Allure Wedding featured on Refinery29! My vendor love letter.

Hi there!  Wedding Season is officially upon us.  Which is so exciting!  It means that I am busy with timelines and logistics, site visits and tastings, and the working mom juggling act!  It also means that I am a bit behind when it comes to blogging about the 2013 weddings that are getting some attention now!  Today, I am so happy to share with you one of my very special San Francisco weddings from last year: Evan and Christina at Swedenborgian Church.  Their wedding was recently featured on Refinery29 - a first for Allure!  Please check out the feature and all the awesome pics by Seattle photographer Ben Blood. (I'm not actually including any in this post…long story!) Christina was absolutely stunning in her Amy Kuschel wedding gown, she looked like a movie star!  I loved the eye makeup and overall dewy makeup perfection by Liz Chang (Skyla Arts). Liz is one of my very favorite stylists to work with -- she has a great calm energy, she's an awesome listener and she is always smiling.  She is exactly the kind of person you want in your face (literally) on your big day if you are getting professional makeup done!

I worked with a kick ass team on the wedding day to make sure that we executed the vision perfectly.  This was no easy feat!  It was pouring rain outside (the ONLY thunderstorm of this past fall in SF) up until one hour before the ceremony, which means we had to change our plans for an outdoor bar at the last minute.  Guests were still able to enjoy cocktail hour outside in the beautiful garden at Swedenborgian, but the actual bar was set up inside.  When guests came inside the Parish Hall to eat dinner, they were welcomed with elegant candlelight and pianist at the candelabra-clad baby grand.  Cherries Flowers and A Fork Full of Earth Catering absolutely transformed the room.  Seriously, we all put some muscle into it!  This room usually seats about 60, but with some creative planning and VERY precise measuring, we fit all of the guests (let's just say more than 60…) comfortably and served a 3 course plated meal.  All organic, local and grilled on-site…amazing.  I have never worked with a catering company like this one before - Angela, the owner, was on site all day with me and together we made something really amazing happen.  It was very important to Evan and Christina that we did as much as we possibly could locally.  They live in the Mission and like to walk everywhere…their wedding day was a reflection of that.  Goat cheese from Harley Farms, bread from Tartine, wine from K&L liquors…vendors happily above and beyond to make this couple's wedding dreams come true.  I don't mean to gush, but I was so darn proud of what we did for Evan and Christina!  The entire team of vendors was in it to win it!

Below - two photos that I took with my phone as we were setting up the dinner reception.

My bride and groom had attended a wedding of a friend who had a photographer take photos of all the guests in couples as a sort of guestbook.  Evan and Christina loved the idea (and the product!) so much that they hired photographer Steve Maller to photograph every guest right before each person entered the chapel for the ceremony.  The result was so much cooler than I thought it would be!  The photos are true keepsakes for the guests and for Evan and Christina.  Whatever they decide to do with them, it's going to look amazing.  The best part is, Steve printed the photos within an hour after the ceremony and handed me a stack of high quality, perfectly lit and framed shots.  I wish I could hire Steve for every event I do!  He was wonderful.  Below are the photos he took of Evan and Christina.

They're gorgeous, right?  And see what I mean about Christina's makeup?  Love.

Ah!  This was one for the books.  (Note to self, start writing book.)   If you check out the full wedding gallery on Refinery29 and like what you see…you could pin a photo to your Pinterest board if you wanted to.  Hey!  Evan is the founder of Pinterest!  Cool, huh?  It was an honor to be a part of Evan and Christina's big day, truly.  I am so happy that they were able to celebrate their love, their way, in a city they love so very much.

Oh!  And their wedding video!  Belvedere Stories flew in from Miami and captured two days with the happy couple.  This wedding video is the best I've ever seen!  Check out the  version on Belvedere's website…so cool, so unique - I want one of my own wedding!  Alas…

Venue: Swedenborgian Church Event Planner: Christy Daly Matthews, Allure Consulting Event Photographer: Ben Blood Caterer: A Fork Full of Earth Florist: Cherries Bride's Dress: Amy Kuschel Hair: Revamp Salon Makeup: Liz Chang, Skyla Arts Video: Belvedere Stories

Allure Wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!

Today I am so happy to look back at Jocelyne and Daniel's 2013 Sonoma wedding.   Last week, this charming event was featured on Style Me Pretty!  It was one of my very favorite weddings of the year…I loved every minute of working with this Southern family, especially Jocelyne and her father, who took on a bigger role in planning than most fathers of the brides do!  It was a true pleasure to put together an event for this couple, and for the guests that all traveled to California mostly from Nashville and Charlotte.  Small destination weddings can be challenging -- I only met everyone in person the day before the wedding!  But Jocelyne and her dad trusted me when they handed over all their hard work booking vendors and Kunde Estate, and I was honored to take it from there.  This wedding weekend was filled with sweet Southern accents, hospitality, faith, tradition, affection, and love love love.  It was simply perfect for Jocelyne and Daniel.


The photo above is of Jocelyne and Daniel saying hello via FaceTime to Daniel's grandparents, who couldn't make the trip to California.  I had to include this shot because I thought it was one of the sweetest moments of the day.  Next to a surprise father/daughter dance on the hilltop at Kunde, of course.  There's no way I can post all the photos that made this wedding special…the love notes, open gratitude, prayers and blessings, Kentucky bourbon, preppy lawn games…so many love-filled moments.  It was a wonderful day!

You can see the full gallery of photos here, on SMP.  And here is a link to the beautiful highlight video by Awesome Shot.

Here are the credits: Photographer: Jessamyn Harris Venues: Kunde Estate and El Dorado Kitchen Florist:  Lavender Floral Catering: Elaine Bell Cake: Crisp Bakeshop Hair and Makeup: The Makeup Dolls Bride's Dress: Collette Dinnigan Rentals: Wine Country Party




Allure Wedding: Sneak Peek! General's Residence in SF

Celebrations at the General's Residence make me so happy!  I love this Upper Fort Mason venue -- it's one of my very favorite San Francisco properties.  The house is historical, beautifully renovated and a dream to work at.  The views from the back lawn are unparalleled, and I especially adore the double fire place and antique leather furniture in the mansion's lobby.  Hosting your wedding there, it is easy to imagine that you live in the house.  You know, just another estate-owning SF socialite throwing a gorgeous party in your home.  Welcome! I had the pleasure of working with Amanda Tung of Blueberry Photography on this wedding.  And Culinary Eye catered and did all the florals - these guys ROCK.  I will be posting a more comprehensive feature about this wedding later in the year, but for now, I am happy to share a few of the photos.  Kristen and Matt, my illustrious couple, were a true joy to work with and their wedding was fun and laid back…just like them!

Stay tuned for more of Matt and Kristen's wedding - as always, I'll keep you posted!



Hello Lovelies!  Happy New Year!  I have taken a bit of time off…my last blog post was August!  2013 was a very busy year. I had my second son, Thomas James, in May, and planning weddings while being a full time mom to two was a whirlwind!  The holidays brought a much needed break, and now I am back to the office (during kids' naps and weekly set aside hours) and I'm thrilled to also be back online - blogging, pinning, tweeting and generally trying to keep up with the wedding industry's crazy social media scene.  On one hand, I feel like shouting, "I'm back!" from the proverbial rooftops.  On the other, I feel like I wasn't ever really gone.  Like all working moms, I have a lot of balls in the air and I'm just doing the best I can to keep juggling!

Later this week, I'll be posting an Allure wedding shot by Mary McHenry.  Here is a sneak peek of Joanna and Patrick's SF wedding:

This year, I am looking forward to planning weddings at the Fort Mason Center, the W Hotel and the Presidio in San Francisco.  So far, so good!  Keep up with me here:  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Yelp.  Seriously, say hi!  Let's comment, share and link away in 2014-- together, we'll stay connected and stay inspired!


Photos above by Ashley Paige and Mary McHenry.  Click on the photo for the link!

Allure Wedding: Sneak Peek! Southern couple ties the knot in Sonoma

I am still floating on happy air after this Sonoma wedding!  Jocelyne and Daniel hired me from Charlotte, NC to plan their intimate wine country wedding at Kunde Estate.  All of their 30 guests flew in from Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina for a weekend of wine tasting, pool lounging and celebrating.  Everyone stayed at the El Dorado Hotel on Sonoma Square and enjoyed the gorgeous destination wedding filled with tons of Southern charm! Here is a sneak peek from photographer Jessamyn Harris:

Congratulations Jocelyne and Daniel!  I am over the moon for you two and it was an honor to be a part of your big day!

Full post coming soon!

Celebrating Same Sex Weddings!

At the end of every Allure email, contract, and template are the words, "We believe in marriage equality for everyone."  Years ago, we stamped that on our paperwork and website as a daily reminder about what Allure stands for and who we serve -- couples in love.  All couples.  We are so proud to celebrate alongside our gay and lesbian loved ones this week as we all ring in the new laws that finally allow same sex marriage in California.

Love is love!

To celebrate LOVE, I put together some of my favorite photos of LGBT couples from wedding blogs.  Including photos from a styled shoot I coordinated almost two years ago shot by Meg Perotti (directly below).  Enjoy!

We can't wait to start planning gay weddings in California and beyond!  It's such an exciting time to be a wedding planner and gay ally…I am so proud of our country and the huge steps we are all taking in the right direction!  Now let's start planning weddings!


Allure Wedding: Kate and AJ's Pretty Outdoor Fete

One of my very favorite weddings last year was featured on I Do Venues today.  I worked with LA couple Kate and AJ to plan their Northern California celebration for almost a year and I truly enjoyed every minute of it!  Their wedding at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View was on a gorgeous Fall day and it was everything we had envisioned.  Check out some of the beautiful photos by Gavin Farrington, and my description as seen on the I Do Venues post.

Kate and AJ wanted a traditional, classic, and laid back wedding. Their first priorities were fun and family, and they wanted to dine outside with candle light and strung lights that provided the ambiance. The historic Victorian The Rengstorff House in Mountain View provided the manicured lawns and brick patio for the outdoor ceremony and reception, The Other Woman catering company provided the strung IPLs and delicious gourmet BBQ and mac & cheese, and Kate and AJ hosted family and friends and plenty of kids on their big day. The overall look was fresh and pretty, with monochromatic white flowers and touches of clustered baby’s breath accenting the clean, crisp green grounds of the property. Gavin Farrington caught gorgeous golden light as the sun set over the water and reserve. The wedding was filled with hilarious and touching toasts, several servings of seconds, simple personal touches and more hugs, kisses, and high fives than I’ve ever seen before at a wedding. Kate and AJ were a dream to work with and they got their dream wedding!

Wedding Credits: Venue -Rengstorff House at Shoreline Reserve in Mountain View, CA; Photographer -  Gavin Farrington; Wedding Planner and Designer – Christy Daly Matthews, Allure Consulting; Flowers: Shawna Futagaki, Flower Divas; Caterer and Lighting: The Other Woman Catering; Cake and cupcakes: Frost Cupcake Factory

Allure Wedding: Katarina and Peter elope in San Francisco!

One of my very favorite weddings last season was Katarina and Peter's celebration at Hotel Vitale in San Francisco.  I worked with this lovely couple while they lived in Chicago, and I planned in SF.  I didn't even meet them face to face until their ceremony rehearsal the day before the wedding!  It was a unique situation and I couldn't be happier with how well everything worked out.  Working with clients that put so much trust in me is a professional thrill and being a part of Katarina and Peter's intimate wedding was a true honor.  Now they live in San Francisco and I'm looking forward to getting together as friends very soon!

This Allure wedding was shot by Iliana Morton and featured on the Ceremony Magazine Blog.  Check it out for more beautiful photos!

Flowers by Anne Mendenhall.

Here is their Facebook gallery on the Allure Consulting page.

Allure Wedding: Jaime and Reyna Celebrate in San Jose

Hi all!  Today, I am excited to announce that one of my Allure weddings from last fall is featured on a local wedding blog, The Lovely Bay! Reyna and Jamie tied the knot in grand style and I am so happy to share some of the beautiful photos here from Elo Photography.  The star of the evening was certainly Reyna (two dresses, two hair styles, one gorgeous smile!), but I think the centerpieces were a distant second!  Flower Divas created tall, glamorous, centerpieces filled with soft pinks and bling -- the effect was fairytale-like.

A talented team of vendors, friends, and family members all contributed to the big day and all the details came together to create a memorable and personal event.  Congratulations to Reyna and Jaime!


Allure Wedding: Presidio Social Club, SF Love

Hi there!  I'm thrilled to share an Allure wedding on the blog today!  Alexis and Mike got married in September last year and celebrated at two beautiful and unique San Francisco locations.  St Gregory Armenian Church and the Presidio Social Club were perfect venues for my gorgeous clients and their modern, personal wedding was one of my very favorites last year. A few of the most memorable elements:

*The high end culinary experience -- think raw oyster bar, fois gras, and amazing wine pairings.  The guests were treated to excellence from start to finish.  PSC dining is an experience, and their wedding service rivals a 5 star restaurant.  Have you been there?  You must go!

*Gorgeous florals by Melissa at A Simple Ceremony -- the bridal bouquet was a little wild looking, dense and lush with rusty reds and bright yellows, and a picture of Alexis' father adorned the wrapped stems.  It was absolute perfection.

*The wedding dress -- in a season of beaded strapless sheaths or more casual wedding dresses and accessories (cowboy boots, floral hair wreaths), I was so happy to see an Allure bride decked out in designer glory.  Alexis' ruffled, structured wedding gown by Amsale was stunning and she glowed all night in it.

Check out the photos below!  LA-based photographer Colin Young-Wolff (and friend of Alexis and Mike) captured the big day.  Colin is an esteemed photojournalist and has shot some of the most beautiful people and places in the world.  It was a joy to work with him on this wedding and I know Alexis and Mike are over the moon about their photos -- I am too!  It's pretty obvious why...

A Wedding Planner's Happy Place

Hi!  I am nearing the end of my wedding season this year and I'm starting to review all of the beautiful pictures of my 2012 events.  I love looking through the albums that my photographers send me and I can't wait to share everything here!  For now, I have a little sneak peek of Kate and AJ's wedding at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View.  I coordinated and designed this wedding from start to finish and seeing Kate and AJ so happy was one of the highlights of my year.

Kate and AJ wrote their own vows, and there wasn't a dry eye on the lawn.  Their best friends toasted them during dinner and the laughs and tears started again.  It was truly a love-filled event and being a part of it all reminded me why I am a wedding planner.  Seeing couples take it all in is the best part of my job, and a part of my life I am so very grateful for.

I look forward to sharing more of Kate and AJ's beautiful wedding on my blog later in the year.  Stay tuned!

Allure Wedding: Sheena and Ryan, a San Francisco treat!

Hi!  This summer, I coordinated a couple of weddings at one of my favorite SF locations, the Fort Mason Center.  The Allure wedding featured here was at the General's Residence, a historic and completely event-ready renovated house located in upper Fort Mason.  It's a gorgeous house with a killer view of Aquatic Park and and bay.  We lucked out with a sunny day, and the outdoor ceremony felt intimate, but also grand.  And so very "San Francisco"! Here are a few of the photos by Dave Medal: I posted a sneak peek from the day-of on the blog a while ago, check it out here.  Sheena and Ryan envisioned a relaxed, unique party for their wedding and it was a pleasure to help them create and coordinate it.

Venue: The General's Residence, San Francisco Fort Mason Center Wedding Planner: Christy Daly, Allure Consulting Caterer: 15 Romolo Photographer: Dave Medal



Allure Bride in Coral

Hi!  Today, I'd like to share a lovely picture from my first wedding of the season this year.  Allure bride Mary was wearing a custom-made coral suit and I loved the color choice for her wedding.  She was glowing all day and this shade of coral perfectly showed that glow off!

Here's Mary with her two bridesmaids, her daughter and daughter-in-law.  Her daughter was an Allure bride four years ago!

Venue: Marin Art and Garden Center Florist: Kate's Blossoms Photographer: Sunee Palladay of Resplendent Photography

Fresh and Simple: Allure Wedding in Shoreline sneak peek

chalkboard DIY wedding Hi there!  September is full of Allure weddings and I am thrilled to share some of my Instagram pics from last weekend's wedding at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View.  It was a gorgeous day, and a truly perfect wedding.  I am so fond of this couple--Kate and AJ--and I can't wait to share more of their wedding with you once I get pictures from their awesome photographer, Gavin Farrington.  Including shots of the happy couple themselves!




Centerpiece by Flower Divas.  I LOVE them!

Allure Wedding: Buddhist, Local, Organic

My first wedding of September was at Hidden Villa in the Los Altos Hills.  The non profit organic working farm hosts hikers, campers, and nature lovers from near and far...and Labor Day Weekend, they hosted numerous private events including the wedding of my clients, Lesli and Bruce.

The menu from Feel Good Foods of Santa Cruz was all organic, local and vegetarian; with a vegan buffet additionally.  The flowers all came directly from gorgeous Hidden Villa gardens.  Much of the decor, and all of the chalkboards, were borrowed from Hidden Villa staffers and residents.  And the delicious pies were made with fruit grown on property.  My clients placed a high priority on the sustainability of their wedding and insisted that as much as possible be local, borrowed, recycled, and re-used. You can't get much more local and fresh than pies baked morning of with fruit right from the garden!

The Buddhist ceremony was beautiful and intimate, with treasured items from the couple  and their guests lining the altar.  The vegetarian dinner was served al fresco and over a dozen guests toasted Lesli and Bruce at their sweetheart table as dinner commenced...a delightful and heartfelt display that wasn't on my wedding timeline.  It was one of many special impromptu moments that took the couple by surprise and made this wedding one of the most touching events I have ever planned.  It was an honor to work with this beautiful Allure couple to share their love for each other and feel the love their guests had for them.



Pictures taken from my iPhone Instagram.


Vintage DIY Wedding, Mustard and Gray

My dear friend's Apple and Martín got married last weekend and I was honored to be a guest/coordinator at their vintage inspired wedding.  For this wedding, style was everything.  Apple's dress was a tea length, lace, 1950s original.  She paired it with mustard yellow heels, and when it got chilly, a brown leather bomber jacket.  Very cool, right?  It gets better.  The bridesmaids wore handmade cotton dresses from Etsy, the groomsmen were all in bow ties that Apple made and grey cardigans, and Apple and her bridesmaids carried gorgeous fabric bouquets.  Also made by Apple!  Here's a look--I was able to take some Instagram shots. Aren't they adorable?  And that cake guessed it, made by Apple.  2 vintage plates, one vintage vase, hot glue...voila!  Here's a comprehensive list of everything Apple made for her wedding, and that her amazing bridal party helped me set up:

DIY -Bow ties for the groom and groomsmen -Bow tie necklaces for the bridesmaids (so cute!) -Bow tie, cuffs, ring pillow for the canine 'flower girl' -Fabric flower bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids -Pocket square for the groom -Fabric flower centerpieces -Yarn wrapped small vases and mason jars and votives for mis-matched centerpieces and accent decor -Tiered vintage cake plates -All invitations and signage w craft paper and stamps -The table numbers -Fabric pompom flower garlands for the walls of the reception room and the bar -A 'guestbook' made of fabric squares  for guests to write little notes, then pin on a clothesline strung up in the bar -Large fabric hand painted bows for every dining chair -All props and signage for the photobooth -Escort card favors that included goat's milk soap from Etsy and small bingo cards for the game played later in the reception

The reception was at the Fort Mason Center Conference Center and was catered by  Villa Del Sol.  The location was a perfect mix of San Francisco charm and blank-slate-DIY-possibility.  I had a wonderful time and I'm so happy for my friends. Congratulations, Apple and Martín!



Beautiful Couple, Beautiful City! Wedding Day Portraits

Real Wedding Feature! This Allure wedding was at one of my favorite San Francisco hotels, the historic Westin St Francis (check out this very wedding on the St Francis website!) on Union Square.  It's a beautiful hotel and I especially like visiting it, and all of Union Square, during the holidays.  I'm a sucker for huge Christmas trees, ice skating and shopping in winter coats, I admit it!  This winter wedding took place on a gorgeous SF day, cool but sunny with amazing blue skies.  My clients, Lily and Brandon, wanted to capture the city in their wedding portraits, so before their ceremony SF-based photographer Misti Layne accompanied them on a mini adventure around the city and the pictures are perfect!   I love how Misti captured sweet moments between Lily and Brandon, I love Lily's dress and style, and I LOVE the pop-y composition and colors! Misti is one of my favorite photographers to work with on weddings.  She has a great eye, and a kind, easy energy about her.  Putting a pre-wedding couple at ease and getting natural, affectionate shots is not easy!  Misti and I share a love for San Francisco and it shows in her work.  For Lily and Brandon, she was the perfect choice!

Allure Wedding: Milk Glass, History and Views for Days!

Last week, we pulled off the rare and incredible feat of a warm SUNNY wedding ceremony in San Francisco in July!  For those of you who know San Francisco, a warm day in July is hard to find.  Cue the Mark Twain quote.  Friends and family who have come out to visit me in the "middle of summer!" always end up with at least two tourist-y San Francisco heavy duty sweat shirts.  Usually one says "Escaped from Alcatraz!"  Of course, I couldn't control the weather and was relieved and elated when it ended up being perfect, but the rest of the wedding was pretty serendipitous as well. Venue:  The historic General's Residence at Fort Mason Center.  The ceremony was on the back lawn and from where my bride and groom were standing, you could see Alcatraz, Aquatic Park, and Fisherman's Wharf--clear as day!  We set out 8 benches and 4 large floral arrangements to define the space and some guests sat while many stood around the benches, glasses of wine in hand, as the short and sweet ceremony commenced.  My clients wanted it to feel like a backyard party and we achieved that, but heightened it of course.  This was a wedding after all! Decor:  We were mixing a few diverse elements here, as is usually the case with weddings these days.  The bride wanted her Chinese heritage to be a part of the wedding so we included Chinese characters on her bouquet, the cake, and the escort cards.  Mismatched milk glass vases ruled the tables and were filled with soft greens and pink flowers.  Food and wine was a top priority for my wine distributor groom so we mixed in wine crates and passed beautiful, colorful appetizers and cocktails during the cocktail hour.  The overall look stood on it's own, but we used DIY gold gilded frames and lots of family pictures to compliment the almost royal, military, vintage look that the venue itself possesses. Catering:  This was big.  15 Romolo, the classic North Beach bar and restaurant, catered this wedding and contracted for two whole roasted pigs (yep, think Luau) to be delivered and served as part of dinner.  Also for late night pork sliders.  Whole salmon accompanied the pig for a delicious dinner buffet.  Heirloom tomato salads, crazy good grilled cheese sandwiches with beet soup, and amazing polenta rounded out the evening of food.  The cake was a 3-tier red velvet by Jessica Sullivan, a pastry chef at renowned Boulevard.  And the drinks...well, remember that the groom is a wine distributor in SF, and that the food and beverages were at the very top of the list for priorities.  The bartenders were incredible and so were the drinks.  Of course! This wedding was classic San Francisco--start to finish.  From the gorgeous views, to the vibrant, Farmer's Market fresh fruits and vegetables, to the historical SF coffee table book we used as a guestbook, to the fog that rolled in right as the party was ending.  It was quintessentially San Francisco and my clients were over the moon--about their wedding, about each other, and about the experience they were able to share with their friends and family from far and near.

I hope to share more about this wedding later, featuring pictures from the fabulous photographer Dave Medal.  For this post, the instagram pics were taken by my illustrious assistant, Kristi Vidler.  I loved working at this venue and I loved this wedding!  Stay tuned!



PS--When I said 'historical', I meant it!  For those of you interested (dad)...check this place out!


Allure Wedding: Marin Art and Garden Center

This Allure Wedding was such a pleasure to plan and coordinate!  It was my first time working at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross, and I loved everything about working at this unique venue.  With the team from MAGC and with all of the awesome North Bay vendors hired, I was thrilled to make the dream my clients had for their wedding a reality.  Here are some pictures of the gorgeous flowers by Kate's Blossoms.My bride wanted her wedding flowers to be bright and feminine, with pinks and corals, and as many peonies as possible.  Since the ceremony was in a garden, the flowers complimented the look...I love an intimate garden wedding!  And Kate, our illustrious florist, managed to find the perfect peonies--probably the very last of the season.  Beautiful!

The cake is by Sweet Things in Tiburon, and Kate decorated it with the garden flowers.

Caterer:  Insalata's Restaurant and Catering in San Anselmo.  Chris Engle, the catering manager, was a delight to work with and the food was DELICIOUS.  I was seriously impressed with Insalatas from start to finish.  I will highly recommend them from now on to anyone planning a party, or going out to eat in the area.  I can't say enough good things about them!

Venue:  The Marin Art and Garden Center is a true gem of a wedding venue in the SF Bay Area, if you ask me.  It is beautiful, but not over manicured or inaccessible.  It is extremely efficient as a venue, but remains a relaxed and 'low key' place to host a wedding or party. The MAGC staff were all kind and helpful, and most importantly, really took pride in their job.  As a wedding planner, I couldn't have asked for a better place to go to work!

My bride and groom were over the moon--about each other, and about their wedding.  I caught a couple stolen glances and kisses and really felt the love!  Cheers to everyone involved, and of course, to my sweet clients who closed out June 2012 for me in an amazing way!