Talk about a venue with a view! Today’s couple, Maggie and Keith, got married at the Corinthian Yacht Club, in beautiful Tiburon, California, just north of San Francisco.
As if the location right on the water weren’t enough, their venue has THE most stunning view of San Francisco. Especially at night, with all of the city lights, it’s really something to behold. For maximum impact, they opted to hold their Jewish wedding during the full moon!
One very cool way Maggie and Keith made the most of being surrounded by the people they love is by opting to set their chuppah up in the middle of the ceremony room, rather than at the front as is common. They felt this was a more intimate setup, and we totally agree! Always love to see couples making traditions their own like this.
And Maggie and Keith give their amazing planner, Cassy Anderson of Cassy Rose Events, full credit for helping them make their vision for the day a reality. They wanted their wedding to be fresh, classic, and elegant, but not totally traditional – and, most of all, they wanted it to reflect who they are as a couple. Cassy totally nailed it.
The pair were thrilled with their photographer, Robin Jolin too, not only for her incredible eye but also for how comfortable she made them feel on the day. And Maggie looked so elegant in her chic Pronovias gown – can you believe she found it at a sample sale, her very first (and, as it turned out, last) dress shopping stop?! Now over to the bride herself…
A Venue with a View
Maggie, the bride: we got married at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon. The water and spending time together on the Bay is a huge part of our lives, and we loved that we could share that with our guests. The view of San Francisco was a big part of why we picked the location. My dad helped us set the date by selecting a full moon evening. We are so glad we did.
Both of us grew up in the Bay Area and the majority of our friends and family live in San Francisco or elsewhere nearby. We wanted to have an inclusive event that our guests could could make a weekend out of, or alternatively just take a cab over and enjoy the evening.
Not the most romantic theme of all time, but we wanted to day to feel easy, fun, and special for our guests! We selected a location that would be beautiful and interesting for those coming into town and also allow them to easily walk from their hotel to the rehearsal dinner to the hotel to the venue the next day. Our goal was to allow people to fully enjoy the weekend, without having to get in a car.
Classic but Not Traditional
We made the wedding about us by integrating our friends and family into the whole day. We kicked off the wedding with cocktail hour and enjoyed the views. At sunset, everyone moved to the ballroom and sat at their tables. Our chuppah was in the center of the room and we were surrounded by our loved ones. Not traditional, but it felt very intimate and special.
We had an amazing planner, Cassy Anderson of Cassy Rose Events, and she completely understood our style and what we wanted out of the day. We wanted fresh, classic, simple elegance but also knew that the format wouldn’t be the most traditional. She delivered above and beyond. I didn’t have to worry about a single thing with Cassy. I am so grateful.
We didn’t have a strict color scheme but I loved the idea of whites, greys, blues, and greenery.
A Chic Chignon
My hair can be unruly and I didn’t want to have to think about it throughout the event, so I opted for a chignon. Jane Kim, The Glamourist, did my hair and makeup and I’ve never felt more beautiful. Again, I still felt like myself but she really did some magic.
A Pronovias Dress from a Sample Sale
I found the dress at a discount/sample store in San Francisco. I knew friends who found fabulous dresses there, but I really went there as a first stop to discover the styles and silhouettes I liked. I never envisioned a wedding dress, so I really had no idea what I wanted. The third dress I tried on was a crepe, boat neck, low back Pronovias dress. I adored it. It was many sizes too big, but I just felt like myself and and I could envision it with a few alterations. I canceled my other dress appointments and took the dress home that same day.
Something Borrowed, Something Blue
I borrowed the veil of a dear friend and wore it as my “something borrowed.
I wore a ring of my mom’s that had been given to her by family as my “something blue.”
I wanted a pair of shoes I could wear again, and I opted for Stuart Weitzman nude heel sandals. I love these shoes and want them in every color. They are so comfortable but also beautiful!
The handsome groom
He wore a custom Samuelsohn tuxedo. Keith is so handsome and somehow looks good in workout clothes, so it’s no surprise that he took my breath away in his tux. All he has to do is hop out of the shower and he is ready to go, but it was special to see him in a gorgeous tux that he spent so much time and thought in designing. He has great taste!
Bridesmaids Dresses to Be Worn Again
I had eight bridesmaids including my sister (maid of honor) and Keith’s sister Emily (also a dear friend). I wanted my best friends to love their dresses and my request was to find something long and grey (all shades) and they also had to promise me they would wear it again.
A Chuppah Draped in Greenery
A Beautiful Ceremony
Our cantor led the most beautiful ceremony and I have many favorite moments, but here are a few standouts: Keith’s vows, being wrapped in my great-grandfather’s tallit, seeing my father standing next to Keith’s grandmother and holding hands, being physically surrounded by loved ones, and our cantor’s singing. Spending time with Keith post-ceremony was so fun and happy. It was special to have time together after feeling so many emotions publically. We couldn’t stop laughing. We still talk about that feeling and it makes us crack up. It is such a serious commitment, but I’ve never been so sure of anything. I feel so lucky and I know Keith feels lucky too.
Our music choice
Wedding Party Processional: Blackbird (Paul McCartney)
Bridal Processional: Your Song (Elton John)
Recessional: The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson)
Father/Daughter: You Are The Sunshine (Stevie Wonder)
Mother/Son: Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
Modern Romantic Florals
The wedding flower color palette included shades of whites, ivory, and cream, with an abundance of greens. The flowers had an organic feel and movement, with a modern romantic vibe.
Our Fabulous Photographer
We love our photographer, Robin Jolin! We felt so comfortable with her from our first meeting onward, and I can’t imagine having been with anyone else for the day. I hope we have more events in our future so we can get Robin back into our lives ASAP. She has an incredible eye, amazing talent, and lovely spirit.
A Delicious Cake
Wow – what a delicious cake! We had multiple flavors, with buttercream frosting. I can’t wait for our anniversary. Our baker, Jill Branch of Branching Out Cakes, told us to not freeze and save the cake… she is sending us a little fresh cake to celebrate year one!
A Live Band
We had a live band. It was one of Keith’s must-haves and I’m so glad we did. They were incredible from the cocktail hour to the ceremony to the celebration.
My mother’s family is Irish Catholic, and we wanted to make sure we incorporated her family traditions into our day. Before we cut the cake, my family and Keith’s family formed a circle together and my mom gave a beautiful Irish toast. It is a new tradition for our family and we actually just did it again at my sister’s city hall wedding!
Advice to couples currently planning their wedding
Someone told Keith and me to make sure we took a moment during the dancing to just stand to the side of the ballroom and observe our friends and family for 2 minutes. I have such a vivid memory of those moments, and I am so happy we took a step back to soak in the love and enjoyment of the people we value most in this world.
Maggie & Keith’s little white book
Photography – Robin Jolin
Videography – Daniel Gruen
Wedding planner – Cassy Rose Events
Venue – Corinthian Yacht Club
Bride’s dress – Pronovias
Bride’s shoes – Stuart Weitzman
Groom’s attire – Samuelsohn
Hair + Makeup – The Glamourist
Flowers – Studio Wildflower
Cake – Branching Out Cakes
Band – Lucky Devil’s Band
Stationery – Minted
Chuppah – Under The Chuppah
Rentals – Pieces by Violet and Bright Event Rentals
Lighting – Impact Lighting
Engagement ring and wedding bands – Padis Jewelry