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Have you seen this? We think it's so darn dreamy that we have to share this little snippet from our shoot with Tinywater Photography last weekend. There is a whole lot of pretty coming your way verrryyyy soon from this gem of a shoot. And we are so proud to say that we created that bouquet with our own four hands. Not bad, eh? Thanks to Caroline for making it look even better!
We know this is a biggie post, but it's definitely worth the read...trust us! We had the pleasure of acting as day of coordinators for the super amazing couple, Kate & Tom. We found this couple through a friend (thanks Abby!) and couldn't be happier to have worked with them. There were so many unforgettable moments throughout their wedding day, but our 2 faves: the ceremony band marching their guests from San Francisco City Hall across the street to the Green Room reception (the looks from random people on the street were priceless) & Kate tearing off (well more like unbuttoning) the bottom layer of her wedding dress and throwing it into the dancing crowd rockstar style. Thanks for letting us be apart of your day! xoxo!
Check out more pics by Mike Milne, by going here, then WeddingsI, then Kate & Tom.
Some words from the bride:
We wanted our wedding to be intimate, elegant, and a huge party. We didn't start with a theme, we just made decisions along the way that felt right.
It was a city wedding through and through. The ceremony was in the Rotunda at San Francisco's City Hall, one of the most grand, strikingly beautiful buildings we've ever seen, and one that happens to be two blocks from where we live. Our friend Fhay became a Deputy Marriage Commissioner for a Day and married us with an unmatchable personal touch. Our professional musician friends arranged all the music starting with upbeat Gypsy style jazz on guitar and violin as guests entered, The Beatles' "All You Need is Love" as my dad and I walked down the marble staircase (by far the part I was most nervous about), and then "All You Need Is Love" again as we said, "I Do!" and kissed, but this time with a 5-piece marching band that popped out from hiding, prompting our 180 guests to take out their kazoos, creating an echo on top of an echo that resonated throughout the room. The band then lead everyone across the street to the reception, marching band style, with a short stop for a group picture on the front steps.
The reception was in The Green Room, a second floor ballroom decked out with 30-foot high ceilings, gold and green French decor, giant chandeliers, and an 130-foot wide loggia (fancy word for balcony, so we learned) that overlooks the dome of City Hall. The flowers were a perfect array of saturated dahlias, succulents, orchids, berries, and tulips. We ate our favorite Mexican food for dinner, including chips and salsa at every table, and had Tom's favorite, strawberry shortcake for dessert.
The collaboration was key, but we have to admit, the most memorable, and hardest to put into words, is what's impossible to plan: the true love and spontaneous moments of sheer joy. Who knew everyone would be on the dance floor, going nuts, from our first dance, "San Francisco Nights" to the last dance: a blow out sing-a-long-group-hug to "With A Little Help From My Friends?" It was a rock concert with all our favorite songs, much more than a wedding band, just how we wanted it. Thankfully I had 40 buttons sewn into my dress, just above the knee, so I could remove my elegant yet bulky bottom half, and dance the night away.
vendors: Photography: Mike Milne Photography (second shooter: Andy) / Ceremony Venue: San Francisco City Hall / Reception Venue: Green Room / Ceremony music: Davey Diamonds (guitar) & Mike Fiorentino (violin) / Reception music: Phil Harmonica made up of Jeremy Black, Davey Diamonds, Jake Hall and James Tracy, email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Piano: Jeff Labis / Catering: Cater Marin; Beverages: K&L Liquor / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Flowers: Church Street Flowers / Transportation: Towncar Express (Alan) / Dress: Pastisse (bought at Jin Wang San Francisco, alterations by Jin Wang) / Invitations: White Aisle / Save-the-Dates: Wedding Paper Divas / Hair: LeAnne Cowan / Hair: Tracy Rasmussen / Day-of Wedding Coordination: sittinginatree