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Elegant Blush + Gold Wedding at The Fairmont

This wedding photographed by U Me Us Studios is a true study in all out glamour. The kind of glamour that starts with a stunning Lazaro gown. Then layered on top there’s touches of blush and gold, gorgeous blooms by Vo Floral Design  and a backdrop like the Fairmont San Francisco which is classic as classic can be. For even more, check out the full gallery here.

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1. How did you meet and how long was the courtship?
Met through friends in SF at a dinner party, dated about 2 years.

2. Will you please share your proposal story with us?
Proposed at the Marin Headlands, Point Bonita Lighthouse to be exact… overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Then had a celebratory dinner at Chapeau! after.

3. Did you have any events prior to or after the wedding, i.e. rehearsal dinner, brunch, or other celebrations for your guests and/or bridal party? If so, please describe.
Rehearsal, rehearsal dinner at R&G Lounge, SF. Saturday Brunch, Far East Cafe, SF Chinatown.

4. Tell us why you selected your location(s) and any unique experiences you had as a result.
We like the style/ambiance of the Fairmont Hotel. It is a part of San Francisco history.

5. How did you personalize your wedding?
Made golf-ball bride and groom(cake topper), took photos and used for our own invitations(designed by Rita), designed our own table signs (places we visited over the past 2 years)

6. Tell us about your event in your own words.
We wanted a fun-filled day(week) filled with love, family, and friends. Wish it could have lasted longer!

7. What moments were most memorable?
Everything!

8. What was your vision in terms of your wedding colors, florals and decor, catering, cake, music…etc.? How did you bring everything together?
We wanted something elegant that ties in with the gorgeous ballroom at the Fairmont, so we chose whites and gold, with a hint of blush for our decor.

9. Any special gifts or favors?
A golden pad lock/key-symbolizing “forever”, and chocolates included symbolizing “sweetness”

Photography: U Me Us Studios | Videographer: Fantasy Sound Events | Floral Design: Vo Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Inticing Creations | Ceremony Venue: Fairmont San Francisco | Reception Venue: Fairmont San Francisco | Wedding Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Catering: Fairmont San Francisco | Lighting: Fantasy Sound Events | Wedding Favors: Ferrero Rocher Chocolates | Grooms Attire: Black Tie Tuxedos | Bride's Engagement & Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Ceremony Musician: The Exeter String Quartet | Groom's Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Tuxedos | MC/DJ: Fantasy Sound Events

Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Occasions are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. U Me Us Studios and JLM Couture, Inc are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Headlands Center for the Arts Wedding

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

Traditional San Francisco Wedding

San Fran and traditional weddings go hand in hand like chocolate and peanut butter, or a really great novel and a rainy weekend.  They’re just meant to be.  So take a fabulous setting like the University Club and throw in some yummy goodness from Branching Out Cakes and the planning expertise of Dream A Little Dream Events and it’s an all-out (classic) party.  See it all captured by Ken Kienow right here.

From the Bride… My husband and I got married in San Francisco, our hometown and favorite city. The feel of the whole wedding was “classic San Francisco.”

I was thrilled to get married in the same beautiful and iconic church, Grace Cathedral, as my parents had almost thirty years prior. A resident artist had strung teal blue ribbons from the ceiling of the cathedral as part of a rotating art exhibit that perfectly matched the bridesmaids’ dresses and our flowers, and managed to make that already breathtaking cathedral even more spectacular.

The reception was held in the University Club, an elegant, historic clubhouse atop Nob Hill that made you feel like you were partying in your incredibly wealthy grandfather’s mansion (if you had an incredibly wealthy grandfather with a mansion). The guest list was an international crowd, with my husband’s old Cambridge classmates flying in from places like Cyprus, London, and Scotland, and my current and former co-workers at San Francisco Ballet, from as far away as Spain, Brazil, and Hong Kong. With such a diverse crowd, not to mention the throng of professional ballerinas, we danced the night away! We even capped the night off at the Tonga Room, a famous San Francisco establishment that also happens to be a tiki bar that has a a rain storm inside every hour.

Photography: Ken Kienow | Wedding Coordinator: Dream A Little Dream Events | Wedding Dress: Bridal Image | Cake: Branching Out Cakes | Stationary: Union Street Papery | Ceremony: Grace Cathedral | Reception: University Club SF | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose | Catering: University Club | DJ: Aykut | Florals: Marcia McFee | Hair/Makeup: Lavish Hair And Makeup Studio

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