May 15, 2006

Let's Go Retro!

I had an amazing wedding this weekend! Melissa and Noah knew from the very beginning that they wanted the wedding day to be one big party to celebrate every aspect of their lives! There was indeed a lot to celebrate--Melissa officially being titled as Dr. Melissa Reyes, the joining of two wonderful families and their Filipino / Jewish traditions, and the opportunity to bring their closest friends and families together to party the night out! The wedding day started off with a bbq in the morning at Crissy Field in San Francisco. A roasted pig was eaten in celebration of Melissa's Filipino heritage, and the boys enjoyed a nice sweaty game of toss football! Mid-morning, the ladies went back to the Hotel Vitale and got ready in the beautiful circular suite with a 180 degree view of the bay. I have never seen a more relaxed bride than Melissa! Brides that are getting married in San Francisco should definitely consider splurging on the suite that they get ready in on the wedding day, especially if you have more than two bridesmaids! To add a fun twist to things, they decided to have the party revolving around a 1950's theme. The bridesmaids had on fun flirty Betsey Johnson dresses and Melissa looked stunning in a wedding gown handmade by her aunt who is a seamstress! Noah's father's 1950's baby blue cadillac was the perfect method of transportation! Pink and Lime were Melissa's favorite colors and we completely transformed the Presidio Officer's Club with this palette as inspiration!

For all the brides out there who are designing your own wedding, CONSIDER LIGHTING! It's a must-have to create any type of ambiance that you are looking for. For the lounge area at this wedding we started off with pink uplighting for the cocktail hour and changed it out to a ruby red uplighting later on in the night to create the sophisticated club feeling that Noah wanted. Lighting does wonders. I worked with a fantastic team to produce this wedding--Mandy Scott Flowers, John Woods of Enhanced Lighting, Teri Menchini of La Bocca Fina, EVER Music Group, Spintronix, and Neil Adams of Neil Adams Event Resources for the furniture. EVER provided a sexy jazz music during the cocktail, dinner and the first hour of dancing. Spintronix then took over with a more clubbing style of music for the late night dancers. Everyone was having so much fun!! Thank you to the fabulous Gene Higa for these great photos....which are just sneak previews to the thousands that he took on Saturday night! Gene is an incredibly fun and stylish photographer who is daring and bold and not afraid to think outside of the box! He does amazing destination weddings so check out his website and There's a picture of Gene and I below and a picture that he caught of me holding Melissa's delicate veil.

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