Sunny and Eric Ward’s relationship began with food and conversation. “We had such a great first date that someone at the table next to ours actually interrupted us to tell us that,” says Sunny. It was therefore fitting that they foster a similar convivial ambiance for their wedding guests. “If you asked any of our friends to describe us, they would say that Eric and I love to entertain. So when we were planning our wedding, great food and drinks was one of the most important things for us.”
Selecting The Chanler at Cliff Walk as their venue proved invaluable to that end. “The Chanler was willing to make almost anything that we could dream up, so Eric and I were able to carefully craft our menu. We also loved that we could rent out the entire property for the weekend, making our celebration private and exclusive to the loved ones in our lives,” says Sunny.
The seaside mansion was also the inspiration for an enchanted Gilded-Age, woodland theme, echoed in Sunny’s beaded Amsale gown, their storied ceremony beneath a decorated tree, a moss-covered card table, cherry blossom centerpieces and hanging branch and candle ceiling accents over dinner.
Catering Manager Kate Wood, who Sunny describes as “absolutely instrumental in all the coordination,” remarks that the couple “had great style and really paid attention to the details, making sure to personalize and create as many special touches as possible.”
Their elegant soirée transitioned seamlessly into a rip-roaring dance party, complete with offerings of water and towels to revelers, and a late-night snack of milkshakes, French fries and gourmet dipping sauces. Says Sunny: “We were lucky to have our after party at The Chanler, which made it convenient to continue the celebrations!”
Get the recipe for the signature drink that The Chanler’s mixologists concocted for Sunny and Eric’s day here– we tried it on New Year’s Eve and wowed our guests. Plus, making lavender simple syrup is an aromatherapy treat for your home.
Story by Caroline H. Goddard
Photography by Ned Jackson
Additional Vendors: Flowers: Stoneblossom Floral & Event Design // Bridal Gown: Amsale // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bride’s Veil: Christina’s Bridal // Bridesmaids: Monique Lhullier // Groom’s Suit: Bespoke from My Suit // Hair + Makeup: Lala Luxe // Wedding Bands + Engagement Ring: David S. // Invitations + Paper Products: Bella Figura // Dessert: Levains Bakery and Mamofuko Milk Bar // Ceremony Music: Stringcalms and Jetset // Reception Music: Allstar Entertainment // Officiant: Gillian Andres // Rehearsal Dinner: Barking Crab