Hannah and Marshall had their wedding at the Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek, CA. They wanted a venue that felt removed from the every day, and that they could turn into their own private space. The Gardens fit the bill – they are gorgeous in June when everything is in bloom, and it could accommodate both their ceremony and their reception (with air-conditioning inside – also very important to them for everyone’s comfort!). They also wanted to make sure the venue was easy for their guests to get to – more than half of their guests flew in, so the proximity to BART was great. The most important thing to them was to have all of the people they love there for their big day.
They used the garden setting as inspiration, and their florist Canna Teng of Mints & Honey helped finalize their color palette. The colors were ivory, pink/coral, sage green, and bronze. Hannah wanted something understated that would complement their setting and their attitude as a couple – casual, warm, and inviting.
Their good friend Kim Herbst is a professional artist and illustrator. Hannah and Marshall knew they wanted to design their own invitations and have them be unique to their event. Kim did an amazing job of illustrating the gazebo and the roses from their venue, and Hannah did most of the typesetting work and had them.
All of their gold rings came from Brilliant Earth in San Francisco. Hannah’s engagement ring is a cushion-cut diamond, in the “Trio” setting on a 18kt yellow gold band. They had the wedding band custom-made to match the engagement ring band and sit flush with the profile of the engagement ring setting. Marshall’s wedding band is a matching classic 7mm 18kt yellow gold band.
Hannah’s mom made her own wedding dress when she got married, and she knows a lot about fabric and garment construction. Hannah tried on dozens of dresses, and in the end, she and her mom decided to take two different Casablanca Bridal dress styles and mash them up. She ordered a dress custom-made to her measurements, with the bodice from one style and the skirt (minus some embellishments) from another style, and she added a champagne sash so her mom could tie the bow in the back for her. It’s a time that she and her mom collaborated together on something that meant a lot to both of them that she won’t forget.
For the florals, they had dahlias, roses, succulents, and plenty of leafy greens throughout as Hannah wanted something natural that looked at home in the middle of a rose garden. Marshall’s mom is a gardener and a textile designer, and she helped contribute ideas for the welcome table arrangement. Everything all came together spectacularly.
Marshall had a suit custom-made for him by Tailors’ Keep in San Francisco. He picked out the fabric and the styling details and is pleased to have a suit that fits him so well and will serve for other occasions in the future. Most of his accessories (and his groomsmen’s accessories) came from the internet. Hannah wanted ties that matched the color scheme, so he found some pink ones close to the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses, and he also found some nice tie clips and pocket squares to go along.
The bridesmaids both wore the Clara dress by J. Crew in Misty Rose. Hannah let them choose their own outfits but requested that they match each other and their color scheme. They ended up with exactly the same outfits, down to the shoes!
Hannah and Marshall both love going to see live music together, and they were excited for an excuse to hire a live band for our wedding. It was so much more dynamic and fun than having a DJ, so they ended up having Magnolia Jazz Band at the wedding. Their guests loved them, and they’re real professionals. They learned a first dance routine and practiced to their recording of “I Will” to get the timing down. It all paid off and they nailed it on the big day.
Marshall makes cheesecake, and Hannah likes to eat cheesecake, so they had to have a cheesecake bar instead of traditional wedding cake. Susan Morgan of Elegant Cheese Cakes was the baker. They loved her flavors and were excited to let the cake speak for itself, rather than commissioning a big sculpture of a cake. Catering was by Angie Lindorf and her team at Sunrise Bistro and Catering, and they did an awesome job.
It was such a pleasure working with such a talented creative team:
Photographers: Evonne & Darren Wong of Evonne & Darren Photography
Event Planner: Sophie Lai of Simply Perfect Weddings & Events
Ceremony Location: Gardens at Heather Farm
Reception Location: Gardens at Heather Farm
Floral Designer: Mints & Honey
Wedding Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal
Bridal Salon: Brides of California
Wedding Shoes Designer: Kenneth Cole
Bride’s Engagement Ring & Wedding Ring: Brilliant Earth
Bride’s Jewelry: Paternal grandmother’s pearl earrings and necklace
Groom’s Wedding Ring: Brilliant Earth
Groom ’s Wedding Attire: Tailors’ Keep
Groom’s Shoes Designer: Ecco
Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: J. Crew
Bridesmaids’ Shoes Designer: Various
Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux
Groomsmen’s Shoes Designer: Various
Hair & Makeup Stylist: Emily Nguyen of Faces by Emily
Invitations/Stationery Designer: Kim Herbst
Invitations Printer: Wedding Paper Divas
Escort Cards: Susanne Wong of Cards de Luxe
Officiant: Jeremy Story (bride’s brother)
Caterer: Angie Lindorf of Sunrise Bistro & Catering
Cheese Cakes: Susan Morgan of Elegant Cheese Cakes
Ceremony Musician: Magnolia Jazz Band
Reception Musician: Magnolia Jazz Band
Lighting: J & J Event Design
Wedding Favors: Alexander’s Patisserie
Congratulations, Hannah and Marshall! We wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness together!
Gardens of Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598