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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Peter and Charlotte, by Catherine Hall!

I am forever in Awe of Photographer Catherine Hall! she captured the joy and beauty of my beloved couple Peter and Charlotte perfectly, and made Fogarty Winery, and the wedding day stand out as one of the most enchanting weddings of my 2010 season. Thank you Catherine, for the images, and peter and Charlotte, thank you for trusting me to guide you in your wedding planning adventure. The work was so worth it, don't you think! Congratulations!!!

Please click here to see Catherine's blog post about the wedding, and then make time to view the entire slide show, set to the classic "Dancing Cheek to Cheek"!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Details Tell the Story, Part Two

Recently I coordinated an incredibly unique wedding in San Francisco, on Treasure Island, which had such a wonderful story behind it that every detail of the design incorporated part of the story. Gloria Wong, the designer, Nancy Liu Chin, the florist, and Peculiar Pair Press, the stationer, were the design team who took the couple's vision and made their dream come true in the details! I love working with such creative artists!
I am blogging about this wedding in 3 parts, because the wedding was described in the program as "A Wedding in Three Acts".

Part 2, Pre Ceremony to Cocktail hour

The bridesmaid bouquets with the program for the wedding, strategically placed for a wonderful "detail shot, in the window of the Bridal Suite. The view overlooked Huntington Park and Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill; what could be more classic SF?! Note the black feathers, crystals, and a bit of bling included in the bouquets.

But, speaking of bling, the bride's bouquet was a statement of the grandeur of old Hollywood, and took her breath away when she first saw it. All the florals and colors for the ceremony were in rich shades of magenta, deep purple, lavender and maroon; a dramatic background for what was referred to as Act One of the wedding day.

(Because I was so busy coordinating the wedding itself, I did not have a chance to take any photos of the ceremony. But it was as rich with color and elegance as these bouquets. Nancy Liu Chin used multiple shades of bright magenta, rich purple, and brilliant pink in her elaborate Altar and Entrance arrangements; when combined with the elegant purple velvet draping installed by Enhanced Lighting, and the abundance of multi height candles on the Altar, the Chapel at Treasure Island was completely transformed.)

For the reception, Gloria and the couple chose a cool black, white and silver color palette, accented by night club-like pin spots and deep blue uplighting (provided by Enhanced Lighting), to set the tone for Acts 2 and 3 (Dinner and Dancing). During this part of the wedding celebration, the details tell a story by changing the mood entirely from the intensely colorful design of the ceremony decor, to the understated tones of a 1930's club. This transition seemed to mirror the way many of the movies filmed by the groom were totally different in tone, feel, and background.

The Guest Book was an actual book with photos of the stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Guests could write a note to the newly weds using the picture of their favorite Hollywood star as the background.

This view of the guest book, open to invite guests to write a note, also shows the hand made, over-the-top style of the escort cards...feathers and bling were everywhere, yet always presented tastefully and in an understated way. Great job, Gloria and team!

Awaiting the guest to enter from cocktails was the amazing wedding cake, created and designed by Perfect Endings Bakery in Napa, with black and white edible feathers. I can say from first-hand experience, this work or art tasted as wonderful as it looked!

Gloria and Nancy's staff, putting finishing touches on the Head Table before the guests are invited in from cocktails. An elegant combination of hundreds of white roses, feathers, bling, and silver accents....as they entered, the bride, groom, and all the guests, were captivated by the design and detail of the reception room where they would have dinner, and then enjoy dancing to the sounds of SBX Dance Band.

Part 3: The Reception and Dancing

This was the entrance into the Casa de la Vista, where guests were welcomed into a scene of beauty and old Hollywood charm.

White branches, decorated with thousands of crystals, hanging lights and and abundance of white flowers, provide the background for one wall of Casa de la Vista.

After dinner, the dancing went on until midnight, when the guests returned to their hotels via chartered shuttles and limousines, and the bride and groom were transported back to the Mark Hopkins in a Classic vintage Packard; one last detail requested by the bride and groom...a grand Hollywood exit!

I took this photo from the outside Casa de la Vista, during the beginning of the dancing portion of the evening. The bride and groom redefined the classic parents' dances, by having the Mother/Son dance be the bride dancing with each of her adult twin sons, and the Father/Daughter dance being the groom dancing with each of his adult daughters; just another way this wedding told a story, by honoring the children of the bride and groom, since their own parents are not here...now the romantic, Hollywood-like story continues, with a new chapter to be written by them as man and wife!

Other vendors who made this wedding day so perfect, include:
Cast of Thousands (we had Paparazzi actors as the bride and groom entered dinner!)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The details tell the story! Part one.

Recently I coordinated a wedding which had such a wonderful story behind it that every detail of the design incorporated part of the story. Gloria Wong, the designer, Nancy Liu Chin, the florist, and Peculiar Pair Press were the vendors who took the couples' vision and made the dream come true in the details! I love working with such a creative team! I will be blogging about this wedding in 3 parts, because there is so much to share!
Part 1, Pre wedding:

In the bride's suite, as she had her hair and makeup done, I created a display of the customized printed materials and other special wedding details, so that our photographer, Catherine Hall, could capture detail shots early in the day, before the fast paced wedding action began. The light in the Terrace of the suite was so wonderful, I decided to set up the "collage" there.

Because the groom has spent 40+ years as a cameraman for Hollywood film makers, the theme of the wedding centered around Old Hollywood, and all the drama, glitz, and romance of those Golden years. There were lots of feathers, flourishes, romantic lighting, and reminders of the stars with whom the groom worked each day on different studio sets in Hollywood.

The view of San Francisco, from Nob Hill's Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, was dramatically beautiful on this sunny October day! The bride stayed in the historic Mark Hopkins Suite, on the 17th floor; what a treat for her bridal party to have their hair and makeup done, and to get dressed together, with a perfect SF panorama all around.
At the end of the evening, the bride and the groom came back to this lovely terrace off the Mark Hopkins Suite, for a surprise late night dinner, with Champagne, and Duck Horn Merlot, their favorite wine. The cameras were not rolling, but the scene was set!

Here the groom's wedding band is displayed beside the custom-made stamp showing a sketch of the white dinner jacked tailored for his wedding day; it is no accident that the dinner jacket very closely resembles the dinner jacket worn by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca...even the bow tie was hand tied, a la Bogart!

The bride designed her own wedding gown, with the help of a well known New York dress designer; the designer actually sketched the drawing shown on this stamp, and gave it to the bride after the last fitting in New York. Randy Fenoli of Seinfelds in NY, did the detail work and final fitting, so he also has had a big part in creating the overall look of this gorgeous dress.
I love the extra thought taken by the bride and groom, to make both the tuxedo and gown drawings into stamps, which were used on all of the invitations, RSVP cards. Beginning with the invitation, guests knew this would be a unique wedding celebration!

Coming next, Part 2..The First Look and Wedding Ceremony.