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A Modern Wedding in St. Helena, CA

  • Anna Kuperberg Photography, San Francisco
    Pamela Fishman Cianci, Outlined Productions, San Francisco
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Patricia & Ian in St. Helena, CA
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A small assortment of French anemones, lush garden roses, dendrobium orchids, japhet orchids, and accents of seasonal foliage combined rustic simplicity with modern elements.
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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.
Durham Ranch, Saint Helena
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The couple wanted their guests to enjoy the venue in the daylight but they also wanted an evening wedding. The compromise? They had two cocktail hours -- one before and one after the ceremony.
Ladies Who Lunch Catering and Events, San Francisco
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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.
Michele Papineau, Papineau Calligraphy, Oakland
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Guests sat at a mix of king tables and smaller square tables -- each one was topped with a black and white damask-patterned linen.
Durham Ranch, Saint Helena
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Sharing their love of food, Patricia and Ian offered exotic hors d'oeuvres including a “sip” of Basque white almond gazpacho with olive oil fried migas topped with baby mustard greens.
Ladies Who Lunch Catering and Events, San Francisco
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Guests at the celebration raved over the food, which included a spoon of citrus-marinated Kona Kanpachi atop spicy avocado mousse and a crisp wonton “nest.”
Ladies Who Lunch Catering and Events, San Francisco
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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.
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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.
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Patricia & Ian in St. Helena, CA

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 Calfee, 36, an entrepreneur The Groom Ian Picache, 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.
- Jaimie Dalessio
Their Ingredients
  • Anna Kuperberg Photography, San Francisco
  • Pamela Fishman Cianci, Outlined Productions, San Francisco
  • Durham Ranch
  • Durham Ranch, Saint Helena
  • Ladies Who Lunch Catering and Events, San Francisco
  • Michele Papineau, Papineau Calligraphy, Oakland
  • I Dream of Cake, San Francisco

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