It's Labor Day weekend and I'm in Kansas City having a second wedding reception with Husband's relatives and close friends. Apparently I've brought California weather with me – sunny, dry, and beautiful. (Ironic, since it's been absolutely freezing cold in SF this summer).
I'm working on a writeup of a visit to Michael Recchiuti's chocolate factory, but meanwhile, I hope you might enjoy a short recap of my wedding in May. I know it's indulgent, but many people have been asking for vendor information, so I thought I'd compile it in one post while also showing off our photographer's truly excellent work. I've also tried to provide a mini-recap of that magical day for all of you to enjoy for this Labor Day weekend. (For those of you interested in dessert only, skip to the end for dessert info:) )
All photos in this post are by Ricky Wong of W Photography. I can't highly recommend him enough. Although the ways by which you can blow your wedding budget are innumerable, I believe finding the right photographer is an investment worth every last penny. How could I not – I photograph my food on a daily basis! If I hadn't been preoccupied with getting married that day, I would have certainly had a lot more photography-related questions for Ricky – as it was, I could only marvel at his amazing efficiency and on-the-spot creativity in creating some truly memorable shots. Just take a look below.
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
As a certified shoe fanatic, I couldn't envision boring white wedding shoes I wouldn't ever wear again. Pink, flowery and sexy – much more my style. Someone called them my Carrie Bradshaw shoes!
Wedding dress: Rosa Clara
Six wedding dress stores later and I finally found the dress of my dreams. Ivory silk chiffon, cathedral length train that I had cut down since I was getting married in a park instead of church. I'd never heard of Rosa Clara, a Spanish designer, but she has some beautiful gowns in her collection. Oh, and I got my dress at a sample sale – thank goodness for sample sales!
Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Angelo
Hair and makeup: Aimee Lam, Beauty Up Close.
The sweetest lady you will ever meet. Aimee is wholly responsible for how I looked that day – no makeup melting or hair collapsing!
Groom's suit: Ted Baker
I love him because he wore a pink tie for me. And looks damn good in a suit.
Flowers: Huckleberry Karen Designs
I absolutely _loved_ my flowers. And I'm not much of a flower person. I bascially showed Karen some photos of bouquets I liked, told her I wanted pale pink, and she came up with magic. See Karen's post for a detailed breakdown of the bouquets and the ceremony flowers.
Hotel: Mandarin Oriental San Francisco
A beautiful view of the city from the bridal suite.
Outside the California Academy of Sciences (right next to the garden where we got married) before the ceremony. This is likely the best I'll ever look in my life. What you don't see is the lovely freezing San Francisco bay winds blowing through the park. I am actually trying really hard not to shiver uncontrollably in this shot. Fortunately, it was much warmer in the garden!!
Ceremony: Shakespeare Garden, Golden Gate Park.
We were in serious danger of getting rained out. Fortunately the day turned out absolutely beautiful: sunny, bright, and clear. Because the garden was enclosed, we were also protected from the winds. Yay good wedding karma!
Post ceremony glamour shots. Sorry, I'm not trying to be vain, just showing off our photographer's talent:)
Reception: Grand Palace Seafood Restaurant
A good old fashioned 10 course Chinese wedding banquet – remember to save room for dessert!
Although it looks like a huge amount of food (and it was), a Chinese banquet was by far the best value for our dinner dollar – the cost per head was still quite a bit lower than any other Western-style catered dinner at a hotel we found. My parents and several of their friends, all Hong Kong expats, declared the quality of the food excellent, so I was happy.
Wedding programs and stationery: Pink Lily Press
Pink Lily did a great job with our invites, programs, menus, and other stationery. I just loved that font she used for our names!
Chinese dress: custom made in Hong Kong
A traditional Chinese cheongsam or qipao. I had it modeled after a gorgeous wedding qipao from Shanghai Tang that was uh, way out of my budget. Here we are making the rounds of all the tables and doing a celebratory toast at each one. A good idea is to only take sips from your glass so you don't end up as drunk bride by the end.
Wedding cake: Shannie Cakes
Since I was not bold or crazy enough to make my own wedding cake, I turned to Shannie, a dear friend and master wedding cake maker. Everyone said it was the tastiest wedding cake they had ever had.
Dessert table: Petit fours by Gerhard Michler
I knew I had to have a dessert table at my wedding. Gerhard Michler obliged with a stunning selection of petit fours. These were also our wedding favors – we handed our boxes and guests could take the pastries home. Apparently there was a quite a rush on the dessert table – no one turns down free dessert!
Macarons: Paulette Macarons
The macarons were so popular the photographer barely managed to get a picture of them!! People went nuts over them!
Evening dress: Notte by Marchesa
Red is the traditional color for Chinese weddings, so I had to have at least one red dress. It's also traditional for brides to have several outfit changes, so this was the dress I wore in the "goodbye line" to say thank you and good night to departing guests.
It was a beautiful wedding and I had a great time. Thanks for sharing in my special day!