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San Francisco Live Music Wedding with Party Vibes

A chance meeting in a San Francisco gallery set Shannon and Trevor on course for a unique and chic rock and roll wedding under the glorious Californian sun. They wanted to make sure their day didn’t feel like an uptight affair, rather a party they wanted to hang out at with their friends and family. With live music and no sit-down meal, Shannon and Trevor stuck to their motto of “Do whatever you want”.

Trevor is a musician and, having missed enjoying music with friends throughout the pandemic, their wedding day celebrated the return of rock and roll. They chose the Phoenix Hotel as their venue, a favourite of music lovers. Shannon told us, “The venue already has a rock and roll theme with a large record collection and a great outdoor area with a whimsical feel.” And with fire pits, a pool and strings of lights and paper lanterns to dress their gorgeous, leafy outdoor space, very little additional décor was required, saving time and money. They did dress the aisle, with a neon ‘Til Death’ sign and wooden arbour marking the space for their vows.

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Spontaneous San Francisco Elopement Inspired by the Number 13

The inspiration for Meg and Chad’s San Francisco elopement is unlucky for some – the number 13! “It’s both our favourite numbers,” said Meg, “and we originally had a wedding planned for January 13th, 2019 and were going to San Francisco for the holidays. We were planning our trip out for sight-seeing and things to do, and we look at each other and half joked about how cool it would be to get married in San Francisco! We had said though that we would only do it if we could still have 13 in our anniversary. I logged into the City Hall website, and the only date available for when we were in San Fran was October 30th – 10/30 = 13!”

And so their spontaneous San Francisco elopement was booked! “It’s lucky I had to look up the available dates,” said Meg, “as I had no idea you had to book a City Hall appointment to register separately from the wedding nor that you had to do so far in advance – we’d originally just planned to rock up!” 

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Nostalgic Camp-Themed Wedding with a Weed Bar

Scott and Jackie’s main aim with their May 4th wedding was to stay true to what they love and care about. They grew to love camping together and got engaged while on a cross-country road trip, and that became the core of the theme – made by hand, a little rough around the edges, mismatched, down to earth, but most importantly to them – a hella good time!

When planning their day, they made a pact – anything that felt contrived, they would nix, and replace it with something that felt more like them instead. They served pies instead of traditional wedding cake; they had no groomsmen or bridal party, just their loved ones showing up for them. They held a spontaneous parking-lot party instead of a first dance and embodied a true to form DIY attitude. They didn’t hire a planner or coordinator and did everything themselves!

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Dark & Moody San Francisco Elopement

Oh my goodness, I have the most beautiful elopement to share with you today! Valentina and Lorenzo were married in San Francisco in November. They didn’t have their ceremony photographed, nor did they have a reception, but they hired Lilly Red to take some beautiful wedding day portraits. They planned the elopement in just one month too!

“I’ve always loved weddings and I had something in mind for ours, but when we started to organise it, we realised it would be too expensive”, said the bride. “I think that a lot of couples are afraid to venture too much and following their hearts, but we were alone, with no friend or family members to judge our look or our choices. In fact we kept our wedding secret so everybody (other than our parents) only found out that we’d got married when we changed our statuses on Facebook! We planned everything really fast, in one month too. My husband-to-be was working in Israel for 20 days before the wedding and only came back four days before!”

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A San Francisco Elopement, A Yorkshire Village Hall Reception & A DeLorean!

Charlotte and John decided to get married while on Holiday in San Francisco. They had just a photographer there as their witness. Afterwards they planned a low-stress village hall reception back home in North Yorkshire with all their friends and family. It was inspired by kid’s birthday parties and the groom’s pride and joy: His DeLorean!

“John didn’t want the pressure of organising a big wedding”, said Charlotte, “and I don’t think I could have organised a full on wedding day with out some kind of breakdown! So we decided to go to off and get married on our own. “We had booked our holiday to San Francisco before getting engaged and I had been Pinteresting things we could do there. I then made a joke about getting married while we were away… One thing led to another and the next thing I knew I was asking my mum if she would be OK with it!”

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Intimate and Laid Back Family Gathering Style London Wedding

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Hannah and Jonathan met through Hannah’s sister and her husband who is Jonathan’s best friend! They knew each other for ten years before getting together, when they realised they had been kindred spirits all along. Despite long distance (San Francisco to London) they stayed together and after a year Jonathan proposed and six months later they were hitched!

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They wanted to keep their wedding small and local, and didn’t want the day to feel like a wedding at all, but instead a special day of bringing together their two families. They wanted it to be relaxed and laid back and to feel just like a big family gathering. They did away with a lot of traditions which they didn’t feel were necessary and only included what was important to them.

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Classic Rock n Roll Wedding with a Nautical Edge

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Char and Rob were married on a yacht in the San Francisco Bay. They had their ceremony on the deck, followed by the reception inside. The bride, a shoe designer, designed her own shoes which she wore with a stunning fishtail dress from Nicole Miller. The couple met when they were both playing in punk bands and this love of music and having an alternative lifestyle definitely influenced their day.

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“I would say our wedding was Rock n Roll with a nautical edge”, Char began. “Aesthetically, we had the striped print concept and gold anchor detail which was fitting for a wedding on a yacht but also very reflective of our personal style. I have recently started my own company, a speciality women’s footwear brand called Charla Tedrick, and the core prints for my brand are black and white stripes. It’s kind of all over our house, actually! I’ve had a gold anchor surface piercing below my left eye for almost a decade… so obviously gold anchors would make an appearance in our wedding décor!”

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Modern Meets the Mountains Wedding

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Julie and Bryce’s San Francisco wedding took place at The Log Cabin in Presidio Park. “Tucked behind the Golden Gate Bridge in a giant city park called the Presidio resides a very little known (even to locals) log cabin in the woods”, explained Julie. “Here, we married, figuratively and literally, the idea of our big city love with our absolute happy place, which is Tahoe. The perfect blend of Truckee cabin and city skyline, it was the perfect crossroads of everything we love.”

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“Being San Francisco natives (a very rare thing), it was very important that we kept things traditional to our roots while combining our biggest loves and inspirations: travel, design, cookies, family, and our dog. In the spirit of Tahoe, we created a s’more bar outside and a fireplace setting in front of the Log Cabin’s indoor fireplace. We also didn’t have any cake, we served milk and cookies instead!”

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Lunch Time Wedding on New Year’s Eve

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Sonia and Kevin wanted an intimate wedding so they decided on a ceremony in San Francisco City Hall followed by a lunch time reception. They were married on New Year’s Eve.

“We both really like the style of the late 50s/early 60s and my outfit was styled with that in mind”, said the bride. “We just wanted a small gathering of our nearest friends and family that was relaxed and not too formal. Simple elegance, if you will.”

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“Our ceremony was held on the 2nd floor Mayor’s balcony of San Francisco City Hall, overlooking the rotunda and grand staircase. The space is beautiful on its own, and we didn’t need any additional decorations. Judge Breyer kept things short and sweet, which was perfect for us. We met with him a few weeks before the ceremony and rather than writing traditional vows, he requested that we each send him a paragraph about why we loved the other person. The rules were that we both had to submit something, and had to send it to him without telling the other what we’d written so that he could read them aloud for everyone to hear for the first time during our ceremony. Both paragraphs brought smiles, tears, and laughs from our guests.”

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Technicolor Rock n Roll Wedding

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Susan and Patrick were inspired by all the things they love for their wedding. So that meant the day was themed around vintage fashion, vinyl records, Elvis, and bright colours.

“Our wedding planning philosophy was simple: Is it fun and does it make us happy?” said the bride. “The songs we played, the food we served, the vows we wrote, and venue we chose all reflected things that made us happy. We cut out anything that seemed too hard to implement or was otherwise a distraction, like a bridal party, a grand entrance and exit, and a sit down dinner. Instead we added things that seemed fun such as our technicolour wedding arch, my accessories, my husband’s gold lame suit, a  temporary tattoo station, and a ukulele performance where my husband and I sang for our guests!”

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The wedding was held at Bottom of the Hill, a concert venue in San Francisco. “The entire event occurred at a cool rock music venue where Patrick and I have seen a lot of shows together. And, since a traditional guestbook didn’t seem like much fun, we decided to have a ‘guest-guitar’ which fit perfectly with this! We bought a cheap white guitar and a bunch of multi-coloured markers, and invited all our guests to write us a message on it.  People loved it, and now we have a guitar that represents the love of all our friends and family to hang on the wall.”

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Halloween and Music Themed Wedding at a Rock Club

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Tiffany and Josh’s November wedding was inspired by a mixture of Halloween and good old fashioned Rock n Roll! They were married at Bottom of the Hill, a club in San Francisco.

“The club was fully decked out in Halloween decorations”, said the bride. “We gave out sugar skulls and had a trick or treat station. We also embraced that fact that we got married at a rock venue. So we played a few songs, made everyone put on temporary tattoos and had our DJ play a carefully curated 70s power pop set list. We really wanted everyone to feel like they were going to a rock show. Our invitations were designed to look like old punk show flyers and we allowed people to start drinking right when they arrived.”

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“I worked really hard to add as many unique elements as I could. What comes to mind is the venue, the temporary tattoo favours, and the food (we went with a Hawaiian/Mexican fusion-sushi, papas fritas, saimin, tacos, etc…). However, the most important thing to us was performing original songs for our guests in lieu of our first dance.”

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Bohemian San Francisco Elopement

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Josh and Katie, both from the UK, travelled to San Francisco in September to elope. They had a reception for their loved ones back home at a later date.

“We are both very fond of the 70s era”, Katie explained, “Our living room is like something out of a mid-century furniture magazine. I knew my dress would be vintage, but I didn’t have a set style in mind. When I came across my 70s, handmade Mexican dress on Etsy, I knew it was the one. I had bought it within a month of us getting engaged. It needed a fair bit of work, but a friend is a seamstress and fixed it up wonderfully. Perhaps the dress set the bar for the laid-back, bohemian feel.”

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“Our wedding was different just because of the way we did it”, she continued. “We decided to elope alone to San Francisco at City Hall. It is one of the most beautiful and grand buildings either of us has had the pleasure of visiting. It was perfect and neither of us can imagine doing it any other way. We got married exactly a year after Josh proposed in New York with an Edwardian ring of opals and diamonds, on the rooftop bar of The Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg.”

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Retro Antique Store Wedding: Lydia & Klem

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For their April wedding, Lydia and Klem wanted a day that would be unforgettable for their guests. They chose a unique venue, Big Daddy’s Antique’s in San Francisco for their reception. However their ceremony took place two weeks prior and was a small, intimate affair.

“We really enjoyed having our small ceremony completely separate from our reception”, Lydia wrote. “It was simple and sweet. But our vision for our big reception was to have the most fun and memorable cocktail party our guests had ever experienced. The only ‘wedding-y’ things we incorporated were a first dance and the cake cutting… oh! And of course we got to wear our fancy wedding duds for a second time. BONUS!”

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“I produced many of the signs and favors myself, and we made the invitations. But the only real DIY piece was my show stopper of a jewel bouquet which a close friend created for me. I had put a post out on Facebook asking for any misfit earrings, buttons, brooches or baubles that my friends and family were willing to donate. The end result was absolutely breathtaking and filled with so much love. It is a masterpiece!”

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