Jean and Devin, both from California, wanted to create an intimate wedding. A priority for them was to marry their love of food and music with an artistic flair. What resulted was a fun and loving event in the fall with lots of personal touches and lots of creativity.
Jean and Devin's save-the-date featured a font that resembled handwriting and an illustration by Jean of a shark, to hint at the couple's soon-to-be-shared last name, Sharkey. Silk-screened on chipboard and designed by chewing the cud, the card casually announced the wedding date, location, information for out-of-town guests, and the wedding website.
Since Jean and Devin work in the creative department at a San Francisco advertising agency, the aesthetic of the stationery was extremely important. Stylistically, the couple wanted the entire wedding to feel handmade, and the handwritten feeling of the letterpress suite conveyed that to the guests. Inspired by the packaging of Jamie Oliver's food goods and Paul Rand, they worked closely with Hello!Lucky on their ice-blue and poppy-red invitation suite.
Jean, a copywriter, came up with all of the wording for the invitations herself (asking guests to join them on September 26, 2009, "to celebrate what they will refer to from now on as their big day"). The invitation details: red and white cross-hatch envelope liners, personalized address labels for each guest, and a hand-drawn map. The shark icon appeared again in a couple of wry places in the invitation suite.
Lisa Boone of atelier joya created the big heart backdrop, collaborating closely with the couple to incorporate the iconic shape. While visiting her local flea market, Lisa stumbled across some vintage wine barrel rings that had been shaped into hearts and turned one into the perfect focal point.
Yarn was one of the main decor elements of the wedding. The poppy-red yarn on the heart fit right in with the palette of the wedding, which also included sea glass blue and eucalyptus green. The palette was inspired by the colors seen at the Golden Gate Bridge -- the blue of the sky, the teal of the bay, and the reddish-orange of the bridge. The washed-out green of the local trees also influenced the colors.
One of Jean's best friends, Maria, helped her get ready the morning of the wedding. When Jean worried she was missing her "something blue," her faithful friend disappeared for a while. Upon her return, she presented Jean with a solution -- Jean's soon-to-be-modified initials, hand-stitched into the under layers of her wedding gown in a pale blue thread.
"Not to be all Dionne Warwick," Jean says, "but that's what friends are for."
Deejay Sol kept everybody moving at the reception (and at the after party).
Later on, Jean's cousin Caroline sang one of their favorite songs, "Sunday Kind of Love."
Jean danced with her father to "How Sweet It Is" by James Taylor.
Devin and his mother danced to "Thank You for Being a Friend" by Andrew Gold.
The couple opted for a dessert bar after dinner. They served a selection of pies (Key lime, apple, and mixed berry), which enabled the couple to use seasonal ingredients. Jessica Lasky sourced the pies' fruit locally and topped them off with organic ice cream from nearby Straus Family Creamery.
Yarn reappeared here, twirled around the rustic wood risers that were mixed in with ceramic cake stands to elevate each pie and add dimension to the overall display. Custom burlap linens were bordered with poppy-red fabric and finished off with ribbon ties at the corners.