Julia and Peter threw a charming springtime wedding at the Headland Center for the Arts, with the awe-inspiring view of the Golden Gate Bridge as their backdrop, perched on an outcropping of the Marin Headlands. The couple treasures their friends and family, and planned every detail with their guests' experience in mind. With bright orange flowers from the talented folks at Studio Choo and luminous photos from Mastin Studio, the day was casually elegant and as breathtaking as the landscape surrounding them.
The Couple: Julia and Peter
The Wedding: 3.24.12 - Headland Center for the Arts - Sausalito, CA
What were the top three priorities for you in planning your wedding? First, authenticity. We wanted every element of the wedding to feel
real, not intimidating or formal. From the photography, to the food, to
the flowers we kept things simple and honest. Second, we wanted people to be completely taken care of at every
moment. We put ourselves in the guests' shoes throughout the
planning process and designed an event for them (making sure that we’d still
enjoy ourselves). And third, Peter and I both love to dance, so the band had to be amazing!
What wedding traditions or cultural traditions did you incorporated into your wedding and what did they mean to you?
Both Peter and I put friends and family before everything else in our
lives. And this came through in our wedding - it was, in a way, our
religion. We had our mutual best friend marry us, our mothers gave the
readings, and Peter’s cousins performed a song. For us, the joining of
the families was most important. My family is predominantly Jewish so
we threw in a few Jewish traditions as well - the breaking of the glass
and the hora because they’re both fun and meaningful to us. Otherwise
we kept it simple, no cutting of the cake or throwing of the bouquet -
nothing that would distract people from just having a great time.
Where there any places where you “broke the rules” in your wedding planning? Why and how did you do that?
People don’t usually interact with the guests during the ceremony, but
in the spirit of authenticity, we didn’t want our wedding to feel like a
play that people had come to watch - like we were up on a stage not
acknowledging our audience. We planned for some interaction - before
we read our vows, Peter addressed our family and friends, thanking them
directly for being there. It turned out though that we hadn’t needed to plan the audience
interaction. We are a family of criers. And when I got down the aisle
at the beginning of the ceremony, Peter was in tears. He looked out at
our friends and family and said “Am I the only one crying?” Everyone,
including us, burst out laughing. It broke the silence, and the barrier
between us and them - which set the tone for the whole ceremony. It
What was your biggest wedding planning success?
I’m pleased that wedding blogs like Junebug are interested in our
photos, since I declared many times that I was “not getting married for
the blogs.” It’s fun to see the pictures of the little details, but I
pushed myself NOT to get obsessed with all of the little DIY things.
I’m proud that we were able to create an event that was detailed and
beautiful, without feeling overly complicated or stressing me out.
What was the most important thing that you learned through the wedding
planning process and what would you tell other brides-to-be? This process is all about trust. The challenges you’ll have with your
families will be around issues where one party doesn’t trust the other.
The challenges you have with vendors is when you don't trust them and
feel the need to be overly involved. Pick vendors you trust and let
them make decisions. And try to get the pain points with your family
and fiance out in the open early in the process. It’ll keep you sane.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Mastin Studio
Day-of Planner: be-hitched, event planning & design
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Headlands Center for the Arts
Invitation Designer: Hello Lucky
Catering: Katie Powers Catering
Florist: Studio Choo
Cake: Masse’s Pastries
Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bridal accessories: Shoes, Jimmy Choo, Jewelry, Michelle Lenea
Groom and groomsmen apparel and accessories: Mario’s
Rings: Eric Trabert Goldsmith
Hair: Philippa Shenandoah, Experience Salon
Makeup: Carla Roque, Bobbi Brown
Live music: Notorious
Transportation: SF Minibus
Favors: Meadow Salts
Thanks for sharing your day with us Julia and Peter!
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