There’s nothing quite like ringing in the new year with your brand-new spouse and your favorite people in the world. Sarah and Jesse did just that, and somehow managed to get married and throw a kickass new year’s eve party with less than five months to plan. Those are some serious superpowers!
The City Club of San Francisco is located in the 1930s Stock Exchange Tower and boasts spectacular art deco details as well as a rooftop that overlooks the city.
“I used to run a ‘scotch club’ in law school that had the same speakeasy vibe as the City Club,” Jesse says, “so I was sold as soon as we walked in. Once Sarah imagined a Gatsby NYE party as her wedding, she was in too.”
Unfortunately for Jesse, he was stricken with a terrible bout of the flu on the day of their wedding. It would take more than that to stop him from marrying his soulmate, however. He spent a good part of the day in the emergency room before joining Sarah for their first look at the Galleria Park Hotel. Did we mention superpowers already?
Says Sarah, “The look on Jesse’s face when he turned around at the first look—it will be forever engrained in my memory. He looked like a kid on Christmas morning who got that one big present he’d been wishing for all year. Jesse wouldn’t let me tell him anything about my dress, so he had no clue what to expect.”
Indeed, Sarah was an absolute knockout in her floor-length silk crepe slip gown. Jesse was no slouch, either, in his black tux.
“My favorite moment was standing at the altar, waiting for Sarah to come down,” says Jesse. “I wasn’t nervous at all, just completely excited. Symbolic as it may be, I recognized the ceremony as a transformational moment in our relationship. Hearing the music playing and seeing those doors open triggered something totally existential and I didn’t come down from that feeling all night long. If there is a heaven, it feels like that.”
The laughter- and tear-filled ceremony led way to a beautiful reception punctuated with sparkling lights, heartwarming toasts, and our newlyweds’ unbridled joy. As the clock ticked towards midnight, the celebration continued with a sweaty, nonstop dance party, chunky cigars, and a delightfully messy cake cutting, culminating in a giant group hug on the dancefloor at the end of the night.
It was a privilege being a part of Sarah and Jesse’s unforgettable day, and we’re honored to share some of that love and our favorite moments here.
Bride’s dress: “Naked Claudette” by A la Robe (from Loho Bride)
Bride’s shoes: Dune London
Bride’s earrings: hand-crafted, from Nordstrom
Groom’s tuxedo: Indochino
Groom’s shoes: Calvin Klein
Groom’s bowtie: Pronto Uomo
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Hair & make-up: Ariana Rose
Caterer: The City Club of San Francisco
Coordinator: Leslie Blakely (City Club)
Cake/cupcakes: Kara’s Cupcakes
Flowers: Details by Design Events
DJ: Love in the Mix
Photobooth: Denon & Doyle