Wedding Inspiration: Whimsical Modrophenia Elopement

mod01 Who says an elopement can’t be full of fun details? We teamed up with Jenny Sais Quois Events for a two-part vintage-flavored wedding just in time for rising temperatures. Our inspiration? The whimsy of the Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck classic Roman Holiday and the edginess of the mod-vs.-rockers film Quadrophenia. Our colors? Red, white, and turquoise, a nod to the iconic mod target. Our mascots? Dachshunds Elvis and Priscilla, wearing floral collars made of light blue delphinium and eucalyptus. (Florist Sheryl of Thistle and Bone really outdid herself, as you’ll soon see!)

Our fantasy elopement featured two dresses, two bouquets, two boutonnieres, and a Vespa ride to the beach for dinner and a sunset, plus cocktails and bite-sized treats (macarons and mini cucpakes) for fuel. For the ceremony look, our “bride” Eidelyn donned a white, full-length, tulle gown with sweetheart neckline, turquoise accessories, and red peep-toe heels. A comb of chamomile and red carnations and a birdcage veil enhanced her gravity-defying beehive while a bouquet of red carnations tied everything together. (Check out the darlingand literalring of chamomile and baby’s breath Sheryl made, too! It seriously put the daisy chains we made as children to shame.) Our “groom” Jon rocked a classic slim gray suit with skinny black tie, accented by a red pocket square and carnation boutonniere.

For the start of their new journey together, Eidelyn slipped into a flirty, multilayered, red-and-black dress, a sparkly black cardigan, black heels with red hearts, and red heart sunglassesthe better in which to zip to the next location with her honey. A bouquet of white carnations, chamomile, and hydrangea and lotus pods painted turquoise brought us back to our playful color story, as did Jon’s hydrangea-and-lotus-pod boutonniere. The sunset dinner on the beach was simply the icing on the cake, and just one example of how you can make a special day even more memorable. Now on to the eye candy! (Special thanks to Mike for letting us use his Vespa!)mod02 mod03 mod04 mod05 mod06 mod07 mod08 mod09 mod10 mod11 mod12 mod13 mod14 mod15 mod16 mod17 mod18 mod19 mod20 mod21 mod22 mod23 mod24 mod25 mod26 mod27 mod28 mod29 mod30 mod31 mod33 mod34 mod35 mod32
mod36 mod37 mod38 mod39 mod40 mod41 mod42 mod43 mod44 mod45 mod46 mod47 mod48 mod49 mod50 mod51 mod52 mod53 mod54 mod55 mod56 White dress: “Queenie” by Simply Bridal
Bow shoes: Nina
Red/black dress & cardigan: Betsey Johnson
Heart shoes: Melissa Shoes
Heart sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Suit: Ben Sherman
Shoes: Will’s Vegan
Styling & design: Jenny Sais Quoi Events
Hair: Onika at Glamarama (San Francisco)
Make-up: Veronica Sandoval (she used RCMA Makeup Foundation/Powder, Makeup Forever High Definition Blush #420, Makeup Forever Aqua Black Eye Liner, Kryolon Eyelashes, Anastasia brow color, Morphe eye shadow, NYX Chaos red lipstick)
Florist: Thistle and Bone
Macarons & cupcakes: Indie Cakes (Berkeley)
Flatware: Dishcogs (Etsy)

Taylor & Patrick Heart San Francisco Engagement

Last fall, we had a fantastic time exploring some of Taylor and Patrick’s favorite San Francisco spots during their engagement session. They live in the Pacific Heights neighborhood and wanted to capture some of their life together in the city before their April wedding in Florida. We happily obliged.

Our first stop was their neighborhood haunt Garibaldi’s Restaurant, where a few drinks warmed them up for their trip down Lovers’ Lane (literally!) in the Presidio. Since it was such a lovely, balmy day, we were surprised to have the awe-inspiring Wood Line sculpture practically all to ourselves.

Luscious solitude was not the case, however, when we arrived at the Lyon Street Steps. With views of the Palace of Fine Arts and the bay, it’s a popular location for camera-wielding tourists. Fitness enthusiasts also enjoy racing up and down the 332 steps as well as performing assorted calisthenics at the top of the steps, utilizing the curb and trees as makeshift fitness equipment. We managed to get in our own cardio and strength-training workout (laughing and giggling all the way) before continuing on to our last stop, Fort Point.

Except we didn’t actually make it to the historic structure itself. Instead, we hiked up the adjacent hillside for breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the bay, and Alcatraz. Our sore everything the next day was a testament to how much fun we had, and we wish Taylor and Patrick nothing but the best on their new journey together!