Today, another beautiful and intimate wedding – just the bride, groom, and their twelve guests. Why such a small wedding? Says the bride:

Originally we wanted to have our wedding on the beach in Hawaii with our immediate family, but when it came down to planning we worried whether the older members of our family could make the trip. So we made the decision to have a wedding in Michigan in September – I grew up there and knew the scenery and atmosphere would be perfect for who we are as a couple: laid-back and casual. We also knew that all of our grandparents could make it easily.

I have to say that the entire day was a joy. Since the wedding was at sunset, we took casual family photos with Andy [Wakeman] and goofed around, then on my own time I got ready for the big moment. There wasn’t a timeline and someone pushing me to go, go, go. I was very relaxed!

My advice for other brides is that the dress is not everything and big weddings aren’t worth the debt if you can’t easily afford them. We walked away from our wedding debt free, and without feeling like we missed out on anything. And on top of it, we got to spend a whole weekend with our 12 family members – it was wonderful!

One of the greatest things about the day was that someone [not in our party] paid for our entire dinner at the Sagamore restaurant! They were completely anonymous and did such a wonderful thing. My husband and I decided that we will pay it forward in the future should the opportunity arise.

Photography: Andy Wakeman

Venue: The Inn at Bay Harbor in Bay Harbor, Michigan

Bride’s dress: Mori Lee

Groom’s suit: Banana Republic

Flowers: BLOOM Unique Floral Creations

Congratulations Dana and Zack – thank you for showing us that simple and sweet is a wonderful way to go! And thank you to Andy Wakeman for sending over these lovely photos.

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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?

    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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