Before you break out the bubbly and confetti for tonight’s festivities, we thought we would send you into the evening inspired by a soiree that oozes elegance and style. Captured by Caroline Tran, every moment is so incredibly beautiful we can’t think of a better way to send off 2013 – and you can toast to every gorgeous image right here. From all of us at SMP, Happy New Year! Cheers! xoxo
From the Bride…When we got engaged, Mike and I knew we wanted to celebrate in San Francisco.. the city where we met and the city where we fell in love. The Bently Reserve was the first venue we visited, and even though we went through the experience of researching and visiting others.. it was clear that we had found the one. Being romantics, we set our date for September 1st, the weekend of our four year dating anniversary. Midway through our planning we found out the amazing news that we would be moving to Chicago soon after our big day. We sought out to make our wedding day our final farewell party with all our closest and dearest friends and family.
Our engagement period was over a year and a half and we really took advantage of it. Having a lot of time to plan was a blessing for us as we were able to really enjoy wedding planning! Mike was a very active groom and together, we took joy in all types of wedding fun.. from camping out at a Monique Lhuillier sample sale, hand envelope-lining our stationary,even taking ballroom dance lessons.. all meanwhile packing up our SF condo, finding a new place in Chicago, buying new furniture and making plans for our new adventure to the Midwest…
Some of our favorite details: The day of the wedding was a very busy day.. we had a first look.. which was surprisingly emotional. Watching our beautiful day unfold (with the help of all our amazing vendors) and being surrounded by so much love made our day a dream come true. We wanted to thank everyone who was able to share our celebration with us but knowing it would be impossible to talk to everyone.. we wrote personalized messages to each guest on the back of their menu card. With our move to Chicago imminent, we served Chicago style hot dogs as our midnight snack, making our love story come full circle!
Photographer: Caroline Tran | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Floral Design: Amy Burke Designs | Cake: Studio Cake | Invitations: Mercurio Brothers | Ceremony: Bently Reserve | Reception Venue: Bently Reserve | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: BCBG Max Azria | Catering: le meridien | Hair & Makeup: Professional Makeup Artistry | DJ: Dj Max | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Day Of Coordinator: Jessica Goldblatt Of Dreams On A Dime | Draping/rentals/lighting/linens: Hartmann Studios | Emcee: Ken Lee | Hotdog Cart: Lets Be Frank | Linen: La Tavola | Video: Rainbow Fish Cinema