Like many couples these days, Lisa and Ethan’s family and friends are scattered all around the country. As they began imagining their perfect wedding day, they quickly realized their top priority: Make every aspect of the wedding as memorable, comfortable, and fun for their guests as possible.
With that in mind, Lisa and Ethan began planning. First, they reworked their guest list draft from 150+ to just 30 guests, composed of their closest family and friends. Second, they secured Bardessono Hotel in Yountville. This place has special meaning to Lisa and Ethan. Lisa, an executive assistant to Marissa Mayer at Yahoo, and Ethan, a Front Office executive for the San Francisco 49ers, tend to have particularly intense schedules. Over the last couple of years, Bardessono has become their go-to location for weekend getaways together, to the point where it feels like a second home to them. Unparalleled wine, top-notch food and service, and a beautiful space were all aspects of Bardessono that they wanted to share with their nearest and dearest.
Lisa and Ethan then hired Laurel Anderson at Esla Events. Laurel helped them planevery detail large and small, from the moment guests arrived at SFO to the final farewell. Fresh, modern, and personalized design was also a top priority for Lisa and Ethan, so they also hired Laurel to help with their overall event design. “Modern Elegance” was the inspiration throughout, mixing in just enough romantic and feminine details to make everything feel soft and welcoming, while also using clean lines, neutral tones, and beautifully simple shapes to keep it fresh.
The result was a once-in-a-lifetime, three-day affair, stretching from San Francisco to Yountville. During the events (and the downtime in between), their family and friends had the time and space needed to truly get to know one another and develop even stronger bonds. And thanks to a team of all-star partners, including Jessica Burke, Leigh Okies, The Aerialist, Rev Peadar Dalton, and Bouchon Bakery, Lisa and Ethan’s vision came to life. Alongside their family and friends, they enjoyed what became a perfect wedding weekend.