A quintessential San Francisco wedding showcasing the couple’s love of world travel was the inspiration behind Jessica and Rob’s opulent wedding at the historic Bently Reserve.

The bride and groom came to us with three requests. First, the event celebrations had to take place in locations that held sentimental meaning to them as a couple. Second, their love of travel and world cuisine was to be showcased in the small, personal details that make a wedding unique to the bride and groom. Lastly, as the wedding was to take place during the holiday season, the couple wanted to showcase the beauty of San Francisco during the most wonderful time of year.

As the three requests mentioned above were the most important aspects of the celebration to Jessica and Rob, we’ll focus our attention on those. But know, dear readers, we could write a very long essay on the event planning, design and production of this grand celebration. It was everything we love about events – collaborative, creative and custom-tailored to our clients.

Let’s start with the location. When choosing the ceremony location, the couple easily decided on the Santa Clara Mission Church where they attend Sunday mass. As for the reception location, the couple was looking for old world charm amongst San Francisco’s many historic landmarks. Upon entering the marble hall of the Bently Reserve, they knew this was the perfect space for their celebration. The Bently Reserve is the Old Federal Reserve building in the city. In addition, Rob’s grandfather had been a banker during that time and employed in the Banking Hall.

Our next challenge was to bring some of Jessica and Rob’s personal travel experiences and favorite cuisines from around the globe to the wedding guests. Beginning with cocktail hour, passed hors d’oeuvres represented cities and countries to which Jessica and Rob had traveled, including London, Scotland, Hawaii, New York, and the English countryside, just to name a few. The cuisine of the United States shined at dinner when guests were treated to an American Steakhouse menu. Escort cards leading guests to tables were attached to travel-themed ornaments. Each table was named after one of the pair’s many travel destinations, from Champagne, France to Memphis, Tennessee. A snow globe from the same location, perched on a silver pillar, added a visual snapshot of the world destination. The snow globes were from the couple’s personal collection and became the perfect elements to connect the travel elements with the beauty of the winter season.

Finally, to further incorporate the season into the celebration, Jessica and Rob’s first dance as husband and wife was to Billy Idol’s hit, “White Wedding.” As guests were invited to the dance floor, the Banking Hall was transformed into a snow globe as snow began falling from the ceiling, creating that cozy winter glow that makes a blanket of snow oh so mesmerizing. As the evening drew to a close, guests were gifted custom-made chocolate snow globes as a sweet memory of this unforgettable event. This winter wedding was truly magical and it was our honor to have worked with such a wonderful couple.

Venue: Bently Reserve | Photography: Anna Kuperberg | Design & Planning: Morgan Events
Florals: Soulflower Design Studio | Caterer: Componere Fine Catering | Cake: Sweet On Cake
Linens/Chair Covers: Wildflower Linen  Rentals : Classic Party Rentals | Lighting: Got Light
Calligrapher: Papineau Calligraphy | Stationary: Twig & Fig

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