I have one very serious case of wedding envy for these darling San Francisco nuptials by Gladys Jem Photography.  And, believe me, once you take a peak at every last ounce of pretty below, you won’t blame me one bit… because not only was this stunning affair held at a romantic park called Shakespeare Garden (plus the fabulous Epic Roasthouse), but it’s also brimming with lovely red hues, gorgeous paper goods crafted by Hello!Lucky and beautiful florals by Church Street Flowers.  Honestly, does it get any better than this?  Click here for even more!

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From the Bride… From the beginning we knew we wanted something intimate, simple yet sophisticated and not super-traditional.  The majority of our 50 guests were from out of town and it was important to us to plan a day that would not only allow us to spend time with people we rarely get to see, but to also showcase the city that we love so dearly.  San Francisco has so much to offer and we really wanted to leverage both the beauty and the urban feeling of the city.  As soon as we saw Shakespeare Garden we knew it was perfect for us – so beautiful and lush, with an air of romance.

It was really important that the entire day felt very personal and we started by writing the ceremony ourselves, and creating programs that focused on our journey and the things we hold most dear to our relationship.  My favorite part of the day was when the groom had to call a “timeout” during the ceremony because he didn’t have the rings.  It was so classically “us” to have something like that happen and I can’t remember the last time we laughed that hard – it just made everything that much more personal and real.

We decided on a dinner party reception with the focus on excellent food, wine and company.  By choosing a restaurant we knew we were guaranteed fantastic food and excellent service, plus we didn’t have to think about caterers or rentals!  Cocktail hour and dinner featured a stunning view of the Bay Bridge which provided a beautiful backdrop to a night filled with love.  Tables were labeled with names of places that were significant during our relationship over our eight years of dating.  The food was all local, and we even skipped the traditional cake in lieu of creme brulee (my all-time favorite dessert). Looking back our day was perfect for us.  It’s ok to not be cookie cutter – stick with what you really want, prioritize the most important things, and focus on the love.

Wedding Photography: Gladys Jem Photography / Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel / Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto / Hairpiece: Twigs & Honey / Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole / Wedding Invitations: Hello!Lucky / Programs, Table Names, Placecards, Favors: The Bride / Floral Design: Church Street Flowers / Hair + Make-up: The Glamourist / Wedding Ceremony Location: Shakespeare Garden / Officiant: Cynthia Gregory / Wedding Reception Location: Epic Roasthouse

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