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.

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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!


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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.

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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?!


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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

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Comments (17):

  • Mandy on April 26, 2013

    That jacket is gorgeous! Where did you get it from?
  • Christy on March 11, 2013

    I love the jacket you wore over your dress!!! I have been looking for a similar style for ages; can you tell me where you got it? Thank you so much- beautiful wedding! :)
  • Wedding Planner London (Soirée de Luxe) on February 24, 2013

    It's amazing how much you guys have achieved for just €6,000! You have some real talent!! So many beautiful elements and you're so lucky to have your special day in San Francisco - one of my fave places in the whole world! Massive congratulations to Ruth & Vinny!!!! :D Jessica - Soirée de Luxe xx
  • Vinny and Ruth on October 23, 2012

    @ adrienne and sandi.....we rented our games from: Elk Grove Party Rentals 9701 Dino Drive STE 150 Elk Grove, CA 95624 Ph: (916) 714-3384 They were pretty cheap. About 20 bucks each for the bean toss and ring toss, and 30 for the skee roll. Our wedding planner let us borrow her husbands poker table. Hope this helps.
  • sandi on September 29, 2012

    Can you please share the name of the rental company where you rented the skee ball and bag toss? Thanks!
  • Adrianne on September 28, 2012

    if you would be interested in selling your games, please send me an email--I plan to have games at my wedding and love love love yours! if not, no worries. your wedding was beautiful!
  • Sabrina on September 14, 2012

    Your dress is the most beautiful I have ever seen! Ca you tell me where I can find it on Etsy?
  • Vinny and Ruth on August 29, 2012

    All, thank you everyone for checking out our wedding, it was truly a special day. This would not have been possible without the help of Morgan Gallo. She took all of our ideas and made it look like what you see. Another special thanks to Alicia Gines Photography for capturing the every moment.
  • Morgan Gallo Events on August 21, 2012

    Xina The veil and dress are off of Etsy!
  • Xina on August 18, 2012

    This wedding is so fun! I also have a short dress and am looking for a veil. Where is this one from?
  • Morgan Gallo Events on August 15, 2012

    Thank you everyone--we had a great time planning this with Ruth and Vinny. It was such a fun wedding! Andrea--the wooden skee roll and bean bag toss were rentals from a local company.
  • April { Rose & Ruby Paper Co. } on August 14, 2012

    LOVE the post ceremony shots - so beautiful!
  • Andrea on August 13, 2012

    Such beautiful details! Where did you find the wooden skee roll and bean toss games?
  • Anna on August 13, 2012

    Absolutely stunning! Love the colours, love the simplicity of every dettails! <3
  • Chocolate Fountain Hire - Hot Chocolates on August 11, 2012

    Loving the Captain America cake topper :) Congrats guys... some truly gorgeous shots oxox
  • lydia {ever ours} on August 10, 2012

    loving how sweet this was. so intimate. her dress is just too perfect too!
  • Nikki @ Tikkido on August 10, 2012

    How absolutely gorgeous, and FUN! I love seeing gorgeous, thoughtful, personal weddings that aren't cookie-cutter, expensive ballroom affairs. I'm very happy with the groom I chose, but if I ever got to do it again, this is exactly what I'd want!

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