(Encarnacion Photography)

Wedding Inspiration: A Traditional Church Ceremony With a Posh Museum Afterparty

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Jennifer Ylarde and Armello Rodriguez began with a drink and a dance while in college at University of San Francisco, at what was once a bustling nightclub called Boondocks.

After a bit of courtship and eight lovely years together, Rodriguez got a half-sleeve tattoo depicting koi fish swimming among cherry blossoms—never mind that he's not the floral-loving type. But when the two took a trip to Kyoto, they found themselves in a park blooming with cherry blossoms. He asked, "Did I ever tell you the reason I got cherry blossoms in my tattoo?..."


For the big day, the lovebirds returned to the church on USF campus where they had met and graduated. Soaring ceilings and ornate architectural details made for a stunning ceremony site. Then, it was time to celebrate; they took buses—complete with dancing poles to get the party started—over to the Asian Art Museum.

They held cocktail hour among the museum's tall marble columns, drawn by the grand windows and glittering chandelier. Deep hues of bordeaux, ruby, blush, gold, and black created a romantic palette; and gilded silverware, gold-rimmed plates, and stylish name cards dressed the tables. A touch of greenery—sprigs of eucalyptus and bountiful blooms—brought the place to life.

A large party of family and friends made for a fierce afterparty, but the bride and groom shared plenty intimate moments. "During our first dance, it felt like it was only us in the room—it was such a beautiful magical moment."


Venue: St. Ignatius Church

Reception venue: Asian Art Museum

Photographer: Encarnacion Photography

Videographer: NCompass Cinema

Dress: Vera Wang

Hair and makeup: Christina Chen of Quis

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaids dresses: Amsale and After Six

Floral design: Shotgun Floral Studio

Wedding planner/ coordinator: Enjoy Events, Co.

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