September 1, 2018

Claire and Adam’s Wedding at Chateau de Cazenac, Dordogne France

Claire and Adam’s wedding in Dordogne was extra special to me because not only was it an amazing week of events at a chateau in France, but Claire also happens to be one of my best friends since Middle School.  I even got to flex my design muscles a little bit and designed the invitation and menu, with the help of some of my amazingly talented stationer friends including Ciarra Claire who made the custom sketch of the venue, Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy who made the font for the calligraphy and Valentina Glidden who hand calligraphed all the envelopes and day of paper goods.  The Dordogne region is straight out of a fairytale and many of the little towns feel untouched by the last few hundred years and you walk the streets like you’re walking back into time.  The wedding was a a multi-day affair, kicking off with a welcome dinner of pizza and wine at the fairytale like chateau where all 45 of the wedding guests stayed.  The next day, which was July 4th, was spent lounging by the pool followed by a rehearsal dinner at a lovely hotel in a nearby town, which was nearly derailed by a crazy hail storm!  The wedding day started off bright and sunny, which made for a lovely morning of getting ready followed by a romantic first look in a grove of trees next to the chateau.  One of my favorite moments of the day was during the ceremony when it started to drizzle, Adam ran for an umbrella and held it during their vows to keep them dry- a true gentleman! The rain cleared for about 15 minutes, enough time for us to take a few post ceremony family portraits, but then it came back and this time as a torrential downpour! Guests all took cover in the chateau’s grand living room while the band played and it felt straight out of Downton Abbey.  A three course dinner was enjoyed in the chateau’s stable under string lights followed by a second live band to dance the night away to.  Summer sunsets in France are late in the evening so we stole away for a few minutes to take some of my all time favorite golden hour portraits of Claire and Adam in the fields next to the chateau followed by sparklers on their Croquembouche, a traditional French dessert.  Guests ended the night in the disco, dancing as a DJ spun into the wee hours of the morning.  The next day everyone enjoyed a late sleep in followed by an organic wine tasting with local wines from the region.

Venue: Chateau de Cazenac

Makeup and Hair: Trine Juel 

Dress: BHLDN

Veil and Lace Robe: Girl and a Serious Dream

Florist: Jenny Fairbanks Flowers

Invitation Design: Rebecca Yale

Venue Drawing: Ciarra Claire

Invitation Font: Written Word Calligraphy for Rare Bird Fonts

Envelope and Day of Calligraphy: Valentina Glidden

Vow Books: Wedding Story Writer 

August 13, 2018

Katie and Andre Wedding at the Terra Gallery, San Francisco Wedding Photography

Katie and Andre were married on November 18, 2018 at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco. The day was planned and designed by Kate Siegel who transformed what the bride called “the white box” into a gorgeous lush space full of greenery and florals using gold, acrylic and a custom painting by Yonder Designs to inspire the design for the day. The gallery is two levels and Kate’s team did 4 incredible installations flipping both spaces throughout the evening. Katie and André began the day at the St Regis, which is located right next to the SF MOMA. They had their first look outside the distinctive grey slate walls of theMOMA and then took portraits in the courtyard of theMOMA with their iconic Richard Serra sculpture and a few other outdoor installations, which served as the perfect backdrop to match their art gallery wedding. Their wedding party joined them dressed all in black suits and bridesmaids dresses of their choosing for photos at theMOMA and against a fun art wall nearby.

Guests began the evening with the ceremony on the upper level which took place at sunset. Cherries Flowers spent 2 days installing hanging florals and lightbulbs from gold structures custom made for the wedding day which ran the entire length of the aisle. Kate installed real hedges strung with twinkle lights behind the ceremony space with a candle installation in front of the hedges the bride and groom stood in front of during their ceremony officiated by a judge and old family friend. The sides of the room were all draped hiding the walls and creating a more intimate space.

After the ceremony guests made their way downstairs for cocktail hour, which featured high top tables with grey velvet tablecloths and large floral installations on both bars with custom gold and acrylic drink signs created by Underwood. Guests made their way back upstairs to find the room transformed with the drapery taken down and showing the art from the gallery on the walls and the dinner tables all brought in, including long rectangular tables tucked into the gold structures that had created he ceremony aisle. The tables used the same grey velvet tablecloths and rich florals that had been used downstairs and were paired with acrylic and gold Details. Underwood created a custom seating chart with the guests names printed on an acrylic slab bolted to another acrylic slab with gold leaf on it creating a beautiful 3-dimensional work of art. The same acrylic and gold leaf was used on the table numbers and the signs for the cocktails and guestbook. Underwood created a custom logo for the bride and groom using a K & A in an abstract way on the bride and groom’s guestbook and on each place card held in acrylic holders at their seats.

Yonder designed an abstract purple and grey painting for the invitation that was used as a layer underneath a piece of vellum which had the text printed on it creating a beautiful multi dimensional effect and was tied together with a piece of black string also used on the ceremony programs. The same painting was used in the creation of the menu and the guestbook a lot with the abstract K & A logo. Each guest had an individual menu tucked inside a purple velvet napkin which featured the menu on one side and a thank you note from the bride and groom on the other with a selection of quotes printed on each thank you, to thank their guests for celebrating with them. The Bay Bride was visible from the venue and the bride and groom decided to embrace their love for their city by creating a custom post card with SF icons on a sketch on the front.

While guests dined upstairs the cocktail space was transformed with lighting and new lounge furniture was installed for an evening of dancing with an incredible stage with custom lightbulbs reminiscent of the ones on the 2nd floor. A champagne tower was set up in the entrance to the dance floor and a large dessert table with all the bride and groom’s favorite desserts light with purple and blue lighting to highlight the art on the walls and transform the space for an evening of dancing. The bride and groom kicked off the night with parents dances and then their own first dance before inviting everyone to the floor followed later in the evening by two special dances led by their friends including both the bride and groom crowd surfing and being thrown in the air during Magic Carpet Ride and a group sing-a-Long to Piano Man with all 200+ guests singing along.  See more from their day on Martha Stewart Weddings.