Thursday, October 25, 2012

Alexandra & Brett's Wedding. San Francisco

Ceremony and reception at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.

That morning Alex walked down the hall leading into Victor’s and - just beyond the french doors - saw Brett for the first time. She approached, tearing up as she neared Brett. It was a very emotional first meeting as Brett turned to greet her. Love it when couples see each other privately before the ceremony like this and although not considered traditional at this time, I’ll bet 20 years from now, the kiddos will call this sort of thing “traditional”.

The Imperial Floor atop the St. Francis is always an impressive sight. It’s easy to see how someone could fall in love with the space. In fact, after Alex and her mother toured the St. Francis they knew this was it and canceled all their other appointments. The grand paintings and murals, dramatic lighting, drapery, ropes and tassels, french doors, decor - all remarkable. It shines, especially after dark! I mean, check out how Alex and Brett had Victor’s converted into a swanky lounge that night during the reception.

Victor’s was also the site of the ceremony. Guests filled the popular south-eastern corner to capacity and watched as Alex made her way through the doors and down the aisle escorted by her brother. Alex and Brett shared vows they had written themselves. Even one of the groomsman shed a tear.

There had been a lot going the week leading up to the wedding and, unfortunately, Alex’s father couldn’t make the trip from San Diego. Earlier in the day I noticed there was an iPad among the guests; low-and-behold, he was videoconferenced in during the reception in Alexandra’s. Now that’s an Apple endorsement if I ever saw one!

Thank you and congratulations you guys :) - loved getting to know you over the last year!

Floral Design: Montbretia
Cake: Two for Two
Makeup: Sarah Viraphanth
Hair: Pitch Hair Salon
Music: Joel Nelson


Thursday, October 04, 2012

Nicole & Jon's Wedding. San Francisco

Ceremony and reception at the University Club in San Francisco.

This was a lively bunch! You know, with some people you can just tell it’ll be a fun day. From our first dinner, to the engagement session, to the wedding day - jokes, smiles, and funny faces all the way. Their friends and family were no different. For instance, on the dancefloor that night, there was one particular person who really stood out to me. She loved the Batman mask... Good times!

It’s the view - the Club enjoys a stunning view of the Financial District from its position near the top of Nob Hill. This was one of the first things Nicole and Jon said when I asked about their choice of venue. Well, guess what? September is the perfect month to take advantage of it as the Santa Ana’s push away the fog that usually blankets the Bay on summer evenings. It remained clear throughout the day and night.

Nicole and company started across the street at the Fairmont with hair and makeup by the talented Wowpretty team. Great working with them again! The ceremony was at the Club on the top floor which featured hardwood floors, dark wood mouldings, french doors, and a large fireplace. We spent some time in the library as well which housed a vast collection of old books. Built in the early 1900’s the current building served as a private club for well-educated young men. The dark wood and assorted social rooms attest to that bygone era.

After cocktail hour, the party moved downstairs. Asiel created the beautiful florals and shiny crystal centerpieces while Nicole and Jon provided the bedazzled table numbers. Guests dined, watching the City turn from day to night when many office buildings in FiDi flip on their lights. Need something sweet, sour, or tangy? Nicole and Jon love candy so late night munchies were satisfied at the candy bar.

The folks at Big Fun always have great lighting. Lovin' that dancefloor :) Another beautiful event! Big thanks to everyone involved and to Gail at the University Club for inviting me in for a look around earlier in the year.

Event Coordination: Nicole Lisanne Weddings and Events
Floral Design: Asiel Design
Cake: SweetieCups
Hair and Makeup: Wowpretty
Music: Big Fun DJ’s