A Modern, Elegant Wedding at the James Leary Flood Mansion in San Fransisco, California

Margot Scheufele (29 and a first grade teacher) and Ricky Schramm (29 and an account director at AKQA) planned an elegant modern soiree for their spri

Margot Scheufele (29 and a first grade teacher) and Ricky Schramm (29 and an account director at AKQA) planned an elegant modern soiree for their spring wedding in San Fransisco, Calif. “After living on the East Coast our whole lives, we moved to San Francisco and quickly made it our home,” says Margot. “When we got engaged, we thought it would be a great idea to share our new home with those closest to us, so we decided to get married on the West Coast.”

The pair originally envisioned a casual celebration, but after visiting the James Leary Flood Mansion, all bets were off. The elegant, old world interiors and intricate decorative elements called for a formal soiree and Margot and Ricky simply couldn’t refuse. “We fell in love with the vintage glamour and elegance of the space, but we wanted to add our own touches to avoid any possible stuffiness that a black tie wedding might involve,” says Margot.

With the help of the planning team at Pine Street Events, the pair pulled off a fun-filled evening complete with dogwood and vibrant green floral arrangements, playful polka dot and striped linens and gilded animal place card holders that added a undeniably playful note to the decor. “We purposefully chose less formal table settings and flowers and added some personal touches, like simple signature cocktails — Corona with lime and prosecco — so our guests would feel more like they were joining us for a big family dinner,” says Margot.
A tip for the taking from Margot and Ricky: “In the midst of making what feels like a hundred thousand decisions, remember to prioritize — and work with a coordinator!”

For months Margot searched for the perfect mint shoes to give her bridal look a pop of fresh color. A pair of rounded-toe Kate Spade pumps with playful gold bows fit the bill, but she wasn’t able to find them in her size. “I searched for the perfect mint green shoes forever. I even emailed Kate Spade corporate to find the ones I ended up wearing in my size!” says Margot.
Ricky took the custom route to give his wedding day look a dose of personal flair. He donned a white dinner jacket from Tailor’s Keep, which he personalized with bright floral fabric from local San Fransisco fabric shop Britex and a monogram of his initials. He paired the jacket with a classic tuxedo shirt, black bow tie and trousers and Stubbs and Wooten loafers.
Playing off her own wedding day look, Margot chose a floor-length gown by Amsale with an illusion sweetheart neckline and A-line silhouette for all of her bridesmaids. The ivory hue and elegant styling lent their look an ethereal feel without compromising on formality.
Though Margot and Ricky went with an all white color palette for their reception decor to create an elegant, spring-inspired aesthetic, subtle details, like patterned linens, varying floral arrangements and pint-sized gold alligators and bull dogs, nods to the couple’s alma maters, introduced an element of depth and drama to the tablescapes.
“I had a very specific vision about what I hoped our flowers would look like,” explain Margot. “I think I described it as ‘purposely random, all white, clean and simple, but like it was picked from your garden.’ Cathy Cowman at The Bud Stop completely understood me.” The pair worked side-by-side to bring Margot’s vision to life and the result was downright show-stopping. Each table featured a mix of spring-inspired blooms, like green hydrangeas, dogwood branches (a nod to Virginia where Margot and Ricky met), roses, baby’s breath, stock and more arranged in hurricane glass vases of varying sizes.
To send the party into high gear, Margot and Ricky brought in a live band, who kept the dance floor packed all night long.
Cathy Cowman at The Bud Stop perfectly captured Margot’s vision for simple, modern and fresh-from-the-garden florals in an all-white bouquet of sweet pea, peonies, hydrangeas, stock and roses.
Margot and Ricky exchanged vows in a Catholic at Saint Vincent de Paul Church in San Fransisco. “We chose the abbreviated ceremony, since I’m not Catholic and neither were many of our guests,” says Margot. “Our ceremony ended up being a little crazy — our priest got Ricky’s name wrong, among other things! Some of my favorite photos from the day are of us laughing while standing at the altar.”
Knowing that formal affairs run the risk of feeling stuffy, Margot and Ricky worked with the wedding pros at Pine Street Events to make sure their day was anything but. The pair put a contemporary spin the James Leary Flood Mansion’s ornate interiors with decidedly modern floral arrangements in brilliant shades of white and green, playful place settings complete with gilded animal place card holders and signature drinks like Corona and lime. “Because our venue was so formal and because we are a pretty low-key couple in general, we purposefully chose less formal table settings, flowers, and linens to create a high-low dynamic,” says Margot.
As a thank you to their guests, Margot and Ricky placed small bundles of French macarons tied together with hand-stamped mint green hearts at each guest's seat.
“We both love animals and talk constantly about what kind of pets we should have in the future, so when I came across the idea to create miniature gold animal place card holders, I knew it had to be done!” says Margot. “They took forever to make, but I loved how they turned out!” As a nod to their alma maters, Georgetown University and the University of Florida, she made alligators and bulldogs.