Golden Gate Club Wedding Photos
Kate & Al’s Golden Winter Wedding
“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”
Most couples reserve their date in our calendars 12+ months prior to their wedding day.
Al and I met on Match. He sent me a message first and we exchanged a few e-mails before meeting at Herbivore, a vegan restaurant in SF on December 15, 2012 (our wedding was on 12/12/15). We instantly hit it off and went on our second date soon after. Al proposed to me in March 2014 at home. We were heading out to dinner and he “forgot his phone” so he went back in the house. Little did I know, he was putting a shirt on our dog Gizmo that read “Let’s be a family! Will you marry my daddy?” We came home and Gizmo ran up to me in his cute little shirt and then Al got down on one knee and proposed. It was such a sweet way to incorporate our dog in the proposal.
Since purple is my favorite color, Al got me a platinum engagement ring with amethyst and two diamonds. The wedding band is a thin band featuring several small diamonds. Al chose to wear his father’s gold wedding band because his father doesn’t like to wear jewelry.
Al and I have the same sense of humor and we just have so much fun together. We laugh a lot. We communicate well with each other and are very supportive of one another. We both love dogs–currently we have three and are fostering another. We just knew early on that we wanted to be together, which is why getting married felt so natural.
Our wedding color palette was plum, silver, and ivory. Purple is my favorite color, so I knew from the beginning that purple would be the primary color of our palette. Since the wedding was in December, silver and ivory seemed like nice wintery colors that went really well with purple.
I wanted to wear a very unique dress. I did not want to wear a typical white wedding dress, so I opted for a champagne strapless taffeta sheath/column gown with an attached train by Vera Wang. My favorite feature of the gown is the jeweled vine belt. Instead of a veil, I opted for a double row head wrap with sparkling pave detail. I wore simple crystal stud earrings to match the crystal belt and glittery kitten heels with crystal detail.
My three bridesmaids wore long plum-colored dresses from Weddington Way; each bridesmaid chose her own silhouette. They wore matching crystal stud earrings and glittery kitten heels that complemented my shoes. The groom and groomsmen wore grey suits from Men’s Wearhouse with plum ties and pocket squares and purple argyle socks.
Our linens were silver with plum colored napkins. We used purple lanterns filled with ivory flowers as centerpieces. My favorite part of the décor was our plum sequin table cloth for the dessert and sweetheart tables. The dessert table was stunning with the cupcake towers and sweetheart cake. The cupcakes and cake had white frosting and the cupcake liners were metallic purple (another little touch that I loved). I would say that I am most impressed with how the dessert table ended up looking like.
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on flowers, so I worked with my florist to come up with simple and elegant flower arrangements that were within my budget. I had a hand tied bouquet of Vendela roses and lavender misty with ivory ribbon and rhinestones. I added a small charm to my bouquet that contained a picture of my brother, who passed away in 2011.
My bridesmaids had small bouquets of Vendela roses and baby’s breath with silver ribbon. The groom’s boutonniere was a single vendela rose with a hint of purple statice and misty stem wrapped in ivory ribbon. The groomsmen wore single Vendela roses.
We had a few large arrangements with an array of purple flowers that we put on the sign-in table, program table, and placecard table to add a bit more purple to the decor.
Our ceremony took place at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio in the Hawthorn Room. We chose the GGC because of the Presidio’s natural beauty and it was a great venue to hold both the ceremony and reception. We especially loved the floor to ceiling windows of the Ventana Room and the gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge. We opted for a very simple décor for the ceremony since the view alone was beautiful and the ceremony was very quick. Neither of us are religious, so we didn’t do anything traditional. We just wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet, and it lasted less than 10 minutes. Our good friend Wayne got ordained so he could officiate our wedding, which was very special to us. He is a great storyteller and very funny, so it was a perfect choice. He read “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss before we exchanged our vows.
Our harpist played “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses for the bridal processional, which was absolutely beautiful, and “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” by Judas Priest for the recessional (that was a nod to Al’s love of metal music).
Our reception took place in the Ventana Room of the GGC. The linens were silver with plum colored napkins. We used purple lanterns filled with ivory flowers for the centerpieces. Since we chose family style for dinner, we needed space for the plates and bowls, so our tablescapes were simple.
Our first dance was to “Every Day is Like Sunday” by Morrissey. Al and I have very different musical tastes, but this is one song that we both really love and it felt like the perfect choice for us because it is darkly romantic.
We did had a photo booth in the Cypress Room by the bar. People had a lot of fun with that!
Since I am an ethical vegan of over 5 years, it was very important to me that our wedding be vegan. All of the food was vegan. The bridal party was very considerate and did not wear leather shoes or silk. It felt so wonderful to know that no animals were harmed during the celebration of our union. It was also wonderful that I could eat everything!
For dessert, our vegan friend baked 170 chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting (she even made a few gluten-free ones!) and they looked so awesome on the cupcake towers. Al and I got our sweetheart cake from my favorite vegan restaurant, Veggie Grill. It is the best carrot cake I have ever had. We have the leftover cake in the freezer and will eat it on our one year anniversary.
Our invitation suite had a pine cone motif to match the natural setting of our wedding (we used the pine cone motif in our engagement pictures as well). We used matching ivory place cards, programs, and table numbers that featured a purple floral design, which went beautifully with our linens and flowers. We did not have favors. We just left out the remaining cupcakes for people to take home.
I would advise couples to enjoy the wedding planning process; don’t get too stressed and don’t let the planning take over your life; have date nights where you don’t talk about the wedding at all. Also, enjoy your wedding day! It goes by so incredibly fast, so take a few moments to reflect on how special and exciting the day is.
I must also add that from the beginning, I knew that if we were to splurge on one thing for the wedding, it would be photography because that is how we will remember our special day for years to come. I am so glad we chose Apollo Fotografie because Jonathon did a fantastic job with our engagement pictures and his team was so fun to work with on the wedding day. The teasers were stunning and we can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures!