It’s difficult to let go of all the excitement that surrounds your wedding day, so we especially love to see couples returning to the day that filled them with so much love for anniversary session. Leslie and Sean hired Olivia Richards Photography to capture some truly memorable portraits with help from Bari Elexa Events on styling duty and Ampersand SF making utterly romantic floral arrangements filled with peach, yellow, and soft white hues for an anniversary shoot they’ll remember for years to come.
From the photographer, Olivia Richards Photography: Leslie and Sean are the true epitome of love and as an ode to their anniversary, the couple got back in their wedding attire for a dreamy fairy tale-esque shoot at the famous Sutro Baths in San Francisco, surrounded by the natural beauty of the pacific and the tall beautiful trees. Leslie’s deep love for all things floral and peach was matched perfectly with the bouquet by Ampersand SF, accompanied by a flower crown adorned with baby spray roses. As a special surprise for their anniversary, Sean gave Leslie a third ring, from the rose gold collection matching her engagement ring and wedding band. We just loved the overall look and tone of the shoot, the warm peachy colors, and the really beautiful golden California light! To say the shoot was dreamy would be an understatement, as Sean and Leslie sparkled and glowed the entire time, reliving their memories from their wedding a year ago. A very happy anniversary it was, filled with beautiful views, blushing blooms and a couple that has the kind of love that everyone aims to have. Also, the entire session was photographed on film, which helped really capture the natural, golden light from sunset!
Gauzy and dreamy, this Avec L’Amour Photography and Delighted Images shoot is the bee’s knees. Thuy from Avec L’Amour Photography orchestrated the fine details of the shoot and went for a romantic, carefree, and innocent setup, with the sweetest floral swing we’ve seen. Pineapple Petals Studio added to the mix by having heaps and heaps of the prettiest pink fleurs: bougainvillea, roses, tulips, and peonies, to name a few. We can never resist falling for an ultra-feminine shoot like this one!
From the photographer and event designer, Avec L’Amour Photography: California has a natural, golden beauty that is, in one aspect, so harsh, yet also so mesmerizing. The Bay Area is surrounded by golden hills that are often untouched, but only an arms length away. We, a group of Bay Area creative wedding professionals, decided to take a mid-season respite and refill our creative cup with a dream shoot that features some new and different things with which to inspire our clients. This shoot was photographed on both film for its dreamy qualities and digital for expediency. We combined the mediums in this gallery to show brides the seamless blending of hybrid photography, which allows for both cost effective services and true film range.
Before iPads and Pokemon GO, tree swings and warm afternoon breezes were one of the best memories of childhood summers. The quintessential symbol of carefree and happy, we incorporated a handmade rope swing with gorgeous vining bougainvillea and passion flower as a focal point for our model. To round out the look, we added vintage lanterns styled with tree of heaven clusters and more bougainvillea. Finding a hill with a lone, sturdy oak tree to provide an arm and canopy was the finishing touch that made it all feel romantic and heavenly!
The model’s pink champagne two piece dress is perfectly elegant yet playful with the beaded, French vintage inspired cropped camisole and a skirt made of layers upon layers of soft, lightweight tulle. Her light coverage, natural makeup look and loosely arrange low up-do accented with gorgeous handmade hair pieces gives her an organic, effortless look of beauty. Two bouquets were made to compliment this bride’s look — a sweet, but understated romantic arrangement and a more vibrant and textured bouquet. Both looks use the same color family, but feature different levels of vibrancy. Similarly, the menu and invitations showcase a watercolor floral scheme with gold flecked hand lettering to update traditional wedding paper design.
The tablescape is the real life embodiment of our vision of a perfect romantic dinner al fresco. Vintage French bistro chairs were given romantic flare when adorned with olive leaves and budding olives, while delicate, paper thin fuchsia bougainvillea added a feminine touch. The overflowing centerpiece of loosely arranged varieties of roses, tulips, tree of heaven, raspberries, and sweet peas made the rosé wine and lavender buds that much sweeter to sip! Because every dinner should end on a sweet note, the simple, two layered cake decorated with the most organic spray of jasmine vines and a single dusky pink lisianthus could not be more enticing!
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Bright colors, a fun and festive setting, and a beautiful couple are what makes this wedding inspiration so great to look at. This San Francisco wedding event was inspired by the coolness of the mod 1960s and we can’t blame them! It was a lively time and everything was as vibrant and energetic as it could be. Don’t miss the eye-popping shades of aqua and orange, paired with some incredible details from florals to that retro wedding cake that looks almost too good to eat.
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Dear readers, today we have a wedding that couldn’t be more beautiful if it tried. What else can you expect when you have a dream team like Encarnacion Photography, Enjoy Events Co., and Shotgun Floral Studio, though? These San Francisco vendors brought Jennifer and Armello’s wedding day vision to a reality in the best way possible, with gold and copper details, geometric accents, and heaps of modern elegance.
From the bride, Jennifer: We wanted modern elegance, with highlights of gold + copper, and lots of bright floral/greenery to accent our color scheme. We met during college at the University of San Francisco, so St. Ignatius Church (the church on campus, and also where we graduated together) was our only choice for our ceremony. Not to mention how gorgeous it is with its high ceilings and ornate architectural details, it was the perfect place for us. And we just fell in love with Asian Art Museum’s tall marble columns, around which our cocktail hour was held, and Samsung Hall for our reception with it’s large windows, high ceilings, and beautiful center chandelier.
Although our families and friends are large groups on both sides, we still wanted our wedding to feel intimate and full of our love. We also wanted to have a celebratory/party feel to our reception. The colors we chose to use were bordeaux, ruby, blush pink, gold, and black for a day that was modern, elegant, and romantic. Triangles were used throughout our paper goods + decor to symbolize one of our favorite bible verses — “Ecclesiastes 4:12 – A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy each step of planning, even during the stressful moments because it goes by so fast. Don’t get so caught up in the details that you forget the reason behind it all, which is marrying the love of your life. Take breaks from planning to spend time together, to keep the stress level down and to really enjoy each other as an engaged couple. As for the actual wedding day, take a deep breath and just let the day unfold. Allow yourself to take in each moment and feel all the love and joy from your soon-to-be spouse, family, and friends, it’ll help the day not go by so fast.
Processional: J.S. Bach’s Air of G String
Bridal Hymn: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “Hornpipe” (from Water Music by G. Handel)
Reception Entrance: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West
First Dance: “Latch (Acoustic),” Sam Smith
Last Dance: “So High,” John Legend
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Photographer: Encarnacion Photography / Wedding Planning, Design, and Coordination: Enjoy Events Co. / Floral Design: Shotgun Floral Studio / Ceremony Venue: St. Ignatius Church / Reception Venue: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair and Makeup: Christina Chen / Maid of Honor’s Dress: Amsale / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: After six / Groom’s Suit: Custom made tuxedo by Al’s Attire / Caterer and Rentals: McCall’s Fine Catering / Wedding Cake: Artistic Bites / Music: Les Del Rosario / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Photobooth: NightOwl Photobooth / Transportation: Gogo Buses / Videographer: NCompass Cinema / Wedding Invitations: Shotgun Floral Studio + Launch Sessions
As lovers of all things vintage, how could we possibly resist this styled shoot from From SF with Love and Lily Spruce? Every bit is inspired by the retro sensibilities of early rock ‘n’ roll, but updated with modern decor accents and a dedication to keeping everything fresh and local. The shoot is brimming with great party ideas anyone can achieve, so let’s take a look!
From the planner/stylist, Genevieve Roja of Lily Spruce and the photographer/stylist, Laurie Wilson of From SF with Love: For this photo shoot, we were inspired by Elvis and Priscilla Presley, since Geraldine and Johnny are musicians and love all things vintage. We wanted to make the shoot relatable to modern couples—both vintage and down-to-earth, and bring that era into the now with special touches and details that would feel organic in our Bay Area backyard. The venue, Shelldance Orchid Gardens, is in a sweet coastal town called Pacifica, just south of San Francisco along Highway 1.
We gathered some of our favorite vintage-inspired vendors in the San Francisco Bay Area who share a similar sense of style. It felt magical to work with these talented vendors, and our chemistry was apparent in the way things organically came together—including the polka dot and green tone themes that developed naturally. Staying true to our San Francisco roots, all of the vendors shared a value to keep things local—even the flowers and food ingredients were sourced locally.
Vintage elements were incorporated throughout the shoot, from the big things like the vintage BMW and classic Honda motorcycle, to the small details like the heirloom china and glassware, and the wedded lovebirds’ jewelry. For the love of music, we used a classic record player and made confetti out of vintage music sheets.
Shoot Location: San Francisco, CA / Photographer: From SF with Love / Event Design: Lily Spruce / Floral Design: Home Sweet Flowers / Venue: Shelldance Orchid Gardens / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Jewelry: Metier / Makeup: The Glamourist by Jane Kim / Men’s Attire: Artful Gentleman / Caterer: Chef Stephanie ~ Culinary Mistress / Desserts: A Spoonful of Sugar Cakes and Oakland Bakes / Favors and Gifts: Grand Lake Kitchen / Rentals: Pieces by Violet / Textiles: Textile Art Lace / Wedding Invitations: Rabbit Foot Fern
When it comes to engagement sessions, we can’t stress it enough: location, location, location! For their engagement shoot with film photographer Coco Tran, soon-to-bes Genie and Vasiliy made their way to the incredible Sutro Baths cliff in California and took some stunning portraits with one of the most beautiful backgrounds we’ve ever seen.
One of my favorite color palettes for weddings has always been green and white. There’s something so organic and natural about the way the colors play off each other, and after seeing this wedding photographed by Sun and Life Photography you’ll know exactly what I mean. Thanks to Danielle Amato of The Box for her skilled coordinating and Chestnut and Vine for their absolutely amazing floral designs!
From the bride, Lindsay: Early in our relationship we worked as tour guides in San Francisco, developing a love of the city, it’s history, and each other. When we told the old tour company that we were getting married, a couple of our favorite tour bus drivers offered to take an open top double decker bus out as our transportation for the day. Wind swept hair be damned it was worth it! Picking a concept sucked! After crying about whether we were “book-y”, “forest-y”, or “vintage-y” enough to define a whole wedding around, we just said eff it and aimed at throwing a great party – rocking music, delicious drinks, a location with atmosphere, laughs, tears, great outfits; something unexpected.
The Victorian living room backdrop was inspired from the Victorian houses of San Francisco and from a picture wall “photo booth” the bride saw on Pinterest. Luckily the father of the bride is carpenter and had built sets for plays in the past, so he was able to bring it to life. He handmade the crown molding, sourced cloth as the wall paper, and collected family photos from both sides. It was an unexpected surprise when after the ceremony, the family went back up to the stage, went behind the wall and opened up the biggest pictures turning the backdrop into a photo booth.
Even while we constructed exactly what we wanted to experience, we tried to keep all our guests’ comfort in mind, young and old. Though remarkably we got away with everything, no one complained about a thing – string metal during the ceremony, Danzig as the mother’s dance, parking at the funeral home next door, burgers for dinner, circus bands at the after party, throwing a concert in the venue downstairs after the “official wedding” so all of our friends and acquaintances could crash. In the end, the families loved the weirdness. Go for it, your family will be more understanding than you’d think.
Processional: “Noae Kadae,” Judgement Day
Recessional: “Raining Blood,” Slayer (Cover by Judgement Day, Transcribed by Whitney George)
First Dance: “I Love How You Love Me,” Groom’s dad covering Jeff Mangum covering The Paris Sisters
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Photographer: Sun and Life Photography / Event Coordination: Danielle Amato of The Box / Floral Design: Chestnut and Vine / Pre-Ceremony Portrait Venue: The Conservatory of Flowers / Venue: Swedish American Hall / Wedding Dress: Wtoo Brides by Watters via The Wedding Party / Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade / Makeup: Crystal Fitzgerald of Beauty and the Bay / Groom’s Attire: Jos. A Bank / Wedding Caterer: Cafe du Nord / Cake and Desserts: Ashley Burrow / Music: Judgement Day String Metal / Rentals: Abbey Party Rents SF / Wedding Invitations: Janette Mercede / Videographer: Greg Thomas
Ashley and Nic’s wedding is full of unexpected, outside-the-box twists of which we couldn’t help but take note. For example, Nic proposed to his girlfriend with a bracelet he handmade for her. Next up is their untraditional wedding venue, a photo studio tucked in the heart of San Francisco. Also, both the bride and groom are members of the Baha’i Faith, which has no ceremony traditions – so the couple had the freedom to tailor the ceremony exactly to their needs and desires. Christina McNeill and brownpaperdesign are just the very beginning of the talented team of vendors that brought this day together!
From the bride, Ashley: In June of 2013 Nic and I traveled around Istanbul and Cappadocia, Turkey. After days in Istanbul, we went to beautiful Cappadocia, the home of amazing landscapes, cave homes and hundreds of years of mind-blowing history. One afternoon after a long day of touring, we decided to hike up to an accessible cave house on our own. While we were in awe of this historical cave (probably 200+ years old) I started to take a panoramic photo and as I turned around I see Nic on one knee holding a bracelet he hand made for me. He said “Let’s get married” and I said “Are you serious?” That month we were very seriously talking and praying about getting married so I wasn’t surprised that we’d be married within the year but was very surprised that Nic formally proposed.
Bouquet recipe: My bouquet flowers were pink garden roses and for the reception Danielle from Brown Paper Design used dahlias, hydrangea, garden roses and lysmachia with pops of safflower and lupine.
We knew we didn’t want a traditional venue so we looked around for photo studios and warehouses. Something that could be raw and cool and really work with lots of colors, when we saw DogPatch Studios we fell in love. For vendors we decided to go with who were thought had a similar aesthetic interests as us and then gave them basically all the reigns. We REALLY lucked out in finding like minded creatives and vendors who were, surprisingly, available for that weekend. Nic and I still dream about the food from Small Potatoes Catering (and grateful they worked so well with our budget and time frame). We first fell in love with our photographer, Christina McNeill’s editorial magic and then completely fell for her when we met up to tell her our story. She made us feel so comfortable, was a blast to work with and produced jaw dropping photos. We had Bicyclette do our cake which was delicious and they were a pleasure to work with. Our florist, Brown Paper Design was so awesome to take us on for their busy weekend. We gave them a few floral photos (non-specific at all) and said “we trust you.” After meeting with Danielle from Brown Paper Design, she took our personalities and tastes and created a colorful mod dream!
The ceremony was the most important part of the wedding for Nic and I. We are both members of the Baha’i Faith which has no wedding ceremony traditions. As Baha’is we are only required to do 3 things: 1. Receive parental consent 2. Say this vow: “We will all, verily, abide by the Will of God” and 3. have 2 witnesses sign off on the wedding license. The beauty of this is deciding exactly how we wanted our ceremony to go! Our close friend and extremely talented artist, Kelsey Bulkin, sang a prayer for marriage then our other talented married friends Golriz and Devon Gundry sang a song on unity. Once our friends ended, Nic and I exchanged rings, said our Baha’i Vows, kissed and walked down the aisle. I have never felt so much love at one time. The Reception was a blast! The food was killer, the gold wall photo booth was a hit and the toasts were tear jerking. And despite what you might think, we broke it down on the dance floor even with a dry wedding! The following day we invited our friends to meet up for brunch at a local coffee shop and park in our neighborhood (and favorite part of town) Hayes Valley. This was the best way to get to continue the fun and spend time with our favorite group of people all in one place.
I didn’t plan on getting a proper “wedding dress” considering my quick engagement, however I wanted to try some on for fun. I went by myself to a couple of boutiques and had a great time, but wasn’t impressed. I then tried on this Ulla Mijia and had the “dress moment” that I didn’t believe existed. Knowing that I needed it under 3 months, the sales consultant called the designer to make sure it could be made in time, normally they can, however the designer had run out of the lace which was produced in France and the mills had closed for the summer. So, I couldn’t get one in time, but the boutique offered to sell me the sample. I FaceTimed my family and everyone agreed, I needed to get it. THEN, the boutique pulled their offer to sell me the sample and I left empty handed. I was determined not to be brokenhearted, so I went to another dress shop thinking I now knew what I wanted in a dress and multiple dresses later, I was began to feel discouraged. My brother called to ask if I ended up getting the Ulla Mijia dress and I told him what happened. He then asked for the name of the designer, the dress, the size and the color. The next morning he called the designer and got a list of every retailer in the U.S. that carried that dress and proceeded down the line until The Ultimate Bride in Chicago agreed to sell him their sample dress. It arrived two days later on my doorstep, like a dream.
Groom’s Processional: “Blood Fountain,” Horseback
Bride’s Processional: “2 Rights Make 1 Wrong,” Mogwai
First Dance: “True Love Ways,” Buddy Holly
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Photographer: Christina McNeill / Florist: brownpaperdesign / Event Design: Bride, Ashley Ludwin / Venue: Dogpatch Studios / Wedding Dress: Ulla Maija “Simone” via Ultimate Bride / Veil: Custom Made by Wee Scotty / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair: Brian of Population Salon / Makeup: Drew Burch / Groom’s Suit, Shirt, Tie, and Shoes: Banana Republic / Wedding Caterer and Rentals: Small Potatoes Catering & Events / Wedding Cake Bicyclette / Lighting: Creative Lighting SF / Tassel Garlands: Confetti System / Wedding Stationery: Paper Source
Locally Grown Weddings Collective is a team of wedding professionals who know how to get a party going. This group – including JennaBeth Photography, One Big Fish Green Events, Madeline Trait, and Chef Stephanie, to name a few – threw together a styled shoot in a classic palette of black and white. How unreal is that houndstooth wedding cake?
From the stylist, Sadie Waddington of One Big Fish Green Events: While the Conservatory of Flowers official history began in 1876, the awe-inspiring Victorian building was actually completed in 1879. It was contracted as a pre-fabricated glass greenhouse for James Lick, who for a time was the richest man in California. Lick died before the conservatory was assembled and ownership passed to the city after a group of San Francisco businessmen purchased the Conservatory, had it constructed and then donated it to the San Francisco Park Commission. The Victorian style of the wood and glass building mirrors many of the other iconic buildings in San Francisco. Currently the Conservatory is part of the National Register of Historic Places, the California Register of Historical Places, is a California Historical Landmark, and a San Francisco Designated Landmark.
Madeline Trait’s flowers and designs were inspired by the conservatory’s collection of plants as well as the overall color palette of rich green hues set against a crisp white and stark black backdrops. This idea ran through every detail of the day from the buffet table to the couples attire. Each element was infused with organic elements, vintage touches all with a modern twist. This is true of many couples today who are infusing different times periods of their lives together and apart to create an interesting and unique composition that speaks to who they are. The look and feel is a fun twist of modern, iconic and organic elements to create one cohesive look.
Susan of Cake Bloom produced a beautiful cake and says this about it: “To match the black, white and golden-hued palette of the wedding, the couple chose vanilla macarons filled with dark chocolate ganache and a 4-layer rich, dark chocolate cake layered with a bourbon-infused cream filling and amber threads of salted caramel. Cake layers were frosted in horizontal bands of vanilla buttercream and divided with square bases wrapped in deco-inspired papers.”
Shoot Location: San Francisco, CA / Creative Team: Locally Grown Weddings Collective / Photography and Invitations: JennaBeth Photography / Event Planning and Design: Sadie Waddington of One Big Fish Green Events / Flowers and Cuff Links: Madeline Trait / Caterer: Chef Stephanie / Venue: Conservatory of Flowers / Dress: Katie Jean / Veil: Simply Bridal / Jewelry: Betsy Barron / Hair and Makeup: Chava Nieto of Hair to Dye For / Tie: This Humble Abode / Bow Tie: DIBI ties / Cake: Cake Bloom / Rentals: Hartmann Studios / Linens: The Swede Life Shop / Calligrapher: Flourish & Whim
As soon as I heard the description “festive backyard carnival wedding,” I was sold. How could you go wrong with such a happy theme? Brooke Beasley Photography photographed Elisa and Zack’s wedding, which was all expertly arranged by the bride and Erin Armstrong of Pine Street Events.
From the bride, Elisa: Our style was Festive Backyard Carnival Wedding! We wanted our wedding day to be fun, semi-casual, and stress free yet still feel special and unique. Like most couples, we were on a budget. We cut corners where we could and dedicated a lot of our time — a trade off for saving some money. Although we still ended up going over (just a little bit) in the end, we had such overwhelming feelings of love and accomplishment, it was worth every penny.
Adjectives that best describe the look of our wedding: bright, fun, energetic, home grown, animated and serendipitous. The house was very eclectic which is why the carnival theme worked so well. Anything goes! There were a ton of DIY projects. Zack and I love projects. Luckily, our friends were sweet enough to help us indulge in most of our crazy wishlist. Some projects we tackled were: built benches for the ceremony (which was also later used for dinner seating and given away as thank you gifts), built cocktail tables out of wood pallets, built carnival games: coke bottle ring toss, balloon darts, and corn-hole, repurposed an old door into a chalk board welcome sign, guestbook thumbprint tree was drawn by one of the bridesmaids, wedding cake was ordered plain from a local bakery and then decorated by a friend.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Block out any negative vibes and go with what makes you guys happy. Prioritize what is most important and check those off the list first. Get a good wedding coordinator and enjoy your wedding!
Processional: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Recessional: “Home,” Phillip Phillips
First Dance: “Nothing Can Change This Love,” Sam Cooke
Parents Dance: “You Never Can Tell,” Chuck Berry
Location: San Francisco, CA / Photographer: Brooke Beasley Photography / Second Shooter: Bluella Photography / Wedding Coordinator and Florist: Erin Armstrong of Pine Street Events / Wedding Dress: Galina via David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: TJ Maxx / Wedding Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, Brooch: Family Heirlooms / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lulus and Missguided / Bridesmaid Purses: Bags By Jill / Flower Girl’s Dress: Gap / Men’s Attire: Amazon / Taco Cart: Leslie’s Catering (lesliescatering @ yahoo.com) / Wedding Cake: Isa Chu / Appetizers and Help Staff: The Party Helpers / Cocktail Band: Coffee Zombie Collective / Ceremony/Reception DJ: Joshua Chirinos / Photobooth: The Magnolia Booth Co. / Wedding Invitations: My Big Day Designs
Now this couple knows how to throw a wedding. Ashley and Bobby, both designers, created a wedding day that kept their guests’ experience in a position of utmost importance. Fondly Forever captured all the details of the day, including the bride’s brother performing the ceremony and the gold sequin table linens from La Tavola for the reception.
From the bride, Ashley: Bobby and I met in college in Philadelphia and moved to San Francisco after graduating. The vast majority of our closest friends and family are still on the East Coast, so essentially this was a destination wedding for everyone except us! We decided that if we were going to ask our loved ones to travel across the country, the top priority was to make sure they were taken care of every step of the way. We both work in design (I work in fashion, Bobby in graphic design), so while we had a really specific idea of how we wanted our wedding to look, every decision we made was first and foremost about how it would affect the experience for our guests. My brother was ordained so that he could marry us and he wrote the most beautiful ceremony. I cried when he read it to us prior to the wedding and Bobby cried throughout the entire ceremony! In his reading, he included how important it was that our guests were there not only to celebrate with us, but that we were asking for their support and love for our union that day and for the rest of our lives.
We wanted our wedding to be intimate, beautiful, and full of love with really good food! If I were to describe our ‘theme’, I would say that we wanted the wedding to look glamorous in a really natural, easy way. The color scheme for the wedding was white, gray, green (from the flowers), and metallic. Bobby made the Save the Date video and designed the invitation and welcome bag logo. I made the floral arrangements and my bouquet with help from my mother-in-law who made the floral wreaths and mini bouquets for the flower girls and boutonnieres for the guys. We also made my veil, small decor items, the seating chart, and way more items that I have blocked from my memory now! Throughout the cocktail hour and dinner, the movie “Manhattan” was projected on the wall behind the bar.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Have fun with planning! You’re not helping anyone by stressing out about elements of your wedding. We made a conscious decision to plan the kind of wedding that we wanted instead of being concerned with tradition or expectations. I am so thankful that our family and friends supported us in that decision without a second thought — such as inviting only a handful of the many people we would have loved to include. For destination weddings, plan extra events for your guests! The day after the wedding, we took a bus to Sonoma with our guests to have a wine tasting, tour of the vineyard, and lunch at Nicholson Ranch Winery. Even with a guest list under 60 people, it was still hard to make sure that we had enough time with each guest and I’m so happy that we had that second day with everyone.
Love your photographer! Jen and I did not meet before the day of the wedding, but when we talked over the phone I knew that she was the perfect fit. She and her husband, who was her second shooter that day, were really laid back and so fun! They weren’t pushy about getting pictures, but still managed to capture everything that we wanted. You end up spending so much time with your photographer the day of your wedding that I think it’s really important to enjoy being with them.
Bridal Party Processional: “Someone Like You,” Adele
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”
Recessional: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Father/Daughter Dance: “Have I Told You Lately,” Van Morrison
Mother/Son Dance: “Beyond the Sea,” Bobby Darin
For our first dance, our guests sang along to Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” as we danced which was one of my favorite parts of the wedding!
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Photographer: Jen Simon of Fondly Forever / Ceremony Venue: San Francisco City Hall / Reception Venue: Foreign Cinema / Day-Of Coordinator: Heather Johnson of Adelphi Productions / Wedding Dress: Aidan Mattox via Saks Fifth Avenue / Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Hair Accessory: BHLDN / Purse: Vintage / Hair: Javan Stone / Makeup: Diem Voss / Maid of Honor Dress: Parker / Groom’s Suit, Vest, and Shoes: Banana Republic / Groom’s Tie: J. Crew / Groom’s Ring: Custom by Fiat Lux / Cellist: Natalie Raney of Music to Go / Rentals: Abbey Party Rents / Table Runners: La Tavola / Winery: Nicholson Ranch / Cake at Winery: Crisp Bake Shop / Trolley Car and Bus: Events West
You aren’t going to want to miss any bit of today’s wedding sent over to us by Ellie Grover. Full of beautiful floral arrangements from East Bay Flower Company, event design by Whitney Werts Events, and a can’t-miss wedding film from Rain Studios, this is one colorful San Francisco wedding day we’ll remember for quite a while!
From the bride, Katy: I love all color so I narrowed the color scheme down by using my groom as inspiration. He is a big Giants fan so I worked in a lot of shades of orange and his favorite color, green. Gray was a big neutral element too. I love all things that glitter and sparkle so we used a lot of reflective elements too like the DIY letters covered in large sequins, mercury ball vases and 13 disco balls, one for each year we have been together.
As a kid I always loved the Alhambra trucks with the blue sequins that sparkled so bright, and on a trip out of SFO I was mesmerized by the BART sequin installation. So I asked my father-in-law who is an engineer to build me wooden letters and a paw print to represent me, Jon, and Hailey (our puppy since the beginning of our relationship 13 years ago). My father-in-law made incredible wood letters and I spent months covering them in sequins with a nail gun one by one. It was fun and will be a permanent fixture in my garage :)
I can’t thank my father enough — he is the most amazing man on the planet and gave an epic father of the bride speech. Not to mention he has been my rock for 33 years and was the epitome of grace and class during this whole planning process!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Remember it is about being with all your loved ones, cherish the times leading up to the wedding and at the wedding with your family and friends, it is the best part of the experience. Get a coordinator so you can enjoy your family and friends that have traveled so far to see you, it is about your love ones in the end, so there is not time to waste being stressed when they are there. Get a hair/make up person if you are not a glamorist and don’t skimp on your photographer or your videographer!!! Get both and let everything else go. Details are great but photographers and videographers make miracles happen with what you give them. They have an eye to tell the story that you will cherish forever. Some of these best shots of the day don’t include things we spent hours worrying over, shots in front of random walls and close ups make the album and video. Also some of the simplest details made such a huge difference. Market lights strung down the aisle floor made for a really nice candlelit effect when the fire marshal said we couldn’t use candles in the ceremony.
Prelude: “In My Life” and “She Loves You,” The Beatles
Processional: “Here Comes the Bride”
Recessional: “Guava Jelly,” Bob Marley
First Dance: “Love Not Gonna Walk Out on Me,” Toots and The Maytals
Wedding Locations: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Ellie Grover / Event Design: Whitney Werts Events / Wedding Flowers: East Bay Flower Company / Wedding Venue: Terra Gallery / Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick via Gesinee’s Bridal / Hair and Makeup: The Glamourist / Groomsmen’s Attire: Ralph Lauren via Macy’s / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Sage / Ceremony Music: Adrian Holovaty / DJ: DJ Dukes / Wedding Invitations: Emily Baker Creative / Videographer: Rain Studios / Transportation: Events West
One thing’s for sure, we’re always going to love a San Francisco City Hall wedding here at Ruffled — and today’s is extra-special. Misty had her friend and bridesmaid Sara Bareilles sing while she walked down the aisle to meet her groom. Ruth Anne Photography captured this New Year’s Eve wedding, which was full of gold, pink, and all sorts of romantic details:
From the bride, Misty: The feeling we were going for was candlelit and cozy. I wanted include all the traditional wedding goo but with a twist. Oh! And lots of sparkle – it was New Year’s Eve after all!
I guess you could say that it felt a little black tie (without the black ties!) classy with the satin linens and the gold chiavari chairs; we laid planks of wood down the long tables to add some dimension and a unexpected rustic flare. We used old cans filled with an ombre of pink flowers and wine bottles with candles dripping down – both painted out in gold – we had tassels hanging from the ceilings it was pure romance… So I guess that’s it! Romance, that was the theme…
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Get help! It’s the only way I could have done it… Don’t let anyone tell you it’s all hearts and flowers… it’s not. Remember it’s your day to remember and you will never please everyone! But as cliche as it sounds it was truly the best day if my life.
Wedding Location: San Francisco and Santa Cruz, CA / Wedding Photographer: Ruth Anne Photography / Flowers: Bliss in Bloom / Event Coordination: Rooted Events / Ceremony Venue: San Francisco City Hall / Reception Venue and Caterer: Michael’s On Main / Wedding Dress, Bolero, and Jewelry: BCBG / Wedding Shoes: Ivanka Trump / Desserts: Buttercup Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Wendu Ink
This San Francisco gem captured by John + Louise Weddings is the perfect example of mixing old and new into a gorgeus modern wedding. Erin and Jon-Paul wanted a modern-day glam wedding, inspired by the 1920s and film noir. Planned by Events by Satra, and with classic florals by Laura Miller Design– which looked impeccable with glitzy bridesmaid dresses.
The day Jon-Paul asked me to marry him and I said yes (of course!), I knew by the look of my antique engagement ring that I wanted an Art Deco theme. The old school glitz and glamour of Jazz Age San Francisco inspired us to get custom artwork done for our save-the-date. We liked the artwork so much, we ended up creating a commemorative guest book print to hang in our house.
When it came time to find a location, we knew that we wanted two things: 1. A night wedding and 2. A view of the city. We’ve both lived in San Francisco for quite awhile and we just knew that we wanted it to be the centerpiece to our decor. When we found the University Club, with it’s stunning view and vintage feel, we knew that we had found it! We ended up finding a lot of similar decor at thrift stores and flea markets which added just that perfect amount of detail. To top it all off we ended up with surprise fireworks from a nearby event. We couldn’t have imagined anything more perfect.
Our main piece of advice for putting together a great theme is to pick one early and stick to it. Once it’s been decided all the other decisions become a bit easier. The other thing that was really helpful, was to space everything out and try to get as much done in advance as possible. We really wanted the week before to spend with family and guests, so we only left a few things until the days before. Not to mention the vendors that we worked with, who were all fabulous, which made a world of difference for our stress levels.
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Photographer: John + Louise Weddings / Florist: Laura Miller Design / Planner: Events by Satra / Venue: University Club of SF / Band: West Grand Boulevard / Beauty: Ethereal Salon / Ceremony Musicians: Music to Go! Conservatory of Music / Wedding Cake: SusieCakes / Officiant: Father Cameron Ayers / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Transportation: Kings Tours / Invites: Nicole Hermann / Dress: Vera Wang White – David’s Bridal / Necklace: Rodrigo Otazu – Rent the Runway / Shoes: Seychelles / Groom’s Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna – Neiman Marcus
Who says opposites can’t attract? They certainly do in this styled shoot brought to us by Honey & Twine Weddings and Events and Page Bertelsen, which highlights the love between, you guessed it, an artist and a scientist. Picture pretty watercolors, test tube flower arrangements, and a stylish bride in a short lace gown that we’re absolutely nuts about!
From the stylist, Honey & Twine Weddings and Events: We’ve been chilly in San Francisco, and eager for the first signs of spring. Our styled shoot, The Artist and the Scientist brings you some warmth, in the form of a story about blossoming love and the beautiful union of contrasting elements.
Sometime in the 1960s, a very skinny, very quiet high school boy in suspenders was poked in the stomach at his bus stop by a pretty, playful girl two grades above him. The girl claimed not to remember, but the boy never forgot. When they met again years later, he pursuing science and she pursuing art, they stayed up talking all night and realized they had more in common than they ever imagined.
When designing our styled shoot, Tria wanted to pay homage to the two fields her parents brought together so harmoniously: Art & Science. By pairing beakers and atoms with petals and paintbrushes, we aim to combine the masculine and feminine, the orderly and unrestrained, the geometric and fluid. And since Tria’s mom, a watercolor artist, has since passed on, our angelic bride is patiently awaiting her groom in a heavenly (and artistic!) wedding location.
Photoshoot Location: San Francisco, CA / Event Styling: Honey & Twine Weddings and Events / Photography: Page Bertelsen / Florals: Church Street Flowers / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, SF / Hair and Makeup: WowPretty / Dresses: Novella Bridal Boutique / Model: Maria Fang / Venue: The Allied Arts Guild
Our next wedding pie is shared by Ruth and Vinny, who threw a gorgeous + fun wedding for just $6000. Here’s how they split their budget pie, along with sage advice from Ruth. We featured their wedding a few months ago, and we’re amazed at what they achieved for what most consider such a tight budget!
Photos: $2000 (including e-session)
Venue: $3,500 (included food, venue, and open bar)
City Hall: $200
Mason Jars: $40
Cake and Cupcakes: $180
Arts and Crafts: $75
Wedding budget: $6,000
From the bride, Ruth: We had 50 people total at our wedding. That included us, our immediate family members, friends, and 2 photographers. My best advice to stay on budget is to set a price ceiling and stick with it. Don’t look at things that you can’t or don’t want to pay for. It’s a slippery slope, and going over budget here and there will eventually add up at the end.
Wedding Location: San Francisco and Sacramento, CA / Ceremony Venue: San Francisco Courthouse / Reception Venue and Caterer: Ten 22 / Wedding Design, Coordination, Paper Goods, and Reception Flowers: Morgan Gallo Events / Wedding Photographer: Alicia Gines Photography / Bride’s Bouquet: Mandy Scott Design / Cupcakes: Esther’s Cupcakes
Around our neck of the woods, it sometimes feels like we’ve seen it all — which makes it that much more exciting when something falls into our inbox that we haven’t seen before. That’s exactly what we found in this wedding from Kate Harrison, where newlyweds Melissa and Stephen married in an antique store, Big Daddy’s Antiques. With its phenomenal built-in decor and unique nature, we hope to see this trend sweeping the nation soon!
From the bride, Melissa: Stephen and I wanted our wedding to feel like an intimate gathering, reflecting our culture and traditions, as well as our personalities and the city we call home. While we planned a traditional wedding ceremony, we wanted our reception to be playful and quirky. We wanted to mimic the feel of Big Sur, where we got engaged. We used natural wood tones, moss greens and ocean blues.
Stephen’s mom went to the San Francisco Flower Mart to to pick out all the flowers. My mom and my two aunts helped her put simple, elegant bouquets together. My bouquet was tied with my grandmother’s rosary, so I had it with me during the whole ceremony, and my sister’s bouquet was made of tulips, her favorite flower. My aunt used the same types of flowers as the bouquets to make simple arrangements in mason jars for the reception. For the reception, Stephen spent the morning of the wedding hand-picking the rosemary for the tables from our yard. To tie in the feel of Big Sur, we also knew we wanted to have succulents. Over the course of months, my aunt collected teacups from around the city and planted cuttings from her own succulent garden in the cups. Those succulents served as place cards as well as favors for our guests.
It was really important to us that we incorporate my culture into the wedding, as it was now part of Stephen’s culture, too. He and the groomsmen wore the Filipino barong Tagalog, which is a traditional white wedding shirt. It was really special for me to have Stephen honor that side of my heritage – not to mention I thought he looked so handsome in his barong!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Delegate to people you trust, be it family and friends or a wedding planner. We enlisted family to help with the details that interested them, and trusted a day-of wedding coordinator to help us tie together all of the details seamlessly. In fact, we enjoyed working with our day-of coordinator so much that I’d recommend carving that cost out of your budget when you start planning, and DIY what you can to cut costs elsewhere. Also, always make sure one of you has the keys to your apartment! We got home with our last piece of cake and a bottle of champagne only to realize that neither of us had our keys. We weren’t going to bother our landlord, so we had to call my sister who had been out with the other bridesmaids. While in retrospect, waiting for my sister while wrapped in Stephen’s arms and looking out at the stars was a beautiful and memorable end to the evening, having our keys with us might have been smart!
From the photographer, Kate Harrison: Melissa & Stephen were married in San Francisco with their reception at Big Daddy’s Antiques. Big Daddy’s is heavenly and full of well-edited pieces big & small. The reception took place among their found items– they even incorporated their amazing tables & chairs. I love this place. Melissa & Stephen each walked to the church for their ceremony & used Uber to get to their reception. Very SF. :)
First Dance: “Only Love,” Ben Howard
Father/Daughter Dance: “Isn’t She Lovely,” Stevie Wonder
Mother/Son Dance: “Days Like This,” Van Morrison
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Kate Harrison / Ceremony Venue: St. Philip the Apostle / Reception Venue: Big Daddy’s Antiques / Event Design: Downey Street Events / Wedding Flowers: San Francisco Flower Market and The Bud Stop / Wedding Dress: Saison Blanche “4098” via Paris Connection / Reception Dress: Adrianna Papell / Wedding Veil: Bridals & More, Jacksonville FL / Wedding Shoes: Miss Me? / Makeup: Meaganne McCandess / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shirts: Traditional Filipino barong Tagalog / Groom and Groomsmen’s Pants: Banana Republic / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shoes: Banana Republic / Wedding Caterer: Thomas John Events / Wedding Cake: Bride’s cousin / Wedding Cake Pops: Sweet Lauren Cakes / Donuts: Dynamo Donut / DJ: DJ Goyo / Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. / Wedding Invitation Design: Ashley Schofield / Invitation Printing: Babylon Burning Silkscreening
Newlyweds Erin and Tom wanted their wedding day to be two things: 1) classic, and 2) an embodiment of the spirit of San Francisco. This goal resulted in a romantic and relaxed aesthetic with heaps of fun pops of gold and navy. It’s a pretty obvious given that any wedding sent our way from Delbarr Moradi and styled by Jacin of Lovely Little Details is going to be a winner, so let’s move on to the eye candy:
From the bride, Erin: We wanted our wedding to have a classic feel, so when we look at our album in 30 years, hopefully we won’t be like, “what were we thinking?!” It was also important to us that our wedding embody San Francisco, as most of our guests were flying in from the east coast, and many had never been to San Fran before.
I’d describe the look of our wedding as feminine, romantic and fun. Our colors were navy, lavender, and creams with pops of gold. My husband and I fell in love with the historic elegance and magnificent views at the Fairmont. It was the perfect quintessential San Francisco backdrop for what we hoped would be a classic, elegant, and most importantly, fun wedding. I had a blast planning our wedding and a lot of the details and colors were inspired by the Fairmont. We worked with fabulous vendors that made it all come together. I think our guests had a genuinely good time, and thoroughly enjoyed the details of the day, which was what we were hoping for.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I’d definitely recommend working with a wedding planner. It was a huge relief knowing that on our wedding day, everything was being handled by somebody else. I was able to enjoy the day with my husband, family and friends.
Bride’s Processional: “Canon in D,” Pachelbel
Recessional: “Wedding March,” Mendelssohn
First Dance: “The Way I Am,” Ingrid Michelson
Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Bouquet Toss: “Carby,” Discovery (feat Exra Koenig)
Garter Toss: “Fancy,” Drake
Cake Cutting: “Baby I’m Yours,” Robinella
Last Song: “Won’t Go Home Without You,” Maroon 5
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Delbarr Moradi / Wedding Venue, Caterer, and Cake: The Fairmont San Francisco / Wedding Planning, Styling, and Seating Chart Design: Lovely Little Details / Wedding Flowers: Laura Miller Design / Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell “Aurelia” / Veil: Gracefully Girly / Sash: Eclu / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN / Jewelry: Nordstrom / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: The Glamourist / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Bridesmaids’ Hair and Makeup: Betten Chaston / Table Linens: La Tavola Linens / Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals / Chair and Charger Rentals: Kristina V Events / Chair Ruffle Linens: Wildflower Linens / Pipe and Drape Setup: Hartmann Rentals / Curtains: Lovely Little Details / Wedding Music: San Francisco Conservatory of Music / DJ: Spintronix Entertainment / Photobooth: Tomfoolery SF / Officiant: Cathy Tibbets / Videographer: Shakewell Studios / Favors and Wedding Invitation Design: Courtney Talbot
If you’re a fan of pink, then just settle right in and prepare yourself for this wonder from The Goodness! Erica and Andrew’s wedding is a shining example of all things pink and sparkly with heaping touches of Mexican tradition. Pair up all these beauties with crafty and bright paper goods from The Goodness, and you’ve got a Christmas wedding we’re just wild about!
From the bride, Erica: Andrew and I had been together for 11 years before we married and were thrilled to be making it official. In the Mexican culture weddings are a major rite of passage, so getting those Catholic and Mexican parts of the ceremony right was critical. Our mass included the lasso (mine was pink, of course), the arras (coins), and the bouquet to the Virgin Mary (which I made).
Andrew and I don’t get to share holidays with all of our family every year (most of my family lives in Los Angeles), so more than anything we wanted to create a wedding weekend that felt like Christmas. The kind we wish we could have every year: church (of course), a huge dinner, dancing, music, and fun. Being the Type A gal that I am and being an Studio Art Major in college I could not help but see our event as one giant meticulously organized art project. Creating an emotional reaction with your audience is the biggest high for an artist, so hearing Ooooh’s and Aaaah’s was paramount. I envisioned a vintage pink Christmas that sparkled and glowed visually and for our guests was delicious, elegant, memorable, fun and most important personal.
San Francisco wedding planning was exciting — the entire city is a photo op; however, as a hands-on kind of person I was afraid I was going to hand over control to a total stranger at some hotel, but we were able to find a location and vendors that helped us keep it personal. We chose the Century Club because we could have the building to ourselves, make it our own, and most importantly choose our own vendors (florist, DJ, caterer, etc). Andrew and I are foodies, it was critical that we choose our own menu and our caterer (a family friend) created a dazzling Christmas menu with OUR favorites. We had an amuse bouche of shrimp and lime sauce, a beet and goat cheese salad, and a duel entry of turkey mashed potatoes steak and faro dressing with cranberry sauce and parsnips. Griselda was fabulous, she even cut beets into the shape of hearts for our “Heart Beets” goat cheese salad. Our cake was a gorgeous and delicious with pink butter cream icing with gold glitter and my parents wedding topper.
Although we wanted a vintage Christmas theme we didn’t want green and red. Pink was our color, the uplighting made our vision come to life and keeping the banquet room door closed during the cocktail hour made for a dramatic reveal for our guest as they Oooh’ed and Aaah’ed while entering the glowing room to Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory song “Pure Imagination.” Our most important choice however had to have been our photographers, The Goodness, who besides being amazing photographers create equally beautiful stationary. They helped elevate our visions from homemade to polished showstoppers, and allowed me to be myself every step of the way. They even created a logo for our wedding which we lovingly plastered on everything from mailing labels, water bottles, to the welcome bags we provided at the hotel.
San Francisco can get foggy all year long and in December forgetaboutit! But on December 3, 2011 it could not have been more beautiful, sunny clear skies set the stage for a magical day. I walked the aisle with my father to a cantor singing Ave Maria which echoed in the gorgeous and historical church. We were photographed at the Palace of Fine Arts and Crissy Field with the Golden Gate Bridge in the back ground, all places which have been in so many of my childhood memories as well as my memories as a couple. Our families made the day everybit as meaningful, memorable, complete with dance offs and hilarious photo booth pictures. The whole day felt like the most magnificent and lovely Pink Christmas imaginable.
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer, Stationery, and Paper Goods: The Goodness / Ceremony Venue: St. Ignatius Church / Reception Venue: Century Club of California / Wedding Flowers: Laurel Designs / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: BCBG / Bride’s Necklace: J. Crew / Hair: Drybar San Francisco / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Macy’s / Groom’s Suit: English Laundry at Nordstrom / Groom’s Tie: Ben Sherman / Wedding Caterer: Griselda’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Two for Two Cakes / Chocolate Fountain: Chocolate Fountains Delite / DJ and Photobooth: Denon & Doyle / Crepe Paper: Castle in the Air / Officiant: Fr. Al Grosskopf, S.J.
With well over four years blogging beautiful wedding after beautiful wedding, I’m yet to come across a more perfect venue to get married than a place called the Conservatory of Flowers. The name alone exudes romance and whimsy! Andrea and JJ’s wedding captured by the talents of Delbarr Moradi was just that, with a pinch of modern and a dab of vintage. This foodie couple chose their favorite cheeses to make some yummy centerpieces!
From the bride, Andrea: We really wanted our wedding to be 100% reflective of us. Our personal style is a little vintage, a little modern, and a little non-traditional. We wanted to show our appreciation to our family and friends who were able to make it and have it be as comfortable and fun for them as possible. We lived in Seattle for a few years before our wedding and it holds a very dear place in our hearts. We wanted to pay homage to the city by incorporating some of our favorite things like cheese, salami, and coffee.
Our biggest DIY project was curating all of our centerpieces. We knew we didn’t want to do any floral centerpieces , due to the cost, so we had to get creative. We absolutely LOVE cheese and salami so we figured why not edible centerpieces! We bought $200 worth of natural slate from Lowes and we hand broke, washed, and sealed all of them. We adhered wooden feet and felt pads to all of them so they would be at varied heights. We also asked Fork & Spoon to get our favorite Salumi Salami and Beecher’s cheese for the centerpieces. We added a few of our other favorites and garnished with Cornichons, grapes, and olives. We absolutely loved them! We also were beyond lucky to have our cousin’s hand-make some treats for us. Dave and Amber McAuley made Cousin’s Beer that we served at the bar, and Genny McAuley took some of the beer and made homemade mustard as our favors. It was the most amazing gift =)
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Start early, stay organized, and have fun! When we started the wedding planning, I promised myself that I would stay completely present and enjoy the entire process. It is meant to be fun and exciting, not stressful. I started a spreadsheet and to do list and just started chipping away at it. I equated it to moving. You find yourself in a room full of boxes and its a little overwhelming trying to figure out which box to start with first, but once the first one is opened everything just starts falling into place.
Prelude and Seating of the Parents: Sort of, Ingrid Michaelson
Processional: Welcome Home Reprise, Radical Face
Recessional: The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan
Entering the Reception: Carried Away, Passion Pit
First Dance: Pianoman, Billy Joel
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: Had to Say I Love You in a Song, Jim Croce
Last Dance: Lean on Me, Bill Withers
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Delbarr Moradi / Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson / Wedding Invitations: Oliver Hutton, screen printed at Forth Rite Printing / Day-of-Coordinator: I had an unbelievable day-of contact through my caterer, Fork & Spoon Productions, LeAnn Rascke / Florist: LeAnn at Fork & Spoon hand-made all of our bouquets, boutonnieres, and accent flowers / Wedding Venue: Conservatory of Flowers / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet Dora, purchased it at Glamour Closet / Makeup: Benefits Cosmetics, Suzette / Bridesmaid Dresses: Eel & Ermine / Groom’s Suit: JCrew, knit tie from Lit Knit / DJ: NorCal Pro Sound / Wedding Caterer: Fork & Spoon Productions. Wine and appetizers prior to the ceremony, tray-passed drinks and appetizers during cocktail hour, and a three-course dinner. The three options were: Alaskan Halibut, Meyer Ranch New York Steam, and Brenwood Corn and Bellwether Farms Cannelloni / Cake Topper: Knotting Wood / Transportation: Uber Car / Linens: La Tavola Linen
This wedding from Josh Gruetzmacher is pretty great. With a stylish couple who both designed their own outfits and who have grown in love and business as Dearhorn, a creative design team, how could this wedding be anything but superb? Keep an eye peeled for the first look at the cutest of locations, the groom’s favorite comic book store!
From the bride, Jenn: Mid-Century American Vintage-inspired Garden Party best describes our wedding aesthetic. Colors: Watermelon, Succulent Green, and Soft Pink. The stunning structure and garden of Sunnyside Conservatory was our inspiration for the look and feel of our afternoon ceremony and reception. We had a hand in everything, right down to the design of our tailor-made guipure-lace dress and shawl-collared suit. Our save the dates, invitations, pie topper, and table signage were all designed and illustrated by the groom. The delicious beer was provided as a trade for label design by the groom. From wedding coordination, homemade pies, flower arrangements, ceremony music, hair and makeup, and a clever Macbook photo booth, our friends and family contributed to most of the wedding details.
Our first look was inside Daniel’s favorite comic book store in their neighborhood. I suggested this location to honor our years together in creative collaboration. As Dearhorn Studio, we have joined in many projects involving design, illustration, and video. The name Dearhorn is a combination of our two last names, Heard and Dorn. This name can also be found hanging above us as we said our vows, signifying our biggest collaboration yet.
Our stylish guests dressed in hats and coats, braved the chilly San Francisco’s unpredictable summer weather to order from the caterer parked outside the front gate. We wanted to provide a fulfilling lunch for our vegan and vegetarian guests, and the ladies of Ebbett’s Good To Go provided a delicious sandwich menu to satisfy all. I particularly enjoyed the cupcake of mac and cheese. Pies were cut and tables were cleared for dancing to our Britpop playlist. And each guest departed with a jar of watermelon jelly made by the groom’s mother.
The day went by so fast. One of our best decisions was to hire Josh Gruetzmacher to capture all the details that flew by us. He even drove us to our wedding!
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher / Wedding Venue: Sunnyside Conservatory / Wedding Coordinator: Lovely Eleven / Wedding Design: Daniel Heard / Wedding Flowers: Sarah Schaafsma / Wedding Dress: Designed by bride, made by atelierTAMI / Hair: Aimee Crook / Makeup: Leah Richard / Groom’s Suit: designed by groom, tailored by Thick as Thieves / Wedding Music: Rachel Fannan and John Houx / Photobooth: Adam Moore / Wedding Caterer: Ebbett’s Good to Go / Beverages: Pacific Brewing Laboratory / Desserts: Homemade pies by guests / Cake Stands: Miette / Wedding Invitations: Daniel Heard / First Look Location: Comix Experience
Few things make me gasp like this wedding captured by none other than Jen Huang Photography. It’s one of those weddings that will leave you swooning for days, just daydreaming of a modern day fairytale like this one. Bride Pamela took inspiration from Wes Anderson movies and blended her + her husband Brady’s utterly chic sense of style into a totally gorgeous wedding, planned to the nines by Dream a Little Dream Events.
From the bride, Pamela: When we set off to plan our wedding, the vision we had in mind was “Wes Anderson-movie-themed.” How to create that feeling was a challenge, how to translate that intangible idea into visual elements was quite interesting too. We like eclectic things, things that don’t match, but belong together when carefully selected. That’s how we describe our personalities, we couldn’t be more different, but complimentary and “better together,” which was the phrase we chose for our cake topper.
We didn’t want our floral arrangements to look uniform, we used vibrant colors against rustic ones, and we had them loosely arranged in different shape and size vases so they looked effortless and unstructured. We had terrariums during the cocktail hour to differ from the flower used for the reception, where plants were sealed inside transparent globes. The chairs, place settings, silverware and glasses were all different as well, set against a pattered tablecloth, striped napkins, and a stack of old books, giving the personal feel of what people would experience if they were having dinner in our home.
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Jen Huang Photography / Wedding Coordination: Dream a Little Dream Events / Wedding Venue: Palace of the Legion of Honor / Wedding Flowers: Hunt Littlefield / Hair and Makeup: Jess Wilcox / Wedding Caterer: Betty Zlatchin Catering / Lighting: Got Light / Rentals: Hartmann Studios and Blueprint Studios / Makeup and Hair: Jess Wilcox
We’re finishing up this week by looking again at our California Blue Label vendors — this time, San Francisco is up! This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but San Francisco has some major talent to offer the wedding world. If you see anything you can’t help but fall in love with here but aren’t local to SF, don’t worry! Vendors love to travel :)
photo by Julie Mikos
above event design by Wylie Weddings
above invitations by The Aerialist Press
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In case you missed any of our features from this week…
Outdoor Lake Tahoe wedding
Bringing wedding inspiration to life from Firefly Events
DIY Arrow Napkin Rings
Wedding registries from Wedding Republic
1920s English garden wedding
Spa bridal shower from Amber Karson
Kathy Ireland for Mon Cheri Bridal
Circus-themed inspiration shoot
New York wedding at The Park
Love Ophelia robes and lingerie
Mad Hatter inspired wedding
DIY geometric placecard tutorial
Blue Ridge Mountains wedding
This week, in Recycle Your Wedding…
Grey and white chevron “Welcome” sign
Lot of antique mini liquor bottles
Untamed Petals ombre clutch
Collection of milk glass vases
4 BHLDN meadow yard stakes
22 large white paper peonies
Twigs and Honey flower garter
Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t keep myself from crushing on today’s bride’s wedding style. Her adorable Jackie O style short wedding dress, her bright orange bouquet, her shortie bridal veil, I love it all! Event planner Morgan Gallo went all out styling Ruth and Vinny’s Courthouse wedding, complete with a reception full of games, carnival inspiration, and the groom’s love of Captain America.
From the stylist, Morgan Gallo: Vinny and Ruth are such a genuine couple and wanted their wedding to really tell their guests who they were and what they loved as a couple and individuals. They wanted their wedding to be fun—a party. I remember meeting with them the first time to talk about the theme and Vinny was so excited to try to incorporate games in the reception because this was such a big part of his family time and Ruth wanted to have a carnival type theme because she loved the eclectic and colorful look so it couldn’t be any more perfect!
We started with the invitations that looked like a Carnival sign and ticket—we then wanted to incorporate many shades and textures and did so by shopping for fabric to cover mason jars and making custom napkins to add a pop of color to the tables. If you won a game, you got a prize! They wanted to have both of their cultures incorporated in some fashion and so both supplied the dessert table with the most popular Vietnamese and Mexican candies that their guests could take home in their goodie bags.
The cake topper is one of the cutest I have ever seen! The groom is a HUGE captain America fan and so they contacted a local etsy artist to do him ripping his military uniform off to reveal his Captain America insignia. We spent a LONG night up watching Grimm and making the adorable place card fan rounds. The bride got really crafty and made pinwheels and prop pieces (hats, glasses, mustaches, etc) to add height to the table and give guests an opportunity to really let their hair down and pose for the camera! Who needs a Photo Booth when you have the whole night to show off?!
Wedding Location: San Francisco and Sacramento, CA / Ceremony Venue: San Francisco Courthouse / Reception Venue and Caterer: Ten 22 / Wedding Design, Coordination, Paper Goods, and Reception Flowers: Morgan Gallo Events / Wedding Photographer: Alicia Gines Photography / Bride’s Bouquet: Mandy Scott Design / Cupcakes: Esther’s Cupcakes
It’s no secret we love Minted. Their ever so gorgeous designs and community-centric stationery company are just some of the things that make us fans. Minted just came out with a new wedding invitation line and to celebrate it, they asked us to pick a design and create a photoshoot inspired by it. We left it in the hands of the pros, Yelena Johnson of Stylish Soiree and a fantastic team of vendors. She dreamed up a wedding from invitation to inspiration that you will go gaga for.
Yelena Johnson of Stylish Soiree chose the Twine wedding invitations for the inspiration for this shoot. Inspired by bold typography with black and white stripes, this wedding invite is a like a pair of black Louboutins. You can style it in many different ways, but it will be effortlessly chic no matter what. Yelena knocked it out of the park along with photos by Tinywater Photography.
Soulflower Floral Design matched the invitation motif with black and white striped ribbon on the bouquet and bout.
Location: San Francisco / Venue: Laurent Studio / Photographer: Caroline Wineta from Tinywater Photography / Designer + Planner: Yelena Johnson, Stylish Soiree / Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage / Florist: Soulflower Floral Design / Cake: The Whole Cake / Calligraphy: Barbara Callow Calligraphy / Wedding Invitations, Menus and place cards: Palm Papers for Minted / Hair and Makeup: Jane Kim, The Glamourist / Necklace on Bride: Francesca’s
Thank you Minted for this amazing invitation to inspiration shoot! If you guys haven’t already, take a gander at their wedding invitations. We will be running an one-day lightning quick giveaway, so be sure to check back soon!
This San Francisco affair from Edyta Szyzlo is so refreshing and clean! Bride Annette pulled together touches of green, white, and burlap (with the help of Enjoy Events Co., of course) to create a fresh, relaxing atmosphere.
A little bit from Enjoy Events Co.:
Collaborating with Annette and Danny on their San Francisco wedding was nothing short of a good time! Set at Terra Art Gallery with the open space and art work throughout, we loved adding a few handmade design elements to help round out their vision! Designing the ceremony backdrop by collecting different glass vessels and hanging them with cloth created a simple yet elegant element. The bride herself being a designer created all her paper goods which we helped gather by placing the menu and thank you note in a kraft bag with a custom stamp that we embossed for an extra touch. From the hand stamped menu bags, to the stencil wood piece table numbers and the flower backdrop we loved being part of Annette and Danny’s celebration! The happy couple put together such a beautiful day with some amazing vendors that we were lucky to have been part of!
Wedding Vendors (San Francisco, CA):
Venue: Terra Art Gallery / Wedding Photographer: Edyta Szyzlo / Event Planner + Partial Stylist: Enjoy Events Co. / Bride’s Dress: Jin Wang / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Suit & Bow Tie: Isia from Saks Fifth Ave / Flowers: Bella Fiora / Stationery: All designed by the Bride / Videographer: Slava Basovich / Reception Music: Tony Muzzin of Nor Cal Pro Sound / Catering: Devoted Catering / Food Truck: El Tonayense / Dessert: The Cakemaker / Hair + Make-up: Rochelle of Alcheme Salon / Make-up: Becky Bartlett
The best thing that Mondays can bring on chilly mornings like these is that we can almost peek at Spring coming right around the corner, and it’s only getting closer. This very favorite season of ours, combined with the talents of Tinywater Photography and Enjoy Events Co. is bringing us the San Franciscan flair with lots of inspiration for the hopelessly romantic and bohemian at heart.
From the ladies of Enjoy Events Co.: We envisioned the concept behind this California/Hippie chic shoot when the song “San Francisco” came on the radio. You know the one, “when you’re going to Saaaaan Fraaaaaaancisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your haaaaaaaaaair.” Being based in the Bay Area we knew we wanted to create a shoot that reflected the sun, splendor and natural beauty that is California (sf in particular) and what better venue then Foreign Cinema. This venue is quintessential San Francisco with its industrial yet organic feel. We wanted to incorporate lots of CA/Hippie chic things. Like water color, butterflies, flowy dresses, gladiator sandals and guitars. We created over a hundred hand cut-out + watercolor butterflies to place on the industrial wall to evoke a romantic vibe with a twist. We collaborated with the wonderful team over at twigss on the florals to design “wildflower” like blooms with a hint of “hippie”. We collected copper vessels and wood boxes to place the flowers in. From the stunningboutonniere, bouquet, floral “head piece” and centerpieces we loved the color the flowers brought to the table! For the table top we wanted to incorporate color with turquoise pottery plates, gold brushed flatware and a hand-painted a yellow table runner. We keep with natural hues like cream, yellow, copper and blushes to extenuate the hippie chic vibe. The shoot was captured perfectly to evoke the California feel we hoped for by Tinywater!
Wedding Vendors (San Francisco, CA):
This wedding exhibits perfectly how to let the sheer beauty of your location shine through. Frances and Ben chose to have their wedding on the top of a mountain — need we say any more? Delbarr Moradi was there to capture the day, with Emily Read Bentley of the ever darling event design and planning company Enjoy Events Co. aiding with day-of coordination with invites by Printable Press — and gosh, we are so smitten!
From the bride, Frances: We let our locations do a lot of the work for us. Mt. Tamalpais, where we had the ceremony, is probably the most epic place in the Bay Area. The amphitheater was perfectly suited to a Zen ceremony. Jeffrey rang a bell as we walked in, which was haunting and beautiful in the mist of the forest-quiet. Our guests couldn’t believe how magical it was. The tiny, secret coastal village of Bolinas, where we had the reception, was also pretty memorable.
My very favorite part was the little gold animals we put on each guest’s plate. My awesome new sister-in-law spray painted about ten thousand plastic animals for me. My lovely husband used a laser cutter to carve escort cards out of wood for everyone. We love Lord of the Rings, so we used a hobbity font, and then he stained them all fuchsia. He also designed and made the table number cards, the programs, and the menus.
Some of our other DIY elements were: the ribbon curtain behind our table, which I made myself; all the brass animals and vases on the tables, which we collected from the flea market over the course of many months; and the table runners, which my awesome mom sewed for me. We go to estate sales and flea markets pretty much every weekend anyway, so I started picking up things I thought I could use for the wedding—vases, little objects for the centerpieces, fancy plates for the desserts.
One of my favorite memories of the whole weekend was actually setting up and decorating the hall the night before. All my wonderful Michigan family and some friends did a midwestern barn-raising. I just remember one of my aunts saying, “okay go!” and then within seconds 40 people were everywhere working, uncles were up on ladders hanging Christmas lights, little cousins were assembling foil stars, aunts were ironing tablecloths… it was like an instant beehive of totally focused activity.
Wedding Vendors (San Francisco Bay Area, CA):
Location: Mt. Tamalpais / Wedding Photographer: Delbarr Moradi Photography / Day-of Coordination: Emily Read Bentley of Enjoy Events Co. / Wedding Dress: Coan Couture / Bride’s Headband: Mignonne / Bride’s Earrings: Renna / Bride’s Velvet Bed Jacket: Lacis / Groom’s Suit: Maxwell’s Clothiers / Groom’s Shirt and Tie: Sean / Makeup: Paige Howie / Hair: Diane Beaver of Solid Gold Salon / Wedding Flowers: Ingrid Shoemaker of Blume Designs / Wedding Caterer: Sage Catering / Wedding Cake: SusieCakes / Stationery: Printable Press
Let’s bask in sunny and luscious pastures for an editorial wedding shoot brought to you by event designers Kelly Oshiro and Tricia Fountaine. Amongst delectable antique jewelry and dreamy florals abound, we find ourselves swooning over these garden wedding ideas in a nursery. Beaux Arts Photographie was in charge of the gorgeous photos, which you can see more of here.
From Kelly OshiroI’m a big fan of anything English and I wanted to do a tea time shoot for a long time. I was working a wedding at Rancho Dos Pueblos and they had just cleared out an old greenhouse for events. It was the perfect backdrop. I asked Tricia Fountaine (a talented florist and event designer and location manager at Rancho Dos Pueblos) to collaborate with me on the shoot. For photography, I knew I wanted to work again with the uber-talented Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie.
Tricia Fountaine and I began by collaborating on the design by going through her massive collection of props. I pulled dresses from Monique Lhuillier, vintage costume jewelry from 33 Jewels, hats from Louise Green and casted the model. For additional props, Found Vintage Rentals lent us their amazing tufted couches, old garden chairs, and a number of architectural pieces.
For the ceremony design, I found wisteria trees at a local nursery and loved the shape and scale for the ceremony design. We used that as the center point for the ceremony and then built the rest of the decor around that. I referenced the conservatory in Pollyanna for additional inspiration and we added lots of leather fern, fuchsia, lavender and hydrangea.
For the reception table I used old fashioned ticking as a classic base for the table. Wicker chargers were so appropriate and I had custom lavender napkins made that had a slight menswear texture. Instead of a fabric runner we used leather leaf to create a lush “greenhouse” look down the table. Tricia created floral arrangements in lavender and peach for the flowers and blended in her collection of fine china, colored glass, vintage beads, old books and tarnished silver.
Kelly Oshiro and Tricia Fountaine. Amongst delectable antique jewelry and dreamy florals abound, we find ourselves swooning over these garden wedding ideas in a nursery. Beaux Arts Photographie was in charge of the gorgeous photos, which you can see more of View all images from this shoot in the gallery
Wedding vendors (Santa Barbara, CA):
Venue: Rancho Dos Pueblos / Wedding photographer: Beaux Arts Photographie / Event Designer: Kelly Oshiro and Tricia Fountaine / Hair and makeup: Chateau Belle / Flowers: Tricia Fountaine / Wedding dresses: Monique Lhuillier and vintage / Hats: Louise Green / Jewelry: 33 Jewels / Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Fine China, Misc Hand Props, Trunks: Tricia Fountaine / Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals / Linens: Custom Napkins and La Tavola / Model: Eva St. Denis