THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE

One cou­ple in­vited guests to Napa Val­ley and staged the ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tion wed­ding.

Wedding Bells (East) - - CONTENTS - By SONYA NOV. Pho­tog­ra­phy CHRISTINA ESTE­BAN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY.

for food and wine en­thu­si­asts Luisa Galuppo and Philippe Martin, a wed­ding in a lush Napa Val­ley vine­yard set­ting was an ob­vi­ous choice. “We have vis­ited wine coun­try sev­eral times,” Luisa notes. “We fell in love with the scenery and its nat­u­ral beauty. The fact we also en­joy food and wine cer­tainly doesn’t hurt ei­ther. There was no doubt in our minds this was ex­actly where we wanted to have an in­ti­mate wed­ding with our clos­est friends and fam­ily.” With the sun shin­ing over the vine­yard, guests were shut­tled to a pri­vate cer­e­mony site—fea­tur­ing breath­tak­ing views of the en­tire val­ley. Dressed in a stun­ning Reem Acra dress paired with royal blue Valentino shoes, Luisa’s walk down the aisle took Philippe’s breath away. “There was this great mo­ment just as Luisa was com­ing closer; I could feel my­self chok­ing up,” Philippe re­calls. “Be­fore the tears could flow, I heard the lit­tle voice of our ring bearer and nephew, Fran­cis, call out ‘Un­cle Phil, Un­cle Phil,’ which re­sulted in im­me­di­ate laugh­ter from me and our guests. It was a very cute mo­ment and couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time.”

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, a fam­ily friend shared a read­ing en­ti­tled The Per­fect Wed­ding Cake. It was a per­sonal and fit­ting de­tail for Luisa, a cake de­signer her­self. “The cer­e­mony was sim­ple and sweet,” Luisa re­counts. “Our of­fi­ciant, Fa­ther Gerry, led us in a beau­ti­ful cer­e­mony which fo­cused on love, friend­ship and com­mit­ment.”

For the re­cep­tion, it was on to An­der­son Ranch, where the wed­ding party en­joyed hors d’oeu­vres, an ar­ti­sanal cheese sta­tion, ahi tuna tacos and the Hog Is­land Trav­el­ing Oys­ter Bar—a favourite among the crowd. A four-course al fresco din­ner, com­plete with wine pair­ing, fol­lowed. “Din­ner took place in the court­yard where our guests were seated at long farm ta­bles un­der a canopy of café string lights and crys­tal chan­de­liers,” Luisa rem­i­nisces. “The scenery could only be de­scribed as mag­i­cal.”

With help from wed­ding plan­ner Jill Hinch­man-Hart­nett from A Savvy Event, the cou­ple cre­ated a dreamy at­mos­phere for their rus­tic vine­yard wed­ding, dec­o­rat­ing the venue with charm­ing an­tique pieces and fur­nish­ings. “The cock­tail and re­cep­tion both took place in the Ranch House and its ex­te­rior court­yard. We re­ally wanted the ma­jor­ity of the wed­ding to take place out­doors. Thank­fully the weather helped make that pos­si­ble,” Luisa re­calls with re­lief. “We wanted to add a touch of el­e­gance to an oth­er­wise nat­u­ral set­ting.”

When it came to pick­ing her wed­ding cake, Luisa turned to her best friend and cake men­tor Allyson Bob­bitt of Bobbette & Belle in Toronto. “There is no one else I would have wanted to make our cake,” Luisa af­firms. “We gave her carte blanche and she did not dis­ap­point! It was per­fec­tion: beau­ti­ful, un­der­stated and com­pletely fit the theme of our wed­ding style. Allyson and I share the same love of sugar flow­ers, so it came as no sur­prise to me our cake had a beau­ti­ful ar­ray of hand­made flow­ers.”

Just af­ter sunset, Luisa and Philippe shared their first twirl to­gether to the song “Nice Guy Lul­laby.” “It was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial as we danced to an orig­i­nal song from my sis­ter’s band, St. Ange,” Luisa ex­plains. “While we were danc­ing, we looked around and saw all the happy faces of our loved ones who took time to travel to be with us on our day. Hav­ing the peo­ple you love the most share your day with you is truly what makes it mem­o­rable.”

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