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001FloryPhoto_Wedding_CliffHouse_SanFranciscoTo say that Rachel + Tim have style is an understatement. I loved the sophistication of their wedding and how it embodied so much of what is San Francisco. This wedding really captured glamour and elegance, but still maintained a fresh and modern feel too it. Rachel and Tim (and Co) were so much fun to hang out with. Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day!  As always it was great to work with MAP Events and A Simple Ceremony, two of our favs. Enjoy their photos and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to read their thoughts on the wedding day along with a list of all of the vendors that made this day possible.


Venue(s) , Date and # of Guests
Ceremony: Outdoor courtyard at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco
Reception: Cliff House in San Francisco
Date: September 5, 2010
Approximately 90 guests

What inspired you in planning the wedding?
I would call the style of the wedding romantic modern with vintage inspiration. We were inspired by San Francisco and all things vintage. We absolutely love this city so we wanted to incorporate as many little details and elements we could that reflected this. We chose Temple Emanu El and the Cliff House for the ceremony and reception sites because they are both historic San Francisco landmarks. We wanted to give guests a true San Francisco experience so we had trolleys transport them from the ceremony to the reception site. We named each table after a San Francisco neighborhood and named a signature drink “The Classic San Francisco Martini” after learning that the drink was invented here in SF. We spent many weekends in antique stores collecting vintage accessories, which was so much fun for us. We used vintage suitcases to display the name votives, a vintage typewriter in place of a traditional guest book and vintage brooches on the bouquets. We also dug through countless jars of vintage matchbooks to find ones from San Francisco hotels and restaurants to go with the name votives. I chose classic colors of black, cream and mushroom, and used glass and silver elements such as glass ball chargers and silver vases to reflect the era of Old Hollywood.

What were your favorite moments, surprises, traditions from the day?
There were so many incredible moments from the day – being wrapped up together in a tallis to keep warm during the ceremony was especially memorable not only for us but for our guests. Seeing each other for the first time after a long day of getting ready and anticipating being reunited was amazing. My cousins played and sang our first dance song “Today” by Joshua Radin, and that was really special for us. The biggest surprise was the dance that my friends (all ballet dancers) choreographed and performed after the toasts. The dance was so good and it was the perfect way to get everyone out on the dance floor to start partying!

Dress designer, shoes, Jewelry, Etc. Groom’s suit, Bridesmaids, etc.

I fell in love with my Pronovias dress and it happened to be the very first dress I tried on. My shoes were by Martinez Valero. I purchased my handmade accessories on Etsy which included a crystal beaded belt and a bird cage veil. I also wore a beautiful pair of diamond earrings from Simayof that Tim had delivered to me the morning of our wedding as I was getting ready. Our wedding rings and my engagement ring were also from Simayof.

Tim wore a black two button suit by Dolce & Gabbana and Hickey Freeman shoes. As a wedding gift I bought him a shirt, braces and a bow tie from Thomas Pink while I was in London, and I bought him an Irish linen pocket square when I was in Ireland. In keeping with the vintage theme, he wore vintage cufflinks.

Wedding Planner, Stationer, Floral Designer, Rentals, Music, Videographer, etc.

We couldn’t have had such a perfect day without all of the creative and talented people that helped make it happen. Joel and Cara were fantastic as were the rest of the amazing people that brought our vision to life.

Day-of coordinator: Jenny Janzen of MAP Events
Stationery: Aerialist Press
Hair and Makeup: Bara Krejcikova
Floral Design: Melissa Comito-Aakre of A Simple Ceremony
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Linen Rentals: La Tavola
Lighting: Got Light
DJ: Dave Tutton
Transportation: Classic Cable Car
Ceremony music performed by Marsha Attie, Eric Schoen, and Jonathan Ferris

Menu, Drinks, Dessert, Caterer, Baker, etc.

One of the things we love most about San Francisco is the restaurant/food scene, and we wanted that to be reflected in the food that we served. One of the reasons we selected the Cliff House as the reception site was the quality of the food because that was really important to us.

As guests arrived from the ceremony site via the trolleys, they were greeted with glasses of our favorite sparkling wine, Gloria Ferrer, and hors d’oeuvres, which included marinated Ahi tuna poke style on crisp wontons, hummus with lemon and garlic on pita chips, caprese skewers, and thai chicken with a spicy peanut sauce.

The dinner menu included a choice of a shallot crusted filet mignon with a port reduction, porcini dusted salmon with a pinot noir glaze, or a vegetable pot pie that featured locally grown produce. We insisted that the pot pie be included on the menu after we dined at the Cliff House one afternoon and were wowed by the dish.

Neither of us eat a lot of red meat, and we did not intend on including the steak on the menu. In fact, when we went to the Cliff House for a tasting, we asked to taste three options, and steak was not one of the options. When we arrived, the chef had “accidentally” prepared the filet. We tried it and were blown away – we knew that we had to include it on the menu.

We paired the food with two wine choices, a fume blance from Ferrari Carano and a pinot noir from Edna Valley. The signature cocktail for the night was a San Francisco martini (double). In place of a cake, we served a dessert buffet – the (butter)scotch eggs were fantastic!

DIY elements:

I did a lot of DIY, especially for the rehearsal dinner and other pre-wedding events. For the wedding itself, I did the save the dates, table names (picture frames with descriptions of San Francisco neighborhoods,) name cards (votive candles,) personalized menus, ceremony programs, signature drink and guest book signs, guest welcome bags and thank you cards etc.

Favorite Blogs or Magazines used in planning the wedding:

I lived on The Knot and Style Me Pretty during the planning process and I also loved Indie Bride and Anti Bride. Etsy was a huge resource for me both for finding accessories and also for inspiration. I also looked at a lot of non-wedding design blogs and websites focused on interior design for inspiration.

Advice that you’d give to other Brides?

Those things that all your friends tell you like “it goes by so fast” and “you won’t get to eat your dinner” and “nobody will notice if something goes wrong”… well it is all true! The best advice I got before our wedding weekend was that your guests will act however you act- if you are letting loose and having fun, they will too, but if they can tell you are stressed they will not be able to relax either. All I wanted was for my family and friends to have an amazing time so I made the decision to let go completely as soon as the wedding weekend came (which was kinda hard for a control freak like me.) Once the wedding comes, everything will fall in to place, and even if it doesn’t, no one will care. Even though the real purpose of the day sometimes gets lost throughout the crazy planning process, on the wedding day, you will be marrying your best friend and will be surrounded by all your favorite people, and that is all that matters.

  • Heather E Says:

    Wow. That shot where the wind is blowing into the dresses of the bridesmaids in that groupshot is amazing. Mix it with the light and that is a phenomenal shot. Beautiful set of photos :)

  • Sean Says:

    killed it, joel.
    awesome coverage.

  • Linen Service Says:

    wow! What amazingly beautiful shots!

  • nima Says:

    you rocked this set as usual! thanks for the inspiration :)

  • Will Says:

    loving this wedding!

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