A wedding and event planning boutique based in San Francisco, combining
artistic design with meticulous planning to produce unforgettable experiences.
Hope your Thanksgiving was full of abundance, joy and laughter with your loved ones! And of course food! We’ve got some pin-worthy features for you to peruse, while you rest off that food coma. In addition to Wednesday’s featured KLE wedding, Jayne and Chris’ Black Tie wedding is published on The Knot today! Below is the inspiration behind this sensational celebration with some of my favorite images by Robin Jolin Photography. Be sure to head over to The Knot for the full feature. Big thank you to all the vendors who came together to make this one happen – there were 25! Check out the full list at the bottom of this post.
Jayne and Chris began dating while each attended Stanford University, where they played Basketball and Football respectively. The story of how they met is pretty incredible, if you are ever lucky enough to hear it. Jayne went on to play basketball professional and was finishing out her WNBA season with the San Antonio Stars while we planned their wedding. It was only natural the two would select the Stanford Memorial Church at their alma mater for their ceremony with the reception at Kohl Mansion.
When we met they focused mostly on the guest experiences. To quote, they wanted to “blow them away with an atmosphere they won’t forget!” When it came to design, they did offer some specific direction. Both agreed on a classic and formal affair. Jayne wanted touches of glam, while Chris often referred to “James Bond” when trying to describe his vision. To appeal to them both, we went with a black and white color palette with touches of blush and greenery to soften the contrasting colors and add some romance.
The menu was a unique twist that made this formal affair far from stuffy. They wanted Mexican food! Thomas John Events created a refined menu with street corn on the cob, chicken mole and homemade guacamole! The surprises continued with a churro cart and cigar bar after cake cutting. Just before the last dance, guests were teated with In-n-Out cheeseburgers.
As a wedding planner, I get asked a lot of questions about my work – from couples, family and even complete strangers (hello Lyft driver!). What’s it like? What’s your favorite part? How do we even begin planning our wedding? So when I was approached by Borrowed & Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, to answer some of these basic questions and give couples everything they need to know about our event planning services, I said yes!
Here’s our Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:
Describe your event aesthetic in three words. Timeless, Romantic, Whimsical
The first thing you ask when you sit down with a couple? I want to know their story: how they met, the proposal, etc. It helps create a comfortable and relaxed environment right off the bat, and it gives me a glimpse into their personalities and relationship. I also ask for their top 3 priorities for their wedding day. Knowing their vision and expectation allows me to create a proposal that fits.
Top three pieces of advice for couples who just got engaged? Allow yourself to enjoy the moment and take it all in after the proposal. This is such a special moment, give it some attention! After you celebrate, but before you begin to plan, set your parameters (budget, location, time of year, guest count). Then hire a planner, and let us manage all the nitty-gritty details.
Most important detail of wedding decor? This depends on what was most important to the client. Details are important and where I add those personalized details that make each wedding unique to it’s couple, from paper goods to the selection of flatware and china. The most important part of these details though, is how I then put them all the details together to facilitate the overall experience. It should all add up to reflect the couple.
Your thoughts on DIY weddings? Sadly, most DIYs on Pinterest don’t work out when clients try them in real life, so it can actually end up being more costly and time-consuming than hiring a professional. Not to mention the added stress.
What would your ideal tablescape look like? Lush flowers of fluffy blooms and foliage spilling onto a long table, layered table top pieces curated with clean lines so it’s not overly cluttered. I almost always include a natural element, like wood. And a beautiful charger to anchor the place settings.
Your favorite of all the San Francisco wedding venues? Getting to work in the Bay Area, I am privy to some of the most stunning venues in the world, so it’s difficult to choose just one. I do love a Private Estate and working in Sonoma/Napa is always special to me, since I grew up there.
The most important part of wedding planning? Trust your planner. It’s soooo important. Before hiring your planner, ask yourself if you trust that person. It will make your life so much easier throughout the planning process and allow your planner to be successful.
Describe your dream wedding. An outdoor affair at a Private Estate with lush flowers, locally sourced cuisine, and an amazing dance party. Oh wait! That was my wedding… and I’d do it again!
Photos by Edyta Szyszlo Photography from Kate + Brian’s wedding.
Thrilled to see Asal and Hamed’s romantic, soulful Legion of Honor wedding featured on Grey Likes Weddings today! How I came to work with this couple was true happenstance. A week before jet setting to London, I received an inquiry from Asal and Hamed who lived there, but wanted to be married in the Bay Area. It was quite the serendipitous that we were able to meet in person the following week!
In order to create truly unique weddings, I draw inspiration for each wedding directly from the client – their experiences together, heritage, passions, interests and so on. This wedding is a great example of how to add personalized touches to your wedding. Read on to find out some of the personal details that made this wedding truly unique. And don’t miss the full feature on Grey Likes or the list of vendors below who came together to make it a success. The groom’s custom suite. Fitted to perfection. A custom bridal gown – simply elegant.
A Persian runner flown in by the Bride’s parents made for the perfect aisle decor.Hamed, a skilled pianist, played his bride down the aisle to a song he wrote after getting engaged. Talk about romantic! Instead of flower bouquets, the bridesmaids each carried traditional elements of the Sofreh, which is the traditional Persian ceremony spread. Another way we were able to incorporate a bit from their cultures in to the wedding. We paid tribute to Asal and Hamed’s pet bunny with these darling table number holders. Asal and Hamed found these pop-up cards in a Singapore market. They ran around gathering enough of them to use for their invitations and Brown Fox Calligraphy created custom stamps to imprint them.
Drawing from one of their favorite dates, we had gospel singers surprise guests with a show during dinner. The Persian knife dance kicked off the dancing portion of the evening. The wedding party surprised our couple with a flash mob dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller – rumored to be an inside joke.
Victoria and Sean’s wedding is featured on the Style Me Pretty: California blog today! Check out the photos from Milou + Olin Photography of the modern and geometric wedding that took place at our beloved Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma. You know your bride is awesome when she buys adult onesies for her bridal party to get ready in the day of the wedding. And I just loved her Hayley Paige dress with it’s detachable lace overskirt.
Theme: Casual, Modern, Rustic, Vineyard, Minimalistic
Color Palette: Neutral tones with muted accent colors. Cream, grey, blue and plum.
Scroll below for all the vendors that helped make this wedding happen and don’t miss the full feature on Style Me Pretty: California.
Photographer: Milou & Olin Photography | Event Planning and Design: Kaella Lynn Events | Venue: Gundlach Bundschu Winery | Caterer: Ramekins | Rentals: Bright Rentals | DJ: Jason Mitchell of Gatsby Entertainment | Florist: Fig and Twine | Dessert: Delish Designs | Hair/Makeup: Gabriela of Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Napkin: Cost Plus World Market | Table Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Invitations: Little Miss Press | Monogram, menu sign, escort cards: Designed by Groom | Bridal dress: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew | Favors: Govino Glasses personalized by Production Zone