A Modern Yellow, White, and Navy-Blue Wedding in California
Kathryn and Jeff
Kathryn and Jeff exchanged vows on a sunny April afternoon in 2010. Their Calistoga, California, nuptials fused natural elements with modern details.
Bold patterns in subtle hues were used on many of the wedding's details. The caning pattern and soft yellow, grey, and white palette first appeared on the save-the-date.
Kathryn and Jeff found inspiration in home design magazines and in product lines such as Jonathan Adler and John Robshaw. Incorporating their graphic sensibility, Olive-Route designed a modern invitation sewn to a card with an embossed herringbone pattern.
Calligraphy by Nancy Hopkins was letterpressed on the invitation suite. Hopkins also hand-calligraphed the envelopes.
Kathryn and Jeff
Jeff wore a custom suit from Zuckerman & Associates.
Here, the couple enjoy the sunshine and surroundings of their wedding location, Solage Calistoga Resort, in the north end of the Napa Valley. Kathryn and Jeff spent memorable weekends and vacations in the wine country and thought it would be the perfect place to start their marriage.
Jeff also wore a special watch -- his brother's -- in addition to his father's cufflinks. They were a gift from his mother to his father on their wedding day.
Jeff and his best man, Chris, made the most of the pair of bicycles that come with each guest room at the resort.
The groomsmen all mounted bicycles for a portrait with the groom and his mother, Zandy.
Kathryn carried a bouquet with anemones, peonies, ranunculus, rice flowers, and dusty miller leaves.
Boutonnieres of ranunculus and anemones were finished off with accents of greenery.
The ceremony began at 6 o'clock, after Kathryn and Jeff signed their ketubah, which was made by Jennifer Raichman. Kathryn was escorted down the aisle by her father.
The Flower Girl
Kathryn's 2-year-old niece, Tatum, was one of the flower girls, as was her 5-year-old sister, Ava.
One hundred and eighty guests looked on as Kathryn and Jeff stood underneath a simple huppa. Their traditional Jewish ceremony was led by the rabbi from Jeff's childhood synagogue.
B & N Photography photographed the couple using the backdrops of the property's grapevines, fields, and dramatic pool.
Kathryn's sister-in-law, Malin, and her brother, Joe, posed for a family portrait.
Kathryn also posed for a photograph with her mother, Sandra.
Though only two bridesmaids wore navy and stood alongside the bride during the ceremony, Kathryn asked nine others to be her bridesmaids. They wore dresses of their choosing and sat in the front row. Here, three close friends and the bride.
Jeff's 100-year-old grandmother wore a corsage of butter-yellow blossoms and dusty miller leaves. She also danced the twist with the couple during the reception!
The Escort Cards
Escort cards were attached to a collection of white manzanita branches at the cocktail hour on the lawn. The couple wanted to bring in natural elements from the area, and the branches were a nice fit.
For the reception, a mix of square and rectangular tables were covered with custom runners designed by Jenny Pennywood. Draped over slate-gray linens, the printed canvas runners brought a splash of yellow to the bright white room. Floral arrangements of white and yellow blooms in Heath Ceramics vessels dotted the tables.
Guests dined on a salad with capers, confit tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano, and balsamic-sherry vinaigrette; seared Sonoma coast halibut with lemon-herb vinaigrette; Painted Hills Farms beef short ribs with red-wine jus; Blue Lake green beans; and whipped Yukon gold potatoes -- all prepared by Solage Calistoga Resort.
The First Dance
The newlyweds took to the dance floor as DJ Sol played Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers's "Islands in the Stream."
Inspired by the lattice print of the table runners, Sara Lime created a four-tier wedding cake with alternating tiers of white cake with fresh strawberries and chocolate cake with coriander ganache. It was covered in white-chocolate buttercream and garnished with a trio of sugar flowers.
Photography: B & N Photography
Planning and Floral Design: alisonevents.com
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Transportation: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Daniel Maya, 415-297-9149
Ceremony Audio Visual: Napa Valley Audio Visual, 707-251-9217
Videography: Skylark Cinema
Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: H.Q. Milton
Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Kris Nations