An Elegant Summer Wedding in Napa Valley

One couple hosts a wedding with phenomenal food and rich purple decor at the Culinary Institute of America—where the bride's sister also wed years before.

High school friends Cristina and Mark made each other a promise and put it in writing: If they weren't married "later in life," the document reads, they would marry each other. The agreement turned out to be a prophecy when years later the formally-platonic pair locked lips during their college years. "Best of all," Cristina says, "we both still had our copy of the 'contract,'" a piece of paper they proudly displayed at their July wedding.

The 1920s-inspired fete, held in the foothills of St. Helena, California, was a labor of love for the hands-on couple, who tackled more than few do-it-yourself projects for their big day. "I wanted to be very hands-on and customize all of our details," Cristina says.

Photo: Janae Shields Photography

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