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A Traditional Wedding in San Francisco, CA

  • Jennifer Longaway Photography, San Francisco, CA
    Shannon Berry, Shannon Berry Wedding Consulting, San Francisco, CA
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Margaret & Ryan in San Francisco, CA
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Margaret’s bouquet had the perfect mix of formal (to match the church ceremony) and laid back (to match the BBQ, log cabin reception). She carried garden roses, poppies, herbs, scented geranium, berries, and bunny tail grass.
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For a pop of color against his tux, Ryan’s boutonniere included yellow garden roses and a single orange poppy. A few berries added to the wedding’s rustic vibe.
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Rich, golden yellow satin pumps became the inspiration behind the bits of yellow that were worked into the color palette, such as the flowers and invitation envelopes.
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To make the invites super-personal, the couple’s stationery designer included an illustration of San Francisco, the wedding locale, using only green and brown (the wedding colors).
Hello!Lucky, San Francisco, CA
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The couple opted not to decorate the church much. Two large arrangements of yellow flowers were placed on either side of the altar, and smaller arrangements marked every other pew along the aisle.
St. Monica’s Catholic Church of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
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Inspired by the 49-Mile Scenic Drive signs all over San Francisco, the couple recreated the design and named each table after a Golden Gate National Park.
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The couple chose The Log Cabin in the Presidio for its unique, rustic atmosphere. (It’s a real log cabin!) They had a daytime wedding, and the space had great windows, so they didn’t have to bring in any extra lighting.
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For a natural look, the florist arranged simple centerpieces of garden roses, poppies, and berries in mason jars and terra cotta pots, which guests could take home after the reception.
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Margaret didn’t have any ideas in mind when she and Ryan went for their cake tasting, so she simply picked one out of the baker’s book. It was frosted with marzipan, and the florist added fresh roses and berries to the tiers to add a rustic look.
Schubert’s Bakery, San Francisco, CA

Margaret & Ryan in San Francisco, CA

Margaret and Ryan met their freshman year of college at the University of California Santa Barbara. They lived in the same dorm, and Ryan would stop by Margaret’s room so they could walk to class together. They were a couple by their second semester, but it took more than 10 years for them to get engaged. They dated throughout college, then five years long-distance while Margaret completed graduate school in New York. When she finished, she moved back near Ryan in San Francisco. After three years in the same state again, Ryan prepared to propose. The Bride Margaret Mello, 31, a media archivist The Groom Ryan Rouse, 30, a video game artist The Date August 15 His first plan fell through, so one weekend he tried to convince Margaret to call out of work the upcoming Monday. Monday morning rolled around and Margaret was adamant about going to work. As she was getting ready, Ryan told her he wanted to spend his life with her—and not dating forever, as they had joked. He meant married. That’s when Margaret finally decided to take the day off. They planned a summery wedding with an outdoorsy aesthetic.
- Jaimie Dalessio
Their Ingredients
  • Jennifer Longaway Photography, San Francisco, CA
  • Shannon Berry, Shannon Berry Wedding Consulting, San Francisco, CA
  • Log Cabin of the Presidio
  • J. Crew
  • Hello!Lucky, San Francisco, CA
  • St. Monica’s Catholic Church of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Schubert’s Bakery, San Francisco, CA

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