Jenny and Zak - California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley

August, 2019.

Photographer: Green Vintage Photography / Florist: The Flower House / DJ: Heart of Gold DJs

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Blue and gold - not just the team colors of the Cal Bears, but also the color palette for Jenny and Zak’s wedding. Choosing to center your wedding around a sports arena has the potential to either be too casual or way too cheesy if you focus on things like floral centerpieces in football-shaped vases. Instead with this incredibly kind and thoughtful couple, the entire day was classy with just the right amount of fun, and of course, 100% a representation of them.

One of the things that Jenny and Zak love to do as a couple is visit stadiums around the country during their travel. They decided to incorporate this tradition into their wedding by naming all of the tables after different arenas they’ve visited and creating a seating chart that featured pictures of the two of them at each of those places; it was such a sweet way to include their guests in their tradition and make the day that much more unique to them.

Flipping through the pictures below, you can see just how genuinely happy they were to be surrounded by friends and family and how much fun they were able to have during a day that can sometimes be stressful - Zak and his guys piled onto a golf cart and drove around the plaza, then got to watch a little bit of the pre-season football practice on the field! The club level of the stadium where the ceremony and reception were held was able to to hold a large group of people (their guest count was 130), had a GORGEOUS view of downtown Berkeley and the UC campus on one side (see the sunset shot that photographer Leslie captured), and looked out over the football field on the other side. It was a venue that felt surprisingly exclusive and intimate, seeing as it is situated in middle of a bustling college campus.

Samantha and Dima - Berkeley City Club

September, 2018.

Photography: 43rd Ave Photography / Floral Design: LC Floral Design / Cake: Glass Slipper Gourmet

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Samantha and Dima’s wedding had all the elements of a fairytale-come-true. Sheer voile was draped on every inch of the terrace used for the ceremony, the chuppah, ballroom, and bouquets were practically dripping with blush and ivory roses, and Samantha’s dress was a gorgeous A-line sweetheart dress with a skirt full of soft tulle layers. Even the cake was from a bakery called Glass Slipper Gourmet - I mean, come on, how cute is that?? Every element was romantic to the core and the Berkeley City Club provided the perfect backdrop. Take a peek at the pictures below for cute details like Sam and Dima’s names written into the challah they pulled apart to start dinner; a nod to Dima’s Russian heritage with a ‘Napoleon’ style cake; and a chess board groom’s cake (‘He Captured His Queen’).


May and Reilly - UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley, CA

June, 2018.

Photographer: Kate’s Captures Photography / Floral Design: Katharina Stuart Floral Art and Design

Cake and Dessert Bar: Rachel’s Cakes / Catering: Carrie Dove Catering / DJ: Berkeley Squares

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May and Reilly’s wedding was one of my favorites from 2018 for many reasons. The first is that May was one of the most laid-back brides I think I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, and yet she has exquisite taste. She had so many wonderful ideas to bring even more beauty and class to the Julia Morgan Hall (window boxes dripping with flowers hanging from the walls! Plates and goblets with just a slight touch of gold! Not one, but two boho chic wedding dresses!), and yet each decision was made as casually as what she was going to have for lunch during our planning meetings. The second reason that I loved this wedding was that every single vendor that worked alongside me was a trusted friend and colleague, which made the entire day run so smoothly that it was an absolute dream day for everyone involved. When we wedding professionals meet another vendor that we trust, respect, and enjoy working with, we wholeheartedly endorse them for future weddings, which becomes a win-win situation for all involved. This wedding was proof that when we all work together to make a couple’s vision come to life, the outcome can’t be anything but complete perfection.