Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Vintage San Francisco: Kathryn + Ryan

We've been dying to show you the images of Kathryn and Ryan's winter wedding for months! Martha Stewart Weddings did a wonderful job of featuring all of the spectacular details that went into Kathryn's wedding yesterday and now it's our turn! I must say - working with Kathryn was a dream. It was such a pleasure to collaborate with her on all of the details and to work with someone as into weddings as we are. She's incredibly sweet and sincere and all around just the loveliest person. It was such an honor to be a part of Kathryn and Ryan's big day. We hope you enjoy all the photos of the wedding as much as we enjoyed planning it!

So on to the wedding...

After searching for the perfect venue, Kathryn and Ryan fell in love with Swedenborgian Church in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. We had done a gorgeous wedding there a couple years back and have always loved its cozy feel. It's really magical - think roaring fire and tons of taper candles- and ideal for a winter wedding. With the church in place, Kathryn and Ryan decided to host their reception at The Presidio Social Club, a fun vintage-inspired restaurant housed in an old army barracks in the historic Presidio neighborhood of San Francisco.

Kathryn chose a color palatte of red and white with accents of charcoal gray and silver. I loved how it felt perfectly seasonal and how it worked seamlessly with the decor at the Presidio Social Club. We incorporated subtle seasonal references throughout the wedding - a simple wreath on the invitation, a pinecone rosette at each place setting, a "Poinsettia" signature cocktail and even eggnog on the dessert buffet!

After a sweet and emotional ceremony, guests recessed out of the church to find the Golden Gate Boys Choir singing "Joy to the World" and other Christmas carols. (We couldn't resist outfitting them in matching plaid scarves and navy peacoats!) Kathryn and Ryan headed to the reception in a vintage Checker taxi complete with a "Just Married" sign. At the Presidio Social Club, guests sipped vintage cocktails and enjoyed comfort food favorites, like french fries, served in custom paper cones from PS Paper. Kathleen Deery Design did a knock out job of outfitting the Club. Kathleen created a boxwood garland that lined the entryway to the club and hung miniature boxwood wreaths from the interior windows. The tables were adorned with white cyclamen in handmade vases (exclusive for Kathleen Deery Design) and just the cutest white pom-pom napkins. The whole look was timeless and elegant. After dinner, guests dug in to an incredible dessert buffet with desserts from Perfect Endings and gelato from the Noci Gelato Bike. It was a spectacular night! Be sure to check out Snippet & Ink for more photos, as well as Kiss the Groom!

Photos by Elizabeth Messina. Ceremony location Swedenborgian Church. Reception location Presidio Social Club. Floral design by Kathleen Deery Design. Personal Flowers by Michaele Thunen. Printed materials, escort buttons and dessert buffet styling by Jill Sassa Poole for PS Paper. Calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap and Maybelle Imasa-Stukls. Ceremony music by Lawrence Strings. Dinner music by Crystal Monee Hall and Jazz Mafia. Photobooth from Magnolia Photobooth. Boy's Choir from Golden Gate Boy's Choir. Wedding cake and desserts from Perfect Endings. Gelato Bike from Noci Gelato. Cocktail tent from Classic Party Rentals. Select linens from LaTavola. Sound by Delicate Productions. Valet from Soiree Valet. Bridal Party Transportation from Bauer's. Vintage Taxi from Marin Checker Taxi. Bride's gown by Angel Sanchez from Jin Wang. Hair and Make-up by Jim Avila.


  1. Jenna,

    It was wonderful working with you on Kathryn's wedding day. You planned a beautiful wedding and I have you and Kathryn to thank for some of awesome images from the day. There were so many stylish details for us to shoot! So thank you for planning and running such a perfect wedding and I hope to work with you guys again soon.

  2. The lovely Amsale maids dress and darling flower girls by LulaKate are from Bella Bridesmaid. We were thrilled to be a part of such a fabulous wedding!

  3. I can't say enough about how wonderful it was to work with you guys - our wedding was such a magical day that I will always remember, and our guests are still telling us how much fun they had. THANK YOU!!!!

  4. I especially love the photo of the wedding cake. :)It's a simple wedding yet so elegant.


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