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If you’re looking to make a killer first impression with unconventional save-the-dates, invites, and all things paper, turn to local graphic designer Jenn White Topliff of 13 Creative (415-290-4908; firstname.lastname@example.org). From starfish to wax stamps and wine corks, Topliff’s three-dimensional materials and clever copy will have tongues wagging.
Something old and borrowed? Check, check. New and blue? Get two for the price of one with artisan organic chocolates from the newly opened Chocolatier Blue (1964 University Avenue, Berkeley; 510-705-8800). The perfect party favor for your guests, the adorable bonbons come in signature (PB&J, lime) and seasonal (pumpkin, egg nog) flavors.
Wild at Heart
You’ve always dreamed of tying the knot on a private game reserve in Africa until you found out about the shots and, oh, yeah, the cost. Stay close to home with a destination wedding at Safari West in Sonoma County (3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa; 800-616-2695). Say “I do” in front of the bird aviary, then head out with guests on a 60-minute safari scouting cheetahs and giraffes before your reception in the canvas-walled Elephant Room.
A Thousand Words
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you’ll want local photog Jamie Grenough to stick close by on your big day (310-387-2261). Whether you want abstract close-ups in brilliant color or classic wide-angles in black and white, take a shot with this talent.
Badge of Honor
The last time you had to choose a boutonnière for your dude was prom. They’ve come a long way since then, as proven by the whimsical creations designed by Rosenow Floral Design (415-424-7437; email@example.com). Sourcing hilarious materials like hood ornaments, dice, and dominoes, the medallions avoid the girly-man vibe of a flower.
A Cut Above
Get stacked with organic wedding cakes from Pinkie’s Bakery, SF’s new purveyor of artisan tiers (415-533-4525; firstname.lastname@example.org). Recently opened by Cheryl Burr (former pastry chef of Bacar), Pinkie’s stunning shapes of iced deliciousness (strawberry shortcake, chocolate fondant) come in big or small packages.
Sky’s the Limit
You want a traditional ceremony in your family’s church. He wants to be barefoot on a beach in Mexico. Meet in the middle while overlooking the ocean on a seaside cliff at Liquid Sky (650-726-4090 ext. 112; email@example.com). The picturesque 30-acre private property in Half Moon Bay sets the gold standard for couples seeking the ideal outdoor setting.
Earth girls are easy to please with the ecobridal collection by Adele Wechsler, now at Haute Bride (1954 Union Street; 415-923-5900). Her chic cocktail number in hemp charmeuse with knife-pleated organza or the vegetable-dyed shantung gown with overlay will make them green with envy. Always a bridesmaid never bridezilla? Lucky you. Be a good maid of honor and suggest frocks by Queue at Bella Bridesmaid (2250 Union Street, suite 1b; 415-931-5492).
For a piece of Europe close to home, honeymooners need look no further than Chateau du Sureau at the Estate by the Elderberries (48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst; 559-683-6860). Nestled in the mountains near Yosemite, the charming (part Tahoe, part Provence) Relais & Chateaux inn is the ultimate romantic backdrop with dreamy rooms complete with fireplaces and homemade breakfast.
We now pronounce you ready to wed.
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