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