San Francisco weddings always have a way of leaving me speechless… and this stunning ballroom affair by Meg Perotti has literally left me grasping for words.  The fabulous florals by Chestnut & Vine, the gorgeous purple hues, the lovely paper goods by Hello! Lucky, the adorable bride and groom… I. am. in. LOVE. with every last ounce of this traditional soiree.  And don’t even get me started on the ah.mazing Julia Morgan Ballroom.  Spectacular.  Needless to say, I’ll be spending my ENTIRE day wrapped up in all of this lovely… and I seriously suggest you do the same.  Click here for more!

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From the Bride… Ben and I knew we wanted a San Francisco city wedding, with an incredibly personal ceremony and a dance party reception. We envisioned photos along the streets of Nob Hill, near our first apartment together, and throughout the Financial District where we both worked for many years. The moment we saw The Merchants Exchange and the Julia Morgan Ballroom, we knew it was the right space to bring our vision to life… A classic venue where we could incorporate a modern twist, with clean and simple lines, a balance of neutrals and warm blush tones.

We were living across the country while planning the wedding, and as someone who deals with details for a living, it was a challenge for me feeling like I could not be in control every step of the way. The biggest piece of advice I can offer any bride, but particularly those who are long-distance planning and/or serving as their own planner, is to put in the time up front to thoroughly research your vendors. Read wedding blogs and reviews, ask your venue for recommendations, talk to friends who have been married in the area – and keep in close touch with them through email, phone calls and Skype. If you do all this, you can then trust that they will contribute to something truly amazing when your big day comes around. I personally found my amazing photographer and hair/makeup stylists on Style Me Pretty; my incredible florist did one of my bridesmaid’s weddings; our rocking DJ came highly recommended by our venue, but it was a video showcase we watched that sold us on him.  And THE Dress? I came across the perfect designer for me on Yelp – Her overall aesthetic is structured, simple and chic, with a little flair.

Our wedding weekend was absolutely perfect – from a good friend serving as our officiant, to my mother reciting a poem she wrote for us in Chinese, to the dance party that lasted well into the night. While my many Excel grids and lists may have laid the foundation, I really trusted that I had picked the best vendors to be our team. On our wedding day, we did not worry about one thing. We savored every moment with our friends and family, laughing, crying and dancing, and every detail was even more beautiful than I could have imagined. The best feeling is that there is not one thing I would change.

Wedding Photography: Meg Perotti / Wedding Ceremony + Reception Location: The Julia Morgan Ballroom in The Merchants Exchange / Floral Design: Chestnut & Vine / Wedding Dress: Vwidon / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Hair + Make-up: The Makeup Dolls / Groom + Groomsmen Suits: JoS. A Bank / Ties: Brooks Brothers / Wedding Cake: Beaux Gateaux Wedding Cakes, / Catering: Union Street Catering / Wedding Videography: On Bended Knee Films / DJ: Denon & Doyle / Programs, Place Cards + Invitations: Hello! Lucky / Save the Date + Table Numbers: Photographed by Jay Tsai Photography, Designed by The Groom / Styling + Planning: Bride and Groom

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