After the fantastic engagement session we did with Jim and Scott earlier this year, we should’ve known that their wedding at San Francisco’s Parc 55 hotel would end in hot, sweaty heaps of hearts full of so much love, feet swollen from too much dancing, and cheeks sore from too much laughing. (We’re talking about us, by the way, although we have plenty of proof that Jim, Scott, and their guests probably had trouble getting out of bed the next day, too!)
The day started quietly enough as they helped each other get ready in their sky-high suite, which boasted panoramic views of the city. Both Scott and Jim have strong connections to Texas and love its bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes (two colorful wildflowers that decorate the Texas landscape in spring), which is how they settled upon the color of their suits—one navy blue, the other burgundy. Complementary Japanese crane ties and genteel bear socks accompanied them nicely. In keeping with the Texas theme, actual bluebonnets were incorporated in their boutonnieres, corsages, and centerpieces, and their wedding favors were not only plantable bluebonnet seeds, they were shaped like the state of Texas! How fun!
What felt like minutes after we had just arrived, it was time for their beaming parents to escort them down the aisle. The touching and laughter-filled ceremony was a joy to witness and set the tone for the rest of the evening.
The toasts were heartfelt and hilarious (one involved a revealing incident down a waterslide) and the cake cutting threatened to get messy but didn’t (check out their stylin’ four-tier cake and adorable gay unicorn cake toppers!). Much to everyone’s delight, our newlyweds’ first waltz had them literally whirling around the dancefloor, and they scooped up their mothers shortly after to twirl them in celebration.
Once their guests swarmed the dancefloor, the ballroom became a nonstop flurry of waving arms and shimmying hips. Shoes were soon kicked off, jackets shed. The country songs that Jim and Scott requested were a hit, and folks who didn’t know how to two-step quickly and exuberantly learned from the Texan guests who did.
At the end of the night, we were as sweaty and exhausted as everyone else, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Here’s a look at how this special day went down.
Suits: Ted Baker
Shoes: Allen Edmonds (brown), Cole Haan (black)
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Wedding party vests: Express
Flowers: Bells & Bloom
Caterer: Parc 55 Hotel by Hilton
DJ: Denon & Doyle
Officiant: Sarah Graham
Cake: Beaux Gateaux
Rainbow unicorn cake toppers: Bunny with a Tool Belt (Etsy)
Escort cards: Minted
Favors: Nature Favors (Etsy)