San Francisco City Hall will forever be one of my favorite places, and I love whenever I have the chance to share a wedding there. If you’re considering a less traditional route for your wedding, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in Amy and Michael’s celebration, from its simplicity and intimacy, to the dinner party celebration. Even their invitations were unique, preparing guests for a weekend of incredible meals: cookbooks from Bouchon (the reception location), with a note from the couple that started with:

Several months ago, over a proper English breakfast at The Wolseley in London, we decided to get hitched. Since that day, we’ve talked about what we wanted our decidedly non-traditional, hard-to-even-call-it-a-wedding wedding to be. Central to all our ideas was “the table”…and sharing a special meal with the people we love.

On with the photos!

Immediately following the civil ceremony, the culinary delights started with a rustic Italian lunch at Cotogna. The following day, the newlyweds and 43 guests enjoyed an incredible meal at Bouchon in Yountville.

Amy shared some details about the day with us…

Why did you choose these places for your wedding? We always knew we wanted to create a celebration that was intimate, non-traditional, and authentically “us.” Though we considered other locations, we decided on San Francisco and Napa Valley because we simply love where we live and play. City Hall is undoubtedly one of most beautiful buildings in San Francisco – maybe even the country. We considered Bouchon in Yountville early in our planning because it has been a special place for us for many years.

What inspired you when you were planning? From the moment we got engaged – which was at our favorite breakfast table in London – we knew we wanted to create a celebration that was centered around great food and wine, and a shared experience around the table. Over the 15+ years we’ve known each other, we’ve had the good fortune to experience many wonderful meals together, and as we recollected our favorites, we realized that they weren’t about food or place at all. They were about sharing laughter and tears, about celebrating friendship and family, and ultimately about expressing love. So the concept of celebration our wedding “around the table” was born. We wanted to create an outrageous and fun dinner party, and we wanted our guests to say, “That was one of the best meals I’ve had in my life” as they left.

What is your favorite moment from the day? It’s funny. We’ve each asked this question of one another since getting married, and we both mark the same moment as our hands-down favorite. It was during our civil ceremony – standing under the majestic and light-filled dome at San Francisco’s City Hall. There were only seven other family members present while we exchanged vows, but there could have been 700 for all we knew. We had our eyes locked on each other – totally present in that moment which will forever mark such a remarkable and important transition in our relationship.

 

Vendors

Photography: Flory Photo / Ceremony venue: San Francisco City Hall / Dinner party: Bouchon in Yountville, California / Bride’s dresses: both Lily Samii / Groom’s ceremony suit: Luigi Borrelli / Dinner suit: Sartorio / Flowers: In Water

 

See lots more photos from Amy and Michael’s “hard-to-even-call-it-a-wedding wedding” over on Joel’s blog.

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You may have seen pics from Kristine and Matt’s rock-n-roll chic wedding before, but it’s one of my favorites, and the sweet and talented Leah McCormick sent over some more great shots – nearly every single one would make for a perfect Sunday Edition. This is one stylish couple, and their wedding totally reflects their love of music and retro style. Says Kristine:

People had a tendency to look at our wedding and try and figure out the theme, which I think comes from a need to simplify and categorize things. If anything, the theme of our wedding was “Wedding.” We obviously pulled in style elements and iconic images from different eras, but I think the outcome was relevant and current.

Kristine had mod-inspired mini dresses made from lemon yellow silk for her bridesmaids.

After the ceremony, guests joined the couple at the Viceroy for a cocktail reception. Guests were invited to take home hot pink cans of Sofia Blanc de Blancs.

Kristine was sweet enough to send over some details about the day…

The hair… Needless to say, Jeremy can basically make hair defy gravity. He is amazing, so it was easy to just trust him to do his thing for the wedding hair. It was important to me to have hair that I wouldn’t have to think about or mess with at all, which eliminated wearing it down, but I also didn’t want some terrible prom updo. I also knew I didn’t want it to look totally 60’s, or 40’s… just awesome. The crazy thing is, my hair is super long, so several people thought I actually cut it.

The music… When choosing our music, I approached the wedding like a film director scoring a movie. Each song helped tell our story. I walked down the aisle to Bjork’s ‘Gerous Palmstroke,’ which lyrically really speaks about marriage to me. I felt that it captured everything I wanted to express that day about God, about the act of getting married, and about Matt. We decided that since I was choosing that song for him, he would choose the first dance song for me, which was “Downtown Train” by Tom Waits. We also had Matt’s mother and aunt lead an old Irish traditional hymn during the ceremony, “Be Thou My Vision.”

The ceremony… We really wanted a reverent wedding. No matter someone’s faith, I feel that the wedding is a sacred venture, and Matt and I wanted to acknowledge that fact, and not make it light or silly. It seems like too often couples want to relieve the weightiness of the ceremony with some comedy, instead of saving that for the reception (where perhaps your gay best friend will give your mother a lap-dance…).

 

Vendors

Photography: Leah McCormick / Ceremony venue: Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles / Reception venue: Viceroy Santa Monica in Santa Monica, California / Bride’s dress: Oscar de la Renta / Hair, makeup: Jeremy Taylor for Salon Gregorie’s / Groom’s suit: Zara / Flowers: Sarah Dethlesfsen from Floral Kitchen / Cake: Beverlywood Bakery / Music: DJ Greg Bowler of Acid Girls

Leah McCormick just posted even more great shots from this wedding!

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It’s Friday friends! Any fun plans for your weekend? After a few weeks away, this weekend I’ll be getting errands done and continuing to play catch up (sometimes it seems like I’m always playing catch up…). Maybe some time by the pool. How about you?

by One Love Photo

 

And lots of fun links for you!

Watercolor stationery is my new favorite thing.

Spaghetti fork.

Congrats to A Bryan Photo on the new site!

If I needed cheering up, an instant comfort pocket box would definitely do the trick.

Some Snippet & Ink couples were included in this CNN article!

Charming elopement – love the dress and the shots at Miette.

Write-a-Bike, via Ruby Press.

Curvy beauties in this month’s Vogue Italia.

Temporary tattoos go design-y.

Love this suite from our friend Betsy Dunlap.

Rainbow-tipped hair.

Excited for dresses by Whitney Deal!

Great nautical round-up.

Everyone loves Japanese washi tape – how about some for your walls?

Beautiful wet plate portraits.

Another romantic love story film from Sandbox Love.

Let’s Bring Back…things from times gone by.

Party book.

Looking for a cool iPhone case?

Or how about an iPhone camera button?

Every year I see pics from the Governors Island Jazz Age party and wish I could be there.

This DIY summer succulent “garden” would make for a lovely centerpiece.

What to bring to Paris, and Bastille Day in Paris, via Jordan.

 

Have a happy weekend lovelies!

 

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My husby and I came home from a dinner date last night, and all the power in our neighborhood was out. Which was kind of romantic for snuggling, but not so good for blogging (Question: When will I be able to blog from my iPhone? Just wondering.). All that is my way of apologizing for posting so late today, but I hope you’ll agree that this fun wedding was worth the wait.

Rebecca, the lovely bride, says, “I’ve always been drawn to contrasts. So for the wedding, I wanted a very soft and feminine palette, filled with springy pinks, whites, greens contrasted with more retro black and white. Pretty, soft, unfussy with a hint of edginess.” And that’s just what Bash,Please brought to life.

How cute is this little flower girl in her tutu!

The couple included a number of traditions at the wedding. Says Rebecca, “We had a Jewish ceremony which incorporated many traditions…the Chuppah, the breaking of the glass. And we also mixed in some traditions during the reception, with the Hora and the Polka.”

Don’t you love all the black and white stripes? And the chalkboard details?

Guests enjoyed two signature cocktails: “Effortlessly Chic” (champagne with raspberry puree) and “The Prestige” (rye whiskey with vermouth and lemon juice). The cake was a simple buttercream with seasonal berries.

Rebecca was sweet enough to answer some questions about the day…

Why did you choose this place for your wedding? I’ve always wanted an outdoor wedding but also adore the beautiful Art Deco feel of downtown Los Angeles. Cafe Pinot was the perfect mixture of our aesthetic tastes. Beautiful outdoor garden surrounded by the urban cityscape. It made for such a cool juxtaposition and unique wedding venue that we fell in love with immediately.

What was your favorite part of the day? Our “private” moment immediately following the ceremony. Being able to have some alone time to truly digest what just happened with the one you now call your spouse was so special and so necessary.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? What advice do you have for other brides? The best advice I received and would recommend to other brides is for you and your groom to stay together the entire night. I realize that sounds like a given, but there are many couples who separate during the reception and therefore have different experiences and recollections of the evening. I wanted to experience every moment with my husband so when we look back at that magical day, we shared everything together and have the same memories.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Everyone says that your own wedding goes by in a flash, and they could not have been more right. But what was so magical and all encompassing was the overwhelming sentiment of love and support that filled the event. It’s a bit surreal having your closest family and friends together in the same space celebrating you, but looking around at all of our guests filled us sheer delight and glee, because if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be the people, the couple, that we are today.

 

Vendors

Photography: Raya Carlisle / Venue: Cafe Pinot in Los Angeles / Design, planning: Bash,Please / Bride’s dress: L’ezu Atelier / Headband: Stephanie Browne Australia / Groom’s suit, shoes: Hugo Boss / Stationery, paper: Bash,Please / Calligraphy: Plurabelle Calligraphy / Flowers: Bash,Please / Music: The Flashdance / Rentals: Town and Country, La Tavola Linen / Lighting: Dyal Productions

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