Lauren and Matt are a high-powered young professional couple,
and when they decided to tie the proverbial knot, they had very clear ideas of what their celebration should look and feel like.
Fresh, modern, no frills. BUT classy and elegant. A church ceremony. Lots of friends and family members around. Glorious views. Fun and lots of dancing! When Lauren approached my company, A Day Like No Other, for help with her wedding preparations, I was immediately on board.
With these ideas in mind, the couple chose St.Hilary’s Church in Tiburon for their ceremony and the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon for their reception. As a nod to the maritime setting (after all, Tiburon used to be a fishing village, in the “olden times”), the only color accents in addition to bridal white were a tiny bit of metallic gold and then, of course, classic navy. That’s what the seven bridesmaids wore (the groomsmen were all in tuxes – as I said, an elegant affair!), that was the color of the sash the bride wore with her dramatic Hailey Paige dress, and navy and blue stripes turned up again as accents on the handle of the bridal bouquet, the napkin rings, and on the wedding cake.
Come Wedding Day, the weather was just perfect – a crisp but sunny day, blue skies, a slight breeze… it couldn’t have been better. For bride and bridesmaids, the day began with hair and makeup by Lindsay Davis at the Water’s Edge Hotel in Tiburon, while the groom and groomsmen were getting ready at The Lodge at Tiburon very close by. And since this occasion was not only festive – everyone also wanted to have a little fun: the gentlemen wore fire-engine red suspenders under their tuxes, believe it or not!
The Church was beautifully decorated with altar pieces by Fantasy Florals …
and cellist Charles Wang together with the Church Music Director filled the sanctuary with uplifting music. The bride walked down the aisle on her father’s arm to the tune of “Plaisir d’amour…” – it was a truly moving moment.
After the ceremony (officiated by Father Roger Gustafson and orchestrated by Church coordinator Diana Rittenhouse), it was photo time with Jihan Cerda (just wait until you see HER photos!). Between her and Peek Media videography, all those precious moments during the day were captured – and soon enough we’ll also have a beautiful wedding video!
Guests were meanwhile enjoying Cocktail Hour on the patio off the ballroom, again serenaded by Charles Wang, and were feasting on shrimp and oysters…
… and enjoying priceless views of the San Francisco Bay and skyline.
Time for dinner! The CYC team together with my team – assistants Amanda, Annie and myself – had meanwhile set the tables…
… where blue-and-white striped napkin rings, handmade by the mother of the bride, and gold-toned Chiavari chairs established a very elegant maritime feel.
Calligraphed place cards (blue on white, of course!) and high and low centerpieces by Fantasy Florals completed the polished look.
What else? The cake! It took its clues from the nautical theme as well:
After the delicious dinner, it was time for dancing! Of course, the couple came first…
… but then, band leader Marty Johnson and the AllStar Jukebox “let it rip!”
The only regret? That the party had to end, ultimately… but I am told there was still an afterparty going on down the street!
Many happy years together on your voyage, Lauren and Matt – fair winds, and “full sail ahead!”