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Super Fun Community-Building Party for a Non-Profit

This was another former client from years past, in which we helped the Executive Director’s non-profit with a huge sit-down gala at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. Fast forward a few years later as we teamed up again to throw a community party to celebrate the successes of SOMA Pilipinas and debut their rebranded…
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Amy + Kacey’s Firework of a Wedding

    True story: Kacey used to be on my grade school basketball team and we went to the same high school. Her engagement to Amy popped up on my Facebook feed, and I let her know “congrats, I’m a planner, let me know when you want to talk!” And a relationship was born. Kacey…
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Alina + Jason’s Passionate Wedding at Home

Oh my, this couple. Alina and Jason are a FORCE. They love people, family, and each other with so much passion and warmth. In every single meeting there were tight embraces, and if we were in there home for meetings, we were offered every snack and drink under the sun. One time we met them…
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Tina’s Bold, Glitzy + Glam 40th Birthday

We love Tina! A high-powered executive at a tech firm and mom, she lacked the time to plan her own 40th birthday party, so we did the planning and designing for her! Two years prior we produced her husband’s 40th Birthday with a speakeasy/Prohibition-era theme at The Box in San Francisco, and loved the results.…
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Marisa + Trevor’s Intimate Wedding by the Water

What do you do with a couple this adorable, with varied interests and occupations but are unsure of the general design vision and flow to weddings? Counsel and advise, and then counsel and advise some more. We often tell clients when it comes to design, that knowing what you DON’T like versus knowing what you do, is very telling, and very helpful. Seriously! And Marisa and Trevor did that, and we let them guide us. What was created was something focused on family, intimate, and warm. You can tell they are rocks among their family and friends and very inclusive and welcoming. We were also so crazy impressed with how Trevor and Marisa handled the weather; we got some fierce wind off the water and these two hung in there, smiling all the way through. Grinning and bearing it: we love those clients!

What we did:

  • Created the couple’s color palette: navy, cream, green, blush
  • Worked closely with the graphic design team on signage and other details
  • Used our black book of awesome vendors!
  • Counseled on etiquette
  • Helped plan the after party at Black Magic in SF
  • Helped determine flow and floor plan

Venue: Fort Mason General’s Residence, San Francisco

Planning + Design: Lily Spruce

Photographer: Kara Brodgesell

Catering (including cutting cake): Fogcutter

Beverage Catering: SF Bartenders

Florals: Tango & Foxtrot

Hair and makeup: Lela Nguyen

Invitations: Designs des Troy + friend of bride

Rentals: Bright

Ceremony + Reception DJ: Love in the Mix

Bride’s Gown: Watters

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Officiant: Groom’s sister

 

Lauren + David’s Heartfelt Wedding in Berkeley

The minute Lauren and David gave me high fives following our initial meeting in our office, I thought “man, they’re great.” From there, our relationship just grew and grew, and I’m proud to call them friends post-wedding. That’s always a super bonus for us, in this work. One of my fondest memories of the day, amid all the crazy swirling around us (ahem, incomplete rentals--why, despite all the phone calls with the company and planning ?!), photographer Andria Lo snapped the three of us hugging and crying for our "First Look." I've never felt so happy to deliver a production on this scale for some of the nicest humans around.

Lauren, a curator at a fine arts museum in San Francisco, had a very self-assured vision for her wedding. Not cutesy, nothing seen on Pinterest, or if it was on Pinterest, it was going to be something not traditionally "wedding-y." With a deep design and art background, it was clear she had a vision that didn’t look like every other wedding. She also took inspiration from the reception venue designed by famed architect Julia Morgan. Lauren consistently drew inspiration from its colors and motifs that were repeated in their design ephemera.

What really, really impressed me was their dedication to crafting a personal and touching Jewish ceremony, steeped in tradition. Every time we’d meet, I could tell that it wasn’t just about the pretty, aesthetic things, but equally, about the ceremony. Their cathedral--the Redwood Grove at the Berkeley Botanical Garden--ensured that this was a ceremony for the ages. Apropos for two very sweet, old souls. We were so honored to bear witness and create something that wholly represented this couple.

Highlights:

  • Their awesome Cinco de Mayo dinner at Comal in Berkeley, which we helped them choose and plan
  • A giant, 6’ challah for the breaking of the bread prior to dinner
  • A floral DIY station during cocktail hour that guests could partake in, to create flowers for hair, or boutonnieres
  • Custom, ceramic vessels for the delicate flowers, commissioned by the florist
  • Cute cake topper based on an Internet sensation dog from Japan (the country of their honeymoon)
  • String quartet for their ceremony, full of indie songs that Lauren and David love

Ceremony: Mather Redwood Grove, Berkeley Botanical Garden

Reception + Catering: Berkeley City Club

Cutting Cake: Batter Bakery

Full Planning + Design: Lily Spruce

Photography: Andria Lo

Florals: Venn Floral

Ceremony musicians: Magik Magik

Makeup + Hair: Marisa Perel

Invitations + Signage: Designs des Troy

Rentals: Stuart Party Rentals, Encore Event Rentals, One True Love (for ceremony only)

Band: The Cheeseballs

Bride’s Gown:  Loulette, from Alt. Bride SF (now closed)

Shoes: Target. [Note from Lauren: "My friend at work told me the best advice: buy cheap shoes! No one sees them, they'll get wrecked, and you should just be comfy and have fun!"]

Jewelry: Earrings from Siena Jewelry, Neiman Marcus SF

Groom’s Suit: Tailors Keep

Shoes: Sutro Footwear, from Shoe Biz in Noe Valley

Officiant: Rabbi Aubrey Glazer

Photo Booth: Say Ya!

Lighting: D’Angelo Lighting

Shuttles: Black Tie Transportation

Yes, We Tech

“Do you do tech parties?” people often ask. And we say: "Yes! Yes we do!" We do celebrations and events in all forms. We kicked off 2018 by working with Software Motor Corporation. The challenge from the client: make it look wintry and festive, but NOT holiday. In January? No problem!

What we did:

  • Use butcher paper rolls to describe all the menu fixins
  • Created cute signage for the dessert cornucopia (our idea)
  • Brought in the caterer and photographer
  • Did all the setup and breakdown
  • Worked with the venue on AV (mic, music)
  • Bought a ton of decor from our favorite, Fantastico!
  • Bought all of the floral and constructed centerpieces and vignettes onsite

Venue: Heavybit Industries

Planning: Lily Spruce

Florals: Lily Spruce

Rentals: All Seasons Rentals

Photographer: Jaime Borschuk Photography

Catering: Fuddhism

We Tell All

At Lily Spruce, we love supporting our wedding industry community. So when Audrey Chaney of Botanica Lifestyle & Design came calling for a spotlight feature on Lily Spruce, on her blog, we said Y-E-S! Here’s a link to the story and more about why we love what we do. I even talk about my four…
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A Fine Romance

There are those times when San Francisco creates the most fantastic of backdrops for our dear clients. This photo is one of those times. An epic photo by Jenny DeAngelis of Jennydee Photography. More to come from this fabulous day, complete with a lovely Catholic ceremony in a cozy, cottage-like church in the Inner Sunset…
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