Michelle + Paul

photography Jose Villa

Early in their engagement, Michelle & Paul dreamed of a sweet City Hall ceremony, followed by a reception at her family’s home in Piedmont. But as the planning got underway, the couple had an even better idea. They switched venues, instead hosting a beautiful garden ceremony in her parents’ backyard, with the celebration to follow at San Francisco’s stately City Hall. The bride’s love of botanicals became the inspiration for the wedding design. Her sister, Beth Rabkin of Seaview Studio in southern California, designed the save the dates and invitations featuring hand-drawn florals.

Floral designer Sarah Winward took the floral inspiration to abundance, creating a wild & romantic chuppah and free flowing bouquets for ceremony. Not wanting to leave that natural beauty behind when we moved to the indoor reception, Sarah’s team brought towering trees and plants into the City Hall Rotunda, with spilling centerpieces on every table. Amber Moon Design wrapped each guest’s menu in a light leaf print vellum, for another touch of greenery. But perhaps my favorite botanical influence was the framed and pressed flowers for escorts, penned on site by Curlicue Designs.