On paper, Patricia and Ian have very little in common. But a mutual friend set them up on a blind date, thinking their love of food might be enough to bring them together. Turns out, it was! The couple dated for nine months and, on the last night of a weekend trip to Santa Barbara, Ian proposed.
THE BRIDE: Patricia, 36, an entrepreneur THE GROOM: Ian, 38, an venture capitalist/entrepreneur THE DATE: April 15
"He did it while we were settling in for the night," Patricia remembers. "It was low-key and very sweet." They interviewed four wedding planners before hiring their dream planner, Pamela Fisheman Cianci. The threesome spent ten months planning a rustic but chic barn Napa Valley wedding -- with a carefully created dinner menu, of course.
The Bridal Bouquet A small assortment of French anemones, lush garden roses, dendrobium orchids, japhet orchids, and accents of seasonal foliage combined rustic simplicity with modern elements.
The Ceremony The wedding party emerged from a small, white cottage located behind the guests. Once everyone was in place, Patricia and Ian said "I do" under a sprawling 200-year-old Oak tree.
The Escort Cards A calligrapher wrote guests' names on thick white stock. The cards were then stood up in a wooden trough filled with black sand and gardenias.
The Centerpieces Black footed vases held French anemones, tulips, dendrobium orchids, cymbidium orchids, japhet orchids, and accenting black Billy balls, seasonal foliage, and dusty miller. The arrangements differed slightly on each table but each one reflected the rustic quality of the space.
The Reception Guests sat at a mix of king tables and smaller square tables -- each one was topped with a black and white damask-patterned linen.
The Cake Ian wanted the four-tiered cake to be decorated with a wood grain design, inspired by the organic pattern of the restored wood found inside the property's cottage.
LOCATION: Durham Ranch, Saint Helena PHOTOGRAPHY: Anna Kuperberg Photography CONSULTANT: Pamela Fishman Cianci, Outlined Productions, San Francisco FLOWERS: Sharla Flock Designs, San Francisco CAKE: I Dream of Cake, San Francisco
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