« A Love Letter For You: Graffiti Art by Stephen Powers | Main | Tonight in SF: A Taste of Smitten Ice Cream »

Real Wedding: Liz & Will at City Hall, San Francisco

Real Wedding: Liz & Will
Photography by Adi Nevo Photographs

The Love Story: "Will and I met in Minneapolis Minnesota in January of 2004 through mutual friends and started dating soon after. Well, kinda soon. Will did the recommended guy thing "wait-three-days-to-call" and made it four days for good measure. Once he called, we were on! We decided to expand our horizons and move to San Francisco in early 2008, first Will and then I followed soon thereafter. When we finally got engaged in September of 2010, Will says he was waiting for the ideal moment to ask someday, but in the end, my friend and I just went out ring shopping! We found the perfect ring {sorta Art Deco/Edwardian, estate/vintage} down the street at a  local jewelry store and told him to go out and get it and we'd get married! He agreed. Thank goodness. Pretty practical."

"In terms of planning, we just sorta sprang into action. We had six weeks to plan a small intimate DIY wedding with a handful of family and friends. We planned to do pretty much everything ourselves {with the assistance of our family and friends}. Thank goodness for them! We both have tightly-knit families. We decided to wed at San Francisco City Hall and host the reception dinner at my brother Bill's house in Santa Clara. The house is a really clean mid-century modern design with lots of big glass paneled walls and beautiful landscaping. We got married in a five {or was it seven?} minute service, brief but sincere and honest. We were surrounded by our family and friends and... an entire bus-load of Chinese tourists who had stopped touring City Hall to watch! San Francisco is a great city!"

"It took a lot of work and we were so appreciative of all the help we had in preparing for our wedding— we never could have done all of it by ourselves. It was a really big undertaking but it ended up being exactly what we wanted. Our families flew in a few days beforehand and we put them to work in the yard and prepping the house. I think some of them thought we were crazy to work so hard but who else can say that their rehearsal dinner was In 'n Out? Everything was great— the meal, the cake, the second game of the World Series {Let's go Giants!} and we were tuckered out by 8PM {we're usually night owls}!"

DIY Design Details: "Will, myself and our friend Laura went about trying to decorate for the dinner, we got lots of fun ideas online, and decided to decorate our table with glass candlestick holders by CB2 with orange, blue and yellow candles. We hung Italian piazza lights above the table. We made a lot of elements out of paper: cool placecards, a poster for guests to sign and two walls worth of spherical, pear and onion shaped decorations that spun in the wind. The squirrel ceramic ornament cake topper was by Jonathan Adler. The serveware was from Crate & Barrel and IKEA...the places where simple, pretty white and wooden things live."

Ceremony: San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, California
Reception: Private Residence, Santa Clara, California
Photography by Adi Nevo Photographs
Event Design: Will Ecke & Liz Doering
Cake: Ardell Doering Creations
Bouquet & Boutonniere: Mandy Scott Flowers
Custom Wedding Cake Topper: Jonathan Adler
Brides Dress: Anthropologie
Feather Headpiece: Haute Bride
Brides Ring: Dianne's Estate Jewelry, Union Street, SF
Groom's Suit: J.Crew 
Stationery & Paper Design: Will Ecke
Event Rentals: Stuart Rental Company & Williams Party Rental

P.S The bride has just launched her Etsy shop Albert & Marie. Will and Liz make cute little gocco, silkscreen and letterpress art prints. The first batch is a set of 6 little animal prints that would be perfect for a nursery or anywhere!

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (2)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Real Wedding: Liz & Will at City Hall, San Francisco - The Collection Event Studio - The Collection - A Wine Country Wedding & Event Studio Showcasing a Curated Collection of Vendors & Venues
  • Response
    Real Wedding: Liz & Will at City Hall, San Francisco - The Collection Event Studio - The Collection - A Wine Country Wedding & Event Studio Showcasing a Curated Collection of Vendors & Venues

Reader Comments (3)

Love this! The blue, orange, and yellow are perfect.

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Gosselin

Thanks for your kind comment. We thought the colors were a nice twist.. warm, but still modern. (from the bride)

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

godss-well to-All things in their being are good for something.-Fossil watches uk sale

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFossil watches uk sale

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.