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Beth & Kenny: A Lime and Chocolate Wedding in San Francisco, CA

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Beth & Kenny in San Francisco, CA
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Because foggy San Francisco is not known for its great weather, Beth and Kenny had a little trouble finding a site that would let them wed beneath a tent. "I had always dreamed of having my wedding in a white tent," Beth says. "Maybe that stemmed from the movie Father of the Bride." She'd attended a tented benefit at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco ...
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Beth and Kenny didn't choose a specific theme for their wedding, but instead wanted a feeling -- formal yet fun. So even though the attire and site were ultra-formal, they also kept the mood lighthearted with fun touches like a photo booth and a candy bar. "Kenny and I love candy," Beth says. "Most people just filled the bag and ate the candy at th ...
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Beth walked down the aisle in a custom-made gown with an Empire waist by local designer Jin Wang, who also made her a veil using material from her mother’s veil (Beth’s sister also used part of the veil for her own nuptials). "Having her make my dress was one of my favorite experiences," Beth says. Since he'd accompanied her on several occasions to ...
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Nearly all of the wedding flowers took on bright shades of green, a mix of orchids, roses, calla lilies, spider mums, and other bright blooms. To stand out from the crowd, Beth's bouquet was a deep red.
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Round white lanterns glowed overhead at the tented reception, while tables draped in copper-colored linens surrounded the dance floor.
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The classy combo was evident everywhere from the signature cocktail (a mojito) to the cake (featuring brown stripes, polka dots, and fresh green orchids).
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The newlyweds got the party started with a first dance to John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane," their song since their high school days—perfect for "two American kids doing the best they can," a phrase from the song that the couple had often referenced.
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Beth & Kenny in San Francisco, CA

High school sweethearts Beth Brenneman and Kenny Fluharty met their freshman year. After Kenny proposed on a Maui vacation many years later, the couple planned a long engagement. Beth explains, "My sister got engaged three weeks before us and was planning on a fall wedding. I didn't want to rain on her parade, and thought, 'We've already waited this long -- what's another year and a half?'" The Bride Beth Brenneman, 30, neonatal nurse practitioner The Groom Kenny Fluharty, 30, field sales engineer The Date April 29 The extra time gave the twosome plenty of leeway when it came to planning their San Francisco nuptials. "We definitely wanted to get married in San Francisco, since that was the only place that we lived in together during the 15 years we'd dated," Beth says. Though their celebration was formal—it was at The Ritz-Carlton, after all -- Beth and Kenny imbued it with a sense of playfulness and fun that made it truly unforgettable.
- Kate Wood
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