Vintage met modern at this classic San Francisco wedding in the Presidio. From the quaint historical chapel used by military officers of a bygone era, minimally decorated with white Lilies and holiday appropriate wreaths, to the vintage venue of the Presidio Social Club outfitted with modern eye-popping lounge vignettes, this wedding was classic perfection. The wedding's grey, white, and fire engine red palette honored the holiday season with a contemporary twist, and the classic cocktail Moscow Mule, donned with red and white paper straws, greeted guests in a nod to the iconic venue's roots as a military barrack.
The Bride, who exudes "Jackie O" elegance, wore a classic, flowy, sweetheart neckline VWidon gown, tailored by Jin Wang of San Francisco. Her hair tied into a chic chignon was the perfect compliment. A streamlined ceremony featuring the Bride's sister as THE bridesmaid, wearing a black chiffon Adrianna Papell ballgown, offered a preview of the evening's elegance and jubilation. The Groom looked dapper in a black Armani suit.
Not a detail was missed at the reception. Vintage themed postcards of the Golden Gate were offered in lieu of a guest book, an art gallery of grey escort cards within red lacquered frames offered guests their table assignments, and festive cocktails were a plenty. In a tented patio trimmed with vintage string lights, guests enjoyed the evening's stars while being protected from the San Francisco chill. Cigars followed dinner, and late night french fries and sliders ensured guests kept the party going.
The Bride's style tips:
- After hours party: Not wanting the evening to end, serve late night snacks to fuel your guests.
- Best money spent: Hire a wedding planner so that you can enjoy your day and the weeks leading up to your day. Without the brilliant team of Rebecca Reategui Weddings & Special Events (for whom I am so grateful), I would have lost my mind trying to nail down the days' details.
- Guest bags: Welcome long-haul guests with regional goodies - a local map, bottle of water, regional snacks and travel guide. We included local gourmet popcorn (Thatcher's) and chocolate (Ghiradelli), guide to exploring the Presidio along with a map of San Francisco, a fortune cookie with a personalized message ("we are lucky to have you here!"), golden gate bridge magnet, and Anchor Steam beer (another SF specialty).
- Venue selection: Choose a venue that is conducive to dancing to ensure your reception is not a dud.
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