A Traditional Outdoor Wedding at a Vineyard in California
Jenny and Ben
Jenny Overman and Ben Ringler worked hard to create a wedding that combined both of their personalities, even fusing their color preferences (brights for her, neutrals for him) for their May 6, 2011, wedding. The couple, who live in Oakland, California, hail from New York, met at a friend's birthday party two years earlier. Their wine-country wedding highlighted their unique styles in a playful yet serious way.
Jenny and her stationers, Hello!Lucky, collaborated on the stationery. The simple and classic invitation was edged and embossed in gold on thick card stock. It was packaged in a kraft-paper box with a gold-leafed lid that was lined with patterned fabric and tied with rope hand-braided by the bride and her friends from strips of muslin, silk, and printed fabric. Michelle Papineau of Papineau Calligraphy addressed the outer boxes, and mailed with custom postage made through Zazzle.
Included in each box were small cards with sentence fragments that paid homage to the duo's relationship. The bride is a poet and the groom, a psychotherapist, so the free-flowing texts were uniquely them. Textured papers were glued onto the cards, and intricate details like the addition of gold thread or a stroke of neon pink paint made each one distinct. They read: "Capricorn man meets a Cancer woman", "Wall Street gone therapist meets writer/artists", "first date: Ben took Jenny for tapas in Temescal," and "down on one knee, in front of a waterfall, champagne in hand" each had their own card.
The Response Card
For the response cards, glassine bags filled with scraps of patterned paper and different craft materials (like glitter and thread), were sent in muslin pouches alongside blank white cards, glue sticks, and notes that read: "We would be honored if you could leave a prayer, wish, or blessing for us. On the white side of this card, please use the enclosed materials as inspiration for creating some art/collage to be used at our wedding. Thank you! We look forward to seeing them and we are excited to celebrate with you." At the bottom, a side note to have fun and not feel pressured.
CornerStone Sonoma, a nine-acre property boasting wineries and garden art installations, set the scene for the wedding. The modern aesthetic appealed to the couple. "It felt like a touch of New York in a California setting," Jenny said.
Here, Jenny, is flanked by two dear friends, including her maid of honor, Mika Kleban.
The program booklets decorated with strips of textured paper sewn to the binding with contrasting neon thread, echoed the design of the invitation suite.
The Flower Girls
Flower girl Brook (Ben's cousin) wore a floralhead piece and played with one of the flower-shaped parasols provided for guests by wedding coordinator Scott Corridan. She was joined by Jenny's niece, Charlotte, for the walk down the aisle, and some petal throwing.
Ben danced down the aisle alongside his parents to the sounds of New Orleans-style jazz played by friends. Jenny followed after, to Aretha Franklin's "Baby I Love You."
Sage Catering prepared the passed appetizers for cocktail hour. Among those served, was a tuna tartare and watermelon radish with cucumber, citrus, and olives on a homemade cracker.
Guests also nibbled on gold potato blinis topped with lemon creme fraiche and American sterling caviar; grilled lamb and cucumber-mint raita atop flatbread; prawn spring rolls with orange-ginger dipping sauce; wild mushrooms and brie on warm garlic crostini; and thinly sliced beef tenderloin with caramelized onions, chive-horseradish, creme, and micro watercress on mini brioche.
Michele Papineau of Papineau Calligraphy penned the escort cards. They were tucked into string wrapped around a teak tree stump along the pathway to the dinner tent.
The Response Cards
All the response cards that guests decorated were mounted between two clear pieces of acrylic and hung from the ceiling of the tent.
Inside the tent, tables were set with a trio of different chairs and mismatched votive candles and centerpiece vessels. "We wanted things to look organic and for each table to be unique," Jenny said.
The Place Settings
Jenny also used her handmade braided rope to wrap around the napkin at each seat.
Dinner began with a sweet white-corn soup garnished with basil and chili oil and micro greens with a salad of local beets, avocado, and citrus. The greens were finished off with Champagne vinaigrette and Laura Chenel chevre.
Jenny and Ben danced to Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are," played by DJ Dukes.
Perfect Endings made a four-tier chocolate cake decorated with ranunculus and flower petals.