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Even amid her bevy of gorgeous cobalt-blue-clad bridesmaids, Julia was resplendent and all eyes inevitably centered on her. It’s not just her breathtaking classic beauty and effortless elegance – Julia exudes an incredible warmth that makes you feel like you’ve known her for years and you can’t help but be captivated by her energy. Julia and her handsome groom, Mark, are one of the warmest and most stylish young couples I’ve ever met – and while some brides and grooms may be nervous on the wedding day, they were fun and relaxed, and just really excited for the big day. Together with celebrity event planner Joannie Liss, Julia designed her classic San Francisco wedding, and every single element, from the artful details of the black-tie event to her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier dress to the smashing cocktail hour made it a sensational affair. Everyone – including the bride and groom and their wonderful, gracious family members – danced until 2 a.m., surely a sign that the grand affair was a runaway success. Here, the bride recounts how she met Mark:
“Mark and I grew up only 15 miles from each other. We have so many friends in common, have been at the same events just minutes apart from each other, yet it took us travelling over 300 miles to be introduced at one of our favorite places: Chamber’s Pier in Lake Tahoe, CA. While celebrating the 4th of July we noticed each other on first sight. Friends introduced us and from our first conversation on the pier, we were inseparable. We literally spent the entire weekend together – we had our first kiss under the fireworks on the beach, and went on our first date only one day after we returned home. Since we met we have travelled the world, spent relaxing nights at home, and long days at the office, but one thing never changed, we did it all together. Now we share one last name and are loving starting our life together.”
Event Planner: Joannie Liss | Photographer: Catherine Hall Studios | Videographer: Weddings On Film | Floral Designer: Jane’s Roses | Invitation Designer: Alpine Creative Group (bride’s design) | Cake/Desserts: Cake Coquette | Wedding Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: BCBG | Jewelry: Bride wore her mom’s family heirlooms
Every bride wants her wedding to be perfect – sometimes, however, the things that didn’t go quite as planned are often what makes each wedding unique. That’s certainly true for Katherine and Rob who exchanged their vows at the Silverado Resort last summer after a 5-year courtship. When Katherine tossed her fresh ivory bouquet, it hit a hanging lantern and landed straight on the grass instead of at the eager ladies in the wedding party – it drew a few laughs. Or, when the petulant flower girl refused to walk down the aisle – until her dad picked her up and lovingly scattered the petals for her.
Despite the quirky little challenges, the day couldn’t have ended in a more perfect fashion. After the ceremony, the bride and groom stole a private moment after the ceremony – ducking behind some trees, where Rob had a surprise in store. He had their rings engraved with the destination of their honeymoon and revealed it only on the wedding day! Here’s Katherine and Rob’s account of how they met:
“The story of how we met is ultra-geeky and seemingly scandalous. Kat was enrolled in a project-based engineering course at Stanford, and Rob was assigned to be the coach for her group (he had recently graduated but was working in the area). We discovered we had many things in common after spending a few late nights together in the SNF (that’s Stanford Nanofabrication Facility, not a coffee shop). Eventually, Kat began to notice that Rob would stop by her office a lot to “see how the project was going”, much more frequently than any other group’s coach. Likewise, Rob noticed that Kat would often call him for “advice about the project” or for help with “a car problem.” Despite the mutual attraction, we were careful to maintain a professional relationship during the course of the project (even though Rob had no say over Kat’s grade). On the last day of class (August 18, 2006), Rob asked Kat out on a date, and the rest is history :)”
Venue: Silverado Resort | Photographer: Catherine Hall | Floral Designer: Atelier Joya |
Invitation Designer: Bella Figura | Cake/Desserts: Satura Cakes | Wedding Gown Designer: Melissa Sweet | Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Priscilla of Boston | Any special jewelry: Necklace by Tiffany & Co, earrings by BCBG
It’s funny how love pulls us in different directions, but brings us together at the same time. Vicki and Jeff, who had an eclectic, fun wedding in San Francisco, is a great example of a couple who overcame all the odds of a long distance relationship. But thank heavens for technology – they met on MySpace, and countless emails, texts and phone conversations later (to be exact, four years), Jeff packed up his bags and moved to San Francisco. Here’s Vicki’s account of Jeff’s proposal:
“It was a day like any other, we cooked breakfast, worked out and cleaned. That day we found all our old love letters and finally put them together in one place. We decided to try a new restaurant that night and after a wonderful dinner we walked home. On the way home he began to tell me how much I meant to him and how much he loved me. I had no idea he was going to propose, I just thought he was getting way too mushy. We were finally at our door when I realized it was street cleaning the next morning and told him he had to move his car. After a small argument about when he should move it, he left and I waited at the door and when he came back he got down on one knee on our door step and pulled out the ring and popped the question. We joke that our proposal was very San Francisco, because only a San Franciscan would understand how important an open street parking is!”
Venue: Shakespeare Garden and The Exploratorium, San Francisco | Event Designer/Planner: Stephanie Anderson: One Fine Day Events | Photographer: Catherine Hall | Floral Designer: Sharla Flock | Invitation Designer: wedding paper divas | Cake/Desserts: Buttercream Factory | Wedding Gown Designer: Alfred Angelo | Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Made to order by two jewelry designers on Etsy.com
Wedding Coordinator, Jean Marks | Designer, Gloria Wong Design | Florist, Nancy Liu Chin | Photographer, Catherine Hall Studios | Lighting Design, John Woods of Enhanced Lighting | Cake, Perfect Endings | Catering, Wine Valley Catering | Venue, Treasure Island and Nob Hill Intercontinental Mark Hopkins | Hair & Makeup, Sherrie Long | Wedding Gown, Designed by Bride and Randy Fenoli of Kleinfeld in New York | Tuxedo, Selix Formalwear