Martha Stewart Weddings | February 29
esterday was truly exciting being able to have our wedding featured in such a perfect way, and the feedback we have received has been completely overwhelming. We are so honored to have our wedding published, and if you asked me a year ago, I had said outright, there is no way this wedding gets featured. I wasn't planning or designing it for a feature, and maybe that is why it was chosen. There weren't that many details, but the details we did do had a lot of meaning behind them.
We now are able to share our rehearsal dinner which took place at Tres SF and welcome party at Public House, which went up this morning on the Martha Stewart Bride's Guide
. There are also a few images from our Pebble Beach mini-moon at the Lodge at Pebble Beach. Our rehearsal dinner was planned by Kathy Goodman from Well Rehearsed
, with photos by Flory Photo
Martha Stewart Weddings | February 2012
his will go down as the most exciting, yet terrifying post I have ever written, but I am writing this to share with you all a link to my own wedding photos. They have been graciously published on the amazing Martha Stewart Weddings Website
today, and while I'm writing this a little tinge in my stomach since I know how the internet can be very critical, as well as how personal it can be, I'm also open to sharing what our wedding weekend was all about and how it came together. I know there are many that will appreciate it being shared, as it was a winter wedding, all inside, and it was in a nightclub. It was hard for me to get inspiration while planning my wedding, I knew most of what we wanted to do, and I just stayed true to that, and tried away from anything that may come off too trendy. Trends are wonderful, but being a designer myself, I felt like I really needed to build my inspiration from within, and from my venue. I hope I don't look back in ten years saying, what was I thinking?!
We chose our vendors very carefully, and the photography and videography were extremely important to us. Kate Harrison
did such an incredible job catching all the important moments and details, and here is a link to her best of slideshow set to our first dance song, "Lights" by Journey, with some images you won't see on Martha Stewart.
Our wedding film is up as well by Sandbox Love
, and let's just say I have already watched it five times since yesterday and I still can't get enough of it. Jesse and his team rock!
I wanted to share a little bit of how my wedding came from a vision in my head, to what it turned out to be. I do want to say that designing a wedding isn't an overnight thing; it is something that builds, develops, changes and blossoms over time. There were visions I had that didn't work in reality, and then there were many that did. Having a team of creative minds also helped mold what the wedding concept turned out to be, which was a 1930's Art Deco Nightclub Wedding. There was no color, Bimbo's 365 Club's interior has red and black checkered floors, with silver stage curtains with nude mermaid statues and paintings throughout. I decided not to play against their palette, but to enhance it with charcoal grey, silver, black and white. In the end, the club looked exactly as I wanted it to; like it was the early 1930's, and our 285 guests were dressed to the 9's as if they were going to a big show. We even had our dear friend sit in the old fashioned ticket booth outside the club, and hand out "tickets" as guests arrived, which served ultimately as their escort cards.
My inspiration board started with a few old images of Bimbo's I found online, and then images I found of everything I liked from invitations, to hairstyles to rental items, I was a bookmarking fool. I let it be for a few months or so (we were engaged for a year), and then came back to it, and cleaned out the ones that didn't fit what I was doing, and then finally built a true inspiration board, as well as the one below. I feel that a true fabric board is great to take to floral, rental and invitation design meetings, as colors need to be true, and real swatches are never the same online. You can also put together little boards like this that we do for our full planning and design clients, as it can be something you keep in the binder, and can always reference as the feel you want the wedding to have.
This week I will be posting more of my personal favorite images, along with a few more details and links to every single vendor that made our wedding weekend so special. The one thing I will say is that I never had more fun in my life than I did that week, as well as the year of planning with Joe. Knowing that I had hired some of the best vendors in the business made that a possible feat. They did not have an easy task with having to get that many guests into the main room for the ceremony, and be able to flip it and have it ready for dinner within one hour (plus, have me to content with!). It goes to show when you have quality vendors, a lot more is possible. I could make design boards all day, but if the vendors can't execute your vision, it would all be for nothing. Thank goodness my own staff of Adrianna, Kristen and Brittani were there to make sure everything went perfectly.
I hope you enjoy the wedding feature on Martha Stewart
, and please feel free to leave me any questions here!
Today's Bride | Spring 2012
We wanted to share a recent feature that was in Today's Bride Magazine's new Spring 2012 issue of the lovely wedding of Leora + Adam from Fall 2010 at Mayacamas Ranch. It came out beautifully, and perfect for a season when one of the trends happening now is colorful and bright weddings!
Style Me Pretty | February 2012
t is always fun to be checking your email and receive an email from a florist that is sending out recent press they have received, only to see it is a wedding that our own Brittani planned with the bride last summer in San Francisco. The wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book Blog, and is a little close to my heart, since this is the same venue where I got married two months ago (photos are definitely coming soon!). I love that Liz was able to use color, and really played with the whimsical colors inside of this nightclub built in 1931.
The photos are by Janae Shields Photography
, with flowers by Spiral Hand Designs
. Check out the feature over on SMP's blog
Asian Art Museum | December 3
ritt and Blake are a very sweet couple that we happen to know very closely, as Britt has been a day of wedding and event assistant with us for five years. She is a beauty in every way, and on her wedding day, she truly shined. She met Blake while they both attended college at the University of San Francisco, so choosing St. Ignatius Church for their ceremony (which is on the campus), was an easy decision. Her next decision on where to have the reception was easy as well, as she had worked a wedding with me in 2010 at the Asian Art Museum and pronounced, "when I get married, I'm going to get married here!". And that she did.
It was a gorgeous Winter wedding, with deep red as the main color, with champagne and black accents. The Asian Art's clean marble backdrop was perfect for their 175 guests to enjoy a wonderful meal followed by a great night of dancing to DJ Jason Mitchell. I know for a fact, since I was a guest at this wonderful affair, while Brittani and Elise ran the day perfectly.
Enjoy these lovely images by Andrew Weeks Photography
Me and the beautiful bride