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Bay Area Wedding from Jerry Yoon Photography + Soiree by Simone Lennon + Floral Theory

I most definitely didn’t need another reason to LOVE Cavallo Point Lodge (I was already whole heartedly obsessed), but this breathtaking wedding captured by Jerry Yoon Photography just gave me one.  A serious lesson in laid back elegance from the talents of Soiree by Simone LennonFloral Theory and Erin Borges Event Design (just to name a few), it’s everything I adore about this Northern California paradise (beauty, location, style) with a stunning (+ adorable) bride and groom leading the pretty parade one amazing moment at a time.  Click here for so much more.

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From the Bride… Bob and I met in Palo Alto while working at a start-up together in the summer of 2007. He was an East Coast boy from Boston, and I had just graduated from college in Long Beach. His witty cracks and colorful word choices (among them: maybs, probs, totes) got my attention. It was on our first date that I got the inkling that Bob was different from everyone else. I asked him the usual first date questions. “So what is your favorite movie quote?” Bob’s answer really surprised me. He said “Well, I don’t actually like reciting movie quotes. I would rather be originally funny.” Upon hearing that, my brain just exploded. It was like a breath of fresh air and music to my ears. I had finally found someone who was insatiably interesting, hilarious, kind, and also loved to cook!

We got engaged the day after New Years Day of 2011. He got on one knee in our kitchen, the ring on the counter tied to the stem of a champagne glass with a white bow. And of course, I said ‘Yes!’ Neither of us wanted to plan a wedding from hundreds of miles away, so we set out to find a venue close to where we first met and still lived. Among our top priorities was finding a venue that would showcase San Francisco’s glorious views of the bay and its very iconic bridge. The majority of our guests were coming from out-of-town (my family from Southern California and his from Boston) so for many of our guests, this would be their first impression. What we found at Cavallo Point was a one-stop-shop for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, as well as an opportunity to house all our out of town guests on-site, all while providing an incredible view.

As we considered decor, it was all about finding a motif that could seamlessly blend into Cavallo Point’s existing architecture, which has a bit of a Southern-country look to it. Naturally, we also wanted to infuse the wedding with our own personalities. We’re laid-back people, and we like clean lines and natural beauty — nothing too forced or fussy. With the help of our brilliant wedding coordinator and florist, we created a design scheme that was simple, elegant, and timeless. Bob is what I would describe as “a man’s man” so we made sure not to go too overboard with frills and lace. There was a ruggedness to the outdoor cocktail area and reception space using exposed dark wood tables, rectangular wooden flower vases, and giant wine barrels. To complement that, we used white hydrangeas and peachy-pink David Austin roses, floating candles, and sheer cheesecloth runners to reflect his female counterpart (me!).

When the actual day came, we were blessed with some of the best June weather in history. Most people know that in the summer, its not uncommon for the Bay area to be covered in a thick layer of fog. The man upstairs must have been looking out for us because that day, there was not a cloud in the sky. When the chapel doors opened and I saw the perfect rows of flower petals along the aisle, the ethereal tulle backdrop, and all those faces of people I love looking back at me, I felt like maybe I had just died and this is what its like to go to heaven. It was the most surreal moment I’ve ever experienced. I really couldn’t have imagined a better day.

Wedding Photography: Jerry + Ingrid Yoon of Jerry Yoon Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, California / Wedding Design + Planning: Simone Lennon of Soiree by Simone Lennon / Floral + Event Design: Yasmin Zialcita Ali of Floral Theory / Contributing Designer: Erin Borges of Erin Borges Event Design / Wedding Cinematography: Alex Kahn of IQ Videography / Wedding Cake: Perfect Endings / Wedding Invitations: Dauphine Press / Menus + Programs: Union Street Papery / Event Rentals + Specialty Linens: Hartmann Studios / Photo Booth: Gary Sexton Photography / Photo Booth Backdrop: Allison Silber of Engaged & Inspired / Wedding Dress: Amsale via Marina Morrison Bridal Salon / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Bride’s Vintage Diamonds + Jewelry: Fourtane / Bride’s Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. / Bridal Hair + Makeup: Mikaela South of  sHe Beauty by Sarah Hyde / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

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Cavallo Point Lodge Wedding from Meg Smith Photography

Cavallo Point Lodge is one of those perfect spots in Northern California that lends itself beautifully to weddings of the effortlessly chic kind. Now add to that equation a Bride as ridiculously pretty as they come and an affair that has the feel of a relaxed, backyard party only kicked up a few trillion notches on the design scale. That spike in the design spectrum can be credited to a team of incredibly talented vendors including Kathleen Deery Design on the event and floral design side, LMM Events on the planning side and Meg Smith Photography who has the golden touch when it comes to photographing. All in all, it’s a two thumbs upper and so deserving of a long perusal. Do so right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Tim and I met at work several years ago. In our first year of dating, Tim surprised me and brought me to the opening weekend at Cavallo Point. We both loved Cavallo and it’s proximity to nature and the city. The day we got engaged to each other a few years later we went to Crissy Beach to celebrate. As we were checking out the wind surfers, we looked across the water and saw Cavallo Point. Naturally we decided we wanted to spent our first day as an engaged couple at Cavallo Point with our black lab, Tucker. We had a wonderful dinner and amazing bottle of wine. I said to Tim that night that we should get married there. As we researched options, Cavallo was always the clear choice. It was close to San Francisco where many of our friends and my family live, yet it provided an intimate and communal place for everyone to celebrate together. We also loved that our guests could stay overnight after having too much fun.

From Arianne Alizio of Kathleen Deery Design… When Aubrey Obata-Kendall stepped into our studio, we knew we were in for a treat. She possessed an old-fashioned poise, regal in her soft-spoken grace—in every sense, this bride-to-be was a breath of fresh air. Aubrey told us she fell head over heels for KDD by attending a friend’s wedding a few years prior. Upon her first consultation with Kathleen, Aubrey knew it was written in the stars. And, while her initial weekend was already booked, Aubrey insisted on changing the date of her wedding in order to continue working with KDD. Flattered? Of course. Charmed? Naturally. From here, we set sail toward what would be one of our most cherished events to date.

We let the event location narrate our first design decisions. Aubrey and her husband Tim were immediately enchanted by the unique intimacy of Cavallo Point—a remote respite just outside the city, providing a romantic landscape specific to Northern California (tall, soft grasses; mist resting on surrounding hills; weathered redwoods; vast fields extending into the Pacific; in fewer words: a dream). In gathering our visual inspirations, Aubrey shared some images of the modern paintings and fixtures that adorn her home. In her collection of large abstract canvases, strong yet fluid strokes occupy the compositions. One features a bold plain of red beneath implied clouds of cream, chartreuse and cerulean. Also in our style boards were textiles and furnishings in the likes of Jonathan Adler and Madeline Weinrib, with nods to mid-century design. Organic shapes meet contemporary geometric patterns, making confident visual statements with a sense of play. Aubrey and Tim were personally integrated into the finest of visual details. Adding to our ocean theme, we took notes from Tim’s sailing background that surfaced in graphic components of the invitation suite, ceremony programs, escort cards, and event signage. No detail was spared; we even tied delicate nautical knots in sisal cord around the name bands of each menu.

Like all fortuitous partnerships, planning the Obata-Kendall wedding was a true performance of balance and harmony. Laura McDonald of LMM Events worked in tandem with KDD and Aubrey to orchestrate the intricate planning of the weekend celebration. Laura’s signature of elegant whimsy colored the entire event, namely closing the celebration with chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven, served with shots of ice cold milk (one of Aubrey’s favorite treats). The evening concluded with destined duos and warm, simple pleasures–a match made in heaven for all involved. We couldn’t imagine a more ideal finale to a night of celestial proportion, true to their spirits and close to home.

Wedding Photography: Meg Smith Photography / Wedding Venue: Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, California / Event + Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design / Event Planning: Laura Morales McDonald of LMM Events / Wedding Stationery: Riana Alizio of Kathleen Deery Design / Music: LA Allstars via Innovative Entertainment / Furniture & Umbrellas: Urban Parlour by Kathleen Deery Design / Tent, Farm Tables + Lantern Installation: Zephyr Tents / Linens: La Tavola / Wedding Dress + Lace Bolero: Monique Lhuillier / Hair + Makeup: sHe Artists

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Sausalito Wedding at Cavallo Point Lodge

It really doesn’t get more romantic than marrying the love of your life at the very same place you had your first date. This super charming wedding is signature northern California cool and we are seriously in love with the overall prettiness of theses images captured by Myrtle and Marjoram. See all the details of their beautiful, intimate day right here.

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From the Bride… Jeff and I were set up by a dear friend of both of ours, Alison Bowe, four years ago. We were both getting out of relationships, and Alison told each of us about the other but waited over three months to make the introduction. She waited until her birthday party and had us talk with one another casually, and once we walked away, she told us both “that is the guy/girl.” When Jeff asked for my number, Alison insisted that he call and ask me out properly (no texting or random e-mails.) :) Our first date was a full moon kayak in Sausalito to the Golden Gate on one of those incredible warm nights. The rest, as they say, is history.

Cavallo Point was a special place for us because it was where our first date was. We also spend a good deal of time in Sausalito/Marin headlands and have had many date days and nights on the Cavallo Point deck and in Murray Bar. We loved the fire pits and had special H blankets to keep everyone warm at night. A very special place, very close to our heart.

Our families are very important to us and we wanted them to be a part of our special day as much as possible. We had the moms participate in the candle ceremony, and we had Jeff’s parents wedding topper (Joe and Claudia — 49 years!), as well as the story of when they first met by the cake.   

Wedding Photography: Ingrid Nelson of Myrtle and Marjoram / Wedding Venue: Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, California / Event Planning: Lisa McNichol of And Something Blue / Floral Design: Mike Stone / Officiant: Reverend Paeder Dalton of Your Ceremony Matters / Catering + Wedding Cake: Cavallo Point Lodge / Cocktail Hour Music: Les Farrington / DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions / Wedding Dress: Jinza Jin Couture Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry + Hair Piece: Jinza Jin Couture Bridal + Edna Mavis / Hair: Courtney Rae of Secret Agent Salon / Makeup: Nickolas Vidutenko / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ralph Lauren / Groom’s Attire: Hickey Freeman

Bay Area Engagement Session from Jennabeth Photography

Sailboats, champagne, California sunsets, two lovebirds who couldn’t be more adorable (or gorgeous) – this engagement session by Jennabeth Photography is basically my dream come true. And I didn’t even mention anything about the stripes and the polka dots or the sun-infused picnic. It’s all picture perfect in every single way and you can see so much more of this gorgeous shoot right here.

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From Jennabeth PhotographyHot and steamy and cute and playful all rolled into one session! The waterfronts in Sausalito and Rodeo Beach were the perfect settings for this couple. We started at Sausalito Harbor because it’s right by where they both live, and they wanted to capture that. Then we went to Rodeo Beach in Marin, and Sonya had packed a perfect picnic for them both consisting of just champagne! Sony and Mark will be tying the knot this coming winter in Mexico – lucky them! We had so much fun together — I was laughing just as much as them behind the camera because Mark kept us all so entertained!

Photography: Jennabeth Photography / Locations: Sausalito, California + Rodeo Beach, California

Sausalito Engagement Session by Delbarr Moradi Photography

Delbarr Moradi Photography always takes the most gorgeous of images whether they are highlighting a stop-your-heart wedding bash or a sweet-as-can-be engagement shoot just like today’s gem. We have a front row seat to lovely moments captured on film from forest to water-front and all the perfect wardrobe changes in between. See it all here!

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From Simone of Soirée by SimoneWhen we first talked about their engagement pictures, the couple had discussed the importance of having a California style setting as a backdrop so their out-of-town wedding guests could get excited about their travel to Carmel Valley for their wedding day. They also had wanted to somehow incorporate a nautical feel while still staying true to their lifestyle and how they met. I immediately I suggested Cavallo Point as their engagement location as its backdrop boasts the most incredible view of the Golden Gate Bridge (can’t get any more Cali than that), features a sailing harbor, is surrounded by a forest and has some seriously gorgeous historical buildings. Also, since I originally met both Matthew and Aubrey at Fourtané Jewelers, I asked the owners if they would be willing to lend some of their amazing pieces for the shoot since this couple absolutely loves vintage jewelry. They did more than that — they actually came to the shoot and styled each photo session with a complete look using some of their signature pieces. It was truly a swoon-worthy moment.

It was important to that they not only had a beautiful backdrop and jewelry for their photos, but equally we wanted the shoot to reflect them as a couple. Since they met in medical school and studying is a big part of their lifestyle, we decided to create their first look as a study session in the center of the property nestled in the gorgeous tall grass (one of Cavallo’s signature characteristics). We brought in coffee cups, vintage books, blankets and some other cute props for them to play with. Needless to say, it was a very natural atmosphere for them and they got really playful. We moved down to the pier for their second shoot, which took on a more nautical feel. We staged them on a dock overlooking the entire San Francisco Bay using the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop with a simple arrangement of blue hydrangea, a box of the famous Teuscher chocolates, a bottle of champagne and a pair of crystal flutes. It was so clear and gorgeous that day and Aubrey and Matthew looked amazing in almost every shot. This was an especially fun look since we got to play dress up and put Aubrey in a flowing blue maxi dress and diamond jewelry and watched her gorgeous red hair blow in the wind. We can’t wait to recapture the fun and create more beautiful moments during their wedding day on June 3rd at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley. Congratulations Aubrey and Matthew!

Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography / Location: Cavallo Point in Sausalito, California / Staging + Shoot Design: Simone Lennon of Soirée by Simone / Jewelry: Fourtané

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Simple California Wedding from JL Photografia

We absolutely love featuring weddings like this one in sunny California from the overly talented team of JL Photografia. We love all weddings here at the Little Black Book, but when a bride and groom work so hard to create a wedding that just feels right, we go more than a little crazy. The bride planned, designed, and created much of this affair herself, and for that, we are thoroughly impressed. You’ll love this well thought out, warm, personal day as much as we do, I’m sure of it. When you’re ready for more, visit JL’s blog.

From JL Photografia … Leigh is a graphic designer and Pablo is an architect. They are both very talented so it was not surprising to learn that all the graphics, decor, invitations, and floral arrangements were made by Leigh with some help from Pablo, of course. Their second date was at an apple orchard so the apples had a lot of significance. All the succulents used were grown in their own backyard. With the help of the fabulous people at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and their family and friends, everything came together wonderfully.

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Pablo and I met on the corner of 2nd and 4th in New York City, September 18th – a perfect New York fall day. For two years prior a mutual friend had been badgering us to meet, but both a bit wary of blind dates, we kept finding excuses to blow off our persistent friend. Thankfully, Pablo caved first. He called and suggested we meet for a cup of coffee.

Fast forward to our wedding. We had been to the Headlands Center for the Arts to visit a friend, who was in residence there, and fell in love with the space. It’s rustic austere “left-alone-ness” is breathtaking. The Center is comprised of two old officer’s barracks, built at the turn of the century and lovingly restored by the artists that came to reside in the program. We were lucky enough to have a meal that night prepared by Katie Powers and also fell in love with her food. Katie is the exclusive chef for events at the Headlands and she really does do a perfect job of it.

If I were to define a theme or an inspiration for our wedding, I would say the simple elegance of the space had the most direct influence on us. It was raw and authentic and unadorned which I think describes our love well. The ceremony was also influenced by simple beauty (save our army of five flower girls… too many eager and cute little girls to choose from). Family and friends performed readings and songs and our officiant and good friend Dan Bellm, spoke beautifully and simply about our love and history.

What more can I say that Lisa and Janet of JL Photografia have not perfectly captured? It was such a beautiful day. I know everybody says this but there really was something magical about it… it was 75 degrees and sunny (unheard of that time of year). All of our family and friends were together in one place, and we had the chance to express our vows in front of all those we cared about in such a beautiful and intimate way. My only regret is that we can’t somehow live that day over and over again.

Venue: Headlands Center for the Arts / Catering: Katie Powers Catering / Photography: JL Photografia / Floral Design: Leigh Okies Events / Event Planning & Design: Leigh Okies Events / Invitation Design: Leigh Okies Events / Cake & Desserts: Thorough Bread and Pastry / Wedding Gown: David Fielden / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Anthropologie / Groom’s Suit: Isaia