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A Modern Wedding in Burlingame, CA

  • Wendy Maclaurin Richardson Photography, San Francisco
    Events of Distinction, San Francisco
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Joan & Jonathan in Burlingame, CA
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To match the guys’ boutonnieres, wisps of gold angel hair added sparkle to the purple bouquets of dendrobium orchids, roses and calla lilies.
Branch Out Floral and Event Design, San Francisco
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Culinary wording clued guests in on the “savory celebration” to come.
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Instead of lighting a unity candle or having a sand ceremony, the couple combined spices, continuing their “Love Is the Spice of Life” theme.
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Clusters of flowers, like lilies, roses, and orchids, filled vases of dyed water along the aisle. The canopy and seat cushions matched the green scene
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Die-cut cards in the day’s motif lined a wooden structure made to look like a spice rack. The shelves were sprinkled with real spices and flowers to add color to the display.
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Before the ceremony, guests enjoyed fresh-squeezed limeade. The green drinks coordinated with the other details at the wedding.
Melons Catering & Event Planning, South San Francisco
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Menu cards and a small gem coordinated with the escort cards and rested on top of modern, black-and-white dinner plates. Green napkins and cymbidium orchids brought in the other color of the palette.
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Manzanita branches rose from a base of green and purple flowers. The branches were strung with orchids, gems and candles.
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Each tier of the spice-themed, fondant-frosted cake was a different shape and had a different design, with the top layer showing off the logo that appeared on the stationery.
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The couple’s shared passion for dark chocolate inspired a dessert lounge filled with everything chocolate, such as mini ice cream cones that guests could top with chocolate chips.
Melons Catering & Event Planning, South San Francisco
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The newlyweds chose to do a lively foxtrot to the upbeat “A Wink and a Smile,” by Harry Connick, Jr.
The Dance Spectrum, Campbell
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Guests took home tins with 10 different spices from various types of cuisine. The favors tied in with the wedding theme and served a practical purpose.

Joan & Jonathan in Burlingame, CA

Upon returning home from a job assignment in Asia, Jonathan learned that several of his buddies had moved. Having fewer friends around motivated him to join an online dating service; the profile for fellow foodie Joan jumped out at him. He asked her out, and they were hooked after a seven-hour-long second date. The Bride Joan Santos, 30, student The Groom Jonathan Brown, 36, corporate treasurer The Date September 27 Just over a year later, Joan came home to find Jonathan in a giddy mood -- the ring had arrived that day! The next night, he got down on one knee and popped the question. “I still get teased about doing a little dance once the ring was on,” says Joan.
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  • Wendy Maclaurin Richardson Photography, San Francisco
  • Events of Distinction, San Francisco
  • Kohl Mansion
  • Branch Out Floral and Event Design, San Francisco
  • Melons Catering & Event Planning, South San Francisco
  • The Dance Spectrum, Campbell

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