Scott + Christines Wedding at the de Young Museum
Scott and Christine were married at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park which is one of my all time favorite locations. It happened to be a stormy day but Scott and Christine didn’t let it get them down. With limited time and locations for photos I improvised and what came out of it are some of my favorite images of the year. I have to give a big shout out to Downey Street Events as Lauren did a great job as always with the day of coordination and improvisation that had to take place when moving the ceremony from outside to under a tent. Also, Nathan Kandler, one of the groomsmen, provided wine from his own label, Precedent which was amazing! Definitely a great wine to have at a wedding as it went well with the meal. If you haven’t already be sure to check out Scott and Christine’s Engagement photos and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom where you can read Scott and Christine’s take on the wedding day along with all the details of all the vendors involved. Enjoy!
Venue(s) , Date and # of Guests
De Young Museum, October 23, 2010, 120 guests
What inspired you in planning the wedding?
The building itself. We loved the industrial look of the punched copper façade and linear architecture. The wedding didn’t necessarily have a color scheme but we tried to choose elements that coordinated with the aged copper exterior of the space where the reception was held.
What were your favorite moments, surprises, traditions from the day?
My favorite moment was after the ceremony when all the guests were up at the cocktail reception in the tower and Scott and I had a chance to take a deep breath out of the spotlight and let it sink in that we were finally married. Then our coordinator Lauren suddenly appeared with two glasses of champagne which was exactly what we needed to toast the moment!
Dress designer, shoes, Jewelry, Etc. Groom’s suit, Bridesmaids, etc.
Christine’s dress: Carrafina
Christine’s jewelry: Elizabeth Weaver
Christine’ shoes: Nina
Christine’s hair flower: Twigs and Honey
Scott’s suit: Ted Baker London
Scott’s shoes: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew
Wedding Planner, Stationer, Floral Designer, Rentals, Music, etc.
Wedding Coordinator (day of): Lauren Geissler, Downey Street Events
Stationer: Dayna Patterson, Cards of Wood
Floral designer: Rhonda Stoffel Grace Street Floral and Event Design
Rentals: Marisa Canoles, Classic Party Rentals
Music: Denon and Doyle
Menu and program design: Catherine Fitzgerald (sister)
Menu and program printing: Huy Tang, JASK Digital Print & Copy Solutions
Catering/ Cake: Grace Street Catering, Floral and Event Design
Make up: Sarah Ashton
Hair: Julia Castro
-We worked with Cards of Wood to design a custom invitation and reply card to imitate the punched pattern on the façade of the De Young. The design was printed in foiled copper on a cherry wood veneer. For butler cards we used the same design on a smaller piece of veneer with each guest’s name and table number printed on one side and the wedding date on the other. We attached copper colored antique style skeleton keys and displayed the cards on a sandwich board covered in hooks which was reminiscent of the peg boards at a classic motel. This was Scott’s pet project.
-My sister Catherine designed the programs and menus to match the pattern on the invitations and selected colors that coordinated with our table linens and centerpieces.
-For table numbers we used an automated plasma cutter to cut out each digit which left a rough edge that was in keeping with the industrial touches we tried to integrate. We worked with my dad to polish the copper then solder each number onto a thin post that was secured into a painted wooden base and gave the illusion that the numbers were floating. They turned out really well and matched the butler cards perfectly. The caterer loved them so much she offered to buy them from us!
Favorite Blogs or Magazines used in planning the wedding
Marta Kandler is the most important resource we used. She got married 5 months before us and had already done all the legwork so we turned to her for advice when we needed it! (You can check out Marta’s Wedding here)
Advice that you’d give to other Brides?
No matter what happens you’ll still be married at the end of the day! It rained the afternoon of our outdoor ceremony and there was nothing we could do but accept it and make the most of it. Relax and enjoy the moment, and don’t look back on things unless they make you smile.