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90 GARDEN PARTY From sweet boho frocks to statuesque sheaths, the grass is greener in spring’s effortless looks.
98 ENCHANTED FOREST In one of Big Sur’s ancient redwood groves, Ken Fulk realizes the fairy-tale union of tech baron Sean Parker to chanteuse Alexandra Lenas.
104 GOING THE DISTANCE Marina Didovich and Steven Chee leave their Southern Hemisphere home for an intimate desert affair. 108 THIS SIDE OF PARADISE Pepperdine schoolmates Angelia De Meistre and Viktor Armand Hammer tie the knot, Fitzgerald style, in an elegant summer soiree in the bride’s hometown of Santa Barbara.
112 FLIGHTS OF FANCY A chance encounter leads Sara Hornor and Chris Hannigan to say “I do” in picturesque Monarch Beach.
114 COLOMBIAN FLAIR Within the historic walls of Cartagena, Stephanie Muth and Todd Watts of Orange County marry in Old World tradition.
118 TRIED & TRUE After meeting in elementary school, Carly Brien and Alejandro de Castro celebrate their love and lasting friendship in Carmel Valley.
120 RESOUNDING JOY Jordan Foster and GARDEN PARTY, Oleg Cassini gown, Brian Atwood sandals, and Asprey bracelet and ring, Page 90.
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124 GRAND CRU On a sun-drenched afternoon, party planner Julia Esser weds Christopher Lake at her family’s Napa Valley winery.
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coast. An L.A. couple head south
The happily-ever-after how-to.
Unveiling the latest in headpiece
of the border to get hitched.
adornments. The Tone It Up
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team counts down to the big day.
126 RESOURCE GUIDE
Who’s who behind the scenes of C.
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31 C WHAT’S HOT
Inside the new Bash, Please
Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
A look at new and exciting
aesthetic. The nuts and bolts of an
on their wedding day.
people, places and products
unforgettable Napa affair. Kathleen
around the state: Gypset sets
Deery and other top florists sound
the bar in artisanal event design.
off on spring blooms.
her secrets. Christie’s magnificent
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jewels hit the auction block. Fresh
Miso’s sweet and simple
deliveries from Flower Muse.
creations. The ultimate rehearsal
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ON OUR COVER
lunch. Curated cooking from
Photographed by Amy Neunsinger
L.A.’s Urban Palate.
in D.I.D by Watters gown, De Beers ring, and Krista Jon headpiece. Styled
Spring’s rising hemlines.
by Annina Mislin. HAIR Giovanni
Erin Fetherston designs honey-
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moon-worthy negligees. The white
Heavenly honeymoons: From
(and black) wedding trends to try.
a remote Maldivian resort to a
using Makeup Forever at The Wall Group.
Plus, a style guide for the groom.
classic car road trip along CA’s
See Resource Guide, page 126.
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Giuliano using Lionel Renard at Atelier Management. MAKEUP Sage Maitri
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A veteran calligrapher shares
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another one that sounds so wonderful. Maybe that’s what oftentimes gets these mothers of the bride so worked up—they seem to think it is their own wedding. It obviously comes from a good place, but they may need to be gently reminded whose day it really is.
C Weddings is full of everything you need to plan the perfect celebration.
From dresses to flowers, cakes to jewels, we report on all to keep you chic from start to finish. We also feature the best ceremonies up and down our Golden State and ask newlyweds the secrets to getting hitched. When it all comes down to it, weddings are meant to satisfy that “happily ever after” fantasy. After all the fairy tales and princess stories I have read to my girls over the years, I want that storybook ending for them and look forward to helping create it one day (even if that day is a few decades away!). In the meantime, a girl can dream… Enjoy this awe-inspiring issue, no matter if you are the bride-to-be, the mother
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Amy Neunsinger “What a treat to shoot the beautiful wedding dresses for ‘Garden Party’ [p.90]. This experience reminded me of my wedding and my dress, which I still wear—most recently to a ‘Game of Thrones’ New Year’s Eve party,” says photographer Amy Neunsinger, who has also shot for Martha Stewart Living, GQ, InStyle, Vanity Fair and W.
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Kelly Harris + Paige Appel “We love creating unique wedding designs that are indicative of our clients’ tastes as well as our own,” says event production duo Kelly Harris and Paige Appel of Bash, Please, who contributed their talents to the wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, “Garden Variety” (p.65). “We thrive when our creativity has a chance to flourish, and our steak and cobbler • Calliote Canyon in Ojai • Roseark
Christian Oth “There was a moment during the reception when I took a step back to really absorb everything that was going on around me. The level of detail was unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and I’m sure it will serve as creative inspiration for years to come,” says lensman Christian Oth, who documented “Enchanted Forest” (p.98). C SPOTS • Big Sur—I could take photos there forever and be happy • Death Valley • The Original Farmers’ Market in L.A.
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An all-white Gypset event in Malibu with custom rugs, lights, scultpures and seating.
Pitch Perfect Raising the stakes in artisanal event design, L.A.-based Gypset is just getting the party started WRITTEN AND EDITED BY KELSEY McKINNON SPRING WEDDINGS 2014
en years ago off the coast of Africa, Frank Klapp first met Christian Escario, a fellow professional sailor, surfer and globe-trotter. Escario went on to graduate from UC Santa Cruz and USC film school, had a career in finance, optioned and sold his first film (Inhale), flipped 13 properties in L.A. and now lives high in the Hollywood Hills. Meanwhile, Klapp returned to Tarifa, Spain, founded a clothing brand and opened seven stores, then three restaurants, started a family and launched the wildly successful events company Gypset around beautiful structures of his design and construction. “It evolved from surfing—you would build a shelter, then you’d do a better shelter, and you get better products. And with Frank being a perfectionist and an engineer, he’s mastered that art,” Escario says. Outgrowing the Spanish market, Klapp (along with his brother, Jorg, who is an integral voice in the design process) joined his old friend in California, and Gypset entered L.A.’s buzzing party scene in 2012.
A dome constructed for a wedding reception is open to the elements. LEFT Four 40-foot-tall cones of bamboo, steel and organic cotton at a Beverly Park affair.
“People here have beautiful outdoor spaces, then they close everything off with a tent and have a party in a box,” notes Escario, now the company’s co-owner. Gypset’s core principle revolves around the practice of using handmade structures and furnishings to enhance and incorporate natural surroundings. Designing and building prototypes on the company’s ranch in Malibu, they source one-of-a-kind items from a network of international artisans: rugs from Morocco; bamboo from Asia and South America; wool and hides from central Africa. Of the company’s work ethic, Escario explains, “Either we have creative control of the project or we don’t do it at all, no matter the price. We are not a rental company; we’re a full-service design company providing everything from security to catering.” They dream of one day building a hotel together and rolling out Gypset in Miami and the Hamptons—never straying too far from a surf break. gypsetevent.com. •
Van Cleef & Arpels was founded when Alfred Van Cleef married Estelle Arpels in 1895. Now, the storied French jewelry maison unveils an expertly refurbished (and expanded) boutique at South Coast Plaza. vancleefarpels.com.
Second Blush Odalisque ring with 5.62-carat solitaire, price upon request. Perlée ring, $54,000.
MAID WELL Designed with bridesmaids in mind, Pamella, Pamella Roland (the 12-year-old company’s first capsule collection) launches with elegant cocktail dresses and gowns. $485-$1,300; pamellaroland.com. Dress, $690, Neiman Marcus.
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Stephanie Schur has a relaxed yet sophisticated way about her. Not surprisingly, she applies that same philosophy to flower arranging at Botany, her 4-year-old flower shop tucked inside the Brentwood Country Mart and now at a second location in Pasadena, next to Mohawk General Store and Escuela Tacqueria. The florist takes on 10 to 12 weddings each year, and in her opinion, “the bouquet should always reflect the personality of the bride. I love doing arrangements that aren’t perfect or giant.” 225 26th St., Ste. 41, S.M.; 40 Smith Alley, Pasadena; botany flowers.com. Schur at Botany Brentwood. ABOVE An arrangement of garden roses, chamomile, Veronica, sweet peas, blushing bride and dusty miller.
SCHUR: SARAH HOFFMAN; SETSIPSERVE.COM. GYPSET DOME: LUDOVIC FRANCO.
Labor of Love
The Gaia lattice gown, $1,666, photographed in Death Valley.
Named after Greek, Roman and Hindu goddesses (e.g., Artemis, Hera, Diana and Lakshmi), Mara Hoffman’s debut bridal line, Devotional Collection, recalls tribal and ceremonial nuances of the past. Four gowns, a bustier and long skirt, a veil and two swimsuits are meant for natural settings, whether walking barefoot on the beach or deep in the desert sands. $300-$1,700; marahoffman.com.
VIRTUAL AID Planning site CaratsandCakes encourages newlyweds to post images from their big day and dish on the vendors who made their dreams come true. caratsandcakes.com. Search the Pinterest-like interface for photographers, designers and venues across the country.
For couples starting a collection or just adding to a well-curated cellar, Napa Valley-based Bottlenotes provides extensive options for the wine registry. Select individual bottles or packages ranging from a library of starter Champagnes (Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs, 2007, Dom Pérignon, 2002) to The Anniversary Cellar—15 bottles to break out on anniversaries (Pichon Lalande, 2008, Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, 2008, and Altesino, Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli, 2006). bottlenotes.com. Bottlenotes offers tasting notes and ratings on thousands of labels, like this 2008 ZD Chardonnay, $41.95.
onsistency is probably the most important trait of a great calligrapher. It should look effortless. Of course it also helps to be creative, prolific and fastidious,” says Mar Vista-based Anne Robin, who has been a full-time calligrapher for the past 15 years. While versed in the technique of traditional calligraphy, Robin is one of the few artists who specialize in clean, contemporary penmanship. Choose from among 14 styles or customize your own. annerobin.com.
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An envelope addressed in Robin’s Erin style. Robin working with her son. Camellia leaf seating assignments.
MARA HOFFMAN: OLIVIA MALONE. ROBIN PORTRAIT: SASHA NIALLA
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what’s hot Without a Hitch Planning unique affairs in S.F., Napa and the Central Coast, Jubilee Lau Events takes the art of celebrating very seriously. The team recently launched the simplified wedding concept White Label, where handsoff brides can select one of six design packages that include flowers, stationery, cake and an escort card display. jubileelauevents.com. Available in three colorways, the Falling For package features organic, relaxed and woodsy elements.
BIG LOVE With select sparklers weighing in at almost 12 carats,
online bidders can participate in real time at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auctions taking place in New York on April 17 and June 10. christies.com. Tiffany & Co. pear-shaped diamond ring, 11.53 carats, est. $500,000-$700,000. A rectangular diamond ring, 5.18 carats, est. $140,000$160,000. A circular-cut diamond eternity band (sold with matching earrings), est. $7,000-$10,000.
AISLE STYLE This season, three in-demand designers launch ethereal diffusion lines
Rules of Engagement Is it appropriate to have a standby guest list? Do you have to invite out-of-town guests to the rehearsal dinner? When should you send out invitations? The sixth installment of Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette ($30, William Morrow) answers all the logistical questions for the big day and beyond. And in Modern Manners ($20, Random House), Liv Tyler and her grandmother Dorothea Johnson outline more dos and don’ts—like how to FROM LEFT Mila by St. gently excuse oneself Pucchi gown, $1,985, from an overly 310-601-7604. Ti Adora talkative guest. by Alvina Valenta gown, $1,045, jlmcouture.com. Lovelle by Lazaro gown, $1,685, jlmcouture.com.
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la Rosa in Emporio Armani, and Barr in Amsale. Guests mingle by the pool before dinner. Sweet Lisa’s cake. Lighting the cannon. Badgley Mischka shoes. Basket of embroidered handkerchiefs. Karen Bussen planning and flowers. Escort cards strung on ribbons. Lobster rolls.
fter a bicoastal courtship, which involved several tours in New York and Los Angeles, Tony de la Rosa, a financial adviser at UBS, proposed to Jenny Barr, an account supervisor at RMO Whetherly, in the summer of 2012. The Beverly Hills couple, who met through mutual friends in Palm Springs, knew they wanted a big wedding with flexibility in scheduling and decided to marry at the bride’s bucolic family property in Greenwich, Connecticut, Stone’s Throw. Organizing the event from 3,000 miles away had its advantages. “I would go for walks in December and send pictures of flowers for color inspiration,” says Barr, adding, “You have
to go with your instincts. It also helps to have someone you can trust on the other side—in my case, my mom.” In the end, the celebration was a midsummer night’s dream filled with personality. The bride’s brother Nate, a Topangabased Emmy-nominated composer, wrote an original score for the ceremony before the fathers of the bride and groom set off a cannon to commence the festivities. The guests—all 365 of them—were escorted through the main house, past the Davidoff cigar and tequila bars (a nod to the groom’s Mexican heritage) to an 80-foot reception tent. And after hours of dancing, a late-night pool party ensued when several penguin suits decided to take a dip. •
BUNDLE UP Blooms from Flower Muse are freshly clipped when an order is received, and delivered direct to your doorstep within days—prolonging the life of stems and lowering the costs. Choose from dozens of loose varieties and wedding packages. ÁRZHUPXVHFRP. C 38 SPRING WEDDINGS 2014
Flower Muse offers peonies all year round, starting at $110.
DE LA ROSA & BARR WEDDING: DAVE ROBBINS PHOTOGRAPHY
Jenny Barr and Tony de la Rosa bring a slice of California to Connecticut
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ANKLETTE Carolina Herrera gown, $7,990, 323-782-9090. Christian Louboutin pumps, $625, 310-247-9300. Gaspar gloves, $115. Harry Winston bracelet, 310-271-8554. De Beers ring, 714-641-5820. FASHION EDITOR: ANNINA MISLIN
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ABOVE-THE-KNEE Monique Lhuillier dress, $2,990, 323-655-1088. Christian Louboutin pumps, $725, 310-247-9300. Marchesa clutch, $3,295, Neiman Marcus. Asprey bracelet and ring, 310-550-0520.
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HIGH-LOW Rivini by Rita Vinieris slip, top and skirt, $6,285, Erin Cole Couture Bridal. Monique Lhuillier pumps, $650, 323-655-1088. Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet, 310-276-1161. Bouquet by Krista Jon, kristajon.com.
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nspired by her laid-back Malibu roots, Katharine Polk launched the ready-to-wear label Houghton in 2011. This year, she debuts her first bridal collection (Houghton Bride), featuring elegant separates and tailored suits for the woman who wants something timeless without being too conventional. “She loves fashion and wants to be comfortable, sexy and chic,” says the designer. houghtonnyc.com.
Juliette diamond engagement ring, $3,500.
Lace jacket, $1,950, sheer blouse, $1,200, and wide-leg trousers, $1,950.
Make sure to add L.A.-based Red C Jewels to your wish list. The recently launched fine jewelry line boasts an elegant Bridal Memory Collection, with an array of gold, platinum, diamond and precious stone rings in 14 delicate styles. redcjewels.com.
Sparkly evening flats fit for dancing the night away FROM LEFT Oscar
de la Renta, $895, 323-653-0200. Rochas, price upon request, rochas.com. Dolce & Gabbana, $845, 310-888-8701.
TO A TEE
Designer Trish Lee at her SOMA studio. RIGHT Regina embroidered gown, $2,860.
S.F.-based Trish Lee first learned how to make dresses from her mother, then cut her teeth at Amy Kuschel Bride before launching an eponymous collection in January 2013. Her signature style embraces delicate cap sleeves, backless necklines and subtle references to the ’20s and ’30s. “I love dresses that have meaning behind them. I want to instill that same artisanal spirit into my collection.” 415-562-6553; trishlee.com.
WHAT LIES BENEATH
Get your beauty rest in one of Carolina Herrera’s five new delicate sleepwear silhouettes. 8441 Melrose Pl., L.A., 323-782-9090. Romper with lace, $495.
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Babydoll slip, $139, and briefs, $43. RIGHT Erin Fetherston.
talian intimates line Cosabella has partnered with Bay Area-born designer Erin Fetherston on a new collection of bridal negligees. A newlywed herself, Fetherston says the collaboration was a natural step. “My designs and personal style have always been feminine and romantic, so it felt organic for me to translate that to lingerie.” $38-$215; shop.cosabella.com.
Ultimate Bridal Collection Marquise diamond ring, price upon request; a sketch in progress.
All That Glitters Jeweler extraordinaire Harry Winston introduces an exclusive service for clients to create one-of-a-kind diamond engagement rings with the help of a designer, gemologist and craftsman. The Ultimate Bridal Collection begins with a sketch of the desired design, followed by the quest for the perfect stone and the creation of a stunning, unique setting. 310 N. Rodeo Dr., B.H., 310-271-8554.
Mrs. Flavia clutch, $1,795.
A NEAR MRS. Evening bag designer Brett Heyman of Edie Parker debuts her first collection of custom bridal clutches. Infused with signature ’50s and ’60s influences, they’re the ideal modern-day pochette. edie-parker.com.
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My Perfect Match Pendant, $375.
Crepe jumpsuit, $1,995.
Known for their sculptural silhouettes, Viktor & Rolf bring a fashion-forward sensibility to bridal wear this season with the debut of Marriage, a seven-piece capsule collection. Among the offerings: a strapless taffeta trapeze design, a silk ivory shirt dress with a dramatic train and evening overcoat options. viktor-rolf.com.
WRITTEN BY ALISA WOLFSON. FETHERSTON PORTRAIT: MICHAEL BEAUPLET. MANNIN: MOR WEIZMAN
TOKENS OF AFFECTION Specializing in personalized gold and sterling silver pieces, L.A.based Mannin Fine Jewelry introduces My Perfect Match pendants of disc charms engraved with customized messages of love and adoration. mannin ÀQHMHZHOU\FRP.
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Neil Lane ring, 310-275-5015.
La Perla bra, $195, and briefs, $135, net-a-porter.com.
Backstage at the Vera Wang Spring 2014 Bridal show.
ABOVE Jonathan Adler pillow, $165, jonathan adler.com. Chanel Fine Jewelry necklace, 800-550–0005.
John Rocha for Waterford Crystal flute, $250/pair, waterford. com. Pomellato earrings, $2,500, 310-858-1300.
Graphic black and white adorns the season’s modern gowns and classic accoutrements
Paper Source garland, $11, paper-source.com.
Gianvito Rossi pumps, $870, net-aporter.com.
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Forevermark ring, forevermark.com.
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Dior clutch, $3,600, dior.com.
Jennifer Behr headband, $2,500, jennifer behr.com. Strange Invisible Perfumes Aquarian Roses Eau de Parfum, $385, siperfumes.com.
Gump’s San Francisco luggage tag, $5, 415-982-1616.
Stuart Weitzman sandals, $398, stuart weitzman.com.
Van Cleef & Arpels watch, 310-276-1161.
SOMETHING BLUE Take the plunge in an engagement ring and eternity band set with striking aqua, navy or sapphire stones
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Beers, South Coast Plaza, 714-641-5820. Kwiat, kwiat.com. Tiffany & Co., 310-273-8880. Asprey, 310-550-0520. Neil Lane band, 310-275-5015. Art Deco, FD Gallery, N.Y., 212-772-2440. Cartier trinity, 310-275-4272. Mish New York, 212-734-3500.
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The surest way to define and individualize your wedding day wardrobe? Add a pocket square for a dash of color, texture and flair.
1. Burberry London, $90, burberry.com. 2. Salvatore Ferragamo, $120, 866-3377242. 3. Kent & Curwen, $75, kentand curwen.co.uk. 4. Burberry London, $90, burberry.com. 5. Kent & Curwen, $75, kentandcurwen.co.uk. 6. Kent & Curwen, $75, kentandcurwen.co.uk. 7. Salvatore Ferragamo, $120, 866-337-7242.
ay “I do” in Dior Homme François 1er footwear. The four traditional styles are handmade in Italy with smooth calfskin, and each pair goes through a rigorous five-day production cycle to ensure perfection. From $1,450; dior.com. FROM ABOVE A shoemaker inspects construction. François 1er lace-ups, price upon request.
FOLLOW SUIT Veteran designer Vera Wang shifts to tailored and formal in a partnership with Men’s Wearhouse. Black by Vera Wang, a new tuxedo rental collection, offers two affordable suiting styles in lightweight fabrications. Men’s Wearhouse, 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 800-776-7848; menswear house.com/verawang.com.
Give your groomsmen a gift to cherish long after you’ve tied the knot. Asprey’s new custom-engraved silver keepsakes include flasks, tie clips, key rings and cuff links. 9641 Sunset Blvd., B.H., 310-550-0520; asprey.com. Sterling silver hip flask, $775, and Oval “A” Bar cuff links, $350.
Black by Vera Wang two-button tuxedo, price upon request.
MINUTE MEN Patek Philippe debuts its complication watch with a silvery white guilloched sunburst dial and mechanical self-winding movement—a refined memento for a stylish groom. Gearys, 351 N. Beverly Dr., B.H., 310-273-4741; patek.com. Patek Philippe yellow-gold self-winding timepiece.
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Top off your ensemble with an ethereal headpiece
eminine and unique, floral headpieces can really capture the personality of the bride. Whether they’re chic and subtle or oversize and colorful, it’s all up to her imagination— which is why they are so great,” says L.A.-based Parisian hairstylist Christophe Belkacemi. CROWNING TIPS • Once you’ve selected your dress, talk to your hairdresser and put him or her in contact with your florist to make sure it’s the right size and scale. • Keep in mind that certain flowers can wilt quickly out of water. Seek out blooms that are stronger and can survive the whole event. Or if you choose to go with a very delicate grouping, consider wearing it only for the ceremony and remove it for the reception (or vice versa). Lionel Renard Salon, 8113 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323-782-1397; lionelrenard.com.
A simple daisy chain is “perfect for a California girl—easy and laid back,” says Belkacemi, who works with Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman and Catherine Zeta-Jones, among others.
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LIQUID GOLD Oleg Cassini’s sophisticated and seductive blend of rare and precious jasmine, tuberose and Bulgarian rose, the elegant new Elixir de Parfum, makes the perfect statement scent. $95; cassini onlineboutique.com; neimanmarcus.com. C 58 SPRING WEDDINGS 2014
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rab your girlfriends and head to Grand Cayman Island, or, as the locals say, “Cay-mon,” for a much-needed bachelorette weekend. Located just over an hour from Miami, it draws jet-setters, who come for its Caribbean splendor and stay for The Ritz-Carlton’s Silver Rain spa. Discreetly set behind a heavy, soundproof silver door, the La Prairie escape is a cool glacial palace where pampering is the priority and comfort is key. Attendants guide you past modern waterfalls into a cocoon-like waiting area to relax pre- and post-treatment. With plates of fresh fruits, carafes of juice, bottles of Champagne and professionals who swaddle you with blankets and hot neck cushions, it’s all about attention to detail. While treatment options vary, with names like Diamond Perfection (a head-to-toe polishing scrub) and Gifts from the Sea (which uses marine plants to indulge you from top-to-toe), a favorite is the new Skin Caviar Lifting Facial, which uses microcurrent technology to lift, contour and tone. It’s 90 minutes of pure luxury and begins with a back massage. The Ritz-Carlton Of course, you’ll also want to take advantage of all that beautiful blue water at your doorstep. Take a day trip Grand Cayman’s La Prairie Spa, to the famous “Stingray City” and mingle with wild animals in the open ocean. Prepare a picnic lunch and sail Silver Rain. to Starfish Point, where the shore is dotted with palm trees and covered with starfish. Water activities are also an INSET Beach option; snorkeling and scuba diving are world famous, and the hotel will easily arrange excursions. But if you and cabanas line the Caribbean your bridal party feel like doing absolutely nothing, simply request a beachfront cabana, order a cocktail and sink shorefront. your toes into the milky-white sand. A few days later, as you board the plane to return home, relaxed and blissfully happy, those pesky planning thoughts may not even faze you. In fact, chances are you’ll be thinking you’ve just found the perfect honeymoon locale. ritzcarlton.com. •
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You may not remember all the details and planning, but you’ll always remember the way you felt on your wedding day.
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HODGSON AND DAWN: NICOLE HILL. YOGA: JOHN SEGESTA
n addition to making sure that invitations have been sent out, floral arrangements are selected and every other design element exceeds expectations, the bride-to-be’s main concern undoubtedly remains her appearance. From glowing skin to a sculpted body, Katrina Hodgson and Karena Dawn, health coaches of Bravo’s new television show “Toned Up,” share their threemonth-long Bridal Edition program. “The number one tip we can provide is to prepare your meals ahead of time. Since you’ll be on the go during wedding planning, set yourself up to be healthy and energized with pre-packed meals and snacks,” explain the duo. Here, their countdown to the big day. 3 months Set your alarm at least four times a week to get your morning workout in. • Aim for 200 miles of walking, jogging, running, stair mill, elliptical, cycling or swimming by your wedding day (if cycling, divide your miles by three). • Cut fake sugar products from your diet. • Focus on nutrition and healthy carbs like sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat wraps and oatmeal. • Say goodbye to soda, flavored water and sugar-free coffee creamers. Instead, try coconut water and Sugar in the Raw. • Plan your meals, and don’t forget to eat! 2 months Continue working out four times a week, starting with 30 minutes of cardio and four toning sessions found in our Bridal Edition. • Stay hydrated! Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. • Keep a journal of what you’re eating. • Take healthy shots [recipes found on their site] like the Bridezilla Tamer, a concoction of celery and fresh cherries, and the Glowing Skin Shot, a mixture of carrot, ginger root and turmeric. 1 month Incorporate three cups of greens into your daily diet. This will help cleanse you and get your skin in tip-top shape. • Commit to your workouts and schedule them in advance as you would a cake-tasting appointment. • Replace one meal or two snacks a day with a spinach- or kale-enriched smoothie. • Drink tea to help cleanse your body, curb cravings and keep yourself from getting into sweets. 1 week Add lemon to your tea to burn extra fat. • Sweat for an hour each day, even if it means taking a long walk. • Keep all meals after 2 p.m. lean and green. “You may not remember all the details and planning, but you’ll always remember the way you felt on your wedding day, so make yourself a priority,” says the coaching team. toneitup.com. •
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Vera Infinity Toasting Flutes, $75. Bloomingdale’s; wedgwood.com.
With Love from Harry Winston Charm: 41 round brilliant diamonds, platinum setting, $4,900, and platinum chain, $700. Beverly Hills Salon, 310 N. Rodeo Dr., BH, 310-271-8554, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714-371-1910.
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Handcrafted platinum ring with a micro pavé halo and scalloped artisan pavé band with a micro pavé gallery, featuring hand-pulled platinum wire gracefully holding a Kotlar cushion-diamond center stone. Shreve & Co., San Francisco and Palo Alto, 800-5-SHREVE; shreve.com.
Round sapphire- and pear-cut diamond earrings in platinum, $260,000. Asprey at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., B.H., 310-550-0520; asprey.com.
Paloma, Style 6409, $3,960. 352 N. Robertson Blvd., WeHo, 424-249-3909; jlmboutique.com.
CWG568, $1,250. olegcassiniweddings.com.
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Patrizia, $6,895. Marina Morrison, S.F., 415-984-9360; Erin Cole Couture Bridal, Costa Mesa, 949-642-5552.
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The tented Herb Garden at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.
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s wedding design duo Paige Appel and Kelly Harris of Bash, Please expand into interior projects, it’s no surprise their events of late exhibit a decidedly domestic point of view. For this al fresco wedding reception at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa’s Herb Garden, here’s how they created the look: “We brought wooden farm tables and set them in a ‘U’ around the edges of the Classic Party Rentals tent, then topped them with a bold, striped runner. L.A. florist Twig & Twine topped it with long garlands of
bay leaf, olive and mixed greenery with lush white garden and spray roses. Small Pixie tangerines (a nod to Ojai) were the only color present. We added vintage brass and sleek modern candlesticks with long ivory tapers. Casa de Perrin gold flatware and black hemstitch napkins, along with black die-cut place cards and letterpressed dinner menus with the couple’s monogram, completed the look. The effect was elegant—with the intimacy of a small dinner party.” bashplease.com. •
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or Caroline Diani’s June 22 nuptials to actor Jeffrey Doornbos, the Santa Barbara boutique owner desired a day imbued with tradition and meaning. As for the remarkable ring Doornbos designed with Sylva Yepremian at Sylva & Cie: “Jeffrey and I were on a trip to Kenya, where I was born, and we found this 8-carat Ethiopian opal. I wouldn’t let him see the dress until I walked down the aisle, so he didn’t let me see the wedding band until he put it on my finger.” It was meaningful for loved ones to participate in the wedding’s stylish execution. Diani’s classmate from art and design school, Gail Bryson, created the crisp, elegant invitations. Family and friends sourced place settings around Newcastle, England— where Diani was raised—finding lace tablecloths, footed compotes and urns that would overflow with plum branches, dahlias and purple basil. Diani carried her late father’s childhood prayer book wrapped with her late mother’s rosary. Kim Curtis of Toast accented the heirlooms with lily of the valley—flowers her mom had planted in England. “This was by far the most special detail. I knew they were with me, blessing the marriage.” In addition to old-fashioned charms—a receiving line, an English fruitcake by Sweet Lady Jane—the couple celebrated the area with local vendors and locales, like the Spanish Colonial Revival El Presidio Chapel. SBB Gourmet Catering paired Margerum M5 with Santa Maria tri tip. In addition, they registered nearby at Upstairs at Pierre Lafond. “We live in a destination setting,” she adds, “so why go anywhere else?” dianiboutique.com. •
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The Sylvia St. James Gospel Choir sang at the ceremony. Gail Bryson invitations. Diani’s 8-carat Ethiopian opal ring. Settings collected in Newcastle. The wedding palette was taken from the chapel’s murals. Kim Curtis/ Toast made small nosegays tied with raw silk. Diani, in Monique Lhuillier.
studio known for its votives, has arrived in S.F.’s Presidio Heights—ready to rent or sell its wares. 3665 Sacramento St., S.F.; glassybaby.com. FROM LEFT Baby,
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Say yes to Bliss & Bone’s chic hides and unexpected metallic touches. The Signature Collection pairs creamy white leather with custom-debossed monograms, lacing and wraps, and finishes the chic suite with flashes of thick copper edging and rivets. blissandbone.com.
FROM LEFT Rehearsal dinner invitations and lined reply set, $1,103.75/set of 25. Invitation suite, $2,442.50/set of 25.
DIANI: SHANNON JAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY. INVITES: COURTESY OF BLISS & BONE
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The private barn at Whitehall Lane Winery.
ESTATE PLANNING DEEP IN ST. HELENA, KATHY HIGGINS CREATES A ROMANTIC WINE COUNTRY WEDDING FOR ALEXIS SENOSKI AND PATRICK DONNERSTAG SITTING PRETTY French slotted chairs by Classic Party Rentals. PROGRAMS Black-and-cream programs were designed and printed by the bride. SPECIAL DELIVERY Valley Flora bouquets arrived in wine crates. RUSTIC CHIC Fixtures included caged lanterns by Illusions Lighting Design and seating vignettes out of oversize cushions and crisp sheets “upholstering” hay bales.
LOCAL HARVEST In olive-filled crates, escort cards are tucked under satin ribbons. HEARTS AFIRE For transport, Donnerstag, a former fireman, contacted the St. Helena Fire Department to rent the parade truck. COUNTRY TIME Planner Kathy Higgins of Napa Valley coordinated the rustic decor with Senoski, who is launching Bodrumbathandhome. com e-boutique this spring.
mini brioche bun cheeseburgers served on barrel staves. TWO-STEP A first dance to tunes by Suite Love Express. ROLL WITH IT Fresh-baked breads atop settings by Classic Party Rentals and Wine Country Party & Events. Linens by La Tavola. AND TO HOLD Valley Flora’s composition of Bianca roses, Sahara roses, nigella, dusty miller, blue viburnum berries, blue lace and cafe au lait dahlias.
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When the Florist Weds
I CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Dino Alfano and Kathleen Deery outside Grace Cathedral. Dogwoods line the steps to the reception hall at the Asian Art Museum. Tree peonies accent sterling silver settings by Small Masterpiece. Garden roses on a cocktail table. A composite rose petal bouquet.
n planning her own May wedding to Dino Alfano, floral and event designer Kathleen Deery sought “relaxed glamour.” Colleague Laurie Arons helped with overall coordination, and Floreal arranged the tulips and greenery inside Grace Cathedral. For the Asian Art Museum reception, Deery thought big: nervy, hot-pink garden roses against gray bergères, French tulips in trumpet vases, and colossal tree peonies next to vintage Georg Jensen and sterling silver flatware. With a grin, she notes, “It was like ‘Downton Abbey’ 2013.” kathleendeerydesign.com.
ON THE ROCKS Florist Kelly Kaufman dips into turn-of-the-century seaside style at a Summerland estate affair. “We chose classic, neutral ivories, creams and whites,” says Kaufman. “Patience garden roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, fringed double tulips and white cherry blossoms were delicately tied with a pleated silk ribbon.” kellykaufman design.com. The arrangement was partly inspired by the Irish coast.
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ENCYCLOPEDIA BOTANICA For this Silverlake wedding, Sarah Marie Zins of The Paper Arum responded to the unique personalities of her clients. “Megan and Etan are craft beer aficionados, so I procured dried hops to be incorporated into her bridal bouquet.” A library-meets-botanical theme continued throughout with monogrammed letters made out of moss, a whimsical olive branch crown and cotton stems in the bridesmaid bouquet. thepaperarum.com. ABOVE Megan Curran’s bridal bouquet. RIGHT The crown was crafted with Victorian birch, olive branches, seeded eucalyptus and white hypericum berries.
KATHLEEN DEERY: JOSE VILLA. KELLY KAUFMAN: JOSE VILLA. PAPER ARUM BOUQUET: SARAH LAW PHOTOGRAPHY; HEADPIECE: LINDSAY McWILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY
What’s florist Danielle Rowe excited about this spring? “A bolder color story. Saturated tones add a crispness that I find very refreshing.” brownpaperdesign.com.
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ecalling the enchanting flower of jazz chanteuse Billie Holiday and the traditional evening boutonniere of French gentlemen, cake artist Miso offers this gumpaste gardenia confection. Its tiers display the skills of the minimal touch: a smooth buttercream exterior and beneath, alternating vanilla and Earl Grey-chocolate ganache between vanilla layers. Miso explains, “With heavy decorations, one can hide an imperfection with a sugar flower, but it's not really possible with simple cakes.” The L.A.-based pastry whiz will transition from baking for shoots and teaching her techniques abroad to wedding cake creation, beginning this year. misobakes.com. • Gardenia flower cake by Miso. WRITTEN AND EDITED BY ALISON CLARE STEINGOLD SPRING WEDDINGS 2014
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esserts maven Melody Brandon is so enamored with Little Cat Design Co.’s aesthetic that she partnered with the paper goods firm for an exclusive line of alphabet- and wedding-themed toppers in mod fonts. Says the Sweet and Saucy Shop owner, “I have never been a big fan of cake toppers, as they normally look like they don't belong on the cake, but I am obsessed with these.” sweetandsaucysupply.com. Wood numbers and letters, $5 each. Happily Ever After script, $50, on naked pumpkin layer cake with salted caramel drizzle.
Botanik serveware, Heather Taylor Home linens and Kelly Oshiro florals accent the smorgasbord. Ayda Robana in a Finery apron.
SUGAR RUSH At newcomer boutique Sugarfina, find beautifully presented sweets like absinthe cordials, plus a candy concierge for custom orders. Champagne bubbles, $7/3 oz.; 9495 S. Santa Monica Blvd., B.H., 855-784-2734; sugarfina.com.
Petal Pushing Frozen into cubes to fill a Champagne bucket and treading the waters of a cocktail, edible flowers are all the rage. Roses, $150/75, flowermuse.com. 1999 Artéis & Co. Brut Champagne, from $110. Crusoe Spiced Rum, Fruitlab Jasmine Liqueur, lemon-basil and mint syrup and citrus, by Room Forty and Greenbar Craft Distillery, greenbar.biz.
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LUNCH LADY Want to ensure a full night's rest? Try a rehearsal lunch. Mix-and-match elements, like this spread by caterer Ayda Robana of Om Sweet Mama, are ideal: copious platters of prosciutto, bresaola and pâté; cheeses, fruits, nuts and accoutrements like fleur de sel and butter. The S.B. chef recently returned from her parents' native Tunisia and has added dishes such as shakshouka and local octopus in a lemony salad with fennel, radicchio and lots of olive oil. omsweetmama.com.
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he former military base at The Presidio offers a trove of venues— from the new Funston House at the charming Inn at the Presidio to the Presidio Officers’ Club (reopening autumn 2014). Now, chef Traci Des Jardins has signed with The Presidio Trust as a culinary partner. Look for a new restaurant and larder this spring. 415-496-9590; presidio.gov.
Art collection by The Jealous Curator. Emily Henderson, Steve Fortunato. Stained glass by Tim Carey/ Judson Studios. The space has 4,200 square feet inside and 6,000 square feet outside.
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Luxe camping company Shelter Co. put its mark on this weekend wedding at Leonard Lake Reserve. First, a welcome party/rehearsal dinner featured wood-fired Mendough’s make-your-own pizza. French Laundry alum, Mendocino-based Joe Rueter of The Green Grocer kept guests sated with honey-coriander sangria, while meals included duck tacos with cherries and heritage prosciutto “maki” rolls. Bluebird Café and Catering of Hopland provided strawberry-rhubarb berry pies. The icing on the cake? Fabrication studio Local Favorite crafted s’mores sticks for sweet potato “marshmallows” and ginger grahams to sweeten the glamp experience. shelter-co.com. FROM LEFT Beet
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salad. Shelter Co. butterfly chairs. Mendough’s pizza. Flowers by Brown Paper Design. Crispy duck tacos.
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Design darling Emily Henderson, and Steve Fortunato— mastermind behind fine-dining caterer Room Forty— have debuted events venue The Fig House. Says Fortunato, “Emily calls it ‘1920s Hollywood meets 1980s party meets 2014 Highland Park.’” The tufted velvet wonderland for creative soirees is complete with vintage teak and brass, curated art and stained glass at the backlit bar. So what about Room Forty (which is, ostensibly, on the preferred-caterers list)? Fortunato says they’re whipping up “maple leaf duck sausage, beef tongue prosciutto, puffed bone marrow...Today, for us, ‘starting from scratch’ looks like in-house fermenting, curing, vinegar and cheesemaking. Smoking can now be an even bigger part of our program.” 6433 N. Figueroa Ave., L.A., 323-254-4103; fighousela.com.
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SERVERS AND SALAD: MELISSA RYAN/MARBLE RYE PHOTOGRAPHY. SKEWERS: SERA LINDSEY. TASTING ROOM: JESSICA PEZALLA. PALETAS, COOKIES, CHEF AND BEIGNETS: LEHUA NOELLE. FAVORS: AMY SQUIRES OF WEDDING CHICKS
At Saddlerock Ranch, the staff wears Hedley & Bennett aprons. Skewers assortment. Spoons in the UP tasting room.
Perfect Pairings Urban Palate’s expertly prepared, Pinterest-worthy dishes are bringing people together
s L.A.’s weddings industry has proliferated over the past few years, Urban Palate owner/founder Geoffrey Bernstein has shifted his catering firm’s focus to hyper-customization—with what he calls “endearing small touches.” Menus are thorough and unique. Bramble Workshop-crafted risers are built with inserts for fabrics. Hedley & Bennett staff aprons change according to theme (e.g., Japanese denim for Asian spreads). UP has evolved with changing tastes, too. Now mainstream are yakitori stations and picnic baskets toting prosciutto and apricot mostarda ficelles. Veteran chef Jonathan Bailey (most recently with John Sedlar) remains flexible (“If someone wants their grandmother to teach us a recipe, we can do that”). Menu previews are held in a cool, creative tasting room—theirs located at the company’s headquarters, near the arts epicenter of Downtown L.A. Bramble Workshop has installed a dazzling wall of paint-dipped spoons, while images by photographer Autumn de Wilde hang near a vintage bar cart. Chic gray tableware by Heath Ceramics is paired with Commune Design linens. And the food? Try brandade on garlic toasts; scallion pozole; maple-wasabi chicken; and almond bombolini with bing cherry ice cream and chocolate rum syrup. “Everybody has a higher sensibility now,” Bernstein remarks. “Big corporate events are about feeding people. [At a wedding], it’s also about connecting with the bride and groom. We’re not taking that lightly.” urbanpalate.com. •
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It’s the day you’ve been dreaming of all your life, so choosing the perfect setting for your wedding takes careful thought. You want a setting that makes a grand statement, yet is as warm and intimate as your first kiss.
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Some say Newport Beach “takes the cake” when it comes to rich choices for your wedding, from the most sumptuous to a simply sweet ceremony for two. You say only the world’s finest resorts will do? Newport Beach prominently rises to the occasion. If you prefer a precious ceremony on the beach at sunset, Newport Beach shines. In this glamorous setting filled with promise, you can truly unwind with your family and friends to celebrate your new life together. Newport Beach is a place to return to often, celebrate anniversaries and introduce your children to the romantic spot you chose to wed. Spend your honeymoon days exploring the many Newport Beach neighborhoods as you “Play. Hide. Seek.” Rise and beam as a new day greets you as Mr. and Mrs. No need to crawl out from under the covers in your luxury suite. Just sleep in and toast your new life with a champagne breakfast–in-bed. Stroll the quaint streets of Balboa Village. Enjoy some beach time before you steer your Duffy electric boat to the nearest Dock & Dine. Explore the boardwalk on a bicycle built for two. Treat yourself to luxury shopping at Fashion Island, Balboa, Crystal Cove or Corona del Mar. Choose the next fine dining experience from ever so many choices. Borrow “something blue” from Newport Beach, an ocean of engaging choices for the ultimate wedding you seek. A paradise drenched in sunshine and rolling with verdant hills as idyllic as your future together. PHOTOS (TOP TO BOTTOM): KATE NOELLE, GEORGE KAMPER, WWW.THATGIRLPRODUCTIONS.COM, GEORGE KAMPER, GONDOLA COMPANY OF NEWPORT
from John Wayne, Orange County airport, meaning friends and family can easily join
HONEYMOONS Many Newport Beach lodging facilities are award-winning resorts with beaches, golf, tennis, fine dining, spas and other amenities. TOP TIP Newport Beach has the West Coast’s largest recreational harbor. Since the weather is Mediterranean-like — sunny and temperate all year long — couples take advantage with activities from paddle boarding to sunset cruises. Other options include kayaks, pontoons, dinner cruises, pedal boats and whale-watching excursions. CONTACT INFO 800-94-COAST, VisitNewportBeach.com/weddings
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Opened this winter, Cheval Blanc Randheli is 40 minutes north of Malé and accessible by the property’s private seaplane.
The new Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives offers white sand, constant sun and crystal-clear waters—all you need to bring is your better half EDITED BY JENNY MURRAY SPRING WEDDINGS 2014
With the celebrated One&Only Reethi Rah under his belt, visionary architect Jean-Michel Gathy has returned to his favorite Indian Ocean region to build the elegant Cheval Blanc Randheli. “A Maldivian hotel needs to encourage an environment of love and life, A pristine villa bathroom overlooking the garden. A majordome is a place for emotion and togetherness,” says Gathy. assigned to each villa to attend to guests. Lofted cathedral-style ceilings allow for His 45-villa beachfront property—a remote oasis beautiful natural light and views. that feels like a group of private residences—does exactly that. Couples can opt to enjoy the grounds’ lush vegetation and turquoise lagoon or seek solace inside their villa, where glass doors open onto a private beach. From $1,300/night; chevalblanc.com. FROM TOP LEFT
Real del Mar, Mexico. The sunset in Mexico. Costa Rica. Leica D-Lux 6 camera, $799.
Bring the color scheme of the big day on your honeymoon getaway. Eres bikini top, $250, and bottoms, $220, 310-246-1008. Vilebrequin swimsuit, $185, vilebrequin.com.
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hotography enthusiasts rejoice as Exclusive Resorts opens its private villa doors to nonmembers through a partnership with iconic camera brand Leica. Beginning this summer, Destinations in Focus, a series of photography weekends to luxe locales like Real del Mar, Mexico, and Tucson’s Miraval Arizona, will allow guests the opportunity to use Leica equipment and learn from their seasoned instructors. exclusiveresorts. com/leica.
C S OCI AL F R ONT from the editors of C Magazine
T H E P L ACE T O SE E & B E S E EN DAILY DIARY POSTINGS AND CALIFORNIA’S UPCOMING EVENTS
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The newlyweds make their way down the beach. RIGHT The couple’s papel picado invitations.
CON MUCHO AMOR A SoCal couple travel south of the border for an authentic wedding weekend BY ALISA WOLFSON
FROM TOP The wedding altar. A mariachi band plays after the ceremony. The dinner reception. The bridal bouquet.
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.A.-based couple Karly Kazarian, a wholesale manager for True Religion, and Peter Bonfante, a partner at boutique law firm Bonfante Steinbeck, knew they wanted a destination wedding but didn’t want to make their friends and family travel too far to partake in the festivities. Just one hour north of Cabo San Lucas in Todos Santos, the pair fell in love with the 15-acre Rancho Pescadero. They exchanged vows barefoot on the sand while a mariachi band filled the warm air with traditional Mexican music. After a jaw-dropping sunset graced the beachfront ceremony, the 70 guests gathered in the indoor/outdoor reception area. “The table settings were romantic and timeless, and the entire space was transformed into what felt like Old World Mexico, with iron candelabras and heaps of candles in all different sizes,” says Kazarian. Further incorporating the native influences, the pair worked with the resort’s culinary master, Chef Bueno, to create a menu that included roasted fish, rib-eye medallions and grilled vegetables from the property’s organic garden. The bride recalls, “Everything about our wedding was so personal and emotional, and Mother Nature pulled out all the stops that day.” ranchopescadero.com. •
Fairy-tale 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 CarmelCalifornia.com/weddings
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For their weeklong honeymoon, Rachel Chandler and Tom Guinness drive a classic Ford Mustang up Highway 1
Chandler channels Steve McQueen driving on the streets of San Francisco. RIGHT The Palace Hotel’s famed garden court.
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’m from Los Angeles, so I was excited to show Tom the West Coast,” says photographer Rachel Chandler, who married stylist Tom Guinness (of the famed Irish brewery clan) in February 2012 at a family-only ceremony in L.A. The couple later celebrated with a shaman and a larger group of friends in the English countryside in March 2013 before returning to the Golden State for their honeymoon. Chandler, who shoots for Vogue and Dazed and Confused, hadn’t driven through California in years, so she consulted her friends and the concierge team at The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts for a curated itinerary. With their bags all packed, Guinness hopped in the passenger seat of the classic Ford Mustang at Chandler’s insistence, so that he could take it all in. The New York-based pair started from San Diego’s US Grant hotel, where Chef Chris Kurth took them on a moonlit lobster-diving trip. “I even got to drive the boat for a bit, dodging the sea lions,” says Chandler. After a stay at the SLS Beverly Hills, the couple’s friend Susan Feldman of One Kings Lane took them shopping for their new nest at Peter Dunham’s Hollywood At Home boutique. “Peter is an old family friend of Tom’s, and we had a laugh hearing stories about his elder siblings as children.” Driving through Big Sur, Guinness gazed at the towering Central Coast cliffs. “They reminded him of Cornwall,” says Chandler. At their friend Jacqui Getty’s recommendation, the couple broke for cocktails at S.F.’s Tosca and checked in to the Palace Hotel before heading on to Portland’s Powell’s Books and The Nines hotel. The pair returned to their home in New York after the weeklong whirlwind, but not without some souvenirs and cherished memories from their first coastal jaunt as husband and wife. starwoodhotels.com/luxury. •
COURTESY OF RACHEL CHANDLER
BY ELIZABETH VARNELL
D.I.D by Watters gown, $1,600, watters.com. De Beers ring, $10,000, 714-641-5820. Krista Jon headpiece, kristajon.com. FASHION EDITOR: ANNINA MISLIN
FROM SWEET BOHO FROCKS TO STATUESQUE SHEATHS, THE GRASS IS GREENER IN SPRING’S EFFORTLESS LOOKS PHOTOGRAPHED BY AMY NEUNSINGER
Angel Sanchez top and skirt, angelsanchezusa.com. De Beers earrings, 714-641 5820. Van Cleef & Arpels watch, $15,800, 310-276-1161. Krista Jon bouquet, kristajon.com. OPPOSITE Harry Winston earrings, 310-271-8554. De Beers ring, $20,000, 714-641-5820. Kleinfeld veil, $150, kleinfeldbridal.com.
Carolina Herrera gown, $4,990, 323-782-9090. De Beers ring, $3,600, 714-641-5820. Harry Winston bracelet, 310-271-8554. OPPOSITE Vera Wang gown, $4,190, and top, $650, 323-602-0174. De Beers earrings, 714-641-5820. Harry Winston bracelet, 310-2718554. De Beers engagement ring, 714-641 5820. Cartier wedding band, $10,600, 310-275-4272. Krista Jon bouquet, kristajon.com.
HAIR: GIOVANNI GIULIANO USING LIONEL RENARD AT ATELIER MANAGEMENT. MAKEUP: SAGE MAITRI USING MAKEUP FOREVER AT THE WALL GROUP. FLORIST: KRISTA JON; KRISTAJON.COM. LOCATION: IMAGELOCATIONS.COM. INTERNS: KATIE BALIS AND KATHERINE SHUKHMAN
Monique Lhuillier gown, $9,990, 323-655-1088. Asprey bracelet, $33,000, 310-550-0520. Krista Jon bouquet, kristajon.com. OPPOSITE Oscar de la Renta gown, $6,990, 323-6530200. Van Cleef & Arpels watch, $15,800, and ring, $58,000, 310-276-1161.
Sean, an environmental advocate, was vigilant about preserving (and improving) the condition of the site. Here, intricate work by florist Preston Bailey.
ENCHANTED FOREST IN ONE OF BIG SUR’S ANCIENT REDWOOD GROVES, KEN FULK REALIZES THE FAIRY-TALE UNION OF TECH BARON SEAN PARKER TO CHANTEUSE ALEXANDRA LENAS BY KELSEY McKINNON
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ean Parker has been behind some big ideas in his 33 years: Napster, Facebook and Spotify, to name a few. But nothing has captured the wild imagination of this ambitious visionary quite like his breathtaking wedding this past June in Big Sur. “Logistically, it was the craziest thing I’ve ever done,” says Ken Fulk, who was charged with all design aspects of the entrepreneur’s union to 24-year-old singer/songwriter and New Jersey native Alexandra Lenas. In the past, Sean had called on Fulk for a “unicornprom-themed” affair in S.F. and a wintry bash in Switzerland; this time, “their vision was of a Celtic-inspired wedding in a magical redwood forest under a canopy of flowers.” After storyboarding every detail of the affair, Fulk’s team set into action, converting a campground at the base of Big Sur’s Ventana Inn & Spa five months before the big day. Woodworkers created split-log benches and Celtic archways; 18-foot iron gates with the couple’s initials were welded by metalsmiths; a cobblestone bridge was pieced together by stonemasons; even a leather-bound book (Our Tale) was published for guests as a keepsake. Meanwhile, tailors were dispatched to measure costumes for the 364 attendees—all designed by Lord of the Rings costume designer, Ngila Dickson (outfitted in velvet robes and silk brocade vests and jackets were MTV founder Bob Pittman, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Allison Williams, Emma Watson, Zynga’s Mark Pincus and Facebook cofounders Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes—Mark Zuckerberg sent his regrets). The weekend kicked off with the rehearsal dinner at a private ranch perched high above the Pacific. Kokkari, the bicoastal couple’s favorite restaurant in S.F., catered, with the help of Paula LeDuc (who would prepare the wedding feast), and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performed. The following afternoon, surrounded by a cathedral of 500-year-old redwoods, Alexandra floated down the aisle in a hooded couture Elie Saab gown that was made in Paris. The couple (with their 5-month-old daughter, Winter) were married under the largest tree in the forest—around which Preston Bailey elegantly hung thousands of floral garlands to evoke the architecture of a ruined abbey. “It sounds cheesy, but you could burst into tears just looking at it. It was that beautiful,” Fulk recalls. After the bride and groom exchanged vows, guests were led into a verdant glade for a feast fit for a king. Upon descending from their sweetheart table (aka a 10-foot sofa-throne with candelabras and a bearskin run), Sean serenaded Alexandra with a song from The Little Mermaid before Sting took the stage. At the end of the night, the couple retreated to The Post Ranch Inn, where a brunch was held the next day. “I’ve been to a lot of parties,” says Fulk, “but this was truly the most magical thing I’ve witnessed in my entire life.” • VENUE Ventana Campground PLANNER Ken Fulk MENU Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, Kokkari CAKE Perfect Endings DRESS Elie Saab SUIT Ngila Dickson FLORIST Preston Bailey ENTERTAINMENT Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sting STATIONERY Markatos Moore
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Our Tale, the story of Sean and Alexandra. Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Gavin Newsom take in the surrounds. Traditional Irish step dancers. A cobblestone bridge above a stream. Ken Fulk mingles with guests.
An architect was brought in to determine the historical accuracy of the proportions of the natural abbey. The couple married under the largest redwood in the forest, which they called the Love tree.
Revelers in their custom looks. Handmade Celtic archways were placed throughout. Paula LeDuc set up a spit and cauldron for the dinner feast, which was paired with bottles of Harlan Estate. The 9-foot-tall cake by S.F.â€™s Perfect Endings. The newlyweds. OPPOSITE Hand-carved chairs were each topped with a sheepskin rug. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT
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etting married more than 7,000 miles from their Sydney, Australia, home was a way for fashion stylist Marina Didovich and photographer Steven Chee to make sure their wedding was intimate. “I didn’t want to be one of those brides who meet people for the first time at their wedding, and we didn’t want to have 300 people there,” says Marina. With just 80 guests in attendance at The Parker Palm Springs, Marina and Steven were the center of attention. They met in Fiji eight years ago when the two were working on separate photo shoots. Marina recalls making the first move. “I realized there was another team shooting at our hotel, so I went to introduce myself, which took Steven by surprise because crews usually tend to be standoffish.” Shortly after returning home to New Zealand, she traveled to Sydney to visit family but didn’t leave before she and Steven went on their first date. Marina later moved to Sydney to be with Steven, and the freelancing pair started working together about once a month. When it came time for Steven to propose, Marina had a slight suspicion that something was up. “He’s a workaholic, and when I found out he’d canceled a few jobs to go to New York City with me, I called my girlfriends and told them he was going to propose. I woke up on our last morning there and was so upset that nothing had happened, and I started to think I was going to have to reevaluate our relationship. Then he led me to Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park and asked me to marry him,” says the beaming bride. Having previously visited Palm Springs, where they worked on a shoot together, the couple decided to say “I do” at the Jonathan Adler-designed desert venue. “We stayed for a week and did everything at the hotel, including a dinner in the Gene Autry Villa the day after the wedding,” says Marina. In their true jet-setting fashion, Marina and Steven opted for another around-the-world jaunt for their honeymoon—New York for Christmas and Hawaii for New Year’s. •
VENUE The Parker Palm Springs CAKE Exquisite Desserts DRESS Steven Khalil FLORIST Artisan Events RINGS Cartier ENTERTAINMENT Eventertainment String Quartet, DJ James Gonzalez RENTALS Artisan Events STATIONERY Three60 VIDEOGRAPHY Lola Video HONEYMOON New York, Hawaii
Going the Distance
MARINA DIDOVICH AND STEVEN CHEE LEAVE THEIR SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE HOME FOR AN INTIMATE DESERT AFFAIR BY ALISA WOLFSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY GIA CANALI
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The ceremony setting. Tall floral arrangements adorn the dinner tables. The newlyweds. One of Marina’s bridesmaids puts a finishing touch on her dress. The reception. Steven Khalil wedding gown. Valentino shoes. The bridesmaids in dresses designed by the bride’s sister. Steven prepares for the big day. The couple’s first dance.
Marina and Steven share a tender moment after cutting their tiered Italian meringue buttercream wedding cake.
The couple in front of Old Mission Santa Barbara. The bride in a French lace gown by St. Pucchi; the groom wears Ralph Lauren.
This Side of Paradise
Pepperdine schoolmates Angelia De Meistre and Viktor Armand Hammer tie the knot, Fitzgerald style, in an elegant summer soiree in the brideâ€™s hometown of Santa Barbara
BY ELIZABETH KHURI CHANDLER PHOTOGRAPHED BY NANCY NEIL AND BLUE CALEEL
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reception was held in a family friend’s garden in Montecito. The groomsmen walking outside the mission. Swarovski-encrusted shoes and purse by Karen Millen. Yellow flowers were used throughout the reception. Hairpins embellished with Swarovski crystals. The groom’s brother, Armie Hammer, and his wife, Elizabeth Chambers.
ngelia De Meistre and Viktor Armand Hammer followed the cardinal rule of relationships: friends first, then something more. But when the 23-year-old first met her husband in Spanish class at Pepperdine University during the summer after their junior year, the former college tennis player was immediately struck by his presence. “People paid attention when he walked into a room,” she says. Angelia, an English and religion major, became language partners with the business major Viktor, and after a month, he asked her out on a quasi-date at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica. They bonded over a shared love of reggae and beach living (the groom spent part of his childhood in the Cayman Islands), and Viktor invited Angelia to a reggae festival at the Hollywood Bowl. They quickly became inseparable, and less than a year later, on the summer solstice, he popped the question in Pepperdine’s picturesque Heroes Garden. “It’s a place with a lot of nostalgia for us,” says Angelia of the spot. “It’s where we went whenever we were stressed out.” Santa Barbara was a natural choice for the ceremony and reception—it’s Angelia’s hometown, and Viktor’s father lives there. Eschewing a planner, the bride and her mother organized the entire production, relying on their insider knowledge of local vendors and locations.
Angelia envisioned a wedding inspired by old Hollywood glamour. “I wanted it to be refined and elegant,” says the bride, who now lives back in town and works as an editor at Santa Barbara Magazine. “F. Scott Fitzgerald is my icon.” To that end, references to the auteur were apparent throughout the ceremony: Gin Rickeys; a super-restrained color palette—whites and blacks with only a few pops of brightness; bouquets in Champagnecolored Sahara roses; Art Deco fonts for place settings; a sexy yet simple St. Pucchi dress that hugged her silhouette. After a 1 p.m. full Mass at Old Mission Santa Barbara, guests headed to a family friend’s Montecito estate for a proper high tea, complete with Pimm’s, sandwiches and scones. The party then evolved into cocktails and a family-style dinner with open seating. The cake was a decadent mixture of dark chocolate, espresso and mocha, and the music included plenty of reggae. Nearly everything went off without a hitch, except their getaway car: Viktor’s father’s vintage 1961 Bentley broke down and stranded them in front of the mission without cell phones. “Right after the ceremony, we did a little lap to show everyone the car,” Angelia says, laughing. “Then we took our photographs at the mission. When we got back to the car, it wouldn’t start, and everyone had gone, even our photographer!” No matter. Otherwise, the day was perfect. •
VENUE Private home in Montecito CAKE Jeannine’s Bakery MENU Pure Joy Catering DRESS St. Pucchi FLORIST Jerry at S.R. Hogue & Co. RINGS Martin Katz, Daniel Gibbings ENTERTAINMENT Bruce Barrios DJ RENTALS Classic Party Rentals, LBPS Events VIDEOGRAPHY The bride’s father, director David Wu HONEYMOON Maui
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were used to add an element of play. The wedding party. The bride selected an Art Deco-style font for her table settings. The couple departed in a Bentley previously owned by Gregory Peck. A Chocolate Heaven cake from Jeannineâ€™s Bakery decorated with Sahara roses.
The altar at Old Santa Barbara Mission. BELOW Ring bearer Ben and flower girl McKenna. LEFT
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HANNIGAN TO SAY “I DO” IN PICTURESQUE MONARCH BEACH
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“Seeing the dining room for the first time, both Chris and I lost our breath.” The newlyweds. The menu included caprese salad, salmon and beef tenderloin. The St. Regis Monarch Beach aglow at dusk.
aiting for delayed flights due to a rainstorm in Newark, Sara Hornor, originally from Spokane, WA, and Chris Hannigan, who grew up in South America, met sitting at an airport bar. “We started chatting and ended up discovering we had a friend in common. We exchanged cards and went on with our lives,” says Sara, a marketing executive in L.A. “About three years later, Chris saw a comment I made on our friend’s Facebook page and messaged me to say hi. A few months later we met in Palm Springs for our first date.” And some three years after that, they found themselves back in the desert, poolside at The Parker, where Chris, VP of marketing for Ventura Foods in Orange County, proposed with an Amanda Keidan ring. “Our relationship started lounging by a pool, so that’s were we decided to take the next step,” remembers Sara. The pair chose to exchange vows before 70 guests at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. “It’s an hour from where we live [Marina del Rey], so it felt like a destination wedding without the complexity of planning from afar.” The stunning design of the ceremony gazebo and reception dining room exceeded all expectations, but it was the bride’s siblings who stole the show. “They pretended to give me a toast, and it turned into the three of them serenading the room with some classic Backstreet Boys, a family joke, and for sure the funniest moment of the night. There was not a dry eye in the room, but from laughter.” •
Sara and Chris wed in the property’s Botanical Gardens. Greenery, glass orbs and candles were installed above the glass reception tables.
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VENUE + CAKE + MENU St. Regis Monarch Beach DRESS Mina Design & Tailoring PRODUCTION + FLORIST + RENTALS White Lilac Inc. RINGS Amanda Keidan, Cartier MUSIC Angelica Strings, Vive Entertainment STATIONERY Vera Wang, Brenda Himmel Stationery HONEYMOON The St. Regis Bora Bora
Escort cards. Love letters to the bride and groom. Amanda Keidan and Cartier rings. Bouquet of gardenias. Wedding dress from Mina Design & Tailoring. After the ceremony, guests took in the view from the Botanical Lawn.
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Dancers and drummers parade the Old City as guests trail behind. “I had seen this tradition so many times as a girl,” says Stephanie, “I couldn’t believe it was now mine!” OPPOSITE Husband and wife, wearing a Ralph Lauren Black Label tuxedo and a Monique Lhuillier gown, lead the way to the reception.
COLOMBIAN FLAIR WITHIN THE HISTORIC WALLS OF CARTAGENA, STEPHANIE MUTH AND TODD WATTS OF ORANGE COUNTY MARRY IN OLD WORLD TRADITION BY ALISON CLARE STEINGOLD
PHOTOGRAPHED BY AARON DELESIE
range County natives Stephanie Muth, 30, and Todd Watts, 31, both attended USC but did not cross paths until 2009. Over Christmas 2011, Todd, the now-senior managing director at Strathspey Crown, wrangled a key to Gramercy Park in N.Y. and took bended knee with a brilliant-cut sparkler he’d designed (complete with Champagne hidden in the tree). Dreaming up a wedding destination, Stephanie, an internal project manager for her family’s Orco Block & Hardscape, looked to her Colombian mother, Nancy. “I had forgotten how magical and romantic Cartagena was.” An actual “message in a bottle” served as a savethe-date; inside, a scroll unfurled to a watercolored sketch of the town she’d visited every year as a child. In February 2013, 120 loved ones from CA, N.Y., Medellín, Madrid and London were greeted in Cartagena with coconut lemonade and empanadas. After a fireworks-filled weekend in the walled city, Stephanie arrived by horse-drawn carriage to the Catholic ceremony on Sunday afternoon. “It was emotional being with my Papi as he escorted me to Todd,” she recalls. Her sister and matron of honor, Veronica— who, along with their mother, was integral to the planning—lent her “lucky” veil as something old. As the couple left the cathedral, dancers and drummers paraded the streets. At Sofitel Santa Clara, the newlyweds shared their first dance—plus a few salsa moves to honor her abuelita—to “Quiero Que te Quedes.” La Hora Loca approached at midnight, wherein costumed performers threw a conga celebration ablaze with confetti and percussion. That famed Colombian coffee was a must the next morning. • VENUE Sofitel Santa Clara DESSERTS Natalia Araujo DRESS Monique Lhuillier FLORIST Andres Cortes PLANNER Eleganza Bodas & Eventos ENTERTAINMENT
Felipe Madariaga, Ekobios, Miro Pablo guitar, Manhattan Band, DJ Andrés Maciá RENTALS Playa Producciones STATIONERY Nancy Muth Calligraphy VIDEOGRAPHY Jairo Isaza by Pixel, Pixel Video y Fotografia HONEYMOON Bora Bora
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The wedding party includes the groom’s brothers/ best men, Aaron and Russell, and sister of the bride/ matron of honor Veronica. Siman Tu earrings. Prepping at Sofitel Santa Clara. Dresses by Monique Lhuillier, Ceremony by Joanna August and Cocoe Voci. Cartagena’s colonial architecture. Valentino shoes. Table setting. The town’s fortress walls.
After meeting in elementary school, Carly Brien and Alejandro de Castro celebrate their love and lasting friendship in Carmel Valley BY ALISA WOLFSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY SERGIO MOTTOLA
The barn at Santa Lucia Preserve. The bride is escorted down the aisle by her father. A bouquet of hydrangeas, dusty miller, heather and Sahara roses. The rustic barn reception. The groom’s scotch and cigar cart. Table settings. The couple’s son, Luca. Handkerchiefs were offered to guests before the ceremony.
or Pressed Juicery founder Carly Brien and Summerland (a farm delivery service) owner Alejandro de Castro, a rustic wedding at Carmel Valley’s Santa Lucia Preserve was the perfect way to celebrate the raw love between them. The couple met as third graders in Santa Monica and have an unusual shared history—including growing up in the same house (his family sold the house to hers) and the loss of a parent, an experience that solidified the bond they began building nearly 20 years ago. While decorating their Christmas tree and making homemade pasta with their son, Luca, now two and a half, Alejandro popped the question in their Santa Monica home. “I planned on proposing in New York, but the ring was done early, so I told Carly I had an early present for her,” he says. With the help of 23rd Street Jewelers, Alejandro designed the ring with a round brilliant diamond that had been passed down from Carly’s grandmother to her mother and reset it in a custom cushion setting. After spending time together traveling the Central Coast, they knew they wanted to share the natural beauty of Carmel with their friends and family. “It’s a magical, beautiful place, and it felt sacred to us,” says Carly. Under an outdoor cathedral-like canopy of redwood trees, the couple exchanged vows. On a field overlooking the preserve’s lush landscape, guests mingled over cocktails and wrote verses with a poet hired by the groom as a surprise for his bride. “I spent two hours on the phone with this woman writing a poem for Carly, and I knew she would love having her there,” says Alejandro. As dusk fell, the party continued in the property’s rustic barn, where a family-style dinner and dancing commenced. Bottles of a special Pressed Juicery “Hangover Remedy” were offered to guests as the evening drew to a close. •
VENUE Santa Lucia Preserve CAKE Edith Meyer DRESS Vera Wang FLORIST Brown Paper Designs RINGS 23rd Street Jewelers, XIV Karats ENTERTAINMENT Entire Productions (Le Jazz Hot), Smiles Davis PLANNER Alison Events STATIONERY Ladyfingers Letterpress HONEYMOON Hawaii
Carly and Alejandro say “I do” in front of family and friends in the preserve’s redwood forest. BELOW The couple’s vegan lavender vanilla, carrot and chocolate espresso three-tier cake is flanked by a special beach pail cake for their son and salted caramels. LEFT
Additional mature hedging was brought in to direct flow and delineate spaces.
Resounding Joy JORDAN FOSTER AND TOM WOODGER THROW AN IMPECCABLY ORCHESTRATED BLACK-TIE FÊTE IN BEL AIR BY KELSEY McKINNON
PHOTOGRAPHED BY HEATHER KINCAID
For good luck, the brideâ€”in a Maria Elena headpiece with Monique Lhuillier gown and beltâ€” selected this ensemble after Tom saw a picture of her in her initial choice.
The menu paired miso-glazed fish with Summerland Wine Private Label. The rings. The Bel Air estate.
CLOCKWISE Tossing the bouquet. Jordan’s father chose the processional music, a rendition of I Giorni by Ludovico Einaudi. British and American flags hang from the balcony. Bridesmaids Nikki Erwin and sisters Erin and Sara Foster. Appetizers. David Foster.
t the start of a two-month work stint in London, Malibu native Jordan Foster, who works in fashion marketing, met Cheshire-born music and entertainment executive Tom Woodger at an office party (they worked in the same building). “Less than one week later, we were in love,” recalls the ebullient bride. When Jordan’s visa expired and she returned to the States, Tom realized he couldn’t lose her. On their oneyear anniversary, at her family home in Malibu, Tom held up a sparkler designed by the bride’s friend Hilary Tisch, which prompted an immediate, “Yes!” The N.Y.-based couple worked with JOWY Productions to secure a private estate in Bel Air to host 200 guests for the black-tie affair. Her father, famed music producer David Foster, coordinated the entertainment throughout the evening with performances from Eric Benét, Nita Whitaker and Seal—even jumping behind the piano himself. Family plays a big role for the couple. “I was worried about having a head table that had space for everyone,” Jordan says of her growing clan, “Thankfully, we managed to find a setting that sat all 36 of us.” • VENUE Private estate, Bel Air CAKE The Butter End CATERING Serves You Right DRESS Monique Lhuillier TUX Flannels FLOWERS Eric Buterbaugh RENTALS Classic Party Rentals, Green Set RINGS Jennifer Meyer band, Hilary Tisch designed, E.Eichberg made engagement ring ENTERTAINMENT
Seal, Eric Benét, Nita Whitaker, David Foster and DJ Tony Martinez PLANNER JOWY Productions STATIONERY The Village Invites VIDEOGRAPHY Couture Motion Pictures
Tom surprised Jordan with a video tribute. The 36-person head table lined with wildflowers, lavender, roses, wheat grass, Queen Anne’s lace and scabiosa pods. Blueberry bourbon cocktail.
PARTY PLANNER JULIA ESSER WEDS CHRISTOPHER LAKE ON A SUN-DRENCHED AFTERNOON AT HER FAMILY’S NAPA VALLEY WINERY BY KELSEY McKINNON PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN ROSS
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Jim McElroy strikes up the recessional. Cones with dried flowers for the petal toss. Lights were strung over the pool and dance floor. The programs were printed on the back of found vintage wedding photos. Pomegranate branches arranged over the bar. Most of the guests, including flower girls, went barefoot. His-andhers custom rings. Julia and Christopher. Julia designed the stationery suite. Parasols were distributed during the late-afternoon meal.
ulia Esser had moved to Paris and was working for International Living when she received an Evite from a friend. A witty group response prompted an email from N.Y.-based Christopher Lake. “Essentially we were pen pals until we met in Union Square three months later. I came to NYC for one week to meet him and just never took my return flight back.” Christopher, who works for the startup VHX, and Julia, a professional party planner (Julia Lake Parties!), settled in Brooklyn, and it wasn’t long before Lake popped the question. “Chris took me up to our rooftop and gave me this weird flashlight. As I turned it on, I saw this elaborate mural on the wall that read: ‘Will you marry me?’ in UV luminescent invisible paint.” The intimate wedding at Julia’s family winery (and childhood home)—a sprawling estate in St. Helena dotted with fruit trees, lavender gardens and acres of vines—was her time to shine. “Because I throw parties for a profession, my wedding day was
like my tour de force,” says Julia. “People always tell you not to get lost in the details, but I ignored them and put all my focus into the details.” After save-the-dates were printed on Esser wine bottles and shipped out, she carefully selected pieces of family silver, antique china and old European linens. The invitations were screen-printed on vintage handkerchiefs. Julia arranged white, pink and green bouquets, centerpieces and flower crowns in the days leading up to the outdoor affair. The 50 guests were instructed to wear white to add to the ethereal feel. For the ceremony, Julia and Christopher walked from the house together to complete a circle with loved ones who found seats on hay bales covered with linens. The couple then led the recessional back to the porch, where they celebrated with Champagne and oysters from Tomales Bay before a seated dinner around the pool. “It ended up looking like an outdoor garden party in a scene from ‘Downton Abbey.’” A masterpiece classic, indeed. •
VENUE Private home, Esser Winery MENU Oak Avenue Catering DRESS The Cotton Bride SUIT Band of Outsiders ENTERTAINMENT Gaucho Gypsy Jazz SF/NYC PLANNER Julia Lake Parties! RENTALS Classic Party Rentals VIDEOGRAPHY Thomas Hughes Films HONEYMOON India
RESOURCE GUIDE BEAUTY
BE LOVED SALON (COCO NOELLE) WA, 509-325-3275; belovedsalon.com. CHRISTOPHE BELKACEMI L.A., Lionel Renard Salon, 323-782-1397; lionelrenard.com. DR. RL BERKOWITZ Campbell, 408-559-7177; rlberkowitzmd.com. GIOVANNI GIULIANO L.A., 310-927-4823; giovannigiuliano.com. MISHAY SALON (KELLY TRUMBLE, VICTORIA CONGDON) S.B., 805-563-6700; mishaysalon.com. OLEG CASSINI FRAGRANCES cassinionlineboutique.com. SAGE MAITRI L.A., 323-397-0091; sagemaitri.com. SILVER RAIN SPA BY LA PRAIRIE The Ritz-Carlton Cayman Islands, 345-943-9000; ritzcarlton.com. TONE IT UP M.B., toneitup.com. WALLETT LUBERICH S.F., 415-218-8786; wallettweddings.com.
THE BUTTER END S.M., 310-943-9241; thebutterend.com. EDITH MEYER S.C., 831-212-1447; edithmeyer.com. EXQUISITE DESSERTS P.S., 760-772-5522; exquisitedesserts.net. JEANNINE’S BAKERY S.B., 805-687-8701; jeannines.com. MISO BAKES L.A., misobakes.com. PERFECT ENDINGS NorCal, 707-259-0500; perfectendings.com. SWEET LADY JANE WeHo, S.M., 323-653-7125; sweetladyjane.com. SWEET LISA’S EXQUISITE CAKES CT, 203-869-9545; sweetlisas.com.
BLUEBIRD CAFE AND CATERING CO. NorCal, 707-744-1633. BREAD & WATER CATERING L.A., 310-849-6279; breadandwatercatering.com. ELAINE BELL CATERING NorCal, 707-603-1400; elainebellcatering.com. ESSER VINEYARDS St. Helena, 707-963-1300; esservineyards.com.
C 126 SPRING WEDDINGS 2014
THE GREEN GROCER Mendocino County, 707-837-8113; windsorgreengrocer.com. JULIENNE S.B., 805-845-6488; restaurantjulienne.com. KOKKARI S.F., 415-981-0983; kokkari.com. LAYER CAKE WINES St. Helena, layercakewines.com. MARGERUM M5 S.B., 805-845-8435; margerumwinecompany.com. MENDOUGH’S Mendocino County, 707-280-4537; mendoughs.com. OAK AVENUE CATERING St. Helena, 707-963-9278; oakavenuecatering.com. OM SWEET MAMA S.B., 805-837-9009; omsweetmama.com. PATINA CATERING 213-814-3030; patinawedding.com. PAULA LEDUC FINE CATERING NorCal, 510-547-7825; paulaleduc.com. PRESSED JUICERY 855-755-8423; pressedjuicery.com. PURE JOY CATERING S.B., 805-963-5766; purejoycatering.com. RICE PAPER SCISSORS S.F., 415-878-6657; ricepaperscissors.com. ROOM FORTY L.A., 323-254-4100; roomforty.com. SBB GOURMET CATERING S.B., 805-687-4900; sbbgourmetcatering.com. SERVES YOU RIGHT L.A., 310-837-3633; syrcatering.com. SUMMERLAND WINERY Summerland, 805-565-9463; summerlandwine.com. TOSCA CAFE S.F., 415-986-9651; toscacafesf.com. TRACI DES JARDINS S.F., tracidesjardins.com. URBAN PALATE L.A., 877-402-2002; urbanpalate.com. THE VETTED TABLE S.D., thevettedtable.com. WHOA NELLY! L.A., 323-825-1982; whoanellycatering.com.
DESIGNERS + SALONS
AMSALE N.Y., 212-583-1700; amsale.com. ANGEL SANCHEZ N.Y., angelsanchezusa.com.
BADGLEY MISCHKA 573-886-0400; badgleymischka.com. BAND OF OUTSIDERS bandofoutsiders.com. CANALI B.H., 310-270-4200; canali.it. CAROLINA HERRERA carolinaherrera.com. THE COTTON BRIDE N.Y., 718-729-9878; thecottonbride.com. CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN christianlouboutin.com. COCOE VOCI 714-529-0123; cocoevoci.com. COSABELLA N.Y., 212-405-1190; cosabella.com. DAVID’S BRIDAL 877-923-2743; davidsbridal.com. D.I.D. BY WATTERS watters.com. DEBI COURNALE S.F., 415-676-1900; debicournale.com. DIANI BOUTIQUE S.B., 877-342-6474; dianiboutique.com. EDIE PARKER edie-parker.com. ELIE SAAB eliesaab.com. EMPORIO ARMANI armani.com. ERES eresparis.com. ERIN COLE COUTURE BRIDAL C.M., 949-642-5552; erincole.com. ERIN FETHERSTON erinfetherston.com. FLANNELS U.K., flannels.com. GASPAR GLOVES L.A., 323-441-1986; gaspargloves.com. HOUGHTON 646-998-3994; houghtonnyc.com. J.CREW 800-205-3877; jcrew.com. JIN WANG S.F., 415-397-9111; jinwang.net. JLM COUTURE BOUTIQUE (ALVINA VALENTA, BLUSH, HAYLEY PAIGE, JIM HJELM, LAZARO, TARA KEELY) L.A., 424-249-3909; jlmcouture.com. JOANNA AUGUST L.A., 323-933-9875; joannaaugust.com. KAREN MILLEN L.A., 310-289-1557; karenmillen.com. KLEINFELD BRIDAL N.Y., 646-633-4300; kleinfeldbridal.com.
RESOURCE GUIDE MACY’S macys.com. MARA HOFFMAN N.Y., 212-354-9220; marahoffman.com. MARIA ELENA Miami, 305-717-3404; mariaelenaheadpieces.com. MARCHESA N.Y., 212-463-8135; marchesa.com. MINA DESIGN & TAILORING B.H., 310-273-7373; minadesignandtailoring.com. MONIQUE LHUILLIER L.A., 323-655-1088; moniquelhuillier.com. OLEG CASSINI olegcassini.com. OSCAR DE LA RENTA WeHo, 323-653-0200; C.M., 714-754-9044; oscardelarenta.com. PAMELLA ROLAND N.Y., 212-246-8617; pamellaroland.com. RALPH LAUREN ralphlauren.com. RIVINI 818-248-0026; rivini.com. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE 877-551-7257; saksfifthavenue.com. SIMAN TU N.Y., 212-285-1217; simantu.com. SOUTH COAST PLAZA C.M., 800-782-8888; southcoastplaza.com. ST. PUCCHI WeHo, 310-601-7604; stpucchi.com. STEVEN KHALIL Sydney, stevenkhalil.com. TRISH LEE S.F., 415-562-6553; trishlee.com. VALENTINO valentino.com. VERA WANG L.A., S.F., 323-602-0174; verawang.com. VIKTOR & ROLF N.Y., 646-613-8457; viktor-rolf.com. VILEBREQUIN L.A., 310-205-9087; vilebrequin.com.
ANGELICA STRINGS SoCal, 424-259-2344; angelicastrings.com. THE AURORA ENSEMBLE S.B., 805-683-8993; theauroraensemble.com. BRUCE BARRIOS Ventura, 805-658-7565; brucebarrios.com. CITY SWING S.F., 415-215-9536; cityswingsf.com. DELICATE PRODUCTIONS Camarillo, 805-388-1800; delicate.com.
DJ BENNETT/GAVIN ROY PRESENTS S.B., 805-617-4650; gavinroypresents.com. DJ JAMES GONZALEZ P.S., 760-333-7888; musicmediaentertainment.com. DJ SMILES DAVIS S.B., djsmilesdavis.com. DJ TONY MARTINEZ djtonymartinez.com. EKOBIOS Cartagena, grupoekobios.com. ENTIRE PRODUCTIONS S.F., 415-291-9191; entireproductions.com. EVENTERTAINMENT STRING QUARTET P.S., 760-393-1171; eventertainmentbiz.com. GAUCHO GYPSY JAZZ S.F., N.Y., 415-515-5873; gauchojazz.com. JIM McELROY NorCal, 707-939-7031; mcelroy. bagpiper.com. SUITE LOVE EXPRESS S.F., suiteloveexpress.com. SYLVIA ST. JAMES GOSPEL CHOIR S.B., 310-503-6723; sylviastjames.com. TIM HOCKENBERRY S.F., timhockenberry.com. VIVE ENTERTAINMENT 949-291-7860; viveinc.com.
ANDRES CORTES Cartagena, andrescortes.com. BOTANY FLOWERS S.M., Pas., 310-394-0358; botanyflowers.com. BROWN PAPER DESIGN L.A., 213-989-1890; brownpaperdesign.com. EMPTY VASE L.A., 310-278-1988; emptyvase.com. ERIC BUTERBAUGH L.A., 310-247-7120; ericbuterbaugh.com. FLOREAL S.F., 415-885-4261; florealsf.com. FLOWER MUSE L.A., 866-815-0495; flowermuse.com. IN EX HOME AND WEDDING S.D., 619-294-3100; inexsd.com. KATHLEEN DEERY DESIGN NorCal, 415-442-5010; kathleendeerydesign.com. KELLY KAUFMAN FLORAL DESIGN Pas., 626-824-6375; kellykaufmandesign.com. KRISTA JON SoCal, 888-659-4598; kristajon.com.
THE PAPER ARUM L.A., thepaperarum.com. PRESTON BAILEY N.Y., 212-691-6777; prestonbailey.com. S.R. HOGUE & CO. S.B., 805-969 1343; srhogue.com. TOAST EVENTS & DESIGN STUDIO (KIM CURTIS) S.B., 805-960-2330; toastsantabarbara.com. TWIG & TWINE DESIGN L.A., 323-660-4100; twigandtwinedesign.com. VALLEY FLORA NorCal, 707-252-3053; valleyflora.net.
HOTELS + LOCATIONS
ASIAN ART MUSEUM S.F., 415-581-3500; asianart.org. BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL B.H., 310-276-2251; dorchestercollection.com. CALISTOGA RANCH Calistoga, 707-254-2805; calistogaranch.com. CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA Carmel, carmelcalifornia.com. CHEVAL BLANC RANDHELI Maldives, chevalblanc.com. EL ENCANTO HOTEL S.B., 805-845-5800; elencanto.com. EL PRESIDIO CHAPEL S.B., 805-965-0093; sbthp.org. EXCLUSIVE RESORTS 866-863-2688; exclusiveresorts.com. THE FIG HOUSE L.A., fighousela.com. GRACE CATHEDRAL S.F., 415-749-6300; gracecathedral.org. GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH St. Helena, 707-963-4157; grace-episcopal.org. GRAND DEL MAR S.D., 858-314-2000; thegranddelmar.com. HOTEL BEL-AIR Bel Air, 310-472-1211; hotelbelair.com. SOFITEL SANTA CLARA Cartagena, sofitel-legend.com. INN AT THE PRESIDIO S.F., 415-800-7356; innatthepresidio.com. THE LANGHAM HUNTINGTON Pas., 626-568-3900; langhamhotels.com. LEONARD LAKE RESERVE Mendocino County, 707-489-1388; leonardlakereserve.com. THE LODGE AT TORREY PINES L.J., 858-777-6720; lodgetorreypines.com. SPRING WEDDINGS 2014
RESOURCE GUIDE THE LOWELL HOTEL N.Y., 212-838-1400; lowellhotel.com. THE LUXURY COLLECTION starwoodhotels.com. MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA Riverside, 800-678-8946; missioninn.com. THE NINES HOTEL Portland, 877-229-9995; thenines.com. OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA Ojai, 855-697-8780; ojairesort.com. OLD MISSION SANTA BARBARA S.B., santabarbaramission.org. PALACE HOTEL S.F., 415-512-1111; sfpalace.com. THE PARKER PALM SPRINGS P.S., 760-770-5000; theparkerpalmsprings.com. POST RANCH INN Big Sur, 831-667-2200; postranchinn.com. THE PRESIDIO S.F., 415-561-5444; presidio.gov. RANCHO PESCADERO Todos Santos, ranchopescadero.com. THE RITZ-CARLTON 800-542-8680; ritzcarlton.com. SANTA LUCIA PRESERVE Carmel, 831-620-6700; santaluciapreserve.com. SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH S.M., 310-458-0030; shuttersonthebeach.com. SLS BEVERLY HILLS B.H., 310-247-0400; slsbeverlyhills.com. SOLAGE CALISTOGA Calistoga, 866-942-7442; solagecalistoga.com. ST. REGIS 877-787-3447; stregis.com. TAHITI TOURISME 310-414-8484; tahititourism.com. THE US GRANT S.D., 619-232-3121; usgrant.net. VENTANA INN & SPA Big Sur, 831-667-2331; ventanainn.com. WESTIN MISSION HILLS GOLF RESORT & SPA Rancho Mirage, 760-328-5955; westinmissionhills.com.
23RD STREET JEWELERS S.M., 424-229-9126; 23rdstreetjewelers.com. AMANDA KEIDAN JEWELRY Venice, 310-392-9514; amandakeidan.com. AMULETTE (HILARY TISCH) L.A., firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASPREY B.H., 310-550-0520; asprey.com. CARTIER 800-227-8437; cartier.com. CHRISTIE’S L.A., 310-385-2600; christies.com. DANIEL GIBBINGS S.B., 877-565-1284; danielgibbingsjewelry.com. DE BEERS 800-929-0889; debeers.com. E. EICHBERG S.M., 310-271-4796; eichbergjewelers.com. FD GALLERY N.Y., 212-772-2440; fd-inspire.com. FOREVERMARK N.B., Traditional Jewelers, 949-721-9010; traditionaljewelers. com; forevermark.com. HARRY WINSTON B.H., 310-271-8854; C.M., 714-371-1910; harrywinston.com. JENNIFER MEYER jennifermeyer.com. MANNIN FINE JEWELRY L.A., 323-987-5023; manninfinejewelry.com. MARTIN KATZ L.A., 310-276-7200; martinkatz.com. MISH NYC N.Y., 212-734-3500; mishnewyork.com. RED C JEWELS L.A., 888-981-1818; redcjewels.com. SHREVE & CO. S.F., 415-421-2600; Palo Alto, 650-327-2211; shreve.com. SIMAN TU N.Y., 212-585-1217; simantu.com. SYLVA & CIE L.A., 213-488-1444; sylvacie.com. TIFFANY & CO. 800-843-3269; tiffany.com. VAN CLEEF & ARPELS 877-VAN-CLEEF; vancleef-arpels.com. XIV KARATS B.H., 310-551-1212; xivkarats.com.
AARON DELESIE 800-401-3106; aarondelesie.com. AMY NEUNSINGER L.A., 323-464-4481; amyneunsinger.com. BLUE CALEEL bluecaleel.com. CHRIS + LYNN PHOTOGRAPHERS Cabo, chrispluslynn.com. CHRISTIAN OTH N.Y., 212-634-7949; christianothstudio.com. DAVE ROBBINS PHOTOGRAPHY N.Y., 718-551-5259; daverobbinsphotography.com.
GARY ASHLEY Venice, thegaryashleyshow.com. GIA CANALI 877-514-8059; giacanali.com. HEATHER KINCAID L.A., 661-400-1342; heatherkincaid. com. JEFF LEE PHOTOGRAPHY S.F., jeffleephotos.com. JOHN & JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY S.M., jkhphoto.com. JOSE VILLA S.B., 805-688-8654; josevilla.com. LAUREN ROSS L.A., 802-233-6421; laurenrossphoto.com. LEHUA NOELLE L.A., lehuanoelle.com. LINDSAY MCWILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY lindsaymcwilliams.com. LISA LEFKOWITZ PHOTOGRAPHY S.F., 415-826-9330; lisalefkowitz.com. LOVEBIRD PHOTO (JEN SISKA, JENNY PFEIFFER) SoCal, lovebirdphoto.net. MARBLE RYE PHOTOGRAPHY SoCal, 914-263-0890; marbleryephotography.com. NANCY NEIL L.A., 805-415-8227; nancyneil.com. OLIVIA MALONE N.Y., 917-202-5576; oliviamalone.com. OUR LABOR OF LOVE L.A., 323-379-9324; ourlaboroflove.com. RACHEL CHANDLER rachelchandler.tumblr.com. SARAH HOFFMAN setsipserve.com. SARAH LAW PHOTOGRAPHY S.D., 760-497-6507; sarahlawphotography.com. SASHA NIALLA N.Y., 917-776-5349; sashanialla.com. SCOTT MICHAEL PHOTO scottmichaelblog.com. SERA LINDSEY L.A., portablesera.com. SERGIO MOTTOLA Seattle, 253-228-8874; sergiomottola.com. SHANNON JAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY S.B., shannonjayne.com. SYLVIA G PHOTO L.A., 424-354-9876; sylviagphoto.com. SYLVIE GIL NorCal, 415-377-7229; sylviegilphotography.com.
ALISON EVENTS (SUNNA YASSIN) S.F., 415-567-7605; alisonevents.com.
RESOURCE GUIDE BASH, PLEASE Culver City, 310-237-6582; bashplease.com. CARATS AND CAKES caratsandcake.com. ELEGANZA BODAS & EVENTOS Colombia, bodaseleganza.com. GYPSET L.A., 310-728-6838; gypsetevent.com. JOWY PRODUCTIONS B.H., 310-246-9201; jowyproductions.com. JUBILEE LAU EVENTS S.F., 650-455-1733; jubileelauevents.com. JULIA LAKE PARTIES julialake.com. KAREN BUSSEN N.Y., 646-781-9330; karenbussen.com. KATHY HIGGINS NorCal, 707-259-0434; kathyhigginsweddings.com. KEN FULK S.F., 415-285-1164; kenfulk.com LAURIE ARONS SPECIAL EVENTS S.F., 415-332-0600; lauriearons.com. PLAYA PRODUCCIONES playaproducciones.com. SHELTER CO. NorCal, 415-967-3630; shelter-co.com. WHITE LILAC INC. C.M., 949-722-9322; whitelilacinc.com.
ARTISAN EVENTS P.S., 760-778-1964; artisanevents.net. BRAMBLE WORKSHOP L.A., brambleworkshop.com. CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS L.A., 310-966-4900; classicpartyrentals.com. DB AUTOSPORTIF Sonoma, 707-938-7474; dbautosportif.com. GLASSYBABY S.F., 415-423-3694; glassybaby.com GOT LIGHT? S.F., 415-863-4300; got-light.com.
GREEN SET L.A., 818-764-1231; greenset.com. HARTMANN STUDIOS NorCal, 510-232-5030; hartmannstudiosrentals.com. ILLUSIONS LIGHTING DESIGN Sonoma, 707-938-4382; illusionslighting.com. LA TAVOLA FINE LINEN RENTAL L.A., 310-286-1333; S.F., 415-440-3333; latavolalinen.com. LBPS EVENTS S.B., 805-201-6262; lbpsevents.com. LOCAL FAVORITE S.F., 415-713-1540; localfavoritesf.com. SHINE LIGHTING Brea, 714-255-8500; shinelighting.com. SMALL MASTERPIECE L.A., 213-229-8800; smallmasterpiece.com. SOIREE VALET S.F., 415-284-9700; soireevalet.com. WINE COUNTRY PARTY & EVENTS Sonoma, 707-940-6060; winecountryparty.com. WOODY’S DETAIL S.B., 805-963-4527; woodysdetail.com.
ANNE ROBIN CALLIGRAPHY L.A., 917-863-0899; annerobin.com. BLISS & BONE L.A., 323-366-2844; blissandbone.com. BRENDA HIMMEL STATIONERY S.M., 310-395-2437. GAIL BRYSON U.K., gailbryson.co.uk. JANICE BLAIR CALLIGRAPHY S.B., janiceblair.com. LADYFINGERS LETTERPRESS 401-523-3087; ladyfingersletterpress.com. LITTLE CAT DESIGN CO. SoCal, littlecatdesignco.com. THE MAKERY Los Altos, 650-397-5613; makerylosaltos.com. MARKATOS MOORE S.F., 415-956-9477; mm-sf.com.
PS PAPER San Anselmo, 415-459-4984; pspaper.com. TARA JONES CALLIGRAPHY 214-724-0545; tarajones.com. THREE60 U.K., designspiration.net. VERA WANG FINE PAPERS verawang.com. THE VILLAGE INVITES N.Y., 212-220-6199; villageinvites.com.
TABLETOP + REGISTRY
BOTTLENOTES San Mateo, 650-329-0400; bottlenotes.com. CASA DE PERRIN L.A., 310-463-1652; casadeperrin.com. GUMP’S S.F., 800-284-8677; gumps.com. HOLLYWOOD AT HOME L.A., 310-273-6200; hollywoodathome.com. MACY’S 800-289-6229; macys.com. NEIMAN MARCUS 888-888-4757; neimanmarcus.com. UPSTAIRS AT PIERRE LAFOND S.B., 805-565-1502; upstairsatpierrelafond.com. VERA WANG WEDGWOOD verawang.com; wedgwood.com.
COUTURE MOTION PICTURES L.A., 818-235-4585; couturemotionpictures.com. JOEL SERRATO S.B., 805-245-1489; joelserratofilms.com. LOLA VIDEO lolavideo.net. PIXEL VIDEO Y FOTOGRAFIA (JAIRO ISAZA) pixelphotovideo.com. THOMAS HUGHES FILMS S.F., 415-257-2600; thomashughesfilms.com.
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It was a classic all-American fairy tale: Baseball legend wins the heart of Hollywood’s hottest young star. Their first date was at Villa Nova, an Italian restaurant that is now The Rainbow Bar & Grill on L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard. Monroe, hesitant about dating an athlete, was two hours late, but the pair hit it off. On New Years Eve two years later, the couple were in the Bay Area visiting DiMaggio’s family when he proposed. They married at the San Francisco courthouse 14 days later.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MONDADORI TEXT BY KELSEY McKINNON
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MARILYN MONROE & JOE DiMAGGIO, SAN FRANCISCO, 1954
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