I might be a little biased (my path to the wedding industry had a few detours that involved my biology degree), but you don't have to love science to love Caroline and Christopher's super fun San Francisco wedding! Their day highlighted some quintessential San Francisco scenery and venues, including traditional cable cars, historic Old Saint Mary's Cathedral, the charming Garden of Shakespeare's Flowers at Golden Gate Park, and the standout California Academy of Sciences. The couple's decor choices wonderfully complemented the amazing venues, and the end result was a cohesive and fascinating wedding, beautifully captured by Cliff Brunk Photography!
The Couple: Caroline and Christopher
The Wedding: 9.3.11 - California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco, CA
What three adjectives best describe your wedding day? Fun, beautiful, classic with a twist
Was there a decor theme that ran through your wedding? What was the inspiration for that particular idea and how did it reflect you as a couple?
We didn’t really have a theme. We chose the California Academy of Sciences as our reception location because we both love science and thought it would be a fun experience for our guests.
What were some of the different ways you used decor elements to create the beautiful, cohesive event you were envisioning?
We had several different venues and both of our florists did a great job of using flowers to enhance the different feel we wanted for each. The flowers for the ceremony were simple and elegant. At our cocktail hour in the Shakespeare Garden, the arrangements evoked a garden party, with a few books thrown in to play up the Shakespeare theme. Our florist then used blue hues to enhance the beauty of the Academy’s aquarium, where our guests got to enjoy the displays before heading up to dinner in Africa Hall. There, the flowers brought a bit of the beautiful scenes from the dioramas into the room, making it feel very cohesive.
Looking back, do you have a favorite project or successful decor idea from your wedding? We can’t really pick one thing out. We were lucky to have several beautiful and fascinating spaces. We were so happy and impressed by how everything came together!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Cliff Brunk Photography
Event Planner: Jess Flood Event Design
Ceremony Venue: Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral
Cocktail Hour Venue: Garden of Shakespeare's Flowers, Golden Gate Park
Reception Venue: California Academy of Sciences
Officiant: Rev. Peter G. Shea, CSP
Invitation Designer: Petite Alma for Wedding Paper Divas
Catering: Taste Catering
Ceremony Flowers: Hoogasian Flowers
Reception Flowers: Hunt Littlefield
Cake: Taste Catering
Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel
Bridal accessories: Amy Kuschel
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: The Dessy Group
Men's Apparel and Accessories: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and make-up: Meaganne McCandess
DJ: Cope Entertainment
Live music: San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Transportation: Super Sightseeing Tours, Classic Cable Cars
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Lighting: Got Light?
Calligraphy: Barbara Callow Calligraphy
Thank you for sharing your fun wedding, Caroline and Christopher!
Want more real weddings? Be sure to visit our Real Wedding Library!