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A Simple Yet Significant Fort Mason Wedding

Erin Brown and Matt Valerio got married at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The invites, designed by a good friend, included the Golden Gate Bridge and Empire State Building to signify where the couple met (San Francisco) and where they currently live (Manhattan). Before the ceremony, they left matching sunglasses on the seat of all attendees so everyone could take a group photo after the ceremony. The sunglasses had a tag with #ebroandbomo and all Instagram posts with the hashtag went to their wedding blog. Instead of bouquets, the bridesmaids carried different vintage clutch purses to hold their essentials, along with different dresses and shoes of their choice.

A Fall Fort Mason Wedding

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Snow, Beer and Wine Junkies Collide at This Weekend's SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival

The calendar says winter is still a couple of months off, but it’s not too early to get ready for the approaching ski and snowboard season.

And one good way to get a jump on snow time is head over to Fort Mason in San Francisco this weekend for the fourth iteration of the SnowBomb Ski and Snowboard Festival.

Whale Watching in the Farallon Islands

July through October is prime whale watching season here. It's when the Humpbacks and Blue Whales spend time fattening up on krill off of the coast of Northern California before heading back down to Baja to breed. A trip to the Farallon Islands, 27 miles west of San Francisco, can be one of the best ways to get up close to these giants of the sea.

You can get out to the Farallones on tours organized by SF Bay Whale Watching, which depart early in the morning from Fort Mason (weather permitting). The two hour haul to the Farallons is a bit harrowing, which is to say strong stomachs, sea legs (and potentially Dramamine) are required.

This Week in Fashion: Chanel Lovers at Simply Chic, Public Bikes' 1 Year Party, Banana Republic and Trina Turk Fashion Show, Styling the Modern Man + More

1. Public Bikes' One Year Anniversary at Public HQ & Store (123 South Park), Saturday July 9, 11am-3pm.

Block party it up this Saturday -- biker style -- at Public's One Year Anniversary. Meet the folks behind the cutest bikes around, enjoy free food (American Grilled Cheese Kitchen), a photo contest, loads of amazing discounts on merchandise and much, much more.

SF Street Style: A Thrifted Leather Jacket, Killer Light Blue Balenciaga Bag + Summer Cut-out Oxfords at Off The Grid

Here's Linna Trinh, looking fabulous at Off The Grid, Fort Mason. Bay Area summer's are all about layering, and this look hits all the right lengths. Linna's ultra-cool, cream leather jacket has such a great cut, and a nice, relaxed fit. I couldn't believe she found it at a thrift store -- talk about a major score! It just goes to show, you can mix designer pieces (check out Linna's Balenciaga bag below) with thrift store finds, to make a composed, down-to-Earth look.

Taste of Mendocino Brings Wine, Artisan Food and Microbreweries to Fort Mason

Mendocino is known for its chill vibes, artsy, liberal denizens and of course, its delectable wine and beer. So we're glad that the folks from up north are bringing their goodies down to Fort Mason Center for the first time on Monday, June 13 for all of us to enjoy.

This Week in Fashion: An Exobiological Fashion Show, Decadestwo Flash Sale, Palo Alto's Citywide Yard Sale, Gangs Of SF Opens Shop + Designer Spring Sales

1. Nightlife on Other Planets Fashion Show at SF Unitarian Church (1187 Franklin St.), Friday Jun 3, 7:30pm-10pm, $10.

Local designer, Ilanio's new line debuts tonight with an exobiological fashion show, set to the dancey psych-rock of Jai Young Kim. Expect fetishy, synthetic materials, neon colors, and odd shapes. To get even crazier, the SF Unitarian Church will play runway. 

 

2. Cocktails and Clothing 4th Anniversary Party + Omala Bamboo Activewear Trunk Show at Informed Body (389 Grove St.), Friday June 3-4, see website for times, free-$45.

Informed Body is celebrating its 4th anniversary with a total wellness weekend. On Friday, shop the eco-bamboo activewear line, Omala, and sip on free cocktails. On Saturday, take in a pilates or yoga class ($30), and try a healthy food cleanse ($15) before more Omala shopping. Phone 415.626.1111 to RSVP. 

The SF Fine Arts Fair's Workshop Gives Advice for New Collectors

Every year the SF Fine Arts Fair brings its astoundingly huge collection of world-class art from venerable galleries around the globe to Fort Mason. This year heralds its largest round-up yet, and collectors and art enthusiasts will be there en masse the weekend of May 20th to ogle all the beauty. The Fine Arts Fair has young art enthusiasts in mind too, and invites green collectors to a special reception and workshop this Saturday evening, May 21st.

Attention All Chocolate Fanatics: The SF International Chocolate Salon Is Coming to Fort Mason

Anyone who loves chocolate (if you don't, consider yourself suspect) should prepare their blood sugar for the massive gathering of chocolatiers at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason on April 17th. It's 50,000 square feet of the best chocolate in the world at your fingertips for tasting or just gazing at lovingly. You decide.

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