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A Formal Wedding in San Francisco, CA

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Barbara & Darin in San Francisco, CA
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An elegant mix of tulips, ranunculus and cymbidium orchids was accented by a single ostrich feather to match the centerpieces.
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The groom wore a single cymbidium orchid paired with a small ostrich feather that coordinated with the larger one in the bridal bouquet.
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The mid-afternoon ceremony took place in the tiled courtyard outside the reception site. Marble walls on three sides meant the couple needed little additional décor beyond a white aisle runner.
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To tie in with the turn-of-the-century theme, the escort card display was designed in the formal style of that era. Guest names were handwritten in calligraphy and the cards sat atop plum pintuck linens.
Calligraphy West Studio & Shop, Los Angeles, CA
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Instead of numbers, each table card displayed an image of an artist from the fin de siecle era with a paragraph about them on the back. The bride and groom were seated at the Aubrey Beardsley table.
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Tables were topped with tall, pewter candelabras overflowing with hydrangeas and ostrich feathers for some drama. Smaller arrangements of similar blooms were found at the base of each centerpiece.
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Instead of numbers, each table card displayed an image of an artist from the fin de siecle era with a paragraph about them on the back. The bride and groom were seated at the Aubrey Beardsley table.
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The non-traditional cake took an architectural, column shape and featured black flowering branches on a white background, a design characteristic of the fin de siecle era.
Beaux Gateaux, San Francisco, CA
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The couple nodded to their love of food by sending guests home with small jars of custom spiced sea salts.

Barbara & Darin in San Francisco, CA

Film, music and an appreciation for subtle sarcasm were just a few of the things that Barbara and Darin bonded over when they first met at work. They were both dating other people at the time, so their relationship remained platonic. The Bride Barbara Ford, 39, technical production manager The Groom Darin Grant, 34, head of production technology at an animation firm The Date March 7 Over a year later, when Barbara was about to leave for a new job, a night out with some coworkers ended with both she and Darin thinking that their friendship could turn into something more. They quickly fell in love. Soon after, Barbara left to travel to Southeast Asia and Europe, and absence made their hearts grow fonder. A little over a year after their first date, the two were vacationing in Venice, Italy, when Darin asked Barbara to marry him. For their wedding, the couple went with a turn-of-the-century theme.
- Patricia Bryan
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  • Calligraphy West Studio & Shop, Los Angeles, CA
  • Beaux Gateaux, San Francisco, CA

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