Tag Archives: San Francisco

March 28

Engagement Photo Shoot – San Francisco

We are thrilled to have our very own Marketing Manager Nathan share his engagement photos with us today. Nathan and his beautiful wife Laura were married last October.

Alyssa from Barnwood + Brick Photography & Design is the creative photographer behind this photo session. “One of my favorite moments from Nathan & Laura’s delightful engagement session was the discovery of a ‘Jackson St’ in downtown San Francisco—street signs and engraved sidewalks bearing the groom’s name created the perfect backdrop for photographing the future Mr. & Mrs. Jackson!

Congratulations Nathan and Laura!

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November 2

A Gorgeous Winery Wedding from Bella Pictures

Erica and Alan met in high school, but didn’t start dating until after they had graduated. Alan proposed on a romantic trip to Europe at a clifftop hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

They had their gorgeous wedding at Wente Vineyards near San Francisco. “I wanted an outdoor wedding and my husband and I loved the idea of a winery setting,” says Erica. “That area also has a bit of horse country around it, and I’m an equestrian so I was sold!”

When talking about their Bella Pictures photographer, Erica and Alan have only good things to say. “Our photographer did a wonderful job,” they say. “We are still having a hard time narrowing down the pictures we want for our album because so many of them are that good! The photographer was thoughtful, reliable and completely professional. They captured the style we wanted perfectly.”

About Bella Pictures

Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.

Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.

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August 24

An Urban Engagement Session in San Francisco

Looking for ideas for a San Francisco Bay Area engagement shoot? You can’t miss this gorgeous post from our partner, Bella Pictures!

Lucy and Antonio had an urban engagement session in San Francisco. They utilized an abandoned building near the Golden Gate Bridge to get some great industrial shots complete with exposed brick. And of course they got a few shots with the bridge itself!

Check out our planning section for other great engagement photography spots in San Francisco!

About Bella Pictures

Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.

Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.

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June 17

Wedding Stationery Wednesday: City Save the Dates

Everything about your wedding stationery should showcase something special about your ceremony and your style as a couple. These charming city-themed save the date cards offer a fun way to share a part of your life with your loved ones when you spread the news about your upcoming wedding day. Which of these cities do you call home?

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San Francisco

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Seattle

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New York City

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Washington, D.C.

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Miami

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Las Vegas

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Chicago

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June 16

Real Weddings: Danielle and Greg

As a special treat for today’s Real Wedding, we’re proud to feature the charming ceremony of one of the artists behind beloved Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer Tallu-lah! Danielle and Greg held a vintage movie-inspired ceremony at Foreign Cinema, a famous restaurant in San Francisco’s artsy Mission District. Each bridesmaid chose her own dress in a silver or gray color, and the entire ceremony was crafted using Etsy designers and local vendors whenever possible. We love it!

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April 21

Spotlight on Kara’s Cupcakes

If you have been keeping up with Diva Dialogues and my entries you know that I am a big fan of cupcakes. That’s why I was over the moon with excitement when Kara of Kara’s cupcakes in San Francisco agreed to take time out from her busy schedule to talk with me. So get comfy, grab a sweet snack and enjoy getting to know a little bit about my favorite confection, a cupcake store, and the girl behind it.

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Kara’s Cupcakes is so original in that it only sells cupcakes! How did you come up with the idea of having a cupcake store?
Well I always loved sweets. I was deprived of things like candies and cakes growing up because I had a father who was a dentist. I was passionate about sweets and I always, always knew that I wanted to start business. I enrolled at a pastry school with the goal of starting a cupcake business. At that time, cupcakes just started getting popular. It was of course, popular with kids for a long time but then adults started to see it’s a great way to have an indulgent little treat without the guilt.

How did you get started?
I used to be the Northwest Director of sales for Allure magazine where I met with clients such as Gap and worked with their Marketing department. Working in fashion and beauty products was an extension of creating cupcakes. For example, what flavor you pick says to me the owner what kind of style you have. I think designing cupcakes is similar to working with fashion because both start with really cool artistic ideas and are creative outlets.

What inspires you?

I get inspiration from a lot of things in fashion and by what’s in season. For example, our Fleur Del Sel (chocolate cupcake with caramel filling, ganache frosting& fleur del sel) was inspired by chocolate makers that make fleur de sel candies. Our Meyer Lemony (lemon vanilla cupcake with a tart lemon filling and lemon buttercream) was at first seasonal but now year long. Seeing what’s fresh in the market place and observing other confections has brought on a lot of great ideas and flavors as well.

What is your most popular flavor?
Everyone always loves good old fashioned chocolate and vanilla which is why our Chocolate Velvet and Sweet Vanilla are our best-sellers. But it’s also nice to mix things up every once in awhile and add something different. Some days you might feel like trying Passion Fruit and Java.

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I know you use a lot of local and sometimes organic ingredients in your cupcakes-why is that so important to you?
I think it brings together the community. And the bottom line is that it’s just a great way to keep things close, lowers fuel and energy, keeps relationship going with the community and helps support local businesses.

A lot of couples are opting for cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake. What do you think are the benefits of having cupcakes at your wedding?
Cupcakes are fun. Guests get so excited when they see a tier of cupcakes. They wonder what flavors are there and which ones they will we get. Oftentimes, wedding cakes are never eaten. People think ooh it’s so pretty but don’t experience them. A cupcake is like a little gift or present. They are for you, you don’t have to share it, and you don’t have to wait for it to be cut to eat it.

Any trends you’re noticing in terms of colors or themes?
Cupcakes are a big hit with weddings. Though any celebration is a big factor-baby shower, wedding shower, congratulations. A lot of people like initial cupcakes, teddy bear for baby showers. People generally pick color themes and sometimes requests special fondant flowers on their cupcakes. It’s all about the flavor and tastes for any celebration.

What makes Kara’s cupcakes unique?
Kara’s cupcakes sense of community and our ingredients are important components to making are cupcakes delicious and unique. We bake our cakes every hour making it the freshest cake you can get. Sometimes it’s just minutes from the oven.

What would you like to say to our Diva Dialogues readers about Kara’s Cupcakes?
We’re open 7 days week. Our cupcakes are the best! They’re baked fresh with premium local ingredients. Come and try it! It’s delicious!

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March 26

San Francisco Wedding

My fiance and I went to a total of two weddings in one week and we’re almost all wedded out! I was excited about this wedding because it was in San Francisco and it was going to be on a private yacht.

At the same time, I was a little worried that I might get sea sick. I get motion sickness, car sick and air sick so why not sea sick? I took a dramine an hour before the ceremony but the ceremony started so late that it wore off before we went on the boat.

On a good note, I held it together but it was an hour’s worth of torture for me as I had to close my eyes and embarrassingly rest on my fiance’s shoulder to get through the worst of it-while I overheard someone saying my motion sickness was “psychological.”

While the entire wedding was understandably exhausting from the boat ride, the bus ride to get there, and then waiting for the friend playing the minister to arrive, there was one thing that made everything worth it. Even through waiting on the beach for their friend barefooted and in the cold, the bride and groom still kept their cool. And more importantly, I was touched that the bride looked as happy as ever even if everything wasn’t going smoothly. It made me realize that the most important thing was not the perfection of a wedding but the beauty of two people truly in love.

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