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Sunday, September 20, 2009

San Francisco welcomes Kelly and Mark!

Cheers for a beautiful San Francisco Wedding!

Kelly and Mark decided to have their wedding in Kelly's beloved San Francisco, even though they are now living in Los Angeles; after only one meeting in January, they chose to hire me as their planning liaison for the wedding day. For the next 7 months, we kept in touch, as Kelly did most of the planning work herself, but wanted me to be available during the last 6 weeks or so, and on the wedding day, to take over all of the details, my Month-of Package. See my blog entry on the day I first met with Kelly and Mark:


I actually had not seen Kelly and Mark again until the day before their wedding, but I had all the vendor contracts, had created and communicated an extensively detailed timeline, and had taken over all the vendor communication weeks before. Getting together at the University Club on Friday before the rehearsal gave us the opportunity to finalize all the placement details...we were a good team!

The ceremony was at St. Patrick's Church on Mission Street, and the reception at the University Club on Powell and California; managing the transportation for the 140 guests from the hotels to the church, from the church to the reception, and back to the hotels after the reception is always a challenge in San Francisco with traffic, but I am happy to say the ceremony began exactly on the dot of 3:30, and the dinner was served even a little early, so there was more time for dancing. I don't know this for sure, but I have heard weddings and receptions without coordinators do not always run on time!

The classic arches, brick and copper textures made beautiful backgrounds for the Lucie Silveira, of LucieXYZ Photography to capture some wonderful shots of Kelly and Mark, and the wedding party, after the ceremony.

Here is Lucy, in action, taking a shot that will be treasured forever.

After the photos at the church, the limo took Kelly and Mark to the beautiful University Club, where my good friend, Barbara Lewis, the catering manager, and I were waiting to greet them with champagne.

The University Club is the brick building seen below, with all the flags out front...I took this photo from Kelly's room at the Stanford Court Hotel, which is just across the street, at the famous cable car intersection of Powell and California...you can hear the ting ting's of the cable cars all day and night...so very San Francisco!

Kelly and Mark couldn't resist taking a walk on the historic Cable Car Crossing before going in for their introductions into dinner at the University Club; note Lucie risking her life in the middle of the street to get the perfect shot! To make this moment even more special, Kelly and Mark's first date had been atop this very hill, and included a ride on the cable car...

...now they have a photo to remind them that a first date can lead to lots of wonderful things...even a wedding!


KarenDZachary said...
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KarenDZachary said...

Great pics, Jean! Sometimes even wedding WITH coordinators do not start on time, and that, to me, separates the amateurs from the pros like you! =)