Having first met at an anti-Valentine’s Day party, Adrienne and Brian probably never expected to get married on Valentine’s Day several years later. But life is funny that way and we were thrilled to be a part of their special day.
Their mutual love of old architecture brought them to Oakland’s Scottish Rite Center, a grand 1927 structure on the shores of Lake Merritt. With ornate hand-carved ceilings, sweeping staircases, and myriad Art Deco flourishes, it was the perfect venue for their vintage-infused wedding.
Brian was dashing in a black tuxedo and Adrienne evoked a classic Hollywood starlet in her intricately beaded gown, emerald and diamond earrings, twinkly turquoise shoes, and hairpiece that she crafted herself. Montgomery Clift and Hedy Lamarr, anyone? We’re sure Adrienne would’ve swooned had she heard Brian murmur to no one in particular, “I love that girl so much,” as he opened her wedding gift to him. (Speaking of old movies, one of Brian’s brothers brought along a Super 8 movie camera to capture snippets of the day. We hope to see the footage someday!)
After the touching ceremony, it was time to celebrate in the majestic ballroom, which was beautifully enhanced by a mint and gold color scheme and heaps of glitter. Kudos to Adrienne and her mom for painstakingly hand-embossing the table numbers and place cards! Her mom also assembled the centerpieces and decor flowers, while Adrienne retouched and reveiled the antique cake topper (deemed “our stoked little people” by Brian) for their stunning gold-trimmed Art Deco–inspired cake. We were amazed to learn that our newlyweds toasted with goblets from his maternal great-grandmother’s wedding set from the early 1900s.
In keeping with the ambiance, Brian’s friends/groomsmen spun only selections from their vinyl collections for the evening’s soundtrack. The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes for You” crackled wonderfully during Adrienne and Brian’s first dance. Before long, their guests found themselves shimmying and twisting the night away. In particular, their adorable flower girl (who rocked the headband and basket Adrienne made for her) took every opportunity to mop up the dancefloor (often quite literally), and we were happy to see that kids still like to breakdance—to records! Please enjoy some of our favorite moments.
Bride’s dress: Mori Lee (from Bliss Bridal, Petaluma, CA)
Bride’s shoes: Betsey Johnson (ceremony), “Fine Dining Heel” by Chelsea Crew from Modcloth (reception)
Bride’s earrings & bracelet: Macy’s
Bride’s veil: Bliss Bridal (Petaluma, CA)
Groom’s tuxedo: Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse
Groom’s shoes: “Otavio” by Florsheim
Rings: Shane Co. (San Mateo)
Bridesmaids’ dresses: After Six from Weddington Way
Bouquets, Boutonnieres & Corsage: Katherina Stuart (Berkeley, CA)
Officiant: Evan Kavanagh (Buddhist minister)
Wedding coordinator: Bravo Weddings & Events
Hair & make-up: Lupe Muller (Hair Solano)
Caterer: Bon Appetit Catering
Cake: Torino Baking (Berkeley, CA)
Ceremony musicians: Campbell’s Jazz Soup
Deejays: Lance Walden, Michael Beller, Dion Garcia
Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co.