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Family and friends traveled to Sonoma County from across the country and abroad to celebrate Devorah and Carlo’s wedding. Tradition was obviously an important element of the event – you could feel the warmth of family connections that filled the Trentadue Winery over the Fourth of July weekend. The beaming bride had the honor of wearing an heirloom veil that has been passed through generations of Carlo’s family, worn by over 30 proud women before her. In the Pittsburgh family’s tradition, thousands of homemade cookies were available for the guests, from a special recipe of Devorah’s late grandmother – all hand-made by her aunt for the occasion!
The highlight of the night was when guests danced the traditional Hora, hoisting the couple in the air in chairs in celebration. The joy and the fun of the day could not have been better displayed than through Devorah’s radiant smile and radiant blue eyes. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of wedding coordinator Heather Holliday, I was able to capture the stylish lovebirds against the lush, antique beauty of the winery, adding to an already poignant narrative filled with exquisite details and the heartwarming tradition of Devorah and Carlo’s families. Below, the bride shares the story of how she and Carlo met, and of his long-awaited proposal:
“Carlo and I met five years ago in business school at MIT Sloan. My first impression was that Carlo was a typical New York finance guy, but I found out I was wrong as soon as we started talking. We immediately hit it off after Carlo won me over with his uncanny ability to solve puzzles during a team building activity and with his declaration that the Grateful Dead was his favorite band. He quickly became my best friend at school, and ultimately my best friend in the world… One Memorial Day weekend, as I was sleepily drinking my coffee and reading a magazine in my pajamas, Carlo asked me to come into our home office to look at something on the computer, a common request to which I almost responded that I was busy. Luckily, I got up off the couch and went into the room, to find him on one knee with the ring of my dreams and an incredibly sweet proposal. After I said a very enthusiastic yes, we celebrated with an entire day of special meals and activities, inspired by our past and current lives together.”
Wedding Coordinator: Heather Holliday, Holliday Weddings | Venue: Trentadue Winery | Invitation Designer: Hello! Lucky | Floral Designer: Polly Harrington, Valley Flora | Photographer: Catherine Hall | Hair/Makeup: Betten Chaston | Reception Music: Jay Alvarez (Spanish Guitar) | Band: Pop Rocks | Catering: Elaine Bell | Cake: Perfect Endings | Cookies: Vivian Mazeski | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo | Jewelry: Sackowtiz Jewelers; antique bracelet borrowed from a family friend
My photography of Jessica and Dan Brierley is featured on Style Me Pretty Little Black Book blog. The handsome couple, Jessica in a Monique Lhuillier lace dress and Jimmy Choos and Dan looking smart in his beige suit and blue striped tie, said their vows at one of my favorite venues, Thunderbird Lodge. The gorgeous blue and white celebration was exquisitely designed by Heather Spear of Summit Soiree. See more photos of the wedding and read Jessica and Dan’s love story on Style Me Pretty.
My photography of Survivor star, Stephenie LaGrossa, and Phillies pitcher, Kyle Kendrick, is featured on Grace Ormonde Wedding Style online. The celebrity couple said their vows at the beautiful Silverado Resort in Napa – amid friends and family and their pups, Champ and Bebe, were their ring bearer and flower girl. The exclusive celebration was exquisitely designed by Joannie Liss and appropriately high-end with a comfortable feel. See more photos of the wedding and read Steph and Kyle’s love story on Grace Ormonde Wedding Style’s website.
It was May in Napa – and any other bride who has spent the last year planning the perfect celebration may get flustered by the possible threat of rain. Not Jen. She’s one of those girls who’s composed – and even gains a sassy feistiness – in the face of challenge. The teal-and-orange-themed affair had every bit the glamor of a modern Hollywood movie, yet there was also a casual elegance that made you completely at ease, especially around the bride and her stoic groom Bryan. You’ll never guess by looking at the gorgeous chic wedding – complete with Jen’s Oscar De La Renta gown, Bryan’s whimsical plaid blue sportcoat and crimson bowtie, the couple’s darling Golden Retriever Bauer, and the exquisitely designed invitations and orange tulips – that the bride and groom were ever nervous. Of course, the couple had tremendous help from exceptional coordinator Mary Ellen Murphy, who was always two steps ahead of everyone and even gave an excellent weather-related pep talk first thing in the morning. And this certainly came in handy when rain started falling during dinner – their 170 well-heeled guests proceeded one by one to seek shelter from their napkins. In what must be the most unexpected but utterly memorable end to the night, sparklers set off a mini fire on the floor of the tent. Below, Jen talks about how she and Bryan met:
“Although we lived 4 blocks from one another in San Francisco for over 5 years, we were not introduced until my friend Wes met Bryan at a mutual friend’s Bachelor party in Mexico and decided we should meet on account of our penchant for pink and plaid. Our first meeting was at The Comet Club during Western Wednesday in July 2008. Bryan was not wearing Western attire. By November, we had traveled to Morocco together – and I had not stopped laughing since Western Wednesday. Bryan proposed in Sonoma on a beautiful day in September last year… with a cherry ring pop. He said, ‘If I had asked you what kind of ring you wanted, it would have ruined the surprise.’ The proposal was preceded by a very Bachelor-esque helicopter tour of the valley.”
Wedding Coordinator: Mary Ellen Murphy, Off the Beaten Path | Invitation Designer: Passing Notes | Floral Designer: Erica Lewis | Photographer: Catherine Hall | Hotel: Hotel Yountville | Band: Black Market Jazz Orchestra | Catering: Elaine Bell | Bar: DrinkSF | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Hyde | Wedding Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Officiant: Steven Friedman
The gorgeous scenery, the exotic unfamiliarity, the myriad of colors and details offered by the natural surroundings all make a destination wedding a dream for any photographer. I’m ecstatic that one of my favorite wedding resources, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons – the definitive guide to weddings away from home – has included me in its A-List of top wedding photographers. Along with esteemed colleagues such as Elizabeth Messina, Mike Colon and Kenny Kim, Catherine Hall Studios is also featured on the magazine’s website. Thank you, Susan and Diane!