C California Style

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins share a laugh.
The dramatic candlelit table was set with gilded utensils, vintage servingware and tall gold vases crowned with vibrant arrangements of dahlias.
The groom with his son, Noah.
A family photo from the heartfelt ceremony.
Escort cards were hung with ribbons from a tree in the couple’s backyard. PHOTO: Gennia for Docuvitae.
Close friend Seamus Dolan served as officiant.
“I didn’t want something cookie-cutter,” says the bride of her unique gown.
The bride changed into a Parker cocktail dress for late-night dancing.
The groom puts in time on the dance floor.
A dessert table laden with nostalgic sweets from the Hollywood Candy Girls.
The backyard tent, hung with greenery and bistro lights, added to the magical atmosphere.
The couple’s first dance was to Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down the Line.” PHOTO: Gennia for Docuvitae.

Heart Song

by C California Style

Foo Fighters’ Nate Mendel and publicist Kate Jackson say “I do” in a music-filled fete in Coldwater Canyon Park.

“My initial impression of Nate was that he was really smart and handsome but that he didn’t eat,” says Kate Jackson, founding partner of Grandstand Media & Management, of her first date with her now-husband, Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel. “I had to figure out how to be around a woman who I’m basically in awe of,” Nate recalls of his lack of appetite. Four years later, following another landmark dinner, this time at Mario Batali’s NYC mainstay Del Posto (Mendel was in town taping the band’s HBO series “Sonic Highways”), he popped the question. Nate had hired a musician to pose as a busker outside the restaurant and play the couple’s song, Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down the Line”—as Kate listened in shock, he took a knee on the sidewalk.

In October they wed at an outdoor amphitheater in Coldwater Canyon Park; the bride made her entrance in a caped Angel Sanchez gown, walking to a live performance of Stevie Nicks’ “Wild Heart” by Fleet Foxes’ guitarist Christian Wargo and manager Aja Pecknold. “I loved that we could see every single person’s face,” says Kate of the setup. For the reception, the pair tented the backyard of the Studio City home they share with Nate’s 10-year-old son, Noah, infusing the environs with, in Kate’s words, a “Hollywood goes on safari” sensibility. Bistro lights, lush garlands, Moroccan lanterns, Art Deco bars, and spherical vivid arrangements of roses, orchids, tulips and dahlias commingled to romantic effect.

Entertainment for the night was a crowded bill: ’70s cover band The Goodtime Boys and The Kevin Large Band, a collection of the couple’s music buddies from Seattle shared the stage, while DJ Angel Salva took the last slot, cuing a finale in the form of “I’ll Believe in Anything” by Wolf Parade. “Our friends lifted us up and danced with us on their shoulders—that’s how we closed out the night,” says Kate.

By Melissa Goldstein.
Photographed by Laura Kleinhenz of Docuvitae.
Hair and makeup provided by Trace Henningsen and assistant Sophia Gabriella.

CEREMONY VENUE TreePeople Amphitheater in Coldwater Canyon Park MENU Alligator Pear Catering BAR The Spare Room Offsite DRESS Angel Sanchez FLORIST Celadon & Celery ENTERTAINMENT The Goodtime Boys, The Kevin Large Band, DJ Angel Salva PLANNER YourBASH! RENTALS Classic Party Rentals, Blueprint Studios, AB Elements, La Tavola Linen, Greenset, Dish Wish TENT Intent Productions STATIONERY Ceci New York, Julie Maloof Designs.