Thrilled to have Sivan & Jeremy's beautiful day featured on Style Me Pretty!
I knew from the moment I met these two that their wedding day was going to be amazing. Getting to witness the energy and love that just radiates from newly engaged couples is one of the best parts of my job and when I sat down to have a glass of wine with Sivan and Jeremy for the first time, I could almost see sparks flying! As they are both from CA, have large families and went to school close by at UC Berkeley (where they met!), they were expecting more than 300 people at their wedding, so I was thrilled that they brought me on board to help them with planning and design more than a year out from their wedding date.
Planning a 300 person wedding is a very different animal than a celebration for 100 people, let me tell you. Not only is it more expensive because there are more guests to feed, but you are more limited in your choice of venues, and the logistics become a lot more complex. Our first task was to find the perfect venue, and from the start Sivan and Jeremy wanted to prioritize spaces where as much of the wedding could take place outside as possible. After touring several amazing places they finally settled on the Ritz in Half Moon Bay - its spectacular ocean setting combined with its location close to where Sivan grew up made it the perfect spot for their big day.
With the venue settled we started assembling a top notch vendor team and working on the design. Drawing inspiration from the California coast as well as a vibrant color palette that would pop against the natural outdoor setting and neutral colors of the indoor space, we designed florals and detail elements that felt romantic, summery and elegant without being too formal.
Our biggest challenge (and one of the most fun floral installations I've worked on to date!) was trying to figure out how to take the ballroom where dinner and dancing would take place and make it feel special and intimate, to the extent that's possible in a ballroom! With super high ceilings and beige walls it felt like bringing in a massive amount of hanging greenery was the way to go. Anna of Loop Flowers and I designed 3 full but loose wreaths of hardy greens (and air plants! Can you spot them?) that became the focal point of the room. Placing the head table directly underneath made it extra special for the wedding party and also meant most of the guests could enjoy it too. Watching those wreaths being slowly lifted up into place via scissor lift was pretty awesome (and terrifying)! Luckily we had an amazing team and everyone came together to make it happen smoothly.
It was important to Sivan and Jeremy to honor their Jewish and Persian heritage and they put their own spin on things in some really cool ways. They chose a beautiful, very delicate and modern Ketubah which fit perfectly with the other elements of the day. They also wanted to make sure everyone would have an incentive to get out on the dance floor so they went for a musical double whammy: an amazing Persian musician named Pedram Shadkamian who sang all the Persian hits (even Jeremy's grandparents were up dancing!) AND the guys from Dart Collective who played a great curated, more mainstream list of hits that the 'kids' could get down to.
Such a fun and beautiful day! And Weddings on Film captured every gorgeous detail perfectly, didn't they? Congratulations again, Sivan and Jeremy!
Featured on Style Me Pretty
Planning & Design | Ruby & Rose
Accessories | Theoni Collection
Cake | Pretty Please Bakeshop
Calligraphy | The Bloomery Co
DJ | Dart Collective
Floral Design | Loop Event Arts
Hair & Makeup | Marisa Perel
Lighting | Enhanced Lighting
Linens | La Tavola
Persian Music | Pedram Shadkamian
Photography | Larissa Cleveland
Photo Booth | Giggle & Riot
Rentals | Standard Party Rentals
Venue & Catering | The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
Videography | Weddings on Film