I’ve been a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the 1920s era for as long as I can remember. That time period just fascinates me. So this wedding inspired by two of my favorite things executed in such a way I can almost hear the jazz band playing and the champagne bottles pop? Well, it’s basically my heaven. It’s theme wedding done oh-so-well, and thanks to Michele Beckwith you can see it all here.
From Michele Beckwith…Jen and Dan met through mutual friends at a party in the mission district of San Francisco. Throughout their years of dating and friendship, the couple had many fond memories of times spent in the city by the bay. They are both locals and reside in the Marina district, therefore San Francisco was a natural choice to celebrate their big day.
To showcase their beautiful city, the couple wanted to pick a venue close to their neighborhood. Influenced by her love of F. Scott Fitzgerald books, the fabric of her current garment bag line (JenDarling Bags) and her engagement ring, a Gatsby inspired wedding with a modern twist was a natural choice. The historic General’s Residence at Fort Mason was an ideal location. With its lush green lawns, rich history and spectacular bay views, they knew it would be the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening reception.
Jen and her bridesmaids spent the morning getting ready at the classically beautiful Huntington Hotel. It is the same hotel where the couple went for celebratory drinks the night they got engaged. Ironically enough, they had been out earlier that evening attending a friend’s 1920′s themed soiree.
The bride looked stunning in her flowing Pronovias gown. She choose a cathedral length veil by Jin Wang to complete her 1920′s look. Later in the evening she donned a chic feather headpiece from Twigs & Honey. She alternated between beaded Valentino heels and white metallic Nike Dunk’s (a favorite sneaker style of the groom). The bride designed a custom garment bag for her gown, inspired by the soft pastels of her wedding color palette. She also carried a rose gold metallic clutch of her own design. The bridesmaids wore dresses in all different soft pastel shades. She let them pick the dress style that suited them best. Each of the bridesmaids were gifted a rose gold clutch and garment bag designed by the bride’s accessories line, Jendarling. for transport and storage on the big day. Their bags were in black key greek prints and were paired with gold leather tassels.
Their parent’s requested a traditional ceremony, so the couple began their search for the perfect setting. They found the stunning St. Mark’s Church in Pacific Heights and were thrilled when they discovered the church would allow their little dog Milo to be the ring bearer. The bride’s mother made a custom ring pillow to fit on Milo’s back. In place of a collar, he wore a half wreath of flowers. The groom’s sweet little nieces, Natalie and Hannah, happily walked Milo down the aisle. The girls were adorned with head wreaths made of ivy, spray roses and eucalyptus.
While the couple took photos at the era appropriate Palace of Fine Arts, guests at the reception were greeted by a grand chandelier in the Residence’s foyer. Wedding photos of the bride’s parents, grandparents and childhood adorned the side tables. The bride was very hand’s on and designed many of the wedding details herself. She enlisted the help of Julie Forsberg of Yonder Events to create the mini milk glass wedding favors that doubled as escort cards. Each of the guest’s name were hand inscribed onto the tag in an Avant Garde manner. The tables were named after Fitzgerald novels/short stories and were marked with Julie’s meticulously hand written signs. The cocktail menu was also had lettered by Julie. It included classics like mint juleps, gentleman jays, French gimlets and a St. Germain cocktail. The napkins were imprinted with golden Fitzgerald literary quotes and were great conversation starters.
Jen and Dan tore up the dance floor to Olivia Newton John’s Magic during their first dance. The couple then cut their three-tiered cake (a simple Almond mascarpone flavor) to Florence and the Machine’s Addicted to Love. The cake topper was vintage and had originally stood atop the bride’s parents wedding cake. Ice cream cones with pistachio, chocolate and vanilla flavors were also served alongside for dessert.
Photography: Michele Beckwith | Floral Design: blooming vase | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: St. Mark's Church | Reception Venue: the general's residence at fort mason | Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy After 6 Collection in African Violet | Catering: Schumann's Four Season Catering | Hair: Hair by Missy | DJ: Big Fun Disc Jockeys | Favors: Beau-Coup | Grooms Attire: Black Tie Tuxedos | Coasters: Paper Source | Coordination: Gillian Shenon | Garment Bags and Clutches: Jendarling | Hand lettering and Signage: Julie Forsberg at Yonder Events | Headpiece: Twigs And Honey | Linens: La Tavola | Menus and Programs: Wedding Paper Divas | Napkins: For Your Party | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Save the Dates: Paperless Post | Veil: Jin Wang