Simple Elegance in Vibrant Orange

by Jessica on September 12th, 2012 in Design Inspiration | No Comments

If asked to sum up Cavallo Point’s style in two words, I would have to go with “simple elegance”.  The same could be said for the design choices for this beautiful wedding.  Clean modern lines like the centerpieces- neatly arranged vessels of white tulips aside vases of orange orchids and calla lilies set the tone for this wedding.  All of the flowers used have an architectural shape to them which contributes to the modern aesthetic.  Family photos and heirlooms (like a vintage fur coat on the bride) bring warmth and a personal touch.  Photos by Eye of Passion.

Pink & Grey, Food Lovers Wedding

by Jessica on September 10th, 2012 in Design Inspiration | No Comments

I am not sure that there is a pallette that is more romantic than pink and grey.  So soft and sweet, especially when fused with the lusciousness of peonies and garden roses.  Just simply, too pretty.  This lovely wedding offered a more bold styling of the bridal party with pops of hot pink in the bouquets and shoes, but stayed  softly pastel in the reception and ceremony venues.  I personally, just love the wooden armoires moved to the alter for additional candle space as a backdrop to the ceremony.

This was a couple who loved food and celebrated their love with menu cards titled “Recipe for a Happy Marriage” in place of a traditional guest book.  The cards were displayed among a backdrop of family cookbooks, and then filed into a recipe holder.  Bottled spices were given away as favors to round out the theme.  Photos by the amazing Ingrid of Myrtle and Marjoram and planning by Shannon Berry.

Photo Inspiration: Battery Yates

by Jessica on September 7th, 2012 in Design Inspiration | No Comments

When thinking up the best spots for wedding photography, an abandoned battery which once held mounted rifles might not be your first thought.  However, there is something about these imposing concrete structures – with their straight lines and beautiful coppery rust patterns on the doors – that looks incredible against the beautiful softness of a wedding gown.  It also makes a fantastic background for fierce groomsmen shots.

Modern with Mexican Flair

by Jessica on September 3rd, 2012 in Design Inspiration | No Comments

Kate Harrison can do no wrong as far as I am concerned.  I just love love love her work.  This little gem, designed by Dream a Little Dream Events, is no exception.  The plum and steel grey tones blend beautifully with the existing decor of the ballroom as do the simple clean lines and modern feel of the succulent filled stone urn centerpieces by A Simple Ceremony.  Outdoor style market lights and a lively mariachi band added the Latin spice and brought in the groom’s heritage.

Colorful Multicultural Celebration

by Jessica on August 29th, 2012 in Design Inspiration | No Comments

This wedding, captured by the amazing Ingrid Nelson of Myrtle and Marjoram was one of the most interesting I have ever had the opportunity to work on.  The bride and groom lived in England, and wanted to incorporate many cultures into their celebration.  They hosted an intimate Indian ceremony in the Mission Blue Chapel, and instead of standing on the stage, they stood in the middle of the chapel with their group of 80 guests arched around them for a more familial feel.  The reception included unique multi-cultural details like a mariachi band during cocktails, groomsmen in traditional morning suits, and a Guyanese Black Cake.  Additionally, the Mother of the Bride owns a quilting store and brought dozens of handmade quilts to toss around the firepit for guests to snuggle up.  In the reception space, traditional rounds were tossed to the side for a more unique feel.  The room was set with three long kings tables in a U-shape around the edges of the room and the dance floor in the middle.  Planner Melissa Panico at Map Events, and florist Melissa Comito-Aakre of Simple Ceremony named each of the three tables: crane, shell and marigold and instead of table names,and each table was intricately designed to reflect its theme.

Playful Yellow and Pink

by Jessica on August 24th, 2012 in Design Inspiration | No Comments

This wedding, planned by Amy Nichols Special Events, screams playful summer fun with its bright splash of color, DIY details, and modern styling.  The ceremony decor was creative and fun- beautiful handmade paper flags hung from giant shepherd’s hooks as a backdrop, brightly colored ribbons adorning the back row of chairs, a thick layer of rose petals lining the aisle.  The ballroom was accessorized with beautiful fabric swagging from the ceiling, and soft butter yellow linens.  Nancy Liu Chin worked her magic with a plethora of frosted white Ikea vases with simple arrangements in lemon yellow and hot pink perfectly assembled on each table.  Beautiful flower cake by Studio Cake and photos by Matthew May Photography.

Dinner Receptions in Verbena

by Jessica on August 22nd, 2012 in Design Inspiration | No Comments

Traditionally our wedding receptions are hosted in the Callippe Ballroom, and with good reason- it is the largest event space on property, and offers amazing flow from the start to finish of an event.  However, for those of you out there looking for something a little cozier, our Verbena Room might be just the ticket.  The space, which has a gentle “L” shape, and working fireplaces at each end, offers seating for up to 120 guests at queens tables or rounds of 10, or up to 80 if you wanted to use the front portion of the room for the cocktail reception space.  Its heated terrace offers panoramic views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge, and is an amazing spot for guests to hang out, waiting to welcome the new bride and groom.  Verbena is a great space for couples looking to host a more formal multi-course dinner experience followed-up with housemade truffles and port on the patio.  Or for those who still want to get their dance on, there is the option of moving up to our historic Mission Blue Chapel to keep the party going.

Eclectic Travel

by Jessica on August 17th, 2012 in Design Inspiration | No Comments

This wedding had so much style and flair, I just loved watching it come together.  But really, I should known that with Alicia K Designs at the helm it would be fantastic.  A bold and bright color scheme of citrine and coral really set the tone for a playful atmosphere.   Details inspired by their love of exploration like postcards, and a typewriter to create a “travel log” for the couple, and a station of chips from around the world gave a unique spin to this event.  Handmade paper cherry blossoms glued to tree branches to imitate a beautiful blooming tree made for a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony and were mirrored at the cocktail reception by a forest of birch “trees” displaying the escort cards.  The photos, by Sabine Scherer, capture every unique detail.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

Photo Inspiration: Historic Officer’s Quarters

by Jessica on August 10th, 2012 in Design Inspiration | No Comments

There is something so irresistible about the Colonial Revival style historic officer’s homes and barracks that make up Cavallo Point.  They hearken back to a simpler time, and just breathe romance and relaxation.  A bride said recently that she was looking for that “Ralph Lauren” shot on one of our historic porches, and I realized that is exactly what we have here.  Americana at its best.  I just LOVE photos taken with the historic buildings- on the steps, in the screened-in porches, through the original wavy glass- there are so many options and they are all so CHARMING!

Homespun Foodie Fun

by Jessica on August 6th, 2012 in Design Inspiration | No Comments

This wedding, designed by the bride with her awesome planner Trisha Dean, combines everything I love the most: amazing food, chalkboards, lots of champagne, burlap and lace. The feel of the day was clean and streamlined with food as the focus, and a homespun crafty feel to the design.  One of my favorite parts of the look were the beautiful papel picado flags which were fashioned into chandeliers to be hung from the rafters.  This design element was also included in personal flags, and banners for the back of the bride and groom’s chairs.    Mary McHenry is one of my absolute favorite photographers, and she did a gorgeous job (as always) capturing their day! Floral design by Out of the Weeds.