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Sleek + Sophisticated Black Tie Wedding

This, loves, is how you do a wedding.  Think two dapper grooms, a dream team of San Fran vendors (Morgan EventsSweet On CakePaula LeDuc and Michelle Papineau Calligraphy… to name a few) and an urban warehouse setting hosting the whole (totally glamorous) shebang.  It’s sleek + sophisticated details meets gorgeous candlelight meets a breathtaking Kevin Chin gallery.  Join me there for more.

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From Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema“All love is good love” is how I describe Gabriel and Thom’s same sex wedding. Classic church wedding in an old historic San Francisco church followed by a lively reception complete with disco ball and flaggers! This wedding is so San Francisco and so in the moment!

From the Grooms… Our story started in late 2002, when our paths crossed at Crunch Fitness.  After spending a couple of month’s talking every weekday morning before leaving for work, we decided to start seeing each other outside the gym.  Even though we were raised in different countries, we soon realized we had a very similar upbringing and so much in common.  By March of 2003, we officially started dating and a true love was born.  Over the years, we had casually talked about getting married, but in October of 2011, in front of a beautiful waterfall deep inside a rain forest of Olympic National Park, we exchanged rings and officially were engaged.  At that time, we agreed that we wouldn’t get married until it was legal to do so, and with the Supreme Court rulings in June of 2013, we knew our dream could now become a reality.  Fearing changes in laws again, we legally were married on August 10th with a small group of family and friends.   Now, we are so excited to spiritually renew our vows and have the kind of celebration we have talked about for years, with all of our friends and family surrounding us. 

Our wedding celebration was a dream come true, thanks to our wedding planner aka our “Fairy Godmother”, Morgan. From our initial conversation with Morgan, she knew exactly what we wanted – a modern classic black tie wedding that was filled with whimsical elements that reflected our personality but also our love for food and wine, ultimately a fine dining experience with a splash of fun. She definitely delivered our vision and beyond.

The attention to detail in all aspects of our celebration was magical. From the four-tiered ombre hand painted wedding cake to the two thirty-two feet kings tables to the whimsical large sculptural of hanging green amaranth, Spanish moss, white orchids and teardrop shaped LED candles vases to the six course wine and paring tasting menu – our celebration was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Cake: Sweet On Cake | Calligraphy: Michelle Papineau Calligraphy | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Ceremony Venue: Swedenborgian Church | Cinematography: Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema | DJ: DJ Cams | Event Planning: Morgan Events | Floral Design: Hunt Littlefield | Invitations: Hello!Lucky | Lighting: Got Light? | Linens: La Tavola | Photography: Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema | Reception Venue: Bluxome Street Winery | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Blueprint Studios

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Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
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Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).

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Elegant San Francisco Spring Wedding

Having first met and fallen in love on NBC’s “Love in the Wild” these two cuties continued their story and only a couple years later, won their true prize and said “I do” with one sparkling soiree in San Fran. With the help of Charmed Events Group and Nancy Liu Chin Designs, they sealed the deal and Meg Perotti captured it all for us to ooh and aah over right here!

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From Charmed Events GroupThere are certain love stories that are a “forever love” that you could only imagine happening in movies and on TV, but not in real life. Samantha and Mike not only have one of these love stories, but they found love with one another, true love, on a reality TV show. They were both competitors on NBC’s season 1 of ‘Love in the Wild,’ and not only did they find love, they won the entire season and earned themselves a first class trip around the world! Samantha was a wedding planner in Southern California when she chose to join the show, and after winning the show, decided to move to San Francisco, where Mike was in commercial real estate, and the two were shortly engaged two years later.

It was important for Samantha and Mike to incorporate personal and sentimental elements of their journey to finding each other into the feel and look of their wedding. It was also important for Samantha and Mike to invite their family and friends for an elegant evening of celebration so they chose to have a black tie affair at the historic Palace Hotel in San Francisco. A sophisticated palette of charcoal, white and black was chosen to color up the day with notes of gold. Elements of glitter added texture to the day and infused a sense of fun and sparkle.

We used two main motifs in designing their wedding: a compass that represents their journey to finding love and the phrase “I Choose You,” both paying homage to their time on ‘Love in the Wild’ and where it’s taken them. Love is a choice and throughout their time on the show and through the different challenges they’ve faced on the premise of the show, they repeatedly chose each other and chose to be together no matter the obstacle.

The ceremony was held at the Sunset Court on the mezzanine level of the Palace Hotel and the decor and floral design was in an all-white, lush palette with hints of silver and gold. The idea behind the ceremony design was to create an ethereal and heavenly feel to the altar. The ceremony backdrop was draped in white with a modern white table with luxurious blooms and candles by Nancy Liu Chin.

Guests were invited to the Ralston Room for cocktails and hors ‘d’oeuvres and asked to find their seats by seeking out our Escort Wall which had individual guest cards and feathers with glitter gold tips for each guest. The feather represents that “love always finds a way” and pays homage to the couple’s love story. Upon the Bride and Groom’s entrance into cocktail hour, a live demonstration of a champagne tower was poured in celebration.

The reception was a rich and luxurious space with sparkle silver linens and adorned with decadent and lush white flowers that were perfectly matched against gold rimmed chargers. The menus at each place setting had corners dipped in gold glitter that created the perfect setting to a regal and ethereal affair. There were so many warm moments of the evening that is such a beautiful reflection of the love shared by Samantha and Mike’s family and friends. Their first dance happened on a white dance floor with their compass motif on it, serenaded by a good family friend on video as a surprise to the couple, the cousin of the bride performed a special song after dinner and the evening was complete with an custom ice cream sandwich station with cookies made by the Bride’s family. Every moment of the evening literally glistened and danced under the grand chandeliers of the Palace Hotel’s Garden Court surrounded by the sparkle reflected from the candlelight on the table. The cake topper that said “I Choose You” is the perfect way to describe Samantha and Mikes’ day, one that was sentimental in telling their love story and one that was a beautiful and luxurious experience for their guests!

DJ And Lighting: Sound In Motion | Drape And Chairs: Asma's Designs | Event Planning, Design And Stationery: Charmed Events Group | Event Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Linens: La Tavola | Officiant: Tim Mills | Photobooth: Tomfoolery | Photography: Meg Perotti | Videographer: Twisted Light Films | Wedding Venue: Palace Hotel

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Elegant San Francisco + Napa Wedding Weekend

There’s no denying that a California fetes in and of themselves are amazing, but a wedding weekend set at both San Francisco City Hall and a Napa winery? That’s next level, m’dears. Blueberry Photography tagged along for all the fun and we’re so glad they did because our galleries just got that much prettier. See it all here and make sure to enjoy the film from IQ Videography!

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From Blueberry PhotographyThis two day wedding is one for the books! Sarah and Stanley are both doctors from Canada so this was a destination wedding for them. They were married at San Francisco City Hall, one of the most gorgeous buildings in San Francisco. Sarah’s Naeem Khan dress is one of the most beautiful and intricate that we’ve seen. The following afternoon, the two held their reception at a winery in Napa. The winery is full of sculptures and other unique works of art.

Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Catering: Cliff Lede Vineyards | Ceremony Venue: San Francisco City Hall | Floral Design: The Bow Collective | Groom's Attire: Prada | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Quis | Invitations: The Bow Collective | Jewelry: Harry Winston | Photography: Blueberry Photography | Photography - Assistance: Jessica Bradley | Reception Venue: Private Napa Winery | Videography: IQ Videography | Wedding Dress: Naeem Khan

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Glamorous Blush Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco

Whenever someone asks me the kind of weddings that truly melt my heart. I sort of picture this one. Tradition with a chic, modern twist. A ballroom that screams luxury, a gown that could make even the most discerning hearts melt and sweet, whimsical details that simply bring a smile. Planned by the fabulous Charmed Events Group with images by Jasmine Lee Photography, I’m literally begging you to spend some time in the gorgeous gallery!









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From Charmed Events GroupSusanna and Johnny’s wedding at the St. Regis in San Francisco was designed with the inspiration of the magic and wonder of constellations. We chose a pale palette of whites, silvers and pinks for the wedding design and complimented the color palette with flowers…and more flowers!

Susanna donned a Vera Wang gown for her big day and walked down the aisle in Charlotte Olympia stilettos in a room that was draped in white and accented in pink. Guests were greeted with a mirror etched welcome sign as they entered the room and enjoyed celebratory music from the couple’s church.

For cocktail hour, guests were awed by the constellation inspired escort wall that was custom designed for the couple. Guests were placed in tables named after constellations and their names and the shape of the constellation were mounted to the wall to create a gallery piece.

The reception space was beautiful to boot as it was fully draped in white linens and accented with pink lighting for a romantic and ethereal feel. The luxurious and textured linens served as the perfect foundation to the diamonte chargers at each place setting with the lush floral arrangements in cremes and pinks. The clear ghost chairs were a perfect accent for this modern and galaxy inspired design.

Guests enjoyed a four course dinner followed by a beautiful cake that was created by the St. Regis that was also constellations and galaxy inspired. It was an ethereal and luxurious night in ambience and aesthetics and no expense was spared in ensuring that the guests had a great time in celebrating Susanna and Johnny!

Ceremony And Reception Venue: St. Regis San Francisco | Ceremony Chairs: Chair Divas | DJ: Spintronix | Event Design And Planning: Charmed Events Group | Event Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Floral Design: Poppy's Petalworks | Letterpress: Aerialist Press | Lighting: JL Imagination | Linens: La Tavola | Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Stationery: Charmed Events Group | Videography: Burkart Studios

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