Joey Wieczorek and Jeff Davidson were acquaintances in high school but traveled in very different crowds. They ended up at the same college (she for medicine and he for law) and it was there, in the school's library, that Jeff asked her out. Three years later, the Chicago-based pair (she's now an emergency-medicine resident; he's a lawyer) invited 200 friends and family to their September 4, 2011, nuptials in California's wine country.
"When my mom and I visited Durham Ranch she said, 'I think we just found the place you're going to get married,'" Joey recalls. The St. Helena, California, property, a former cattle ranch, boasts picturesque white fencing, olive groves, and a poolside barn. It was the perfect setting for their late-summer big day.
Joey wore a Monique Lhuillier gown accessorized with Guiseppe Zanotti shoes, Jill Alberts earrings, and her mother's veil. Jeff chose a Phineas Cole Paul Stuart suit and J.Crew bow tie.
The bridesmaids donned Amsale gowns from Bella Bridesmaid, and the groomsmen sported matching J.Crew bowties.
Joey's cousin, Helen, stitched together the programs, and her mom, Marla, rubber-stamped them. "They had so much fun doing it, and have created a small business called The Detailed Event," says the bride. The crafty duo also worked magic on the ring pillow, menu cards, and favor bags.
The bride and groom exchanged vows under a huppah of birch branches and passionflower vines.
The Eloquence String Quartet played the theme song from "Out of Africa" and Adele's "Can You Feel My Love" as the bridal party went down the aisle. When Joey entered, on the arms of her parents, they struck up "Falling Slowly" from the movie "Once."
Paula LeDuc Fine Catering created a menu featuring lobster bisque, tender greens with oven-cured tomatoes, beef tenderloin, and brown butter-bronzed halibut with a saute of Coachella corn, wild mushrooms, pea leaves, and small rosti potatoes. Jemrose Vineyards wines complemented the meal.
Photography: Weddings by Sasha Gulish
Videography: Video Basico
Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Cake: Sweet On Cake
Hair: Paul Rehder of Paul Rehder Salon, 312-943-7404
Makeup: Nicole Jacob
Engagement Ring and Bride's Wedding Band: Christopher Duquet
Groom's Wedding Band: Marshall Pierce & Co.
Officiant: Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe of Temple Emanu-El
Floral and Event Design: Atelier Joya
Venue: Durham Ranch
Wedding Planner: Shannon Leahy Events
Stationer: Invitation Creations, Inc.
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