This fabulous wedding was celebrated in March at the
Regency Center, in the heart of San Francisco. Following are
descriptions of the event as told to us by some of the
main participants: the bride, Kim; the event coordinator,
Suzy Somers of Always r.s.v.p.*; and the florist, Karen Axel of
Tapestry. Also, be sure to take a visual tour through the decorated Regency Center and get
an idea how the event was set up by Joel Cook, from Royal Weddings Video.
Kim, the bride: I envisioned my wedding to be playful and unique,
meaningful, sweet, tender, full of laughter and dancing,
and lots of fun.
The wedding ceremony was more traditional. When the door
opened, and I walked down the rose petal covered aisle
with my parents to the sound of acapella singers. The
beautiful chuppah really took my breath away. It looked as
if the white flowers, which were Casablanca lilies,
gardenias, and orchids were really growing out of a green
branches. Amazing lighting added to the drama. It felt
magical to exchange our own, self-written vows in this
The reception was full of gaiety and surprises.
Custom-made hot pink, cantaloupe, and lemon yellow
tablecloths covered the tables. The napkins and the chair
covers were made from the same fabric. In
the exact same colors were centerpieces which were tall
glass vases filled with rose petals and huge tulip
bouquets bursting out of the top. Rose petals were
delicately placed between two glass chargers and added an
another focal point to the table design.
We are Sinatra fans, and for the first dance, "Fly
me to the moon," I surprised my husband with a singer who
was a Sinatra look-alike. We never got off the dance floor
because we choose a band that all ages enjoyed. At 11pm
the curtain in the back of the room lifted
and revealed a second band
that played all Beatles songs through the remainder of the reception.
The whole wedding
surpassed my wildest dreams.
Suzy Somers, the event coordinator:
We planned the ceremony as a mid summer night's dream, and
to set the theme we began with the white flowers growing
out of the green chuppah. It was a more traditional,
beautiful ceremony. The reception turned to the more
playful aspects of the couple, and we had fun using lots
of strong colors. Hot pink, orange, and yellow were the
dominant colors on everything from the flowers to the
napkins to the chair covers. Even the drinks for the toast
and the Kleenex paper used for programs were matched. The
sentiment on the pocket holding the Kleenex was: "All you
need is love..." We had designed them to fit into the
men's breast pockets, and when I looked for an additional
program at the end of the reception, there was not a
single one left.
Karen Axel, the florist: The bride's bouquet was made of tulips surrounded by
berries and crystals, to match the crystals in the wedding dress. The maid of
honor had a pomander of red roses, and also the mothers
carried smaller versions of the pomander. The deep, rich
red of the roses was inspired by the decor in the Lodge.
The white tulip arrangement at the entrance gave a
statement of simple elegance. It fooled the guests into
thinking there were attending a white wedding, and indeed,
they did not see any hint of color before they entered the
ballroom for the reception.
The chuppah was designed as if it were growing in a
forest, and invited bride and groom to step into another
world. It was constructed of 14' branches crossed at the
top and intertwined with Casablanca lilies, gardenias, and dendrobium
The reception was intentionally designed to be a
complete contrast. Each table was monochromatic and
was either hot pink, cantaloupe, or lemon yellow. Even
the rose petals between the two chargers had the same
color as the tablecloth. I gave linen swatches to the
flower growers to get the colors exactly right. The
front of the stage showed a spring garden border
filled with colorful tulips and edged in grass.
Thanks to all who contributed to this story:
Kim, the Bride
Suzy Somers, Event Coordinator, Always r.s.v.p.*
Karen Axel, Tapestry
Joel Cook Video Productions
Michael Dakan, Event & Location Photography