Lauren and Darrin met the old-fashioned wayâ€”at a bar. The San Francisco-based couple dated for a little more than two years, and went on more than a handful of dates in Californiaâ€™s wine country during that time. To celebrate their romance and love of the nearby scenery, they tied the knot on June 23, 2012, with an intimate celebration in Calistoga.
The laid-back but classy setting of Solage Calistoga resort was an ideal match for the coupleâ€™s personalities and wedding style. The modern and elegant affair celebrated the pairâ€™s love of California wine country by keeping views of the mountains and nearby vineyards close at hand.
As the bride walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, her sister sang â€śCome Away With Meâ€ť by Norah Jones. After the ceremony, the couple recessed to â€śFeel So Closeâ€ť by Calvin Harris. â€śThe lyrics meant a lot to us and set the tone for the party to come,â€ť said Lauren
Opalescent chargers paired with wood farm tables created an organic-yet-refined look, while a double-layered linen runner with raw edged organza added softness. Mini succulents matched the menus, which were designed by Olive-Route.
The local cuisine included an heirloom tomato salad with burrata, a mushroom soup, and the chefâ€™s special fried chicken. Each of the courses was paired with a different type of the coupleâ€™s favorite Hope and Grace wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir.
Photography: Jesse Leake
Location and Catering: Solage Calistoga
Event Planning: Alison Events
Flowers: Danielle Rowe of Brown Paper Design
Music: Ever Music
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola
Hair and Makeup: Teri Ann Kemnitz of The Cutlery
Transportation: California Wine Tours
Engagement Ring and Wedding Band: JB Star from Shreve & Co.