When we met up with Erica and Frank at her aunt’s house in Oakland this past October, the excitement was palpable. Not only did they fly out from Michigan to tie the knot that beautiful day, the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals would be battling each other in the fourth game of the World Series!
Erica was absolutely stunning in a floor-length lace gown complemented by a red peony in her hair. Frank rocked a black suit and bowtie, and made sure to top his outfit with a Giants ball cap before we made our way to Piedmont Community Hall. (It turned out that many of the catering staff would be sporting Giants paraphernalia, too.)
More than a hall, this lovely venue tucked amid a residential park features a wooden Japanese tea house, a Mediterranean-style hall with a striking beamed ceiling and chandeliers, and a circular plaza surrounded by greenery. It also boasts soaring redwood trees, which served as the backdrop for Erica and Frank’s heartwarming ceremony.
After the wedding, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and Homestead whiskey (the featured bourbon, Erica’s stepdad’s whiskey brand) on the plaza while we explored the grounds partially by piggyback. The light was gorgeous, as was the weather, so we weren’t the only ones caught off guard when, right as dinner was served, it suddenly began sprinkling. Some folks took their plates inside the hall itself, while others showed faith that the shower would soon pass by huddling under their napkins. Luckily, the rain disappeared as quickly as it came.
In keeping with the fairly lush environs, the table centerpieces showcased seasonal and local vegetation, including figs, pomegranates, and artichokes. What a fun idea! We also love that the cakes were decorated with succulents. Kudos to Erica’s mom for making fudge for favors!
The rest of the night was filled with touching toasts, joyful cake cutting, boisterous hip shaking, and wacky photoboothing—all punctuated by hearty cheering whenever the Giants scored. (Incidentally, the Giants won game 4 and went on to take the 2014 World Series.) Here are some of our favorite still and animated moments from this momentous day.
Dress: Sottero & Midgley, alterations by Litsa Nelson
Shoes: Kate Spade
Red peony hair accessory: Blissful Silks (Etsy)
Bride’s wedding band: Easy Gem (Etsy)
Groom’s wedding band: Minter & Richter
Groom’s suit, shirt & bow tie: Banana Republic
Caterer: Small Thyme Catering
Cake: Taste of Denmark (decorated by Sandra Sampson)
Florist: Sandra Sampson
Ceremony paper flowers: The Knot and Especially for You by Y.W. (Etsy)
Bubbles: The Knot
Personalized napkins, guest name cards/wine tags: The Knot
Guestbook: Red Otter Creative (Etsy)