Katie has been a wedding planner and a floral designer, so she knows a thing or two about romance. But when Ian, an illustrator she'd met only briefly, called her up at her San Francisco studio as she was meeting with a bride, she was all business. "I gotta make this quick," she said. "Are you calling to ask me out on a date?" He was, and if Katie wasn't charmed when she picked up the phone, her feelings bloomed once she had the chance to spend the day with Ian, cruising down Highway 1.
Resting on scalloped tags, boutonnieres were laid out in a moss-lined basket for the groom, two of his groomsmen, and his father and grandfather. The adornments for the groom and best man were distinguished by golden bittersweet -- the clusters also combine blackberries, fuzzy bunny tails, and variegated dogwood, all tied with apricot-colored ribbon.
A custom-ordered faux bois tablecloth brought the woods inside the reception tent, which was set right on the grass and decorated with Eastern motifs. The centerpieces were designed by the bride from garden roses that included 'Golden Celebration,' 'Evelyn,' 'Pieter B,' 'Charles Austin,' and 'Mojave,' along with sea oats and blackberry brambles. Continuing the enchanted-forest theme, the flowers were arranged in vases wrapped in stained birch bark. Letterpress scalloped tags hanging on chair backs helped guests find their seats.
From left: A pillar of caramel macaroons entices guests. Green-tinted white-chocolate leaves top a tower of delicacies that include walnut bonbons and "La Femme" chocolates with a ganache filling of passion fruit and chocolate. The marzipan-covered cake features a faux bois pattern that was pressed onto the coating with a custom rubber stamp. A two-tiered cake stand holds pistachio chocolates and champignons caramel. Fluted French canneles, assorted macaroons, and green candied bonbons complete the sweet tableau.
Wedding Planner: Pamela Fishman Cianci for Outlined Productions
Event Design and Stationery: Bell'occhio
Event Production: Wendy Cook for Trademark Event Productions
Cake: Sam Godfrey for Perfect Endings
Flowers: Green Valley Growers, Brannan Street, Garden Valley Ranch
Wedding Gown: "Zelda" gown by Vera Wang Luxe, from Vera Wang Bridal
Groom's Attire: Custom suit by Seize sur Vingt, 212-343-0476. Shirt, tie, and shoes from Saks Fifth Avenue
Groomsmen's Attire: Suits by Brooks Brothers. Shirts and ties from Saks Fifth Avenue
Hair: Tina Kwak, Addison Salon, 415-931-9513
Makeup: Maria Lee, and Nan Webb for Nanskin
Silhouettes: Karl Johnson
Place Settings, Tables, and Chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Tents: Raj Tents