I don’t even know where to begin with this next wedding that the crazy talented Lisa Lefkowitz sent our way. Planned by Melissa at MAP Events with flowers by Torryne at Birch, it’s the epitome of everything I know and love about San Francisco…classic styling with a hell of a lot of spunk, sophistication with personality, beauty with a bit of edge. And although it makes me a bit heartsick for the city that I have fallen in love with, it also brings back those warm and fuzzy feelings about a bride and groom that just GET IT. Click here to see the whole spread.
Michael and I met and fell in love in San Francisco. We live and work amongst its landmarks and wanted very much to make them a part of our story. We were engaged at the Palace of Fine Arts, pass the Flood Mansion on nightly walks, and frequently visit and dine at the Ferry Plaza Building. Seeing these everyday landmarks made up especially for us, helped to wed us not only to each other, but to the city itself and symbolized our putting down roots as a family in our adopted hometown. Each day, we are reminded of the happiness of our wedding as we pass by and interact with these landmarks that have become interwoven with our lives.
It was important to us that our ceremony be personal and honest, and that our reception be a party from start to finish all the while showcasing the best that San Francisco has to offer in terms of views, music and food. To that end, our officiant and readings were all done by friends and family amidst the Flood Mansion’s sweeping views of the Golden Gate bridge from the top of the Pacific Heights neighborhood. Flowers were chosen not only for their beauty, but particularly for their fragrance with heavy accents of bay leaf, gardenias and lavender. Afterwards, guests enjoyed a picturesque cable car ride from Pacific Heights to the waterfront Embarcadero for a reception at the Ferry Plaza Building. Given the Ferry Building’s reputation for leading the organic food movement, we decided to forego a traditional sit down dinner and instead offer various food stations, allowing the caterer to highlight offerings from independent farmers and purveyors including locally roasted coffee, line caught fish from the Bay, and Humboldt and Sonoma county artisanal cheeses. San Francisco’s famous Jazz Mafia Realistic Orchestra, a 22 piece Jazz band, provided the musical backdrop for an evening of nonstop dancing.
Wedding Photography: Lisa Lefkowitz / Wedding Planning: Melissa Panico of MAP Events / Officiant: Stu Peterson / Ceremony Music: Ambience Trio of Starlite Strings / Floral Design: Torryne of Birch / Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Lighting & Audio: Got Light? / Band: Jazz Mafia / DJ: J-Boogie / Wedding Cake: Butterfly Cakes / Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals / Trees, Tables & Chairs: Hartmann Studios / Transportation: Events West (Cable Car) + Pure Luxury (Suburbans) / Hair & Makeup: Sarah E. Hyde / Save the Dates: Carrot & Stick Press / Wedding Invitations: A Day In May Design / Wedding Dress: Selia Yang / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jin Wang / Groom’s Tux: Giorgio Armani / Wedding Ceremony Location: The James Leary Flood Mansion / Wedding Reception Location: Ferry Plaza Building