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winemaker of Tyler Winery, he made quite an impression. “I couldn’t
believe how handsome he was,” Mandy says. “I had to catch my breath. And
that was it, we talked all night.” The memorable evening was in early 2011,
when a blind set-up (as Mandy likes to call it), was smoothly orchestrated
by a mutual friend at a neighborhood watering hole in Santa Ynez,
California. Mandy and Justin quickly discovered they both hail from the
and share an appreciation for good food, art, antiques and the easygoing
California lifestyle. “I never thought I’d meet a 30-year-old winemaker
who was the man of my dreams,” she says. “It was a very pleasant surprise.”
Their creative chemistry was instant. “Justin cracked open this new
world for me, especially in wine. We
started traveling together and I found
it really wonderful seeing things
through his eyes.” From the onset, the
pair talked about getting married and
starting a family. Mandy says, “Justin
is really a classic man. He is passionate
about family, friends and work.” They
were delighted to learn that they were
day, Justin bought a stunning 100-yearengagement ring and asked Mandy’s father
mine and he found something that he knew
I would absolutely love,” Mandy says.
cocktail hour. “It was totally decrepit with rusty walls and missing windows,”
Mandy says. “But those are the kinds of things that I love, the things that
people overlook for their imperfections. There is beauty in things that aren’t
just so.” The couple called upon designer Mindy Rice of her eponymous
company, Mindy Rice Floral Design, to revamp the greenhouse into
a buoyant entertaining oasis. Rice kept things true to their natural
form—for better or worse—selecting light, feathery Boston ferns, lush
grasses and hanging greenery to make the room come alive. “Mindy
is outrageous and brilliant at what she does,” says the bride. “She
transformed the greenhouse into something magical. It was absolutely
breathtaking.” Sophisticated details such as antique lounge furnishings
with brass accents, a raw bar dripping in oysters, lobster tails, crab and
shrimp cocktail, and a brilliant champagne tower wowed celebrants.
“The greenhouse was totally
decrepit with rusty walls and
missing windows, but those are
the kinds of things that I love,
the things that people overlook
for their imperfections.
There is a beauty in
things that aren’t just so.”
Both Mandy and
soirée to bear the
grandparents’ era,
tradition, warmth
Justin wanted their
mark of their great
with a sense of
and grandeur. The
by wedding coordinator Jill Remy of
Jill & Co. Events. Formal letterpress
invitations by Lazaro Press & Design
attire. When it came to selecting her
bridal gown, Mandy was certain of one
thing. “At seven months pregnant, I had
to go for comfort with my changing
form,” she says. She worked with the
tailors at The Perfect Fit on her custommade lace robe paired with a blush silk slip dress. “We sourced this
For their springtime nuptials in the great outdoors, they had California
wanted to give our family members traveling from the East Coast, Chicago
sound of the ocean in the backdrop,” Mandy says. When they discovered the
sprawling Dos Pueblos Ranch, it already had a lot going for it: it’s quietly
nestled in Santa Barbara, with a historic estate, old-growth trees, a beautiful
Cherimoya orchard and access to a private white sand beach. But it was a
hidden gem in the form of a timeworn and forgotten greenhouse snugly
situated on the property that would bring the couple’s vision to life. Upon
ceremony site and reception area, the bride suggested they use the space for
nod to Justin’s love of French wines,” says the bride. Manolo Blahnik heels
were a glamorous touch of something blue. The groom was debonair
dress to her liking in a shade of black; “the easiest way to go,” she says.
In honor of both Mandy and Justin’s late brothers, the mother-of-thebride embroidered their initials on pocket squares for the groomsmen.
A simple white arch marked the ceremony site in nature. Mandy walked arm-inarmwithherfatherdowntheaisletoMyMorningJacket’s“SlowSlowTune.”The
bride recalls, “It was a very magical and profound moment for me.” She carried
a whimsical bouquet of garden roses, tulips, ivy, dusty miller and lamb’s ear.
a moment alone. “We were both pretty emotional. It was so nice to have that time together.”
They joined their guests for the outdoor reception, where a candle-lit path led to a grand white
tent ensconced in a perfect clearing of old trees. Beyond California’s abundant landscape the
wedding aesthetic was centered around the bride’s 100-year-old Art Deco sapphire engagement
in monochromatic centerpieces of ranunculus, hellebore, viburnum, and amaryllis. Brass and
When it came time to savor a four-course dinner by
front and center on the menu. “Incredible food and
wine pairings were the main things for us,” says
Mandy. And for dessert, a four-tier chocolate, vanilla
and strawberry mousse cake adorned in macarons by
Santa Barbara’s famed Renaud’s Bakery was enjoyed
by all. The bride says, “The baker is a French pastry
chef which is everybody’s dream.” At night’s end,
party-goers were greeted by a gift in their hotel room: a
bottle of Hendrick’s gin, tonic water and a lime, along
with a letter of gratitude from the newlyweds. The
morning after their wedding, Mandy’s parents hosted
loaded Bloody Marys. Then the glowing newlyweds
jetted to Hawaii for the ultimate honeymoon at
Andaz Maui in Wailea and Travaasa Hana. “It was
completely remote and really magical,” recalls Mandy.