California Style Weddings Fall 2012

C Weddings - Fall 2012

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Originally published in the Fall 2012 issue of California Style Weddings Magazine

When my friend Merryl, of Merryl Brown Events, asked me to cook a dinner for an intimate wedding in the Santa Ynez Valley, I was very flattered, but also completely taken aback and instantly nervous.  Weddings are a big deal; the most special and the most anticipated day for a couple – that’s a whole lot of pressure. While I love and cherish cooking for friends in my home, I don’t seek out catering engagements. But with more persuading from Merryl (damn, that woman is persistent), I gave in.

I was honored to be working with such amazing company—Merryl pulled together the crème de la crème of the event world. Photographer, flowers, pastry chef, jewelers (Yes, plural. There were lots of jewels.), musicians, tabletop masters, chocolatiers, gowns and the site. And of course, the couple was stunning as well. I hope you enjoy these beautiful images and get lost in a little gypsy caravan fantasy of your own.

Now I’ve seen firsthand that Elizabeth Messina has earned her amazing reputation.

happy couple

The wedding took place at the beautiful Sunstone Winery.


This unique jewelry is from Samantha Goldstone at Adesso.


Kate at Flower Wild is the epitome of where flower design is going — real, organic and seasonal.

place setting

The gorgeous, heirloom china was from Small Masterpiece.


Here’s some of the food I made.


full table

chicken and soup

figs and raspberries

My friend, the talented Elizabeth Colling, baked this cake and pie — her pie crust can’t be beat.

Elizabeth's pie

The exquisite chocolate was provided by Sweet Nuit Chocolates.

chocolate bar

I adored the bride’s headpiece, by Myra Callan, and the pearls were from 33 Jewels.

bride and pearls

Cheers to the happy couple!

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6 thoughts on “California Style Weddings Fall 2012”

I had to be persistent! This wedding would not have been as fabulous as it was without the amazingly talented Valerie Rice! I only like to work with the best people and you, Valerie, are the best there is! You played a huge part in making it the stunning event that it was and I thank you for joining us in the magic that we created.

What a gorgeous wedding! I saw it in the magazine and read every word. The food looks beautiful and scrumptuous. I am sure L.A. does not have a Merryl, Valerie,Samantha, Elizabeth, or Elizabeth team….you are some first rate team! Congratulations and love, Jeanne

Of course that was a beautiful wedding, but can’t help thinking that it must have cost a fortune!! More than any of us can imagine, I sure hope they appreciate it and remain as happy as they seem. Good for you, the food looked amazing.

Hi Valerie,

Your wedding menu looks devine! . Any chance you will post the recipes for the dishes you prepared.The tart looks delicious!

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