(Photography by Alycia Moore)

Wedding Inspiration: A Tale of Two Brides at SF's Stern Grove

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A story of resilience found a happy ending at the wedding this past November of Nina Brochu and Jackie Ynaz, whose engagement came a full three years after Brochu was diagnosed with breast cancer while the couple was just dating.

Ynaz had not been deterred and stuck it out through treatments that had seemed endless. But when they walked out into the light at the end of that tunnel and said their vows in San Francisco's Stern Grove, they meant it—especially that part about sickness and health.


The lovebirds got ready together and both wore white gowns—one was classic, and one a bit more modern, but they met at the feet in matching slip-on Vans, each hand-painted with their names and wedding date—sweet yet practical for a forested bash.

Shades of ruby red accented their big day in the flowers, floor-length bridesmaids' dresses, and accessories. The wedding party also all wore tennis shoes—white Converse for the ladies, and burgundy Vans for the men.

At the reception at the Trocadero Clubhouse, the crimson hue carried over into napkins and centerpieces, alongside a gilded glitter table runner at a sweetheart table and illuminated "B" for their new shared last name. Rustic elements permeated the space with crated and stump slabs. String lights added warmth to the cozy, cabin-like room with stone fireplace. After the bouquet toss and cake cutting, they noshed on doughnuts and danced the night away with their loved ones as Mrs. and Mrs. Brochu.

Venue: Trocadero Clubhouse at Stern Grove

Makeup: Megan Taylor

Shoes: Vans

Floral designer: Urban Flowers

Event planner: Nathalie Soirèes

Photographer: Alycia Moore Photography + Videography

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