The Big Reception at Berkeley City Club - Grier Cooper Photography

The Big Reception at Berkeley City Club

I am always blown away by the amount of talent in the room at wedding showcases; even more when it’s The Big Reception at Berkeley City Club. If you’re enthralled with historic buildings like I am, there is much to appreciate from the moment you walk in the front door: think sweeping Gothic archways, gorgeous period details, and rich furnishings, all with signature Julia Morgan style. The displays– from the romantic, candle-lit ceremony space, to the live Spanish guitar music from Jay Alvarez– complemented the space beautifully. If you are searching for a historic and romantic place to have your San Francisco wedding, I highly recommend taking a look the Berkeley City Club.

Wedding Cake Berkeley City Club

But first let’s talk about cake. Because, CAKE. There were a number of fabulous cakes on display, and I’m (not) embarrassed to say that I tried them all. Carolyn Wong‘s cakes were the first ones that caught my eye, not just because we passed her table first. I don’t need to tell you how beautiful they are; the photo says it all. The summer sponge cake from Sweet Adeline nailed the perfect balance of sweet summer berries, light cake, and a hint of buttercream frosting. We adored the key lime tart from Cupcakin’ Bake Shop; we are huuuge key lime fans so we actually know a good key lime when we find one (we spent a good part of the summer of 2014 in search of the perfect Key Lime pie, which we found at Blue Heaven).

Big Reception at Berkeley City Club

The Big Reception at Berkeley City Club also had a plethora of inspiration for visually-inclined folk. I particularly loved the ceremony space. Flowing drapes, a candle-lit walkway, a romantic arch of flowers from Envy Floral Design for the bride and groom, and a roomful of gold Chiarvari chairs from the Chiavari Guys. Personally, I got a kick out of seeing that many stylish gold chairs together…

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a few final details. I saved my favorites for last: couture invitations from Twig & Fig were the most scrumptious invites I’ve ever seen…the colors! (fucshia, gold, classic black and white) The textures! (acrylic, leather, special touches like feathers). Anyone looking for stylish, high-quality wedding invitations should go there immediately.

I also fell in love with the incredibly elegant table display from A Monique Affair because of the unique, luxurious details, such as the marbled linens and gold calligraphy on navy place cards.

A Monique Affair Berkeley City Club

Kay Wolff Design also put a new twist on tabletop florals, nestling hot pink roses and succulents in miniature concrete planter boxes.

Kay Wolff Tabletop Florals Berkeley City Club

The Big Reception at Berkeley City Club was an affair to remember; a gorgeous space filled with talented people. I almost wish I was getting married again!

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