Back in July, Jenny & Dries tied the knot in Berkeley’s intimate Cragmont Park, with a stunning panorama of the San Francisco Bay as their backdrop. Their witnesses? A loving array of friends and family, as well as a colorful wedding party. Literally. The bridesmaids wore flirty dresses in red, blue, green, and yellow, while the groomsmen sported ties in the same color scheme. We loved that the bride had those same primary hues dotted onto her ring fingernail. Other fun touches: a big bouquet of sunflowers, pocket/locket watches gifted to the wedding party, and custom sunglasses for the guests.
During the ceremony, the reverend mischievously recounted, in Dries and Jenny’s own words, their first meeting, which involved costumes, a party, and the rest of the weekend spent separately poring over hundreds of Facebook profiles. Frankly, it was a challenge seeing through our laughter-induced tears, but we powered through and eventually whisked the newly married pair into the surrounding foliage for some portraits. Dries noted that it bore a striking resemblance to the Ewoks’ woodland home while we gushed over Jenny’s boots, which Princess Leia would’ve surely coveted had she tired of her white ones.
The celebration continued at the historic Bancroft Hotel, with its grand Great Hall appointed with stained glass, built-in bookcases, fancy hanging lights, and sunflower centerpieces that Jenny had assembled. A pair of wooden cats painted by Jenny sat serenely atop Sweet Adeline‘s gluten-free chocolate cake.
We and the guests enjoyed looking at several generations of family wedding photos Jenny and Dries had personalized the space with, and are honored that they chose us to help them expand their collection. Here are some of our favorite moments from the day.
Dress: David’s Bridal
Suit: Bar III from Macy’s
Rings: Blue Nile
Custom sunglasses: Sunglass Ville
Gluten-free cake: Sweet Adeline Bakeshop
Pocketwatches for groomsmen: Wholesale Pocket Watches
Locket watches for bridesmaids: various vendors on Etsy
Flowers: Oakland Flower Market
Venue/caterer: Bancroft Hotel