Oh this day has been lovely. Seriously lovely. And to end such a day, we needed to pull out all the stops. So we did just that, and scheduled this beauty from Michael Moss to act as the icing on the Wedding Wednesday cake. It’s the definition of a ballroom beauty – full of glamourous decor dreams are made of and a couple that looks like they belong on the big screen. It’s full of fancy, and you can catch it all in the full gallery of images. But it doesn’t end there, the magic continues with a gorgeous film from Elysium Productions after all the pretty pictures…
And just when you think it couldn’t possibly get prettier Elysium Productions shows us this gorgeous film…
From the Bride… Brendan & I got engaged during Christmas break while we were visiting home from the east coast, where we had been attending graduate school and living for the last two years. After he proposed, we had about one week left before we were heading back to the east coast. Brendan and I met in San Francisco so we knew we wanted to get married in the city that had brought us together, but I had no idea when I would be back in California again. I once saw a picture online of a wedding at the Julia Morgan Ballroom and was immediately obsessed with the amazing details of the ceiling, fireplaces, and many other architectural details. I made a last minute appointment to visit the JMB before I returned to Boston. I won’t say I fell as hard as I did the night I met Brendan, but it was a close second! I loved the JMB and I couldn’t see myself getting married anywhere else. Luckily, Brendan, who has always been a fan of Julia Morgan’s work, loved and appreciated the extreme detail as well.
We wanted a winter wedding, because the JMB to us was most beautiful at night and winter allowed for this to happen right as the reception started. The ballroom screams romance, so we went for a vintage romantic feel. Many of our vendors were found using SMP’s little black book to make our vision come alive. First, we found Sharla Flock to do our beautiful flowers. She used silver footed bowls and tall silver candelabras with palettes of white, cream, blush and grey tones that were accented with mercury glass votives. The flowers were so beautiful and added to the romantic feel of the room. Amanda, from One True Love, helped me to create the vintage feel I wanted to add to the wedding. We used my great- grandfather’s desk as the guest book table and Amanda added amazing details to create an old world feel. She created an amazing escort card table with an old library catalogue and arranged flip-flops for our guests in tiered vintage suitcases.
Décor details aside, the most important part of the wedding for me and Brendan was that everyone had fun and that after all the traditions were complete, we partied! We could not have done this without our amazing DJ, Ray Cartright. He was of the most amazing MC’s and kept the schedule of the night on track and he knows how to get every generation on the dance floor. All of our guests loved the music and the dance floor was packed all night. Our wedding day seemed to happen in a flash, but having our amazing video from Elysium Productions has allowed us to see what we missed and relive the amazing time we had together. My one piece of advice to all brides…not everything will be perfect, but enjoy the time with your new husband and have fun!
Wedding Photographer: Michael Moss / Ceremony Venue: Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, California/ Reception Venue: Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisoco, California / Floral Design: Sharla Flock Designs / Wedding Cinematographer: Elysium Productions / Catering: Joshua Charles Catering / Wedding Cake: The Cakemaker / DJ: DJ Sugar Ray of Cartwright’s DJ Services / Stationery: Betsy White / Vintage Rentals: One True Love / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Lighting: Hartmann Studios / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental / Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Earrings: Nadri via Nordstrom / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lynn Lugo / Hair + Makeup: The Makeup Dolls