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

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