San Francisco Wedding by Sasha + Shannon Leahy Events
January 27, 2012
United States
San Francisco, how do I love thee. The gorgeous backdrop, the chic approach to design, the coolest of the cool people. And home to some of the prettiest weddings on the planet. Which very much includes this next make you smile, make you gush celebration. Complete with little girls all in blue, a bride that is positively glowing and a sense of cool that just IS. Photographed by Weddings by Sasha, this wedding is all love, all gorgeousness. Oh and click here to see even more fabulous pics, including a pup that will make you crack up laughing and some pretty awesome moped shots.

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From Shannon of Shannon Leahy Events... For this event, we were inspired by a color palette of turquoise and gold. The bride had elegant taste and loved sparkle so we incorporated metallic, sparkle and sequins in subtle ways that really made the decor pop. The bride handmade all the paper flowers that were on her wedding arch with glitter paper from a kit from Paper Source. We had gold glitter in baskets, which the flower girls tossed as they walked down the aisle, and gold Grecian headbands for each of the bridesmaids. Even the bride's bouquet had little berries spray-painted gold. Atelier Joya handmade all the gold pear place card holders on the dinner tables and the gold leaf wreath on the front door. The escort card display was set in sparkly gold beads in vintage glass trays to create a darling entry display, and this table was later turned over as a favor table with handmade soaps wrapped in glitter paper. The bride owns a bath shop in Pacific Heights, so gorgeous hand-milled French soap seemed especially appropriate for the favors. The bride also made the ring bearer pillow, which also fit with the color palette.

One of my favorite details was the custom DJ booth for the dancing portion of the evening. The bride is a wonderful painter, and we took a high resolution photograph of one of her abstract paintings and turned it into the light-up facade for the DJ booth. Often this detail is reserved for logos for corporate functions, but I thought it was really fun how it made the event feel personal (and served as a great backdrop for toasts).

An interesting piece of inspiration was how this wedding was structured. The bride invited about 50 guests — close family and her bridal party — to the ceremony and dinner portion of the evening. After dinner, everyone headed outside for a group photo while we cleaned the dinner tables and prepared for another 150 guests to join the bridal party for a rockin' party. We had a taco station, a noodle bar, an ice cream sundae bar (with sugared mint leaves, among other things!), some great specialty cocktails, a photo booth and fabulous tunes by DJ Goyo along with layers of heavy passed hors d'oeuvres. It was such a fun way to have an intimate wedding but still have everyone join in the celebration and worked particularly well since the majority of their guests were local.

Wedding Photography: Weddings by Sasha / Wedding Flowers: Atelier Joya / Event Planning + Design: Shannon Leahy Events / Wedding Venue: General's Residence in San Francisco, California / Catering: Living Room Events / Desserts: The Whole Cake / DJ: DJ Goyo / Paper Flowers: DIY by the Bride / Paper Flower Materials: Paper Source / Wedding Gown: Kali Lambson-Bloom of Dark Gardens / Headbands: Atelier Joya / Flower Girl Dresses: Custom, Wee Scotty / Soap Wedding Favors: Bath Sense, Owned by the Bride / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various Designers / Linens: La Tavola