I love it when I feature a couple’s engagement session, then a year or so later their gorgeous wedding lands in my inbox as well. How fantastic is that? You can see Kelly and Patrick’s engagement session here.
The bride and groom live in Washington DC, but they wanted to tie the knot in San Francisco around the summer solstice where they and their guests could experience the beautiful city and some possible sunny weather.
Luckily that’s exactly what they got…along with these fabulous images by The Weaver House, gorgeous flowers from Fireworks & Perfume, and style for miles and miles. So much so, I had to break it up into two posts. So here’s Kelly and Patrick’s sparkly gold vintage California glam wedding part one. Be sure to see part two a little later today!
Photography: The Weaver House // Videography: Landshark // Floral Design: Fireworks & Perfume // Venue: The Headlands // Coordination: Be Hitched // Mariachi Band: Trio Sol De America // Ceremony Music: Aleron Strings // DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions // Catering: Katie Powers Catering // Cake: The Whole Cake // Desserts: Miette Bakery // Marshmallows: Guimauve Confections // Invitations: Mercurio Brothers Printing // Invitations: A Printable Press // Photobooth: Photo-matica // Hair And Make-Up: Fox & Doll // Wedding Dress: Rivini // Veil: Liancarlo // Bridal Salon: Carine’s Bridal Atelier // Sequin Hanger: Pearls And Pastries // Garter: La Gartier // Bride’s Earrings: BHLDN // Bride’s Bracelet: Rent The Runway // Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade // Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Tie: John Varvatos // Necktie to Bow Tie Conversion: Beau Ties // Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN // Bridesmaids’ Bracelets : Kate Spade // Groomsmen’s Ties: Hugo Boss // Mother-of-the-Bride Dress: DVF // Audrey Hepburn Quote: The First Snow // Custom Heartshaped Light: JunkArtGypsyz // Guestbook: Grimm // Tassel Garlands: Studio Mucci // Programs: Confetti Gray // Officiant: Rev. Peadar Dalton
From the bride:
How They Met
My husband and I met in the one of the least romantic ways possible, in a class for work, but even in that setting we were both smitten and knew life would never be the same again. A few years later, he proposed under a tree at our favorite little Virginia winery and the planning began!
Where To Have The Wedding?
My husband is from Massachusetts, I’m from California, we both live and work in Washington, DC and have friends and family scattered across the country so while it may have made sense to say our vows in a number of places, we were both excited to get married near San Francisco around the summer solstice. The date ensured we’d have a good chance for beautiful, sunny weather, but also meant we’d be dancing at our reception in broad daylight! It also happened to be the night of the “super moon” which left our guests with an amazing going-away visual as they departed our little affair by the Bay that night.
Somehow, the first decision I made in the planning process were my gold glitter Kate Spade slingbacks and the gold sheath dresses for the bridesmaids. I learned along the way that attempting to plan an entire wedding around these accents may have made life more difficult than it needed to be when it came to choosing the venue, my dress, and other major design elements. My organza and tulle trumpet dress was ultimately the perfect dress for me, but along the way I actually felt compelled to rule out gowns I loved because they didn’t sync with the the shoes or the bridesmaids dresses – a constraint no bride needs.
Style-wise, we were torn between a glamorous mid-century affair and a rustic California Mission / Mexican destination wedding. After some brainstorming with my then-fiance, we found a way to merge the two concepts into what we half-jokingly referred to as “Vintage California Glam”. Without wanting to delve too heavily into a theme, we like to think our wedding ended up reminiscent of a swanky party from the 1960s, but distressed by the passage of time. This sort of “party-that-time-forgot” concept allowed us to merge the bridesmaids’ dresses, slim-fit black suits and narrow ties on the groomsmen, our vintage hobnail glass collection, vintage San Francisco postcards as table numbers along with a surprise mariachi band, local California-centric foods prepared by Katie Powers Catering, and all in one of the most beautiful locations in the world in the hills near the Golden Gate Bridge. Our signature cocktails said it all; we served both the classic French 75 and a cucumber and jalapeno margarita.
Be sure to check out part 2 featured next!
Thanks for stopping by!