Real Wedding: Jaime and Tim

This week, we’re so happy to share photos from Jaime and Tim’s lovely wedding at Flood Mansion in San Francisco.  Jaime and Tim were super involved in overseeing all the special details for their wedding, including creating their own special signage to be displayed throughout the venue and making 121 bags of homemade caramel corn that we handed out as guest favors (in a tiny San Francisco kitchen to boot!).  We were so impressed by how on top of everything they were when we meet them a month prior to their wedding and we knew right away that this wedding would be a wonderful reflection of them as a couple.  On the day of their wedding, not only did they make for a very handsome couple, they were both calm, confident, and patiently excited to become husband and wife.

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Jaime and Tim, we wish you a (continued) lifetime of laughter, dancing and lots of love.

Planning & Coordination: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Photography: Mark Kuroda / Venue Flood Mansion / Catering: Melons Catering / Flowers: Sharla Flock Designs / Lighting & Sound: Got Light / Ceremony/Cocktail/Dinner Music: Music To Go / Band: Pop Rocks / Invitations and Program: Hello Lucky!

Jennifer + Brandon Tie The Knot

In honor of the first week of Fall, we have the pleasure of sharing the wedding of Jennifer and Brandon. Their wedding was full of warm Fall colors, echoing the surrounding grape vines which were in the process of transitioning from shades of green to yellows, oranges and reds.

In the months following her wedding, we asked Jennifer to share the story of her relationship and wedding to Brandon. Here she shares their sweet story, as well as some helpful tips on making the most of your own special day:

There was a lot of history leading up to our big day. Brandon and I grew up together since elementary school, and share many mutual childhood friends. We even went to the high school prom together!

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We went our separate ways for college, but one day during summer break our paths crossed in our hometown Clayton, Ca.  We hung out together almost every day that summer, even before we started dating.

We dated for about three years before Brandon proposed at one of our favorite picnic spots at Rutherford Hill winery.  It was the most perfectly romantic proposal; just the two of us overlooking the valley.  We then spent the weekend visiting other wineries across the valley.

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I always knew I wanted to find a venue in the wine country, so I asked our friends, the Sherwins, of Sherwin Family Vineyards, if they had any suggestions.  They told me about Beaulieu Garden.  After seeing Beaulieu firsthand, we knew immediately that this was the spot!

We were engaged for a year and four months before we got married. We had a lot of close friends getting married that same year, so we wanted to choose a date that gave enough space between all the different events. We also liked the idea of getting married in September, as the weather is usually mild and the vines are lush with grapes.

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When the wedding day finally arrived it was absolutely beautiful. The venue was gorgeous, and the flowers were absolutely amazing! It is so wonderful to see all the details come together and look more outstanding than I could have ever imagined. It was so special to have all of our friends and family coming together to celebrate our marriage and future lives together. I was so excited to see Brandon, to be with Brandon and to start our life together. It was so exciting that the day had finally arrived.

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On the day of the wedding, I was so happy and I felt so blessed that all I could do was smile. I watch my wedding video and I laugh because on my wedding day all you can see is teeth! I am smiling from ear to ear the whole time. Brandon and I had the most incredible time at our wedding. We enjoyed ourselves and had tons of fun! We danced with our friends and family and truly enjoyed our time together. It truly was an amazing day filled with so much love and a tremendous amount of happiness.

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The best advice I could give to other brides is to take a few moments to take it all in.  For Brandon and me, our first opportunity to do so was after the formal dances and speeches. We went around the property with our photographer and took pictures of just the two of us. These were the moments during which we could view the reception and watch all of our guests dancing and having fun. It was so cool to see our wedding from a distance. It was also nice to have time for just the two of us to be alone and appreciate our special day.

It can be overwhelming when you are surrounded by all the guests. Part of you feels obligated to visit with people you haven’t seen in a long time or to thank people for coming. I think it is very important to step away with your husband for a short time to relax and take in all the special little moments. Otherwise it can seem like the day went by way too fast. So remember to have fun and enjoy every moment!

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Happy Anniversary, Jennifer and Brandon!

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Planning & Coordination: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Photography: Kate Webber Photography / Venue & Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering  / Venue: Beaulieu Garden / Flowers:  Sharla Flock Designs / Lighting & Sound: Got Light / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Videography: Weddings On Film / Printed Pieces: Union Street Papery / Calligraphy: Michelle Papineau Calligraphy / Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Eloquence String Quartet / Band: Sage Music / Cake Maker: Sweet On Cake / Toasting Flutes: Kate Spade / Transportation: Pure Luxury / Getaway Car: Classic Convertible Wine Tours / Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: Alvina Valenta / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Men’s Suits: Calvin Klein for Mens Warehouse

Questions for Stacy: Who should I invite to the rehearsal dinner?

Question:

Hi Stacy.  My fiancé and I are in the beginning stages of planning our Rehearsal Dinner. As far as guest list goes, who is typically invited?

 Answer:

Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner includes the Bride, Groom, their immediate family members and the members of their bridal party.  For many couples, this has evolved over time to include extended family and out-of-town guests.  It’s also a tradition for the Groom’s side of the family to pay for the rehearsal dinner celebrations, so the final guest count often depends on their budget for the evening.
A good solution for those couples who want to include more of their wedding guests is for them to host a welcome reception or coordinate a place for everyone to meet up after their rehearsal dinner.  That way they are able to enjoy a more intimate rehearsal dinner before meeting up with the larger group in a more casual setting.
Cheers!
Stacy
Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Click here to read our last helpful Questions for Stacy blog entry, which explains the difference between Escort Cards and Place Cards

Rehearsal Dinner Style with BB Style

Welcome back to our style series featuring Brianne Binder with BB Style! Today, we have another exciting Wedding Style guide for those of you who have been thinking about what you’ll be wearing to your Rehearsal Dinner and/or are in panic mode to find the perfect something to wear on the eve of your big day.

Have no fear, Brianne has some great styles to inspire you and get you ready for your Rehearsal Dinner; whether it’s a Beach, Garden, Wine Country or City Wedding. This is the big kick off to your wedding celebration, and you’ll be surrounded by family and dear friends. Since you’ll be the talk of the party and glowing with excitement, you’ll want to look put together with all of the attention focused on you!

Here’s a few suggestions on finding the right look that fits your style and event:

– It’s always fun to wear white or cream, to feel very bridal.  Brianne suggests adding some fun colorful jewelry or striking shoes. (glitter is always fun).

– Try a different silhouette than you would normally wear or a bold pattern that stands out.

– If you have a wedding theme, say, for example, Great Gatsby inspired, wear a dress that also goes along with the theme to get everyone excited for the details to come on the big day.

– Don’t be afraid to sparkle! Wear a dressy sequin dress in a flattering silhouette.

– You can’t go wrong with lace in any color! (Check out a couple of cute options here and here).

– Order options online so you can try them on at home and feel really good about your final decision. If you feel confident you will shine even brighter.

Have fun with it and try not to stress; everything will come together!

Rehearsal Dinner Style Board 2 _ BB Style

Beach OutfitMilly Chiffon Halter in Coral | Kate Spade Pearl Studs | Zara Clutch | J. Crew Nude Wedge

Wine Country OutfitNotte by Marchesa One Shoulder Dress | LuLu Frost by J. Crew cuff | Anthropologie Clutch | Kate Spade Sequin Bow Heels

 Garden OutfitJ. Crew Lace Dress | Kate Spade Bridal Statement Necklace | Jeweled Cuff | Tory Burch Gold Clutch | J. Crew Pave Chain Link Flats Gold

City OutfitMango Sequin Dress | LuLu Frost for J. Crew Star Earrings | DVF Clutch | Kate Spade Heels

Find all styles on BB Style’s Pinterest board here.

Click here in case you missed our last installment with BB Style, featuring tips on Bridal Shower Style!

Kate and Rob ( prepare to ) Tie the Knot

Here’s a little teaser for a Real Wedding we will be posting on our blog next Tuesday.  These photos are from Kate and Rob’s intimate rehearsal dinner, which took place on a warm June evening at The CIA at Greystone.  Please enjoy, and stay tuned for photos from their wedding at Beaulieu Garden in a few days!

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Photo Credit Michelle Pattee

Photo by Michelle Pattee

Photo Credit Michelle Pattee

Photo by Michelle Pattee

Photo Credit Michelle Pattee

Photo by Michelle Pattee

Photo Credit Michelle Pattee

Photo by Michelle Pattee

Seasonality & Fall Menu Changes

Photo Courtesy of Courtney Campbell

This fall, San Francisco residents have been experiencing one of the best Indian Summers of all time.  We truly cherish eachand every sunny day and make the most of our precious sunny days.  As our Indian Summer comes to an end, we are anticipating some exciting changes to menus as chefs transition from Summer to Fall produce.

Here’s a list of produce we can look forward to seeing at Farmers Markets and on updated Fall menus in the Northern California area:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Artichokes
  • Winter squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beets
  • Carrots

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  • Chard
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Celery root
  • Grapes
  • Fennel
  • Cauliflower

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  • Cabbage
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Pomegranates
  • Leeks
  • Mustard greens
  • Brussels sprouts

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  • Parsnips
  • Radishes
  • Persimmons
  • Pomegranates
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Kale

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One of the biggest shifts we see as planners in terms of Fall menu composition is a transition from light fare to hearty dishes.  First course offerings highlight soups in lieu of summer salads.  Vegetables are roasted rather than being served raw.  The truth of the matter is that the weather really does affect the way we eat: when it’s hot outside we tend to eat cold foods in smaller portions.

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When it’s cold outside, we find ourselves craving foods which are going to warm us up and stick to our bones.  Therefore, caterers might suggest featuring a mashed potato bar instead of a sushi station at your wedding.

Summertime welcome cocktails such as lavender lemonade or minted ice-tea are switched out for apple cider or hot chocolate; a hot toddy takes the place of a mint julep. These are good things to keep in mind when you’re dreaming up the menu for your wedding or special event.  Bon Appetit!

Real Wedding: Eloise + Ryan

This is just the rehearsal dinner for Ryan & Eloise – so you can just imagine what the wedding looks like! I’ll be sharing that with you later, don’t worry. But for now we can just enjoy the amazing-ness of these photos…

Stay tuned for a later post featuring the gorgeous wedding at Burlingame Country Club. Trust me, it is definitely worth the wait!

Planning & Coordination: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Photography: Anna Kuperberg / Venue & Catering: Foreign Cinema / Flowers: Natalie Bowen Design / Lighting & Sound: Got Light / DJ: DJ Smiles