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Katy & Josh, Fountaingrove

Friday, June 24th, 2011

There is so much DIY going on at this lovely wedding that I don’t even know where to begin! So lets start with the dessert buffet, because, what is there in this world more fabulous than a truly fabulous sweet station? And boy does this one fit the bill…they have grandma’s brownies, sugar donuts, and even nostalgic candies! Who wouldn’t love all of that sweetness, and with so many adorable handwritten signs.

Clearly, as you go through Katy and Josh’s gorgeous wedding photos by Real Exposure, you can see that there was a ton of personal love and attention put into this wedding. Not to mention a truly lovely bride who seems to be laughing and joyful throughout her big day.

Katy and Josh found out, after being introduced through a mutual friend in San Francisco, that they had grown up minutes from eachother, and even graduated in different classes from the same high school. I LOVE a good love story based entirely on the fates and this one is definitely it.

DIY Projects & Details

Aisle Decor- Katy and her soon to be mother in law hand painted the rims of mason jars which they filled with split peas and votive candles and placed along the aisle to light the way

Paper Products- Katy created all of her paper materials- ceremony programs, menus, escort cards (rocks), wish tree cards, and signage for that fabulous dessert bar

First Dance-Katy and Josh took lessons for two months at Cheryl Burke’s Dance Studio in San Francisco and performed a Rumba, perfectly choreographed to Coldplay’s “Green Eyes”

Vows- Josh and Katy wrote their own vows and Katy created decorative vow cards for them to read from

Dessert Station- So much fabulous DIY sweetness and all finished with handmade signs….need I say more?

Contact List:
Photographer: Real Exposure Photography – John Shum & Karen Nepacena
Catering: Fountaingrove Golf & Athletic Club
Florist: The Blue Orchid Floral Design – Heather Murdock
DJ: Perfect Day Music
Officiant: Jonathan Eastman
Hair: Carrie Gonzales – The Powder Room
Cake & Cupcakes: Michelle Marie’s Patisserie
Rentals: Big 4 Party (tablecloths/napkins/chargers) – Party, Tents & Events (Lanterns/lighting)

Posted with Love by, Jessica Winthrop

Kristen and Joe’s Bright Barn Wedding

Monday, June 6th, 2011

The gloomy weather we are having right now in the bay is making me crave a little sunshine in blog form. This lovely farm wedding shot by the fantastic Janae Shields, took place at Healdsburg Country Gardens and shines super bright. It will quickly become obvious (if you follow this little blog of ours) how much I love a barn wedding, so this shindig is right up my alley. I love the organic feel of the flowers paired with the super bright pinks (especially the bridal party footwear!) and oranges. What a fun day. And nothing could really compete with the brightness of Kristen’s smile- she just glows with happiness. This is exactly what I love about weddings all tied up in those adorable pink and orange ribbons!

DIY Projects and Details

Place-settings: Kristen and Joe tied bright orange and pink ribbons around each napkin to add a splash of color to the table set-up

Seating Chart: The couple made their seating chart out of a wood frame and copper wire twisted to create a grid. Table lists were clipped to the wire using clothes pins

Signage: The signs were handmade from wood, pre-made lettering and copper wire adding to the rustic chic overall look of the wedding

Favors: Kristen and Joe made CDs for their guests- it was a true labor of love for them and they spent weeks picking the perfect songs to share

Photobooth: The adorable photo area was a gorgeous fabric panel hung from the existing arbor- fantastic!

Wines: The couple offered local wines at their reception for this wine country fete

Candy Bar: Brightly colored candies housed in glass jars tied their sweets in with the decor elements

Kristen and Joe cannot say enough nice things about their great group of vendors and are still gushing about the venue itself. I personally cannot get enough of the massive cork oak tree under which they wed. The couple wrote their own vows together, giving the ceremony a spiritual and personal tone which is highlighted by the incredible setting.

Contact List:
Photographer: Janae Shields
Venue: Healdsburg Country Gardens
Catering: Wine Valley Catering
DJ: AMS Entertainment
Cake: Sweetie Pies (Napa) via Wine Valley Catering
String Section: Eloquence Strings
Transportation: Beau Wine Tours
Flowers: Dragonfly Floral
Hair and Make-up: Belle of the Ball
Wedding Gown: Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier

Posted with Love by, Jessica Winthrop

Food Cart Catering

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

I am fresh off a trip to Portland and all hopped up on the food cart craze. What a better way to celebrate the bounty of the bay then by enjoying an eclectic mix of foods from food cart style catering.

I personally have a soft spot for homemade pizza, mainly due to my household tradition of Sunday night pizza making. You can imagine how delighted I was to discover Pizza Politana a company with a mobile wood fired oven that makes Neapolitan style pizzas for parties…delightful!

Another popular choice that is cropping up more and more often is Paella. Paella Del Reyes out of Marin cooks his wood fired paella (I am on a wood-fired-roll!) in front of your guests for a meal that is both entertaining and delicious!

After all of that savory goodness, what better way to end then with a local favorite torching up some sweet creamy goodness. That is right, I am talking about San Francisco’s own Creme Brulee Cart- he does make appearances at special events by request. What a sweet day it is.

For more information on securing local food carts you can check out this amazing website from the team heading the food cart revolution in the bay:

Posted with love by, Jessica Winthrop

Lindsey & Lane, Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Rain is considered good luck at weddings, which ensures Lindsey and Lane a long life of happiness together- not that there was any doubt. This couple didn’t let a few raindrops ruin their fun. What a beautiful day they had at Cavallo Point, a historic and green resort at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Captured by the extremely talented Sarah Peet, this day was filled with laughter, warmth, elegance and, UMBRELLAS!

Lindsey and Lane had a strong relationship built on 5 years together when they started wedding planning. They made decisions as a united front, and as a result had a group of vendors that they raved about. The most important portion of the wedding to this couple was the ceremony itself, and it is obvious by the amount of love and attention awarded to it in their plans.

DIY Projects and Details:

Ceremony Music: The San Francisco Boys Chorus sang a special arrangement of Gaudeamus for Lindsey to walk down the aisle to

Ceremony Officiants: Lindsey’s aunt and Lane’s uncle, a judge, co-officiated the ceremony to give it the personal touch that they desired. To make it even more special, the couple wrote all of their own vows

Venue: The couple had their guests stay at the Cavallo Point Lodge for the entire weekend and hosted all of their wedding events there from rehearsal dinner to a farewell brunch. Everyone was together for the entire weekend which made it very special

Favors: A childhood friend of the bride’s at Parker’s Crazy Cookies created the adorable custom cartoon cookies of the couple

Paper: The bride, who is an artist, drew the lovely pictures that were used on the menus, programs and invitations

Signature Drink: The couple used monikers to name their signature drinks. The mocktail version was call the “Lansy” while the version with alcohol was called the “LindZane”

Contact List:
Venue & Catering: Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito
Event Coordination: Lisa McNichol, …And Something Blue
Photography: Sarah Peet Photography
Floral Design: Kathleen Deery
Hair and Make-up: Moises, DiPietro Todd Salon

Posted with love by, Jessica Winthrop

Gina and Matt’s Art Gallery Soiree

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This adorable wedding in Monterey has something for everyone- gorgeous beach view ceremony, beautiful outdoor gardens for dancing, chandelier studded dinner space and fun original art. I am especially loving the sweet vintage style wraps on the bride and her maids and the vibrant pops of color. Oh yea, and have I mentioned that I also have a pug? Because I am LOVING their pug who acts as ring bearer- he almost steals the spotlight from this lovely bride.

Gina and Matt’s first weekend trip was to Monterey, CA. On that trip, they drove 17 Mile Drive and stopped at each mile marker to take photos. They were able to recreate this photo experience on their wedding day after choosing Lover’s Point for the ceremony, located near mile marker 1. This wedding, beautifully captured by the fabulous Janae Shields, is chock full of personal details and handmade loveliness.

DIY Projects and Details:

Clothing: Gina’s mother’s store, B.Stella custom made Dodger the pug’s handsome suit as well as Gina and her bridesmaids gorgeous wraps! She even designed and made the adorable short dress that Gina wore to boogie the night away

Something Borrowed: The bride wore jewelry that her grandfather gave to her grandmother on their first anniversary

Guestbook: Gina loves mail, so her and Matt had guests write them notes on Monterey postcards and her mother spent their first year of marriage mailing them to them. Once they all arrived, Gina created a book out of them

Paper: All of the invitations, table numbers and programs were created by a close friend of the bride’s

Ceremony Painting: Gina and Matt hired an artist to paint the wedding ceremony. This was displayed at the art gallery reception and is now hanging in their home

Signature Drink: Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest which they had on their first date. Because it is a seasonal brew, they stocked up in October and saved it for the wedding!

Rain or Shine: The couple did not have a back-up plan for their ceremony, so they provided umbrellas and pashminas to their guests in case of bad weather. They wrote a poem that was included with each pashmina explaining the gift

Contact List
Ceremony Site: Lover’s Point Park, Pacific Grove
Reception Venue: La Mirada Monterey Art Museum
Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals
Photographer: Janae Shields
Videographer: Best Shot Video
Florals: Precious and Blooming Floral Design
Ceremony Musicians: Hard Sun
DJ: Big Fun DJ
Officiant: White Robed Monks
Cake: Parker-Lasseau Pastries, Inc
Event Planner: Nicole Lisanne Weddings & Events by Design
Catering: Grapes of Wrath

Posted with love by, Jessica Winthrop

Jenny and Spencer’s Out of this World Engagement Shoot

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I am lucky enough to count the gorgeous Jenny Howe amongst my friends, and I never tire of her amazing creativity and general spunkiness. When Jenny told me that her and her incredibly talented and artistic fiance Spencer McCall were having a space themed engagement shoot I just about died. Spencer edits and creates films for both work and play, and these two are lucky enough to have fantastic friends both in the photography world and Costumes on Haight in San Francisco.

The beautiful photography is by Josh Shaw, a newby to the wedding photography scene. Most of the photo editing was done by Spencer himself, with some of it done by Josh. Check back in soon for more of Jenny and Spencer…they also had an awesome Victorian photo shoot that will be coming up around the bend =)

I have a theory that Jenny would make the perfect indie comic book heroine, and I think this photoshoot proves it. Enjoy!

Posted with love by, Jessica Winthrop

Local “Destination” Wedding~ Anne and Jeremiah

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

I have been thinking a lot lately about how expensive weddings are in this beautiful area we call home. Maybe it is because I am hoping my engagement is around the corner (no pressure!), and thus starting to think about what my dream wedding will cost (hazard of the trade). I have often chatted with my friends who have gotten married about the inherant costs of getting married here, and wondered if maybe a destination wedding makes more sense. It certainly cuts down the number of guests who will show up and many places including some tropical locales offer great deals. However, planning a wedding from a distance mainly accessable by plane is hardly ideal, and asking people to shell out the cash for plane tickets can be difficult…so whats the answer? In my opinion there is a perfect option- a local “destination”. By local destination I am imagining something drive-able in less then one afternoon, probably in-state, but out of the general San Francisco, Napa and Marin region. For example- Sacramento, Tahoe, and Ojai. I have a fabulous example of this to show you today that will make you want to scoot out to somewhere just out of dodge and get to planning!

Anne & Jeremiah, Volcano CA

This quantest of towns is located about 3 hours outside of San Francisco and an hour from Sacramento in Amador County. The town is located conveniently to local wine tasting so Anne and Jeremiah were able to take their bridal party wine tasting the day before and purchase all of the wine for the wedding on location- ingenious!

I cannot say enough nice things about Anne and Jeremiah- besides being absolutely gorgeous, they are both currently in their medical residency, and they are super sweet and fun as well. Talk about a power couple.

Anne was able to pull of this wedding on a modest budget with some ingenuity and a little help from her friends.

DIY Projects and Details:

Toile Overlays: Anne used the in house linens, and made overlays out of discount fabric purchased wholesale online. Her mom used iron in seams to hem them. The overlays are currently making appearances in their house as tablecloths, throw pillows and even a dog bed cover!

Table Names: Black and white photos of the couples travels were titled with the location and put in frames for table markers

Flowers: Anne collected blue mason jars for many of the centerpieces. When this became expensive she found ceramic kitchen pottery at TJ Maxx and used those to fill in the collection. The bridesmaids stayed after the bridal shower on the day before the wedding and arranged all of the flowers themselves

Cake: Anne’s mother candied violets grown in her garden for the cake decorations

Bridal Party Attire: Bridesmaids were given swatches and allowed to select their own dresses. Groomsmen purchased suites from target- it was cheaper then renting a tux!

Paper Products: Anne made her own programs and direction cards and had them printed at her local copy store. Her mother did all of the calligraphy for signs and invitations

Special Details: The ring pillow was hand knit by Anne’s mother, as were the beautiful purses given to the bridesmaids as thank you gifts

Congratulations Anne and Jeremiah!


Venue & Catering: St George Hotel
Photography: Luke Snyder
Dress: Anne Barge

Posted with love by, Jessica Winthrop

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