Lea & Gene: A Modern Wedding in Walnut Creek, CA

Lea and Gene first met at the local watering hole one night. The two started talking, and at the end of the night, Lea agreed to give Gene her phone n

Lea and Gene first met at the local watering hole one night. The two started talking, and at the end of the night, Lea agreed to give Gene her phone number, not thinking he would use it. Two days later, he called to ask her out on an official date. “I remember calling my friend immediately afterward to ask if he was cute because I had had a few too many drinks that night,” Lea says. He was the real deal, and soon the couple was dating. The Bride Lea Halog, 35, an operations coordinator The Groom Gene Smith, 30, a property manager The Date September 2 Less than two years later, Gene asked Lea to marry him, revealing a little blue box with a white bow while the two were standing under the moon in the rotunda of the Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco. “I hugged and kissed him and said yes,” Lea says.

The couple gave each of their 200 guests a three-piece sake box set. The boxes were then wrapped with ribbon in the wedding day colors.
Lea and Gene found Shadeland’s Art Center to be the perfect blank palette for their day. Round tables with chocolate brown linens and white chiavari chairs filled the room. Blue lights also lit up the vaulted ceiling, which was covered with large paper lanterns.
The centerpieces were made of up three, simple, rectangular vases, one of which was filled with white dahlias, another with white dendrobium orchids, and the last with white chrysanthemums.
Lea’s bridesmaids wore chocolate brown cocktail-length dresses with Tiffany blue, organza sashes and hemlines. The eight maids carried smaller versions of Lea’s bouquet.
Lea carried a nosegay of white Vendela roses, peonies, chrysanthemums, dahlias, and stephanotis with rhinestone pins and Tiffany blue beads that peeked through the edge of the bouquet. The entire bouquet was wrapped with champagne satin ribbon.
The three-tiered, square, lemon chiffon cake was covered with white fondant and lined with chocolate brown and Tiffany blue ribbon. The blue ribbon featured a woven cherry blossom design, and the cake was topped with two white phalaenopsis orchids.
Lea handmade all the programs for the wedding day. She found origami paper for printing and used the couple’s wedding day colors -- blue and chocolate brown.
Instead of disposable cameras on the tables, Lea and Gene had photo booths set up around their reception. The couple now has a separate album with all their friend’s photo booth shots to go along with their traditional album.
Lea created pretty, fan-shaped menu cards for the tables. Each card was created using the cherry blossom design of the day and the Tiffany blue and chocolate brown color scheme.