Real Weddings: Ashley Teplin & Alan Kropf
Match Made in Wine Journalism.
Private home, Napa
It all started with an interview.
The year was 2010, and Alan Kropf, a sommelier and founder of an upstart wine and beverage industry magazine, had come to Napa to interview Chris Carpenter, a client of Ashley Teplin’s food and wine PR business.
Ashley was used to stuffy older men writing wine stories, not young, hip, and inquisitive ones. “I was quite nervous and extremely overtalkative, as I attempted to explain the wines and terroir of Napa Valley,” she remembers. “He claims I was charming.”
They fell in love quickly.
“When I was with Ashley,” Alan says, “I felt like I was home, and that we fit together in a way that was meant to be.”
As they planned their May wedding, both Ashley and Alan knew they wanted food and drinks to be key components. “Our love is truly centered on sharing culinary and beverage experiences together, and I wanted our friends and family to feel that way,” says Ashley.
So, they splurged—a lot—on wine, whiskey, and a curated tasting that showcased their experiences together over the years.
The couple waited a few months before honeymooning in St. Lucia. Today, they live in San Francisco, but Ashley, a Danville native and Monte Vista grad, says she sees the duo ending up in the East Bay. Wherever they settle down, food and wine will play a key role in their romance for years to come.
Bridal Gown: Amy Kuschel, San Francisco | Caterer: Todd Humphries, chef of Kitchen Door, Napa | Entertainment: Max Bonick Trio, Napa (live music) | Flowers: Melody Raye Flowers and Design, Napa | Hair: Margaret LaPorte at Salon Eleven, Napa | Makeup: Keli Campbell at Salon Eleven, Napa | Photographer: Matthew Noel, Louisiana | Planner: Lisa Brown Productions, Los Angeles and Napa Valley | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals, Healdsburg and Petaluma