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Romantic California Estate Wedding at Kohl Mansion

One look at Kohl Mansion and it’s as if you’re transported back to a time when elegance and glamour were the everyday norm. And folded into that stately elegance is a wedding with romance built into its very fiber. Captured by Bokeh Photography with design and florals by Nancy Liu Chin Designs, this day is dripping in moody blooms and candlelight. See even more right here.

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From Nancy Liu Chin Designs….As a wedding vendor, there is an instant connection when your bride picks the same venue that you once got married at. My husband, Kevin, and I picked Kohl Mansion for our wedding because it was this grand, charming, English manor just a short 30 minute drive from urban San Francisco. We always thought of Kohl Mansion as this hidden gem in the Bay Area. Samantha and Gene also fell in love with Kohl Mansion’s equally beautiful landscaped grounds set against its brick facade. It’s the ultimate venue for a couple who want their wedding to be romantic with an old world vintage charm.

Feeling like she could trust me, Samantha let me run with a few of her style ideas. One of the first things I remember from our meeting was that Samantha truly wanted her wedding to feel timeless in a dramatic way. Though she used the word “goth” and “vamp” to describe what she wanted, she meant moody in that romantic moody way. Together we landed on antique blushes, soothing creams, deep chocolates, ebony blacks and vintage brassy golds. Flowers that she loved included the luxurious ‘Cafe au Lait’ dinner plate dahlias, dark smoke foliage, creamy mop head hydrangeas, white anemones with black centers, and other romantic flowers and textural elements. Blushes have been quite popular as of yet but for our bride, Samantha, she wanted to balance the pastels with deep and dark hues that fit the wood interior of the Kohl Mansion’s grand ballroom which is a refreshing update to blush and nude hues.

Samantha was a very wonderful bride because she had no fear. Tackling decor projects were exciting for her and she utilized her creativity but designing her own invitation suite. Even the paper flowers for the aisle was a task that she was more than willing to take on. Though I am not a DIY fan, I knew in Samantha’s hand, she would make sure they were done like a professional.

One of my favorite floral details was the asymmetric floral arrangements design for their ceremony canopy. Being that Samantha wanted nothing that was the standard or typical, she wanted the flowers to be off balance which made the canopy more interesting. I’m so lucky to have a bride willing to try a different style from the norm because she’s so right — it made for a more interesting look.

One trend that I like this year is white with black. Her gown with that black ribbon was just enough to make it interesting. Together with Gene, they looked so classy as her gown against his clean tuxedo was perfection. Even though Samantha and Gene dressed to the nines, they didn’t take themselves too seriously and had fun which is the most important thing about one’s wedding day. You have to enjoy the process and the day because times flies when you are having a blast.

From The Bride….My husband and I started dating as freshmen in college and have been together for almost 10 years – this wedding was a long time coming! We always knew we were going to get married but never really discussed the type of wedding we wanted. All we knew was that it had to be convenient for our family and friends (so local to the Bay Area), true to us as a couple, and tons of fun.

Kohl Mansion was one of the first venues we saw and we absolutely fell in love. Just pulling into the parking lot, we knew that it would offer the breathtaking and memorable affair we dreamed of. It definitely set the tone for the rest of the planning process. And since we were tackling everything on our own, we knew we had to choose our vendors carefully and wisely.

My husband was the sounding board as I created the day. Design was very important to me and I wanted our night to be beautiful. I was most inspired by my Wedding Dress made by the impeccable Vera Wang (you’ll swoon after reading her “Behind the Dress” blog post), and florist, Nancy Liu Chin. I imagined romance, modern and classic elements, with some dark enchantment and mystery running throughout. My favorite part of the planning process was bringing this vision to life through DIY projects such as designing the entire invitation suite and paper goods from scratch, and making bouquets of paper flowers from lovely Italian and German crepe paper.

When the day finally came and ceremony music was cued, everything just fell into place. Sure it was a hectic and bumpy road getting there, but the ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun was shining, everything looked beautiful, and our favorite people in the world surrounded us. It was surreal. The night continued with free-flowing cocktails in the courtyard, dinner in the romantic, candlelit Grand Hall, dancing, and a decadent dessert bar full of macarons, cupcakes, cakes, donuts, and homemade goodies by my Aunt. Our favorite moment had to be the wedding party introductions which was just so much fun!

We could not have done any of this without the help of our amazing vendors and many family and friends. Thanks again to our loved ones for giving us the most memorable night of our lives!

 

Photography: Bokeh Photography | Videography: Weddings On Film | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Catering: Thomas John Events | Hair And Makeup: Vanity Pham | DJ: Denon And Doyle | Officiant: Chris Thielen | Bridal Shoes: Badgely Mischka | Bridesmaid Gifts: Sincerely Delightful | Bridesmaid Gifts : Kate Spade | Coordination: Thomas John Events | Crystal Sash: Live Adorned | Desserts: SusieCakes | Desserts: Happy Donut | Desserts: Sibby's Cupcakery | Desserts : Chantal Guillon | Floral And Event Designer: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Flower Girl Dress: Olivia Kate Couture | Groomsmen Gifts: Louisville Slugger | Jewelry : Nadri | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Flowers: Castle In The Air | Photobooth: Photo-Matica | Printing: Autumn Express | Printing: Tracy Allen Printing | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Tuxedo: Tuxedo Fashions | Veil: Erin Cole | Venue: Kohl Mansion

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Outdoor Elegance at the Kohl Mansion

Can I just say that California brides have it oh sooo good? Not only are they working with about a million stunning venues and consistent days of sunshine, but they’ve got vendors like Carlie StatskyVioletta Flowers and The Makeup Dolls right at their fingertips. They’re the kind of artists that take a bride’s distant dream and bring it all to life, and we’ve got the proof sitting pretty right here.

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From the Bride…We knew instantly that Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, CA was the ideal location for our wedding day. The venue stunned us with its elegance and beautiful grounds, and the location was perfectly placed between our two families (from the North Bay and the South Bay). Dana’s grandparents were married on the same date (August 24th) in 1946, and we felt that we wanted our wedding to reflect a modern vintage look to pay homage to both this shared wedding date and the historic venue setting. Our amazing designers from Echo Letterpress crafted our desired modern vintage look for our invitation suite, including an imaged map of the location.

Framed signs, hand-painted by a dear family friend, directed guests to both the gates of the mansion and to the ceremony location. Kohl’s beautiful inset courtyard canopied with bistro lights from Thomas John Events gave our ceremony an intimate setting. Our florist Arlene Boyle from Violetta Flowers created contrast with the mansion’s bricks and lush green grounds by using soft blush and white tones in all of the floral arrangements. We wanted our wedding party to feel chic, so we complimented the groomsmen with engraved silver pocket watches, and the bridesmaids’ slate gray dresses with chandelier earrings and Joan & David rhinestone shoes (flats, to give our TWO pregnant bridesmaids some relief!). I complimented the lace and satin of my wedding dress with chandelier earrings, a vintage hair clip, and rhinestone shoes from David Tutera (wedges, to give ME some relief!).

Our amazing caterer/coordinator Carrie Delucci from Thomas John Events made our vision come together for our reception: She helped us find the perfect dinnerware and place settings to create a romantic feel, complimented by the use of mismatched silver goblets selected by our florist to hold our centerpieces. Throughout the reception, we incorporated additional elements that we felt added a personalized touch to the modern vintage look: an antique silver coffee service from Dana’s grandparents, framed signs with love quotes from our favorite classic novels, and a vintage typewriter borrowed from Dana’s boss. The food was extremely important to us, as cooking and eating out are some of our favorite things to do together. Thomas John Events blew away our expectations, and everyone continues to compliment us on the meal!

Every moment of our journey, from our engagement to the serving of our midnight snack, was captured by our amazing photographer Carlie Statsky. We feel so blessed to have such beautiful images to remember our special day. Our incredibly talented team of vendors perfectly interpreted and delivered our vision, reaching far beyond any of our expectations. We truly could not have asked for a more perfect wedding day. Our dear family friend and pastor Brian Morgan began our wedding day with a blessing on our ceremony and new life as husband and wife; a blessing made palpable through the love that we felt surrounded us through our closest family and friends as we celebrated our marriage. We have both been blessed by parents who have (each!) celebrated more than 30 years of marriage, acting as shining examples for us as we begin our life together. We are forever thankful to our parents, our families, our friends, and to our vendors (who became friends!) for all of their love and support throughout the wedding planning process.

Photography: Carlie Statsky Photography | Floral Design: Violetta Flowers | Invitations: Echo Letterpress | Ceremony Venue: Kohl Mansion | Reception Venue: Kohl Mansion | Bride's Shoes: David Tutera | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress | Catering: Thomas John Events | Hair And Makeup: The Makeup Dolls | DJ: Big Fun DJ | Grooms Attire: Jos A Bank | Desserts: Susie Cakes | Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Bank

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Emotional California Wedding Film

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From the Bride’s Cousin, Tincy… They are such a beautiful couple, beautiful family, and just thought this is such a lovely inspiration for weddings out there! 

Videography : Mayad Studios