A Rustic, Elegant Wedding at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum

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Nov 122013
 

High school carpools may not immediately conjure notions of love and romance, but Danielle and Jonathon would argue otherwise. The couple met as they started high school, carpooling from rural Washington to Portland, OR every day for school. They drove back and forth together for nearly three years before their friendship evolved into something more after their junior prom. College put buses, planes, and trains between them, but the distance was no match for their love.

In 2012, the couple (now expert travelers) headed to Paris after a conference in Belgium. Jonathon surprised Danielle with a romantic dinner on the Champs-Élysées that ended with dessert on the hotel's roof–and Jonathon down on one knee as the lights of Paris twinkled in the background. Danielle said "oui!" and the couple began to plan an elegant, rustic and romantic wedding in San Francisco on May 17th, 2013.

A feeling of warmth and comfort was incredibly important to Danielle and Jonathon as they planned their wedding. They shared that message with their guests from the first moment, choosing luxurious letterpress invitations with a delicate lace pattern.

Modern Trousseau lace wedding dress and lace Stuart Weitzman shoes.

Danielle's lace Modern Trousseau gown had a decidedly vintage feel. Subtle ruching at the waist highlighted the bride's waist, while re-embroidered lace at the bodice and hem "gave the dress a stunning three-dimensional look," says Danielle. The lace theme was carried into Danielle's accessories. Her champagne-hued peep-toe pumps sparkled sweetly under her dress.

Danielle kept her jewelry simple to really let the dress shine. She echoed her beaded belt with a custom crystal bracelet.

Jonathon paired his tuxedo with a silver-blue bowtie and a white pocket square. His boutonniere featured three pearl-accented stephanotis blossoms and a soft dusty miller leaf.

Danielle carried a slightly loose bouquet in pink, peach and white. Overblown peonies, spray roses, sweet peas and lisianthus gave her bouquet a soft and voluminous feel.

Bride with bridesmaids in blush chiffon dresses by Jenny Yoo.

The bridesmaids wore blush chiffon dresses in a convertible design, allowing each girl to customize her look. They all carried smaller bouquets that echoed the flowers in Danielle's.

Jonathon's groomsmen all wore tuxedos and bow ties.

The ceremony took place at the Mission Dolores in San Francisco. Danielle and Jonathon sought out an historic Catholic church, and were thrilled to be able to exchange vows a mere block away from where the bride's grandparents first met, giving the location even more personal significance.

The flower girl, who "was excellent," says Danielle, carried a basket overflowing with roses, peonies, lisianthus and hydrangeas.

The church's ornate altar was a dramatic, humbling backdrop for the couple's vows. It added another layer of elegance and formality to Jonathon and Danielle's wedding day.

Rustic wedding reception tables at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
Wedding reception table with pink runners, peonies and candles.

San Francisco's Asian Art Museum was the ideal combination of unique architecture, warmth, and refined grandeur. The couple rented antique furniture and topped the tables with lush flowers and candles to create a rustic, homey feeling in such a beautiful space. Soft pink runners, bold pink peonies and scattered candles transformed the museum's Samsung Hall into the wedding reception of Danielle and Jonathon's dreams.

Vignettes of vintage furniture created three separate sitting areas throughout the reception, encouraging guests to mingle and make themselves at home in the museum.

The surf-and-turf menu featured butter-poached filet mignon, Maine lobster, Dungeness crab chowder and (a crowd favorite) cornmeal-bacon madeleines.

The couple swapped out the standard guest book for a more playful art piece featuring a whale and three-dimensional balloons. Guests were encouraged to wish the couple luck "from here to the moon," says Jonathon.

White lace wedding cake with pink sugar peonies.

The four-tiered wedding cake, topped with fondant peonies and roses, was decorated with lace details to match Danielle's dress and the invitation suite. The cake inside was a combination of vanilla, strawberry, and red velvet layers.

Later in the evening, guests got to indulge in a Nitro Ice Cream Brownie Sundae station. Ice cream was made-to-order using liquid nitrogen, with flavors ranging from malted chocolate with caramelized Rice Krispies to vanilla bean with bourbon caramel. The favors were a nod to Danielle and Jonathon's Paris engagement: A box of pastel-hued macarons.

So what has life been like for these high school sweethearts since they said "I Do"? Married life began with a honeymoon in Bora Bora, where they stayed in an "epic over-water bungalow," says Danielle. After the months of wedding planning, the couple felt that they had a void to fill, so they took on a new project. They've embarked on a culinary adventure, cooking unique dishes (and making good use of their wedding gifts in the process).

Their advice? "Plan early, plan often, be open minded, and have fun! We planned our wedding together with little advice or direction from our family, which made it a unique experience shared between just the two of us," says Danielle.

Ceremony Venue: Mission Dolores || Reception Venue: Asian Art Museum || Planner: Jubilee Lau Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau || Veil and Jewelry: Sara Gabriel || Shoes: Stuart Weitzman || Hair & Makeup: Mimi & Taylor || Wedding Bands: Mark Hadley of The Diamond Reserve || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Groom and Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang || Florist: Nancy Liu Chin || Invitations & Paper Goods: Lucky Luxe || Catering: Componere Fine Catering || Cake: Inticing Creations || Entertainment: Jason Mitchell || Guest Book: SuzyShoppe || Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola Linen || Photography: Sarah Peet Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Traditional Fall Wedding at New York City’s University Club

 Classic, Jenny Yoo, New York, Purple, Real Weddings, Reem Acra, Romantic, Traditional, White/Ivory  Comments Off on A Traditional Fall Wedding at New York City’s University Club
Sep 112013
 
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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Sarah and Scott met in 2004 while studying abroad in London. But when their stint overseas was over, their relationship was not. "We maintained a long distance relationship through college," said Sarah, "and then I moved to New York and he moved to Washington, D.C."

Nearly six years later, inside the library room of Washington, D.C.'s Jefferson Hotel, the couple became engaged. "A couple of minutes after we sat down, a waiter came in with a bottle of champagne and a note that read 'will you marry me?'" Sarah recalled. She turned to Scott and found him on one knee, holding a cushion-cut diamond ring. "Fifteen minutes later, our mothers walked in—they had flown to D.C. without me knowing."

Wedding planning began immediately. In just six short months, Sarah and Scott had planned the quintessential New York City wedding. The couple picked Manhattan's

Just after sun down on November 12, 2011, the pair said "I do" in a traditional Jewish ceremony. Sarah's parents walked her down the aisle, which was scattered with white rose petals. She met her groom to "Legends of the Fall" by Dodi Li.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

The bride wore a delicately beaded The King and I. And it had me at the title," Sarah said. "The King and I was one of my favorite movies growing up."

white rose bouquet

Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

The bride worked with Manhattan florist Eric Landgraf to design a bouquet of white orchids, roses, ivy and looping palm leaves.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Sarah's six bridesmaids wore purple floor-length grooms boutonnieres purple hydrangea

Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Scott wore a white calla lily flanked by green orchids and eucalyptus seeds. It was pinned to his classic bow-tie tuxedo. Each groomsmen's boutonniere was made from a single purple hydrangea.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

The couple's cocktail hour hor d'oeuvres—an assortment of Peking duck, bruschetta, smoked salmon and sushi—were "to die for," Sarah said. "Food was a very big priority for us."

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Guests found their seats inside the ballroom by using the couple's ivory tented escort cards.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

While Sarah and Scott shunned any official theme or color scheme, they gave a nod to where they met by naming their tables after London landmarks—Tate Modern, Mayfair, Selfridges and Abbey Road were all included in the table names. "We had a friend who lived in London bring back miniature double-decker buses, telephone booths and cabs," which were scattered among the tables' name cards, Sarah said.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Alternating high and low centerpieces of orchids, roses, cymbidium, hydrangea and ivy added drama to the already-breathtaking ballroom.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Sarah wanted a "warm, romantic and classic reception," she said. Taper candles and luxurious brocade table cloths evoked romance that radiated throughout the ballroom.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Sarah and Scott shared their first dance to Diana Ross' "I Love You More Today Than Yesterday," played by the Pete Saunders Band.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

The band's music mix of Motown, 80s hits and top 40 tunes kept guests dancing all night long. "They danced like crazy," Sarah said, recalling that the invigorating classic "Shout" drew the largest crowd to the floor. "Now six months later, people still talk about the music at the wedding."

traditional bouquet toss

Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Sarah's sister-in-law captured the bride's bouquet from a swarm of single women who gathered for the traditional toss. "The look on her face was just amazing," Sarah said.

classic white fondant wedding cake

Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

A white fondant cake, layered with raspberry filling, was encircled by orchids and tea light candles. The couple also served French apple gallette and a chocolate trio.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

For favors, guests filled bags with Haribo gummies—the groom's favorite childhood candy.

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The bride counts the cake cutting and "the hora, especially seeing my father with this incredible grin on his face being lifted up on the chair," as some of the most memorable moments from their reception. And of all the advice the couple's day-of coordinator, Brian Bennett of the University Club, gave, the couple clung to these as their cherished favorites: "Don't sweat the small stuff, smile, have fun and enjoy."

Venue: University Club || Florist: Eric C. Landgraf Florist || Rentals: Eric C. Landgraf Florist || Caterer: University Club || Cake designer: University Club || Music: Pete Saunders Band through Hank Lane Music || Transportation: Warren Arrington || Photography: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios || Gown: Reem Acra || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo || Groom's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna || Couple's Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.

—Jillian Kramer

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An Elegant Outdoor Wedding at an Iconic New York Venue

 Casual, Elegant, Jenny Yoo, Modern, New York, Purple, Real Weddings, Romantic, Traditional  Comments Off on An Elegant Outdoor Wedding at an Iconic New York Venue
Sep 112013
 

Cupid's arrow struck Anna and Akshay on their first date—a date arranged through the online cherub OkCupid.com. "We felt incredibly lucky," the bride says. Nearly three years later, as the couple lounged in New York City's Fort Greene Park, Akshay popped the question. "The funny part was that we had tickets to see King Lear at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a couple of hours—so we had to go, and that is the least celebratory play ever!" Anna exclaims. "We got to go out for champagne afterward, though."

The couple wed at the Bronx Zoo. They strove to make their wedding "feel elegant and special but still relaxed and comfortable—kind of like the zoo itself," Anna says.

While the bride fell for the do-it-yourself craze, she also "wanted to make sure that any of those personal touches still felt authentic to me," she explains. "I was very wary of cutesy wedding cliches."

"The zoo is crawling with peacocks that roam free, and I absolutely love the colors of their feathers. The peacock also happens to be the national bird of India, and we had sort of a half-Indian wedding," the bride says. With the peacocks as their inspiration, the couple's color palette came easily: Rich jewel hues of blue, purple, green, and gold. "I liked not being super strict with the color scheme—it felt more authentic than trying to carefully make everything one of two specific colors," Anna explains. "Sometimes I feel like that can get a little stiff or cheesy if you're not careful."

The bride sought a simple and elegant gown to counter the elaborate and vibrant Indian sari she donned during the ceremony. "I tried this dress on early in the process and just couldn't get it out of my head," Anna says of her Jenny Yoo dress. "I didn't have that amazing aha moment, but even as I tried on several other gorgeous options at other stores I just kept thinking about it. So I finally went for it!"

"The most important accessory for the dress itself was the purple and gold sash," the bride says. She searched "high and low" and across the Internet until she found the perfect strip of fabric for sale by an Indian eBay vendor. "I had my seamstress attach it to the dress. It definitely helped make for a nice transition from the sari," Anna says.

The bride describes her sari, which was purchased by her in-laws in India, as "purple and green silk with tons of gold embellishments and beading."

Days before the wedding, Anna hosted a Mehndi party for herself and her six bridesmaids "so I had henna on my hands for the big day," she says. Bridesmaids also wore the decorative ink.

Bridesmaids wore mismatched jewel-toned dresses the bride discovered on Polyvore. "We organized via Pinterest," she says. Because the dresses were purchased online, sight-unseen until the wedding day, the experience was a little "nerve-wracking," Anna says. "But it worked out perfectly. Everyone looked great, and they all looked awesome together."

The bride's bouquet was a luscious mix of 10 types of flowers, including pink and white peonies, lisianthus, garden roses, and clematis.

With their backs to the sea lion pool, 160 guests watched the couple exchange hand-written vows. "I was reluctant to do it—being a writer and editor, it just feels extra nerve-wracking writing about myself—but Akshay really wanted to, and I'm so glad we did," Anna says.

The ceremony space—just beyond the zoo center, where the rhinos roam—was "so beautiful that we really kept everything else simple," the bride says. The couple wed beneath a classic Indian mandap that was decorated with birch, foliage, ribbons, and flowers.

Purchased on Minted, the couple's invitation suite was called Royal Plumage, the perfect complement to their peacock feather-inspired color palette.

Escort cards were tied to tiny plastic animals the bride bought online and spray-painted gold. "Pretty much my only DIY," she admits. The type of animal corresponded to a table name—guests whose names were attached to a zebra were seated at the zebra table, and so on with the other members of the small animal kingdom.

But the small animals presented a conundrum for the children at the wedding. "I'd originally been a little worried that some of them wouldn't get the animal they really wanted and would be upset," Anna says. "What happened is a few of the little rascals ran around to all the tables and tried to steal everyone's animals when they weren't looking! Obviously no one really minded, but it was pretty silly."

At each table sat a gold picture frame, which held a printed image of the animal for which the table was named. "I used PowerPoint to lay them out along with the actual number for the table and had them printed out at Walgreens," the bride says as she describes perhaps her only other do-it-yourself project.

A mixture of textured purple, cream, and orange blooms made up the centerpieces, which were held in mercury glass vases. Vintage books and votive candles also decorated the table tops.

Uber-hits Call Me Maybe and Gangnam Style drove people to the to dance floor in droves, the bride recalls. "Those are two of the best wedding-dancing songs out there," she says.

"One of my favorite dancing moments was when the DJ played Shout," Anna says. "I'm not generally the biggest fan of those kind of cheesy wedding songs, but people got so into it. There's literally a photo of someone lying down on the floor during the 'a little bit softer now' part. Amazing."

Momofuku Milk Bar designed a four-tier wedding cake made with layers of chocolate pretzel and birthday cake. "They don't really frost the outsides of the cakes," the bride explains. "They just look kind of unfinished and super cool."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Erganic Design || Ceremony Venue: Bronx Zoo || Reception Venue: Bronx Zoo || Bride's Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo || Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade || Bride's Wedding Ring: Soho Gem || Groom's Tux: Theory || Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Name || Bridesmaids' Accessories: Name || Henna Artist: Akiyo Ogura || Florist: Sweet & Flower || Caterer: Bronx Zoo || Stationery: Minted || Cake Baker: Momofuku Milk Bar || Favors: TheBigZoo.com || Linen Rentals: Name || Entertainment: Carlos Rey Sebastian || Transportation: DeCamp Bus Lines || Photography: Oh, Darling! Photography

A Formal Spring Wedding at The University Club of Chicago

 Blue, Classic, Formal, Jenny Yoo, Monique Lhuillier, Purple, Real Weddings, Spring, Traditional  Comments Off on A Formal Spring Wedding at The University Club of Chicago
Aug 262013
 

Danielle and Michael, hip thirty-somethings who call Chicago home, wanted a "classic but comfortable" wedding. They also loved the idea of incorporating a wine and cheese tasting into their reception, as the duo met while at an event dubbed "Pinot Days." The University Club of Chicago provided the ideal venue, and on April 13, 2010 the couple celebrated with 250 of their friends and family.

Inspired by the venue's regal atmosphere, the couple selected navy blue and plum as their wedding colors. Danielle's four bridesmaids wore long Jenny Yoo gowns in navy.

Bridesmaids carried mostly-white peony and anemone bouquets accented with a touch of lavender.

Danielle and Michael live just five blocks from St. Clement Church, making the bride's childhood chapel an easy choice for their ceremony space. The traditional Catholic ceremony was "brought to life" by the priest, the bride says, who "made the ceremony accessible for all guests, Catholic or not."

The priest "read aloud from letters that we had written to him about our relationship," Danielle says. "We didn't know they would be made public, and they got quite a few laughs."

The bride wore a strapless silk Monique Lhuillier wedding dress paired with a two-tier cathedral length veil.

A formal reception followed the couple's traditional wedding ceremony. "We went to the reception room to see the space about 10 minutes before our guests arrived," says the bride. "When we walked in, you could smell the beautiful flowers and the sun was still streaming into the room showing off the stained glass. By the end of the night, you could see the lights of the city."

Two types of floral centerpieces, each in keeping with the couple's blue and purple color palette, were used throughout the reception space. One centerpiece mixed fluffy white hydrangea and peonies with lush pink and purple buds.

Cut-glass vases filled with small-but-vibrant blooms in hues of ivory, purple and blue were also used as centerpieces.

Custom calligraphy by Stacey Shapiro Calligraphy tied the couple's cocktail hour offerings, including an enviable cheese table, together.

Danielle DIY-ed the couple's escort cards: Ivory tags tied to miniature compasses with velvet blue ribbon.

Purple menu cards were tucked into linen napkins and accented with sprigs of lavender.

"Our absolute favorite part of the planning process was the cake tasting," the bride says of the couple's three-tier chocolate fudge cake with crème brûlée and salted caramel filling.

Apothecary jars filled with moss and white tulip blooms decorated the bar area.

Danielle and Mike selected Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is" as their first dance song.

"Mike got on his knee and proposed, and the whole restaurant joined us in celebrating, opening up the case of champagne that Mike had sneakily dropped off earlier in the day," Danielle recalls of the night her groom proposed.

Danielle and Michael stole away for 10 minutes during their reception, sneaking off to a balcony with a view for a few couple-only photos. "But those 10 minutes away from the reception with just the two of us was a very fun, private moment to take a time-out and realize what an amazing night we were having," Danielle says.

"One piece of advice that we were given and would pass on was to try to spend as much time together during the reception as possible," Danielle advises. "We wanted to be together in our first hours as a married couple and wanted to have shared memories of our reception, so for nearly the entire reception we held hands and stuck together, whether it was on the dance floor or walking around talking to family and friends."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Anne Book Signature Style || Ceremony Venue: St. Clement Church || Reception Venue: The University Club of Chicago || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride's Veil: Ultimate Bride || Bride's Shoes: James Ciccotti || Bride's Accessories: Gabrielle Sanchez || Bride's Wedding Ring: Harold Burland & Son || Groom's Tux: Hugo Boss || Groom's Wedding Ring: Harold Burland & Son || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Neiman Marcus || Florist: Hello Darling || Caterer: The University Club of Chicago || Stationery: Magnificent Milestones || Favors: LH Calligraphy || Rentals: Tablescapes || Entertainment: Colby Beserra and the Party Faithful || Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie

A One-Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress with a Modern Floral Print by Jenny Yoo

 Blue, Bridesmaid Dresses, Bridesmaids, Jenny Yoo, Romantic, Spring, Summer, Whimiscal  Comments Off on A One-Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress with a Modern Floral Print by Jenny Yoo
May 162013
 
Jenny Yoo one-shoulder floral bridesmaid dress

Photo: Courtesy of Jenny Yoo

Putting your gals in floral gowns doesn't necessarily require you to plan a girly, uber-romantic wedding celebration. The soft silhouette and flirty, ruffled neckline of this Jenny Yoo one-shoulder bridesmaid dress is offset by a bold, geometric floral print in a cool color combo. A shift like this will appease both your fashion-forward and hopeless romantic 'maids. Better yet, your girls can just as easily wear this little number with a cropped denim jacket as they could with sky-high heels at another spring or summer celebration.

"Lulu" knee-length bridesmaid dress with an asymmetrical shoulder with a soft flutter drape, $265, Jenny Yoo

—Lauren Frankfort

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