When I was in San Francisco last month, one of the most delicious meals we had was at Foreign Cinema. A super cool restaurant and bar in an old cinema building (pro tip: get the truffle popcorn – so good!), they also play silent foreign film during dinner. The vibe is laid back but super cool. Unsurprisingly, it also makes an awesome wedding venue, and I am super excited to share Stephanie and Jim’s big day with you today!
But before we crack on, can we all please stop for one minute and bask in the beauty that is Stephanie’s Monique Lhuillier dress? I mean, goodness!
This couple love movies and video games, and so that’s where they went for their wedding styling. “I don’t know if it was a theme but we sure had a lot of Mario stuff”, Stephanie explained. “We’re 80s kids raised on Nintendo, so our seating chart and table names were all from the classic Super Mario World map. We got a bunch of Mario toys and spread them all around the tables, and of course there was the insanely awesome cake. It was so detailed, it even had a Rainbow Road from Mario Kart!”
“We had a couple of arcade machines brought in for people to play. We did do a first dance but much more important was the first game of Street Fighter 2 as a married couple. I won!”
Known for it’s steep rolling hills, cable cars and as the home of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is sure to be at the top of many of your honeymoon destination wish lists. Which is why, when I was there recently teaching a workshop, I took copious notes on all the awesome things we did and saw for this blog post!
We really lucked out with our food selections in here, everything we ate was super yummy! Some of my favourites were Mission Picnic, Foreign Cinema (they play movies on a big screen in the outside seating area!), Kitchen Story, La Palma (best tacos ever, seriously) and Sidewalk Juice. Even the take-out was incredible. We ordered from Basil Thai TWICE while we were there because it was probably the best thai food I’ve EVER had.
If you’re a bit of a foodie, San Francisco certainly won’t disappoint you!
If there’s one thing that defines San Francisco like nothing else, it’s the houses. Huge, foreboding Victorian buildings… painted all the colours of the rainbow! We had so much fun walking around and deciding who should live in which house. However Gala and I might have to share this one…
Like, literally, my dream home.
I mean, holy shit…
The night before our first Blogcademy workshop of the year I turned to Gala and squealed “I AM SO EXCITED!” It had been nearly six months since our last class in Auckland and I was dying to get cracking again.
… And I wasn’t disappointed. I think this actually might have been one of the best classes ever!!
The reason being that every single gorgeous creature that came along was enthusastic, driven, with a unique story to tell. Esme was a writer with some damn good style, Mariah passionately ran her organic skin care spa line (and had treats for everyone!), Erin was a sewing champion and Hannah paints her face everyday and posts photos on her blog!
Paula holds the world record for drawing Fred Flintstone (!) and blogs about fashion for the over 40s and Angela is a pastry connoisseur. I mean, goodness, what a diverse bunch ‘o babes!
Hello beautiful! This update comes to you from a very chilly Chicago, where I’m sat in my Air B&B digs with Gala and Shauna, hiding from the weather and planning our adventures in this brand new city.
Last weekend we taught out first Blogcademy workshop of the year in San Francisco. We had such an awesome time and I loved every single one of these girls who came to spend their weekend with us. Full report heading your way soon of course!
On Monday we (begrudgingly) left our beautiful haunted mansion to fly to Chicago. We had such a fab time in California, managing to pack a whole lot into our short trip (full Honeymoon Travel Guide hitting these pages imminently!) The flight to the windy city was great except for the massive lightening storm that started as soon as we landed, forcing us to stay on the runway at O’Hare for two hours – groan!
Kelsey and Sean’s beautiful Autumn wedding was held at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. They wanted their day to be simple and a reflection of who they are.
“We wanted our wedding to be simple and to be fun time for all of our family and friends,” wrote the bride. “Though a lot of time was spent on the planning and logistics, the most important part to us was that we would get to spend a great night with everyone we love and share with them the love we have for each other.”
“We did pretty much all of the planning and implementation ourselves. Even though it was stressful at times, I think it ended up making the whole day even more meaningful. We also worked with the most amazing vendors EVER. When you have a wedding you end up spending quite a bit of money, so it was important to us that the majority of our business went to local, independent businesses. Not only did they all do a great job, but they were such wonderful people to work with!”
Adriene and Shannon wanted an informal wedding so they held their ceremony at Aids Memorial Grove in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. It was followed by a picnic reception in the park. One of the most unique and awesome parts of their wedding was the bride’s ombre wedding dress, which she made herself by upcycling two second-hand dresses and making them into one!
“I put two dresses together and then pinned the ‘petals’ of silk to the base dress in a gradient of colors from light pink to burgundy”, she explained. “I added a right pocket with a ring holding ribbon to keep my future husband’s new piece of jewelry secure and a left pocket for my iPhone! I knew I wanted to make my own dress because making costume-like clothing is my favorite way to express myself.”