Michael and Christian's sophisticated, elegant, Quaker-inspired ceremony took place at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. I love this couple. You can see happiness all over their faces throughout their wedding celebration. When deciding what to tell you about in this blog, I asked Michael and Christian what inspired their wedding choice. Christian wrote me a beautiful note explaining all of their thoughts behind making this the most special day of their lives. So, I've decided to copy some of his thoughts here, because he says it best!
"Michael and I were married about a week before the 11th anniversary of our first date, and our wedding was equal parts celebration of our lives together as much as a marriage in front of all our loving family and friends...
We wanted to combine Michael's love for classic old-world San Francisco charm with my Quaker background and the Bently reserve was the perfect venue for realizing that vision. It's both classic San Francisco, masculine but warm, and elegantly simple in a way that provides a space for the ceremony and the party. We wanted the ceremony to reflect those ideals of Quaker simplicity and most importantly the intimacy of Quaker Meeting for Worship, in which people sit together on simple benches in silence. The concept of the Light is critical in Quaker meeting, so we wanted the lighting designers to flood the space with light. The benches with the green cushions reminded us of the Meeting House where I (Christian) grew up. All present in a Quaker wedding ceremony sign a specially created marriage certificate and as a group recognize the couple as married, giving the ceremony an added element of participation and presence."
And then there were cocktails and jazz music and dinner! "For the dinner and dancing back in the main hail, the room is transformed into a candle-lit look, with a long, dark-wood head table with a stunning coiling centerpiece running the length of the table constructed with wood, lichens, kumkuats, succulents and billy buttons, juxtaposed against the more sleek and modern platinum napkins and silverware, creating the perfect blend of some rustic and masculine earthiness with a contemporary look...To take classic, old-world San Francisco charm and combine it with the intimacy and warmth of both Quaker tradition and candlelit meals. A night with different moods, but that had elegance, unity and flow and most of all fun!"
And one last note, Michael and Christian's wedding was chosen to be featured on Out Magazine's website! We're very happy for this couple and wish them many many years together! Cheers!
Ceremony/Reception: Bently Reserve
Event Coordinator: Vibrant Events
Floral Designer: Ixia Flowers
Cake: Jasmine Rae Bakery
Catering: LRE Catering
Rental Company: Hartmann Studios
Lighting: Got Light?
Music: Golden State Productions
My Second Shooter: Rana Faure