Katya Sorokko and Gregory Spencer’s worlds collide in an idyllic Napa Valley affair.
Katya Sorokko and Gregory Spencer were strangers despite being raised in the same area. “I’m from Mill Valley and he grew up in Tiburon. We had all of the same friends. Our worlds intersected so much,” says Katya, a public relations and marketing executive at Restoration Hardware and the daughter of Serge Sorokko, the San Francisco-based contemporary art dealer and publisher (his wife of more than 23 years, model and fashion editor Tatiana, is Katya’s stepmother). “But weirdly, we never met.”
After Katya caught the eye of Greg (who works as a real estate investment professional) at a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he asked a mutual friend to persuade her to attend his 30th birthday party. “He walked right up to me the minute we got there. That was six-and-a-half years ago,” she says. “We’ve pretty much been together ever since.”
When the couple decided to get married, the 175-person guest list practically wrote itself—their circles were that entwined. They knew their wedding had to reflect their shared touchstones: a love for music, local food and wine, and the kind of relaxed but elegant entertaining that Marin County, where they grew up, and Napa Valley, where they spend much of their free time, are known for.
The weekend started in Oakville, at Greg’s family’s Spencer Vineyards. Everyone played bocce ball, drank rosé and enjoyed a feast catered by Ad Hoc in Yountville (“one of our very favorite places,” says Katya). A rehearsal dinner at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, now owned by Katya’s employer, RH, followed. The main event was held at interior designer and family friend Ken Fulk’s private estate just outside of St. Helena, Durham Ranch. Ralph Rucci, another friend, designed Katya’s gown, which featured romantic embroidery based on Russian Tula metalwork, a nod to Katya’s family heritage, imbuing it with “the stature and dignity of a czarina,” according to the designer.
Personal flourishes were in abundance: from the floral arrangements, highlighting white anemones, peonies and garden roses that Katya researched during early-morning trips to the flower market; to a cart from the couple’s favorite gelateria, La Copa Loca; to the musical entertainment, which included cover band The Pop Rocks, a group Greg and Katya regularly turn out to see at S.F.’s kitschy Red Devil Lounge.
“Greg walked down the aisle to ‘California Stars’ [the song written by Woody Guthrie and later adapted by Wilco]. I walked to [the Rolling Stones’] ‘Wild Horses,’ ” she says. “And when it was time for the father-daughter dance, we started off to ‘Sunrise, Sunset’ from Fiddler on the Roof, which is just the most traditional, emotional song. And then halfway through, you heard the needle scratch, and the band started playing ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses.”
“That was one of my favorite moments,” she adds. “It was very us.”
Venue Durham Ranch Planner Nonpareil Event Planning and Design Florist Chestnut & Vine Menu Paula LeDuc Fine Catering Cake Sainte G. Cake Company, La Copa Loca Entertainment The Pop Rocks, DJ Chris Harnett, Panique Jazz, Sam Johnson Rentals Standard Party Rentals, La Tavola Fine Linen Dress Ralph Rucci Suit Ralph Lauren Purple Label
By Christine Lennon.
Photographed by Jesse Leake.