A., 310-500-7714; maxwanger.com. PAIGE JONES Long Beach; paigejones.us.
ALL ROADS L.A., allroadsdesign.com. CHRISTOFLE B.H., 310-858-8058; us.christofle.com. GARDE L.A., gardeshop.com. GLASSYBABY S.F., 415-423-3694; glassybaby.com. GUMPS S.F., 800-284-8677; gumps.com. JULIA B. COUTURE LINENS L.A., 203-329-8248; juliab.com. MACY’S L.A., 310-854-6655; macys.com. MARCH S.F., 415-931-7433; marchsf.com. OLIVE AND POPPY Napa, oliveandpoppy.com.
ACE HOTEL P.S., 760-325-9900; acehotel.com. AIRSTAR INTERNATIONAL airstar-light.com. ALTERNATIVE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS L.A., 818-266-0330; alternativelighting.net. A RENTAL CONNECTION L.A., 818-883-7368; arentalconnection.com. ARTISAN EVENTS Palm Springs, 760-778-1964; artisanevents.net. BORROWED BLU L.A., 310-962-3058; borrowedblu.com. CASA DE PERRIN L.A., casadeperrin.com.
FA L L 2 0 1 5 R E S O U R C E G U I D E CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS classicpartyrentals.com. FORM DECOR L.A., 310-558-2582; formdecor.com. FOUND VINTAGE RENTALS 714-888-5811; foundrentals.com GOT LIGHT! S.F., 415-863-4300; got-light.com. HARTMANN STUDIOS Richmond, 510-232-5030; hartmannstudiosproductions.com. LA TAVOLA FINE LINEN Napa, 707-257-3358; latavolalinen.com. MOON LIGHTING & SOUND Reno, 775-626-7400; moonlightingandsound.com. PLANKS & PATINA Palm Springs, 951-217-2928; planksandpatina.com. SMILEBOOTH 917-727-1509; smilebooth.com. STANDARD PARTY RENTALS Richmond, 510-232-5030; standardpartyrentals.com. TOWN & COUNTRY EVENT RENTALS L.A., 818-908-4211; townandcountryeventrentals.com. YEAH! RENTALS L.A., 323-522-3843; yeahrentals.com. ZEPHYR TENTS Berkeley, 510-559-8694; zephyrtents.com.
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CHANGE OF A DRESS, Designer Christy Dawn and husband Aras Baskauskas in Tulum, Mexico, p.44.
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MODERN VINTAGE PAPERIE etsy.com. MOGLEA moglea.com; bhldn.com. PITBULLS & POSIES (AMBERÂ MOON) L.A., pitbullsandposies.com. PS PAPER San Anselmo, 415-459-4984; pspaperblog.com. THE VINTAGE INKWELL etsy.com.
THE CANA FAMILY S.B., 805-704-6088; canafamily.com. JOEL SERRATO 805-245-1489; joelserrato.com. MAX AND MOLLY FILMS S.D., 858-472-3658; maxandmollyfilms.com. SHARK PIG L.A., 323-300-6503; sharkpig.com.
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CLAES OLDENBURG’S WEDDING SOUVENIRS, 1966 “It was the beginning of a great moment in the Los Angeles art scene. Claes Oldenburg made three or four hundred pieces of white plaster cake, signed them and put them out on the lawn on paper plates,” actress Brooke Hayward told The New York Times of the appetizing art installation the artist created for the 1966 Topanga Canyon nuptials of his friends, James Elliott and Judith Algar—an event that drew a high-profile guest list including Hayward and her then-husband Dennis Hopper. A Pop Art pioneer, Oldenburg made the “cakewalk” as his gift to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator and his new wife. Taking leave of his New York City base in 1963 for a stint on the West Coast, the Swedish artist helped put L.A. on the map as a burgeoning cultural center, exhibiting larger-than-life work such as the vinyl-based “soft sculptures” for which he would become known. You can still get a piece of the now-retired artist—the remaining plaster slices reside in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
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