Tala Banatao and Thomas Growney met the way many modern couples do: online. After dating for six years, the pair wed on October 29, 2011, in their shared hometown of San Francisco. Tala, a childrenâ€™s clothing designer (she owns Tala Bee Kids), and Thomas, a sales and marketing consultant, called on Alison Events to help pull off a black-tie affair that reflected the coupleâ€™s love for each other and for their City by the Bay.
Simple letterpressed patterns and the coupleâ€™s first names decorated the front of the folded cards, created by Josh Chen of Chen Design. Inside, a poster-style designed that announced the pairâ€™s upcoming nuptials (and hinted at the receptionâ€™s art museum location).
The day's palette -- purples and greens inspired by the colors of succulent plants -- was present on all of the paper pieces. Additional design elements included monograms, graphic patterns, and linen touches.
"Our favorite part of the stationery suite was that it told our story and incorporated my Filipino culture, Thomasâ€™s Irish background, and the heritage of San Francisco," Tala said.
Thomas and Tala were just as excited to see their guests in formalwear as they were about their own attire. The bride accented her Vera Wang dress and sash with Tiffany & Co. jewelry that she borrowed from her mother and Christian Louboutin shoes. Her maid of honor and bridesmaids wore Monique Lhuillier gowns.
Guests enjoyed artisanal drinks, freshly shucked oysters, and hand-rolled sushi while mingling in the museum's galleries. The quirky cocktail menu was customized for the wedding and included a spin on the classic gin gimlet renamed a Talatini for the night, and an autumnal whiskey-based libation called the Rhubarb Derby, which went by Growney Derby in honor of the couple's new shared name.
Rodinâ€™s famous sculpture, "The Thinker," anchored the room. Tables were covered with a mix of natural linen runners and silk cloths; floral designer Danielle Rowe of Brown Paper Design created low centerpieces of air plants, succulents, cymbidium orchids, hydrangea, and olive branches.
Menu cards at each place setting outlined the dinner courses and wine offerings prepared by Betty Zlatchin Catering. The meal started with family-style charcuterie and cheese plates, followed by gazpacho and tuna salad. Each guest was then served an entree of salt-roasted natural beef tenderloin.
After dinner, Lynn Jordan and the Shivers got guests on their feet and dancing.
Inside each box was a set of traditional "calado" latticework-embroidered napkins from the Philippines. The design, reminiscent of the hand-embroidered linens gifted to Britainâ€™s Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip by the Philippines in 1947, was given a modern twist. They were accompanied by a note explaining the itemâ€™s significance.
Photography: Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Ceremony Location: St. Dominic's Church
Reception Location: Legion of Honor
Planning and Event Design: Alison Events
Catering: Betty Zlatchin Catering
Floral Design: Brown Paper Design
Stationery: Chen Design
Cake: Perfect Endings
Music: Lynne Jordan and The Shivers
Videography: Justin Fone Productions
Lighting and Sound: Refraction
Hair & Makeup: Winc Artistry
Transportation: Classic Cable Car Sightseeing and Charters
Wedding Detailer: Heidi Johnson
Babysitters: Sophie's Stress-Free Soirees