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C California Style

The two bridesmaids were the bride and groom’s sisters. PHOTO: Victoria Will.
A leisurely dinner was served family style. PHOTO: John Messinger.
The wedding bands: hers, Stephen Russell; his, Cartier. PHOTO: John Messinger.
The happy couple in the vineyards. PHOTO: John Messinger.
DJ Mike Gross flew in from London. PHOTO: John Messinger.
The bride wore her mother’s wedding dress from 1979, ’70s collar and sleeves removed. PHOTO: John Messinger.
The wedding cake; all details were lovingly planned by the mother of the bride. PHOTO: John Messinger.
A little extra lighting for a moonlit first dance. PHOTO: Victoria Will.
The couple married at the same spot Andrew had proposed nearly a year before to the date. PHOTO: Victoria Will.

Home Grown

by C California Style

Caroline Wolff gives Andrew Casino her hand at her family’s bucolic Hopland vineyard.

Oftentimes, true style comes with the restraint to admit when something is already working. Such was the case at the wedding of W Magazine’s photo director Caroline Wolff to financier Andrew Casino at the bride’s family vineyard in Mendocino County. The couple of 10 years wed surrounded by oak trees, forgoing superfluous adornment with a simple altar. “It was magical,” says Caroline. “The sun was dappling through the two humongous trees and Spanish moss was hanging down in a natural canopy.”

The short walk to the knoll where the ceremony took place cut through the vineyard itself, immersing guests in the location, which was important to the couple. “Drew proposed in the same place almost a year to the day,” says Caroline. “It was really special that we were able to have the wedding there.” During the ceremony, close friends of the family performed a song by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, encouraging others to sing along, which created a communal aspect that the bride describes as “really beautiful and meaningful.”

Later, Caroline slipped out of her mother’s 1979 Saks Fifth Avenue wedding dress, expertly tailored by Irene Tcherniakhovsky, who is the go-to for Rodarte and Jason Wu, and into an off-the-rack Lanvin. If ever there was a signal to start the party, this was it. Dinner was served family style on long farm tables until DJ Mike Gross, a friend of the couple who had flown from London for the event, started his set. “People were dancing all night and it was packed,” says Caroline. The evening wasn’t over after the last song. “When the music stopped, everyone jumped in the pool!” she says. Friends and family lingered until the wee hours, when fire pits lit up, and marshmallows and guitars were brought out.

“I didn’t want it to be overly complicated,” says Caroline of the night. “It was simple, warm, festive and happy.”

By Zinzi Edmundson.


 

VENUE Family property in Hopland DRESS Caroline’s mother’s 1979 gown from Saks Fifth Avenue, Lanvin FLORIST Bonnie Z at Dragonfly Floral RINGS Stephen Russell, Cartier ENTERTAINMENT DJ Mike Gross, Dick Bright Orchestra