Photos from my friend Jonathan Canlas always make my day, doubly so when they’re photos from a San Francisco wedding. So excited to share them with you today, especially with all the lovely details from Ashley and John.

Whenever anyone asks me for advice with coming up with a look for their wedding, I suggest using the venue first, then the season, to help shape the aesthetic. It’s the best way to end up with decor and details that are cohesive and make sense, and it’s exactly how Ashley and John determined a look for their wedding:

We first had our heart set on a winery wedding: we both love wine and the wine country, and thought it would make a beautiful backdrop for our wedding, but after months of looking unsuccessfully for a venue that met both our needs and our pocketbook, we realized that maybe we should broaden our search. We found The Hamilton Ballroom after researching many locations. The Hamilton Ballroom is an Art Deco hotel (since converted into condominiums) built in 1929, and we let it be our guide for the wedding’s style. The patio had an urban garden feel and the lobby and ballroom played up all the great Art Deco features. We took those two features and built upon them.

Our favorite moment was the ceremony. John and I worked together to write a couple’s letter, which we read at the end of the ceremony. It felt great to profess our commitment to each other. We were able to have the priest that baptized me, marry us. With it being Fleet Week our guests were treated to the Blue Angels buzzing the church during the ceremony.

John was very particular about the wine we served, and then I worked with Magpie Paper Works to design a surprise wine label for him, using a name John had come up with: “Both Coasts” to represent the two coasts we come from.

Katherine, our florist from Cherries, was amazing. She was able to transform the patio into a private vintage garden oasis. She used her collection of vintage pieces to hold the flowers, and sugared fruits down the center of our long tables.

I was able to use my grandmother’s topper on our cake. In addition to our red velvet wedding cake, we had a dessert bar that brought together our respective heritages: French macarons and Italian cannoli.

Ashley’s advice? Hire a wedding planner! It was so nice not to have myself or anyone in the wedding party dealing with the set-up/breakdown for the day.


See more even more of Ashley and John’s romantic Art Deco wedding in the gallery.

Photography: Jonathan Canlas / Ceremony venue: St. Patrick Catholic Church in San Francisco / Reception venue: The Hamilton Ballroom in San Francisco / Planning: Kim Yee Events / Bride’s dress: Amy Kuschel / Stationery: Betsywhite / Flowers: Cherries Flowers / Custom wine labels: Magpie Paper Works / Catering: Fork & Spoon / Rentals, linen rentals: Classic Party Rentals / La Tavola
  • Art Deco Wedding in San Francisco

    18 January 2011
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    I just finished the first week of working at my new office space with Meg and Maggie – I love it! It’s so nice to get out of the house and have a place for blogging other than my couch, especially in such a fun neighborhood. Not sure about weekend plans yet, but I think they’ll involve sleeping in and hopefully some French toast. Are you doing anything that exciting?

    {via Most Beautiful Darling}

    Some links for the end of your week!

    Such a pretty wedding.

    Wondering what to do with all that snow? How about mini snowmen?

    Love the printed pieces for this wedding from AE Planning & Design.

    Oh, Italy!

    I’d like one of these little lovelies for myself. Also good bridesmaid gifts!

    Even gray is prettier in Paris.

    Love the Valentine’s Day round-up in Lonny this month.

    Home sweet Emersonmade home!

    Chalkboard art.

    How gorgeous is this bride’s dress?

    Have a happy, happy weekend lovelies!

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    Melanie and Karen’s intimate beach wedding is a perfect example of why small and simple can be just perfect. They were married in September on the beach in the little town of Tofino, British Columbia, with nine of their closest friends and siblings there to celebrate. Melanie was kind enough to share some details from the day:

    We have always envisioned a beach wedding, something very quaint, intimate and charming. Although our 9-year relationship has had the love and support of all our family and friends, we knew that we weren’t interested in a big produced event. Having visited the beautiful beaches of Tofino previously, we knew this was the perfect location for us, so with a close-knit group of siblings, their partners and our best friends, we headed to Tofino where we rented a stunning beach house with direct beach access for the ceremony the next morning.

    For the ceremony we created an aisle in the sand with rocks found ashore and tiki torches for a little bit of ambiance. I walked down the aisle as our friends Elaine and Marife played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on their ukuleles.

    We decorated the table in a beach theme using starfish, a white driftwood garland, burlap, seashell candles and a large candle centerpiece with sand collected from the beach outside. Wicker plate chargers were also used to play up the beach theme. Wedding favors were tiny individual jars of hot chocolate for each guest to enjoy beachside as the sun set and the tide rolled out.

    This day was extra special for us as we announced at dinner for the first time that Karen and I were expecting our first child. It was a beautiful moment shared amongst us all – tears, laughter and lots of love. After dinner we all changed into more comfortable clothes and simply walked along the beach as the sun slowly set. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day!

    Photography: Krista Fox

    Venue: Chesterman Beach in Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

    Green dress: BCBGMaxAzria

    Hair / makeup: Jessica Taylor of Salty Dolls Hair Salon

    Flowers: Heather’s The Flower Shop (604) 603-4995

    Best wishes Melanie and Karen, and congratulations on your newest addition! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us. See more photos over at Melanie’s blog (Melanie is the other half of Verve Photo Co.)!

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    More pink and green today! Although this time there’s something blue in it, too…

    Sometimes a single photo can inspire an entire event, and in the case of this inspiration board, it’s the delicious peach pic from What Katie Ate. That lovely blue on the rim of the plate, the soft white linen napkin, and of course the baked peaches. Mmmm…. The romantic garden feel came next: lace wedding dress, antique cameo ring, garden roses. And though this palette works splendidly in the Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, I think it could also work for a pretty beach wedding.

    Mood: sweet garden romance
    Palette: sea foam blue, cameo peach, white linen

    Top row from left: peach dessert on blue plate from What Katie Ate, wild bouquet with pink satin ribbon from Martha Stewart Weddings, lace cap-sleeve dress by Christos, calligraphy by Maria Thomas
    Row 2: photo of pink glasses by Sylvie Gil via The Bride’s Cafe, photo from Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Henry Shoots via Style Me Pretty
    Row 3: bouquet of peach garden roses and old fashioned roses by Ariella Chezar (photo by Corbin Gurkin), linen hemstitch napkin with sage green monogram from Leontine Linens, vintage cameo ring from Morning Glory Antiques, photo of blue bridesmaid dresses by You Look Nice Today

    If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

    Board #473: Antique Peach and Blue
    Board #496: Secret Garden, Revisited
    Board #466: Have your cake…

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