Cheerful yellow bridesmaid dresses, baby’s breath bouquets, food truck catering, and a sunny day in San Francisco – Kelly and Joe’s wedding at Dogpatch Wineworks was full of bright, playful details, and photographer Caroline Yoon captured it perfectly!
The bride’s Steven Birnbaum dress was purchased at Bridal Garden, a not-for-profit bridal boutique in New York which benefits children in need.
Says Kelly, “One of my favorite moments was when Joe shared his vows with me. He’s never been one to publicly profess love or emotions, so to hear him say such thoughtful and heartfelt words to me and still make me laugh all the while was a moment I’ll never forget.”
“We tried to make the wedding as intimate and personal as possible,” says the bride. “We drew inspiration from our daily lives and wanted the wedding to really be an extension of who we are and what we love.”
Dinner was catered by GoStreatery. Signature drinks were the couple’s favorite craft beers from various places they’ve lived: Golden Road (Los Angeles), Sam Adams (Boston), Anchor Steam (San Francisco), Ommegang (New York). Table’s were named after neighborhoods with meaning to the couple.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We visited the Dogpatch area for the first time with a few friends and immediately fell in love with the neighborhood! Joe and I had just moved from New York together to San Francisco and Dogpatch reminded us so much of Brooklyn. Dogpatch Wineworks was perfect because we wanted a very intimate and DIY wedding, and the space was a blank canvas that allowed us to create our dream wedding.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I have so many! Two in particular really stand out to me… The first was when Joe said his vows (see above). The second is very near and dear to me as well: we served Bi-Rite Creamery ice cream at our wedding (which Joe and I absolutely love). We snuck away to a separate lounge area and sat there enjoying our ice cream together like it was just a normal day. It felt so simple, but was intimate and a sweet moment for us.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We got married on a Sunday. Faith and church are values and priorities that are important to us. Even though people thought we were crazy, we wanted to make sure we didn’t let go of what’s really important and still made it to church before our wedding with some of our closest friends.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. The majority of our guests were from out of town, so we wanted to give them a San Francisco experience. We had GoStreatery, an awesome food truck that uses locally grown ingredients, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Bi-Rite Ice Cream for our guests to enjoy. We also passed out a map of our favorites spots in Dogpatch so our guests could explore the neighborhood during cocktail hour.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? At our rehearsal dinner, my sister gave us the advice that the planning and everything goes by and fades so quickly so we need to enjoy every minute of what’s really important, which is the love, laughter, and union of marriage. I completely understand what she meant by those words; our wedding day just flew by, there were times I wish I could slow it all down.
What advice do you have for other brides? Have fun and look forward to not just the wedding but the marriage – it truly is the best part!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? We had a very DIY wedding, which helped us not only budget but also make our wedding more personal. Some of the things we did: collected Mason Jars to use as water glasses, clear wine bottles to use as water pitchers, mismatched vintage plates from flea markets, Salvation Army, etc. to use as dinnerware; made our own burlap aisle runner using bulk fabric; and printed out invites (designed by the best man) at Kinkos.