Meaningful California Inspired San Francisco Wedding

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.

Bride and groom sharing a kiss in front of a cable car in San Francisco by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

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.

3 generations of women getting ready at a San Francisco wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

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. 

Groom and father of the groom hugging at a San Francisco destination wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
Butterfly pin in remembrance at a San Francisco wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

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.   

Garden wedding at St. Dominic's Catholic church in San Francisco by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

A traditional Catholic ceremony with Filipino traditions brought these two together with many family members participating and celebrating their union.

Unity candle at a Catholic wedding ceremony in San Francisco by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
Newlyweds just married at St. Dominic's church in San Francisco by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

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.

Bently reserve wedding reception with live trees at a San Francisco destination wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
Lush garland centerpieces and live trees at a Bently Reserve wedding in San Francisco by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

The garlands included two very important family flowers, roses and orchids. These were used in conjunction with peonies, the bride’s favorite flower.

Blush flower garlands centerpieces at an elegant San Francisco wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

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.

Escort cards and map of Los Angeles studios for a TV writer wedding at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

Guest sat down and were treated to a California style surf and turf meal.

Fun way to do surf and turf for a San Francisco wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

Nick changed into his signature sneakers and baseball cap for the reception as they danced their fun first dance.

First dance in sneakers and a cap at a San Francisco wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
First dance dip and kiss at a destination wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

A close friend of the couple made the wedding cake. They love her cakes, so it was not only was it tasty, but special.

Textured white wedding cake at a garden wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

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.

Green tea and almond cookie ice cream sandwiches for dessert at a San Francisco destination wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
Mini cake donuts for a wedding dessert by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
Dancing at a Bently Reserve wedding in San Francisco by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
Elegant indoor outdoor wedding reception party at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

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:

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