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May 9th, 2016

nadia + mario with streetcar

At Lily Spruce, we love supporting our wedding industry community. So when Audrey Chaney of Botanica Lifestyle & Design came calling for a spotlight feature on Lily Spruce, on her blog, we said Y-E-S!

Here’s a link to the story and more about why we love what we do. I even talk about my four favorite, current wedding trends!

  1. Out-of-the-Box Desserts
    Example: Churros with chocolate, donuts, even croquembouche!
    Mobile Coffee Bars
    Offering your guests hand-pour coffee to their liking!
    Antiqued, Turkish-Style Rugs
    Not only are these rugs visually appealing, but they’re also unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!
    Unique Cocktails
    Example: Punch bowl!

    Out-of-the-Box Desserts (like churros and chocolate!)

  2. Mobile Coffee Bars
  3. Antiqued, Turkish-Style Rugs
  4. Unique signature cocktails

A Fine San Francisco Romance

October 13th, 2015

There are those times when San Francisco creates the most fantastic of backdrops for our dear clients. This photo is one of those times. An epic photo by Jenny DeAngelis of Jennydee Photography. More to come from this fabulous day, complete with a lovely Catholic ceremony in a cozy, cottage-like church in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of the city, followed by a motorized cable car ride to some other city landmarks, and a sitdown dinner with salsa band at the Waterbar restaurant on the Embarcadero. Stay tuned!
A Fine San Francisco Romance

A Rock ‘n Roll Wedding

September 26th, 2015

Sigh, this wedding. After years of attending all kinds of musical shows at the storied Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, we finally got to do a wedding here! Only about six weddings a year are held here (due in fact, to a very busy bookings schedule), but I’m so glad we were one of those six because Shannon and Mark’s wedding was epic and grand, full of macaroni and cheese stations, tacos, glow-in-the-dark bracelets–all backed by a pretty incredible playlist. Bride and groom also had their invitations custom-made in the shape of a record, and “concert tickets” were included in the invitation suite. Doormen at the venue even stamped guests’ wrists, just like a rock show!

As music lovers and show-goers, the Great American held a special place in their heart. The venue also provided a canvas for their pretty amazing program and both bride and groom (and wedding party!) looked pretty gorgeous, considering we were in the middle of a heat wave and no air conditioning. The bride wore a birdcage veil, the groom in a three-piece, there was a first dance to Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” and a lot of Shazaam-ing by yours truly. Oh! And a skee ball machine. A skee ball machine!

I’m also sharing this amazing time lapse video taken by the groom’s company, Maximum Flavor Media (check them out on Insta and Twitter @maximumflavor). In it, you can see our coordinators Nhuanh and Koryn hard at work–further illustrating that it takes a village to put on events like this! It takes a lot of energy but we are always so happy with the end result: a newly minted married couple who are on their way, rocking and rolling.

TIme Lapse Video

Congrats to Shannon and Mark! Long live #sharkwedding2015!

More pictures to come. Photos below by Jacksonville, Florida-based Fox Photography.

Shannon + Mark First Dance Split Screen

Shannon + Mark First Dance


May 26th, 2015

June Gloom, aka “constant gray days” has hit early in San Francisco this May. We’re perked up by this pair of bridal foot candy from online retailer,

bride heels from ASOS

Home Sweet Wedding on

April 22nd, 2015

in front of house

ceremony shot

reception over pool

{photo by Alison Yin}

We are so tickled to see one of our favorite weddings featured in Thank you so much for picking us! For more pictures, visit here.

When I first met Katie and Nick, they were high school sweethearts looking to hire somseone to find them their dream wedding venue. We chose a mix of rustic and some modern that were located all over the Bay Area, even going as far south as San Luis Obispo. I recall them briefly mentioning getting married in Nick’s childhood home in Oakland, but it wasn’t clear yet if and how they could throw a wedding there.

Venue search over, they contacted us to plan their full wedding. They had decided to do the ceremony and reception at Nick’s parent’s home for 200 guests. Now we work venues all the time, some with all the bells and whistles, and some with only a bell or whistle. Every situation can be unique but getting married in a private home or estate can be quite the undertaking for the uninitiated. It’s a lot of work, but can yield beautiful results. Gonna go for it? Here are things you should know:

-       Assess your spaces. Where will the cocktail hour be located? The bars? The dancing? The eating? Where will the catering staff cook—inside or outside? Will there be enough bathrooms? How will you handle parking? Is there enough parking for guests and vendors? Where will vendors load in and out? In our case we had a pool to cover, and a ceremony area that would “flip” into the dining area while cocktail hour took place in the upstairs patio and in the house.

-       Assemble an “A” team that’s flexible and adaptable. We worked with a rentals company that had expertise in rentals, lighting, outdoor cooking and more. Oftentimes this is comes with a hefty price tag, but you always get what you pay for.

-       Listen to the pros. We’ve done this before, so trust the process! Listen to their recommendations while staying true to your vision.

-       Assess the wattage of the property. Having an event can draw a lot of power. Think about it: the DJ, the band, the coffee maker, the lights… make sure you know what the property can withstand

-       Understand your venue contract. If you’re not using your childhood home, make sure you know the rules and regulations of the property, and know them well. Not knowing them could cost precious time—and money. Don’t presume to know the answer to something—find out for certain

-       Get the floor plans. Luckily for us, we had floor plans. If there aren’t any available, ask the rentals company to draw some up, or your planner or coordinator could help you with this task. During your planning journey you’ll be using these floor plans and marking them up over and over until wedding day

-       Inform your neighbors! Whether you’re in a dense area or you think the property is isolated, let your neighbors know you’re having a wedding party. Assure them of your safety plan, provide them with your planner’s e-mail and phone and a day of contact, and they’ll feel more assured.

-       Have a Plan B. Always, always have a backup plan in case of weather or other hiccups. No wedding day runs seamelessly, so in the event of bad weather, make sure you know where you’ll do all of your wedding festivities—just in case. For us, we watched the weather religiously to rule out tenting our facilities.

Home weddings can be lovely affairs, and Nick and Katie’s was an example of how beautifully they can turn out. Take a chance!


February 22nd, 2015

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We are just thrilled–THRILLED!–to see one of our weddings from last year featured in today’s San Francisco Chronicle Style section. Alex and Hank came to us last year to execute full planning services at a private retreat center in Ben Lomond–about 15 minutes north of Santa Cruz. If ever there was a yin and a yang, this delightful couple would be it. Even when it got hard, and there were moments of panic (budget conatraints! caterer! lighting!), these two leaned heavily and lovinhly on one another. It was our pleasure to witness this epic day, and to help them celebrate a truly fantastic, spiritual and memorable day. Read on to hear more about their fun love story. Special thanks to writer Alix Wall and our gracious venue hosts, Jody and Noel.

Full planning and Design Services: Lily Spruce

Photography: Arnau Dubois

Florist: Mia Carlone of 108 Fallen Leaves

Visit us at the BHLDN Pop Up!

January 29th, 2015

We’ll be holding office hours from tomorrow, January 30, until Sunday, February 1 at the BHLDN pop up at Firehouse 8 in San Francisco. As the preferred planner of the venue, I’ll hold complimentary consultations during that time. Come visit! Firehouse 8, a renovated, historic firehouse is locatedat 1648 Pacific Avenue between Van Ness and Polk streets in San Francisco. Below are pictures from our first wedding of the year at Firehouse 8, with event coordination and design by us in conjunction with our awesome clients Kelly and Michael. Pictures by Gary Sexton Photography.

Venue: Firehouse 8
Event Coordination + Design: Lily Spruce (including all custom signage)
Catering: Foxtail
Cakes + Desserts: Bicyclette
Flowers: Fig & Twine
DJ: All Ears DJ
Hair + Makeup: Susie Chhuor

flowers to give away firehouse

on the steps firehouse

cakes display firehouse

downstairs firehouse

upstairs at firehouse

firehouse 8

Shoot Alor!

December 25th, 2014

What an amazing Christmas present! The shoot we conceived, styled and executed in conjunction with Laurie Wilson is up on the amazing blog, Ruffled. Special thanks go to our venue, Shelldance Nursey in Pacifica–just a 20 minute drive south of San Francisco. Extra super duper thanks to all of our wonderful vendors who make the impossible possible, and the impossible beautiful, we might add. Thanks to my dad for letting me borrow his beloved BMW 2002 (the car I learned to drive on by the way!) and our wonderfully patient model couple, Susie + David.


Shoot Location: Pacifica, CA / Photographer: From SF with Love / Event Design: Lily Spruce / Floral Design: Home Sweet Flowers / Venue: Shelldance Orchid Gardens / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Jewelry: Metier / Makeup: The Glamourist by Jane Kim / Men’s Attire: Artful Gentleman / Caterer: Chef Stephanie ~ Culinary Mistress / Desserts: donuts by A Spoonful of Sugar Cakes and cakes by Oakland Bakes / Favors and Gifts: Grand Lake Kitchen / Rentals: Pieces by Violet / Textiles: Textile Art Lace / Wedding Invitations: Rabbit Foot Fern

susie david moto ruffled

cafe ruffled

place setting ruffled

bouquet ruffled

Real to Reel: Nadia + Mario

October 24th, 2014

Our hairs stood up when we saw the final cut of this video by the talented Joseph of Joseph Alan Productions, one of the hardest working videographers in the Bay. I can attest. To capture some of these shots Joe shot on roller blades so he could get seamless footage, especially during the bicycle getaway. Congratulations to our lovely clients, Nadia and Mario. One of the most memorable weddings our or career and in 2014.


Ceremony Venue: Hotel Vitale
Lunch Reception: Namu Gaji
Full planning + design: Lily Spruce
Photos: Arnau Dubois
Flowers: Chelsea Events & Floral Design
Hair + Makeup: Selenia Pérez Jimenez
Custom Groom’s Suit: Klein Epstein & Parker
Paper Goods: Rabbit Foot Fern
Streetcar: Muni/San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority
Music: Gaucho, Inspektor Gadje (Balkan brass band), Kally Price




They Did It

May 28th, 2014

Say what you will about these two, but this picture says it all, no matter who they are: Happy and Married!

Congratulations Kimye. That Givenchy Couture looks pretty fantastic on both of youse.

kimye 1