It’s raining here in the Bay Area, so I thought a gray San Francisco wedding was appropriate (I was married on a gray day in San Francisco, so there’s a special place in my heart for weddings like this).
The bride and her bridesmaids all wore romantic dresses by Sarah Seven. “I also wore something old (my engagement ring was Michael’s maternal grandmother’s and my earrings were vintage), something new (my dress and shoes), something borrowed (my garter from my aunt and my mother’s tanzanite ring), and something blue (also that gorgeous tanzanite),” says Margo.
Margo’s aunt made her bouquet, along with the bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres, and reception arrangements.
Margo shares a bit about the ceremony… “Our ceremony was our favorite part of the day. Hands down! It was so personal and joyous. It really was the 20 minutes or so at the core of a beautiful day. We included a few key Jewish traditions: We were married under a chuppah, we signed our Ketubah (marriage contract), and, Michael broke glass, of course.”
Some tidbits about the day…
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We wanted to be married someplace iconically San Francisco – someplace that we could visit and enjoy for years to come as a staple in the city. We also wanted our setting to be distinctly urban. Fort Mason met these requirements, plus it is a place that we have visited over the years and, it is right on the water!
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Our major inspiration was us as a couple. That seems so simple, but we really wanted the day to feel personal, and we wanted to share the joy in our relationship with our loved ones. So, we focused on the things that we adore – photography, eating and cooking, intimate gatherings, for instance – and made those factors central to our celebration. I read numerous wedding blogs every day. Just seeing tons of weddings was useful in determining what resonated with me. I would save photos from those weddings that I liked most, then Michael and I would review those together and use them as a kind of road map to guide our choices and help us decide where we could add personal touches, or put our unique spin on another couple’s ideas.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Last I checked, our wedding cost approximately 2/3 the price of an average wedding in San Francisco of the same size. We did absolutely everything that we could ourselves, and we shopped tirelessly for affordable resources. This kept our spending down, but we put a ton of time into the planning process, so know that saving money might mean more time spent on something. Also, we found that it was easy to stay on budget when it came to the big things, and that it was the little odds and ends that cost us. When you are down to the decorative specifics, decide which details are worth the money. What will you really delight in on the day?
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Often, I felt like wedding planning was a total slog. But, at the end of the day, I don’t hesitate to say that it was 110% worth it! Michael and I had our dream “urban modern meets vintage, art opening inspired, quintessentially San Francisco” wedding, the memories of which will be a gift for the rest of our lives together.
Photography: Jon Rivera / Venue: Firehouse at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco / Bride’s dress: Sarah Seven / Bride’s shoes: Melissa / Veil: Jade Rose Designs / Bridesmaid dresses: Sarah Seven / Groom’s attire: Brooks Brothers
PS – Margo is selling her lovely dress on Craigslist, so if you’re in the Bay Area and love it, check out the listing right here!