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Wedding Decor 101
A calligraphy artist shares her tricks of the trade. by Alejandra Saragoza Choose Wisely “The first step is deciding which material fits best with your wedding style,” says Giverink. “If it’s rustic, then use wood. If it’s more formal, then choose a mirror with a pretty, fancy frame.” Get Real While you may be eager to do everything yourself, be realistic about your capabilities. “[Don’t] tackle big things like seating charts unless [you’re] super crafty because [you’ll] get overwhelmed,” she says. Instead, take on the easy stuff (small drink signs, dessert menus), and leave the larger pieces (seating charts, mirrors) to the pros.
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Glam It Up Add embellishments, such as leaf garlands. If your creative well is running dry, use Pinterest to get inspired. “Browse through signs to see what you love,” says Giverink. “Then, make it your own so it matches your wedding style.” Above All Else Giverink’s biggest piece of advice: Use a ruler and painter’s tape to ensure straight lines, and spell check everything before you start. “You want your sign to look professional, so check your spelling, use a ruler, and practice,” she says.
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First, Mariko Giverink’s handpainted signs became popular on Etsy, where they started selling like hotcakes. Then, she picked up sign-writing gigs at local hot spots, such as Coffee Shop in Walnut Creek. Now, the Concord resident has big-name clients, including Target, and sells thousands of signs across the country. Giverink creates all types of signs for her Etsy shop, Bee Curious Designs, but her specialty is wedding decor. The artist paints specialized boards for each wedding—she never creates the same sign twice. Whether you want a chalkboard cocktail menu or a wooden sign leading guests to the ceremony, here are Giverink’s tips for creating the perfect wedding signs. etsy. com/shop/beecuriousdesigns.
Practice Makes Perfect Practice before you start. “You can’t just grab a piece of wood and start writing on it,” says Giverink. She suggests using a sample to get a feel for the paint and the texture of your material, so it’s easier to get into a flow—and less likely that you’ll make mistakes.
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The Finishing Touch
Bridal boutiques give tips for the perfect accessories. b y K at i e H e n r y
You found the dress. You’ve got the shoes. Now it’s time to put the finishing touches on your wedding day attire. It’s easy to find earrings, a necklace, and other bling that you like, but will they accentuate the dress? Here are some tips from the pros at Walnut Creek’s Kinsley James Couture Bridal and Lafayette’s Lace and Bustle Bridal. kinsleyjames.com, laceandbustle.com. Neckline: Illusion To enhance the beauty of the delicate and often–embellished neckline, forgo the necklace. Instead, pair earrings, such as a cluster of crystals, with an elegant, single–strand bracelet.
Neckline: Strapless Sweetheart There are many options for this versatile dress style. Make sure that you are the focal point (instead of your jewelry) by pairing a dramatic earring—a chandelier or drop style—with a delicate necklace, such as a single pearl. Or, lose the necklace and add a halo–style headpiece to match your earrings. Neckline: High Neck Don’t overembellish an already detailed high neck or shoulder–strapped dress with too many accessories. Instead, choose a substantial earring (a cluster or small drop) and a simple headpiece. Pair these accessories with a plain cathedral veil to up the drama. 1 A delicate bracelet; 2 Pair a stunning headpiece with drop earrings; 3 Up the drama with a necklace that drops down the back. 18 d ia b l o w e d d i n g s
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Neckline: Plunging A simple drop necklace accentuates this ever–popular style. Or skip the necklace and choose a chunky earring, such as a large pearl. If the back plunges too, consider a choker piece with a drop down the back.
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Get the Party Started
Here’s how to plan the bachelor or bachelorette party of the century. by Rachelle Cihonski
Looking for a spot to throw your pre-wedding bash? Here are a few options to get your wedding party pumped for the big day. (Go ahead, tear this page out and hand it to your maid of honor or best man.) For the Groom: If he wants to . . . drink Saddle up to the bar at Sauced BBQ and Spirits in Livermore or Walnut Creek. With bourbon on tap and the best Southern-style BBQ in the East Bay, Sauced is the manliest spot to get sauced. saucedbbqandspirits.com. If he wants to . . . compete Bowling, arcade games, bocce, beer garden— Oakland’s Plank has it all. Grab a round of beers and challenge the groom to a game of billiards. plankoakland.com.
If he wants to . . . pick up a new skill Head to Diving Dog Brewhouse in Oakland to brew your own beer. Choose from 26 recipes while drinking already–perfected pints. Since your concoction must ferment for a few weeks, you’ll go back for a bottling appointment, then take it home to enjoy with the boys. divingdogbrew.com.
For the Bride: If she wants to . . . drink Sip your way through Livermore’s wine country—no DD required. The Livermore Wine Trolley is a party on wheels. Hop on the trolley in downtown Livermore, and visit four wineries on this guided tour—all tastings, lunch, and groovy tunes included. livermore winetrolley.com. 2 0 d ia b l o w e d d i n g s
If she wants to . . . play Sign up the bridal party for a night of vino and acrylics at Pinot’s Palette in Danville. Instructors demonstrate the painting stepby-step, then you try recreating a work of art while you sip and swirl. pinotspalette.com. If she wants to . . . pick up a new skill Join a girls–night–out cooking class at Sur La Table in Walnut Creek, which includes cooking—and sampling—delights such as caramel and pear skillet cake. surlatable.com.
If she wants to . . . dance For the country-loving bride, Overland Country Bar and Grill in Oakland’s Jack London Square hosts line dancing on the third Thursday of every month. Grab your cowgirl boots and get there early, before the dance floor gets too crowded. overlandoakland.com.
1 Cruise through Livermore wine region on the trolley; 2 Get sauced at Sauced BBQ; 3 Pinot’s Palette; 4 Hitch a ride on a Velocipede bike tour.
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If he wants to . . . workout Grab 13 of your closest guys and bike around Oakland—from Independent Brewing Company to Jack London Square and back. You might not break a sweat on Velocipede Tours’s bike trolley, but you’ll earn an extra beer peddling off those calories. oakland pedaltours.com.
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The adage “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” has become a time-honored tradition for brides. But how can you make it all your own? These four local ladies shared their sweet spin on the wedding classic. Old:
“Pieces of my grandma’s wedding dress and my mom’s cut into hearts [were] sewn into my dress.” –Lisa Johnson, Martinez, married May 30, 2015
and almost every day since.” –Kim Slagle, Pleasanton, married October 4, 2014 Borrowed:
“[I will wear my] mama’s diamond earrings, given to her by my dad on their 30th wedding anniversary.” –Elizabeth Schroeder, Walnut Creek, to be married October 20, 2017 Blue:
“My mom and grandmother both used a garter that fits a lucky penny. I [wore] it as well.” –Alyssa Maria Belluomini Vargas, Dublin, married October 8, 2016
“My mother’s wedding ring was remade into a necklace I wore on my special day,
1 Alyssa Vargas’s garter; 2 Touches close to the heart for Lisa Johnson; 3 Kim Slagle’s necklace.
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Head to Treasure Island for flea market goods—and fun. Planning a wedding can be a lot of work, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Head to the Treasure Island Flea market on the last weekend of every month (except December) for two days of live music, food trucks, local booze, and unique finds for your big day. With more than 400 vendors and makers selling antique, vintage, repurposed, and upcycled items alongside art and originally designed pieces, you’ll find one-of-a-kind elements to add to your wedding decor. Look for toasting glasses for your sweetheart table or succulent terrariums for your centerpieces. Perhaps you’ll find rustic lanterns for outdoor spaces, hand–painted frames for pictures of you and your beau, or just inspiration! At the Treasure Island Flea market, you’re sure to find something unique, making for an extra special happily ever after. treasureislandflea.com. —L. B.
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Q: How did you learn about feng shui? A: I was living in New York City, working in software, executive development, and sales, and I felt like there was more to life than making six figures. When two of my sisters were diagnosed with cancer, I became interested in Tibetan Buddhism, which led me to feng shui. Q: How does feng shui help relationships? A: Feng shui is based on the philosophy of the Tao, that everything is connected. In practicing feng shui, we feel more aligned with the natural world. Everything has chi—or energy—and feng shui is all about creating, maintaining, and keeping the positive chi moving, while avoiding getting stuck on things that aren’t serving you. The art of feng shui is about bringing people back home to themselves and to each other, literally and figuratively. Q: How would you use it to help a new relationship? A: Feng shui is [about] space clearings and blessings. Chi energy can hang around for hundreds of years. Perhaps there was once a lot of fighting in the environment—splitting of chi—or financially draining chi; all those energies
have to be cleared. I offer indoor citrus-water blessings created specifically for the client and perform a rain of external rice blessings with very specific hand motions. Rice is a grain of nourishment that clears predecessor chi, pacifies obstacles, and replaces those with abundance and nourishment. It’s an act of generosity. Q: Can feng shui be used to pick a wedding date? A: Yes, you should pick an auspicious date using your birthday. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on a 60-year cycle with 12 animals and five elements. I recently worked with a woman who was a rabbit—a sign that harmonizes with monkey and dog—so she chose an October wedding, which corresponded to the year of the monkey and the month of the dog. Q: How did you work with her to create positive energy in her home? A: Feng shui is about recognizing the subliminal messages in your environment. What we surround ourselves with is very influential. For relationships, the goal is to create a sanctuary for rest and romance. The master bedroom should be Zen: calm, sensual, and luxurious. We bought red pillows and a gold bedspread. The floors were bare so we put down a big rug. Now, when [the couple] get out of bed, they are touching cozy surroundings. Pairs reinforce harmony, so we
picked matching bedside tables and two strong lights. And, of course, we wanted low-light options. Anthropologie sells eco soy candles that smell incredible. Q: What about the bed and its placement? A: It’s always best to start with a queen bed if possible. Split box springs make king beds a recipe for disaster. Make it one bed, not a divorce bed. And try to have a solid wall behind the headboard; it’s like having a mountain at your back. Q: What should couples avoid in their bedrooms? A: TVs are very yang. I recommend [my clients] take the TV out of their bedroom. [I] don’t like fireplaces; they’re too active and create conflict. Never paint the walls red—too yang. You would begin to “see red” and cultivate anger. [I] generally want soft, romantic wall colors. [I] encourage couples to not have pictures of their kids or images of solitary figures. Q: What about the rest of the house? A: The feng shui bagua [or energy] map locates relationship energy in the far-right corner of the house, as well as in any given room or space. It could be your dining room, your kitchen, your office or cube at work, your garage—even your car. Just go to the main entrance, point your arm to the far-right corner, and get to work! Why not put up a beautiful portrait of you and your partner? mandala fengshui.com. ■
The Right Stuff The far-right room of the house and far-right corner of every room represent love relationships. So it’s important to clear negative chi from these areas. Here are 10 de-cluttering tips from Michele Duffy to empower romance in your life. Remove: • Any representations of peo- ple who are alone or single. •
Any item that is symbolic of an old relationship. Make sure any ties to relationships of yesteryear are nowhere near this corner.
• Anything in threes. •
Dead or unwelcoming plants (such as cacti), sharp objects, or art or photos of anything not clearly beautiful and loving.
Games—you don’t want your relationship to have games. Make sure there aren’t any in your relation- ship corner.
• Clutter—do not let this be your area for storage (aka “baggage”). • Anything you do not use regularly, do not like, or consider unnecessary. • Dirt and dust. (Make this area sparkle!) • Garbage cans or bags. • Anything broken or needing repair.
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Mountain View–based Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos brings hand-dipped fun to the party! Opt for catering straight from the food truck, where guests can choose from four to seven ice cream flavors and four dips, including white chocolate and peanut butter. The tacos are made to order, and Rocko’s also provides frozen bananas for those who want a “healthier” option. (650) 762-5608, rockos icecreamtacos.com.
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Hot Chocolate and S’mores Bar Planning a winter wedding? East Bay–based Sweet Wonders Candy Buffet and Event Design offers several hot chocolate buffets, from a satisfyingly sweet package (steamed milk and white chocolate powder mix) to a gourmet indulgence (whipped cream, chocolate syrup, caramel, and more). Pair a cup of hot cocoa with one of Sweet Wonders’s s’mores bars, such as the basic s’mores buffet that is designed for at least 25 guests, or the fresh gourmet s’mores buffet that includes all the fixings plus fresh bananas, strawberries, and whipped cream. (510) 342-9418, sweetwondersdesign.com.
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Kristen Gates & Cole Breidenbach R e s o rt at S q uaw C r e e k , O ly m pi c Val l ey
risten Gates and Cole Breidenbach moved to San Francisco within two weeks of each other—but when they met, the Walnut Creek natives were dating other people. Luckily, fate intervened. Soon they were single, and free to date each other. “We were instantly best friends. Everything just worked,” says Kristen. A few years later, the two planned an evening stroll through the city. The fog rolled in, but despite the weather, Cole convinced Kristen to go for that walk. “What I didn’t know is that [Cole] was trying to silently coordinate with his friend, who was dressed as a tourist and hiding with a camera to capture the [proposal],” says Kristen. The two set a summer date and chose the natural elegance of Tahoe’s Squaw Valley as their backdrop. White, green, and gray elements complemented the outdoor setting, and Kristen incorporated her love of Christmas into her big day. “It seemed appropriate that, since we were in the mountains, I should have a Christmas tree at the wedding,” she says. “I had wooden ornaments made . . . and asked guests to write us a message for our first Christmas [as newlyweds].” After a romantic escape to Tahiti, the couple moved to the East Bay. “We plan to buy a home [near] Lafayette. If Cole has his way, we will have a Bernese mountain [dog] the day after we move into our new home,” says Kristen. —Rachelle Cihonski
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An Intimate Affair
Taylor Tompkins & Patrick Dunton
atrick Dunton and Taylor Tompkins both went to Las Lomas High School, but after graduation, they went their separate ways—Patrick to Chico and Taylor to San Diego. When they reconnected after college, they knew they were destined to be together. After getting engaged over a home-cooked meal, Patrick and Taylor planned an intimate wedding in Sonoma. “From the
start, the only non-negotiable for the wedding was that it be a day filled with love . . . It was important to us that we make a point of having people there that meant something to us and not get carried away with the guest list,” says Taylor. During the ceremony, Taylor wore her mother’s wedding veil, her sisters read “A Lovely Love Story,” and Patrick’s brother, Alan, officiated. The reception was full of personal touches: A wall was decorated with pictures of friends and family, songs were dedicated to guests, and Taylor did the hora in honor of her Jewish step grandmother. “I loved the hora!” says Taylor. “While I was holding on for dear life, I remember looking over at Patrick, and he was dancing and laughing. It made me happy to see him so happy. I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life.” The newlyweds honeymooned in Costa Rica in an open-air bungalow, eating farm-fresh food, hiking along private beaches, and swimming in waterfalls. The couple lives in Livermore, but hope to continue their travel adventures. —Alejandra Saragoza
Bridal Gown: Kinsley James Couture Bridal, Walnut Creek | Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations: BethLovesPaper | Flowers: Mandolin Flowers, San Francisco | Catering: Ramekins, Sonoma | Dessert: Ramekins, Sonoma | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals, Daly City; Encore Events Rentals, Sonoma County | Hair: Moira Ziolkowski, Katie Nash | Makeup: Katie Nash | Photographer: Stacey Pentland Photography, Walnut Creek | Planner: Ali DiLuvio Events, Santa Rosa | Signage, Escort Card Frame: Kristin Clarke Designs, Walnut Creek 38 diablo weddings
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Cassia Homann & Trevor Sollitt G a r r É V i n eya r d a n d W i n e ry, L i verm o re
hile a sophomore at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, Trevor Sollitt came up with a clever way to ask Cassia Homann to the homecoming dance. “Trevor wrote on a volleyball, ‘Will you go to the dance with me?’ and rolled it to me during class,” says Cassia, who played on the volleyball team. “I said yes!” Fast-forward to a Sunday afternoon in August 2014. Under the pretense of hitting a volleyball around at a local park, Trevor had set up the perfect serve. “I had two volleyballs with me,” says Trevor. “I switched out the first [one] with the volleyball [that had] the question written on it. I caught her completely off guard!” Cassia and Trevor capped their romantic tale with a storybook-themed wedding, naming tables after favorite books, attaching vintage keys to the place cards, and dancing to “Storybook Love” from The Princess Bride, one of their favorite movies. “It was a true party,” Cassia says. “Lots of laughter, happy tears, and sweet moments.” Cassia’s mom even surprised the bride with a choreographed dance to Mamma Mia!’s “Super Trouper,” something she had planned for an entire year. The couple honeymooned in Maui and lives in Fremont, where they are teachers. “We want to have children eventually, but for now we’re enjoying the time with just the two of us,” says Cassia. “I’ve married my best friend, so it’s a blast!” —Casey Cantrell
Bridal Gown: J’aime Bridal, Pleasanton | Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations: David’s Bridal | Flowers: Sarah’s Garden, Danville | Catering: Garré Vineyard and Winery, Livermore | Dessert: Primrose Bakery, Pleasanton | Entertainment: Amos Productions, Livermore | Rentals: Pleasanton Event Rentals, Pleasanton | Makeup: Brittney Kannel at Chantilly Lace Salon, Livermore | Photographer: Rachel Capil Photography, Pleasant Hill | Videographer: Amos Productions, Livermore | Planner: Lindsay Lauren Events, Danville
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High School Sweethearts
Julia Hu & Mark Vismonte Th e C lub ho u s e at B o u n da ry Oak , Wal n u t Creek
ark Vismonte and Julia Hu’s love story began in high school at Panda Express, when he asked her to be his girlfriend. Seven years later, they celebrated their anniversary at a location a little more fitting for the occasion: The French Laundry. They arrived at the restaurant early, and while waiting in the courtyard, a waiter brought them a covered bowl with “snacks” to munch on. Mark lifted the lid—and then Julia saw a ring. “That’s when he dropped to one knee and proposed,” says Julia. “I think I went into shock!” Julia and Mark took that same ingenuity to their wedding, personalizing the ceremony with DIY projects—such as engraved wooden escort cards made by Mark—and signature cocktails. “I wanted our guests to have fun,” says Julia. “It was absolutely the best to see our closest friends and family together to celebrate with us.” Julia and Mark honeymooned in Bora Bora, staying in an over-water bungalow. “[It was] definitely the most amazing place we’ve visited so far,” says Julia. The couple recently moved from San Francisco to New York temporarily. —C.C.
Bridal Gown: Brides of California, Sunnyvale | Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse, San Francisco | Invitations: CZ Invitations | Flowers: Stems and Petals, Pinole | Catering: The Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, Walnut Creek | Dessert: SusieCakes, Lafayette | Entertainment: Denon and Doyle, Pacheco; 143 Photo Booth, San Jose | Makeup: By LiAnn, San Francisco | Photographer: Rachel Capil Photography, Pleasant Hill | Videographer: Vow and Covenant Wedding Films, Pleasanton d i a b l o w e d d i n g s 41
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Running to Love
Katie Wanket & Eric Henry D i a b lo R a n c h , Wa l n ut Creek
from her own mom to call Eric back. After a few days of phone tag, the two decided to meet up for, you guessed it, a run. “Our first ‘date,’ although neither of us thought of it that way, was a run around Lafayette Reservoir. We didn’t stop talking the entire time,” says Katie. Six years later, Eric got down on one knee while the couple was on their favorite run—the Lafayette Rim Trail at the reservoir. “Since it was where we had our first run together, I knew it would be the perfect place to ask her to marry me,” says Eric. f it wasn’t for a nosy Katie and Eric picked another neighbor and meddling mothers, Katie Wanket and favorite place for their rustic Eric Henry—both from Pleasant wedding: Diablo Ranch on Mt. Hill—might have never met. Or Diablo. The ceremony was filled with personal touches, from married. the flowers (bells of Ireland for Knowing that both Katie Katie’s Irish heritage) to the and Eric were runners, and groom’s accessories (Eric carried knowing both of their mothhis grandfather’s wedding ring ers, the neighbor decided the in his suit pocket). youngsters should meet. She “We wanted to create a day arranged for Katie to pop into reflective of the both of us,” says the running store where Eric Katie. “We even strayed from worked for a quick introduction, hoping the rest would be the traditional processional to incorporate a Dave Matthews history. Band song (“#34”) because Eric But it wasn’t that easy: Katie is a huge fan.” was leaving on a month-long After celebrating their backpacking trip through Ireland, and neither she nor Eric nuptials—and fulfilling their number one goal: family and made plans to connect when friends dancing all night—the she returned. But those moms couple planned an Italian got to meddling, and Eric’s honeymoon. convinced him to give Katie a They now live in Walnut call before she left, wishing her Creek and welcomed their first a good trip. child this November. —Annabel When Katie returned, she was bombarded with demands Finnegan
Bridal Gown: Joanna’s Bridal Boutique, Danville | Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom, Walnut Creek | Invitations: BHLDN and Wedding Paper Divas | Flowers: Katherine Bergman Floral Designs, Walnut Creek | Catering: Jeff Anderson | Dessert: A Sweet Affair Bakery and Cafe, Walnut Creek | Entertainment: Denon and Doyle, Pacheco | Rentals: Chairs for Affairs, Concord | Photographer: Ambrose and Katharine of Jerry Yoon Photographers, Oakland
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Persistence Pays Off
Colleen Jensen & Keith Murphy
moved to the Bay Area after college. Two years after their first date, Keith proposed on Treasure Island. They had stopped to take pictures of the cityscape Fa i r m o n t Sa n F r a n c i s c o, san fran ci sco when Keith dropped to one knee. His brother and sister-inlaw filmed the proposal, and the group celebrated with brunch at Walnut Creek’s Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar. (Colleen’s mom even flew up from Southern California to surprise her.) Colleen planned an elegant wedding at the Fairmont San Francisco. “When we walked onto the 24th floor and saw the incredible views from the Crown Room, we knew we had to get married there,” says Colleen. The wedding was black tie, with a mix of white, cream, and ivory, and accents of blush pink and gold. Toasts were made with pink champagne, the couple sat close together on a blush-studded bench at the sweetheart table, and their four-tier cake included a fondant outline of the Golden Gate Bridge. Keith wore a pocket square f Keith Murphy hadn’t been so persistent, Colleen Jensen created by Colleen’s mother from a piece of the bride’s dress may have never said yes. and a locket that Colleen made Keith, a San Ramon native, for him with photos of his late says it was “love at first sight” grandmothers “so they could when he met Colleen at Mr. be close to his heart.” Lucky’s in Walnut Creek. But The couple, who honeyfor Colleen, it was Keith’s permooned in Maui, are busy severance that won her heart. remodeling their Walnut Creek “We met in November 2012. home. “[We hope to] start a Once I finally gave him a chance, we had our first date the family and have two beautiful, healthy, and happy babies one following June,” says Colleen, day,” says Keith. —R.C. an Orange County native who
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From Fireworks to Forever
Amy Nguyen & Kevin Walker
evin Walker and Amy Nguyen’s first (blind) date went so well, it ended with a trip to the happiest place on earth. “We had such a great time that we [ended up] going to Disneyland . . . We made it there just in time to watch the fireworks,” says Amy. Kevin had just graduated from UCLA, and Amy was a sophomore at Cal State Fullerton. Kevin, a Walnut Creek native, was moving back to the Bay to start law school at UC Berkeley. “When we decided to do long distance, we both realized that we were in the relationship for the long haul,” says Kevin. Amy transferred schools the next year, joining Kevin in NorCal. A few months later,
Kevin timed his San Francisco proposal at the marina just as the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge. The pair tied the knot in Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral with a reception in the ornate Julia Morgan Ballroom. “I didn’t want to get caught up in trying to match colors to a venue as beautiful as the Julia Morgan Ballroom, so I went with a neutral palette that allowed the architectural beauty of the ballroom to shine,” says Amy. But it was the personal touches that made their wedding extra special. A Polaroid camera was set next to the guest book, where friends and family could “leave a photo and wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs.” In true millennial fashion, they also custom-designed a Snapchat filter for guests to use at the wedding. To honor Amy’s heritage, the couple changed into Vietnamese ao dai gowns during the reception. Guests also took home custom-made cookies that looked like the bride and groom. After a honeymoon in Spain, the couple moved to the Lamorinda area, where they plan to start a family—after completing a semester in Asia through the Berkeley Law Field Placement Program. —R.C.
Bridal Gown: La Soie Bridal, Walnut Creek | Groom’s Tuxedo: Generation Tux | Invitations: Minted | Flowers: Poppy’s Petalworks, San Francisco | Catering: Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco | Dessert: Jasmine Rae Cakes, San Francisco | Entertainment: DJ Dave Tutton, San Francisco | Rentals: Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco | Hair and Makeup: Lisa’s Hair-N-Makeup, Milpitas | Photographer: Meo Baaklini Photography, Benicia | Planner: Lillian Phan and Elexis Feldbrill of Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco | Wedding Favors: Parker’s Crazy Cookies, Hayward 46 diablo weddings
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style guide unique celebrations
Venue Embrace the country setting of Diablo Ranch for a wedding steeped in breathtaking beauty. Have your reception in the old barn— perfect for an intimate affair. Walnut Creek, bayarearanch weddings.com. Dress Choose a simple lace gown paired with a mid-length veil for a traditional look. But swap out heels for cowgirl boots to give a fun twist to the classic ensemble.
1 Ranchero Chic Say “I do” to the rolling hills and stunning views on Mount Diablo.
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Decor Build on the ranch’s rustic charm and cover your tables with Mexican wool blankets and sophisticated place settings from Frances Lane. Add Mexican prayer candles for a romantic feel and vases filled with pinto beans for a playful finish. San Francisco, franceslane.com. Flowers Mix soft pinks and light greens with bold pops of color from Green Snapdragon Floral Design and Consultation, and incorporate a modern touch with succulents like cacti. Santa Rosa, green snapdragon.com.
Extra Touch Celebrate your newly married titles with hand-painted señor and señora signs from Bee Curious Designs, adding the finishing touch to your sweetheart table. Concord, etsy.com/shop/bee curiousdesigns. Additional Credits: Hair and Makeup: Penney Do, PDArtistry, Bay Area, pdartistry.com. — Paper Products: Sweet and Crafty, Larkspur, sweetand crafty.com. — Photographer: Elise Nicole Photography, Concord, elisenicole photography.com. — Styled: Mariko Giverink, Concord.
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Vibe Traditional touches with modern elements create an elegant and rustic celebration.
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Vibe Travel back in time to an era of glamorous sophistication. Venue The Jefferson Street Mansion is a gorgeous backdrop for an elegant celebration. The impressive façade and wisteriastrewn grounds are a picture-perfect place to begin your marriage. Benicia, jeffersonstreetman sion.com. Dress Keep it romantic in a satin gown with a sweetheart neckline and gold lace appliqué on the bodice. Add a strand of pearls, a bold lip, and classic chignon hairstyle for a timeless look.
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Decor Go deco with gold, silver, and blush tones, Depression– era glass, and chairs with scalloped accents from Standard Party Rentals. Play up the vintage feel with gilded frames, candlesticks, and just a touch of sparkle. Richmond, standard partyrentals.com. Flowers Delicate petals and lush greenery stun in floral designs by Florali. Incorporate blooming vines like pink jasmine or small branches of kumquats for a textured floral arrangement. Walnut Creek, florali.com.
Extra Touch Give your guests a sweet treat with pink macaroons, meringues, and small chocolates from Lettie Cakes. San Francisco, face book.com/lettie. cakes. Additional Credits: Hair: Michelle, Pins and Curls, San Francisco, pins-andcurls.com. — Jewelry: Jewelry Exchange Co., San Francisco, jewelryexchangeco. com. — Linens: Napa Valley Linens, Emeryville, nvlinens. com. — Makeup: Lynn Yee Makeup, San Francisco, lynn yee.com. — Photography: Elise Nicole Photography, Concord, elisenicole photography.com. — Signage: Bee Curious Designs, Concord, etsy.com/ shop/beecurious designs. — Styled and Designed: Nariné Birindjian, Sweet and Crafty, Larkspur, sweetandcrafty.com. — Vintage Furniture: Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals, Fremont, seventh heavenvintage.com.
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Venue The Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchants Exchange is an architectural masterpiece made for an extraordinary gathering. San Francisco, juliamor ganballroom.com. Dress Be bold and beautiful in an embellished gown fit for royalty from Swati Couture. Rich jewel tones, gold and silver embroidery, and intricate beading creates a gorgeously exotic ensemble. Palo Alto, swati.us.
3 Royal India Raise a toast to a regal evening.
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Decor Wow your guests with bright place settings from Bright Event Rentals. Goldrimmed glasses ground the table in tradition, while blue chargers add a surprise to embellished dishes. Brisbane, brightrentals.com. Flowers A single centerpiece offers simple elegance. Add color to make it lively. Red roses, blue hydrangeas, and purple orchids from Fringe Flower Company will pump up your venue with vivid hues. Walnut Creek, fringeflowers.com.
Extra Touch End with an opulent cake with edible pearls from Pâtisserie Angelica for a seamless finish to your royal wedding. Sebastopol, patisserieangelica. com. Additional Credits: Chairs: Blueprint Studios, San Francisco, blue printstudios.com. — Hair and Makeup: BeautifulOne Makeup Artistry, Morgan Hill, beautifulonemake upartistry.com. — Jewelry: Reveti Fine Jewelry, Palo Alto, reveti.com. — Photography: Brian MacStay Photography, Concord, brianmac stayphotography. com. — Styled and Designed: Tamara J Events, Napa, tamarajevents. com.
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Vibe A colorful blend of texture and pattern transforms the big day into a cultural celebration.
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resource guide bridal boutiques / cakes and sweets / caterers / entertainment / florists / invitations photographers / rentals / venues / wedding planners
Bridal Boutiques Blossom’s Bridal and Formal 6700 Amador Plaza Rd., Dublin (925) 560-0402, blossomsdress.com Flares Bridal and Formal 1700 N. Broadway St., Ste. 100, Walnut Creek (925) 939-3306, flaresbridal.com Free People 1540 Olympic Blvd., Walnut Creek (925) 952-8426, freepeople.com **I Do! Bridal Boutique 5332 College Ave., Oakland (510) 282-0730, idobridalboutiqueoakland.com J’aime Bridal 719 Main St., Pleasanton (925) 846-8459, jaimebridal.com Janene’s Bridal Boutique 2418 Central Ave., Alameda (510) 217-8076, janenesbridal.com
Kinsley James Couture Bridal 1623 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek (925) 330-9228, kinsleyjames.com **Lace and Bustle Bridal 3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Ste. E, Lafayette (925) 298-4100, laceandbustle.com La Soie Bridal 1413 Cypress St., Walnut Creek (925) 933-9988, lasoiebridal.com Lovely 2266 Union St., San Francisco (415) 962-7415, lovelybride.com Sari Palace 1000 University Ave., Berkeley (510) 841-7274, thesaripalace.com 56 diablo weddings
Vera Wang Bride 180 Geary St., San Francisco (415) 400-0370, verawang.com The Wedding Party 2612 Alcatraz Ave., Ste. 3, Berkeley (510) 420-1338, theweddingpartyonline.com
Cakes and Sweets Café Attila 2211 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Ste. B, San Ramon (925) 837-2886, cafeattila.com Cake Creations by Bev Livermore (925) 216-0482, cakecreationsbybev.com Cake Delight 147 N. Livermore Ave., Ste. B,
Livermore (925) 373-7786, cakedelight.com
Indie Cakes and Pastries 2530 10th St., Ste. 3, Berkeley (510) 220-3057, indiecakes.com
Carolyn Wong Cakes Berkeley (510) 717-0798, carolynwongcakes.com
Inticing Creations San Francisco (415) 205-9422, inticingcreations.com
**Danville Chocolates 175 E. Prospect Ave., Danville (925) 314-0001, danvillechocolates.com
Itty Bitty Bakeshoppe Lafayette (925) 658-2461, ittybittybakeshoppe.com
Fox and Fawn Bakehouse Benicia (707) 280-0667, foxandfawn.com
Jasmine Rae Cakes San Francisco (415) 621-2464, jasmineraebakery.com
Gala Bakery 1432 Vía Lacqua, San Lorenzo (510) 278-8004, galabakery.com Glass Slipper Gourmet Concord (925) 685-9042, glassslippergourmet.com
Kara’s Cupcakes 1388 N. Main St., Walnut Creek (925) 933-2222, karascupcakes.com Katrina Rozelle Pastries and Desserts 215 Alamo Plaza, Ste. B, Alamo
Joanna’s Bridal Boutique 500 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville (925) 552-6675, joannasbridalboutique.com
A single day. A lifetime of memories. At DoubleTree by HiltonTM Pleasanton at the Club, we know your wedding is the most important day of your life. So whether you’re dreaming of an intimate gathering or a huge celebration, we’re committed to getting every detail just right. Pleasanton, CA part of the Livermore Valley is just 30 minutes from San Francisco and San Jose and offers so much for you and your wedding guests to enjoy... Wine Tasting, Golfing, Shopping. We can assist with guestrooms, a rehearsal dinner, your outdoor ceremony & reception... DoubleTree by Hilton. Where the little things mean everything.TM (formerly known as Hilton Pleasanton at the Club)
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Bridges Restaurant and Bar offers an inviting and warm atmosphere for celebrating wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and mimosa bridal shower brunches. In this urban-casual setting, let our celebrity executive chef, Kevin Gin, create a personalized wedding menu that will dazzle your guests. Bridges offers elegant
• E xquisite food and customized menu • Accommodate up to 150 guests • Impeccable service • Stress-free planning
dining areas, a contemporary bar and lounge, and an open patio surrounded by lush greenery. Open air bar and live music options available.
Contact Bridges today to schedule your tour of our event dining area and special event seasonal menu options. 480 Hartz Avenue, Danville | www.thevineatbridges.com | 925-820-7210 Looking to kick off your event at a wine bar? The Vine at Bridges provides guests with the East Bay’s Premier Wine Experience. Wine bar, specialty tastings, customized food and wine parings, and more than 350 artisan produced, hand selected wine for purchase in our retail shop.
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resource guide cakes and sweets
(925) 837-6337; 5931 College Ave., Oakland (510) 655-3209, katrinarozelle.com
TLCakes 647 First St., Brentwood (925) 513-3688, tlcakes.com
Le Gâteau Elégant 1479 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek (925) 937-2253, legateauelegant.com
Torino Baking Berkeley (510) 548-2900, torinobaking.com
Noland’s Cake Shop 205 Main St., Ste. B, Pleasanton (925) 462-3333, nolandscakes.com Old Towne Danville Bakery 105 Town and Country Dr., Ste. G, Danville (925) 837-7844, danvillebakery.info Primrose Bakery 350 Main St., Ste. D, Pleasanton (925) 249-1261, primrosebakery.com Rachel Dunn Chocolates 1021 Detroit Ave., Concord (925) 798-4321, racheldunnchocolates.com Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos (650) 762-5608, rockosicecreamtacos.com Sarah’s Sweets Danville (925) 389-3371, sarahmeskin.wixsite.com/cupcake Sugar Mill Cake Co. Oakland (510) 610-8616, sugarmillcakes.com SusieCakes 3598 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette (925) 299-0210, susiecakes.com Sweet Adeline Bakeshop 3350 Adeline St., Berkeley (510) 985-7381, sweetadelinebakeshop.com A Sweet Affair Bakery and Cafe 2001 N. Main St., Ste. 150, Walnut Creek (925) 943-2253; 1815 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Ste. F, Walnut Creek (925) 944-1910, asweetaffairbakery.com Sweet Wonders Candy Buffet and Event Design (510) 342-9418, sweetwondersdesign.com
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The Whole Cake 4629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland (415) 828-7464, thewholecake.com
Componere Fine Catering 5836 San Pablo Ave., Emeryville (510) 420-0900, componerefinecatering.com Culinary Excellence 8210 Capwell Dr., Oakland (510) 644-0612, culinaryexcellence.com
Elegant Occasions Catering and Event Planning 827 Arnold Dr., Ste. 7, Martinez (925) 372-6660, elegantoccasionscatering.com
Absolute Celebrations Catering 2603 Camino Ramon, Ste. 200, San Ramon (925) 858-1049, sfbayareacaterer.com The Arlington 269 Arlington Ave., Kensington (510) 525-2757, 269thearlington.com
Englund’s Cafe and Catering 4061 Port Chicago Hwy., Ste. J, Concord (925) 609-5989, englundscatering.com Fraiche Catering by Patrick David Danville/San Francisco (925) 683-2800, fraichecater.com
Aurora Catering Castro Valley (510) 582-9529, auroracateringbayarea.com
Grace Street Catering 4629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland (510) 523-1600, gracestreetcatering.com
**Barbara Llewellyn Catering and Event Planning 434 25th St., Oakland (510) 832-1967, barbarallewellyn.com Blue Heron Catering Oakland (510) 533-0781, blueheroncatering.com Bon Vivant Catering and Event Productions 1848 First St., Livermore (925) 606-5535, bonvivantcatering.net Carrie Dove Catering and Events 1552 Beach St., Ste. C, Emeryville (415) 460-9995, carriedovecatering.com Checkers Catering and Special Events 83 Wright Brothers Ave., Livermore (925) 968-1121, checkerscatering.com **Classic Catering 2653 Pleasant Hill Rd., Pleasant Hill (925) 939-9224, classiccater.com
La Bocca Fina Hayward (510) 264-0276, laboccafina.com Lantern Catering 1941 Oak Park Blvd., Ste. 10, Pleasant Hill (925) 322-8414, lanterncatering.com
Ralph’s Catering Brentwood (925) 625-2307, cateringbyralph.com RoliRoti Gourmet Rotisserie (510) 780-0300, roliroti.com Serves You Right Catering Berkeley (510) 527-8809, servesyourightcatering.com **Shish Grill 1061 Market Pl., Ste. A1, San Ramon (925) 415-3270, theshishgrill.com Simply Catered Brentwood (925) 240-1812, simplycateredforyou.com Small Thyme Catering Concord (925) 437-3327, smallthymecatering.com Sunrise Bistro and Catering 1559 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek (925) 930-6323, sunrisebistrocatering.com Wilma Lott Catering 3840 Alhambra Ave., Martinez (925) 372-8612, wilmalottcatering.com
La Tapatia Mexican Cuisine 1802 Willow Pass Rd., Concord (925) 685-1985; 536 Main St., Martinez (925) 229-3866, latapatia.net
A Sound Explosion Event Productions 253 Riddell Ln., Alameda (510) 864-2111, asoundexplosion.com
Miraglia Catering 2096 Burroughs Ave., San Leandro (510) 483-5210, cateringandmore.com
Amos Productions 5715 Southfront Rd., Ste. C1, Livermore (925) 449-3847, amospro.com
On the Vine Catering Livermore (925) 518-7244, onthevinecatering.com Paula LeDuc Fine Catering 1350 Park Ave., Emeryville (510) 547-7825, paulaleduc.com
Brad Kinney Productions 7011 Koll Center Pkwy., Pleasanton (800) 734-1372, bradkinney.com Daley Entertainment Agency (D.E.A.) Brentwood (925) 766-8677, dea4fun.com Denon and Doyle 5528 Pacheco Blvd., Bldg. B,
The Terrace Room OAKLANDâ€™S MOST ENCHANTING WEDDING VENUE PANORAMIC VIEWS OF BEAUTIFUL LAKE MERRITT AND OAKLAND HILLS ART DECO BALLROOM
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resource guide entertainment
Ste. 200, Pacheco (925) 944-5021, djay.com
Hayward (408) 981-6451, busta-groove.com
Fantasy Sound Event Services 320 Stealth Ct., Livermore (925) 373-1934, fantasysound.com
The Exeter String Quartet Oakland (510) 839-3828, exeterquartet.net
Four Leaf Entertainment San Francisco (415) 699-6048, fourleafent.com In the Mix Productions 23897 Thurston Ct., Hayward (510) 214-3701, itmp.com Magic Entertainment 309 Coal Mine Ct., Clayton (925) 628-5801, djmagicent.com Mark Davis DJ Services Livermore (209) 229-1666, trivaldj.com
Kevin Toqe Music (Guitarist and vocalist) Walnut Creek kevintoqe.com
MWE Martinez (925) 228-6275, mwedjs.com
925 Entertainment Group San Ramon (925) 413-7166, 925entertainmentgroup.com
Pacific Entertainment (Plus musicians) 125 Sunset Cir., Ste. 48, Benicia (707) 364-2642, pacificentertainment.biz Perry’s Mobile Disc Jockey 65 Mosswood Ct., Livermore (925) 606-1732, perrysmobiledj.com Quantum Party Productions 111 Center Ave., Ste. M, Pacheco (925) 586-8316, quantummusic.net Thump Sound 4283 Clarinbridge Cir., Dublin (510) 331-1746, thumpsound.net 21st Century Sounds 3195 Danville Blvd., Ste. 7, Alamo (925) 938-2858, 21stcenturysounds.com
Krista Strader (Harpist) Pleasant Hill (877) 415-4277, kristastrader.com Musical Heart Strings (Classical) Martinez (925) 603-3002, musicalheartstrings.net
Prime Time Entertainment (Plus performers) 2430 Research Dr., Livermore (925) 449-1724, primetimeentertainment.com The Turnaround Jazz Ensemble Oakland (510) 387-8096, turnaroundjazz.com
Katherine Bergman Floral Designs Walnut Creek (925) 210-0487, floraldesigner.com
Bouquetière Floral Designs Berkeley (925) 209-6812, bouquetiere.com
Laura Miller Design Oakland (510) 336-9226, lauramillerdesign.com
Cattails Florist 9000 Crow Canyon Rd., Ste. M, Danville (925) 736-9494, cattailsflorist.com Delford West Flowers Livermore (925) 606-8818, delfordwestflowers.com East Bay Flower Company 206 Sycamore Valley Rd. W., Danville (925) 837-3418, eastbayflowercompany.com Florali 2345 Boulevard Cir., Walnut Creek (925) 934-6877, florali.com Floralisa Hercules/Rodeo (510) 734-4475, floralisa.com
PERFORMERS Celebrity Gems Entertainment (Various entertainers) 4061 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Ste. 118, Castro Valley (510) 581-5964, celebritygems.com
A Loves in Bloom Martinez (925) 408-6702, alovesinbloom.com
An Elegant Touch of Strings (Classical) Oakley (925) 625-4363, baysbest.com
Angels Petals Martinez (925) 951-8046, angelspetals.biz
Bennetta Heaton Harp Studio (Harpist) Danville (925) 820-1169
Anne Mendenhall Flowers Walnut Creek (925) 287-8142, annemendenhallflowers.com
Busta Groove! (Band)
Belle-Flower 5745 Horton St., Ste. B,
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Emeryville (510) 284-7081, belle-flower.com Bloomies on Main 6654 Knoll Center Pkwy., Ste. 150, Pleasanton (925) 931-1290, bloomiesonmainca.com
Flower Bowl Florist 2325 Boulevard Cir., Walnut Creek (925) 935-0800, flowerbowlflorist.com The Flower House 2021 Las Positas Ct., Ste. 153, Livermore (925) 960-1375, theflowerhouse.com **Fringe Flower Company 1489 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek (925) 278-2697, fringeflowers.com Good Scents 3513 Main St., Ste. B, Oakley (925) 625-5550, goodscentsflorist.com Katharina Stuart Floral Art and Design 1230 Contra Costa Dr., El Cerrito (510) 406-3404, katharinastuart.com
Kay Wolff Design 1177 Grizzly Peak Blvd., Berkeley (510) 540-1931, makingarrangements.com
Livermore Valley Florist 224 S. J St., Livermore (925) 443-3450, livermorevalleyflorist.com Mandolin Flowers San Francisco mandolinfloral.com Megan Haney Designs 2021 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Bldg. D, Ste. 3, Walnut Creek (925) 962-1119, meganhaneydesigns.com Pat Gibbons Floral Designs El Cerrito (510) 527-3197, patgibbonsfloral.com Paula’s Family Florist 1412 A St., Antioch (925) 756-6000, paulasfamilyflorist.com The Petal Company Pleasanton (925) 245-0008, thepetalco.com The Petal Pusher Pleasanton (510) 512-5372, the-petal-pusher.com Poppy’s Petalworks 2860 Laguna St., San Francisco (415) 806-2950, poppyspetalworks.com Ribbons and Roses Custom Florals Brentwood (925) 634-3832, facebook.com/ribbonsandroses customflorals Sarah’s Garden Danville (415) 699-8206, sarahsgardendesign.com Stems and Petals Pinole
resource guide florists
(510) 685-7079, stemsandpetalsfloral.com Sunshine Flowers Wedding and Event Design Martinez (925) 228-6123, sunshineflowers.com
Susan Gildea Personalized Printing 3020 Ashby Ave., Berkeley (510) 883-0890, susangildea.com Twig and Fig 2110 Vine St., Berkeley (510) 848-5599, twigandfig.com
Tri Valley Flowers 5311 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton (925) 469-1300, trivalleyflowers.com
Tumbleweed Floral Truck Danville (925) 785-6546, tumbleweedfloraltruck.com
AGB Photographics Oakland (415) 504-7791, agbphotographics.com
Twigss Floral Studio Danville (925) 272-9334, twigss.com
Angie Capri Photography 1980 Olivera Rd., Ste. C, Concord (925) 338-1104, angiecapri.com
Invitations The Aerialist Press 43 Quail Ct., Ste. 203, Walnut Creek (510) 520-6749, theaerialistpress.com Creative Designs by Mimi Concord (925) 787-0665, creativemimi.com Flemingâ€™s Printed Affair 460 Boulevard Way, Oakland (510) 654-9903 flemingsprintedaffair.com Good on Paper Berkeley (510) 501-3337, goodonpaperdesign.com Inviting Ways 4 Van Cleave Ln., Walnut Creek (925) 256-8410, invitingways.com Linea Carta by Diva Pyari Berkeley linea-carta.com Paper Source 1567 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek (925) 357-6200, papersource.com Papineau Calligraphy 5736 Thornhill Dr., Ste. 103, Oakland (510) 339-2301, papineaucalligraphy.com Reb Peters Press 1906 Mandela Pkwy., Oakland (415) 202-3902, rebpeterspress.com
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Brian Gross Photography Danville (925) 895-4321, briangross photography.blogspot.com Brian MacStay Photography Concord (925) 348-8856, brianmacstay.com Candid Moments Wedding Photography Antioch (925) 778-5085 Cauchi Photography Dublin (925) 875-1880, cauchi.com Cazinha Portrait Design 551 Main St., Pleasanton (925) 249-1999, cazinhaportrait.com Cohn Frankel Photography Berkeley (510) 882-1980, cohnfrankelphotography.com
Doorstep Photography San Ramon (925) 556-5412, doorstepdigital.com
Julie Cheshire Photography Clayton (925) 798-5804, juliecheshire.com
Dubnoff Wedding Photography Concord (925) 686-4960, dubnoffphoto.com
Julie Mikos Photographer Berkeley (510) 681-7616, juliemikos.com
Eli Photographer 39 California Ave., Ste. 107, Pleasanton (510) 429-9525, eliphotographer.com
Karen Bates Photography Oakland (510) 530-5265, karenbatesphoto.com
Elise Nicole Photography Concord (925) 788-8820, elisenicolephotography.com Emily Takes Photos Oakland emilytakesphotos.com Eric James Photography Walnut Creek (925) 451-5332, ericjamesphoto.com Gabriel Harber Photography Oakland (510) 967-6244, harberphotography.com Gina Halferty Photography Pleasanton (925) 231-5495, ginahalfertyphoto.com James Brian Studios 1727 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek (925) 934-4455, jamesbrian.com Jasmin Van T Photography Oakland (510) 491-6517, jasminvantphoto.com Jennifer Skog San Ramon jenniferskog.com
Connie Leal Photography Brentwood (925) 550-8506, connielealphotography.com
Jerry Yoon Photographers Oakland (510) 473-7006, jerryyoon.com
Dana Todd Photography Livermore (408) 655-1297, danatoddphotography.com
**Jessamyn Photography Pleasant Hill (925) 698-4058, jessamynphotography.com
Discovery Bay Studios Photography Discovery Bay (925) 216-4454, discoverybaystudios.com
Josh Isaacs Photography Pleasant Hill (925) 285-7316, jjisaacs.com
Ken Perkes Photography 1304 Willow Lake Rd., Discovery Bay (925) 988-1330, perkesphoto.zenfolio.com Lori Rittinger Photography 3195 Danville Blvd., Ste. 7, Alamo (925) 934-2103, rittingerphotography.com Lynds Photo Lafayette (925) 962-0180, lyndsphoto.com MEF Photography Concord (877) 227-0722, mefphoto.com Meo Baaklini Photography Benicia (510) 545-6361, meobaaklini.com Modern Love Photography 1035 B St., Hayward (510) 698-1517, modernlovephotography.com Nightingale Photography Oakland (510) 338-2997, nightingalephotos.com Onelove Photography San Ramon (925) 360-9755, onelove-photo.com Photography by Kelsey Walnut Creek (925) 588-5502, photographybykelsey.net Rachel Capil Photography 25 Crescent Dr., Ste. 354, Pleasant Hill (925) 609-7270, rachelcapilevents.com Richard Haick Photography Oakland (510) 219-1093, rfhaick.com
Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa Four-star cuisine and personalized service, along with amenities such as The Spa and luxurious guestrooms. Celebrate with us!
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resource guide photographers
Stacey Pentland Photography Walnut Creek (415) 710-2619, staceypentlandphoto.com Stephanie Secrest Artistic Wedding Photography Alameda (510) 337-9796, secrestweddings.com Ultra-Spective Photography Livermore (925) 449-9879, ultra-spective.com
Standard Party Rentals 70 W. Ohio Ave., Ste. H, Richmond (510) 232-5030, standardpartyrentals.com
Venues CENTRAL CONTRA COSTA COUNTY **Boundary Oak Golf Course 3800 Valley Vista Rd., Walnut Creek (925) 934-3600, Ext. 21, playboundaryoak.com
Blueprint Studios 352 Shaw Rd., San Francisco (415) 922-9004, blueprintstudios.com C&M Party Props 1942 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek (925) 934-3181, cmparty.com Chairs for Affairs Party Rentals 140 Mason Cir., Ste. J, Concord (925) 370-1300, chairsforaffairs.com Classic Party Rentals 1635 Rollins Rd., Ste. A, Burlingame (650) 652-0300, classicpartyrentals.com Das Bus Oakland (510) 710-5580, das-bus.com Frances Lane San Francisco (415) 275-1347, franceslane.com A Grande Affair Party and Event Rentals 12907 Alcosta Blvd., Ste. B, San Ramon (925) 275-1075, agarents.com Napa Valley Linens 1315 63rd St., Emeryville (510) 788-4551, nvlinens.com Pleasanton Event Rentals 7066 Commerce Cir., Ste. A, Pleasanton (925) 468-0624, pleasantonrentals.com **Snap Fiesta San Francisco (855) 762-7343, snapfiesta.com
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Contra Costa Country Club 801 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill (925) 798-7135, contracostacc.org Crowne Plaza Concord/Walnut Creek 45 John Glenn Dr., Concord (925) 825-7700, crowneplazaconcord.com Diablo Ranch 1453 N. Gate Rd., Walnut Creek (925) 837-2290, bayarearanchweddings.com The Gardens at Heather Farm 1540 Marchbanks Dr., Walnut Creek (925) 947-1678, gardenshf.org **Oakhurst Country Club 1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton (925) 672-9737, Ext. 217, oakhurstcc.com Pleasant Hill Community Center 320 Civic Dr., Pleasant Hill (925) 676-5200, pleasanthillrec.com Scott’s Seafood Walnut Creek 1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek (925) 934-1300, scottswc.com Walnut Creek Marriott 2355 N. Main St., Walnut Creek (925) 934-2000, marriottwalnutcreek.com
Hannah Nicole Vineyards 6700 Balfour Rd., Brentwood (925) 392-3189, hnvwines.com La Grande Wedding and Event Center 1799 Carpenter Rd., Oakley (925) 435-4461, lagrandeweddings.com Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center 4800 Golf Course Rd., Antioch (925) 706-4220, lonetreegolfcourse.com Newberry Estate Vineyards 2525 Sunset Rd., Brentwood (925) 516-3300, newberryestatevineyards.com
LAMORINDA Church of Santa Maria 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda (925) 254-2426, santamariaorinda.com Hacienda de las Flores 2100 Donald Dr., Moraga (925) 888-7045, moragahacienda.com **Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette (925) 263-1725, lafayetteparkhotel.com Orinda Country Club 315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda (925) 254-4314, Ext. 277, orindacc.org
TRI-VALLEY **Alcosta Senior and Community Center 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon (925) 973-3250, sanramonvenues.com **Amador Rancho Center 1998 Rancho Park Loop Rd., San Ramon (925) 973-3200, sanramonvenues.com
BoaVentura de Caires Winery 9309 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 606-9672, boaventuravineyard.com The Bridges Golf Club 9000 S. Gale Ridge Rd., San Ramon (925) 735-4253, thebridgesgolf.com **Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery 410 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton (925) 931-0200, casarealevents.com Castlewood Country Club 707 Country Club Cir., Pleasanton (925) 485-2237, castlewoodcc.org The Club at Ruby Hill 3400 W. Ruby Hill Dr., Pleasanton (925) 417-5840, rubyhill.com **Concannon Vineyard 4590 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 456-2505, concannonvineyard.com Crooked Vine Winery 4948 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 449-0458, crookedvine.com Crow Canyon Country Club 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville (925) 735-5718, clubcorp.com/clubs/ crow-canyon-country-club Diablo Country Club 1700 Club House Rd., Diablo (925) 837-4221, diablocc.org **DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pleasanton at the Club 7050 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton (925) 463-8000, doubletree3.hilton.com **Dougherty Station Community Center 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon (925) 973-3350, sanramonvenues.com
EAST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY Brownstone Gardens 91 Brownstone Rd., Oakley (925) 418-4532, brownstonegardens.com
Blackhawk Automotive Museum 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville (925) 736-2280, blackhawkmuseum.org
Club Los Meganos 1700 Trilogy Pkwy., Brentwood (925) 809-7191, vineyardsweddings. com/clmweddings
Blackhawk Country Club 599 Blackhawk Club Dr., Danville (925) 736-6500, Ext. 557, blackhawkcc.org
Elliston Vineyards 463 Kilkare Rd., Sunol (925) 862-2377, elliston.com Garré Vineyard and Winery 7986 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 371-8200, garrewinery.com
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resource guide venues
Murrieta’s Well 3005 Mines Rd., Livermore (925) 456-2395, murrietaswell.com Nella Terra Cellars 5005 Sheridan Rd., Sunol (408) 893-9463, nellaterra.com **Palm Event Center in the Vineyard 1184 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton (925) 426-8666, palmeventcenter.com Poppy Ridge Golf Course 4280 Greenville Rd., Livermore (925) 447-6779, poppyridgegolf.com The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort and Spa 4549 Cross Rd., Livermore (925) 606-8855, purpleorchid.com **The Ranch at Little Hills 18013 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon (925) 837-8158, littlehillsweddings.com Ravenswood Historical Site 2647 Arroyo Rd., Livermore (925) 373-5708, larpd.org/rentals/ ravenswood.html Reinstein Ranch 8201 Highland Rd., Livermore (925) 447-0194, reinsteinranch.com Rios-Lovell Estate Winery 6500 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 443-0434, rioslovellwinery.com **San Ramon Community Center 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon (925) 973-3200, sanramonvenues.com Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center (at San Ramon Golf Club) 9430 Fircrest Ln., San Ramon (925) 808-7352, wedgewoodbanquet.com Wente Vineyards 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore (925) 456-2425, wentevineyards.com
SOLANO/WEST CONTRA COSTA COUNTIES Hiddenbrooke Golf Club 1095 Hiddenbrooke Pkwy., Vallejo (707) 558-0330, hiddenbrookegolf.com
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Jefferson Street Mansion 1063 Jefferson St., Benicia (707) 746-0684, jeffersonstreetmansion.com The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina 2000 Glen Cove Marina Rd., Vallejo (707) 704-9014, thelighthousegcm.com The Old Homestead 995 Loring Ave., Crockett (510) 660-5174
**Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (510) 318-8400, museumca.org
Eventful Days Castro Valley (510) 206-6474, eventfuldays.net
Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral and Chinese Mission 660 California St., San Francisco (415) 228-3800, oldsaintmarys.org
Eventfully Yours, Event Designs Concord (925) 370-1300, eventdesignsbyrayna.com
Preservation Park 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland (510) 874-7580, preservationpark.com
WEST OF CALDECOTT Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley (510) 280-1532, berkeleycityclub.com Brazilian Room Tilden Park, Berkeley (510) 544-3164, ebparks.org **Chabot Space and Science Center 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland (510) 336-7300, chabotspace.org **Claremont Club and Spa, A Fairmont Hotel 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley (800) 551-7266, fairmont.com/claremont-berkeley The Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland (510) 615-5555, dunsmuir-hellman.com Fairmont San Francisco 950 Mason St., San Francisco (415) 772-5000, fairmont.com/ san-francisco **Hotel Shattuck Plaza 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley (510) 845-7300, hotelshattuckplaza.com Joie de Vivre Waterfront Hotel 10 Washington St., Oakland (510) 836-3800, jdvhotels.com Julia Morgan Ballroom 465 California St., San Francisco (415) 591-1833, juliamorganballroom.com Lake Chalet 1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland (510) 208-5253, thelakechalet.com
Rock Wall Wine Company 2301 Monarch St., Ste. 300, Alameda (510) 522-5700, Ext. 34, rockwallwines.com Sequoyah Country Club 4550 Heafey Rd., Oakland (510) 632-2900, sequoyahcc.com Snow Building (at Oakland Zoo) 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland (510) 632-9525, Ext. 200, oaklandzoo.org **Terrace Room (at Lake Merritt Hotel) 1800 Madison St., Oakland (510) 903-3771, theterraceroom.com UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley (510) 642-3352, botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu
Wedding Planners A Monique Affair Oakland (510) 334-3752, amoniqueaffair.com Bliss Event Productions Benicia (707) 590-3040, blisseventproductions.com Carolyn Wilson Weddings and Events Livermore (925) 315-9589, carolynwilsonevents.com Dreamcatcher Events Walnut Creek (925) 947-3999, dreamcatcherevents.com
Events By Wallace Danville (925) 867-1515, eventsbywallace.com **Lindsay Lauren Events Danville (925) 683-8547, lindsaylaurenevents.com Simply by Bethaina Walnut Creek (925) 200-9662, simplybybethaina.com Spreading Lovely Oakland (510) 220-0356, spreadinglovely.com Sugar Rush Events Walnut Creek (925) 212-6904, sugarrushevents.com Tiffany Francies Events Brentwood (707) 718-7355, facebook.com/tiffanyfranciesplanner Your Event By Erin Walnut Creek (858) 774-0909, youreventbyerin.com Your Moments Wedding and Event Planning Danville (925) 322-1138, yourmomentsevents.com Weddings by Image Three Walnut Creek (925) 935-3845, weddingsbyimagethree.com ■
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