An Elegant, Modern Wedding at San Francisco Ferry Building in San Francisco, California

rn                    Usually filled with busy vendors and shoppers, the San Francisco Ferry Building in San Francisco, California, was transformed in

rn Usually filled with busy vendors and shoppers, the San Francisco Ferry Building in San Francisco, California, was transformed into an intimate space for this elegant wedding with a modern twist. Courtney Dean (29 and a health care business manager) and Patrick Hawkins (31 and a lawyer) shared special memories making trips to the marketplace, where stone-tiled floors and high archways lined with lightbulbs contributed to an overall contemporary look. White flowers, clean linens and romantic candles shaped an elegant ambience, from the tall white calla lily arrangements that lined the ceremony aisle to the gray-covered dining tables accented with white lit candles. Courtney's wedding dress blended in perfectly with the visual accents of the wedding decor—a stunning ivory Matthew Christopher gown with a sweetheart neckline and accents of beads and lace. Guests sat at dining tables decorated with lush hydrangeas, orchids and calla lily centerpieces, surrounded by glowing candles and mirror boxes that created a modern twist. We loved the ivory escort cards, programs and menus that paid homage to San Francisco through landmark designs, such as cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Ferry Building itself. Check out more details that combined a modern look with elegant accents, below.

Courtney wanted all the flowers that decorated the day to be white, including her bridal bouquet filled solely with white orchids.
Courtney wore silver teardrop earrings accented with crystals, which she borrowed from her mother. The earrings added an elegant touch to her wedding day ensemble.
All the stationery matched, with ivory midnight blue accents, and displayed a design that reflected San Francisco—from cable cars to the Golden Gate Bridge, and even the San Francisco Ferry Building.
The ceremony took place inside the San Francisco Ferry Building in San Francisco, California, where the stone-tile aisle had tall calla lily arrangements lining its pathway. Courtney and Patrick got married at the front, surrounded by overflowing arrangements of white orchids perched on top of white columns.
Patrick sported a classic charcoal gray suit designed by Men's Wearhouse, paired with a solid black tie over his white collared dress shirt. A single white calla lily served as his boutonniere, pinned to the lapel of his jacket.
Overflowing flower arrangements of white elegant orchids decorated the space throughout the day—from accenting the front of the ceremony to filling the bridal bouquet with beautiful blooms.
When Courtney tried on the strapless ivory dress designed by Matthew Christopher, her mother's and sister's reactions said it all. The strapless dress had a sweetheart neckline, with the A-line silhouette covered in lace and beaded accents.
Patrick had a single white calla lily pinned to his charcoal gray suit jacket, matching the rest of the arrangements filled with white flowers.
Courtney and Patrick stood with their wedding party dressed in blue and gray accents and posed around a trolley car. Bridesmaids wore midnight blue or charcoal long dresses in different styles, while the groomsmen matched Patrick with charcoal gray suits.
Guests sat at cleanly set dining tables covered with solid gray linens, with a navy blue menu card at each seat. The middle of tables had tall and low arrangements of white flowers—ranging from orchids to calla lilies and hydrangeas.
Black-and-white signs with midnight blue accents represented a specific part of San Francisco that varied from table to table. This table had a design of the Ferry Building, while others showed cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge, to name a few.
Calla lilies with long green stems stood in tall glass vases, decorating the middle of dining tables dressed in gray linens with silver chiavari chairs. These arrangements also decorated the aisle during the ceremony, and went with the rest of the white flowers seen throughout the wedding day.
Courtney styled her hair in a wavy side hairstyle that went down the front of her strapless dress. The hairstyle allowed her elegant earrings to show—a pair of silver teardrop earrings with crystal accents borrowed from her mother.
Dining tables had a range of high and low centerpieces filled with ivory blooms, including this arrangement of lush hydrangeas. White candles in glass cylinder vases and mirror boxes added additional romance to the centerpieces.
The three-tier white wedding cake had midnight blue ribbon wrapped around the bottom of each layer, filled with flavors of red velvet and vanilla bean. The cake had white orchids that started from the top and draped down to the bottom.
Courtney and Patrick shared a romantic kiss while they sat at the sweetheart table, covered with clean gray linens and decorated with white flower arrangements on the front.