Back in 2004, Jordan, a Bay Area native, found her wedding spot after only three months of dating Brad. While having lunch with Brad at Mayacama, his parents' golf club in California's Sonoma County, Jordan was captivated by the clubhouse's yawning verandas, Mediterranean-style architecture, and bucolic courtyard. "I had a premonition," she recalls. "I saw a wedding there, and it was ours."
On a warm evening last August 4, Jordan and Brad, both 30, returned to that courtyard, stood under a stone archway surrounded by 100-year-old olive trees, and exchanged vows in front of 280 friends and relatives. Mirroring the elegantly informal parties the two food lovers throw at home, the reception avoided traditional seating in favor of ottomans, sofas and scattered dining nooks that encouraged mingling.
Balancing glasses of local Cabernets and Chardonnays, guests sampled hors d'oeuvres like avocado-topped corn cakes and duck confit quesadillas, then wandered between stations for grilled lamb and salmon, artisanal cheeses and seven kinds of aged Scotch. After dinner, everyone filed back into the candlelit courtyard to watch the newlyweds cut the cake and take to the dance floor. "We were so wrapped up in the music and each other, I forgot for a minute that anyone else was there." It was the kind of moment that not even Jordan could have planned. —Cara Birnbaum
Our Favorite Things
Sole Man: Jordan surprised Brad by having the soles of his wing-tip shoes inscribed with the couple's initials and his college nickname. "Even though we were starting a life together," says the bride, "I wanted something in Brad's outfit to reflect his history."
Sugar Rules: Designed to keep the youngsters at the wedding entertained, a decorate-your-own-cupcake station was a hit with the older guests, too.
Top This: Everyone flipped over the pizza station and the unusual toppings like smoked salmon and mint. Connie Olson Kearns, a wedding consultant from Bridal Network, in San Francisco, recalls, "Their friends said, 'This is so Jordan and Brad. No one else would have an eight-foot copper pizza oven at their wedding.' "
Making a Splash: Instead of a typical bagels-and-muffins brunch the day after the wedding, the newlyweds invited everyone to kick back at a pool party, with steel-drum music and a Mexican feast.