January 8, 2016

MARY-ALEX AND THOMAS' DESTINATION WEDDING AT DE YOUNG MUSEUM

I would say that more than half of our weddings are destination weddings, many of which are in San Francisco. Between our beautiful city and nearby gems like Napa Valley and Carmel Valley, the Bay Area attracts couples from all over the world as a popular destination for weddings.

Our lovely couple from Texas, Mary-Alex and Thomas, visited San Francisco a few years ago and fell head over heels in love with the city. They knew then, that if they were to get married one day, it could only be in San Francisco.

Fast forward to 2015 and their dream came true. With all 120 friends and families from different parts of the country, they united in this magical city by the bay to celebrate their union.

The wedding day began at the historical Mark Hopkins, perched atop picturesque Nob Hill. With 12 bridesmaids and 2 moms to keep her company, Mary-Alex's bridal prep in the morning was filled with laughter and champagne--a great combination! Thomas' suite was bustling with people as well, and a million dollar view of the city!








Their first look took place right outside the hotel, and to add to the sentiment, they decided to exchange gifts to one another as well. 





While their bridal party of 24 hung out in their hotel suite, their photographer took them around the city in a cable car trolley for some iconic shots. They then reunited with everyone and headed to the De Young Museum for more photos before the ceremony began in the late afternoon.







The ceremony took place in the Sculpture Garden, and despite the chilly weather that day, everyone was in good spirits as they witnessed Mary-Alex and Thomas being joined together as one. 


Cocktail hour was held in the Hamon Tower, with a 360 degree view of San Francisco. As you can imagine, guests were incredibly fulfilled up there, between admiring the view and indulging in delicacies by Componere Fine Catering! 




During the planning, both Mary-Alex and Thomas expressed that they weren't very fond of the traditional seated dinner, despite its formality for a wedding. They much preferred having guests eat, mingle, and dance simultaneously throughout the evening so that it felt like one great party. We worked closely with Componere Fine Catering to develop food stations that would be interesting, filling, and easy to move around with. We also provided a mix of tables/chairs, furniture vignettes, and cocktail tables for those who did desire a "home base" while they ate. It all worked out beautifully. The elderlies appreciated the seating available, and the younger crowd loved not being confined to a seat for 2 hours. Just as our couple envisioned, people ate, chatted, danced, and ate some more. It was truly one awesome party! 





Thank you, Mary-Alex and Thomas, for entrusting us with your wedding from the start, and thank you to our all star team for working so hard to make it spectacular! 

Event Design, Planning + Production: Jubilee Lau Events
Venue: De Young Museum
Caterer: Componere Fine Catering
Photographer: Augie Chang Photography
Floral Designer: Cherries
Custom Linens: Wildflower Linens
Furniture: Pleasanton Furniture
Wedding Cake + Groom's Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes
Cable Car Trolley: Classic Cable Car
Vintage Rolls Royce: Nationwide Limousine Service
Makeup + Hair: JBeautique
Lighting + Draping: Enhanced Lighting
String Ensemble: Starlite Strings via Bay Music Entertainment
Live Band: Lucky Devils
Officiant: Reverend Charlies Regal






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