August 17, 2006

Romance in San Francisco

Jill and Conor, two highly successful and beautiful New Yorkers, decided to have a destination wedding in San Francisco where Jill grew up. Throughout the planning, I corresponded with Jill mainly by email but she was so sincere and nice that our email exchanges were quite warm and fun....not at all distant! I loved her sense of style and attention to detail from the very beginning, so I was not surprise to find out that she worked in the advertising department at Ralph Lauren. From her invitations to the programs to the escort cards, everything was beautifully designed and crafted to reflect an elegant, old world theme. They selected the perfect place for their wedding--the exquisite Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchant's Exchange Club, right in the heart of the San Francisco financial district.

On the wedding day, Jill looked absolutely stunning in her Reem Acra gown. To incorporate personal touches, she had her seamstress sew a small piece of her mother's veil inside her gown, and her bouquet had her grandmother's vintage pin attached to it. Pictures of Jill and Conor with their families were placed on one of the fireplace mantels at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. For her "Something Blue", Jill had the bottom of her shoes colored! Guests flew in from New York and as far as Ireland, where Conor was raised. For their photoshoot prior to the ceremony, Jill and Conor picked San Francisco landmarks such as Nob Hill, Legion of Honor, and Polk Street. They flew their photographer in from New York--the renown Christian Oth. Reverend Ed Holt performed a heartwarming ceremony with a light touch of humor in front of the charming fireplace inside the ballroom. Guests arrived early and took the time to admire the amazing architecture of the building. Following an hour of sumptuous hors d'oeurves and cocktails, guests were invited into the ballroom once again, as they gushed in awe at the transformation.

Guests feasted on an opulent menu prepared by McCall's while David Martin House Party made an astounding performance on stage. The party lasted late into the night before guests picked up their boxes of Godiva chocolate and were sent home to "Sweet Dreams."

The exceptional team for this wedding included the Event Professionals I named above, plus Jim Avila (hair and makeup stylist), Karen Baba of Plan Decor for flowers, Rudolfi Artists in Music, and Katrina Rozelle for the delicious wedding cake.

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