Sara and John, a young sweet couple from the Big Apple, tied the knot in San Francisco this past July and I couldn't have been more honored to be their Wedding Coordinator! Since Sara and John couldn't physically be in the Bay Area throughout the planning, I worked closely with Sara's lovely mother, Marg, on many aspects of the planning. We had such a great time during the process, carefully selecting a decadent menu with McCall's, arranging 3 full days of transportation for their guests, brainstorming with Miguel the fabulous floral designer, and many more tasks! During the months that we worked together, I found myself continually being touched by the warmth of the Mikulsky family and how close knitted they were. Marg told me many wonderful stories about their families and when I finally got a chance to meet everyone several days prior to the wedding, I felt like I have known them for a long time already! It's one of the things that I love most about what I do, and there is no better delight than seeing families get together for such an intimate occasion.
The wedding weekend began on Thursday, with a welcoming dinner at the Mikulsky household for close families and friends. Friday following the rehearsal, John's mother Carol, hosted a delicious dinner for the Wedding Party and families at R & G Lounge while other guests were invited to a cocktail party at the Grand Hyatt hotel. Saturday was the wedding day, and we were greeted in the morning with beautiful, clear weather. Sara and John exchanged handwritten vows to one another at the Old St. Mary's Cathedral. After the touching ceremony that officially joined the two families together, guests were whisked to the San Francisco City Hall on cable car trolleys. As a special touch to this black tie affair, we laid out red carpet on the front steps to greet the guests, making them feel like they were part of the Oscar's!
During the cocktail hour, guests feasted on a seafood bar full of fresh oysters, shrimp cocktail, and crab as well as a variety of creative hors d'oeurves. When the silver Vera Wang dinner bells were rung by servers, everyone walked down the marble staircase to be seated. Tall white branches with hanging votives and white orchids sat at the center of each table. Gordon Ng, a very talented artisit, drew caricatures of Sara and John under different San Francisco landmarks to indicate each table's name, and periwinkle fabric boxes with Sara and John's name sewn on the cover sat on each charger as favors. Decadent chocolate sat inside, along with a note of gratitude to let guests know a donation was made in their name to a special charity.
The evening was magical, as guests enjoyed a sumptuous 4 course dinner paired with the perfect wine, a lavish dessert bar, and lots of dancing. At the end of the night, everybody lined up in front of City Hall to send Sara and John off.....to their beautiful and exciting journey ahead as Mr. and Mrs. Capman!!
All photographs were taken by the incredibly talented and artistic Kevin Chin (www.kevinchin.com)