A Glamorous 1920s-Inspired Garden-Party Wedding in San Francisco
Alex and Brandon
Alexandria Dean was instantly “all shook up” when she first laid eyes on Brandon Fields at a college Halloween party. After all, he was dressed as her favorite childhood singer, Elvis Presley. Though sparks ignited, Alex and Brandon both dated other people throughout college and parted ways after graduation. But a year later, their paths crossed again at a mutual friend’s party, when Alex tripped down the stairs and literally fell into Brandon’s arms. The initial spark became a flame as the couple rekindled their feelings for one another and began a six-year romance of “burning love” before tying the knot on October 5, 2013. The dreamy fairy-tale wedding was “an enchanting manifestation of our love,” said the pair, who also described the San Francisco soiree as a whimsical garden party filled with music, laughter, and a touch of 1920s glamour.
To accommodate out-of-town guests, Alex and Brandon created welcome bags filled with the couple’s favorite local beer, snacks, and info on nearby activities.
The groom sported a charcoal-gray tuxedo by Black by Vera Wang and added a pop of color to his ensemble with a soft-pink tie.
Father of the Bride
Alex and her dad, Tommy Dean, shared a quiet moment before walking down the aisle.
Alex and Brandon exchanged vows in a traditional ceremony at Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. The ceremony and location were even more special for the bride and groom, five-year members of the church. Father Shane McKee, the son of Brandon’s godparents, officiated the service.
Alex carried a bouquet of dahlias, begonias, dusty miller, and roses designed by florist Natalie Bowen.
The Wedding Party
The bridesmaids wore blush-pink gowns of their choosing, while the groomsmen sported charcoal-gray tuxedos by Black by Vera Wang.
The Bridesmaids’ Bouquets
The bridesmaids carried bouquets of white roses and pink begonias that matched the bride’s blooms. Champagne-hued ribbon gave the clutches an elegant, romantic feel.
Because Brandon proposed to Alex on Treasure Island, the couple found it fitting to hold the reception there as well. At the Pavilion by the Bay, guests celebrated the newlyweds.
Specialty drinks were served to guests during cocktail hour on the September afternoon. Brandon selected a mint julep, while Alex picked a blackberry fizz.
Flagged stir sticks adorned the couple’s signature cocktails. The sticks added a glitzy touch to the drinks and matched the flags on the top of the reception tent, tying the decorations together.
Brandon proposed to Alex with a list of 27 wishes, the last being for her hand in marriage. To incorporate this special moment into their reception, the couple displayed Brandon’s wish list on a hand-painted scroll and asked guests to contribute a wish of their own for the newlyweds. This heartfelt request gave guests a closer glimpse of Brandon and Alex’s relationship.
The Pavilion by the Bay
Rustic furniture, natural lighting, and dazzling floral arrangements created an elegant atmosphere for the evening.
A vertical-line motif adorned the custom gold-foiled watercolored menus designed by Aerialist Press. The stationery followed the color palette and added a touch of 1920s charm.
Vibrant blooms of begonias, roses, and white, blush, and coral dahlias in small mercury-glass vessels and large gold-dipped vases added some Roaring '20s atmosphere to the reception tables.
The colorful centerpieces added a whimsical garden-party feel to the Pavilion by the Bay.
Tastiest Day Ever
The First Dance
Alex and Brandon shared their first dance to Lauryn Hill’s version of “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You.” The gold confetti sprinkled on the dance floor added an extra twinkle to the evening’s festivities.
A dessert bar during the reception provided late-night sweets for wedding guests. The newlyweds’ favorite sugary snacks were the Irish car bomb cupcakes and the s’more macarons from Desserts from Sweet Francisco.
Photography: Delbarr Moradi
Location: Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church; Pavilion by the Bay
Event planning: Erin Taylor of Bustle Events
Catering: Wine Valley Catering
Flowers: Natalie Bowen
Videography: Wes Reel of Imagique Weddings
Officiant: Father Shane McKee
Stationery: Minted; Paper Source; Aerialist Press
Calligraphy: Aerialist Press
Cake: Shannie Cakes
Music: Wall Street Band; DJ Dukes
Rentals: Hartmann; La Tavola
Hair and makeup: Jane Kim of The Glamourist
Transportation: Bauer buses; Uber