Jessica and Kyle (whom you might recognize from their San Francisco engagement session) met in Oakland, live in Oakland, and stood outside the front steps of the 1876 Camron-Stanford House during the 2015 Warriors championship parade. A little over a year later, they exchanged vows and rings in the manicured garden of the beautifully preserved Italianate Victorian mansion. Located on the western edge of Lake Merritt, the house was the perfect setting for their “hella Oakland” wedding.
Says Jessica, “We’re both pretty laidback people and didn’t want formal catering but still wanted really good food. Food trucks were the perfect answer to meet our needs and we were able to cater to my Persian side of the family with the kabob truck. Of course, a taco truck was a must, given that we live in Oakland and frequent them constantly.”
While Kyle was dashing in a gray suit, Jessica turned heads in a gorgeous, vintage-inspired, floor-length, sleeved gown that, paired with earrings from Turkey, looked right at home amid the historic surroundings.
“My mom studied fashion design and opened a shop in San Francisco in 1977. She retired 34 years later, but still does some work out of her home,” Jessica says. “She always made me formal dresses/outfits for various events, but this was the event we had both been waiting for as this was the most important couture piece she’ll ever make for me. After I found the design I liked, my mom and I ventured to Lacis in Berkeley and found the lace of my dreams. From there, she spent four months creating the dress. We’d get together on a weekly basis to test the fit on each aspect of the dress. It was definitely a labor of love.”
The love was palpable throughout the day, evident in the touching ceremony and heartfelt toasts that provoked both tears and laughter. Especially moving were guest appearances by their feisty but elderly dog Amos and the Mustang that Jessica’s father was in the process of rebuilding with her brother before he passed away.
“My brother finished it in time for my wedding because I needed my dad there with me. He was present in spirit that whole day, but it was still tough without him there physically,” Jessica says. “My dad’s dedication to health and fitness was and still is a huge influence on me. I started CrossFit shortly after he passed, and it still hurts inside every time I hit a PR because he’s the first person I want to tell, but can’t. I know he’d be so proud of how strong I am today.”
Somehow Jessica had time to show off her crafty side, too, having made not one but two paper-flower backdrops and growing a ton of succulents for centerpieces and decorative elements. While it was a treat being able to look down on her handiwork and the enthusiastic dancefloor from the deck, perhaps the best surprise was witnessing the rise of the harvest moon as lights twinkled on around the lake—a wonderful way to top off a very special day. Here are some of our favorite moments.
Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade New York
Groom’s suit: Brunello Cucinelli
Groom’s shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo, Nike
Rings: Derco (bride); Pavé (groom)
Food trucks: Taqueria Angelica’s, Grab & Go Kabob
Hors d’oeuvres: Whole Foods Market Oakland
Cake & mini cupcakes: Cakes Made by Me
Bouquets, boutonnières & hair flowers: Laura Miller Design
Coordinator: Any Occasion