Erin Sara & Lucian’s Zootastic Post-Wedding Excursion

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Remember Erin Sara and Lucian’s woodsy Pacific Northwest wedding? The next day, we joined our newlyweds across the sound at the Woodland Park Zoo for a post-wedding photo session. Erin Sara had volunteered there when they lived in Seattle and was thus able to give us a whirlwind tour of the grounds before the zoo closed for the day.

In one hour, we sped past twirling gorillas, pacing jaguars, and lounging wolves; stared down curious meercats; rode a sleeping komodo dragon, hung out with giraffes; took several spins on the carousel; climbed a thorny tree; and spied on endangered birds, among many other glorious things. How could it be anything but fun??? Check out our still and animated images below.
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Running Amok in Berkeley with Eliza, AJ & Artie

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What’s more fun than an engagement session with a crafty, creative couple? An engagement session with their canine companion!

Eliza and AJ have spent most of their relationship restoring pieces or creating magic with material from Urban Ore, a salvage yard in Berkeley, so we were excited to meet them and their scrappy pup Artie (named after the intrepid Warehouse 13 agent) there. The place is chockablock with freestanding doors, windows, sinks, furniture, and more, and we had a blast exploring its nooks and crannies while Artie kept an eye out for the resident kitties. We especially enjoyed the photography section (of course!), where Eliza and AJ messed around with a couple of Polaroids that we were tempted to buy.

Once the shop closed, we made our way to Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, an off-leash dog park that’s one of Eliza and AJ’s favorite places to let Artie get in touch with his wild side. We enjoyed a breezy stroll as Artie scampered over hills and along the water, making new friends along the way (although one beagle didn’t look thrilled about being disturbed). At one point, all three of them took a break to admire the fog descending on the San Francisco skyline. So sweet! Here are some of our favorite moments from our brief time together.

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Jillian & Ryan’s San Francisco Firehouse Wedding

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When Jillian and Ryan told us that they were getting married in a historic firehouse and also renting a streetcar to transport them and their guests, we knew their wedding day would be pretty darn spectacular. The day started at the swank Galleria Park Hotel, where our couple and their loved ones got ready for their special day. There, they had an emotional first look on the rooftop garden before the streetcar whisked them and their wedding party to Lafayette Park for portraits. Also along for the rollicking ride were giant, photo-real cutouts of Jillian, Ryan, and their cat’s faces on sticks (baffled? Check out the photos below!).

As it turned out, a wedding was underway at the park when we arrived so Jillian, Ryan, and their entourage quietly jumped and ran around, mimed laughter, and otherwise enjoyed the breezy, sunny, summer day while we snapped photos of them in their wedding finery. Jillian positively glowed in her Victorian-inspired, mermaid-style gown, while her bridesmaids shimmered in champagne- and gold-colored sequins. Ryan couldn’t have been more handsome in his navy suit, mustard-hued tie, and fancy striped socks.

Before we knew it, it was time to head to Firehouse 8, a former firehouse (complete with firepole) built in 1917. We loved that both Jillian and Ryan were escorted down the narrow aisle by their parents. During the poignant yet hilarious ceremony, we learned a lot about Jillian and Ryan’s first meeting and subsequent first date (which may or may not have involved fast-food fried chicken). We learned even more about them during the reception, when many mortifying but entertaining childhood secrets were revealed and many more tears were shed. Jillian’s sister and matron of honor spoke the truth during her toast when she proclaimed that she came from a family of cryers. Indeed, we captured Jillian, her mom, sister, and even dad dabbing at their eyes throughout the day!

Given that we had ascertained their love of cake during their engagement session, we were thrilled to see three cakes on display: one that was Ryan’s favorite (burnt almond from Peters’ Bakery, San Jose), one that was Jillian’s favorite (lemon cooler from Freeport Bakery, Sacramento), and one that they both loved (chocolate ganache with sea salt from Pinkie’s Bakery, San Francisco). Topping things off, so to speak, were adorable wooden cake toppers that Jillian painted in their likeness. (They cut the chocolate ganache cake together, in case you were wondering.)

Jillian and Ryan kicked off what turned out to be a serious dance party with their choreographed, steamy first dance to Drake’s “Hold on, We’re Going Home.” The rest of the night was a sensational blur of arm-waving, hip-shaking, tush-twerking merrymaking. Thank goodness we have photos! Here are some of our favorites.

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Dress: Enzoani with sleeves added by Janene’s Bridal Boutique (Alameda)
Shoes: Essence by Menbur
Jewelry: Lulu Splendor (Etsy)
Groom’s suit & tie: Proper Suit, Drake
Groom’s shoes: Paul Smith
Engagement ring: Dianne’s Estate Jewellery (SF)
Wedding bands: Red Start Design (SF)
Bridesmaids’ dresses: ¬†Michael Kors, Pencey, Badgley Mischka, David Meister
Hair: Brooke Zingarelli (Veer & Wander, SF)
Make-up: Allison Stubbs (The Social Beauty Company, SF)
Caterer: St. John Event Production
Cakes: Pinkie’s Bakery (SF), Freeport Bakery (Sacramento), Peters’ Bakery (San Jose)
Streetcar: Events West
DJ: Allison (Heart of Gold DJs)
Huge faces on sticks: Build-a-Head
Mr. & Mrs. banner: CMS Design Studio (Etsy)