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A Wine Country Wedding

In Healdsburg: A Wedding Surrounded by Nature

By Mandy Scott

At this wine country wedding for a Chicago couple, 200 friends of Dana Cahan and Craig Clarke traveled to Healdsburg, a small town in California’s bucolic wine country.

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wine country wedding

During our site inspections, the event venue, Chalk Hill Estate, was immediately attractive to the couple with its 360-degree views of the mountains, including Mount St. Helena, for an outdoor ceremony.

wine country wedding

But it was the unique horse exercise pavilion on the property that really won them over. The open-sided, 40-foot, A-frame structure was not only stunning as a space, but it reflected the bride’s father’s business running as a race horse breeder. Talk about perfection! But even with that, there would have to be a few alterations to create this wedding.

wine country wedding

It took Standard Party Rentals, (then Hartmann Studios), four days to construct a multi-level wooden island platform to the specifications of Mandy Scott Events inside the pavilion to create the guest seating and lounge. And to bring the outside in, we designed a 30-foot faux tree (a real one that size would have been impossible due to both space and budget). We enlisted the help of a theater stage set builder to create the trunk. To that, we attached manzanita leaves and Lighting Impact added 1,000 hanging tea lights. This was truly the centerpiece of the event.

wine country wedding

The couple asked us for a wedding and event with an emphasis on fun, not formality, so dinner tables were long and communal with no fixed seating. Jewel toned flowers were arranged in mix-and-match glass vases down the center on table runners of lemon leaves and set off with a multitude of candles and lanterns.

wine country wedding

Lounge areas around the perimeter of the space were fun and sexy with whimsical seating, lots of candles and warm lighting.

wine country wedding

Componere Fine Catering really knocked it out of the park (or winery in this case) with innovative food and desserts.

wine country wedding

Fleur de Lisa Cakes ended things on a sweet note with a multi-tiered wedding cake which we embellished with the same flowers as those in the bride’s bouquet.

Photos: Jesse Leake Photography

This article originally appeared on Mandy Scott Events blog

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In addition to her role as CEO of Mandy Scott Events based in San Francisco and serving all of Northern California, Mandy is also Vice President of the Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA). At the studios of Mandy Scott Events, guests experience and envision their event or wedding with live natural flora and an extensive library of materials and visual tools. Mandy is inspired by art and design and travels widely to fuel her inspiration.

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