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From floral gowns to fitted sheaths and confections of endless tulle, spring’s most ravishing wedding dresses will bring bliss to any big day.

102 LOve On tHe eDGe In the rugged beauty of Big Sur, Kasia Bilinski and Matthew Murphy wed in a chic and highly unique affair.

106 City SLiCkeRS Katherine Power and Justin Coit pull off a cosmopolitan fête at one of L.A.’s most iconic eateries.

108 tHe HitCHinG POSt Deep in St. Helena, a charmed San Francisco couple joins together for a dreamy Durham Ranch wedding.

110 a PeRfeCt PaiRinG The scion of Napa’s Mondavi family and his sweetheart tie the knot in Tuscan style.

Oscar de la Renta dress and belt, Monique Lhuillier veil, De Beers earrings, Harry Winston bracelet and Cartier ring. See Resource Guide for more information.

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Actor Sydney Poitier and musician Dorian Heartsong herald their Malibu union with a night of rock and roll.

116 Heaven On eaRtH Natali Amar and Michael Smith mix traditional and modern splendor at his family’s Montecito estate.

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picked from the garden as bouquets and dolls as bridesmaids. Never mind that the “groom” is Billy, the boy down the street…who is an inch shorter than you…it all adds up to perfection in your eight-year-old mind. And we hold onto that idea for decades to come. When the real thing happens, you have to let go of those notions a bit. Yes, all will be truly magical, but, perhaps, things might go off track. In fact, if your intentions are managed from the start, no one is disappointed in the end. Sometimes, the best occasions in a wedding are the ones you don’t expect. After a morning of rain (where you think you might have a heart attack because you didn’t have a Plan B), the sun comes out with an added bonus of a rainbow peeking over the clouds. Or, the band’s playlist that you edited so carefully goes awry and “YMCA” plays at the wrong time…sending your 85-year-old grandma to the dance floor to bust a move (PRICELESS, especially as it is all caught by your videographer). Or, I just heard a story from a bride who said her beautiful long veil wasn’t properly secured and kept falling in her face during the ceremony. She decided to rip it off and chuck it across the pews (to much applause and laughter from her guests), and now she says it’s what made her wedding unique! Always shoot for the best, but when things come up...roll with them. For the parts you can prepare, use this issue to inspire you to make your nuptials even that much more individual. Our editors have scoured the state to find the most original, most personal, latest and greatest vendors who are the best of the best. This issue of C Weddings is an ideal jumping-off point for scripting your big day! We also highlight some very special weddings in some of California’s exclusive venues. We take you inside their stories and their “happily ever afters”…because it isn’t the expectation that you will remember but the cherished moments—perfect and perfectly imperfect—that will be

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people Meg Smith “Tyler [Florence]’s pickled watermelon rinds were by far one of the most unusual things I’ve seen served at a reception,” says photographer Meg Smith of Jenny and Jordan Moss’ picture-perfect St. Helena nuptials (“The Hitching Post,” p.108). From her wine country home, the sought-after Smith has recently begun several book projects—including two on cooking with honey, and kids in the kitchen. C SPOTS • Oxbow Public Market in Napa • Oenotri restaurant in downtown Napa • Ubuntu, Napa

Laurie Arons “What Jenny and Jordan wanted was my favorite type of wedding: an elegant, but relaxed affair

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meal and a really fun band,” says Laurie

issue: “Love on the Edge” (p.102) and “Heaven on Earth” (p.116). Neil, who recently had her second son, has previously shot for Vogue, Martha Stewart Living and Architectural Digest. C SPOTS • Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn • Sly’s for hamburgers in Carpinteria • The Supply Room in Santa Barbara

Laura Kleinhenz “They were laid-back and simply had the best time at their wedding,” recalls photojournalist Laura Kleinhenz, who shot Sydney Poitier and Dorian Heartsong’s Malibu soiree (“I Will,” p.114). Kleinhenz is the owner of Docuvitae, a boutique photo studio based in L.A. C SPOTS • Glen Park in S.F. • Tomales Bay in Marin • L.A.’s Getty Center

Merryl Brown “Nati and Michael have impeccable taste...every moment of the planning process was an absolute delight,” recalls award-winning event designer Merryl Brown who lent her expertise to the couple’s refined evening in Montecito (“Heaven on Earth,” p.116). C SPOTS • The Hotel Bel-Air • Mundaka in Carmel for paella • William Laman boutique in Montecito

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HLDN (pronounced “beholden”) initially launched last February as an online retailer of darling wedding decor, vintage-inspired bridal gowns and specialoccasion fashions—all deliveryready and designed for easy alterations. It was love at first click: The concept, which comes from the creative minds behind Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, now offers a one-stop home for wedding accessories, from veils, shoes and shrugs to place cards, cake pedestals and ring pillows. Gaining ground in the Golden State, BHLDN recently partnered up with L.A.’s Bash, Please girls for The Cream, their curated showcase event. Look for the tour to stop in Austin, Texas, January 22 and in Los Angeles March 1.

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ie the knot in one of California’s architectural masterpieces: An archetype of Victorian grandeur, the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park houses giant Amazon lilies and a world renowned orchid collection ( With temple-like details, Lloyd Wright’s 1926 Sowden House in Los Feliz is a Mayan Revival style sanctuary above Franklin Avenue ( Built in 1921, Majestic Halls’ stunning Beaux Arts features include 32-foot coffered ceilings and more than 20,000 square feet of space in downtown L.A. (

FROM TOP S.F.’s Conservatory is the oldest in North America. Los Feliz’s Sowden House courtyard. L.A.’s Majestic Halls opened last year for event use.

TREASURE AISLE Roberto Coin for Traditional Jewelers is now open at Fashion Island. OBJECTS OF BEAUTY

1093 Newport Center Dr., N.B., 949-706-6400;

In Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings, Martha Stewart’s right-hand planner shows how to design your special day around meaningful trinkets such as seashells, maps and family heirlooms. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $35. LOS ANGELES

Cento three-row eternity band, $26,500.

All the Right Moves Led by veteran instructor Mimi Karsh, 3rd Street Dance offers monthly wedding prep classes to keep any couple on its toes. STYLE If you want choreography, plan for at least a month of rehearsal time. PRACTICE Remember to look at each other and smile. Don’t look at the floor and don’t count. Ladies, practice in your shoes and make sure your train is bustled well. TECHNIQUE If you are both fighting for control of the dance, it’s obvious. A good trick for the follower is to close your eyes during run-throughs and give in to your partner. It’s a good trust exercise, and its fun!

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CLEAR CUT As she opens her third boutique—this month, on N.Y.’s Upper East Side—L.A. bridal trendsetter Monique Lhuillier also debuts a feminine line of fine crystal for Waterford.;

Follow Her Lead Hilary Walsh’s hometown advantages


e chose an industrial space with a rustic vibe and made it into our perfect location with a little set design,” says fashion photographer Hilary Walsh of her recent nuptials to film director and record producer Emmett Malloy. “The flowers and place settings were what you would expect from a party in a barn in upstate N.Y.—my original idea.” The couple enlisted a team of the city’s top professionals to bedeck the downtown L.A. warehouse: the peony cake was by Sweet Lady Jane; Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo from Animal and Son of a Gun catered the affair; arrangements were by Holly Flora; and wines were from Napa’s Esser Vineyards. And, in true L.A. style, Malloy wore a Band of Outsiders suit while Walsh chose a gown by local designer Juan Carlos Obando.


Singer Jack Johnson performed during the ceremony. A coffee setup by Animal. The couple, seated at one of many long picnic tables, about to cut the cake.


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lmost 20 years after Michelle Carlson and Molly Sims met as newly inducted Tri Delts at Vanderbilt University, Carlson received a note last spring from her friend with a simple request: Will you be my Maid of Honor? Planning for Sims’ Napa Valley nuptials to producer Scott Stuber, though, was no easy task—even with the help of events expert Yifat Oren. Carlson immediately started an email chain among the bridesmaids to arrange the shower. Deciding on The Peninsula Beverly Hills’ Verandah Room for an outdoor tea, she delegated tasks that played on the strengths of her co-attendants. While Carlson handled the invitations, Emese Szenasy made arrangements for Diane von Furstenberg to sponsor the shower. Sims’ favorite sparkling wine, Schramsberg Brut Rosé, was poured, and goodie bags were filled with Dior lipsticks, shower caps, certificates for blowouts at DryBar and MattieLuxe place mats. Instead of individual gifts for Sims, the bridesmaids all went in on a set of Astier de Villatte bowls from ABC Home. A bachelorette party in the Hamptons was followed by private sessions with fitness guru Tracey Anderson, and dinners at Nobu Next Door and The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Just six months after Stuber’s proposal, the bridal party descended on Solage Calistoga for the wedding weekend, taking over the spa before the rehearsal dinner. By the big day, Carlson was ready. “It took about four weeks to write the speech. I had memorized it, but I also had it on paper to be safe.” She suggests tributes stay between three to four minutes in length. “At the reception, I made sure the dress was bustled and that she was drinking enough water,” says Carlson, who was also witness on the couple’s marriage license. “Be organized, communicate with your bridesmaids and remember that while she means the world to you, she also means the world to all the other girls.” •


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from top at loftseven, downtown l.a., tara maxey and matt poley finish a halibut entrée with italian parsley salsa verde. prep station. chive-tied jicama “taquitos” with popped corn, huitlacoche and queso fresco. seascape strawberry pie for a farmhouse wedding in rancho palos Verdes. Handmade mushroom raviolo, on the menu. pumpkin brioche pudding in spicy custard. in-house limoncello and syrups become ginger-sage lemon drops. serving wild boar bolognese lasagna cups at the adamson House, malibu.

hen young chefs most recently embraced farm-to-table practice, demand for restaurantquality, well-sourced and à la minute reception cooking became sizzling hot. Early darlings of this sea change, Tara Maxey and Matt Poley formed Heirloom LA in 2009, supplying to The Oaks, Silverlake Wines and a slew of hip weddings. Today, the couple runs a half-block-long facility and 20-member team in Eagle Rock owed in part to the lasagna “cupcake”—a signature so popular that the savory hand-helds are now available at Williams-Sonoma. Given Maxey’s experience in desserts at Cake Monkey Bakery and Poley earning his chops under Gino Angelini, Heirloom LA operates like a roving restaurant (really, their food truck was sponsored by Microsoft Windows Phone). They got 2011’s 8,000-pound McGrath Family Farm seasonal strawberry allocation, which goes into everything from pies to preserves. They also have standing weekly orders—think whole pigs, lamb—that Poley fabricates upon arrival from local ranches. From these bases, each waste-not wedding menu finds its personality, whether arancini lamb bolognese at Agoura Hills’ Rancho del Diablo Dormido, or a Superior Farms “tomahawk” cut lamb rack at a Rancho Palos Verdes farmhouse. (Everything looks good, too, thanks to a new chalkboard artist, and ingredients such as homemade ricotta and charcuterie arriving in butcher’s paper tied with string.) “Rustic kind of fits us,” says Maxey. “Plated—we do that—but family style is what we love,” Poley adds. To accommodate their aesthetic, they filled a storage room with giant wooden platters, bowls and silver treasures from vintage markets, and branched out into event rentals. An adjacent tasting salon now offers prospective clients a simple setting for a multi-course meal. Will it also become a dinner party pop-up? You never know. As for the cupcakes, they promise: “We’ll always be serving them.” 323-872-2904; •

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Melissa Regan de Vogele and Michelle Boor of Vouelle.

American transplants Melissa Regan de Vogele (of S.F.) and Michelle Boor (of Salt Lake City) formed Vouelle while in Paris and never looked back. With beginnings as a handmade bridal shoe line, the brand has expanded to include a day-to-night collection and, most recently, a capsule collection of wedding tennis shoes with French sneaker company Twins For Peace. With every purchase, footwear is donated to an all-girls orphanage in Cambodia. $150-$175; The Allison, $150.


Diamond ring, $39,200, 310-246-9500.

British jewelry designer Stephen Webster has taken his gothic-chic hand to a line of engagement and wedding rings in fair-trade white, yellow and rose gold with conflict-free and responsibly sourced Forevermark diamonds (equally rare and beautiful). $17,000-$61,500;

Hooked Up New Zealand native Rebecca Taylor, who recently opened L.A. and Newport Beach outposts, has translated her flirty aesthetic to one wedding and four bridesmaid dresses exclusive to “We wanted to offer versatile, alternative formal wear that caters to the lifestyle of the modern bride,” says Taylor. $315-$695;

ANNA SHEFFIELD, designer behind the tough-butsweet jewelry label Bing Bang, now has an eponymous collection of engagement, promise and commitment rings (including men’s bands). Everything is totally unique— think black diamonds, rose gold solitaires— and customizable. $450-$15,000; bridal.anna

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ABOVE Rose Dior Bagatelle diamond necklace, $120,000. LEFT Polaroid of Monsieur Dior (right) and his gardener.


Love Always Adding to its glittering trove of wedding jewelry, Cartier debuts its new Cartier d’Amour collection. Brides can choose from an engagement ring with a brilliant-cut diamond surrounded by a circle of stones (a new interpretation of eternity) to exquisite platinum bands— with ice or without. Engagement ring, $3,550,


Balloon dress, $1,460.

MAID TO ORDER For bridesmaid dresses your girls will (yes) really want to wear again, L.A. designer Heidi Merrick presents The Deneuve, available in a multitude of colors. Made to order/ minimum of three;

The Deneuve in daffodil, $585, and leather belt, $345.

Too Much is Never Enough Pear necklace, $138.

Tony Duquette for Coach launches limited-edition semi-precious baubles this February. “Duquette defines what it means to be over the top,” says Coach President and Executive Creative Director Reed Krakoff of the whimsical pieces. $48-$698;


Little sister line Lanvin Petite offers charming party dresses in luxe crystal-embroidered organza, satin ribbon and silk taffeta—a flower girl’s dream come true. $300$2,100; Lanvin, 260 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills;


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hen New York PR consultant and San Francisco native Alexandra Fritz said “yes!” to Columbian textile businessman Ernesto Khoudari in August, 2010, there were many big questions on her mind. One thing was nonnegotiable: Family friend Monique Lhuillier would design her dress. “I considered no one else,” says Fritz. “I love her fresh, lady-like aesthetic.” Inspired by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s sexy simplicity, Fritz met with Lhuillier at the designer’s West Hollywood flagship in October and walked right up to an elegant sheath. To Fritz, the gown embodied her idea of Hollywood Regency panache. She recalls: “Monique wanted me to try on a few puffy ones, experiment with shapes, but afterward, she said, ‘You’re right.’” Together, they discussed how to modify her first choice into a custom silk concoction that was more her style—lowering the back and increasing the décolletage. Lhuillier also suggested adding a long-sleeved coat of delicate Chantilly lace with metallic thread detail based on a similar piece from the fall 2011 collection. “It completed Alexandra’s overall look, but was still in keeping with her cool, effortless vibe,” says the designer. They paired the dress with a chapellength veil made from two layers of circular-cut tulle. “Since the gown silhouette was slim, the veil encompassed her and added an element of drama,” says Lhuillier. After four months of production, three sketches, a muslin version, and an afternoon of pinning, the final dress, cosseted in a waistcoat of lace, was faultless; gauzy glamour for a modern wedding with oodles of orchids, lilies and garden roses. “The dress was perfect,” says Fritz. “I could not have felt better on my wedding day.” 8485 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, 323-655-1088. •

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murphy & Daughters milk Bon Bon, $13, Viv&ingrid at oxford Hall, Berkeley. tocca cleopatra grapefruit cucumber soap, $12, kio kio pacific tiare & ti kauka soap, $15, anthropologie. com. fresh waterlily soap, $14, Diptyque l’ombre dans l’eau floral soap, $15, mor cosmetics emporium white collection white hydrangea soap, $14, and little luxuries snow gardenia soapette, $9,

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very bride wants to look irresistible on her wedding day. So call on Blushington in Sunset Plaza for your very own luxe fairy godmother who’ll wave her charmed brushes to create any look from runway glamour to fresh-faced ingénue. Indulge with a glass of bubbly while the expert artists work magic. Also a dream come true? It’s just $35 for a full makeup application. 8591 Sunset Blvd., WeHo, 310-652-5874;

Pièce de Résistance Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn à la Roman Holiday in a bejeweled diadem FROM TOP: Cartier tiara. Van Cleef & Arpels Cleita tiara. De Beers Wildflowers tiara. Harry Winston Diamond Lily Cluster headband.

Tough Love The serene mood—think candlelit rooms and Coldplay tunes—isn’t the only reason to visit n.Y.-born SoulCycle. Using resistance to target every muscle group, the muchtouted Bands class combines cardio rides with upper-body strengthening. “You can change your entire physique, relieve stress and find your soul on the bike,” explains co-founder elizabeth Cutler, who recently unveiled an L.A. outpost— the first of several soCal studios opening this year. 8570 Sunset Blvd., WeHo, 310-657-7685;


Premiere Prairie enter The enclave, a private suite at the recently unveiled Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie, and you and yours can escape the pre-wedding flurry. ideal for couples or a bridal party of up to 10, this Vip area, complete with a spa butler, boasts two massage tables, a private shower, bathtub and a shaded patio with a trickling waterfall and lush landscaping. The signature treatments, however, are what will whisk you away into bliss. 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Bel Air, 310-909-1681;

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The Skinny Vaser shape may just be the magic wand for brides-to-be wanting to shave off that little extra something by chriStine Lennon


f I had a dollar for every time someone wished they could melt away extra fat, trim down the pooch of the belly, the bulge of the hips, or even the little flesh that spills over the top of a strapless gown, without any effort, then I’d be as rich as the people behind Sound Surgical Technologies are about to be. The company’s Vaser Shape device, now in residence at Kate Somerville Skin Clinic in West Hollywood, is a diathermic ultrasound apparatus that does just that. It emits high frequency sound waves warming the body’s connective tissue so that fat cells release their contents, which are then absorbed into the body and eliminated through the lymph system. Aside from some fairly intense heat, and the occasional electric tingle that lets you know something admittedly weird and extraordinary is happening, it’s trauma-free. An area about the size of a sheet of paper can be covered during one session, though up to five are recommended for best results. There’s no recovery period. And it works. Really. During four consecutive Tuesday morning appointments at Somerville’s spa, Jill, my nurse practitioner, who’d be hard-pressed to find any bags of her own to treat, oiled my abdomen, fired up the instrument, and spent 40 minutes passing a paddle with ultrasound conductors over my pregnancy-stretched “pooch.” If it sounds horrifying, it’s not. Considering that some of the most famous bodies in town have been greased up and treated under that same chandelier in the little white room, I was in good company. The Sound Surgical people say the sensation is like a hot stone massage, but I liken it to someone playing air hockey on my abs; instead of a puck, she’s using an iron on its “silk” setting. Throughout the procedure, Jill checked the temperature of my skin (as it turns out, 43-45 degrees Celsius is the optimum range for fat blasting) to make sure I didn’t burn. And after the final

session, we compared measurements and photos: I’d lost more than an inch in my waist, and the skin appeared firmer and tighter than it had in years. Later, on the phone with Sound Surgical’s research and development VP, Dr. Mark Schafer, I had two questions: “How does it work?” and, “What took you so long?” “It warms the tissue at the surface but also deep down, where it stimulates all of your biological processes,” says Schafer. “For every degree our temLog on to perature increases, the cells are 13% more active. patients/find- Then, the acoustic energy going in the tissue a-physician. causes the fat cells to leak. They’re like little bags php to find of triglycerides, like bags of butter, designed to a physician or laser store fat as an energy source. They can very easily center with free that up—the cells are designed to be flexible Vaser Shape. in their ability to expand and contract. The uniform heating combined with the ultrasound makes the fat break down, which then migrates to the lymphatic system and is excreted from there. You just flush it away.” A similar tool is available in Europe, and Vaser Shape is essentially a modified version of an Italian machine that has been on the market for years. “But this is the only one we’ve seen that’s virtually painless,

really,” says Schafer. “There’s zero downtime.” No one can quantify the kind of transformations people can expect from the treatment. And though the equipment has been cleared by the FDA, it’s only labeled use is to improve the appearance of cellulite—not to offer permanent fat reduction. Skeptics say it’s expensive (around $700 per visit) for something that delivers such subtle, and possibly impermanent, outcomes. But patients are reporting real and lasting effects. And it might be just the pre-Bora Bora boost that you need to feel your best on, say, a honeymoon. “We are so excited about this device,” says Somerville. “Once the word really gets out, that machine’s going into overdrive.” •


since the equipment was delivered to somerville’s headquarters in november, its switch has been in the “on” position more than it has been off.

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Colin Cowie, Yifat Oren and Mindy weiss plan some of the golden state’s most enchanted weddings. Here, how to get the looks of their post-ceremony soirees—from a lavish purple banquet to an elegant wine-country gathering

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The ornate wedding dinner was held at a private residence. See Cowie’s new website,, for more inspiration.


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reviously only taking custom orders from a select few (not to mention, lucky) couples each year, Rifle Paper Co. is debuting a full line of wedding invitations. Fifty styles will be available, including some with the stationery company’s signature feature: owner Anna Bond’s charming illustrations of the bride and groom.

Custom invitation suite. Similar styles available.


For more than 25 years, Marc Friedland has created some very important paper goods (think: “and the Oscar goes to...”). Here, the invitation expert, who has a new online collection with, gives his top tips: • Honor your loved ones by personalizing each RSVP card rather than just using an M with a line. • Include a quotation meaningful to the couple, whether it’s a lyric or a line from a poem. • If there are several events (rehearsal dinner, etc.) send all the information in one mailing. • If you want people to wear black tie, take a stand and say so. Don’t make it “optional.” • When choosing, regard your invitation as a keepsake that you and your guests will hold onto.

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Peony, Majolica spray rose, delphinium, veronica, orchid, cymbidium and passion fruit vine bouquet.


Looking Bright

“Jewel-tone florals for spring are refreshing,” says Susan Tom-Nellis of Peony & Plum in L.A. “A vivid bouquet can also really add that pop of color and contrast in photos.”

Treat Yourself Want to decorate your own dessert table for a bridal shower or wedding? Look no further than Amy Atlas’ new book, Sweet Designs, out this spring, for guidance. Sharing more than 100 recipes and 75 crafts, the event pro dishes on everything from where to find the cutest candies to how to accessorize a cake pedestal. $28;;

PAPER MATES L.A.- and Palm Springs-based designer Trina Turk has teamed up with Dempsey & Carroll on a collection of three limited-edition notecards—perfect for writing gift thank-yous. Coachella correspondence cards, $60/ten.


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At a recent Bel Air affair: a southern-style chocolate bananapudding cake with fondant honeycomb, and “ruffled” flowers and pearlized olive leaves. “It was inspired by the New Orleans French Quarter, The Great Gatsby and Mid-Century Modern gardens,” says creator Amy Berman of Vanilla Bake Shop. Event design by Beth Helmstetter.

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ays Jaime Puffer, wedding specialist at Montage Laguna Beach: “The post-reception event gives couples one final opportunity to thank guests for coming.” Put away the Grande Baroque settings, though. Chef Ray Garcia of Fig and just-launched Fig Catering (based at Santa Monica’s Fairmont hotel) champions casual elegance with inventive bloody Marys— think vodka and horseradish gazpacho—alongside frittata verde, tacos and decadent bacon-waffles with Trockenbeerenauslese syrup. Just add croquet and bocce for brunch that’s a hit.;

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LEFT Croquet wedding party at Meadowood, Napa Valley. BELOW Happy Girl Kitchen Co. juice, $8, happygirlkitch Belvedere vodka, $30,

1.5 oz Belvedere Bloody Mary 1 oz tomato juice .5 oz fresh lemon juice .25 oz honey syrup Fresh thyme



Layer into a rocks glass and garnish with fresh thyme sprigs and a lemon wedge.



THINKING AHEAD Headlands Center for the Arts exclusive caterer Katie Powers springs forward with ingredient-conscious options: • GLUTEN-FREE Chioggia beet-chickpea fritters with spiced yogurt. • PALEO Rosemary-fennel pork loin with cherry marmalade. • VEGAN Individual warm fruit crisps.

Hog Island Oyster Co. bar at The Vintage Estate, Yountville, for a cocktail welcome. La Forêt chocolate oyster with candied hazelnut pearls coated in white chocolate and pearl dust. FROM LEFT

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Consider the Oyster Confections at Wendy Sherwood’s petite Napa storefront, La Forêt, command wait lists akin to the allocations of her vintner neighbors. Among the most whimsical custom designs of the former chocolatier/pastry chef de partie at The French Laundry: this eye-fooling final course. 3261 Browns Valley Rd., Napa, 707-255-1787.

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Mondrian, Composition No.III with Red, Yellow, and Blue; vanilla and red velvet cake, chocolate ganache. MIDDLE Luc Tuymans, St. Valentine; Earl Grey shortbread, Crème de Violette gelée, crème fraîche parfait. BOTTOM Wayne Thiebaud, Chocolate Cake; chocolate cake, coffee ganache, vanilla buttercream.

s an art student at UC Santa Cruz, Caitlin Williams Freeman often visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Captivated by California painter Wayne Thiebaud’s ’60s-era Display Cakes, she supported herself throughout college as a pastry shop counter girl before her eureka moment at the artist’s 2000 Legion of Honor retrospective. “Standing there in front of them, I knew I had to learn to make them—those cakes.” Eventually, she met Meg Ray and they formed Bay Area pâtisserie Miette. Williams Freeman sold her part in the successful business after six years, and when her husband, Blue Bottle Coffee Co. founder James Freeman, was opening a SFMOMA cafe some years later, it all came full circle. “I told him, ‘This is where I realized why I’m a baker. Can I make the Thiebauds in the cafe?’” Williams Freeman’s conceptualizations now range from sculptural Ellsworth Kelly Fudgsicles to hand-printed packages of Mexican Wedding cookies based on the marriage portrait of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. New menu items also honor visiting exhibitions. Some, she admits, are more difficult to cultivate than others. For the brooding, gray and yet somehow ethereal Luc Tuymans show in 2010, her edible pairing for St. Valentine came in the wee hours. “Crème de Violette!” (She stacked an infused gelée with a crème fraîche parfait and a “not too sweet” Earl Grey shortbread heart.) Other designs, like the cross-section, Battenberg-style Mondrian dessert, may never leave the cafe’s permanent collection. And since the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden is occasionally available for special events, these confections offer cultured couples an extraordinary, delectable display. 151 Third St., S.F., 415-243-0455;; •

Tasting Note A customized menu can double as a place card. Here, Plurabelle’s Molly Suber Thorpe accents a letterpressed Cheree Berry Paper design with hand-mixed green gouache. plurabelle;

AFTERNOON APÉRITIF Bordeaux’s sweet-vermouth sipper Lillet Rosé arrives in California this April. (Shake .5 oz with 3 oz gin and 1 oz vodka for a blushing James Bond Vesper.) $19;




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The Cabo Connection Wedding parties take the fiesta to Baja’s breathtaking shores


ouples are falling in love with Baja and dashing away for the ultimate in destination wedding weekends. With quick flights to San Jose del Cabo out of LAX and SFO, and first-class airport transportation, the only challenges are selecting from the grand resorts and boutique hotels; then, barefoot on the sand or traditional church-and-steeple? Here, brides share their experiences at three of the area’s finest locations. >>

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Jewelry designer Monique Péan and Stephen Glass were married on Esperanza Resort’s private Punta Ballena beach.

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FROM TOP LEFT The reception at Punta Ballena Beach Club with centerpieces by L.A.’s Little World Design. Péan wore a custom gown created by J. Mendel; Glass, a Simon Spurr suit. The ceremony by the sea was to honor Péan’s late sister who had loved the ocean. Rancho Pescadero in Todos Santos. Esperanza is an Auberge Resort.

“We searched for more than a year to find the perfect setting, and when we visited the Esperanza resort—with its spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez and a serene, secluded beach surrounded by cliffs—we knew it was perfect,” says eco-friendly fine jeweler Monique Péan, who married Mill Valley native and real estate financier Stephen Glass on New Year’s Eve, 2010. Their favorite part: “It felt like we were on vacation with all of our best friends.” “Our goal was to share one of our deepest passions—travel—with our friends and family, and everyone was blown away by Rancho Pescadero,” says Ty Bentsen, an L.A. PR director who married Jake Odenberg, editor at mOcean agency, on November 5, 2011. “With just under 50 guests, our wedding party took over the entire property, which made for a very intimate and personalized experience.”

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London. Pamela Love earrings, $325, Monique Péan ring, $10,540, Barneys New York. Maison Michelle hat, $472, Opening Ceremony.

Wedded Bliss One & Only Palmilla’s Beach and Chapel wedding packages are designed with big-day luxury in mind. Four nights’ accommodations for two unfold around a custom ceremony, candlelit beach dinners, ESPA beauty and spa treatments and a day at a private cove. From $5,574.

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“From the moment we entered—driving down the cobble stone driveway lined with palm trees and fire pits—we instantly knew we were somewhere special,” says Jocelyn Dowling. The co-owner of Jo+Jax dance wear wed real estate developer Reza Fakhrieh on November 23, 2011 at One & Only Palmilla. “Our ceremony was on the South Lawn with the crashing waves and the sunset. It was the most beautiful and romantic setting a bride could ask for.” •

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Fairytale Weddings in California’s Jewel City

Rated a top-10 destination in the United States,* Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of the most beautiful places on Earth for an unforgettable wedding celebration. It’s a picture-perfect, European-style village nestled above a white-sand beach where everything is within walking distance from ceremonies to receptions.

For the complete Carmel Wedding Guide, visit

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From floral gowns to fitted sheaths and confections of endless tulle, spring’s most ravishing wedding dresses will bring bliss to any big day Photographed by Jessica Haye & Clark Hsiao

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Carolina Herrera ball gown, price upon request, 323-782-9090. Jennifer Behr veil, $300, Harry Winston earrings, price upon request, 310-271-8554. De Beers bracelet, $46,000, 310-228-1900. O’Hara rose bouquet, Krista Jon, FASHION EDITOR: SAMANTHA TRAINA

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Elie Saab dress, $7,100, Neiman Marcus, B.H., 310-550-5900. Sonia Boyajian headband, $895, J. Crew pumps, $228, Cartier ring, $1,525, 310-275-4272. OppOSITE Badgley Mischka ball gown, $12,090, 310-2483750. Van Cleef & Arpels earrings, price upon request, vancleef-arpels. com. Dusty miller and ranunculus bouquet, Krista Jon,

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Alberta Ferretti gown, $3,490, 310-652-9000. Sonia Boyajian crown, $650, oppoSite Vera Wang ball gown, $6,500, 323-602-0174. Van Cleef & Arpels watch, price upon request,

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Nicole Miller gown, $750, 310-652-1629. Enzoani veil, $225, Jimmy Choo sandals, similar styles available at select Jimmy Choo stores, Harry Winston earrings and bracelet, prices upon request, 310-271-8554. White veronica and pieris bouquet, Krista Jon, OppOSITE Monique Lhuillier gown, $9,500, 323655-1088. David’s Bridal blusher, $129, 877-923-2743, Jimmy Choo sandals, similar styles available at select Jimmy Choo stores, Van Cleef & Arpels earrings, and brooch, prices upon request,

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Love on the Edge In the rugged beauty of Big Sur, Kasia Bilinski and Matthew Murphy wed in a chic and highly unique affair BY florence kane PHoToGraPHeD BY nancY neil

The couple enjoys a post-ceremony moment on Pfeiffer Beach.

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in a lost and found jacket and Dries Van Noten trousers. An arrangement includes black calla lilies, berries and native grasses. A celebratory embrace. Bilinski arrives at the ceremony on her father’s arm. Her vintage clutch. Guests encircle the couple during the nuptials.

e had always spoken about getting married barefoot on a beach,” says Kasia Bilinski. And after becoming engaged at the Muir Beach lookout while on a Highway One road trip in 2010, Big Sur seemed like the perfect place for Bilinski, a fashion designer, and her groom, Matthew Murphy, a filmmaker, to wed. The couple, who met as students in the bride’s native Australia, rented a property where all 11 of the wedding party stayed for a long weekend and partook in the festivities. “Our day began with a big family breakfast,” Bilinski says. She and her maid of honor then gathered wildflowers and grasses from the land surrounding the house to mix in with botanicals from Fiori di Amore for the floral arrangements and her bouquet. Close friends and relatives waited at a special spot on Pfeiffer Beach—where a stream of fresh water meets the ocean—for Bilinski and her father, who gave her away. “I told Matt he was not allowed to look at me when I walked around the river. Later, he knew it was because I was wearing white—not black as I had told him I would all along. The look on his face!” (Bilinski made the dress herself with slits so the wind would carry it.) After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a dinner by Michael’s Catering of grilled halibut, pepper-crusted filet of beef and stuffed portobellos in a nearby meadow. “I wanted it to feel like we were feasting in the wilderness,” Bilinski says. “The setting, intimacy and decorations were the most unique. We put our spirit and aesthetic into every single aspect. It was so elegant, pure and simple, and perfectly embodied Matt and me.” •

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clockwise from lefT The wedding dinner table set in a meadow above the ocean. Bilinski wore Givenchy wedges to the party. she adorned her handmade place cards with butterfly wings. a chocolate meringue and mousse cake from Big sur Bakery. The bride in a Helmut lang jacket. she crafted the guest book out of Japanese paper and leather.

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Coit and Power en route to the reception.

City Slickers

Katherine Power and Justin Coit pull off a cosmopolitan fête at one of L.A.’s most iconic eateries By Kelsey mcKinnon PhotograPhed By Chris Patey

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told her there is no way that we could get married in a Chinese restaurant,” photographer Justin Coit remembers saying to his then-fiancée, Katherine Power, the co-founder of fashion website Who What Wear. But, Mr. Chow it was for the classically cool Beverly Hills couple who had their first group date at the Troubadour, Power’s bridal shower at the Chateau Marmont, the rehearsal dinner at Mastro’s, and a wedding eve sleepover at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The morning ceremony took place at the Hollywood home of friends Jamie and Kelly Patricof. Power donned a white mini dress (made for her by friend and stylist/designer Rachel Zoe) to exchange Jonas Grunberg rings. After a brunch of bagels and lox, and mimosas, the newlyweds headed back to the hotel for a couples’ massage before the party. “We went with Mr. Chow’s whole Art Deco theme. We just had bigger and more of what they normally do,” Power explains of the abounding orchids and stargazer lilies. The couple also recruited pals Brent Bolthouse to redesign the lounge and Samantha Ronson to DJ. Prince’s “Purple Rain”—a favorite of Power’s—ended the evening, but they’ll be back on their anniversary every June 25th to relive the perfect night. •

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From top leFt Guests mingle inside mr. Chow. Black-and-white place cards by calligrapher Kathryn murray. the newlyweds before the reception. power with makeup artist Joey maalouf. Guest Katie Nehra and Coit. DJ Samantha ronson. power wore a marchesa gown to the reception with vintage miriam Haskell earrings.

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The Hitching Post

Deep in St. Helena, a charmed San Francisco couple joins together for a dreamy Durham Ranch wedding By alison clare steingold PhotograPhed By Meg sMith

Harland customized her Amy Kuschel gown. Moss wears a bespoke Gian DeCaro Sartoria suit.

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t flower girl dorothy florence with kathleen deery bouquet. Milk glass arrangements in the modern barn. the hydrangea-flanked aisle. durham ranch is a Paula leduc exclusive venue. groomsmen in selix. Barbara callow calligraphy. amy kuschel gown. Bridesmaids in J.crew. harland designed the invitations. tyler florence.

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didn’t want to look back at photos and be able to identify its exact year. I wanted something timeless,” says Mill Valley’s Jordan Moss of his September nuptials to Pleasanton native Jennifer Harland. The 120guest Durham Ranch affair, awash in pale peaches, taupes and feather grays, captured wine-country casual with elements coordinated by expert planner Laurie Arons—including the band Notorious and the please-all friedchicken menu by chef Tyler Florence (brother-in-law of the groom). “We flirted with typical fish and vegetables, but this was one thing almost everybody would be into,” explains Moss of the family-style dinner. And since “almost everybody” also likes sweets, the Paula LeDuc dessert buffet offered a two-tier Perfect Endings cake plus extra slices in red velvet and carrot.

“Nobody left hungry—that’s for sure,” laughs Harland. Timeless as the Napa Valley weekend was, their introduction was thoroughly modern—and, they both say, totally out of character. After exchanging wide smiles while Moss (who works in commercial real estate) was in a meeting and Harland (owner of was with her sister at La Boulange Cafe & Bakery on Polk Street, Moss posted on’s “Missed Connections.” Harland’s friends, hearing about the encounter, urged her to check the site. She found his missive hours before it expired, and they’ve been together ever since. The couple agrees that this sense of togetherness extended from the welcome dinner at Rotisserie & Wine to the day-after party at Pizzeria Tra Vigne. Family and friends lingered by the Hotel Yountville pool for some quality time before the couple decamped to Big Sur. For their honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. Moss will again hope for no missed connections en route to Buenos Aires. •

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Bopes and Mondavi at the nipozzano estate, which was originally built as a fortress in 1000 A.d.

destination wedding

A Perfect Pairing The scion of Napa’s Mondavi family and his sweetheart tie the knot in Tuscan style BY ELIZABETH KHURI cHAndLER PHOTOGRAPHEd BY dAvId wALdORf

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from ToP The ceremony. With her bridesmaids. The newlyweds. Italian musicians serenaded the couple with “Volare” and “mio Bambino.”


olpo di fulmine. That’s what Italians call “love at first sight.” And it certainly was a lightning bolt for Megan Bopes and Carlo Mondavi. Six months after meeting at a barbecue in Santa Monica, the former pro-snowboarder popped the question to the Park City gal at Opus One winery. (Mondavi’s grandfather Robert and the Rothschild clan collaborated to create the brand in 1979.) At the time, the pair was living part-time in Napa Valley, where Mondavi is currently the west coast sales manager for the family-run Continuum Estate; and in L.A., where Bopes is a documentary producer. One afternoon, Mondavi turned to his fiancée and asked, “What if we got married in a castle in Italy?” “I told him, ‘Settle down there, dreamer,’” says Bopes. But Mondavi dialed the Frescobaldis—winemakers from the Chianti Rufina region with deep ties to the company Mondavi’s grandfather founded in 1965. The couple would become one of the first non-Frescobaldis to wed at the estate. With help on the ground from Northern California wedding coordinator Mary Ellen Murphy, Bopes went for easy-going decor and a simple Augusta Jones lace gown. Uncle Buddy married them under an oak tree, and the party feasted in an ancient outdoor courtyard with glasses of Frescobaldi Pomino Benefizio, Continuum, and plates piled high with Chianina steak and spinach gnocchi. Afterward, the party danced until 5 a.m. And when shuttle bus drivers forgot to take stragglers home, the newlyweds and their friends lay in the grass. “I remember thinking—what an amazing night,” says Bopes. “To be here with my best friends and my husband, watching a million shooting stars. How lucky am I?” •

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The wedding party. mondavi and his groomsmen. Delving into a traditional, four-layer Italian Chantilly cream cake trimmed with fresh fruit. During the 3-hour meal, each family-style course was paired with a frescobaldi wine and a large-format mondavi bottle signed by guests as a keepsake.

from ToP The bride carried a bouquet of locally grown garden roses and hydrangeas. Blending Sangiovese and merlot as a symbol of their commitment. A detail of her Augusta Jones lace dress. mondavi with his father, Tim, and Bopes’ father, Gene.

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I Will

Actor Sydney Poitier and musician Dorian Heartsong herald their Malibu union with a night of rock and roll By ELIZABETH KHURI CHANDLER pHoTogRApHED By HANNAH ARIsTA AND LAURA KLEINHENZ foR DoCUvITAE

Poitier wears a strapless organza dress by Monique Lhuillier and carries a bouquet of tillandsia and white orchids. A Hugo Boss-clad Heartsong sports a boutonniere of scabiosa pods.

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low-key brunch turned into an all-day date, then a 12-year romance. When they decided to make it official, L.A.-based Sydney Poitier and Dorian Heartsong turned to Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu. Friends sang the famous Beatles tune, “All You Need Is Love,” a cappella, as the couple floated down the aisle during the recessional. “I wanted a wedding that was a reflection of us,” says the actor, who did not use a planner. “Relaxed, organic, comfy and easy.” Using invitations embedded with wildflower seeds, succulents instead of traditional florals, and Édith Piaf in the lineup, Poitier and bass guitarist Heartsong looked for ways to go green, play meaningful music, and involve their tight-knit circle of friends. One kindred spirit crafted centerpieces out of reclaimed wood; another sewed linens; and longtime family pal Wolfgang Puck provided an array of delicious delicacies. Through it all, Poitier (named after her father, Sidney, the actor) and her groom kept the classics coming, grooving to “I Will” (also by The Beatles) for the combined father-daughter, mother-son dance. And at the end of the night, guests parted carrying home plants that require no soil to thrive. “I liked the symbolism,” says Poitier. “Like love, they create life out of thin air.” • The 140 guests danced by a small lake. Walking out with her father. Poitier’s Lhuillier veil, and crown of gray acacia, white mini wax flower and thistle. Tillandsia (air plants) as favors. Poitier changed into a crocheted dress by BHLDN for the reception. The ceremony. Sherry Yard’s chocolate raspberry cake.


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Heaven on Earth Natali Amar and Michael Smith mix traditional and modern splendor at his family’s Montecito estate BY jennY murraY PHOTOGraPHeD BY nancY neil

The bride was a vision in a monique lhuillier gown and veil.

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atali Amar and Michael Smith met in Israel (where Amar was born and raised) at a party for a friend’s wedding. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Smith (a media executive) courted the brown-eyed beauty over Skype for two months before she agreed to a visit. (“To show her I was normal, I had my mom and niece join one of our chats,” he laughs.) A year later, on a trip up the California coastline, Smith proposed at Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn with a sentimental stone. “The brilliant-cut white diamond was the last piece of jewelry my dad gave to my mom before he passed. I had it reset with a setting Nati loved.” At once, the betrothed, along with coordinator Merryl Brown, immersed themselves in planning every detail of the lavish affair, which would take place at Smith’s family’s Montecito manse. That detail had been firmly sealed: “Nati first met my mom when we went to her house. She told Nati that one day she hoped I would get married there and then gave her a little wink, wink.” And it was under a chuppah, adorned with thousands of pink and white roses, by Mindy Rice, that the couple were joined together as man and wife. The groom’s lifelong Rabbi, Uri D. Herscher read letters the two had scribed to one another. Amar’s fondest memory from the day was her walk down the aisle. “I came out to see the entire crowd of our favorite friends and family. My father gave me a beautiful blessing and then I saw my amazing husband,” says the bride, who was flawless in a white confection and veil by renowned designer Monique Lhuillier. The drop-waist gown had a lace-corset bodice and full skirt made with dramatic layers of organza and ostrich feathers. Amar completed her look with Harry Winston Lily Cluster diamond earrings. Following the ceremony, the sound of saxophonist Justin Claveria greeted guests as they passed through sky-high iron gates (from local Eye of the Day Garden Design Center) into the courtyard. All were seated under grand oak trees dripping with lights by King Dahl Event Design and brilliant chandeliers provided by Bella Vista Designs. It was longtime family friend Kenny Loggins who kicked off the reception with a lively performance of “Footloose,” followed by Brian Judah, star of the Bravo show “Platinum Hit,” who performed

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from top A quiet moment for Amar. the al fresco reception was created with La tavola Linen, Small masterpiece table settings and Classic party rentals. Bella Vista Designs hung chandeliers in the trees. the bridal bouquet of white garden roses by mindy rice floral and Event Design. Smith, in a Gucci tuxedo, with groomsman Sam Valenti.

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from LEft Amar works for a non-profit; Smith is CEo of the playlist Generation. the couple had their wedding bands made in Jerusalem. Small masterpiece mixed and matched 100-year-old china, silverware and crystal to look like a family’s heirloom collection. Smith’s mother and step-father, Anne and michael towbes at left; Amar’s parents, pinchus and Shula at right.

Elton John’s “Your Song” for the father/daughter dance, plus his new single “Bettin My Life on You” for mother/son. DJ Chris Carter’s ambient music soothed as the culinary team from the Four Seasons Biltmore served lamb with truffle gnocchi and branzino, and a towering, regal dessert by Robyn Loves Cake. The Tuscan-inspired menu was paired with wines from locally owned Summerland Winery. To toast the couple, best man Peter Lehman raised a glass of Moët’s Dom Pérignon. “He told tales of our friendship and interwove thoughts and memories of my late father,” says Smith. Ortal Amar, Nati’s sister and maid of honor, followed suit with some funny childhood memories. Inside, the real dance party started and DJ Zen Freeman had it going into the early mornfrom ABoVE A ing hours as Moroccan-inspired hors d’oeuvres framed portrait and cocktails by Karma Tequila and VeeV were served. of the groom’s late father, robert Before returning to their home in the Hollywood Smith. rabbi Uri D. Hills, Amar and Smith first took a weeklong mini-moon Herscher performed the ceremony under to the Hawaiian island of Lana’i, followed by a longer a cascading floral family trip to France, and, finally, to Nati’s native Israel. chuppah by mindy rice floral and Event “I went across the world to find my true love,” recalls Design. oppoSItE Smith. “Our wedding was the best weekend of our lives, Amar makes her way to the altar at dusk. and we will always treasure the memories.” •

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“Nati first met my mom when we went to her house. She told Nati that one day she hoped I would get married there and then gave her a little wink, wink.�

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from ABoVE A sweet moment with niece and flower girl, Leighton. Signing the ketubah. family friend Kenny Loggins performed “footloose” at the reception. the wedding invitation was designed by marc friedland. oppoSItE Before leaving for their Hawaiian mini-moon, the newlyweds spent three days in town with Amar’s family, who lives in Israel. from LEft


the bridal party in dresses from priscilla of Boston. Amar and her father embrace. Christina ricou and ryan fuson congratulate the newlyweds. robyn Loves Cake created the 5-tier vanilla masterpiece. monique Lhuillier and husband tom Bugbee. the four Seasons Biltmore served an Italianinspired menu paired with Summerland Winery varietals.

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ResouRce Guide BEAUTY + FITNESS BlushinGton WeHo, 310-652-5874; calista sandeRson L.A., 310-273-4100. equinox 866-332-6549; JoeY MaalouF L.A., 248-647-1111; John cassese dance doctoR S.M., 310-459-2264; Kate soMeRville WeHo, 323-655-7546; soulcYcle stRanGe invisiBle PeRFuMes Venice, 310-314-1505; 3Rd stReet dance L.A., 310-275-4683; toMiKo taFt MaKe-uP aRtistRY S.B., CAKES BiG suR BaKeRY Big Sur, 831-667-0520; la FoRÊt Napa, PeRFect endinGs Napa Valley, 707-259-0500; RoBYn loves caKe S.B., 805-570-7275; sweet & saucY shoP L.B., 562-598-8340; sweet ladY Jane WeHo, 323-653-7145; S.M., 310-254-9499; valeRie conFections L.A., 213-739-8149; vanilla BaKe shoP S.M., 310-458-6644; Century City, 310-284-7937; CATERERS aniMal cateRinG L.A., 323-782-9225; esseR vineYaRds Napa Valley, 707-963-1300; FiG RestauRant S.M., 310-899-8595; FouR seasons BiltMoRe S.B., 805-969-2261; the FRench laundRY Yountville, 707-944-0456; heiRlooM la L.A., 855-456-6652; hoG island oYsteR co. Marshall, Napa, S.F., 415-342-9320; Katie PoweRs cateRinG Sausalito, 415-331-2787; laYeR caKe wines St. Helena, lucques cateRinG L.A., 323-246-0978; MastRo’s steaKhouse L.A., 310-888-8782; Michael’s cateRinG Marina, 831-884-2400; MR. chow B.H., 310-278-9911; Paula leduc Fine cateRinG 510-547-7825; Patina cateRinG 213-814-3051; PeKo-PeKo JaPanese cateRinG Oak., 415-710-3926; sotto cateRinG B.H., 310-277-0210; staRteR BaKeRY Oak., 510-547-6400; stRaiGht uP cocKtail seRvice S.B., 805-895-4097; tRa viGne Napa Valley, 707-963-4444; tYleR FloRence See Laurie Arons Special Events. wolFGanG PucK cateRinG DESIGNERS + SALONS aGent PRovocateuR L.A., 323-653-0229; alBeRta FeRRetti L.A., 310-652-9000; alvina valenta JLM Couture, aMY Kuschel S.F., 415-956-5657; auGusta Jones BadGleY MischKa B.H., 310-248-3750;

Band oF outsideRs 323-876-5151; BaRneYs new YoRK B.H., 310-276-4400; S.F., 415-268-3500; Bhldn 888-642-4536; BlooMinGdale’s 800-777-0000; BRidal GalleRia S.F., 415-362-2277; BuRBeRRY 800-284-8480; caRolina heRReRa L.A., 323-782-9090; chloé L.A., 323-602-0000; Costa Mesa, 714-481-0308; chRistian louBoutin WeHo, 310-247-9300; claiRe PettiBone B.H., 310-360-6268; david’s BRidal 877-923-2453; diane von FuRstenBeRG L.A., 323-951-1947; dRies van noten Saks Fifth Avenue, S.F., 415-986-4300; elie saaB Neiman Marcus, B.H., 310-550-5900; elizaBeth KennedY 267-566-4286; enzoani 866-ENZOANI; eRes B.H., 310-246-1008; euGenia KiM 212-993-6494; Fashion island N.B., 949-721-2000; GivenchY Barneys New York, B.H., 310-276-4400; heidi MeRRicK L.A., 323-717-2153; helMut lanG WeHo, 323-951-0994; J. cRew 800-205-3877; JenniFeR BehR 718-360-1875; JiMMY choo 866-JCHOO-US; J. Mendel J. scheeR & co. L.A., 800-448-7291; Juan caRlos oBando Judith leiBeR B.H., 310-888-8852; Costa Mesa, 714-549-7177; KiKi de MontPaRnasse L.A., 323-951-9545. lacRasia N.Y., 212-370-0310; lanvin B.H., 310-402-0580; la PeRla B.H., 310-860-0561; Costa Mesa, 714-754-7500; lazaRo JLM Couture, Maison Michelle Opening Ceremony, L.A., 310-652-1120; Maxfield, L.A., 310-274-8800. Manolo BlahniK N.Y., 212-582-3007; L.V., 702-770-3477; MaRchesa N.Y., 212-463-8135; MaRie-chantal 877-855-6208; Matthew williaMson N.Y., 212-255-9881; Monique lhuillieR L.A., 323-655-1088; nicole MilleR L.A., 310-652-1629; S.D., 760-632-7000; nina Ricci noRdstRoM 888-282-6060; oscaR de la Renta WeHo, 323-653-0200; Costa Mesa, 714-754-9044; PaMella Roland Wilkes Bashford, S.F., 415-986-4380; PeGeen 877-473-4336; PRiscilla oF Boston 800-970-9205; Rachel zoe L.A., ReBecca taYloR 888-485-6738; Rivini 416-977-1793; saKs FiFth avenue 877-551-7257; south coast Plaza Costa Mesa, 800-782-8888; tadashi shoJi South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 877-TADASHI; Forum Shops at Caesars, L.V., 877-2TADASHI. teMPeRleY london L.A., 323-782-8000;

tRina tuRK Fashion Island, L.A., P.S., 888-444-7748; veRa wanG L.A., 323-602-0174; vouelle FLORISTS cal-westeRn landscaPe S.B., 805-962-4216; eMPtY vase L.A., 310-278-1988; eYe oF the daY GaRden desiGn centeR S.B., 805-566-6500; FioRi di aMoRe Carmel Valley, 831-236-6951; FloRali Walnut Creek, 925-934-6877; FloRette FloRal desiGn L.A., S.B., 626-824-6375; FloweRwild L.A., 818-729-0309; hollY FloRa L.A., 310-559-5705; Kathleen deeRY desiGn S.F., 415-442-5010; KRista Jon O.C., 949-218-8018; little woRld desiGn L.A., 818-642-5829; MindY Rice L.A., S.B., 310-308-3735; PeonY & PluM L.A., 310-740-2570; villaGe GaRdeneR S.B., HOTELS + LOCATIONS adaMson house Malibu, 310-456-8432; BacaRa ResoRt & sPa S.B., 805-968-0100; BeveRlY hills hotel B.H., 310-276-2251; calistoGa Ranch Calistoga, 707-254-2800; caRMel-BY-the-sea caRneRos inn Napa, 707-299-4900; casa del MaR S.M., 310-581-5533; chateau MaRMont L.A., 323-656-1010; chuRch estate vineYaRds Malibu, 310-457-0600; duRhaM Ranch St. Helena, 707-968-9010. esPeRanza ResoRt Baja California Sur; FaiRMont MiRaMaR S.M., 310-576-7777; FouR seasons Lanai, 800-321-4666; S.B. Biltmore, 805-969-2261; the GRand del MaR S.D., 855-314-2030; headlands centeR FoR the aRts Sausalito, 415-331-2787; hotel Bel-aiR Bel Air, 310-281-2919; hotel vitale S.F., 415-278-3700; loFtseven L.A., MaJestic halls L.A., 213-278-7162; Meadowood St. Helena, 707-963-3646; MontaGe B.H., Laguna Beach, 866-271-6953; oJai valleY inn & sPa Ojai, 805-646-1111; one & onlY PalMilla Baja California Sur; naPa valleY ReseRve Napa, Pelican hill Newport Coast, 949-467-6800; the Peninsula B.H., 310-551-2888; PFeiFFeR Beach Big Sur, 831-667-2315; Post Ranch inn Big Sur, 888-524-4787; Rancho diaBlo doRMido Agoura, Rancho PescadeRo

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ResouRce Guide Baja California Sur, 910-300-8891; Rosewood sand Hill Menlo Park, 650-561-1500; sFMoMa S.F., 415-357-4076; sHutteRs on tHe beacH S.M., 310-458-0030; soHo House WeHo, 310-432-9271; solaGe calistoGa Calistoga, 866-942-7442; sowden House L.A., st. ReGis Dana Point, Princeville, S.F., 877-787-3447; sunset toweR Hotel WeHo, 323-654-7100; taHiti touRisMe tHe vintaGe estate Yountville, 707-945-4546; JEWELERS anna sHeFField Roseark, WeHo, 323-822-3600; asPReY The Beverly Hills Hotel, B.H., 310-550-0520; bulGaRi 800-BULGARI; bulova Macy’s, Beverly Center, L.A., 310-854-6655; caRtieR 800-227-8437; cHanel Fine jewelRY 800-550-0005; cHoPaRd B.H., 310-550-7220; Costa Mesa, 714-432-0963; coacH 800-444-3611; david webb B.H., 310-858-8006; N.Y., 212-421-3030; david YuRMan 888-DYURMAN; de beeRs B.H., Costa Mesa, S.F., 888-376-9230; dioR Fine jewelRY 310-859-4700; FoReveRMaRk Traditional Jewelers, N.B., 949-721-9010; FRed leiGHton N.Y., 212-288-1872; FuRReR-jacot Shreve & Co., S.F., 415-421-2600; Traditional Jewelers, N.B., 949-721-9010; GRaFF S.F., 415-926-7000; GRaY GalleRY WeHo, 310-854-0091; Gucci B.H., 310-278-3451; HaRRY winston B.H., 310-271-8554; Costa Mesa, 714-371-1910; HeaRts on FiRe 877-PERFECT; jelena beHRend 212-995-8497; jonas GRunbeRG 310-273-0155; kateRina Maxine 212-888-1688; kiRk kaRa isabella 800-874-0181; kwiat Palazzo Hotel, L.V., 702-650-2680; MikiMoto B.H., 310-205-8787; Costa Mesa, 714-424-5440; MiRiaM Haskell 212-764-3332; Monique PÉan 646-370-5409; PaMela love 212-564-8260; PennY PReville Ritani CJ Charles, L.J., 858-454-5390; RobeRto coin FoR tRaditional jeweleRs N.B., 949-706-6400; Russell tRusso at GuMP’s S.F., 800-766-7628; sHReve & co. S.F., 415-421-2600; Palo Alto, 650-327-2211; sinGle stone on Mission stReet Pas., 626-799-3109;

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when lauren Bacall (née Betty perske) met Humphrey Bogart on the set of To Have or Have Not, he was involved in a turbulent, alcohol-afflicted marriage to his third wife, mayo methot. until then, the actor, who’d already appeared in some 50 films, had never had an affair with a leading lady. He aptly called 19-year-old Bacall, Baby. their trysts took place at her apartment in Beverly Hills and aboard Bogart’s 54-foot sailing yacht, the santana, (despite her chronic seasickness) which he docked on Balboa island. Just 11 days after divorcing methot, Bogie was wed to Baby, and remained so until his death in 1957. PhotograPh by Ed Clark tExt by kElsEy mckinnon

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