Year: 2011

Engagement ring

THE FRENCH LAUNDRY PROPOSAL For two food enthusiasts, the perfect proposal took place after dinner at The French Laundry in Yountville (www.frenchlaundry.com ), arguably one of the best restaurants in the world.  The ring was a total surprise!  The china, designed by Thomas Keller, was the first thing the future bride put on her wish list.

Wedding cake

FAMILY HEIRLOOM CHINA What could be more perfect than using the family heirloom china for serving the cake?  This china was so important to the great grandmother that it was one of the few possessions that she brought with her across the country to the homestead in Montana and then to the log cabin they built in Alaska.  It was the fact that it had come all the way from France that made it special to her, and added a bit of civility to the wilderness lifestyle.  And now it is special again.  What a nice way to honor the family and include the grandparents.