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Romantic San Francisco Engagement Session

I’ve never been to San Francisco but I’m pretty sure I’d absolutely love it there, and these gorgeous pics by Coco Tran fully support those beliefs. She captured the love between this beautiful engaged couple, all with the stunning sights of the city surrounding them, from the Palace of Fine Arts to the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset. See each and every one of these magical moments right this way!

From Coco TranGail & Net met while studying at UCSF as international students and fell in love! Being both from Thailand, they are going to have a traditional Thai ceremony and reception in Bangkok, Thailand in November. They wanted to capture their engagement in the city they met and fell in love. Gail and Net both have impeccable style, so we chose the Palace of Fine Arts first and ended the engagement portraits at the beautiful Crissy Fields.

Photography: Coco Tran | Florist: Tango & Foxtrot | Hair & Makeup: Jane Kim | Skirt: Space 46 Boutique | Venue: San Francisco

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Intimate San Francisco Wedding

From exchanging glances to vows, these blind date darlings kept their day true to cherished cornerstones. Complete with wild Scarlett & Grace blooms incorporating the Bride’s family wheat farm, Libby Siino coordinated a celebratory commitment. Loved ones gathered at Ella Dining Room & Bar for personal vows, warm laughter, and candid Docuvitae snapshots, and you can see it here.

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From the beautiful Bride… We were strangers from opposite ends of the country, but had a quick attraction after being set up on a blind date. Stuart is from Dallas, I from Sacramento, and we both were spending our 20′s in Washington, DC. We moved to Brooklyn, started building a life together, and got engaged in one of my favorite places in the world – back home under the lemon tree in my parents’ backyard. 8 years to the day after our first date, Stuart and I got married!

From the moment I said “yes,” we knew we wanted to have a wedding that felt 100% us and true to the cornerstones we cherished. We came up with three essential elements around which to base the wedding those being: (1) non-traditional, (2) simple and focused on our love and commitment, (3) celebratory through a fun, genuine experience with only our closest friends and family.

We put a lot of effort into creating a ceremony all our own, finding amazing food, and getting a good band that would keep us dancing all night long. We had a small guest list of 75 people and chose Ella Dining Room and Bar in Sacramento for both the ceremony and reception. The restaurant not only had amazing lighting, delicious food, and impeccable service, but also a modern look that fit our style. The space is cozy and welcoming, classy and elegant all at the same time, and has a certain “special-ness” about the place. It was also big enough to create several unique spaces for the ceremony, drinks, dinner and dancing.

Next came finding my wedding gown. I went to several boutiques and tried on over 100 options, but none of the dresses felt right. I dragged a friend up and down 5th Avenue in New York, hunting for a dress that felt more like me – fashion forward, a little sexy, definitely elegant. After searching most of the designer boutiques and department stores, I finally found a dress in a style I loved, but it was black. I wasn’t daring enough to wear black, so I emailed the designer (Temperley London) and was delighted to discover they had another version of the dress in blush and gold! I accessorized with 3 bracelets, each representing important people in my life – one from my maternal grandmother, one from my paternal grandmother, and one that my father had given my mother.

Documenting the wedding was really important to us, so we spent a lot of time searching for the right documentary style photographer. We wanted someone who captured candid moments filled with loving glances, sweet kisses, and pure joy. After combing through the portfolios of several photographers, we decided on Docuvitae, truly artists of their craft. Flying our photographer Hannah from Los Angeles was one of the best decisions we made, as she was able to capture the most amazing moments that we’ll cherish forever.

Erin from Scarlett & Grace in Sacramento designed our flowers. Even though we were coasts apart during the planning process, Erin was great at working off my Pinterest board for inspiration on the styles I liked. She did a stunning job creating wild and free arrangements with my favorite flowers. She even incorporated wheat grains from my Dad’s last harvest as a farmer, making the flower arrangements more personal and special.

The event turned out to be the perfect experience. We crafted the ceremony so that his sister Carrie would officiate and my sister Stacy and several friends would speak on our love story. We wrote our own vows, and I laughed with joy at the cheesy lines Stuart incorporated from Ryan Gosling’s character in The Notebook. After the ceremony, we slipped away to enjoy a minute to ourselves with glasses of our favorite sparkling rose. Next, we headed to nearby Capital Park for a few posed photos with our families before going back to the party. The rest of the evening was magic – amazing food, yummy cocktails, warm and hilarious toasts. or our first dance, the band, Radio, played a slower, soul-filled version of The Black Key’s Everlasting Light. From there, we spent the rest of the night on the dance floor, laughing and grooving. All in all, our wedding was exactly what we wanted, and will always be the happiest day of our lives.

Photography: Docuvitae | Coordination: Libby Siino | Floral Design: Scarlett & Grace | Wedding Dress: Temperley London | Makeup: Shana Beals Makeup Artistry & Skin Studio | Hair: Tina Lusk From Zimbali Salon And Spa Zimbali | Groom's Attire: HUGO By Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Ella Dining Room & Bar

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Elegant Wedding at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel

I’m a full blown stationery freak; I notice the tiniest of details and obsess over fonts. I get giddy when an invitation suite perfectly captures the essence of a couple and their big day. Press Engaged made magic with their creations for this San Francisco multi-cultural wedding, setting the tone for a beautiful celebration. Larissa Cleveland snapped every smile and this gallery is sure to spread joy.

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From The Bride… We wanted classic San Francisco elegance and our gorgeous historical venue served it up in spades. The Palace Hotel is over 100 years old and its stunning Garden Court features high ceilings and gorgeous chandeliers, a perfect setting for our reception. We let our venue, and our beloved city, set the tone for our entire wedding. We favored classic and local elements every step of the way and delighted in selecting vendors who love our city as much as we do.

One of the important elements for us was to incorporate my husband’s Taiwanese heritage in a way that felt authentic to both of us and subtle enough not to compete with the classic San Francisco vibe we wanted to embrace. To do that, we relied on our phenomenally talented invitation designer, Press Engaged, to help us create a save-the-date that walked this line just how we wanted, featuring an illustrated San Francisco cable car with a “double happiness” Chinese symbol in the headlamp. Press Engaged also put together our bilingual wedding invitations, which included art deco font as well as red lettering and gold foil edging (red and gold being auspicious for a Chinese wedding).

For the wedding itself, our wonderful florist incorporated the red colors we wanted in a subtle way by selected a palate ranging from pinks to reds to deep wine colors. We used these same colors, as well as the orchid illustration Press Engaged created for our invitations, to create our meal place cards; different color orchids indicated different entrée selections and then our calligrapher added the guests’ names in gold. We placed hongbao (Chinese red envelopes) on the tables as our wedding favors and tucked inside lottery scratchers as well as Taiwanese coins (lovingly lugged back to the states by my in-laws) to scratch then with. And we were delighted to find Lollipop Workshop when browsing Style Me Pretty for cake topper ideas; their personalized cake toppers are adorable and perfect for a mixed race couple.

The night was a dream and we loved visiting with family and friends from around the world and watching our wedding vision come to life. The biggest hit of the evening after our rocking band was probably our dessert table. Our guests devoured the local macaroons, chocolate truffles, and s’more bites we had sourced from our favorite spots around the city. A sweet ending to a truly sweet night.

Photography: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Floral Design: Sharla Flock Designs | Wedding Dress: Jinza Couture | Catering: Palace Hotel Catering | Lighting: Got Light? | Ceremony Music: Turnaround Jazz Quartet | Bridesmaid Dress: Wtoo | Cake Topper: Lollipop Workshop | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Palace Hotel | Day Of Wedding Coordinator: LMM Events | Dessert: Chantal Guillon | Dessert: Xox Truffles | Dessert: Recchiuti Confections | Groom’s Attire: Armani | Hair + Make Up: Meaganne McCandess | Music: The Fundamentals | Table Numbers: Blue Mountain Crafts | Wedding Invitation And Paper Goods: Press Engaged

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