Elegant & Timeless San Francisco Wedding: Jennifer & Chris {a Lovely Little Details Affair}

by jacin on September 21, 2011

One of my favorite parts about working with Jen & Chris was the fact that they are just wonderful people. You know, the kind of people who you can just tell are kind hearted the minute you meet them? When we met oh so long ago on that rainy day at Starbucks, we were both a bit nervous but also excited to see what could come of our partnership. One of the first things Jen said to me was “I hate details.” Well, ladies and gents, I knew I was going to love working with her right away. Because as you know, the details are pretty much my favorite part.

As with all clients, I had Jen and Chris fill out my wedding questionnaire. This gives me a bit of insight in to personalities, family traditions, how the two met, and their overall story. I treat each wedding as though I am creating a “brand” for my couples - something that will have their guests saying “that was so them”. But I also think it’s nice for the couple to go through the questionnaire together, and take a step back from planning to remember what the big day is really all about, and that is their love story. Based on preferences and her overall style, Jen and I worked together to secure the A team of vendors for her big day, including the amazingly talented Jihan Cerda who took all of the gorgeous images, and Yasmin Zialcita Ali of Floral Theory who created all of the pretty blooms.

I loved working with Jen because she really trusted me to take her pictures, inspirations, and ideas, and go with it to bring her vision to life. But I also loved working with these two because their families may have been the nicest people ever. I immediately felt connected to them, and felt so honored to be helping them pull together this momentous occasion. Words just can’t even express how wonderful they were.

From Jen, the lovely bride: I started out the wedding process completely overwhelmed, wanting to have our wedding in May which gave us only 6 months to put together a 110-person wedding/reception for mostly out-of-town guests. Before I met Jacin, many people warned me that this was not enough time; but the first time I met her she assured me she didn’t think it would be a problem. She gave me a small list of things I needed to get done in the first couple of weeks, including finding my dress and finding a date and venue. She took care of everything else.

I didn’t meet my florist until the day of the wedding. Jacin and I had talked about peonies and she had given me a couple of pictures and illustrations. I told her I just wanted our wedding to be pretty and she made the decisions for me. The flowers were beautiful!

My husband, fiance at the time, thought the ballroom felt dated and old; but because I liked the space and had heard good things about it, I finally talked him into it. When he walked into the room on the day of our reception he couldn’t believe his eyes. Jacin had transformed the area into a cool, hip, beautiful space. I’m not sure how many people came up to me and said that it was the most beautiful and elegant wedding/reception they have ever been to in their life.

My favorite part of the process was just knowing that Jacin had my back. I had so many people come up to me the week of the wedding and comment on how calm I seemed and I owe it all to her. I know most brides say there’s something that they wish they would have done differently but Chris and I can’t think of anything we wish we’d have changed- it was perfect!

From Chris, the handsome groom: As the groom, I didn’t understand at all the need for a wedding planner. When my fiancee/wife brought up the idea, I just rolled my eyes and chalked it up to another wedding expense.  Boy was I wrong. We started the process without Jacin, and it was a nightmare of disagreements and confusion. Jacin came in and completely took all the planning pressure off my wife, and even made the planning stage enjoyable.

When talking to my married buddies, they all lamented about their crazy brides and the stress of putting together the wedding. It was the exact opposite with Jacin’s help. She was completely organized, understood exactly what we wanted from the wedding and the reception, and found ways for us to lower our expenses. My wife looked forward to every meeting with Jacin and the pressure immediately disappeared. 

On the day of the wedding, Jacin was a superstar.  She also has enough “northeast” in her to keep in check my buddies that may have been over served and decided to take over the reception.  We all have those friends.  She kept the entire reception moving and was even helpful enough to rescue us from extended conversations with “long-lost Aunt Betty” that were monopolizing our time.  You do not want to do a wedding day without Jacin there to steer you through it.  I didn’t understand her service when we started this wedding, and now I can’t imagine it without her.  For your sanity, your future wife’s happiness, I cannot imagine money better spent on a wedding.

And a real wedding feature wouldn’t be complete without some of the detail shots, right? Jen & Chris’ married last name is Hall, so I trekked up to wine country and picked up a Hall wine crate for them to use as their card holder. It was a fun surprise for Chris’ family to see! I also custom designed all of the paper, from programs to table numbers (which we tied in a pretty kelly green accent) to placecards to the seating chart.

Bert Blank from DJ By the Bay worked to add all of the uplighting, something Jen really wanted, to add a romantic ambiance. I always got so excited when Jen got excited about a certain detail, because she was such a laid back bride and I kept reminding her that if she wanted the custom linens (which she ended up getting) or certain components, she should do it! It was so fun to see her happy; my favorite part of the day was revealing the ballroom, though, because she started to cry (in a good way!) She said “I didn’t even cry at my ceremony!” It was so special to share the reveal with Jen & Chris and see their reactions, knowing that they were so pleased with the final result.

Of course an LLD event wouldn’t be complete without Fleur de Sel caramels from The Caramel Jar (and the bride and guests loved them!)

And one of Jen’s “something borrowed”? Our cake serving set that Pat and I used for our very own wedding :)

All in all, I’ve learned along the way that although I may have my own personal style, when it comes to my clients’ weddings, my job is to translate their personalities and style in to their big day. It was so fun to work with Jen and Chris to help them bring their vision of an elegant and timeless San Francisco wedding together. It was an honor to work with these two amazing people, and I’m so happy to share it all with you today.

Planning, Design & Styling: Lovely Little Details
Photography: Jihan Cerda Photography
Florist: Floral Theory
DJ/Uplighting: Bert Blank, DJ By the Bay
Cupcakes: That Takes the Cake
Venue: Marine’s Memorial Club, San Francisco
Church: St. Dominic’s Church, San Francisco
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair: Blo Salon
Makeup: Raina Rombeiro

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Marina September 21, 2011 at 4:36 AM

She is so beautiful!! And the shoes are wooow!


Lisa September 21, 2011 at 4:44 AM

This was so much fun to read, Jacin!! You did a beautiful job on the wedding, and the couple seems so sweet. I love the Hall wine crate and the adorable cupcake table especially. Love seeing primarily your work on LLD-please keep it up! :)
Lisa xoxo


Keisha (with a K) September 21, 2011 at 4:56 AM

Everything is so gorgeous! I love the Hall wine crate. Genius!!!


Erin * Sparkle + Hay September 21, 2011 at 6:49 AM

goooorgeous!!! & i love her shoes & bouquet!


Paper Moss September 21, 2011 at 6:59 AM

Everything looked perfect!! What a beautiful wedding, Jacin!


Little Red Purse September 21, 2011 at 7:59 AM

This is so beautiful, you’re making me rethink my own ideas! Uh oh.

xo L.


Christina September 21, 2011 at 8:02 AM

aw this looks like such a beautiful wedding! and it sounds like you did a great job for them! so happy for you! AMAZING job well done! :)


Nicole September 21, 2011 at 8:19 AM

So adorable!


Koru Kate September 21, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Gorgeous! I love that last SF shot!! Oh, the Bride’s bracelet is fab too.


birdie to be September 21, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Gorgeous wedding! Great job Jacin! The photos & flowers are amazing!


The Perfect Palette September 21, 2011 at 9:49 AM

what a lovely wedding, Jacin!!!

xo, chrissy


Miriam Corona September 21, 2011 at 10:10 AM

She is so beautiful! Congrats Jacin you’ve done it again! Everything is gorgeous. Ps. Is your cake server by vera wang? It looks like the same one we had too!


Sandra Downie @ Sandra Downie Event Designs September 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Goregeous, beautiful…so darn pretty and what a lovely Bride


claire @ a realistic wedding September 21, 2011 at 10:32 AM

This is absolutely gorgeous!!


jennifer September 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

I received a text from my aunt last night and she told me her stepdaughter is getting married soon and fell in love with all the details inour wedding and has since tried to recreate them for herself. What a compliment to you and everything we put together. I couldn’t have done it without you :)


Laura *You Stir Me* September 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Ah, completely gushing over here. So so proud of LLD and all the gorgeous little details you bring to the special weddings you touch!


amanda @ baci September 21, 2011 at 11:40 AM

If I were to get married all over again - it would look just like this :o) Love it!!


Aleah + Nick Valley September 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Her look is so polished and stunning! Fabulous! {A}


postcards and pretties September 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM

what a beautiful wedding! congrats to the happy couple!


Lena September 21, 2011 at 1:20 PM

So classic and gorgeous-swoon! And Jen’s jewelry? SWOON.


Chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day September 21, 2011 at 1:38 PM

that is one GORGEOUS bride! and great job Jacin :)


Laura @ Saying "I do" September 21, 2011 at 2:02 PM

great job focusing on all those little details Jacin! Beautiful wedding I LOVE that you got that HALL box for their cards.


Steph {bubblerock} September 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM

What a perfect partnership it was. This wedding is full of loveliness Jacin… and I love how you approach every wedding with a questionnaire not only for you to know more about the clients but also, as you say, to make them realise the ‘WHY’ of their marriage… Such a great touch. LOVE IT….


Kristine (In Love, Engaged) September 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Wow, job well done, Jacin! Such a beautiful wedding and I loved reading how the bride was able to put the details in your hands and step back from everything to enjoy the experience. I also really loved the before and after shot of the reception area-such a great idea! I’d love to see more of these types of photos.


Kristin @ Bona Fide Bride September 21, 2011 at 9:39 PM

I absolutely love the passion you have for this art. I really do. This wedding was absolutely stunning, right down to the huge smile on your face from helping this bride and groom achieve the best wedding day they could imagine. I LOVE it! And what’s funny is that Adam and I have the same cake serving set from our wedding, and I let my clients borrow ours too! It’s such an honor, actually, to share little things like that with them, isn’t it? Ah. I could go on all day… but I must get back to work! :) Thanks for sharing this with us!


Layla Mayville {Simply Savannah Events} September 22, 2011 at 6:05 AM

What a delicious dessert table! LOL! That’s what I focused on. Everything was spectacular though-lighting, flowers, and bride!


Liesl September 22, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Very pretty! Love her shoes and think I want a pair similar…and what a lovely bracelet she was wearing! Oh and yippeee for red velvet cake! Yum! :)

Liesl :)


jessica {creative index} September 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM

you did such a fabulous job!!
so pretty and so many great photos!

and those shoes are GORGEOUS!! ;)


Elizabeth {Bridal Musings} September 22, 2011 at 2:56 PM

How gorgeous is that cake? And how sweet of you to get that Hall crate. A beautiful wedding & lovely write up!


Erin September 25, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Love it!! Congrats. You’ve gotta tell a girl where to find those cake stands though!


naoise September 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Lovely - adore her bracelet, and the white peonie bouquet is gorgeous


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