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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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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.

Not quite done basking in the pretty?  Neither are we.  Check out this fabulous film from IQ Videography for even more inspiration. Enjoy!

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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