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Cake confection by Perfect Endings.
Sillapere designed bouquets with peonies and herbal accents.
The wedding was one of the first at Bill Foley’s Chalk Hill Estate.
Coordinated textile- trimmed pillows.
Rosemary cooking salt, a cult favorite from Marin-based Allstar Organics, served as a parting gift.
Jordan Byrne & Marty Brainerd | June 25, 2011
Rachel Ward | Photo: Lisa Lefkowitz | June 20, 2012
A pair who met through an interior decorator were destined to wed amid high-concept décor at Chalk Hill Estate.
Healdsburg held a special place in Jordan Byrne and Marty Brainerd’s hearts because they had explored the region’s wineries during their long-distance courtship. The couple, who were introduced by San Francisco interior designer Caitlin Moran Lobosco—whom Brainerd hired to decorate his house and who happened to be a longtime friend of Byrne—celebrated their nuptials on the hilltop at Chalk Hill Estate. Byrne and Brainerd (from Dallas and Marin, respectively) wanted to share the region’s exceptional food, setting and wine with their out-of-town guests. And as it was one of the first weddings ever held on the property, even the locals were in for an exceptional experience.
The subtle and understated wedding design complemented the spectacular setting. Visits to the couple’s house gave event designer Nicole Sillapere a feel for their sense of style and cues for the wedding aesthetic. “I noticed they were really attracted to beautiful textiles, leaning toward those with a little ethnic flavor,” she says. “That was a huge inspiration.”
She and planner Rosemary Hattenbach created a modern, tailored concept that incorporated custom-sewn textiles from Galbraith & Paul into many aspects of the wedding, starting with the invitations. “Guests received this glorious, handmade, upholstered invitation, then arrived to an event with the same fine fabric woven throughout the design,” Hattenbach says.
Despite the high-concept design, friends and family were the focus. “Our goal was to give everyone a real picture of the beauty of Northern California,” Byrne says. The couple welcomed everyone with gift bags filled with local, artisanal treats, including Meyer lemon cookies from Marin’s Rustic Bakery and a bottle of Chalk Hill’s sauvignon blanc.
On the wedding day, as guests mingled over cocktails and bocce ball on the lawn post-ceremony, Byrne noticed people looking up and followed their gazes to see a skywriter spelling out “M hearts J” in the clear sky. “It was a total surprise from Marty,” she says.
Afterward, dramatic custom drapes made for a grand entry to the sailcloth tent where music from the Black Market Jazz Orchestra set the mood for dinner. Following the first dance, waiters opened imperial bottles of Jordan Cabernet from the bride’s birth year, which the father of the bride had cellared for her wedding day.