19 Nov

San Francisco restaurant wedding: Danielle + Garett

categories Neat Venues, Real Weddings

We have such a pretty pretty fall wedding for you all this morning. And it’s not in a barn and it’s not really all that rustic. It’s more, say, rustic modern. And citified. San Francisco in the fall. We can’t think of a better place to celebrate the changing of light, the eating of amazing food, and falling in love.

Danielle (of Brown Paper Design!) and hubs Garett searched up and down the state looking for the perfect spot for their intimate marriage celebration. They met in San Francisco, and after an exhaustive search came back to the city where they fell in love, to one of their favorite little restaurants in Hayes Valley. And because it was important to use their resources wisely, they were adamant about choosing a space that they already loved visually. You’ll see that they definitely made wise decisions.

First a few GORGEOUS shots of the the couple, and then onto what we’re all junkies for… the details.


Vintage fur wrap and grey silk shoes? We love.




The huge dogwood wreath/art installation that marked their ceremony at Eagle’s Point was inspired by Andy Goldworthy’s “Before the Mirror” and artfully crafted by Erica of Erica Rose Design. So well crafted in fact, it didn’t move a millimeter during the 45 mph windstorm that swept through their ceremony.


COULD there be a more perfect dress to be wearing in a 45 mph windstorm??? Lacie, please please enter this photo in one of those wedding photojournalism contests. We’d all like a copy of our own!



Danielle’s dress was handmade by her friend Tracy Radeff McConnell. Tracy fit Danielle the week before the wedding and the bride didn’t have her dress in her hands until an hour before the ceremony. However, we agree with Danielle… it’s got to be the most beautiful thing she’s ever seen.





Now for the beautiful decors. The owner of Suppenkuche does amazing installations on the ceilings of the restaurant every year for Oktoberfest. Danielle took inspiration from these little pieces of art and put together tables full of wheat and herbs and gourds and pretty fall flowers.


Gaaaaaaah. Who doesn’t need wheat wreaths and birds decorating their ceilings during fall?!!



Danielle found old walnut logs in her grandfather’s shed and had them cut into risers for the table. They wanted plenty of candlelight so she based her arrangements around beeswax candles in hurricanes.


Nothing like a cold german brewski to celebrate the changing of seasons. And coincidentally, Oktoberfest was traditionally a celebration of marriage. How perfect that their wedding fell during the last week.

One design element that Danielle was certain of from the beginning was a sheet cake with the California flag. So awesome and refreshingly unbridal. Go with what you want people, it will make all the difference in the personal feeling of your wedding.




Their band rocked out, their friends drank bier and had fun and danced. And they ended up married. Yay.





And, Garret designed all the invites himself. He made nifty custom maps of the city that were the perfect size for stuffing in a back pocket. And they collected pretty vintage stamps from their home states for the envelopes. In lieu of a guest book, they asked their friends and family to contribute a favorite recipe they could bring into their new home. What a sweet idea.

Congratulations, you two! Totally beautiful and perfectly you. Just the way we like it.

Photography: Lacie Hansen / Ceremony venue: Eagle’s Point at Land’s End, San Francisco / Reception venue: Suppenkuche / Florals/Table design and Decor: Brown Paper Design in collaboration with Erica Rose Design and Sarah Schaafsma of Met Bloem / Flowers/Gourds: Repetto Farms in Half Moon Bay / Dress: Handmade by Danielle’s friend and mentor Tracy Radeff McConnell of Radeff Design Studios. Um, Tracy? Maybe you should go in to fashion design. / Shoes: Pedro Garcia / Fur wrap: Vintage, borrowed from Tracy / Make up: Amy Weissenberg / Cake: Rebecca Klus Catering rebeccakluscatering {at} gmail {dot} com / Band: Dear friend Safa Shokrai and friends / Bus transport between venues: The Mexican Bus / Invites: Designed by Garett, printed by Clear Image Printing

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  1. so, so lovely….in every way.

  2. my god, that dress is the most beautiful thing i’ve ever seen. so airy and romantic and natural at the same time, absolutely gorgeous!

  3. my god – the textures in everything from her attire to the decor to the bouquet… simply perfect!! LOVED this wedding!!!

  4. Would love to find out where they got he napkins. I’m desperately looking for napkins like these for my wedding, and the color stripe here is perfect! Any help appreciated! Many thanks. Can be reached at maryhope (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. i love, love this! i have been describing our look for the wedding as urban rustic. this is exactly what i’ve been thinking of in my head.

  6. This is lovely. That dress is absolutely stunning.

  7. Oh Goodness! Just lovely! Do you know if the napkins were rented or purchased? I’m looking for some of these for my own wedding next year!

  8. Hi Maryhope,

    Danielle actually borrowed the napkins from a friend’s restaurant. Perhaps you could find them on a restaurant supply site? They’re restaurant tea towels.

    Ikea makes similar ones, but with red stripes, for $0.49 each.

  9. Love the dress and love the restaurant. Their food is so yummy!

  10. Great photos! This photographer Lacie Hansen is amazing! ….and she shoots film!

  11. Man, we were THIS CLOSE to having our reception at Suppenkuche…that place is amazing. Now I’m sad we decided to go with another spot. This wedding is gorgeous!

  12. What is her bouquet made out of? Lotus flowers?

  13. hi there. Danielle here.
    My bouquet was made of blushing bride, which is in season mostly in fall and spring. I believe it’s part of the leucadendron/protea family, but don’t hold me to that!

    All the ribbons were from The Ribbonare in San Francisco. A great little spot for notions.

  14. Amazing wedding–gloriously fall-y–loved the whole feeling! Especially loved the faces of the happy guests!

  15. this is such a lovely wedding. so many beautiful details (i love the flowers, especially). shame about the fur!

  16. I love how natural and beautiful the bride looks. No over sprayed up-do, no beauty pageant make-up, just glowy and gorgeous. That bouquet and dress are amazing. I agree that Tracy should go into dress designing!

  17. I love the pics of the band….and the bride’s dress is gorgeous!!

  18. Such a lovely wedding..I am in love with those flowers.

  19. beautiful! i don’t want to underestimate the work went into the details, but they are simple and easy and comfortable. what a display of restraint on the fall theme: it’s there, it’s clear, but it’s still so light! fall can be so heavy and orange, but this is not…

    hello charming band.
    and hello dress!!! wow!!! what?! wow!

  20. amazing wedding with simply beautiful details. I love the bride’s bouquet!

  21. Lacie, You are such a talent and a sweetheart (and So much fun-let’s not kid ourselves)! These photos are beautiful and they are an example of the amazing work you do! I love how you captured simple decor and made it look so beautiful and brought it to life…I could feel the warm, intimate family love in these photos-it drew me in and made me want to be a part of it! I wish you all the best and can’t wait to work with you next month!! xoxoxo, Jill

  22. WOW! What a gorgeous wedding – simply stunning :)


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  23. The photos are very nice..The costumes were really good!!

  24. i would love something like that! maybe for my second wedding (the same man : )

  25. i love the photos here.. it looks aged.

  26. I want to buy/make those paper swallows. Do you know where I can get them? I think they would make amazing Christmas decor. Thanks.

  27. That resteraunt is MY FAVORITE!!! This wedding is so inspiring!

  28. I made the swallows for holiday decorations. check them out at desimckinnon.blogspot.com

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