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Making Magic in the California Woodlands May 17, 2011

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The story begins at Dawn Ranch, amidst fifteen acres of tranquil redwoods on the Russian River.  The occasion was to celebrate the nuptials of Kristi and David.  They were going for a particular kind of rustic charm- taking care not be too overdone, and achieving whimsical elegance in thoughtful ways.

 

We started with moss islands that provided a sumptuous bed for the unusual.  We placed them under a cloche bell jars and adorned them with mushrooms, monkey tail ferns, scabiosa, poppy, and nigella pods.  From the trees we hung twig and moss baskets with blue hydrangea ferns and passiflora leaves.

 

The bride’s bouquet featured succulents, ferns, blackberries, helleborus, tweedia, cotinus leaves, and coniferous pieces.  The men sported boutinierres that were an unique combination of nigela pods, berries, and tendrils.  Two flower girls left a shower of hydrangea petals in their wake.  An energetic brown datsun served as a friendly ring bearer.  Everyone carried darling vintage parasols to shield them from the California sun.

 

There is a fine line between a country wedding and a fantastical woodland celebration.  We think this wedding celebration is one that achieved fairy tale status without being trite.  Have a look at the pictures and let us know what you think!

Photos thanks to Charlie Gesell Photography and Sophie de Lignerolles.

Love Expressed with Sustainable Beauty February 21, 2011

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One of the seasons most delightful celebrations took place at on the rolling hills in Northern California.  A fully organic venue, thousands of redwood and douglas fir seedlings were planted throughout the lands as part of a responsible forest management plan.

Everyone agreed there could be no better place to hang bell jars filled with moss and flameless flickering tea lights for the wedding celebration of Kevin DePalmer & Elizabeth Mooney.

This was an event that integrated the talents of both friends and family.  We placed magnolia leaves preserved with glycerin that had been hand-picked by the bride’s grandmother on over 200 feet of burlap elegantly draping the single table winding between the trees and hillsides.  Outstanding in the Field, known for setting up magical and completely local “farm dinners” all over the United States, set the table with farm fresh tomatoes, grits, Burrata cheese, grilled meats and marinated figs. The delectable cake was provided by the brilliant sisters of Patisserie Angelica.

Flowers for the event were simple and local, featuring fragrant oregano and sage as punctuating accents.  Nestled in the bell jars were poppy pods and small artificial white doves which carry a sacred meaning for the family.

The bride and the groom came wanting to orchestrate a celebration that was special and local- a collaborative effort with friends.  We think this celebration achieved true elegance by allowing for rustic emphasis punctuated by small, special, family-oriented touches.

Thanks to Thor Swift for the photographs capturing the occasion.  Elizabeth’s handmade dress by the very talented Sue Hanley of Atelier des Modistes in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood.

Details:
August 21 2010
Reception Venue: Failla Vineyards, St. Helena Ca
Flowers: Lila B. Design
Dining: Outstanding in the Field
Cake: Pattiserie Angelica
Dress: Atelier des Modistes
Photography: Thor Swift

For more photos see: Thor Swift Photography: see (2) blog posts:
http://thorswiftstudio.blogspot.com/2010/10/catching-up-elizabeth-and-kevin-august.html

http://thorswiftstudio.blogspot.com/2010/11/more-from-elizabeth-and-kevin.html

and to download our write up:

Sustainable Local Celebration at Failla Vineyards