We decided that after 13 years together, why have a long engagement? So we planned our wedding in less than six months, and it went off without any major hitches.
Our goal was to have a wedding that described us to a T: fun, laid back, and personable. We carefully vetted our vendors because we wanted to work closely with people whom we felt we could trust to "get it right" without bugging us to no end! And we did just that.
Erica is as absolute pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable, creative, and friendly, she put me, a flower novice, at ease. Coming in with no ideas except that I wanted something vintage-inspired, Erica worked with me to nail down the perfect overall look and feel to my wedding, including aisle decor, centerpieces, extraneous table decor, and my bouquet and now-husband's bout. And everything fit within my not-so-large budget! I'd recommend Erica to anyone, 100%.
Jennifer catered my wedding, and I couldn't have asked for anything more! Her food is phenomenal, and her calm demeanor and friendly personality really helped me step back and enjoy being a non-chaotic bride! Jennifer worked with our budget and our wish to host a filling vegetarian meal. After discussion and a delicious tasting, we settled on tomato panzanella, a bean and mushroom medley, fall salad, and ricotta tart. Jennifer also coordinated the rentals, the bar, and the day-of set-up, and her entire staff were personable and couldn't have been nicer.
We had 110 people (give or take a few) on the big day, and we served everything family-style, which allowed our guests to really chat and unwind--no buffet tables here! Afterward, everyone raved about how this was the best wedding food ever. If you're looking for a caterer fit for foodies, Jennifer is your gal.
The Pine Needles are a fun-without-pressure-of-feeling-stuck-in-the-80s acoustic bluegrass, jazz, and contemporary band, and they added a much welcomed lively-yet-laidback mood to my ceremony and reception. All of my communications with Josh were direct and clear, and I appreciated that the band learned a few new tunes for our special day, including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "You are my Sunshine" (the chorus), and "Heaven."
My husband and I have been visiting the Randall Museum for awhile now. Mainly, we love the view--it's a stellar way to see the city, and a unique one at that. It's so peaceful just to sit up there and stare at the city!
The museum itself is a true undiscovered gem, and just writing this review makes me cringe--I don't want too many people to take away the specialness of the site, but more people should definitely know about it!
When it came time to plan our wedding, we debated between the Museum, the Film Center in the Presidio, and a space up in Marin, but the Museum won our hearts. We love living here in the city and felt that the Museum expressed all that we love in a nutshell.
Our entire wedding was outdoors on a lovely Sunday afternoon. The ceremony faced south, and I felt so relaxed as my fiance (now husband) and I stood below the giant, billowing trees. We had cocktails, passed apps, and lunch on the southern part of the lawn, and we also opened up the animal room for our guests.
Your fee to the Museum is mainly for the space. You pay extra for any exhibits you want open (We had the animal room open, and everyone loved it. In fact, the first thing I did after proceeding out of the ceremony was pet a bunny!), and you (or your wedding planner) coordinate everything from caterer to rentals to musicians. I used a caterer who had worked several RM weddings (jenniferlunch), and she really helped manage the day-of tasks, which was incredibly helpful.
If you decide to rent the Randall Museum, you'll have a lovely event. Really. Just be prepared for some quirks like a potentially dusty prep space (I brought clean sheets to cover anything that I didn't want to get dirty during the prep phase!). And I rented a standing mirror (about $26) to do my makeup and get ready. There was also a rehearsal in the theater, but this didn't affect us. The space has ample parking and bathrooms, and if guests want, they can even walk to the top of Corona Heights.
Working with Mark at the Galleria Park on a room block for my family and friends was super easy! He helped us get a great rate, and the weekend of the wedding the staff and facilities couldn't have been better. The location is great--near Union Square, but not in the middle of the hustle, bustle, and somewhat questionable. Everyone had a great time, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Galleria Park Hotel to others.
Even with a few bumps along the way, the weekend of our wedding, our guests really enjoyed staying at the Hotel Adagio. The rate was reasonable, and the desk staff were incredibly friendly. I was a little worried about the hotel's location, as it's on the edge of the Union Square/TL neighborhoods, but we didn't hear any complaints!
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