This fun and vivacious couple reminded all of us that it's never too late to find the love of your life. A worldly couple, Liz and Les invited their family members (young and old) to take a peek into the wonderful lifestyle the two of them had created together. Liz shared her flare for design and beauty, Les his impeccable taste in wine and food. Their passion for one another and life was infectious! For everyone attending, guests and vendors both, it was a day that will be remembered for years.
The wedding ceremony was held at a pristine private estate in the hills above Yountville. Guests enjoyed wine and artisan cheeses as they waited for the show to begin, saxophone and guitar providing luscious ballads from the likes of Cole Porter and Gershwin, setting the mood for an evening of romance.
Hard to believe bride Liz was in her 50's! This lady had it together... a to-die-for figure, gorgeous ginger locks, glowing skin and a sexy glint in her eye. Les was one lucky guy!!
Ceremony seating was elegant black chairs, with a punchy orange cushion. The altar was defined by gigantic floral sprays in a riot of fall colors on rustic iron pedestals. The aisle runner was jute, elegantly edged... natural, yet polished, blending in with the beautiful surroundings at the estate.
Bride Liz processed down the aisle to "At Last," in an instrumental (saxophone) rendition. Rev. Doug Monroe provided a rousing, although short sermon (per the groom's request) with the ceremony ending in a passionate kiss worthy of the silver screen!
Post-ceremony, guests were whisked off via limo bus to one of the region's most famous wineries. On arrival, guests enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres and wine, as well as a beautiful sunset over an ocean of vineyards. A romantic and elaborate dinner followed in the wine cave, the great table ornamented with candelabra made from old-growth grapevines and sprinkled with dahlias, roses and sunflowers in oranges, reds and golds. Pastry chef Condra Easley provided luscious individual wedding cakes and fake "Hostess Cupcakes" made from Valrhona chocolate and filled with Tahitian vanilla pastry cream.
Bride and groom alike enjoyed cigars at the front of the cave post-dinner. Guests retired early in anticipation of a group wine tour and picnic we planned for the day following. Our young-at-heart bride and groom, chose to forgo the wine tour, instead leaving immediately for their honeymoon, the poor guests having to fend for themselves in the Napa Valley.