It took two chance encounters to ignite the relationship between Dr. Cherilin Johnson and Ian Kirby. They first noticed each other at a mutual friend’s party, but nothing came of it. But two months later, when Ian visited the office Cherilin shared with another doctor, they spotted each other again, and this time they both acted on it. After the appointment, Ian dropped by their friend-in-common’s office to ask about Cherilin. At the same moment, Cherilin was texting their friend inquiring about Ian. “She held up her phone and said, ‘You mean this girl?’” says Cherilin. “The rest is history.”
The wedding industry is experiencing a much-needed redux. Un-bridal and classic bridal brands have contributed to newfound bridal chic; Anthropologie launched BHLDN, Vera Wang revealed her David's Bridal bridesmaid collection, alternative weddings are on the rise. It's an opportune time to step out of the wedding box and experiment in matrimonial mashup.
When Lynda Browning of suburban San Diego headed off to Stanford University, the last thing she expected to do was fall in love with a farmer and end up raising goats, chickens, and bushels of vegetables in Sonoma County. After all, she didn’t even like eating veggies that much. But that’s what happened.
To be honest, she probably didn’t realize Emmett Hopkins was a farmer when they met through friends, because at the time, he didn’t know it either. Like Lynda, Emmett was an Environmental Studies student at Stanford, and although he grew radishes in a window box outside his dorm room, he was planning to work for a nonprofit, as a consultant, or in a government agency, places where most of their classmates ended up.
Jeannie Choe met Bryan Haggerty in 2006. She was supposed to be interviewing him for a design article she was writing, but they ended up chatting about everything else. “Needless to say, we didn’t talk much business that day,” she remembers. “And the rest is history!”
You may have read about their engagement on other blogs, but if not, check out the story here. The short version: Bryan designed a custom iPhone app that sent Jeannie around the city on a scavenger hunt ending in the big question.
When 11 exciting young Wine Country wedding pros get together and unleash their creativity, only good things can happen. Photographer Jen Kloss had the brainstorm earlier this year: “We all knew each other from working on weddings,” she said. “I wanted to see what would happen if we got together and designed an event without client constraints.” The result is a beautiful wedding that isn’t real, but I wish it were.
The theme, Prohibition and 1920s glamour, announces itself in the vintage-style invitations by Smashing Cards. “We wanted to play on contrasts,” says Kloss. “We have elements that are both rustic and glamorous, masculine and feminine.”
To be honest, detox and cleanse plans are a bit scary to me. Some of them (think lemon juice and cayenne pepper in water) sound more like a recipe for diarrhea or starvation than good health. But when news of the Cook! Wedding Detox crossed my desk, I took notice because it’s more suited to real life (and real health?) than other things I’ve seen.
There’s a big difference between looking at wedding pictures and attending a wedding. The photos tell a perfect love story; you see the vows, the cake, and the wedding party in a small, very pretty moment. What the photos don’t show is Uncle Ray falling over and splitting his pants while kneeling in the aisle during the vows to take his own pictures (this happened at a wedding I attended). But that small mishap doesn’t come close to the series of wedding day disasters that befell Kathy Moore and Bryan Solari during their Sonoma County beach wedding. If rain on a wedding day is really a sign of a good marriage, then this pair has a great life ahead.
This You Tube video tells the story:
Several hours into her September 18th wedding reception, hairstylist Jennifer Solden started to think about bridal hairdos in a new way. Sure, her elaborate updo looked great, but as she danced into the wee hours her head started to ache from the weight of it. She left the event as Mrs. Erik Roggeveen and with a new perspective on wedding hairstyles. Today she has created three styles that look great, but acknowledge the reality of today’s weddings.
Last week we brought you the ultimate in creative wedding proposals, a “will you marry me” written in the sand on Ocean Beach. A lot of wanna-be grooms commented that Jason Fordley was making the rest of the male population look a bit, well, lame. Fellows (and go-getter women), if you haven’t got game, we’ve got your solution. Simply U Events, a wedding planning business that has recently expanded to Northern California, is providing help for the romantically challenged.
Before we delve into the deets behind the mystery proposal that captivated our readers, let’s get a couple of things out of the way: (1) Her name is Kelly Riplinger and she said “yes” and (2) Jason Fordley, the mastermind behind the sand art question, might well be the most romantic man in San Francisco.
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|A Spoonful of Sugar
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|Gallery of Jewels|
Gallery of Jewels showcases over 100 designer collections by local, national, and international artisans at three distinct San Francisco locations.
|San Francisco Giftcenter & Jewelrymart|
With over 125 Bay Area vendors and the largest selection in the Bay Area, the SF Giftcenter & Jewelrymart has your wedding needs covered from head to toe.
|Archive Vintage Rentals|
Archive Vintage Rentals is your source for alternative, vintage, and one-of-a-kind rentals for weddings and events.
|Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino|
Create cherished lifelong memories in the stunning alpine setting at Tahoe’s newly renovated and only lakefront 4-diamond resort.
Set along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Tahoe is a world-class destination for weddings and special events.
|Nordstrom Wedding Suites - San Francisco Centre and Valley Fair|
From your dress to every little detail, our Wedding Stylists will help bring your bridal vision to life, including looks for your entire wedding party.
Our exclusive resource center provides a curated collection of the Bay Area's finest industry professionals for weddings & events. Come in for a complimentary consultation.
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Church Street Flowers is a full service floral boutique specializing in custom creations for every occasion.
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