wedding

Mandy & Ted | Union Square Cable Cars & Foreign Cinema Wedding in San Francisco, CA

When Mandy and Ted were discussing their wedding plans with me in the initial stages of contacting me, they told me that they really wanted to do a first look at the cable cars on Powell Street. 

We don't mind if there are strangers and tourists in the background, they said. So we went for it, and it really couldn't have gone more smoothly.

There were so many amazing moments, from Mandy's brother officiating and accidentally uttering his girlfriend's name instead causing the everyone to erupt in laughter, to the quieter moments when Mandy and Ted admired their wedding rings upstairs after the ceremony. You can see the joy of the day from these images.

Thank you for having me be a part of your day!

What was the most memorable part of the day?
(Mandy): It's so hard to pick the most memorable part of the day! The entire day leading up to the wedding, the ceremony, and reception were all so wonderful in their own way. The part of the day that stands out the most to me is the ceremony. It really hit me when we started to line up to walk down the aisle. I stood next to my dad and the processional music started playing. There was so much build-up for this one moment, and it was finally here! My eyes started tearing up, and I looked up at my dad and I could tell how much this moment meant to him. I am so grateful that my dad was able to walk me down the aisle. I remember looking up at him just before we started to walk, seeing my mom, and then looking at Ted as I walked towards him.The entire ceremony was so touching, and it was also filled with so much laughter. My younger brother officiated the wedding, and his message resonated so much with me and everyone else. My older brothers and Ted's sister and brother-in-law were chuppah holders. My younger brother Joe did an amazing job weaving in the meaning of the chuppah, how it represented home, the support of family, and the centrality of the 2 of us in our marriage. Ted and I wrote our own vows but didn't exchange them until the ceremony. It was so funny to see how much our vows complimented each other's. I'll never forget the look of pure love on Ted's face as I read my vows. And I can't even count the number of times I laughed and had tears of joy in my eye. Ted almost ran down the aisle he was so excited to hug after we were officially made husband and wife. The entire ceremony was so incredible, that's the part that is most memorable to me.

What unique detail was the most important for you to include and why?
The food was the most important detail of the wedding. Foreign Cinema is our favorite restaurant and is in our neighborhood. We chose the venue because we know how much they care about the food they serve: from the ingredients to the creativity in how it is served. We were so amazed and happy by the food that was served from the appetizers to the main course, the deserts and the late night snacks. And so many people have commented to us about how much they appreciated and enjoyed the food. 

What came most as a surprise to you about the day?
I was most surprised by how much emotion I felt the entire weekend from seeing so many friends and family on both sides together and celebrating. I had family that I hadn't seen in years there, and I had even more family that hadn't been in the same place all together in over a decade. I don't think anyone could have prepared me - or described in words to me - how that would feel. I was so grateful for all of the love and support we felt on both sides. And I'm so happy to have all of the wonderful photos to look through. An hour felt like a second, so it's been so amazing to look through all of the photos and relive the most wonderful weekend. 

Venue: Foreign Cinema
Wedding Planner: Dreams on a Dime
Florals: The Floral Loft
DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions
Makeup: Julie Dy
Hair: Camilla Betteridge

Alex & Taylor | A Spanish Themed Villa Montalvo Wedding in Saratoga, CA

(Words from Taylor herself)

What was the most memorable part of the day?
Seeing each other for the first time during our “first look,” and getting a few minutes to be alone together before the crazy rush of the day. We’ve known each other for almost nine years, but it felt like we were seeing each other—really seeing each other—for the very first time. We were both so overcome with emotion.

Those few minutes together were the most intimate and meaningful of our entire lives.

We also decided to write personal vows, and I'm so happy we did. I will treasure the vows Alex made to me for the rest of my life—perhaps more so because they were his words, from his heart.

What unique detail was the most important for you to include and why?
It's impossible to narrow down to just one. We have three! 

- It was very important to us to display the photos of our family and loved ones who could not be there. They were there in spirit with us throughout the day.
- My grandmother found her parents’ wedding invitation and engagement photo from 1916, as well as the wedding topper from their cake, which we had displayed over my great-grandmother's
 gorgeous lace tablecloth. We loved incorporating these small but special pieces of family history. 
- We tried to incorporate small pieces of our personalities into the details of the day. I'm a big book nerd, and we decided to name our tables after favorite authors. Alex is a huge fan of darts (and somehow even got me into the game on our very first date!), and so our party favors were custom dart sets. Finally, we both love Spain and have visited the country several times as a couple, so we served Jamón Ibérico and other Spanish tapas, and even found an incredible flamenco guitar trio to play during the cocktail reception. It was fabulous. 

What came most as a surprise to you about the day?
I was most surprised by how incredibly fast the day went by! After a year of planning, the day was over before we knew it! I wish we could live it all over again, a hundred times over!

Venue: Villa Montalvo
Wedding Planner: Events by Satra
Caterer: La Bocca Fina
Music: Daniel Fries Music
Band: Lucky Devils Band
Florist: Blossoms
Cake: Studio Cake
Hair & Makeup: Bay Area Beautiful

Lisa & Tim | Intimate San Francisco City Hall & Foreign Cinema Wedding

I've always loved San Francisco City Hall as the backdrop for the usual five person or so wedding where you wait in line alongside seven other couples for your turn to get married. 

But Lisa and Tim reserved the beautiful Mayor's Balcony on the 2nd floor, where 40 of their closest friends and family celebrated their union. After portraits, Lisa and Tim took their guests to Fort Point via a classic San Francisco trolley, then to Foreign Cinema (the Modernism West gallery) for a leisurely dinner and dancing.

Venue: Foreign Cinema (Modernism West)
Florals: Farmgirl Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Clifford Style
Trolley: Events West Tours & Travel

Melissa & Will | Harley Farms Wedding in Pescadero, CA

Melissa and Will's wedding - cheese! goats! secret garden! 

I adored the tiny touches of detail that Melissa and Will had at their Harley Farms wedding. Melissa had a goat pin, her flower girl held a screaming goat toy (that screamed all the way down the aisle), Will had his goat socks, and tiny goat figurines held guests' names at their seats. 

Harley Farms was a beautiful backdrop. A walk down their pathway led to a secret garden where Melissa and Will had their ceremony. The large barn and the fire pit outside created an orange glow for warmth and s'mores after the sun set and the evening quickly grew chilly. 

And, of course, Melissa and Will got to pet the goats on the farm!

Venue: Harley Farms
Florals: Alena Jean Design
DJ: Jackie Ciliberti / Heart of Gold DJs

Brittany & Lucas | Los Altos History Museum Wedding

This was definitely one of my favorite weddings of 2017. Not often do I come across a speech from the bride that left everyone, including me and the videographers, in awe at how powerful and passionate her words were. And not often (ever) do I come across a petting zoo for an adults only wedding!