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A Formal Wedding in San Francisco, CA

  • Suzy Clement Photographs, San Francisco
    Rebecca Reátegui, San Francisco
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Suzanne & Sandon in San Francisco, CA
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Sheer ribbon matching the ceremony chair covers was loosely tied around the stems of stephanotis and roses.
Karen Axel, Tapestry, San Francisco
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Groomsmen wore roses and hypericum berries on their lapels. The creamy flowers matched the other floral arrangements.
Karen Axel, Tapestry, San Francisco
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Gesinee’s Bridal, Concord
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The letterpress stationery with the couple’s formal monogram set the tone for the opulent wedding. Each one arrived in portfolio-like folders covered in celadon silk.
Janel Claire Designs, Berkeley
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Rows of stock and roses bordered the aisle while delicate chandeliers were hung from shepherd’s hooks, giving off a romantic glow.
Karen Axel, Tapestry, San Francisco
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Guests couldn’t miss the altar area, a raised platform under chandeliers. The couple exchanged vows beneath an arch decorated with flowers similar to the ones lining the aisle.
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Strands of crystals added bling to hydrangeas, roses and other cream, pink and green flowers. Votives at the base upped the romance at the tables.
Karen Axel, Tapestry, San Francisco
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Bowls overflowing with white and pale-green flowers, like roses and hydrangeas, decorated the rectangular head table, which stood out from the round ones.
Classic Party Rental, Burlingame
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Crystal votive holders were placed on mirrored coffee tables throughout the cocktail lounge for maximum sparkle.
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The newlyweds got a little teary-eyed during the two toasts, which were given by the maid of honor and the best man.
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The main attraction in the green-lit reception room was the cake. A layer of fresh roses in pink and cream hues separated each tier of the towering dessert.
Perfect Endings, Napa
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To match the classic feel of the day, the couple shared their first dance to “At Last,” by Etta James.
Denon & Doyle, Concord
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Treats in the couple’s soft palette filled a variety of apothecary jars.
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Guests grabbed slices of leftover cake on their way out. Stickers with the couple’s monogram sealed the boxes.
Janel Claire Designs, Berkeley

Suzanne & Sandon in San Francisco, CA

Suzanne accepted a piece of candy from Sandon at a party, and they ended up talking the entire night. They spent a lot of time together after that, but things were cut short when Suzanne left for college in Colorado. They stayed in touch and eventually started dating seriously. The Bride Suzanne La Vallee, 29, substitute teacher The Groom Sandon Duncan, 30, patent attorney The Date August 2 After the two returned from a trip to Europe, Sandon was accepted to law school in Oregon. Not wanting to tempt fate with a long-distance relationship, Suzanne relocated to be with him. Two years later, Suzanne and Sandon flew to UC Berkeley (his alma mater) to watch a football game and stayed at an upscale hotel. That night, he brought Suzanne to tears with an out-of-the-blue proposal on bended knee.
- Patricia Bryan
Their Ingredients
  • Suzy Clement Photographs, San Francisco
  • Rebecca Reátegui, San Francisco
  • Karen Axel, Tapestry, San Francisco
  • Gesinee’s Bridal, Concord
  • Janel Claire Designs, Berkeley
  • Classic Party Rental, Burlingame
  • Perfect Endings, Napa
  • Denon & Doyle, Concord

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