What happens when a food editor and a wine connoisseur throw a wedding in Napa? Divine food, excellent wine -- and the best time of their lives.
This New York couple met at The Modern (The Museum of Modern Art's restaurant) when Elizabeth Gottfried, a food editor at Martha Stewart Living and Weddings was supplementing a food-heavy resume with wine classes and was introduced to Stephane Colling, The Modern's wine director, by a mutual friend. Over a year later, the two began their wedding-location search. There was New York, where they had eaten their way through every good restaurant, but the city's venues fell short, and France (where Stephane is originally from) had a brutal exchange rate. In the end, California won. Just hours from Elizabeth's childhood home lies a region nearly as famous as France for its wine: "I'm in wine, she's in food, and Napa has both to offer," says Stephane.
Even rain on their wedding day couldn't dampen the spirits of Elizabeth, in a gown and peep-toe heels by Oscar de la Renta, and Stephane, in a suit and shoes by Ermenegildo Zegna. The parasols are by Bella Umbrella.
Instead of giving florist Kathy Hoffman pictures of specific flowers or centerpieces, the couple asked her to capture a mood -- romantic but understated -- and she did just that with her compositions of twigs, leaves, coral ferns, Japanese anemones, and peonies. In keeping with the invitations, calligraphed name cards and menus shun flourishes in favor of restraint.
When she said, "It has these hoops and loops and ruffles," Elizabeth could have been referring to her gown -- or her cake, which was modeled on the dress. The cake, by I Dream of Cake, featured one tier of vanilla with raspberries and two of coconut. The other snacks (from left): pumpkin and cardamom creme brulee, rosewater meringues with golden raspberries, meringues with red raspberries, and hot chocolate. The dessert bar also includes orange-blossom panna cotta, chocolate molten cakes, canneles, caramels with fleur de sel, and honey madeleines.
Event Planning: Rebecca Feeney of Custom Event Group
Catering: Elizabeth Eckholt of Veda Green
Flowers: Kathy Hoffman Flowers
Desserts: Janet Rikala Dalton; Rene Matthew; Nora's Patisserie
Calligraphy: John DeCollibus for Beyond Words
Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen; Classic Party Rentals
Tent: Zephyr Tents and Occasions Event Productions
Photography: Meg Smith Photography
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