A Whimsical, Modern Museum Wedding in San Francisco

Maddy Sanders (28 and a nurse) bonded with Matt Maly (27 and a software engineer) over favorite '90s bands at a freshman dorm party. “As unromantic as our introduction was, we’ve made up for it in the nine years since,” says Maddy, who wed Matt in a relaxed, eclectic indoor wedding at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California, overlooking the bay. Shades of blue with yellow accents created cohesion in the wedding party’s attire. “The somewhat mismatched colors and styles went along with the casual feel we were going for,” says Maddy, who carried a garden-fresh bouquet with lots of succulents. Memorable touches abounded at the reception in the Observatory Gallery, where 70 guests sat at wooden tables topped with mercury-glass votive candles, greenery-filled bell jars and succulents in vintage silver cups. "The overall design [of our wedding] complemented the venue’s contrasting industrial-chic and natural design," Maddy says. "The reception, which was in the Observatory Gallery, had decor of solid wooden tables and brushed-metal chairs." The offerings at the reception’s food stations were a nod to San Francisco’s varied cuisines and included a Post Street Sushi Station with nigiri and maki. “We were nervous to be center stage for the night, but overall we felt very comfortable leading up to the wedding,” Maddy says. “I can only assume our relative ease as the wedding approached is entirely because of the thoroughness of our planning team. Everything was accounted for, and we were ready for the party.” —Carolyn Meers