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Real Wedding Spotlight: Chris and Jen’s Eco-Luxe Wedding by the Beach

Both avid outdoorswomen, Chris and Jen came to me with a vision sketched out in their heads: to share their love of California scenery with their guests by creating a sustainable, kid friendly, salsa-dance, camping themed wedding.  Costanoa, an eco-lodge on the coast in Pescadero, was the perfect backdrop for a weekend away from the pace of their busy San Francisco life.

Most of the guests stayed the weekend, which allowed us to plan a wedding morning bike ride by the beach, a Southwestern welcome party complete with salsa dance lessons, and loads of activities for the many children who were a part of the celebration.  Chris and Jen's circle of friends brought great energy to the weekend.  Here are some of my favorite moments:

Two women with great love for each other and their families

A salsa dance themed rehearsal dinner to welcome their 150 friends

The energy of about 20 young nieces and nephews including “Flower Dudes” lining the aisle with petals for the brides

The tent replica centerpieces, which doubled as toys and take-aways for the little ones

Pies ala Mode from Mission Pie in lieu of wedding cake (Mission Pie is an excellent organization that supports at-risk San Francisco youth by providing jobs and training at their farm)

Mini Cupcakes delivered from the brides’ favorite bakery in San Francisco to tempt the patience of all the flower dudes and kids involved!

Chris and Jen’s wedding announcement was published in the New York Times and I got to be the papergirl the morning after the wedding!

Congrats Chris and Jen!



Photography by Lori Paladino

Beauty Services by Christina Felix

Rentals by Hartmann Studios

Flowers by Blumengarten

Music by Morgan Kalakosky

Salsa Dance Lessons by David y Rosa

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