A Rustic Restaurant Wedding at Foreign Cinema in San Francisco, California

Helen Berdichevksy (29, a dentist) and Anthony De Francesco (31, a sound engineer) initially met while they were out at a local bar and hit it off, bu

Helen Berdichevksy (29, a dentist) and Anthony De Francesco (31, a sound engineer) initially met while they were out at a local bar and hit it off, but didn’t see each other again until their paths spontaneously crossed months later. They began to date and established a serious relationship over time, which led up to Anthony proposing to Helen on top of Mt. Tamalpais with an antique engagement ring. The couple had their simple yet whimsical wedding at Foreign Cinema in San Francisco, an indoor-outdoor space that was able to accommodate their 120 guests in a rustic space. Decorations were not a necessity since the building already had dominant concrete, wood, vine and brick elements. Instead of a guest book at the reception, the couple invited guests to take a Polaroid picture of them, write a message on the photo and pin it against a wall covered in vines. Once the day was turning to night, the Foreign Cinema venue turned on a movie of the couples choosing, such as Fred Astaire, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn – to name a few. Engraved wooden coasters were given out as wedding favors to be used as nostalgic decorations in the homes of their guests.

Traditional Engagement and Wedding Rings
Wedding invitations were printed on white and brown stationary designed with wooden slab images.
Black and White Unique Bridal Shoes
Bridal Updo with Crystal Pins
Helen held a bouquet of ivory anemones, peonies and hydrangeas mixed with red ranunculus.
Brown Dress Shoes on Carpet
The ceremony was held at Foreign Cinema in San Francisco, California. Guests sat in rows of chairs that were positioned under string lights.
Wood chairs at the ceremony were decorated with small baby's breath arrangements.
Flower Girl Pouring Out Ceremony Petals
Couple with Officiant at Outdoor Altar
Classic Outdoor Shot of First Kiss
“The moment I saw the Alberta Ferreti dress, I knew I'd be wearing it down the aisle,” says Helen. “I loved the texture and weight of it. I was completely comfortable and when my Derek Lam shoes gave out, I switched to Chanel espadrilles to dance the night away.”
Colorful Flower Arrangement on Moped
“Foreign Cinema's indoor-outdoor space is decorated with textures of concrete, wood, brick and vines found all around San Francisco, so it hardy needed any embellishing,” says Helen.
Simple White Assembled Escort Cards
“As party favor, we gifted guests engraved wooden coasters to use as nostalgic decorative accents,” says Helen. “We are both touched when we visit friends and see the coasters being used.”
White and red flower arrangements in stone vases were positioned on table runners, with table numbers carved out of wood.
Rustic Table with Guest Book and Arrangement
White Sweetheart Table with Floral Centerpiece
“After the sunset, Foreign Cinema played a movie of our choosing,” says Helen. “Both Anthony and his dad are filmmakers, and requested to play some Fred Astaire, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn.”
Toast to Married Couple at Wedding Reception