The Mini-moon

When you can't get away right after the wedding
8 • 11 • 2011  |  Tips & Inspiration
Sometimes, heading off on your honeymoon is something that is just not possible for some of our couples immediately following their wedding. For those of you out there who are planning that awesome honeymoon a few months after the wedding, I think it is important to sneak away for a couple of days with each other, even if it is somewhere in our extended local San Francisco Bay Area. There are so many driving distance options, it makes it easy to make the getaway just as romantic as a trip to the islands. 
 
A long time favorite of mine is the town of Mendocino. Heading up Highway 1 where 128 hits the coast and Navarro Beach. You can either stay in town or rent a house for a couple days where you can get very cozy. To me it is a tranquil and a wonderful escape. Wine tasting in Anderson Valley is just about 30 minutes from the coast and a hidden gem when it comes to wonderful wineries not yet as discovered as in Napa and Sonoma. Anderson Valley Brewing Company is another fun place to visit in the area. 
About two and a half hours south of San Francisco (give or take depending if you stop to get some fresh produce along the road) is the Monterey Bay, where Carmel, Monterey and Pebble Beach are all great mini escape locations. Take your pick, but all are wonderful towns that you can easily walk around and enjoy an easy day including food, wine, and maybe some antiquing. Kathryn and I had the pleasure of staying at the Casa Palmero a couple months ago, and she is actually having her own minimoon there after her wedding this winter. It is a wonderful escape from reality and perfect for a two or three night stay after your big day.
Another option is Santa Barbara, which is about a six and a half hour drive from San Francisco. There are towns even closer along Highway 101, like San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach and the cutest town ever, Solvang. If you do happen to make it all the way down to Santa Barbara, shacking up in a lovely resort like the Bacara will truly allow you to relax and enjoy your first few days as husband and wife. You can then tour the wineries in the Santa Ynez Mountains, enjoy the beaches along their beautiful coastline, and catch a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Don't forget to take a little day trip to Summerland!
Whatever your plans are, enjoy every minute of it! If you have any other great mini-moon stories or plans, please share them, we love to hear your comments! 
 
Cheers,

  Brittani

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Wedding Website - Things To Do

Weekend Sherpa
8 • 10 • 2011  |  Tips & Inspiration
On most wedding websites provided by companies like The Knot, there are a number of great free sites to pick from to help keep your guests informed about your wedding festivities. There are also a number of predetermined tabs to help keep you organized including About Us, Ceremony, Reception, Guest Information, etc. On this last tab you can inform your guests about hotel accommodations, attire and things to do in the area.  
 
What do you do when you are getting married in a location that you are not incredibly familiar with and want to provide fun ideas for things to do for those guests traveling to celebrate with you? Those getting married in the Bay Area are in luck as we have access to a treasure trove of ideas in the form of WeekendSherpa.com. On this site you will find insiders' recommendations on the best things to do outdoors exclusive to the Bay Area. All you need to do is click on "Archived Sherpa", select the region and away you go! For those getting married in Healdsburg you can canoe on the Russian River. Headed to Napa? Why not explore wine country on a bike and then celebrate with a trip to Velo Vino. Tying the knot in San Francisco? You can always try yoga on a paddle board! The options are endless and always fun. I myself have been having fun exploring the Bay Area for years thanks to the many wonderful suggestions and I LOVE this site. So make life a little bit easier and refer your guests to these fun ideas. Suggestions for things to do in the area...check! 
 
Happy Exploring!

  Michelle

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Dauphine Press Trunk Show

Union Street Papery, SF | Aug 10
8 • 8 • 2011  |  Misc.
One of our favorite invitation designers, Dauphine Press, is holding a trunk show at Union Street Papery this Wednesday, August 10th from 5-8pm.
Here are more details: 
 
Join us for a wine & cheese reception, get an exclusive preview of the new Dauphine Press Custom Wedding Portfolio II & receive design advice & helpful tips from the design team. 
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 " 5:00 - 8:00 pm 
 
2166 Union Street, San Francisco 
 
Enjoy exclusive Dauphine Press promotions: 20 free invitation suites when you order 100 or more, complimentary note cards with any wedding stationery order, or 20% off personal stationery. 
 
~ Dauphine Press goodies will be given to our first 25 brides ~ 
 
Call Union Street Papery at 415.563.0200 for further details 
 
Cheers,

  Kathryn

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Cristal + Ryan

Terra Gallery | June 4
8 • 4 • 2011  |  Real Weddings
From my first interaction with Cristal and Ryan I knew this was going to be a wedding filled with love and laid back fun. This couple was a joy to work with and I was so impressed with how relaxed they were while planning their wedding from Long Beach. The ceremony and reception were at Terra SF in SoMa and the weather gods were smiling on this beautiful couple that day. I'm not sure if you remember but that morning it rained cats and dogs, but in true wedding fashion the clouds parted and the sun came out just as they started to take their first pictures by the Golden Gate Bridge. 
 
Terra was beautiful with the already stunning pieces of artwork that call the venue home along with the pops of color from the Chinese lanterns hung overhead. The stationary was created by the bride with the help of the fabulous team at Paper Source. Dinner by Devoted Catering was wonderful and the sweet touch of the iconic San Francisco cake topped off with a mini bride and groom with matching outfits was so much fun. Then Music Solutions Disc Jockeys started the dance party and the guests boogied the night away with the stunning San Francisco skyline in the background. 
 
Please enjoy these photos from James Hall Photography
Congratulations to Cristal & Ryan!

Venue: Terra
Caterer: Devoted Catering
Photographer: James Hall
DJay: Music Solutions DJ

Makeup & Hair: Sherrie Long
Cable Car: Coach USA
Stationary: Paper Source

  Michelle

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Wedding Advice & Planning Update

Taking a poll...
8 • 3 • 2011  |  Misc.
I can't believe I am officially less than five months from our wedding date! I have done a few more things since my last post, and I am getting excited to share more with everyone as it gets closer. The bachelorette and bridal showers have been planned and dates marked off. The invitations are being designed this week with the lovely, amazingly talented ladies at Hello Lucky, and our cake tasting is next week, that is the one my fiancee has been waiting for! 
 
Anyway, the main reason of my post was to get a poll out there on something that I am struggling with making a decision on. I obviously witness a lot of wedding photos being ruined by guests with their cameras in the way or in front of the actual photographer that the couple paid for to shoot their wedding. Because of that, there is a small part of me considering asking guests not to bring cameras to the wedding. My question is to find out what people's opinions are on this. Vendors, guests of weddings, brides, grooms, etc., I want to hear from anyone on what you think, because while I can usually make decisions very easily, this one has eluded me. 
 
I don't want to come off like a jerk asking guests to leave their cameras at home, but in a completely dark night club where our wedding is taking place, I also don't want to see our wedding images disrupted by other flashes, etc. There is also a small part of me that wants to keep it private in some way, and not have tons of pictures splattered all over Facebook the next morning. Then, I go back and say, that sounds rude, and my guests would be bummed if they couldn't have their own memories of themselves at our wedding. 
 
There was a good article written on Offbeat Bride about this very subject, which sparked my thoughts on it. Please let me know your honest thoughts on this... I am really struggling with this one! 
 
Cheers,

  Kathryn

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