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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.

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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 (coreynicolle@mac.com) | 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.

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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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Sausalito, California Wedding from Flory Photo

There are so many couples who appear on the screens of SMP who I wish I could call up and become their new bestie. This wedding was hosted (beautifully, I might add) by one of those couples. They just seem like loads of fun, and sweet as can be to boot – and their wedding was a perfect reflection of just that. It’s personality packed and pretty as can be, and thanks to Flory Photo we have a full gallery of fabulous to bestie up with. See it all here.

From the Bride… One of our guests came up to Ben and I after the wedding and said, “I have never been to a wedding where it was all about the guests.” That was the approach my husband and I tried to take. We wanted a space that felt like our guests were stepping into our home for dinner. A non-traditional celebration where guests could kick off their shoes and have a little fun. By the end of the evening we wanted guests to walk away and say, “That was a good party!”

The evening began with guests arriving in old school buses stocked with sombreros and loud music. Guests nibbled on popcorn that was labeled “Enjoy the Show” before the ceremony. As they pronounced “you are now husband and wife,” a New Orleans style band swarmed our guests increasing the level of excitement, while we walked back down the aisle.

Wedding Photography: Joey Flory of Flory Photo / Wedding Venue: Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California / Wedding Planning + Design: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Day of Coordination: Rebecca Pfiffner of Be Hitched, Event Planning & Design / Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs / Officiant: Reverend Timothy Mills / Catering: Katie Powers Catering + pasta by Baia Pasta / Wedding Cakes: SusieCakes / Invitations: Hello!Lucky / Stationery + Misc. Decor: Dottie Creations (popcorn bags, signs, tin cans, table numbers) / Band: Brass Monkey Brass Band / Wedding Dress: Amsale (Elle Gown) via Marina Morrison / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Siri / Jr. Bridesmaids Dresses: Lyla Dress by J.Crew / Hair: Anastasia of Atelier Emmanuel / Makeup: James of Atelier Emmanuel

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