Kari and Kevin, Classic in Creams

by Jessica on January 7th, 2013 in Real Weddings | No Comments

Kari and Kevin’s wedding was deep-intake-of-breath- at-first-sight, kind of pretty.  So pretty that it surprised me, even though I have seen hundreds of weddings.  But I shouldn’t be shocked by this.  Kari is the fabulous owner of a home design business, and her collaboration with one of my very favorite planners, Lisa McNichol of And Something Blue, yielded something very special.  The design for Verbena Room was classic, creams with an underlying tone of gold and a little bit of sparkle.  Torryne from Birch knocked the flowers out of the park with beautiful whites and natural colors adoring the queens tables.  Calligraphy details tied it all together.  Cocktails took place throughout the second floor of the restaurant building, using the exquisite table in Mariposa for a lavish cheese display.  Following the dinner in Verbena, the group moved up to Mission Blue set with gold sparkly linens with a subtle polka dot theme and beautiful lounge areas to end the evening with DJ Jason Mitchell keeping the party going.  The incredible Anna Kuperberg was on-site to record it all.

Natalie and Bob Featured on Style Me Pretty Today!

by Jessica on January 2nd, 2013 in Real Weddings | No Comments

Jerry Yoon‘s photos of Natalie twirling on Mission Blue Lawn, may forever be my Cavallo Point go-to happy place.  There is something about the sunshine, the peak-a-boo bridge view, the vast lawn and her swirling skirts, that just makes me smile.  Oh, and did I mention that she is gorgeous? It was no surprise to me that this wedding would be featured on Style Me Pretty, but I am so glad that they saw what I did in this lovely wedding!

Natalie and Bob’s amazing planner, Simone Lennon, offered to write this feature post, and as I loved watching her vision come together, I thought it would be perfect if she was the one to describe it-

“I first started working with Bob and Natalie sixteen months before their wedding date. When I first met Nat for lunch, we immediately hit it off. Natalie is one of the coolest girls with the coolest diction. She’s just a fun and delightful person to be around – witty, funny, drop dead gorgeous, AND has no idea. Bob is more reserved than Nat, but is her perfect compliment – disarming, funny and very charming. Together, these two are a blast and we had an amazing time planning.

One of the most special moments was being with them during our site tour at Cavallo Point. I loved watching them fall in love with the property and having their “ah ha” moment together on the ceremony lawn overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. They hugged and looked over at me with excitement and said, “we love it”.

Over the next month or so, we put together an all-star team of vendors who each shared the same connection and style with our couple.

The next several months were spent in constant design collaboration between myself, Yasmin of Floral Theory and Natalie. Together we came up with a gorgeous color palette of peach, ivory and sapphire blue with rustic and organic, yet elegant touches. Nat is super artsy and relaxed so it was important to her that nothing was too fussy or overworked but was still beautiful and understated.

Cavallo Point was the perfect environment for it all.

The ceremony was held in Cavallo’s Mission Blue Chapel where a twenty foot ivory tulle wall was custom made from inspiration of Natalie’s gorgeous Amsale gown. It played an amazing backdrop to their simple ceremony where we lined the aisle with water and pillar candles, tons of ivory Rose petals and white Phalaenopsis Orchids.

The cocktail hour, which was held on the Mission Blue lawn, had a more rustic feel with dark wood lounge furniture and custom wine barrel bars and kiosks.  We loved the deconstructed floral treatments of ivory HydrangeaJuliet garden roses and white Parrot Tulips. The space boasts an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge which was a special sight for a heavily East Coast guest list who all took advantage of the natural photo-opp.

The dinner reception in Cavallo’s Callippe Room echoed the rustic romantic feeling again featuring dark wood farm tables and delicate sheer ivory runners flush with floral and lots of natural candle light. The guests dined on three delicious courses – a citrus salad with uni, heirloom potato bisque, and a duo of roasted Petrole Sole and braised short ribs. For dessert, three flavors of the best wedding cake created by Perfect Endings.

It was a magical and flawless day with an amazing couple with their very special friends and family. I wish we could do it all over again every year.

Congrats again, Bob and Nat!”


Rosalie and Mike

by Jessica on January 2nd, 2013 in Real Weddings | No Comments

What a better way to start the new year of blogging than with this loveliest of lovely couples.  Rosalie and Mike are truly two of the most beautiful people- inside and out- that I have ever met.  They exude warmth, kindness and fun, and I feel so very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with them on their wedding.  The amazing Melissa of A Simple Ceremony created the playful and fun floral design complete with buddahs hands, palm fronds, and paper lanterns.  I loved all of the color and joy throughout this day, mirrored by the incredible happiness of Mike and Rosalie to be marrying eachother.  This is the kind of wedding that gives you a case of the warm fuzzies that lasts for weeks.  Going through Gertrude and Mabel’s pictures of the day, I am experiencing it all over again.  Planning by the wonderful Lisa McNichol of And Something Blue.

Happy Holidays!

by Jessica on December 21st, 2012 in Real Weddings | No Comments

It has been such an amazing year to be at Cavallo Point!  I feel so blessed to have worked with many amazing couples to plan so many gorgeous weddings.  I can only hope for 2013 to be its equal! Thank you so much for looking at this blog, imagining your wedding here, and getting married here. 

I will be home with family starting tomorrow and returning January 2nd.  I look forward to scheduling an appointment to show you our beautiful space in January!

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a beautiful new year!

Arran and Jack, Mistletoe and Holiday Poppers

by Jessica on December 17th, 2012 in Real Weddings | No Comments

This beautiful winter wedding really does everything right.  Arran and Jack managed to honor their cultures with beautiful wintery details, bring in some holiday cheer, and have quite a bit of fun!  I love that Lion Photography did not miss a moment, starting with the adorable trail of guests, following the bagpiper with the bride and groom leading the charge from ceremony to reception.  Once inside Callippe, guests found themselves in a scene set with beautiful silver adorned centerpieces filled with greenery with soft white flowers by Sharla Flock Designs.  Adding a bit of playfullness to the romantic centerpieces and classic grey linens, are the bright yellow holiday poppers at each seat, an homage to a family tradition celebrated by Arran and her relatives since she was a child.   Following dinner, Keith Johnson All Stars (a personal favorite of mine!)  provided the entertainment in the foyer, underneath a dramatic mistletoe overhang.  A cigar bar was set out on the terrace for moments of quietude around the firepit.

Stacey and Garen, Worth the Wait

by Jessica on December 12th, 2012 in Real Weddings | No Comments

Stacey and Garen are such an amazing couple, who had been together nearly two decades by the time we began the plans for their winter nuptuals.  In Stacey’s words, they were a “summer fling” in college, that has now spanned over half of their lifetimes, and it was so wonderful to put together this event as a celebration of their love.  Such an amazing collection of vendors worked on this wedding, bringing together the incredibly rich jewel toned flowers of Sharla Flock, (a perfect color scheme to brighten up the winter doldrums and coordinate beautifully with Callippe’s carpet) and the beautiful photography of Janae Shields.  It was a group of my favorites, and was so much fun to work on.  Stacey and Garen, I am  beyond thrilled to know you, and to have been a part of the wedding of a couple who SO deserves such a joyful day.  I have no doubt that the next several decades will bring as much love and laughter as the last two.

We’ve set the date…

by Jessica on December 5th, 2012 in Real Weddings | No Comments

For a fabulous bridal event!

I am so excited to announce that Cavallo Point will be teaming with the amazing LVL Weddings and Events to host the first Northern California version of Love Tour on February 17th, 2013 from 1-4pm.

We can’t wait for you to join us for delicious bites, champagne, and the opportunity to meet with a select few of our favorite vendors to start planning your amazing wedding (hopefully at Cavallo Point!).

Stay tuned for a list of vendors and more!

Pam and John, Winter Elegance

by Jessica on December 3rd, 2012 in Real Weddings | No Comments

When I first met Pam, we discovered almost immediately that we were both lovers of all things equestrian, and  I knew that I was going to adore her! As such, it was no surprise to me when she, with the help of the amazing Kathleen Deery at the design and floral helm, put together a wedding so beautiful it literally took my breath away.  The gorgeous furniture suite, from Kathleen’s rental collection, was just the right fit for the Verbena room, elegant and glamorous, but not too fussy.  The back half of the room, used for dining, was set with two parallel queen dining tables with pewter linens, awash in the glow of flickering candelabra light and highlighted by beautiful floral arrangements in white. I love the softness of Ken Viale’s photography, it captures the space so beautifully.

Aubrey and Tim in Style Me Pretty!

by Jessica on November 29th, 2012 in Real Weddings | No Comments

What an honor to be featured today in Style Me Pretty, for Aubrey and Tim’s gorgeous wedding.  It was such a pleasure working with this couple on their tented fete, which took place on Mission Blue Lawn, and with all of their fabulous vendors- Kathleen Deery and her amazing team, who worked their magic on the design and floral, Laura McDonald of LMM Events who did the planning, and Meg Smith who captured all of this eye candy.  I hope you will look at the beautiful post by Style Me Pretty, but I couldn’t help share a full array of shots of my own- there is just simply too much loveliness to behold with this one!


Monica and Evan, Nautical and Nice

by Jessica on November 26th, 2012 in Real Weddings | No Comments

Monica and Evan met on their college rowing team.  As such, the nautical theme matched their relationship perfectly.  Monica’s family shares their love of boats and sailing with Evan as well, and it has become a family past-time.  I love the custom knots, tied around each striped napkin, and the beautiful soft flowers, by Atelier Joya, in mercury glass, tying the navy stripes into the shimmery turquoise linens.  Monica and Evan’s wedding was a non-stop fun fest with surprises around every corner including MOB Sharon singing her toast with verses for the whole room to join in, and the bridal party organizing a flash mob to surprise the guests.  Thanks so much to Kate Harrison for capturing all of the lovely little details, it was fabulous working with you, as always!