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Lisa & Ethan

A cosmopolitan couple’s extended wedding weekend culminates at the altar in Yountville.
 

The bride wore a gown by Allure Bridals and Jimmy Choo shoes, while the groom opted for a Tom Ford suit and shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Custom letterpress by Aerialist Press

The bride chose anemones and peonies for a clean, romantic and modern bouquet.

The Magnolia Grove at Bardessono Hotel Restaurant & Spa

Table settings consisted of neutral tones and tall vases with lighted candles.

Dinner table design by Esla Events; floral arrangements by Leigh Okies Design

The two-tiered carrot cake (“Our favorite [flavor],” says Lisa).

Lisa Bennett was thrown for a loop when her now husband, Ethan Casson, asked her to take a Friday off work, as their intense schedules (she works in the office of the CEO at Yahoo; he is a front office executive for the San Francisco 49ers) had always made the idea of a three-day weekend seem unthinkable. But after Ethan whisked Lisa upstairs at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, San Francisco, opened the door to a sea of candles and, she notes, “probably all of the orchids that the San Francisco flower market owned,” he threw her for yet another loop—this one of the sparkling, Stuart Moore variety. The next day brought more surprises—Lisa’s parents and her best friend (flown in from Minneapolis and Kansas City, respectively) arrived just in time to join the couple for dinner at Restaurant Gary Danko. “It was a magical weekend that made the wedding hard to beat,” confesses Lisa.

But the couple rose to the occasion, enlisting the help of wedding planner and designer Laurel Anderson of Esla Events. The result was a July 6, 2013, wedding (“a once-in-a-lifetime, three-day affair stretching from San Francisco to Yountville,” describes Anderson) that topped the proposal. Festivities started in the city the Thursday before the big day, where 30 of their closest friends and family hailing from eight different states gathered for two separate dinners—Lisa took her guests to Twenty Five Lusk; Ethan escorted his to Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Come Friday, car service picked up the group from The St. Regis San Francisco and delivered them to Bardessono Hotel Restaurant & Spa in Yountville. There, they enjoyed pool time and bicycle rides until the rehearsal dinner at the property’s Lucy Restaurant & Bar that evening.

On Saturday, the couple exchanged vows on Bardessono’s open-air patio, followed by cocktail hour in the Magnolia Grove. “We wanted an intimate space that allowed everyone to be as comfortable as possible. Bardessono was exactly that,” shares Lisa, who radiated in a lace, two-piece dress with a silk underlay by Allure Bridals from Rush’s Bridal boutique in Minneapolis, and fondly remembers giving a thank-you toast on Saturday night before cutting the two-tiered Bouchon Bakery carrot cake. “We wanted everyone to fall in love again and have their own mini-moon in their own space.”

As if to further close the circle of a dream come true, she adds, “By making our wedding about our guests we actually made it about ourselves.”