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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lounge areas around the perimeter of the space were fun and sexy with whimsical seating, lots of candles and warm lighting.
Componere Fine Catering really knocked it out of the park (or winery in this case) with innovative food and desserts.
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