Today is going to be a good day. First on the agenda, we have this beyond beautiful wedding from Kate Webber Photography (seriously, check out that reception – Got Light did some fantastic work creating that ambiance). And then this afternoon, Taste Catering & Event Design is back with our very first Ask the Expert feature… answering your catering questions! But until then, this is a gallery that can keep you busy.
From the stunning bride… Jereb proposed when we were sitting on the beach outside of our hotel on Tomales Bay with our dogs Taboo and Delilah, shucking oysters, eating cheese, and drinking beer and I had just beat him in a game of dominoes (which is a rare thing) and as I was basking in my win he nervously got down on one knee and asked me to marry him- I was so surprised and we were both so excited I can’t really remember what happened next but that I said yes!
There are a very limited number of spaces in San Francisco that can hold a guest count over 250 that has both an outdoor and indoor space. That being said, Treasure Island proved to be an awesome, unique choice. The Winery was like a blank, rustic canvas and even though we knew we’d be challenged by the weather outdoors, the views are so extraordinary that we thought we’d take the risk.
Natural, relaxed, and colorful was the inspiration for our day. I think that mine and Jereb’s style shone through in all the details. We stayed away from magazines and just went off of colors and styles we love and are attracted to. Something that was important to both of us was that everyone felt comfortable and included, we served dinner family style and didn’t do assigned seating but assigned tables of 24 so people could get to know each other over enjoying great food. We really wanted to create an electric energy, like when you go into a bustling restaurant and look around and you can just tell that everyone is having the best time. With the help of Jess Flood Designs, my mom, Taste Catering and an amazing lighting team it became a reality!
Everywhere I looked there was something that I noticed that was unique to our style that we chose or created. Jereb and I are huge sports fans so we made “rally towels” for our guests and all throughout the night they were reappearing, I loved seeing how they came into play. Jess Flood our coordinator, who was amazing, knew that I hated flower arrangements on the dinner tables at weddings, they always seem to get in the way or block your view of the person sitting across from you, so her and her team built low, “canoe” planters out of wine barrel staves, they looked amazing. Jereb’s brother is a photographer and he has been known to set up a photobooth of sorts, it’s hard to explain how he does it but its in an open space and you hold the clicker to take the photos, I loved watching people use it and the photos turned out amazing and hilarious.
From going to the Farmer’s Market in the morning with my girls to riding the bus back to the Vitale Hotel at the end of the night (1:30 AM) with my new husband, every moment was totally different and amazing. I loved taking the trolley across the Bay Bridge with my mom and ladies right before the ceremony, walking down the aisle with my mom and dad, I was nervous through my vows and stumbled on my words (thats a great photo), seeing how amazing the cocktail area turned out with the band playing, (umbrellas and trees and turquoise adirondacks), the food, walking down into the winery (it was magical, some people were saying it reminded them of the dining room at Hogwarts, dorky yes, but I’m totally cool with that), my dad’s speech (nailed it!), dancing the night away with my man – almost a year later everything is still pretty vivid. The boat ride we took with our wedding parties after the ceremony was pretty awesome, it gave us a moment to sit back and relax before the craziness recommenced, the pictures from that are some of my favorites. Also the shots from the ceremony are spectacular with the city in the background.
Photography: Kate Webber Photography | Flowers: Jess Flood Event Design | Event Design & Planning: Jess Flood Event Design | Ceremony Location: Treasure Island | Reception Location: SF Winery | Catering: Taste Catering & Event Planning | Invitations: Twig & Fig | Dress: Lela Rose | Lighting: Got Light | Rentals: Hartmann Studio