A bride and groom completely devoted to throwing a fabulous party for their crazy cool family and friends: now that’s a duo that I need to be friends with.  Especially when that fabulous party happens to be held at the amazing Headlands Center for the Arts and features vibrant blooms from Natalie Bowen Designs and yummy ice cream sandwiches from It’s-It (YES).  See it all captured by Ken Kienow right here.

From the Bride… When people asked me what I “envisioned” for my wedding day, I really had no idea what to say! I’ve always dreamed of marrying a man as wonderful as my husband Jon, but had never given the wedding itself a second thought. Although we started the planning process from square one, there was one requirement: we wanted it to be a fun party! Jon and I both come from families that love to dance, and having a festive, light hearted affair where our loved ones could have a great time was a priority. When the crowed started chanting in unison “One last song!” at the end of the night, I thought to myself: Mission Accomplished.

It was also important to us to keep as much of the wedding as locally-focused as possible. We love living in San Francisco, and wanted to bring a taste of that to our guests. My dress was designed and made in SF, as was Jon’s suit. The food served was organic, locally grown and seasonal, and dessert was ice cream sandwiches called It’s-Its that have been made in San Francisco since 1928! Our signature cocktail, a blackberry and lemon mojito called Black Magic, was inspired by the SF dive bar where Jon and I had our first kiss, The Black Magic Voodoo Lounge.

I fell in love with the Headlands Center for the Arts the first time I saw it online, and even more so the day we toured the space. It felt so quintessential Bay Area – beautiful scenery, a gorgeous historic building, and a little funky art thrown in too. I tried to choose soft, luxe details in dusty pinks and golds and tons of tea lights to add softness and shine to the architectural space. After spending hours discussing flowers, making decorations, and finding ways to incorporate our family heirlooms, it was such a joy to see the space on our wedding day – filled with the things and people we adore!

The biggest piece of advice that helped me when I found myself obsessing over planning minutia, was to remember why I was doing all this in the first place – to marry the person I love and celebrate with our friends and family. Although it’s easy to get carried away with wedding planning mania, really everything else is just (fun!) details.

Photography: Ken Kienow | Event Planning: Be Hitched | Flowers: Natalie Bowen Designs | Dress: Amy Kuschel | Invitations: A Visual Concept | Catering: Katie Powers Catering | DJ: Dave Tutton | Groom's Suit: Taylor Stitch, Handmade | Bride's Hair + Makeup: Red Chair Salon | Ceremony & Reception Location: Headlands Center For The Arts | Dessert: It's-It