Stephanie and Tim’s wedding will always have a very special and unique place in my heart. When we began planning their wedding Nerd wallet founder and CEO and former news reporter were newly engaged, renovating heir first home in SF, and living fully rich experiences in the city. Stephanie would say to me, “life is two good to be true.” Two months before their February 2017 wedding, she found out she would have the battle of her lifetime: cancer. I get a pit in my stomach writing that, still recalling vividly the day she told me. They ultimately decided it would be best to postpone the wedding to accommodate an aggressive chemotherapy treatment immediately. Through treatment their love was emboldened by the hardships they faced together. Tim stood by her side with unwavering support and their families became closer together. The wedding event that ensued post-treatment on June 24, 2017 was an emotionally driven celebration not only of love but of life and partnership. It was a magical affect that permeated the entire day from set up through break down, an emotional and passionate experience both for the guests and the vendors (scroll down for the credits of these amazing people). The Ferry Building has never before been full of so much heart and happiness for two people. We were honored that Martha Stewart Weddings is sharing their story and the beautiful images by Melanie Duerkopp on their blog. Some of my favorite images are below, but be sure to head over to their story to read more about the design as well. I’m also happy to report that Stephanie has had clean scans since she finished her treatment and in remission. We have become good friends, and they continue to be a wonderful inspiration to me.
When Corrin and I conceptualized the installation piece, it was important for it to represent Stephanie and Tim’s journey. I wrote a little something about it and Brown Fox Calligraphy kindly gifted a sign to place next to the piece that now lives in Stephanie and Tim’s home: “Strength, Bravery, Resilience. Vulnerability, Fragility, Love. These are not mutually exclusive attributes. The installation depicts them coexisting in harmony. Representing Stephanie and Tim’s journey that led them here today and will follow them forever in marriage. 6/24/2017.”
Photographer: Melanie Duerkopp | Event Planning + Design: Kaella Lynn Events | Venue: The Ferry Building | Caterer: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Floral: Amanda Vidmar Designs | Videographer: Stillwater Cinematography | Invitations + Paper: Aerialist Press | Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy | Cakes: Pretty Please Bakeshop | Music: Party Crashers band and violist Shaina Evoniuk via Entire Productions | Ring box and sign holders: EsselleSF | Table top rentals: Frances Lane | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | Beauty: Skyla Arts Beauty | Lighting: Got Light | Photobooth: Giggle and Riot Funbooth | Art installation: Corrin Messing | Gown: Liz Martinez from Kinsley James Bridal Couture | Headpiece: Maria Elena | Belt: Jolie by Untamed Petals | Bracelets: Margaret Elizabeth | Groom’s attire: J. Hilburn | Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groomsmen suits: Zara
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