Modern San Francisco wedding: Allison + Brandon

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colorful planter box centerpieces | Photo by Jessica Burke

We’re starting to see a trend of couples using rad restaurants as their wedding venue for both their ceremony and reception. It’s such a good idea that can help you save costs + enjoy the space of some very well designed spaces. Allison + Brandon have modern taste in general so they wanted their wedding to reflect that, plus be relaxing. Axis Café & Gallery set the modern tone with an industrial space and abstract art. For the decor itself, the flowers were the only pop of color in rich, vibrant jewel tones and incorporated florals not typically featured in wedding arrangements including green persimmons and striped leaves.

Dani Black heels and Chloe perfume | Photo by Jessica Burke

green leaf and succulent boutonniere | Photo by Jessica Burke

black and white script invitations | Photo by Jessica Burke

cream and leafy bouquet | Photo by Jessica Burke

Allison’s bridal bouquet recipe: peonies, garden roses, eucalyptus, cornflower, and viburnum berries.

diamond wedding and engagement rings | Photo by Jessica Burke

backless Priscilla of Boston dress| Photo by Jessica Burke

Priscilla of Boston draped wedding dress | Photo by Jessica Burke

elegant and neutral San Francisco wedding | Photo by Jessica Burke

Priscilla of Boston wedding dress | Photo by Jessica Burke

San Francisco street wedding portraits | Photo by Jessica Burke

Their wedding songs:

Walk down the aisle song: “These Days” by Nico
First dance song: “My Baby Just Cares for Me” by Nina Simone
Post ceremony song: “Run” by Ben Kweller
Announced as a couple at the cocktail reception song: “Love Vibration” by Josh Rouse

script invitation and flower garland altar | Photo by Jessica Burke

flower garland altar | Photo by Jessica Burke

San Francisco city wedding | Photo by Jessica Burke

Just after the ceremony, we snuck away for five minutes together just the two of us in a tiny room they use as an office for the restaurant. Those few moments we had together right away were so incredible, we were just crying and hugging each other – feeling so happy to finally be husband and wife.

black and white wedding colors | Photo by Jessica Burke

outdoor patio bar | Photo by Jessica Burke

simple black and white escort cards | Photo by Jessica Burke

simple black and white escort cards | Photo by Jessica Burke

delicate and colorful flower arrangement | Photo by Jessica Burke

personalize candle guest gifts | Photo by Jessica Burke

Allison made bamboo green tea, indian summer, and citrus spice scented soy candles as favors.

colorful planter box centerpieces | Photo by Jessica Burke

black and white table linens and colorful floral centerpieces | Photo by Jessica Burke

We fell in love with the modern details of the restaurant and it’s outdoor space – concrete walls, large pieces of abstract art, a lit from within wooden bar and two warm fireplaces for our friends to gather around. We wanted a location that wouldn’t require a lot of dress up and the size of Axis created a warm, intimate environment. 


script menu cards and colorful florals | Photo by Jessica Burke

colorful floral centerpieces and framed table labels | Photo by Jessica Burke

custom table signs | Photo by Jessica Burke

black and white table linens and colorful floral centerpieces | Photo by Jessica Burke

custom cocktail menus | Photo by Jessica Burke

Ok, you guys see those gold dipped votives, right? With the help of her mom, sister, and maid of honor, Allison hand dipped a hundred of them for the tables. Love how they came out!

colorful cocktails and black and white striped straws| Photo by Jessica Burke

Their signature cocktails sound delicious. On the left was a blackberry basil crush (blackberry, basil, soju, squeeze of lime), and on the right a ginger pineapple spritzer (ginger beer, pineapple, soju, squeeze of lemon).

black and white striped straws and flags | Photo by Jessica Burke

simple white frosted wedding cake | Photo by Jessica Burke

Brandon and his best man built the welcome sign below of reclaimed and distressed wood together at TechShop in San Francisco.

custom wood and flower sign | Photo by Jessica Burke

The most important thing I learned throughout the planning process is to work with people that you really connect with. We had a bad experience in the early stages of planning and almost booked a venue managed by someone that was not a good communicator.  When we met Karina at Axis Café, we were instant friends. I knew she was someone I could trust to help oversee all the details and execute our vision. As I met all of the other vendors who put our wedding together, our amazing photographer Jessica, our florist and day of coordinator they all had this in common – that immediate feeling of trust and collaboration. In the end, these are the people who really pulled the day together and made it run so smoothly. Thanks to them, we had exactly the wedding we wanted.  I’ll never forget falling asleep the night of our wedding feeling such incredible love and happiness, thinking about how everything worked out just how we had imagined it.

Photographer: Jessica Burke / Event coordinator: Wiebke Thrasher / Venue Coordinator: Karina Paz Oshiro / Hair & Makeup: Meaganne McCandess / Florist: Kristin Pahati, Petals and Posy / Cake: Miette Hayes Valley / Catering: Venue, Axis Cafe & Gallery (now Aracely Resturant) / Invitation & signage designer: Sara & George Alread, Alread Designs / Bride’s dress: Priscilla of Boston (Melissa Sweet Madlives Dress) / Shoes: Dani Black / Veil & dress alterations: Elisa Overholt / Belt: Jennifer Behr / Lipstick color: MAC lip liner in Dervish, LORAC lipstick in It Girl, MAC gloss in Love Nector / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Shoes: Bruno Magli / Maid of Honor dress: Rebecca Taylor / Best Man suit: Hugo Boss / Ring bearer: Ralph Lauren / Ring bearer pillow: Edgar & Aguilar Heritage on Etsy

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Erica on Mar 6, 2013

Gorgeous! Love all the details! I'm doing something similar with the votives. Would love to know what kind of paint she used!

@sashbuzz on Mar 6, 2013

Modern San Francisco wedding: Allison + Brandon

Stephita Wedding Invitations on Mar 6, 2013

I love the use of modern art as a backdrop to a wedding. Especially if the piece was significant to the couple or the couple helped create it. It definitely sets the tone for a very personal affair.

@GuruX on Mar 6, 2013

Modern San Francisco wedding: Allison + Brandon: We’re starting to see a trend of couples using rad restaurant...

em on Mar 6, 2013

seriously stunning work, jess!! you killed it.

Jessica Burke on Mar 6, 2013

Thank you so much for the lovely feature!! Such an awesome wedding :) Loved all of the DIY details!

Anni on Mar 6, 2013

Oh, this is stunning! Love seeing beautiful San Francisco weddings on here.

Inspired by This Blog on Mar 6, 2013

Adore this modern wedding! Everything about it is just lovely...especially fond of that handmade welcome sign :]

Stacey on Mar 6, 2013

Stunning wedding and photographs, start to finish! The details are so sweet, and the colors and moments captured by Jessica are incredible! Love!

Caitlin on Mar 6, 2013

Absolutely beautiful images Jess!

Jessie on Mar 6, 2013

Looks so great Jessica!

rebecca on Mar 6, 2013

Absolutely love seeing my big sister's wedding in blog land! it was gorgeous and every ounce of energy she put into it paid off, every detail was perfect and the entire day was so full of fun and love. She couldn't be more right about those involved, every one was so much fun and so great at what they do. @Erica, I am almost certain that we used a mix of a standard acrylic paint (I can't remember which gold color we used) but we mixed that with Martha Stewarts Tintable Glaze Effect which we picked up at the store. It was a labor of love those little votives. Slow and steady definitely wins the race when make them or they can get little bubbles in the finish

@TimDuncanEvents on Mar 6, 2013

Love the modern look? Check out this #realwedding! #modernwedding

Tobin Photography of Santa Barbara on Mar 6, 2013

PRETTY! Love how everything's so signature, and the clean, crisp, bright colors, juxtaposed with the black and white of the furniture and place settings. Beautiful.

@mhspecialevents on Mar 7, 2013

New Trend: Using rad restaurant for both ceremony and reception via @100layercake

Sara Alread on Mar 7, 2013

Thank you for the feature! Loved working with Allison & Brandon!

Amy on Mar 7, 2013

Oh, so many gorgeous details! I love the table centre pieces.

zjione on Mar 7, 2013

The last time I inadvertently on the website ,and see this website ,this web selling CLOTH inside very cheap. And shoes are very beautiful. Now share for everyone . (

Angelica Peady Photography on Mar 8, 2013

What a trully stunning wedding and such a gorgeous couple! I have to say, my most favourite part - the icing on the cake is that typeface - it's so elegant and seeing it used on that gorgeous wooden sign and repeated through the reception and other details - genius!!

Ari on Mar 8, 2013

Jess, you're freaking amazing. I LOVE this wedding. the film is incredible.

Stephanie - LoveintheD on Mar 8, 2013


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Jamie on Mar 11, 2013

Does anyone know the name of the font that was used in the invitations and signage? it's amazing!

Sara Alread on Mar 11, 2013

Jamie, it's actually my handwriting. I do a lot of custom handwriting for my clients. And thank you for your kind words - Angelica Peady Photography!

Erica on Mar 11, 2013

So nice Rebecca! I tried some last night but having difficulty with drying and the paint being to thick. Any drying tips?

ang on Mar 12, 2013

My heart skipped a beat! Love the abstract pieces and the sign! Gasp!

Joyce on Mar 15, 2013

Anyone know where I can find the art pieces from the wedding at axis cafe? Would love to purchase.

Peggy Gyulai on May 16, 2013

What a beautifully designed and thoughtfully organized wedding! Wow... I just wanted to post for anyone interested that I'm the artist who created the paintings - the cafe is now called Aracely Cafe but has the same chef who is also now the owner! Thank you so much for all the nice comments :):) Excited to say these paintings will next be exhibited at the de Young Museum in August 2013 where I will be artist-in residence during the Diebenkorn show. Please get in touch with me if you are interested in visiting my studio at 1890 Bryant or for any other information! Many thanks, Peggy (215) 681-9890 website: www

Allison Bellah on Jun 8, 2013

Thank you everyone for all the amazing comments on our wedding! It truly was a labor of love for my husband and I. Jessica Burke and all our vendors were absolutely amazing, I recommend all of them to anyone getting married in the Bay Area. My husband made the wood sign with our names on it himself, he is willing to custom make these for anyone interested. Please contact us at Here is the link with instructions for anyone looking to DIY the gold votives: The most difficult part of this DIY is allowing the dipped glasses to dry smoothly on the bottom. To do this, we used a clothes drying rack and clothespins to suspend the glasses while drying. After the glasses have dried (overnight) cure them by putting them in a cool oven and turn it to 350 degrees; bake for 30 minutes. Let cool; wait 72 hours before using.

KjRyOanh on Oct 11, 2013

Wow...!! Amazing... Weddings in San Francisco so beautiful and romantic. Allison and Brandon happiness.

Hannah Warburton on Dec 4, 2013

An absolutely BEAUTIFUL wedding!! I HAVE to ask though... I've been on a crazy search, and have stalked every 'font' website there is to find out the font that was used for your invitations, menus and table signs? I recently just got engaged, and am planning on doing my invites myself, and I have a little obsession with this font! Do you know what it's called? Hannah :)

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