Bride, Meghan, is a creative event planner from New York City so it’s only fitting that her wedding would be filled with gorgeous details — her flowing Reem Acra dress and bright and cheerful florals are just two of the features we love the most! The fun celebration concluded with an awesome wedding cake and late night In-N-Out burgers. Oh, how we wish we could have been there to celebrate along with them!
Photography by Christina McNeill.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? My jewish wedding band (with no diamonds) was my Great Grandfather’s Lions Club ring that was resized for me. I now wear it on my right ring finger every day. We had a chuppah and challah during the ceremony. We also chose a Keith Herring coffee table book for our guest book. Rich and I both love street art and it’s a big part of our Soho neighborhood so we thought a New York artist was only fitting.
The bride carried a romantic bouquet filled with pink peonies, ranunculus, garden roses and anemone accented with cascading foliage and ferns.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The day is going to fly by. The sooner you program yourself to think that way the better. I was so scared it was going to fly by, but our wedding ended up feeling like it was never ending!
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Enjoy it and enjoy each other. Things will go wrong and be prepared for that. At the end of the day it’s about the marriage, not the wedding.
“When we decided to have the wedding in California (rather than New York), I wanted to take full advantage of the outdoors. The oak tree provided the perfect backdrop for the quintessential wine country wedding ceremony.”
(Florals and Chuppah designed by Brenda Horne)
Your ceremony in three words. Thoughtful, loving, warm
How did you go about planning your ceremony? Rabbi Mikki guided us in writing the ceremony program. I knew I wanted my (non-jewish) parents to design the chuppah so they would feel more connected to the Jewish traditions. My parents built the structure from birch trees on their vineyard nearby. My mom incorporated meaningful botanical elements like eucalyptus branches from my parents wine country home and curly willow from my childhood home in the Bay Area. The canopy that hung above us was hand embroidered with a number of meaningful symbols including a wave to represent Rich’s love of the ocean and the eastern seaboard as well as the Danish symbol for life as a nod to a piece of my family’s heritage.
What was your ceremony music? The bridal party walked down to Elliot Smith on piano. My dad and I walked down to Ray Lamontagne. The recessional was “Midnight City” by M83 — we wanted a song that would really set a fun energetic tone for the party (and our marriage!).
Who officiated your ceremony? Rabbi Mikki Borne, recommended by a friend and Wedding Planner, Alison Rinderknecht of Alison Events. She was fabulous and totally spoke to us!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The chuppah and the thoughtful tone it set for the rest of the celebration.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Choose what’s really important to you and your fiancé. While I wanted special custom invitations, invites were not high on Rich’s list of priorities so we went with something less special and reallocated budget to the stuff that really mattered to us.
“The reception could be described in two parts; dinner and the dance party. We both wanted a European style party where dancing happened in a separate area after dinner. We wanted to have a lovely al fresco wine country dinner under the stars, then invite guests to an outrageous dance party with a great band and curated set list (no typical wedding songs allowed!), perfect lighting, intense streamers, sequin animal masks — a total departure from the dinner portion. Our kind of party.”
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? My sister is incredibly talented and I asked her to help with calligraphy, both addressing the envelopes, escort cards, place cards and the menu cards. It ended up being her wedding gift to us and something so special. I treasure Rich and my escort card, I have it in a little frame in our apartment. Most of my friends kept theirs as well. It was a really special element.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? After planning events in Manhattan for close to a decade, I have probably almost seen it all. I wanted the party to be a reflection of how Rich and I entertain at home and our style as individuals and as a couple. Warm, playful, fun, and cool were all words that kept coming up throughout the process.
We love how the bride incorporated an air plant as a place card on each table. Each table number was a polaroid of the couple. So simple and fun yet perfectly modern.
Floral Design by Loop Flowers.
What was your wedding menu? We offered a choice of Pan Seared Sea Bass or Neiman Ranch Filet. My favorite part was everyone’s individual sourdough baguettes. You just can’t get good sourdough in New York and we wanted all of our east coast friends to enjoy as much as they could!
Catering by Sonoma Golf Club.
Guests moved from the yard into a different room for a night filled with dancing! We are so in love with this amazing stage backdrop. The transition from a modern, elegant dinner to a super fun dancehall was perfectly done!
What was your first dance song? Father/daughter? I danced with my dad to the only appropriate song – Hanson’s “With You in Your Dreams”. My sisters and I tortured my dad with that album over and over when we were younger and he thought it was perfect as well.
Reception music by Elan Artists.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Dessert came from New York. The wedding cake was Birthday Cake from Milk Bar in Manhattan. We also passed Levain Bakery cookies (a favorite of ours in the Hamptons) and Mud Iced Coffee Affogatos on the dance floor.
Cake from Momofuku Milk Bar.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Having In-N-Out Burgers passed out on the dance floor. It’s always our first stop when we land in California.