Even without a heartwarming ceremony at San Francisco’s quirky Odd Fellows Building, a marriage license that was signed on a desk that belonged to James Brown (yes, that Godfather of Soul), and an action-packed reception that also featured the country’s largest two-headed calf museum, Lou Lou and David’s wedding was a wonderful, one-of-a-kind affair. Their involvement in the Bay Area’s underground music scene brought them together (check out their adorable engagement session/band shoot here), and it’s also how we came to know them. It was an honor capturing not only their family but their creative community rallying around them on their special day.
Lou Lou was an absolute knockout in a lacy ’70s dress and red roses in her tousled updo. David cut a dashing figure in his Western-inspired garb: a jacket that he picked up at alt-country singer Jill Olsen’s yardsale, cowboy boots, and a bolo tie that belonged to his grandfather. They looked right at home amidst the otherwordly artwork at Odd Fellows, where longtime friend and musician Michael Lucas officiated their ceremony.
The celebration took place down the street at The Complex, a former multi-story department store that was transformed decades ago into Lou Lou’s parents’ colorful, art-filled home. With its aforementioned two-headed calf museum as well as its intimate space outfitted with a stage, a pool table, a rubber raft, musical equipment, pinball machines, pennants galore, and vintage medical paraphernalia, we can’t imagine a more perfect venue for our unconventional newlyweds. Highlights include hilarious speeches, a competitive bouquet catch, and dynamic performances by Red Meat (one of their favorite bands) and the Teutonics (David’s best man’s band). Courtesy of the Teutonics’ magic wheel of dread, several unfortunate guests had bottles of beer dumped on their heads. Bridesmaid Yakumo, however, was spared the downpour when she was pulled onstage to sing.
To everyone’s delight, Lou Lou and David jumped on stage as their musical alter ego the Whateverglades, backed by David’s band the Chuckleberries. Guests were treated to cynical, tongue-in-cheek country songs that you’d never expect to hear at a wedding. We loved the many fun details that reflected their personalities, too: custom guitar picks, M&Ms that bore their goofiest faces, boutonnières encased in bullet casings. The Teutonics even made custom beer steins for our couple (Lou Lou’s mother’s reaction to them was the cutest ever!). Bridesmaid Maya, an award-winning pastry chef, baked the beautiful cake, which paired fabulously with Humphry Slocombe ice cream.
Says David, “We had a ton of friends and relatives help at every step of the way, from advice, preparation, music, and entertainment. This was the best way we could imagine the whole thing happening, and it did, I’m glad to say.”
Bride’s shoes: Gigi by Trotters
Groom’s suit: Scully
Groom’s boots: Durango
Engagement ring: Erie Baisin
Wedding bands: Pavé
Bridal party’s dresses & shoes: Zara
Hair: Lindsay Melnyk
Make-up: Bride & Maggie Gaster
Coordinator: Jenny Sais Quois Events
Flowers: Thistle and Bone
Caterer: Jeff Banker & Lori Baker (formerly of Baker & Banker)
Cake: Maya Erickson
Ice cream: Humphry Slocombe
Custom guitar picks: PickWorld