Sam & Alicia | San Francisco Wedding with Food Trucks

Happy New Year friends! About a month ago, I had lunch with photographer Nirav Patel, who told me about Sam and Alicia, and how he loved being part of their San Francisco wedding. Full of fun, creative details (like a curtain of streamers and a giant Lite-Brite inspired wedding invitation!), I thought it would be an excellent way to kick off 2012…

An air plant added a modern quirkiness to Alicia’s otherwise soft bouquet.

Say Sam and Alicia: “Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony! We spent a lot of time thinking about what we wanted to vow to each other, and it was so wonderful to stand up there together and finally say the words that held so much meaning. Also, we were really lucky to have our good friends play music as we walked
down the aisle and during happy hour.”

Instead of the usual caterer, Sam and Alicia hired three of their favorite San Francisco food trucks (Curry Up Now3 Sum Eats, and Pizza Politana) for dinner, plus a fourth for dessert: “Neither Sam nor I like cake or pie,” says Alicia, “so we opted to continue the theme with a cream puffs truck. They pulled up right next to the dance floor!”

Sam and Alicia kindly answered some questions about their wedding:

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted we wanted to have a fun party where people had the freedom to choose how to spend their night and try to limit the focus on us! We wanted people to enjoy each other, the food and the setting. As such, we opted for food trucks so people could eat when they wanted and sit where they wanted. We limited the traditions to those that were meaningful for us – speeches instead of a bouquet toss and cake cutting – so people had time to enjoy their night. We wanted a modern, colorful and sophisticated vibe but most importantly, we wanted people to relax and have fun.

Tell us about the fun giant light-up “invitation.”  We spent a long Sunday making it with the help of our friend James T. Edmondson. Starting with a piece of plywood, we projected the invitation font onto the wood and drilled little holes into the wood. Then we hot glued over 700 Christmas lights into the holes to make our names show up like a Lite-Brite. It was a lot of work but really fun!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Instead of going with one caterer, we opted to go with a few food trucks. We also bought our own liquor and hired bartenders. It required more coordination on our part but in the end saved a lot.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Let all the planning and worry go. It’s never going to go perfectly – all you can control is your reaction so just enjoy the moment.



Venue: Fort Mason Center in San Francisco / Photography: Nirav Patel / Second shooter: Gary Bradford / Bride’s dress: Nicole Miller / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s suit: Hickey Freeman / Groom’s tie: Ermenegildo Zegna / Bridesmaid dresses: BCBG / Stationery: James T. Edmondson / Flowers: Church Street Flowers / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Reception music: DJ Cyrus / Catering: food trucks from Curry Up Now3 Sum Eats, and Pizza Politana / Dessert: Pacific Puffs


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