Weddings of artists are some of my most favorite as they really put their heart and soul into the day. Katie is no exception as she wanted as much of her wedding as possible to be handmade and designed by herself. They found the perfect venue – Axis Cafe and Gallery in San Francisco – which worked great as a blank slate so they could put their personality into every bit of the day. Katie + Peter choose San Francisco as the city to get married in since that is where their friendship turned into love. :) A bit more into their wedding from Katie:
I started looking at wedding blogs right when we started dating (I guess when you know, you know!) and I gathered much of my inspiration from the work of other creative brides, design blogs, and store fronts. We wanted our wedding to feel very intimate and comfortable with a bit of fancy glam for good measure. We picked our favorite comfort foods and festive drinks. We wanted the ceremony to be very personal and the reception to be the best party we had ever attended. We played all of our favorite songs and save the last hour of the night for a 90’s dance party.
Such a fun and truly personal wedding! Congrats to Katie + Peter and thanks so much to Michele Beckwith Photography for the photos!
My most memorable moment was hearing the music cue for the processional and walking out with my dad and locking eyes with Peter down the aisle. All of our guests were radiating such love and support. Our friends told us that when we were reading our vows, birds starting flying around above us. It really felt like such a magical moment.
Second favorite moment was walking in and seeing my vision of our wedding come to life after working so hard so make each little piece for a year.
Processional: You Are All I See – Active Child
Recessional: This Will Be Our Year – The Zombies
First Dance: Baby’s Arms – Kurt Vile
My color inspiration was from a Vera Neumann tea towel I inherited from my grandmother after she passed that I keep on my nightstand. My mom was my partner-in-crime in collecting milk glass vases, seeking the perfect lace for the table runners, painting the seating chart board, making 90 felt hearts for above the tables, stuffing and sewing the felt hearts for the aisle, and various other amazing projects. We completed lots of DIY projects including: XO lightbox sign, heart sign, ‘best day ever’ lightbox sign, ‘forever and ever’ glitter garland, p+k glitter garland, animal paintings, seating chart signs, pompom garlands, tassel garland, altar, fringed backdrops, pillows, felt hearts!
We didn’t pick a theme, rather bits and pieces of things we liked. We have ducks, chickens, a dog and a cat so I knew I wanted to include our love of animals in our day. I did this by hand drawing and painting an animal for each guest as their favor.
As my good friend so wisely suggested to me, hire a wedding planner! I honestly don’t know what I would have done without our amazing wedding planner. I was absolutely dedicated to all things art-related, but had no interest in the nitty-gritty details of organizing and planning. Also ask friends and family to help on DIY projects early on so you don’t wind up with a massive pile of projects all at the end. And I know this is hard for some couples but if you can, keep your wedding small! We were so happy we had a small wedding of our closest friends and family. We were able to talk with everyone, dance and laugh with everyone and even get in the photo booth with all of our fabulous guests!
venue name: Axis Cafe and Gallery, San Francisco, California // bride's shoes: Steve Madden // makeup artist: Makeup by Audrey // cake: Two for Two Cakes // music: 3-16 Entertainment // photography: Michele Beckwith Photography // event planner: Va de Vie Events // floral designer: Chestnut & Vine Floral Design // dress designer: Tara Keely by Lazaro // rentals: Classic Party Rentals San Francisco // tuxedo: Ben Sherman // men's attire: Ben Sherman // photo booth equipment: Green Cheeze Photo Booths // save the dates: bride designed and hand printed // invitation: bride designed and hand printed // veil: Made by bride's mom