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