Ginnie + David were referred to me by a dear friend from middle school! We got to work right away with a planning meeting and site visit at Bluxome Street Winery in San Francisco. (You’re probably thinking what I was thinking-there’s a winery in downtown San Francisco? Yes! There is!) This hidden gem of a venue was a blank canvas for Ginnie and I to play with, as were the details of her reception! Sometimes a blank canvas is exciting, sometimes it’s overwhelming, but most of the time it’s the perfect combination of both.
Now, this part right here, this is my favorite part. The part where I get to know the two unique souls getting married; I mean really get to know them. The part where we dive a little deeper into what their wedding ceremony and reception means to them, how they want to convey this feeling to their family and guests, and how their story is like none other! This is my favorite part.
Without giving away to many personal details, Ginnie + David had decided on a gorgeous San Francisco City Hall ceremony with a reception the following evening. Ginnie and I had some heartfelt conversations about how to incorporate some of the elements that wouldn’t be part of a city hall wedding into their reception, and we came up with just the right amount of feel good!
Ginnie + David’s guests arrived to Bluxome Saturday evening and were welcomed into a spectacular cocktail hour! Little did they know the surprise we had in store for them! Half way through the cocktail hour, we invited everyone into the dining room for “something special”! Traditionally, the grand entrance into a reception is the introduction of wedding party followed by the newlyweds…but we decided to do things just a bit differently. When speaking with Ginnie, it was very important to find a way to include her seven best girls into the reception as her bridesmaids, so this is what we planned:
David and his two best guys casually moved to their places under the Crow’s Nest as Hawaiian music began to play. Suddenly, the doors at the far end of the room opened and one by one, Ginnie’s seven dear friends walked toward David and took their place under the Crow’s Nest too. The guests were were amazed as they witnessed Ginnie, escorted proudly by her father, walk by them all on her way to her husband. Luckily the bride’s chic and glamorous gown had only one hook to bustle, so as soon as she got to David, her maid of honor hooked her train, and they were off to their first dance surrounded by everyone they loved in the world! It was a fabulous surprise, enjoyed by all!
Another creative element to the reception was having a bridesmaids toast. I worked with the bridesmaids in advance, through email, and asked them each to select one word they feel personifies Ginnie and a quick 30 second story to go along with it. Can I be honest? This was my favorite part of the evening. As I watched the seven ladies stand together in their chic LBDs, each told the bride the word they picked and told everyone why. The emotion on Ginnie’s face was priceless, and it was a moment you will never forget.
Ginnie + David invested so much love into the planning of their reception, and the outcome was perfectly felt by all.
P.S.-the amazing Rosemary Salt favor, you guessed it, hand made by the bride! I told y’all-lots of love!
Photographer: Augie Chang | Hair and Make-up: Blush Beauty Styling | Floral Design: Absolute Elegance | Venue: Bluxome Street Winery | Catering: Culinary Eye | Signage: Bobo Design Studio |DJ: Norris Lee