Pin curls, victory rolls, tuxedos and fur shrugs–this classic celebration is a dream come true, which is no surprise since the bride owns Dream A Little Dream Events, a wedding-planning and design company in San Francisco!
Kathryn and Joe met more than a decade ago at the newly opened Pacific Bell Park (you might know it as AT&T Park these days), and after his proposal on home plate, they immediately called Bimbo's 365 Club to plan a New Years fête. The venue's Art Deco decor influenced the wedding's every detail, right down to the Hello!Lucky invitation suite in black, white and silver with calligraphy by Michele Papineau.
The bride wore a beaded Jenny Packham paired with Badgley Mischka shoes, an evening bag from Glint, Tejani earrings and a Marina Morrison headpiece. To shrug off the chilly San Francisco fog, she wrapped up in a Victoria's Secret faux fur jacket, and she carried a bouquet of white peonies and cyclamen by A Simple Ceremony. Her bridesmaids wore black J.Crew gowns and Cara Accessories wraps and everyone wore red lips and pin curls by Meaganne McCandess, while Joe and his groomsmen wore black Calvin Klein suits topped with tea rose, dusty miller and star of Bethlehem boutonnieres, along with small pins of the Golden Gate Bridge, gifts from a groomsman's grandfather.
The soon-to-be-weds met at The Buena Vista Cafe for a glass of Champagne before heading to Russian Hill's Aquatic Park for photos al fresco; San Francisicans at heart, the light drizzle didn't stop the bridal party or photographer Kate Harrison! Then the joyful group made their way to Bimbo's, where a dolled up friend was handing out escort card-tickets to guests.
After a heartfelt and deeply personal ceremony officiated by another friend of the couple's, the newly minted Mr and Mrs walked back down the aisle to Queen's "You're My Best Friend". They celebrated with his & hers signature cocktails, cucumber-basil gimlets and Manhattans, and savory hors d'oeuvres from Betty Zlatchin Catering before sitting down to a gorgeous meal; a caramelized Warren pear salad and pumpkin ravioli with butternut squash and Lacinato kale was followed by filet mignon or blue nose sea bass. The guests also enjoyed Branching Out Cakes' five-tiered confection trimmed with frosting to match the bride's beaded gown, along with churros and Mexican hot cocoa. And as mementos of the gorgeous celebration, they took home customized matchboxes designed by Hello!Lucky and made by ForYourParty, and canvas bags from The Wedding Chicks, filled with locally brewed Moylan's beer, a mermaid bottle opener (a nod to Bimbo's mermaid statues), a guide to San Francisco, two tickets for a cable car ride and savory snacks.
An enormous thank you to the talented Kate Harrison for sharing her spectacular images of Kathryn and Joe's big day–I couldn't possibly pick a favorite detail, but I'd love to hear what you're head over heels for!