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Monday, June 6, 2011

SF Crosswalk Wedding, Part One

Planning a wedding ceremony on a crosswalk in San Francisco was probably the biggest challenge I have had during my 8 years as a wedding planner; and it has become one of the most rewarding and enjoyable weddings I have ever coordinated! The challenge was so worth it in so many ways...just take a look at a few of Rhee Bevere's images!

When Jenna and Justin hired me in early Fall of 2010, they told me right away that their goal was to be married in the crosswalk of Texas and 19th Streets on Potrero Hill, in the exact spot where Justin had proposed. I of course had my logistical questions about how we would pull this off, but I quickly realized that I wanted to support their vision to the best of my ability, and would shift into a new gear of research and planning tactics!

Eight months later, despite the dire weather forecast for their wedding day, Jenna and Justin moved forward with their vision, and were blessed for their romantic perseverance by a break in the rain which created incredibly clear visibility for the SF city scape they adore.

The shout of Mazel Tov from all of the guests may have been heard in the streets of San Francisco!

Rhee Bevere captured this photo from Jenna's suite in the Hotel Vitale; a cousin had sent Jenna the white rain boots as an encouragement to move forward with the outdoor wedding no matter what the weather would be. Fortunately, Jenna was able to wear her Ferragamo pumps instead of the rain boots, and the wedding party was all smiles during pre ceremony photos!

Below are a few photos I took during the time just leading up to the ceremony; from the sky, you can see that the weather was changing moment by moment.

Just 3 days before the wedding, I been able to locate a large quantity of white umbrellas so the 175 guests would have protection if needed. They came in very handy for the time just before the ceremony began....

...but by the time the family members were walking down the white carpet, between the benches, the rain had stopped and umbrellas were put aside to welcome the wedding party, and Jenna accompanied by her proud parents.

The sky was beginning to lighten up as Jenna and Justin expressed their love, commitment, and pure enjoyment of each other in their wedding vows...

..and by the time they headed back down the aisle, the sun was shining on their day and on their marriage. As a wedding planner, it does not get any better than this!

Planning and executing this wedding allowed me to rely on a team of professionals who are also my dear friends in the wedding industry; I also made some new friends in the offices of the City of San Francisco! It took over 7 months to attend public hearings and obtain all the permits needed to officially block off Texas between 19th and 20th. Residents were asked to move their cars for the day and traffic was halted for the 8 hours we had to set up, have the ceremony and remove all traces that we were there....it was quite a tight timeline!

I am so grateful to each person who worked alongside me to see Jenna and Justin's dream come true!

My Planning/Execution Team:

Michael Daigian Design
Rhee Bevere Photography
Everything Audio Visual
Mori Achen
Judge David Cena
C and M Limousines
Joshua Charles Catering
Get Your Do Up
Studio Cake
Julia Morgan Ballroom
NorCal Portables

Alice Grisez
Julie Briggs Dunn
Tony White
Adrienne Lee
Jayne Marason

Cindy Shambam, Dept. of Parking and Traffic
Officer Tim Dalton, Permit Officer
Crystal Stewart, Entertainment Commission
Simon Chang, Street Usage Supervisor

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