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Guests rang goat bells from India instead of throwing rice.
The bridal party included maid of honor Melanie Griffith (second from right.)
Port wine marinated a wheel of Stilton cheese served with figs.
The bride wore Ralph Lauren with vintage lace.
A warm reception celebrated farm and family.
The pair’s Napa property served as the venue.
Tracy Griffith & Mark Daley | September 17, 2011
Rachel Ward | Photo: Onelove Photography | June 20, 2012
Chef Tracy Griffith wed Ralph Lauren executive Mark Daley at their Napa farmhouse and vineyard, complete with hay bales and heritage foods.
On a balmy Napa evening, Tracy Griffith and Mark Daley married at their home, a century-old farmhouse on 110 acres of vineyards affectionately dubbed “The Rooster.” The glamorous celebration had an Americana vibe (with a dash of gold-rush chic) that suited the offbeat couple. Griffith is a multihyphenate creative whose occupations include chef (she’s the first female grad of the California Sushi Academy), cookbook author, artist and actress (her credits include Guiding Light as well as the film Fear City with her sister, Melanie Griffith). She met Daley, a Ralph Lauren executive, in the Dean & Deluca kitchen in St. Helena two years ago when she launched the Sushi American Style program there.
The wedding party wore western-style Ralph Lauren attire for the occasion, with Griffith in vintage lace and a leather belt with a custom-engraved buckle. She recruited her brother, Clay Griffith, a production designer who’s worked on films such as Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, to put together the wedding set. “I told him my vision of wine-country chic, and he went to town,” Griffith says. The 130 guests sat on hay bales covered in an assortment of vintage and gingham fabrics for the ceremony while maid of honor Melanie read a poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Her husband, Antonio Banderas, read poems by Pablo Neruda.
For dinner, Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie served up local meats roasted to perfection from a food truck. The menu characterized the event’s earthy elegance. “We wanted our wedding to be homey yet in good taste,” Griffith says, “like one of Roli Roti’s porchetta sandwiches made with amazing heritage pork, handmade bread and beautiful organic vegetables.” She created rooster motifs and vintage tins planted with rosemary, lavender and verbena blooms to decorate the long wooden farm tables. “When the sun hit, you could really smell the fragrant herbs while eating all this great food,” Griffith says.
The couple’s friend Gary Pisoni, a vintner, brought magnums of his signature wine, and Stephen Brown, a judge from the TLC series Craft Wars, modeled a whimsical cake after the couple’s home and surrounding vineyards. A florist friend, Claudia Buccieri, designed Griffith’s over-the-top bouquet, and a farmer friend gave guests heirloom tomato seeds, a nod to a title the bride won at the Carmel Valley Tomato Festival, “Miss Hot Tomato.” By nightfall, everyone was outside dancing on the patio. As the evening wound down, Griffith sang a sweet acoustic rendition of the Rascal Flatts’ song “Bless the Broken Road” to Daley, the perfect close to the relaxed fall gathering.