An Intimate San Francisco City Hall Wedding

June 19, 2018

This is a beautiful intimate wedding brought to us from Mister Pretty's Pictures!  Such a captivating laid back small wedding. Every image unfolds a story being developed. A heart-stirring intimate wedding at its finest!


Jenna and Jake decided to have an intimate wedding with only a few of their closest family and friends at San Francisco's gorgeous City Hall. After, they invited everyone back to their place for a homemade Italian feast at their house in Oakland.








Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? 


A: Jake and I both wanted a teeny tiny wedding and this was as small as we could get without eloping.  We picked SF City hall because it's beautiful,  affordable, and historic. 


Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? 


A: the ceremony was at sf city hall which is a absolutely gorgeous building, its the most wonderful decor you could hope for.we had the reception at our house and in the backyard and all of the decor was diy.  I made all different types of paper flowers for a  few weeks. My best friend hand-stitched the banner.  It was all just me and my friends. 





Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? 


A: Florals turned out to be the center of my wedding. I hung hand-made jasmine garlands around the porch. I made oversized roses from crepe paper to adorn the banister.  On the dining table we had fresh dahlias,  jasmine, and eucalyptus. I made paper roses and peonies for the chandelier and we filled it in with fresh vines and bougainvillea from our back yard. The backyard had a paper flower wall on the fence and a garland curtain, as well as little arrangements that my best friend and I put together the morning of the wedding. Allison funeral of crimson horticultural rarities created my bouquet, his boutonniere , and the dog's flower collar.  She did the most amazing job, I was completely in awe of them, I didn't know a bridal bouquet could be that perfect.  I was completely obsessed with it. 










Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? 


A: Everything was personalized because it was all hand made. Even the few  vendors that we did have, we had a personal connection to each of them. The meal Jake made is my favorite dish he makes and the first thing he ever cooked for my parents.  I had two favorite parts of the wedding. The first was when Jake andI were alone together in the hallway waiting to sign the marriage license. The other part was when we were all sitting at the table eating and I put on " Kind of Blue".  Jake's mother said " I love this record"  and started talking about when she saw him in concert.  And then my parents talked about when they did, and then my brother-in-law talked about when he did and then my friends chimed in. And we had this big discussion about jazz and music.  Sitting there with our parents and sisters and friends, eating and talking about Miles Davis- it was a transcendent feeling. It felt like our first real moment as one family. 


Q: Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail. 


A: I wanted something that didn't look like a wedding dress and that I could wear again. When we got to the shop, my mom really liked that dress.  I knew that it would make my mom really happy if I wore the dress she picked out, so I did and she was very happy. Jake has one suit, so he wore that. Et voila. 










Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. 


A: We met online and the proposal went as such: he asked if I wanted to go for a walk and get pizza. We went for a walk in the Berkeley hills, first to the rose garden, then on to a smaller park. It was sunset and we were looking at the view of the bay when he said "It's time". I said " Time for pizza?" When I turned around, expecting to get ready to leave, he was on one knee, so naturally I tried to get down on one knee too, he said " no, no, you're supposed to stand up" I wavered between kneeling and standing for a moment but then he convinced me to remain standing. Then he said some very sweet kind things about us being best friends and being together forever. Honestly I was too shocked by the ring and the look on his face that I didn't catch most of it. I said yes, we kissed. We watched the rest of the sunset and he told me a funny story about my parents when he asked them for their blessing. And then we got pizza (and ice cream). 


Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? 


A: For anticipation- we both were never big on having a wedding day- we just wanted to be married to each other, so  we were looking forward to being married. Also, I was really looking forward to eating. Jake's an amazing cook and I love the dish he made and I'm always begging him to make it so I (and everyone else) was looking forward to that. Besides the whole agreeing to be with each other until one of us dies,  the other special thing was everyone else being together. My best friend lives in Sweden, his sister splits her time between Spain and New York, my sister lives in St. Louis, so it was surreal that we were all together, all of our parents and sisters and best friends.  It was like a strange and wonderful dream where the most important people in your life are all  in one room, drinking champagne. 


Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day? 


A: wedding planning advice: You do you.  Our wedding was perfect for us because it was exactly what we wanted to do.










Photographer: Mister Pretty's Pictures

Cake Designer: Crixa Cakes

Floral Designer: Crimson Horticultural Rarities

Event Venue: San Francisco City Hall

Jewelry: M Stern LLC





Happy Wedding Planning!



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