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
Ceremony + Reception DJ: Love in the Mix
Bride’s Gown: Watters
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Officiant: Groom’s sister
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.
- 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
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
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
“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