Chloe & Teddy live in New York City, but decided to get married in Chloe’s Bay Area hometown and hosted a gorgeous December wedding at the Piedmont Community Hall. They had a wedding driven by community and customized the day according to what was important to them, not by traditions that didn’t fit. They had the most beautiful minimal, clean and fresh wedding I’ve seen in a while. We decorated the tables with gorgeous white orchids, vivid green ferns and used all white linens and dishes. With the string lighting throughout, dimmed chandeliers and the candles glowing, the Piedmont Community Hall completely lit up and created the most cozy winter atmosphere. Terrence Brewer‘s band played throughout the night and filled the wedding with an undeniable joyful energy. Guest’s enjoyed a beautiful (and delicious) family style meal from Ann Walker Catering and afterwards filled up with an ice cream bar from Frozen Kuhsterd (because who says you can’t have ice cream in December?) and cakes from Masse’s Pastries. Jessie of Simply Jessie Photography captured the sweetest images of the day.
Photography: Simply Jessie / Venue: Piedmont Community Hall / Catering: Ann Walker Catering / Cakes: Masse’s Pastries / Ice Cream Bar: Frozen Kuhsterd / Musicians: Terrence Brewer / Florist: Belle Flower / Tent: Chairs for Affairs / Lighting: D’Angelo Lighting / Beverages: Mills Wine Group / Hair & Makeup: Rachel Loosli / Ketubah: Myrtle & Lloyd / Planning : Spreading Lovely
Chloe’s father built the most gorgeous chuppah they were married under, while Teddy’s brother married them, and Teddy’s grandmother performed the kiddish blessing. They both had their siblings stand up with them, and let go of traditional all female or all male “bridesmaids” and “groomsmen”, and walked down the aisle together, which I absolutely loved.
They opted out of traditions that didn’t fit what they wanted out of their wedding and decided not to have toasts or speeches, no first dances and no dance floor. Instead, they had a reception totally customized around what was important to them – guest comfort, meaningful conversations and amazing food. There was a beautiful family style meal, ice cream bar, lots of cake, and tons of great music from Terrence Brewer. It is so much more meaningful to have a wedding centered around your values, rather than doing something for the sake of the tradition. In turn, they had a truly authentic and joyful wedding with all 150 of their guests.