You’ve picked out the perfect clutch for your maid of honor, and the sweetest necklace for your junior bridesmaid. But what about the guys? If you’re not sure what to get the best man or father of the bride, chances are you’ll find the perfect gift at Groomstars. From tie clips to poker sets, they offer a variety of luxury groomsmen gifts in a range of prices. Here, a couple of my favorite items available at Groomstars…
Though they live in Washington D.C., Courtney and Blair both grew up in California, so a San Francisco wedding made perfect sense. Says Courtney (a Snippet & Ink bride!), “We were enamored with the idea of inviting our friends to San Francisco for Labor Day weekend so they could get a chance to experience the city. With that in mind, we felt the Presidio was the perfect way to reflect San Francisco and California history.”
200 guests joined the couple to celebrate their nuptials, and Matt from Our Labor of Love captured the day beautifully…
foggy san francisco
affordable letterpress invitations
non-matching bridesmaid dresses blue
Says Courtney: One of the more difficult aspects of planning a San Francisco wedding is just how unpredictable the weather is. We chose Labor Day weekend because it tends to be one of the driest times of year. We were even more excited when the entire week was sunny and warm! But, like it does in San Francisco, the fog and wind rolled in on our wedding day. And I have to say, once we got our pictures back, I was so happy it did, because the pictures of the fog covered Golden Gate Bridge and of my bridesmaids and me being blown about in Pacific Heights are some of my favorites.
groom in a red tie
presidio post chapel san francisco
wedding with bagpipes
While we were planning the wedding, we gave a lot of thought to the reception and how beautiful and fun the whole affair would be. But the ceremony really stole the show, particularly because of the heartfelt way that our officiant performed it. Jim was my youth pastor and has remained very close to my family, and everyone kept telling me over and over how special the ceremony was. It can be hard to realize when you’re planning that, though all of the little details will make for stunning photographs, in the end the ceremony eclipses everything else.
As a surprise to Blair, his mom arranged to have a bagpiper play our recessional as we walked out of the church. I was watching his face the whole way down the aisle to see when he’d realize what was going on!
groomsmen matching red ties
red dahlias and mariachis
I think one of the great things about weddings is that sometimes the unplanned aspects can be the most special or memorable. We had arranged for a mariachi band to play for our entrance, but there was a miscommunication and they left too early. Our amazing DJ was quick on his feet and picked out the Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” for our entrance. Then, at the end of the night he played it as our last song and all the guests formed a circle around us and slowly closed in on us until we were all in a huge group hug. It definitely wasn’t planned but it was one of the most memorable moments!
garland for chairs bride and groom
first dance bride groom
I love that Courtney and Blair let their venues direct style choices, without being too theme-y. Courtney says, “We loved the mission-style architecture of the chapel and the surrounding buildings and tried to reflect its style in our invitations, music (mariachis), cuisine (our midnight snack was churros and jamon sliders), and decor. Also, I chose a dress with a lot of lace to sort of echo the Spanish feel.”
Stationery: Kathleen Designs (From the bride: “I first saw Kathleen’s own invitations on A Cup of Jo and thought they were some of the coolest invites I’d ever seen. I am so happy I contacted her because she created custom letterpress invites for us that perfectly captured the mood of the whole event and were so affordable that we ended up asking her to create menus, programs, and even thank you cards.”)
It’s always so exciting to come across a new wedding vendor or service doing beautiful things, and who I know will be doing even more amazing things with each new event. Esla Events is one such company. Not only do they plan weddings, but they’re also designers who create stylish, fun events that are unique to each couple. Esla is all about creativity, imagination, and personalization. Here’s a little taste of their work…
blue wedding menu
watercolor guest book
Whether you’ve already figured out every last detail yourself and you just need help pulling it all together the week of your wedding, or if you’re looking for someone to take your initial idea and run with it, Esla Events offers a variety of design and planning packages to choose from to make your planning experience that much easier.
san francisco wedding
Check out Esla Events’ gallery for even more fun examples of their design work and details. And when you hire them to create a totally fun and stylish wedding for you, will you send me the pictures?
A friend is getting married later this year, and she asked me to put together an inspiration board for her using some of the elements that have already been determined. They’ve picked a date (late September) and a venue (a champagne lounge with Cream City brick walls), she’s chosen shoes and bridesmaid dresses (both in royal blue), and she wanted suggestions for non-floral centerpieces. I tried to bring all of those things together in a way that made sense, resulting in what I think is a nice balance of informal and elegant, and in colors that are rich enough for an autumn event. I stuck with mostly neutrals, allowing the royal blue to really pop. Ideas for non-floral centerpieces? Pillar candles, breadstick bouquets, and giant balloons. And of course, how can you have a party at a champagne lounge without champagne? Actually, buckets of champagne would make for excellent centerpieces themselves…
Mood: casual luxury
Palette: champagne, royal blue, chocolate, cream