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Sausalito Wedding from Diana Maire Photography

Nothing makes me happier than sweet, romantic details mix and mingling with a fab industrial space. Well, maybe a fab industrial space with vintage stylings woven throughout, like the gorgeous gem that is the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts.  When that happens, I am a little bit more than happy… I’m ecstatic.  Especially when the adorable duo behind the day throws one of the coolest weddings I’ve ever seen with a yummy sundae bar (!) from Katie Powers Catering, vibrant blooms crafted by Green Snapdragon and amazing images captured by Diana Maire Photography.  See it all in the full gallery.

Art Venue

From Diana Maire Photography… I photographed this beautiful wedding at the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts last month. The venue is about 20 minutes north of San Francisco, and is an old military building for Fort Barry. It’s quirky and vintage looking, and fit the couple perfectly! The wedding felt like more of a get together than a traditional wedding. They omitted some of the traditional ideas of a wedding, such as a wedding party (they just had one bridesmaid and one groomsmen) a cake (they had an ice cream bar), the bouquet and garter toss (they just had dancing!). They did have lots of thoughtful and carefully laid out details that were important to them though. See description below from the bride.

From the Bride… From the beginning, we wanted our wedding to feel like us.  There were lots of details included to get there, but the first big step was finding our venue.  We were lucky enough to stumble upon the Headlands Center for the Arts a week before they were accepting reservations for 2013.  The whole place felt so special, plus it is all indoors which was an important factor for an April wedding in the Bay Area.  We loved the open kitchen in the Mess Hall, and the refinished original tin ceilings.  It was the perfect venue for us, and provided much of the inspiration for the big day.

Food is extremely important to us, and we had heard great things about the Headlands’ caterer, Katie Powers.  She and her team did not disappoint!  We worked together to craft a delicious menu featuring producers from around the Bay Area.  We also provided some homemade treats – pickled carrots, beets, fennel and green beans, to feature during the cocktail hour.  Since neither John nor I love cake, we elected to go with a make your own sundae bar with ice cream, hot fudge, and all the fixins.  Katie and the team put together a great spread! I wanted the wedding to look like an explosion of spring, and we got their with our florist, Green Snapdragon Florals.  We worked with Emily on a combination package of DIY and florist-made pieces.  Emily created our bouquets, boutonneirs, and a few key pieces, guided me on a trip to the SF Flower Mart for purchasing all of the flowers, and directed a DIY session with close family and friends the day before the wedding.  The results were amazing! They say the tone of your wedding is set by the invitations…and here I have to acknowledge my husband.  He designed the email Save the Dates and the actual invitations, and also designed custom stamps for our Return Address and escort cards.  The invites were printed at a local print shop, Mercurio Brothers, in Oakland.  John also designed all of the printed signage for the wedding, and it turned out even better than I could have imagined.

We were lucky enough to have the help of our mothers and sisters with some wedding crafts.  John’s mother made some lovely burlap banners to hang around the venue and my mom tea-dyed the escort cards and stamped them, to call out a few. The second best decision we made (after the venue) was to ask our friend Zach to officiate the wedding.  The hilarious ceremony that he wrote helped to set the tone for the entire evening, and had all the guests doubled over in laughter.  Everyone keeps asking me if I cried during the wedding, and I keep telling them that I didn’t have time between the laughs! We would not have made it through the day so flawlessly without the help of our day-of coordinator Rebecca and her assistants from Be-Hitched.  Can’t say enough good things about her! The results of all of the planning totally paid off.  The food was DELICIOUS, the place looked beautiful, and we walked around with giant smiles on our faces all day long.  It was such a treat to be surrounded by all of our loved ones for our day…we wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Photography: Diana Maire Photography  | Second Shooter: Rebecca Wilkowski | Floral Design: Green Snapdragon | Coordination:    Rebecca Pfiffner, Be Hitched, Event Planning & Design | Venue: Marin Headlands Center for the Arts | DJ + Guitar for Ceremony: Sutherland Entertainment | Catering: Katie Powers Catering | Audio/Visual: CMS Rentals | Officiant: Friend of Bride + Groom

Sausalito Wedding from Lori Paladino Photography

There are a few leading ladies in this Sausalito wedding captured by Lori Paladino Photography. One, being the glowing Bride and two, her entourage of beaaaUtiful blooms crafted by Flowergirl San Francisco along with gorgeous details to match by Be Hitched. It all makes for a celebration ripe with natural beauty in one of our favorite little spots tucked away in Northern California; the Headlands Center of the Arts. Have a look at the full gallery for so, so much more.


From the Bride…The best advice we got was from a dear friend who reminded us that we were planning for our marriage, not just a wedding. We want to build our marriage around family and community- to create a foundation of love from which to reach further out into the world. So we tried to remember that this day was not about us and what we wanted and how we thought it should be, but rather, was about the union of our lives, lives which would pale if not for all those supporting us on our journeys and which will fail without their help as we move ahead. We tried to concentrate more on making our family, friends, and guests feel welcome and special than on the cute factor. And it worked!
The creative process of working with Liz and Travis, Sue, Ira and John, Katie, Lori, Shari, Rebecca at be-hitched, and Spencer really was inspiring. Our moms each choose a reading which helped shape our ceremony. All of these visions helped create a moment that was its own creature-an effort of love by many. That being said, it was really easy to get caught up in anxiety that we weren’t attending to every detail, or that something wouldn’t look right or turn out as we’d hoped. As much inspiration as I got from awesome wedding blogs, I could also get pretty overwhelmed. The more we just surrendered to the way things were unfolding, or the way that seemed the simplest, the more beautiful things turned out and the happier we were as we planned (ie, I didn’t keep Adam awake all night with my head trips about place cards).

Our officiant Pat said something along the lines that the love from this one moment, this one day, would spill out into other people’s lives in unforeseen ways for a long time. And she was right. There was a powerful feeling of love and unity in the air the entire day and especially during the ceremony. It felt so much bigger than just me and Adam doing something that was all about us. It was a celebration of love of all kinds that we know will stay with everyone who was there for a long time.

More than any incredibly cute DIY favor we could have thought up, having this heart-set is what will make our wedding day so memorable and a touchstone when things get rough (as they will) in the years to come. We are so blessed to be surrounded by so much enthusiastic love. 

Photography: Lori Paladino Photography | Event Planning + Design: Rebecca, Be Hitched | Venue: Headlands Center of the Arts | Floral Design: Shari, Flowergirl San Francisco | Officiant: Pat Palmer | Caterer: Katie Powers Catering | Cake Artist: Comfort’s | DJ: Spencer Sutherland | Make-Up: Rebecca Horning | Hair: Amy Beno | Invitation Designer: Corey Dembitsky ( | Wedding Dress: Atelieres des Modistes | Shoes: Kate Spade | Groom’s Ring + Cuff Link Designer: Mar-Chet Jewelers | Ring Bearer Ribbons: Britex

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Bay Area Wedding from Greg Slick Photography + Be Hitched

Headlands Center for the Arts? You are definitely in the running for one of my favorite venues in the U.S. of A. Your views can’t be beat, and the couples you attract? Some of the most stylish. This couple and their gorgeous day coordinated by Be Hitched and captured by Greg Slick Photography? They give me all the more reason to fall in love with this special space. And with them. Because it’s a day that is just so perfectly imperfect – which I happen to absolutely adore. See even more here.

Art Venue

From the Bride… From the first moment we stepped onto the headlands property we knew that it was the perfect setting for our wedding. We were looking for a venue that celebrated the best of northern California, which is what we immediately recognized in the Headlands Center for the Arts. We imagined the experience of the out-of-town guests spying the beautiful bluffs on their trek over the Golden Gate Bridge as well as our savvy San Francisco crowd experiencing the hidden gem of the beautiful historic building that housed our reception.

Once we labored through the process of arranging seating, we wanted to tell our guests why we thought they’d enjoy sharing a meal with the others at their table. To convey this message, we typed (on an old fashioned typewriter, of course) little notes for each of the tables explaining their relationship to us and one another and how grateful we were to have each of them celebrating with us. Guests were shocked and very touched by this little detail. I’m so glad we made time to do it.

For our favors, we gave each guest a handled mason jar of homemade granola. Many people reported at brunch the next day that their treat didn’t make it as far as the hotel that night. Others sent us photos of wherever they ate it or where it now sits on their shelves across the US and world!

My best friend (and officiant) eloped in Paris over the summer and David and I were of the lucky few to witness their beautiful ceremony. While in France, Rachel and I wandered the streets together and happened to come upon a beautiful stationery store in the Marais neighborhood. I found the beautiful Italian stationary that we used for our escort and table cards. Luckily, I had already been in touch with a wonderful graphic artist who did our invites, Little Miss Press, who agreed to the intensive task of writing out each of the guests’ names in spectacular calligraphy script. For our Chuppah, we used an old lace tablecloth of David’s great-grandmother. We thought it would be a wonderful way for us to incorporate a gorgeous family heirloom.

One of my best friends organized a yoga class taught by our favorite SF teacher for me and the bridal party on the day before the wedding. the opportunity to take an hour to relax and clear my head was invaluable. If I hadn’t taken that moment to breathe and wrap my head around the magnitude of the events ahead, i may not have ever stopped it from spinning. David took a dip in the frigid pacific ocean with his closest friends the morning of the wedding.  He said it the perfect cleansing start to the day. If your ceremony is anything like ours, it was the product of many people’s labor and love. Don’t forget to say thank you quickly and often.

Wedding Photography: Greg Slick Photography | Wedding Venue: Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California | Wedding Coordinator: Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched | Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs | Caterer: Katie Powers Catering | Ceremony Music: Laura & Anton | DJ: Nick Challed | Wedding Invite Feather Design: David Wilson | Wedding Invitations + Calligraphy: Little Miss Press | Photo Booth: Magbooth | Sound Design: CMS | Transportation: San Francisco Minibus | Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster | Bride’s Earrings: Kathleen Whitaker | Wedding Bands: Saara Reidsema from CommitMe | Engagement Ring: Linda Lee Johnson | Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | bridesmaids’ Attire: Their Choice | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Hair: Code Salon | Makeup: Fox & Doll Makeup


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