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.

Mia and Richard - Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley, CA

May, 2018.

Ceremony Venue: Old St. Hilary, Tiburon, CA / Reception Venue: Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley, CA

Photos: Sebastien Bicard Photography / Cake: Tartine Bakery

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The 2018 season started with a stunner of a wedding for Mia and Richard. The weather in the Bay Area in May can be finicky, but their wedding weekend had blue skies and gorgeous views for miles from the front steps of Old St. Hilary, the ceremony venue, in Tiburon. Mia and Richard are both quietly classy and that’s exactly the tone that their wedding took on; it was intimate, with each detail perfectly thought out and executed. Some of my favorite moments from the day were captured beautifully by their photographer, Sebastien Bicard: the ‘first look’ of Richard singing a song to Mia, how the austere simplicity of a chapel and field of tall grass can transform to a blog-worthy backdrop for couple portraits, and the homey warmth that was felt at both the ceremony and reception, thanks to dark-paneled walls and an intimate setting. Sebastien’s photography takes my breath away and his style is one that isn’t seen very often in wedding portraiture - shadows and darkness are enhanced, which in turn actually call attention to the gorgeous details of Mia’s dress and earrings, for example. These pictures are a dream come true both for a couple looking for portraits that last a lifetime and for a planner that wants to showcase how a venue can turn from just an empty space to all of the dreams and visions of a perfect wedding brought to life.

AuBrey and Billy - Park Winters, CA

October, 2017.

Photos: Cherlyn Wagner Photography / Flowers: Tori Pattochi / Cake: Natty Cakes

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AuBrey and Billy were perhaps the most unconventional couple that I've worked with - and I mean that in the best sense possible. Not only was their dog, Waffles, in the ceremony, but he was in all of the wedding party photos and was featured on their invitations and wedding signage. AuBrey was originally going to wear a black wedding dress, but ultimately decided on a gorgeous cream lace number, paired with a bold red lipstick. To top it all off, their cake was a funfetti cake (isn't that secretly everyone's dream wedding cake??).

Park Winters was a perfect all-in-one venue: the house, extensive grounds, and bell tower provided ample space for every part of the wedding day from getting ready to collapsing into bed after a full night of dancing and everything between. The staff was attentive from the moment that we stepped foot on the grounds, and left nothing wanting. 

Kari and Parker - War Memorial, San Francisco

July, 2017. 

Photography: Sasha Leahovcenco Photography / Band: Cosmo Alley Cats

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I swear I didn't pay Kari and Parker to be wedding models. This is real life, but it just proves that real life can be a fairy tale sometimes. Kari wore the most gorgeous full-skirted princess dress I think I've ever seen with a stunning veil to match. Parker wore a bespoke blue polka dot suit that looks like it belongs on the cover of GQ. The Green Room in the War Memorial building is a gold-gilded ballroom, which served as the perfect backdrop for Kari's vision of a wedding-turned-gala. The special surprise of the evening? Kari sang a few tunes with the live band and didn't disappoint. 

Lindsey and Alice - Oakland, CA

September, 2017.

Photos: Nikki Ritcher Photography / Venue: Vessel Art Gallery / Flowers: Gorgeous and Green.

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Lindsey and Alice never thought that they would be dealing with 90-degree weather, wrestling large industrial fans, and running out of ice when they booked the Vessel Gallery in Oakland for their September wedding, but that's exactly what happened. The Bay Area had reached record-breaking temperatures the whole week leading up to their wedding day and so an open-air art gallery in downtown Oakland turned quickly from a refreshing venue to one that could have become stiflingly hot. Luckily, these brides were so flexible and up to the challenge of adapting to the circumstances that the hot weather barely affected them. I love the incredibly different dresses that they both wore that were gorgeous in their own ways. Each had beautiful (and complementary) details: Alice's dress appears slightly conservative in front until you see the sheer lace at her waist and the stunning exposed back, while Lindsey's dress is a low-cut sweetheart strapless dress that is beautifully accentuated by a delicate necklace and hairpiece.

If you're looking for an all-in-one venue for an intimate wedding, Vessel Gallery fits the bill. The upper gallery works converts seamlessly from ceremony to reception space, as long as you hire a team that is able to turn the room around during cocktail hour.  Not to mention that very little extra decoration beyond a few floral table centerpieces is needed, since it's an art gallery!

Matt and Stuart - Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

September, 2017. Photos: Kim Heath Photography / Cake: Spoonful of Sugar / Venue: The Winery SF

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The one word I would use to describe Matt and Stuart is 'colorful.' To begin with, they both have incredibly vibrant personalities, which translated to vibrant colors throughout every element of their wedding. Guests showered them with brightly-colored rose petals as they exited the ceremony and their wedding colors were orange and aqua (a bold, but beautiful combination), which were displayed in the flowers, bridesmaid dresses, table decor, wedding cake, and even the bowtie for their ringbearer (their dog, Wyatt!!). Matt and Stuart may have had a foggy day for their pictures, but as you can see below, the fog actually creates much more dramatic and romantic photos than you may get on a sunny day. Their wedding venue, The Winery on Treasure Island, had a beautiful indoor warehouse-type space that guests could retreat to for the reception, where they danced the night away to one of my favorite live wedding bands, The Lucky Devils.

Maria and Roman - Golden Gate Club, San Francisco

May, 2017.

Photos: Janae Shields Photography / Flowers: Dream Flowers / Catering: Presidio Foods

Maria and Roman both come from very large Russian Jewish families, so their wedding was a P-A-R-T-Y complete with caviar on every table, a raucous live band, and plenty of vodka. But the true show-stoppers in our opinion were the flowers. Florist Lana Chernyavsky of Dream Flowers created stunning centerpieces that were either towering structures laden with peonies and kumquats or shorter masterpieces popping with vibrant colors and lush textures. Every element of this wedding was romantic and colorful - just look at the gorgeous blues on their ketubah and the soft chiffon of the chuppah!

Amy and Matt - Stern Grove, San Francisco

March, 2017.

Photos: Vero Kherian Photography / Catering: El Metate

Amy and Matt had an impressive collection of friends who served as vendors (dubbed by the couple as 'friendors') that knew them both so well that every element of the wedding was perfectly tailored to them as a couple. The flowers, hair, ceremony music, reception DJ, and pie buffet were all the work of friends who lent their talents and time to create a day full of casual elegance. I love the little details that clearly had so much thought put into them: the sea holly in Amy's hair matches Matt's boutonniere; the pies have the letters 'A' and 'M' around the edges; and the precious objects that were an integral part of the ceremony reappeared in the reception as the names of the tables where guests sat. Stern Grove is such a naturally beautiful setting that it truly doesn't need much dressing-up. For a couple that loves nature and is looking for a budget-friendly venue in the heart of San Francisco, Stern Grove provides the best of all worlds.

Jeannie and Brad - Berkeley City Club

January, 2017.

Photos: www.drewbirdphoto.com / Flowers: Rust + Thistle / Cake: Have Your Cake.

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Brad and Jeannie couldn't have had a more perfect day for their wedding - and it was pouring rain the entire time. Berkeley City Club was their dream venue - it has gothic architecture, romantic lighting, and a library/smoking lounge that makes you want to cuddle up by a roaring fire and read a good book. The inclement weather simply accentuated all of those attributes. The couple chose dark jewel tones for their attendants who looked like they could have stepped out of the set of Downtown Abbey; the women wore long beaded gowns and the gentlemen donned mismatched suits with matching ties. The rainy forecast meant that the ceremony location had to change, but Emily from Rust + Thistle rose to the occasion and created a spectacular last-minute 'chuppah' full of eucalyptus and other lush greenery above the fireplace in the drawing room. The expressions that Drew Bird was able to catch during the whole day take my breath away: Brad's tears during the first look, a Vogue-worthy snapshot of the wedding party in the library,  and Brad and Jeannie's terror as they were lifted in the air for the hora.