Known for its spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, Treasure Island is probably the last place you’d think to look for a winery. Surprisingly, it harbors several, including The Winery SF, a 20,000-square-f00t wine-making facility that also hosts special events. Remember Andrea and BC and their engagement session at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park earlier this year? They tied the knot at The Winery SF over the summer, and we were privileged to capture it.
The Winery SF’s vast space is lined with wine barrels, and we loved that Andrea and BC complemented it with Japanese touches. The escort cards were actually ema (wooden plaques onto which Shintoists write wishes and/or prayers) featuring Japanese icons such as Hello Kitty, geishas, beer vending machines, sushi, and sumo wrestlers (Andrea made the round image stickers from photos that she and BC took during their time in Japan). The cutoff wine bottle centerpieces incorporated the ema as well. We were impressed to learn that Andrea’s dad skillfully crafted the ema and centerpieces, as well as the wooden shrine from which the ema hung. Her mom also lent some craftiness by making the ceremony programs and table tents for the reception, and folding 300+(!) paper cranes. Orchids, which are indigenous to Japan, were incorporated into the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. Andrea and her bridesmaids flitted around in colorful kimonos before it was time to step into their wedding finery.
In her strapless 1950s-style A-line dress with petticoat, Andrea reminded us of a fair-haired Audrey Hepburn, while her leading man rocked a snazzy gray three-piece suit with green bowtie. All his groomsmen, in fact, sported spiffy bowties. Such a good-looking bunch!
Andrea and BC have had a pretty tough 2014, so we were happy to hear profuse laughter throughout the day. Their touching but hilarious vows had their guests nearly falling out of their seats (Andrea even broke out in hives), and the toasts caused some folks to laugh so hard that they cried. The rest of the night was a blur of bodies exuberantly shaking up the dancefloor, crowing at the tops of their lungs, and tearing up our wildbooth, which was augmented with whimsical Daiso goods such as a katana, nunchaku, masks, and a rising sun bandana. How fun! Here are some of our favorite moments from their memorable day.