The ceremony, held at the beautiful St. Helena Catholic Church, began with a performance of the bride's favorite James Taylor song and ended with a surprise recessional of "Amen, Amen" by a local Gospel Choir. The newlyweds departed for their reception, held at a private estate in Calistoga, in a mint condition 1956 red and white Ford convertible.
Staying true to the 1950's Stork Club vintage theme, we erected a magnificent dinner dance tent. The tables were set with linen hemstitch napkins and old-fashioned dance cards. The dinner began with beefsteak tomato salad followed by cheese ravioli with brown butter and sage. Filet mignon and twice baked potato with white truffle and shaved brussel sprouts made for a delicious third course. Guests danced the night away and indulged in an elaborate dessert buffet full of the couple's favorite sweets. A self-portrait area was set up so guests could create their own unique wedding memories.
My favorite moment? The bride sang a surprise ballad to the groom in the middle of the reception. I was a bit nervous for Chrissy, but she pulled it off in a spectacular way.
Photography by Thayer Allyson Gowdy. Flowers by Kathleen Deery Design. Reception held at a private estate in Calistoga, California. Vintage cake from Perfect Endings. Catering by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. Music by Innovative Entertainment, Calligraphy by Jane Brenner, Printed materials by Mr. Boddington's Studio. Bride's gown by Oscar de la Renta.