Restaurants may just be my new favorite wedding venue – case in point, this modern, minimalist masterpiece. At Aracely Restaurant on San Fran’s Treasure Island, overlooking the bay, we have this too sweet for words wedding captured by onelove photography. From the place settings to the stolen kisses, it’s all picture perfect. Head to our Vault for every beautiful bit!
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From the Bride… We wanted a modern wedding set in a natural environment, so that our guests would be able to unwind and enjoy themselves. We stumbled upon Aracely Cafe on Treasure Island by chance, and absolutely loved how eclectic the environment was, especially with the cityscape in the background. Our family and friends are so important to us, so picking the right venue with the right atmosphere for fun and relaxation was crucial. The venue, together with the decor, music and food were things we wanted to be true to us.
It was important for us to bring both sides of the family together (I am born and raised from SoCal, Alex in NorCal) so it was also a great opportunity for the extended family to finally meet and get together. As a nod to both family cultures, we performed a Chinese tea ceremony at the beginning of the wedding, and during the reception, I was able to incorporate a traditional Japanese obi belt into my wedding outfit.
We wanted to incorporate the venue’s natural elements and decor, with the mix of so many plants and succulents. Part of our decor were various geometric air plant holders, which we strung up as a backdrop to where we said our “I do’s”. We made all the holders by hand, and ended up giving out smaller versions to our guests as wedding favors, with mini air plants to go along with them!
My advice: try to follow a month by month checklist of all the things you want accomplished! It’s definitely challenging to plan your own wedding, but it’s so worth it in the end.
We were so happy to have been able to slip away for some photos by the bay during sunset hour. It was nice to share that moment and reflect on what had happened so far in our day.
Photography: onelove photography | Floral Design: Flowerstory | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Copenhagen Bakery | Stationery: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Catering: Aracely Cafe | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Innovations | DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Aracely Restaurant | Hair Accessories + Veil: BHLDN | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental