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San Francisco Wedding at The James Leary Flood Mansion

This wedding is simply perfection. There is no getting around it. The stunning San Francisco setting? The picture perfect color palette? The gorgeous Bride and Groom? Every single thing captured by the talented Clane Gessel is prettiness defined, and you can see it all here.


From Clane Gessel PhotographyMark and Christie met UC Berkeley as undergraduates and fell quickly in love. After spending all of college and post years side by side, they showcased their love for each other in the Bay Area with a SF-centric wedding last year.

Their nuptials featured soft pink colors and lots of warming lighting, including a large Christmas tree in the James Leary Flood Mansion. Christie wore a beautiful lace and organza gown designed and created by Jin Wang a San Francisco based designer, paired with sparkling bow-shaped earrings. Mark and his groomsmen stole the day in their sharply tailored suits – with engraved flasks secretly stashed in each pocket. As true San Francisco Natives, Christie and Mark made sure to snap shots as bride and groom at all of the city’s most iconic locales.

Reception at The James Leary Flood Mansion with every detail thought of finished the day, with not one but two dessert bars as well as a custom four tier wedding cake by Cake Expressions. Larry Lynch and the Mob serenaded the evening beginning calm and finishing with a party!

Photography: Clane Gessel | Florist: McCalls Catering | Invitations: Letter Perfect | Ceremony Venue: St. Vincent De Pail Cathedral | Reception Venue: James L. Flood Mansion | Reception Venue: James Leary Flood Mansion | Engagement Ring: Shephard Manufacturing | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Group. Bella Bridesmaid | Lighting: Everything Audio Visual | Bridal Gown: Jin Wang | Bridal Jewelery: Penny Preville | Catering : McCalls Catering | Ceremony Site : St. Vincent De Paul Cathedral | Dance Lessons: : Arthur Murray Dance Studios | Favors : Chocolate Dream Box | Flower Girl Dresses: Dessy Group | Getting Ready Hotel: The Ritz- Carlton San Francisco | Gown Designer: Jin Wang | Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A. Bank | Honeymoon Hotel: Hilton Bora Bora | Makeup And Hair : Elizabeth Chang, Skyla Makeup Arts | Reception Entertainment : Larry Lynch And The Mob | Rentals : McCalls Catering | Videographer : Thomas Hughes Film | Wedding Cake : Cake Expressions | Wedding Coordination: Franca Aschenbrenner, Fiori De Mile | Wedding Day Stationery : Letter Perfect

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Circus Inspired Wedding at the San Francisco Exploratorium

Have I mentioned before how much I love onelove Photography? Of course I have. Probably more times than I should admit, and it’s all because they send us weddings like this designed by Robin Smith of Lyndsey Hamilton Events. You see, this is a wedding that totally bends all the rules, and I couldn’t love it more for doing so. Complete with circus performers and gorgeous styling, this gallery is the definition of fabulous. See it all here

From the Bride…James and I entertain all day in our professions, so we wanted to take a day to relax and put our feet up and be entertained ourselves. Since my ideal career would have been to join the circus, that was our first thought… Let’s fly in the circus! Contortionists, aerialist, stilts, the whole show! As entertainment was our main focus, we chose the perfect venue, the Exploratorium, so all guests could play hands on with science experiments and never be bored. Gorgeous Esther Anaya, flew in to share with us her talent of playing the electric violin to bring some live music to our ceremony as well as compliment the DJ . We met the gifted Sam Johnson on the streets of San Francisco, and he graced us with his uncanny John Mayer sounding voice as he charismatically entertained during cocktail hour and performed our first dance song. Surprisingly, even though it was very entertainment driven, I expected other parts of the wedding to take a back seat, they didn’t, we got compliments left and right that it was the best wedding food many of the guest ever had!

We started planning very eccentric, but in the end the wedding was decorated very classically. James and I are inspired by innovation and progress so the Exploratorium was a perfect setting, with charming touches like actual vintage postcards from the Panama Pacific Exposition in 1915 for our place cards, and for centerpieces we found old antiques such as gramophones, and railroad lanterns. An actual vintage typewriter I had sent from England was another vintage touch that complimented our telegram save the dates, while guest typed out their well wishes to us, hilarious honeymoon reading material by the way! Cotton Candy machines and specialty his/her Ringmaster/ Diving Doll drinks on a smoking chemistry lab bar were fun as well.

My advice:
1) Hire a wedding planner. Best decision I made. I truly had the most amazing stress free day. The day was relaxed, and so slow, I got to enjoy every single second of it and really soak it in. I sat and played the piano for hours and reflected while someone else ran around solving problems.
2) I didn’t want a videographer but my patient recommended Cloudless to us, and I figured, well we do have a very active, movement based wedding, I’ll give it a shot. Boy… amazing decision, it is a video you can relive over and over and to have moving pictures of the most amazing day, that for many couples is over in the blink of an eye, a video helps that day last forever.
3) Make choices that satisfy you and your partner. In the end, this is your day, yes of course be kind and courteous to others opinions, but choose a photographer that shares your artistic style as you’ll look at those picture for decades, choose the dress you feel stunning in, choose the people you want standing by your side, be true to the two of you and take the time to enjoy this amazing time in your lives.
4) Oh… consider doing a boudoir shot with onelove photography and presenting it to your groom as your gift, it is a fun day for you filled with pampering and feeling sexy and it is certainly something that your partner will enjoy for years to come.

Highlight of the day:To finally marry the love of my life after 10 years was the best highlight. To walk down the aisle and see his soul and face knowing with 100% of my being that I found the perfect partner for me was momentous. To have his South African family here to celebrate, to have my Hong Kong family here and our dearest and nearest to witness our commitment to each other was a dream come true. Then to celebrate afterwards at the most amazing reception was icing on the cake. We were fortunate enough to seal our wedding time with a honeymoon in Bora Bora, aka… heaven on this planet. If you have the chance to ever get there in this lifetime, you will be the luckiest most grateful person ever! I thank everyone who participated in creating the most remarkable memories for me and James.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Videography: Cloudless Weddings | Event Design: Robin Smith Of Lyndsey Hamilton Events | Flowers: Sharla Flock Designs | Stationery: Royal Steamline | Jewelry: Family Heirlooms Or Etsy | Caterer: Knight's Catering | Lighting: Got Light | DJ: DJ Stan Loh | Groom's Attire: Astor And Black | Officiant: Reverend Tim Mills | Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: Alfred Sung | Dress Designer: Amy Kuschel Bride | Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo | Thi Nail Spa: Www.thi | Venue: Exploratorium

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Romantic Garden Inspired Wedding

Lay your eyes on this beautiful day captured by Allyson Wiley Photography and you’ll experience a lot of emotions, all of which happily fall in the uber-elated range.  I guess that’s what happens when Main St. FloragardensL’Relyea Events and two seriously adorable sweeties team up for a day of al fresco romance… pure, unadulterated awesomeness.  Get your smile on in the full gallery.

From Lindsey Relyea of l’Relyea Events… Kim and Eric had dated for nine years and the common theme you would hear from all of their guests was “it was about time!” Their love for one another was infectious and I instantly fell in love with these two. Not only are they genuinely the nicest two people, but it is heart warming how caring they are for one another and all of their friends and family. As a dog lover myself, I LOVED their sweet little pup and her wreathe…. and the surprise doggie groom’s cake was to die for. They had envisioned a romantic garden-inspired wedding at Saint Vincent’s. After a sweet mass honored Kim’s mother, guests retreated to the courtyard adorned with twinkle lights and lush floral garlands. In combination with the soft neutral color palate you couldn’t help but to believe you were in a romantic fairytale. The night flowed on with tender toasts, handwritten wishes for the couple, and topped it off with a cigar and bourbon bar. A private lounge with oversized sofa and chairs provided attendees a place to retreat and relax. Guests bid Kim and Eric a farewell as they lined the candle-lit walkways with streamer wands to send the couple off in style as newlyweds.

Photographer: Allyson Wiley Photography | Event Planning: Lindsey Relyea - L'Relyea Events | Florist: Marcia Maffei, Main St. Floragardens | Wedding Cake: Perfect Endings | Caterer: Insalada’s | Lighting: Lux Lighting Design | Ceremony Music: Marin String Quartet | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Saint Vincent School For Boys | Cinema: Ashley Maddox, Missionary Films | Lounge: Blueprint Studios | Reception Music: DJ Chris Fox | Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals