One of the things I love most about weddings are the personal touches. The real meaningful details. The decisions that have purpose.
Not only does it just mean so much more, but it’s what also makes your wedding YOURS.
And that’s really the point, right? Not just to have a wedding. Not just to get married.
You want to get married in a way that feels like you. In a way that feels authentic.
Patrice and Nick’s wedding was just that.
It included not only very personal family touches, but also their loves. It had a Cali vibe that was simultaneously elegant and traditional, but also very laid back, approachable and fun.
Come and join us in the story of this meaningful California inspired San Francisco wedding.
Family is hugely important to the couple and played a big part in their wedding. So, naturally the wedding day starting with their family.
Patrice’s mom and grandma got ready with her in the morning. They helped to get her dressed and got to spend time together.
Nick spending some time with his father getting ready in the morning. Nick’s mother has passed, but she was remembered and honored in many ways. The first was with a small butterfly on Nick’s lapel.
The ceremony took place in Patrice’s family church, the impressive St. Dominic’s Catholic Church. Being both from California, the couple has a strong love for Cali which found its way through many things through out the wedding.
For the ceremony, we wanted to celebrate not only the beautiful architecture, but the outdoors. We did this by creating a garden like wedding indoors.
A traditional Catholic ceremony with Filipino traditions brought these two together with many family members participating and celebrating their union.
After the ceremony guests headed to the iconic Bentley Reserve. To help bring the outdoors in, live trees lined the columns and lush garlands decorated the tables.
The garlands included two very important family flowers, roses and orchids. These were used in conjunction with peonies, the bride’s favorite flower.
As guests entered the Bently Reserve, they found their tables named after Los Angeles studios. Patrice and Nick are TV writers and they wanted to bring that into the wedding in a subtle way.
Guest sat down and were treated to a California style surf and turf meal.
Nick changed into his signature sneakers and baseball cap for the reception as they danced their fun first dance.
A close friend of the couple made the wedding cake. They love her cakes, so it was not only was it tasty, but special.
And the rest of the evening included mini cake donuts (an SF nod) and ice cream sandwiches (a fave of the couple’s) and dancing to 90’s hip hop.
So, lovely, right?! Creating a meaningful wedding is really the way to go.
Because you can go nuts on decor. You can make things over the top. But, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t mean anything.
Weddings are all about meaning. So, they should be equally meaningful.
If you want a meaningful wedding and you need some help to make it come to life, contact us today.
Much love to the team that helped to make this California inspired San Francisco wedding possible:
- Wedding planner and designer: Yours Truly!
- Ceremony Venue: St. Dominic’s Catholic Church
- Reception Venue: Bently Reserve
- Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering
- Photographer: Sabine Scherer Photography
- DJ: Mix Different
- Florist: Violetta Flowers
- Rentals: Standard Party Rentals
- Lighting: Got Light
- Photobooth: Giggle and Riot
- Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Quis
- Bar: Best Beverage Catering
- Alcohol: Mills Wine Group
- Cake: Couple’s friend
- Transportation: Pure Luxury, Corinthian Transportation
- Stationery: Minted