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This past summer we had the privilege to photograph Christina and Carl’s romantic city chic San Francisco Wedding at the Flood Mansion. Only Kathryn from Dream a Little Dream Events could pull off a Wedding this stunning in under 6 months. I loved everything about this wedding from the beautiful flowers by Natalie Bowen to the AMAZING food by Betty Zlathchin Catering, did you see those beet lollipop’s?!?!?  The Wedding was a great celebration of love, family, friends, & amazing food and wine. Enjoy the pics and be sure to scroll to the bottom to read about Christina and Carl’s thoughts from the day on why they think you should hire a wedding coordinator and take engagement pics.


Venue(s) , Date and # of Guests:
James Leary Flood Mansion, July 2, 2010, 115 guest

What inspired you in planning the wedding?
With half of our guests coming from out of town, we wanted to give them a truly unique San Francisco experience, which, to us, meant a venue with a view, fantastic food, great wine, and nothing too over the top.  We wanted all of guests to feel comfortable and enjoy our wedding as much as we did.

What were your favorite moments, surprises, traditions from the day?
There were so many great moments… What I loved the most was having moments where Carl and I could spend some time alone to take in the moment.  We saw each other before the ceremony at the Lyon Street steps.  Then after the ceremony before we saw any of our guests, we took 10 minutes just to eat some of the wonderful hors ‘doeuvrs and enjoy being husband and wife for the first time.  I also loved that we skipped most of the traditions, like cake cutting, bouquet toss, first dance.. No one seemed to miss it and it made the whole event flow seamlessly through the evening.

Dress designer, shoes, Jewelry, Etc. Groom’s suit, Bridesmaids, etc.
Bride’s dress:  Blue by Enzoani purchased at Glamour Closet.  Bride’s jewelry: Custom made from my grandmother’s engagement ring  Veil: Haute Bride and Bride & Groom’s shoes: Prada.  Groom’s suit: Ermenegildo Zegna Bridesmaid dresses were made by Coren Moore and purchased at …And Something Blue.

My amazing vendors:
Planner: Kathryn Kalabokes @ Dream a little dream events
Stationer: Paper Source
Floral designer: Natalie Bowen
Rentals: Hartmann
Music: Denon & Doyle, and Starlight Strings
Officiant: Hank Basayne
Lighting: Got Light
Make-up & hair: Lisa Zomer
Caterer: Betty Zlatchin Catering

Drinks: ZD Cabernet, Copain Pinot Noir, Tattinger Brut Champagne,
Hors D’oeuvres: Seared Sea Scallops, Beef Sliders, Beet and Cheese Lollipops, Vegetable Tempura
First Course: Dungeness Crab & Mango Salad and Carrot Ginger Soup Shooter
Entrée: Beef Short Ribs or Black Cod, or Pave d’Aubergine Confit
Dessert: Cheesecake Lollipops, Mini Carrot Cake Bites, Lemon Possit, Chocolate Caramel Sandwich Cookies, Blueberry Financier, Chocolate Pots de Creme, Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate Bark, Assorted French Macaroons
Late Night Snacks: Bacon Butty, Shoestring Kennebec Fries, Pizzettas with Fresh Tomatoes, Mini Pulled Pork Sandwiches

DIY elements
My favorite DIY element was our place cards.  My mom and aunt helped tie the ribbons and Kathryn Kalabokes from Dream a little dream events wrote out everyone’s name and table number in beautiful calligraphy.  They were simple and elegant, but importantly, had a personalized note to each person.

Favorite Blogs or Magazines used in planning the wedding:
Martha Stewart Weddings, Snippet and Ink, Here comes the guide, The Knot, Dream a little dream events blog, Real Simple Weddings

Advice that you’d give to other Brides?
Get a wedding planner and listen to her/them!  With all of the details that can go wrong, its best to have a professional to give you advice and guide you through the process.  Trust your vendors, but don’t be afraid to ask questions.  They have done this hundreds of times and can often offer great advice to make your day, and their day, go more smoothly.  Do a mock-up of your reception flowers and linens, and a walk through with all of your vendors at least a month before the big day.  That should give you time to make any changes, so there are no meltdowns or surprises.  Do engagement photos!  It’s great to get to know your photographer and to feel comfortable in front of the lens before your wedding day.  We had a great time with Joel and Natalie during our engagement photo session and when the wedding came, it was like hanging out old friends.

Anything else.
Enjoy the process of planning your wedding.. It will help you enjoy the day even more and not stress out.  Know that something will go wrong, and that it’s not the end of the world.  Let someone else deal with it, and just enjoy the party.

  • Christina Gilchrist Says:

    Thank you so much for being part of our special day… We love the pictures!!!

  • Joel Flory Says:

    So glad that you love them!

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