Treasures of the Heart

September 23, 2012

Pacific Weddings

A celebration in the great outdoors was Kassie Ra Penk and Skylar Keigh's first criteria in discussing the fine details of their wedding in California's Wine Country. "It doesn't get any more beautiful than Sonoma in the fall," says the bride. "Sine we live just two hours north of Wine Country, we often drive along those country roads. It's such a sentimental place for us." Jacuzzi Family Vineyards had everything they wanted in a locale with its gracious European architecture and dramatic barrel tasting room. It was like stepping into a different world for their nearly 200 guests who had traveled great distances to attend the weekend affair.

When it came to the planning process, the bride was certain of two things--she wanted a long engagement and she needed a wedding planner. "I have too many ideas running through my head at all times," Kassie says. "I found event coordinator Dee Merz who was truly amazing! We had such a creative bond and she helped to keep me on track."

Wearing a cap sleeve Monique Lhuillier lace corset top with an asymmetrical skirt and Swarovski Crystal belt, Kassie's wedding day look was refined yet strikingly effortless. The groom was debonair in a classic bespoke suit by Amber Doyle and Jake Mueser of Against Nature Atelier in New York City.

The bride's homemade chocolate chip sea salt cookies made it into each gift basket.

At night's end, a fanciful four layer wedding cake by Perfect Endings was enjoyed by all. "It was the best cake I've ever had in my life!" says the bride.

Stationery designer Elizabeth Hubbell created the paper ephemera on a century-old, cast iron printing press in her studio in Berkeley, California. Elizabeth perfectly interpreted the bride's decor inspiration: exotic Moroccan tiles, chipped gold mirrors and a color story of dusty purple and slate grey.

Tall topiaries of green dendrobium orchids with bursts of pink tea roses and limes graced the long wooden tables.

The self-declared "coffee snobs" served up Middle Fork Roasters espresso hand-delivered from Seattle by one of the guests.

While digging through a metal scrap yard in Petaluma, California, the bride and her wedding planner discovered old ruty joints and industrial brackets which served as inspiration for floral designer Grant Rector's creations of earthy succulents that lined the tables. "We wanted to capture the perfect blend of rustic and chic," Kassie says.

A self procalimed flea market addict, the bride's love of distressed wooden objects and repurposed design accents came together to create a one-of-a-kind soiree.