by Leigh Miller
With it’s luscious pink details, Niki and Ben’s wedding seemed like the perfect thing to post this Valentine weekend. Anna Kuperberg was kind enough to send over these beautiful photos, and Niki shared some details about the day. She and Ben both grew up in the Bay Area, and now that they live in New York, they miss the beauty of San Francisco, and knew they wanted to have their wedding there. Niki on choosing their venue:
“We used to take long walks past the Flood Mansion and when I actually went inside it just felt like a special place where you could celebrate this once in a lifetime event. From the corner of that street is perhaps our favorite view in the city – it just felt quintessentially San Francisco.“
Says Niki, “My favorite moment was seeing Ben before the wedding – I felt so calm when I was with him. Also, right after the ceremony had ended – it felt amazing. We had so much fun the entire wedding it is hard to choose. We just loved sharing that day with the people that we loved most.“
The bridesmaids dresses are actually all the same style, just worn in several different ways.
“We really wanted everything about the wedding to be special and personal, from the ceremony down to the origami-wrapped guest book pens. We have great personal and family heritage – I am Japanese and Parsi Indian and Ben is Jewish. Though we’re not religious, culture is important to us, and we tried to incorporate all of that in a unique and modern way that felt like us.”
Niki’s aunts from Japan made 1000 paper cranes, used as decorative elements throughout the wedding, and kimono fabric was used to make table runners.
After dinner, Niki changed into a dress by Andrew Gn.
Venue: James Leary Flood Mansion, San Francisco, CA
Planning: Dream A Little Dream Events
Groom’s suit: Lanvin
Bridesmaid dresses: Butter by Nadia
Rentals: Classic Party Rental
Cake: I Dream of Cake
Congratulations Niki and Ben – wishing you all the best! Thank you for sharing your lovely wedding with us, and thank you to the talented Anna Kuperberg for sharing these gorgeous photos. It’s always such a pleasure to have Anna here on Snippet & Ink!
Is it just me, or shouldn’t romance and love (and flowers and chocolate and perfume, too!) happen year-round? I do appreciate the kitschy holiday element of February 14 – the candy hearts and doily-related crafts – but as far as love and romance, it’s no more special to me than any other day when I’m lucky enough to snuggle up with my honey and eat sweets. I love that I get to do that more than once a year! But, however you spend it, I hope it’s a very Happy Valentine’s Day! And now, some fun links for you from around the web this week…
Happy birthday to Kiss the Groom!
Love these family photos, especially the ones in the car.
Dig these save-the-dates.
Some last minute V-day card downloads.
Bubble gum + paper airplanes.
My little Q&A over at Completely Unveiled.
Have a happy weekend, y’all!
Ariella Chezar and Meg Smith have one last gorgeous shoot to share with us, and I’ve saved it for last because the bouquet is one of my favorite floral designs ever. It may seem familiar to you, either from Ariella’s portfolio, or because I’ve included it in so many inspiration boards – it’s irresistible! And the rest of these details are just as lovely…
The “bride” wears J.Crew’s Sophia dress and yellow cymbidium orchids in her hair. The “ring bearer” wears a crown of muscari.
The bouquet includes cattleya orchids, garden roses, yellow abutilon and bear claw fern foliage, and is adorned with dramatically long yellow and blue ribbons.
Sigh. I want to live inside these photo shoots… I don’t think I can convey how delightful it has been to share so much gorgeous inspiration from two of my very favorite wedding artists – and they truly are artists. It has been such an honor and a treat for me to share their work with you, and I hope you’ve found as much inspiration from these images as I have. Thank you so much to Ariella Chezar and Meg Smith – maybe they’ll stop by again in the future!
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Luxurious Blue and Yellow Wedding Flowers11 February 2010
I have the most wonderful readers, and it is so fun to get an email from one sharing her wedding with me – especially when I get to share it with the rest of you! Cristina and James were married in the small fishing village of Trinidad, where redwood trees meet the rugged Northern California coastline. Their wedding was full of thoughtful details and special moments, and they were kind enough to send some over.
Holy Trinity, an historic church built in 1873, is perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Cristina suggests buying wedding party attire just after the winter holidays – her bridesmaids’ dresses were marked down more than $100! Also, listen to her clever way of making custom letterpress invitations fit their budget: We were convinced we couldn’t afford letterpress invitations until a spark of creativity hit me when I saw this stationery desk set by Elum and discovered it could very easily be converted into a wedding suite. I used the floral cards as invitations, the faux bois cards as response cards, the gift cards/envelopes to hold our favors, and the sheets of correspondence paper as our programs. A talented friend created the type design as her wedding gift to us and we asked Egg Press to do one-color impressions on the Elum pieces – making our dream of custom letterpress invitations a reality.
Cristina’s bouquet included greenery that could root and then be planted, allowing her to have a sweet reminder of her wedding day. Says Cristina, “September 5 also happened to be the one-year anniversary of losing my beloved Nonno. I fastened a photo of him to my bouquet to honor him and keep his memory close on such an important day. He would have loved it.”
One of Cristina’s favorite parts of the day: The forecast called for rain and wind, so it was a wonderful surprise when the clouds parted and the sun came out minutes before our ceremony. The sunset that evening was fantastic. We loved that at some point, most of our guests had their shoes off and were splashing in the ocean (including us!).
Cristina sewed 100 feet of bunting flags to decorate the reception site!
Favors were keepsake buttons designed by a friend of the couple and made by Busy Beaver Buttons
For music, the couple made a playlist of musical requests that guests sent in with their response cards.
Photography: Amy Kumler
Ceremony venue: Holy Trinity Church, Trinidad, CA
Reception venue: Moonstone Beach House, Trinidad, California
Groom’s suit: Duchess Clothier
Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew
Flowers: Flora Organica
Catering: Celebrations Catering, (707) 826-1224
Cristina and James, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful day with us (and for making me even more homesick for California), and for sharing all of these clever ideas, too. Happiest wishes to you!