Jenni and Jason wanted a wedding day “classic enough that we’d look back and love every detail year after year.” So the couple enlisted the help of planner True North Events Co. to help them achieve the “simple, modern and romantic vibe” they dreamed of for their San Francisco nuptials. A crisp, fall day help set the tone and made for beautiful portraits of the wedding party decked out in navy gowns and tuxes. Florals and ceremony arrangements by Meredith Farrar Designs are voluminous and slightly unruly for a modern feel. Classic touches like Pollet Paper Co. letterpress invitations and a calligraphy monogram by Kelsey Malie Calligraphy add a timeless quality while Jenni makes a modern statement with her rad black leather jacket over her white Theia gown. Lucky for us, the couple selected the signature style of Anna Marks Photography to capture all the details in these lovely images.
What made the wedding special and unique?
We got married on November 17, 2017 at a restaurant (Foreign Cinema) in San Francisco. It was a perfect crisp fall day and we had an incredible time just relaxing with our bridal party, getting ready, popping some bubbly. We did our first look in the charming Pacific Heights neighborhood and took pictures in a gorgeous park nearby. The sun was just setting and it was so romantic and beautiful. Our wedding took place at Foreign Cinema restaurant in San Francisco’s hip Mission district. We were going for a simple, modern and romantic vibe. Something that would be classic enough that we’d look back and love every detail year after year. But fun and different enough to show off our personalities.
It was totally dark by the time the ceremony started, which we were a little nervous about, but it ended up being so great!! We had white twinkle lights and candles (Glassybaby) everywhere to create a really moody, romantic vibe in the outdoor courtyard. We had guests sit in a U shape around us and had a sitting/standing ceremony to keep it feeling intimate and casual. It was a Friday night, so we made sure guests could get the party started right when they arrived— upon arrival, they were greeted with coupes of champagne and little bowls of popcorn.
Our close friend officiated our “loosely Jewish” ceremony, under a chuppah we borrowed from friends who we met in Israel that was covered in lace from my late grandmother (a really nice way to incorporate some of my family heirlooms). The ceremony was sweet and hilarious at the same time (we had been dating already for 10+ years and had traveled extensively around the globe with our officiant, so there were some really fun stories sprinkled in).
After the ceremony, the party started! Instead of a formal sit down dinner, our whole reception was cocktail style and guests were free to move around the three open spaces of the restaurant. We worked with Foreign Cinema to create a “tapas” style menu, with small plates roving around the room for a few hours. When it was time for dancing, everyone joined us in the modern industrial looking gallery where our DJ was spinning amazing beats all night. We also had a projector playing black and white 90s music videos on the back wall (everything from Madonna to Backstreet Boys). It was a huge blast and created such a fun dance vibe.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
I had a pretty clear idea in my head about what I wanted – something really classic, timeless and simple but with a bit of a modern feel. I tried on a ton of dresses in all different styles but kept coming back to this one. After bringing my mom, sister and a few other friends to see it, we were all sold! It was a pretty easy, painless process. I love that it had a really simple silhouette, with a few fun details (like the sleek crepe fabric, a deep back and enough of a train to make it feel slightly formal). It was also really fun to pair accessories – I did gold mirrored shoes to add a little bit of pizazz, a classic two-layer veil to add a bit of a traditional romantic vibe and then for the party, a leather jacket!
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
– My late grandmother’s lace covering the chuppah and rose pin for my bouquet
– Earrings borrowed from my mother-in-law (that belonged to her late mother), bracelet borrowed from my best friend Alex (that she and our other friend both wore in their weddings!), veil borrowed from my friend Hannah (that she wore in her wedding)
– Sunday Candy for wedding cake song (Jason loves Chance The Rapper)
– Guest book was a “cookbook” I made for Jason with pictures and recipes from our travels
What was the most memorable part of the day?
Definitely the ceremony and those few moments before the ceremony. We were up on a balcony and could watch everyone coming in, it was really cool to see the look on their faces as they entered the space and it just felt like there was so much excitement in the air. The ceremony was for sure the most memorable part – it just felt so intimate and having our good friend officiate struck the perfect tone for us, our families and our friends.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Jason and I met in Fall 2006 as freshman at UCLA and started dating shortly after. 10 years later, after a move to San Francisco, lots of adventures and international travel, a shared apartment and many other landmark moments, he woke me up to go watch the sunrise (one of my favorite activities). That morning, he proposed while we were watching the sunrise over San Francisco from Marin’s Hawk Hill (Google it— it’s gorgeous!). It was a Friday morning, so we spent the day together then celebrated with family and friends later that night.
Photography: Anna Marks Photography // Planner: True North Events Co. // Florist: Meredith Farrar Designs // Invitations: Pollet Paper Co. // Venue & Catering: Foreign Cinema // Wallflower Design // Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy (envelopes) / Kelsey Malie Calligraphy (monogram) // Make Up & Hair: Dreamcatcher Artistry // Wedding Dress: Theia, from Lovely Bride // Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith // Entertainment: Stephan Kane (guitarist) and Chris Fox with Fox Sounds (DJ) // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box