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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.

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