We were delighted when Rachel and Aaron asked us to help them with their wedding at their family ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains. Both Rachel and Aaron wanted the day to be whimsical and fun for all of their guests.
Date: July of 2016
Venue: Private Family Ranch, Santa Cruz Mountains
Guest Count: 80
The ceremony was held on the banks of the ranch’s lake with guests sitting on distressed wooden benches with large colorful pillows and paper parasols.
An old restored barn served as the perfect setting for a family-style farmers market inspired meal.
We decided that a shabby chic style would suit both the formality of the occasion as well as the casual nature of the location. We set long guest tables with plum nubby linens and French vintage chairs. The rafters where strung with hundreds of sparkling market lights. Lush flower arrangements of dahlias, parrot tulips, herbs and wild flowers completed the look.
Outside of the barn we placed overstuffed couches and chairs and even brought in a big fire pit, S’mores supplies and some vintages scotches, the grooms favorite, so that the party could go on into the wee hours of the night.
Family Style Dinner
~ Guest tables were set with ~
Rustic Breads and Olio Verde
Charred Padron and Jimmy Nardello Peppers with Saba and Maldon Salt
Spiced Apricot Glazed Rack of Berkshire Pork
With Sautéed Beet Greens & Crispy Buttermilk Shallots
Pan Seared Local Halibut
With Charred Indian Eggplant- Brentwood Corn Succotash & Cool Raita
With Toybox Squash & Heirloom Tomatoes
Compressed Heirloom Melon Salad
With Burrata, Local Honey Comb & Spicy Papadums “Croutons”
Wedding Cherry Pie
With Hand Cranked Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Tcho Bittersweet Chocolate Mini Moon Pies