Rustic Urban Chic Greenhouse Wedding

Sometimes the stars align in perfect harmony to create the indie loveliness that showed up in our inbox this morning. When we received photos from Thieny and David’s wedding, we were immediately struck by the authentic Rockabilly glam style the couple exuded. If San Francisco had a wedding mood board, this would be it. Thieny and David connected the way many young couples do, on OKcupid. However, before they actually met in person, Thieny deactivated her account. A year later when she signed back on, she noticed an unread message from David. She followed up, and they met at Cafe Van Cleef’s, her favorite Oakland dive bar, specializing in Greyhounds, and the rest is history.

Set against the Pacifica fog, their wedding day photos look like stills from an underdog indie film that ends up taking home all the awards. With pops of electric color from the bridesmaids gowns and the lush urban floral arrangements, the wedding garnered instant "oohs" and "ahhs" here at Trish Lee Bridal. The couple wanted something off-the-beaten-path to reflect their personality, and tying the knot inside a greenhouse seemed like a great idea. The Shelldance Orchid Gardens provided the unique backdrop for their urban rustic chic wedding. Nancy Davis, Shelldance’s founder, has the largest collection of orchids in the bay area (if not all of California). Thieny and Nancy connected over their mutual love of orchids as they were a favorite of Thieny’s late grandmother. When the couple visited the site, Thieny fell in love with the natural and organic beauty the orchid plants provided, and they booked the spot immediately.

PHOTO: Alixann Loosle

Lina Nguyen, from Illuminate Nine Events, helped bring the couple’s boho rustic style to life by incorporating the greenery of the gardens and adding special touches like the custom eucalyptus-orchid garland and the gigantic amethyst and citrine adorning the altar. The mix match of wooden chairs added an additional eclectic flare to the space. For the reception flowers, Lina started with dusty, muted colors to pop of colors and played with the scheme of colors in order to let each dimension stand out. She used seasonal flowers and greens for the tablescape: eucalyptus, dusty millers, variegated greens and fillers, dendrobium orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, jewel-toned flowers, including fuchsia celosia, watermelon dahlias, draping foliage, hanging ruby amaranthus, in brushed gold containers and votives. The flowers were surrounded by various healing crystals and agates. They also brought in vintage strings of light to illuminate the dance floor and tables.

For the wedding attire, Thieny chose to wear our Kitty gown, a draped V-neck silk crepe sheath wedding dress that gave her curves for days and she was the embodiment sophistication and simplicity. David donned a sharp custom made-to-measure suit from San Francisco’s own Spoon Tailor. Throughout the wedding, geodes and crystals decorated the space as the couple wanted “to set the foundation of our ceremony to have the best loving and positive vibes.” Thieny walked down the aisle to Fleetwood Mac’s "Songbird." Always apropos, Dirty Dancing's theme song, “Time of My Life” ended the epic dance party. Thank you for sharing your day with us, and a big congratulations to you! May you both continue this journey as you always have, in your own damn way.

French Theme Wedding in Napa Valley

We love this story of two people from different parts of the world connecting - Chasa from San Diego and Sebastien from Paris, meeting a la Americana during none other than a Super Bowl Party. For the next month they courted each other. During a trip to Las Vegas with friends, they decided to take things up a notch and take a mini excursion to the Grand Canyon without their friends. After the trip and on their flight back to San Francisco, the bride shared with us, she knew he was the one. During the next two years, the unlikely couple moved in together, visited France, where Chasa met her future in-laws, and got engaged. To honor the way they met, Sebastien proposed during a Super Bowl Party two years later.

The couple wed at St. Helena Catholic Church. The reception at Long Meadow Ranch and Winery in Napa Valley was the perfect location for the couple’s American and French cultures to meld, hence the theme: Oui Are Family. Chasa wore Joni, our bohemian lace wedding dress with a capelet with a crystal beaded belt. She looked stunning, and we are happy to have been a small part of making this bride’s vision a reality. Congratulations to Chasa and Sebastien!

Cute Meet Love Story Alert!

Love Begets Love

Here at Trish Lee Bridal, we love to hear a good "how we met" story, and Jess and Brian's is the stuff that rom-coms are made of.

In her own words, Jess shares with us how she met the love of her life, "We met at my cousin's wedding. He was a groomsman, and I was a bridesmaid. I spotted him from across the room and made sure to sit next to him at the rehearsal dinner. At the wedding, we danced together and had a lot of fun, but we did not exchange numbers." Not one to wait around, she took fate into her own hands, "I made my cousin have a labor day party, and he asked for my number at the end of the party."

Brian proposed six years later in the most down-to-earth fashion because he couldn't wait another day. As Jess recalls, "It was the day before my family was coming to visit us in San Francisco. He got a call that the ring was ready, picked it up while I was at work, and could not wait to propose. Since it was the day before Valentine's Day, he gave me flowers and a card. I read the card in our kitchen, and he wrote about our relationship and how he is excited to spend the rest of our lives together. He also made a joke about how our cat, Penny, wanted to check out my new jewelry. When I turned around, he was on one knee. It was spur of the moment, done in our home in SF, and down-to-earth. I loved it! We ordered some take-out and drank champagne after FaceTiming friends and family."

On their 7 year anniversary, Jess and Brian tied the knot in a backyard ceremony at the groom's parents' home in Long Island. Jess chose to wear a custom Trish Lee Bridal Chantilly style lace trumpet wedding dress, featuring a bateau neckline and an open back. Thank you for making us a small part of your big day. Congratulations to the happy couple!


Sunny Wine Country Wedding at Vintners Inn

With all the devastation of the Napa and Atlas fires, we wanted to share this love story set in Santa Rosa, CA at the Vintners Inn that survived the fire. One of the best things about hearing our brides’ wedding stories is seeing the creative personalizations each couple puts into their big day. Renata described now husband, Mike’s Baker Beach proposal, as “an amazing moment that took the otherwise ordinary and made it incredible.” When we heard the details and saw the photos of their beautiful wine country wedding, we knew that Mike wasn’t the only one who could elevate the ordinary - we could tell that both bride and groom were all about finding the small details that make a wedding spectacular.  

The beautiful Vintners Inn showcased the couple’s love of wine country and helped to make the wedding feel like a vacation for their out-of-town guests - it was truly the perfect location. Since the couple aren't big fans of cake, they opted for a giant macaron instead. Mike wore a tie that was custom made with subtle images of their dog, Odie, and Renata wore our Reagan dress, a trumpet lace wedding gown, with a custom neckline that showed off the gown’s beautiful re-embroidered lace. See below for a video montage and photos of their big day!

Congratulations Renata and Mike!

Low-Key Carmel Wedding in Nature

One of the treats of meeting so many brides is that we get to hear tons of incredible engagement stories. As doggie devotees ourselves, we have to put Pearl and Mark's story at the top of our list of best proposals. While at the dog park, Mark dressed their pup Charlie in a tuxedo and had him present the ring. With a proposal like that, how could Pearl say anything but "Yes!"

Pearl and Mark celebrated their wedding with friends and family at the Hidden Valley Music Seminar in California's Carmel Valley. With DIY details and and on-site housing to allow plenty of quality time with family and friends from around the world, Pearl and Mark were able to put together the low-key, elegant wedding of their dreams.  

Pearl told us, "We wanted to go with a low-key wedding with elements of nature, and the Trish Lee dresses I wore at the wedding absolutely embodied this." Pearl chose to wear the Adele, a strapless A-line lace wedding gown.

Congratulations to Pearl and Mark!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Julianne Brasher

Tropical Hawaiian Dream Wedding

After dating for three years, Jackie and Ajay said their vows in a crazy charming whitewashed old church, set amidst lush greenery in Oahu, Hawaii. Thrown in for good measure were a few tropical details (hello pineapple!) that topped off the festivities for couple's Hawaiian destination wedding. Jackie wore our Reagan wedding dress, a fitted sweetheart strapless lace gown. She is the 3rd generation of Ogata women to get married at the Ewa Community Church. Her grandparents, Asao and Yaeko Ogata, were married on August 31, 1948, and her parents, Daniel and Louise Funasaki, were married on August 10, 1980.

Recalling the most memorable moment of the wedding day, Jackie shared, "A friend gave us some great advice before our wedding. The advice was to make sure we found a few minutes to share just between the two of us sometime during the hectic day of festivities. And I think a moment that we shared toward the end of the night, as we silently gazed at framed photos of our parents, and grandparents, who were not able to be with us that day, allowed us to reflect on the commitment we made to each other. " 

May the two of you remember to take time out to reflect on the love that brought you here. Congratulations Jackie and Ajay!

PHOTO: Derek Wong

White Winter Wedding in Tahoe

It’s always a pleasure to hear from a bride after her wedding day, and we were incredibly touched when Meghan wrote to us to say, “Trish, I just wanted to thank you again for being part of my wedding. Words cannot express how I felt in the dress on my wedding day! The whole experience with you was just wonderful, and I’m so glad I found the perfect dress for me!”

For their elegant winter wedding in Tahoe, Meghan chose the Angelina, a strapless silk trumpet wedding gown by Trish Lee Bridal in San Francisco to wed Chris. The elegant clean lines of the Angelina wedding gown stood out against the stark wood interior of the Queen of the Snows Church. The reception at the Resort at Squaw Creek was set against the rugged mountains and fresh snow. We also loved that Meghan could rock both both heels and snow boots with her wedding gown!

We’re thrilled to have played a small part in Meghan and Chris’ happiness on their wedding day.  Congratulations to Meghan and Chris! 


Stately Black Tie Sacramento Wedding

Deborah met Eric through, where a a picture of his dog caught her eye. She contacted him first, and the conversation is still going strong. Eric's dog, Syd, became a big part of the bride's life blending well with her two bichons. They have since sent all three to doggy heaven and recently adopted a new fur baby, Dash, cheekily calling him their illegitimate child as he came to them before their wedding.

On their third unofficial anniversary, Eric proposed. The wedding took place at The Sutter Club, a private club across the street from the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA. Boasting Spanish architecture, this beautiful building has been the location of many happy family occasions for Deborah. A true family affair, Deborah and Eric's children served as key members of the wedding party. Deborah's son walked her down the aisle while her daughter served as maid of honor and Eric's son as the best man.

For their elegant black tie affair, Deborah chose to wear our Charlotte gown, a cowl neck silk crepe wedding dress. Congratulations to Deborah and Eric! May your continue to grow and evolve with time. 


Lake Tahoe Spring Wedding

We're thrilled to see the wedding of our bride Natalie to Brian featured on Borrowed and Blue. The couple chose to marry in South Lake Tahoe where Brian had proposed with a beautiful rose gold ring two years ago.

Although their wedding date was set in the spring, the couple envisioned a winter wonderland wedding, and mother nature kindly granted their wish. As Natalie recalls, "It snowed the night before Brian proposed to me, and it ended up snowing the night before our wedding at our dinner rehearsal, which made everything more magical than you can imagine." When it came time to choosing a venue, they circled back to the Landing Resort in South Lake Tahoe, where they stayed on their first trip together. With spectacular lake views as a backdrop, they said their "I Do's" against a picture-perfect sunset that emerged during the ceremony. 

Natalie chose to wear a custom version of our Reagan gown, a sweetheart lace trumpet wedding gown with custom lace straps. Natalie looked ravishing as she joined Brian at the lakefront altar, and the photos below captured the spectacular scene. 

Sunset Terrace Wedding in Santa Fe

Kristen and Bill’s love story began on a casual San Francisco afternoon. Kristen had decided to meet her friends for a drink after work, and Bill was at the same bar hosting an out-of-town friend. These two strangers locked eyes that day and never looked back.

Fast forward several years, one crisp San Francisco night, Kristen and Bill went out to dinner to celebrate their decade-long love at their favorite restaurant, A16. Bill had reserved the private atrium and had arranged a special menu consisting of Kristen’s all-time favorite dishes. She had no idea their celebration was about to become an even bigger one. Right before the dessert course, and with emotion in his eyes, Bill got down on one knee and proposed. Moments after the staff came in with bubbly and celebrated with the couple. As she shared with us, “It was quite a whirlwind. I am not even sure I remember what he said.” Suffice it say, she said, “Yes.”

As for their wedding day, the couple said their vows in front of 10 guests in a sunset ceremony on the appropriately named, Sunset Terrace, at the Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe. Kristen grew up visiting Santa Fe with her family, and it was the perfect place to honor the memory of her father who passed away five years ago. Set against the red adobe brick walls of the inn, Kristen glowed in the Sabrina, a lace trumpet wedding gown with custom lace sleeves. We are so happy to have been a small part of this beautiful love story. Congratulations, Kristen and Bill!

Quaint Vermont Farm Wedding

On day four, of a five-day-60-mile hike on the Pacific Crest in Lake Tahoe, Samuel surprised Elise and popped the question. The bride immediately said, “Yes!” These two lovebirds met four years ago during the last few weeks before graduation from Dartmouth College. The couple chose to celebrate their big day near their alma mater, at Amee Farm Lodge, which embodied the couple's fun and relaxed personalities.

The weekend-long festivities took place in a quaint farm in Pittsfield, Vermont. Friends and family traveled from all over the country to witness the intimate ceremony. As the bride shared with us, “We wanted to keep things relaxed for everyone.” As a result, they wrote their own wedding ceremony and enlisted a close friend to officiate the wedding.

For her dress, Elise created her own custom wedding gown, a combination of the Marie bodice and the Grace skirt, resulting in a lace V-neck and tulle A-line wedding gown. We can’t think of a better fitting gown for Elise’s petite figure - the dress is as light and effortless as their wedding. Congratulations, Elise and Samuel!

Charming Country Club Wedding in Portland

Lauren and Alex met as freshmen in algebra class and went on one "date" that quickly fizzled out. They lost touch but reconnected as friends a few years later. That friendship eventually blossomed into a romance during the Spring of their senior year. Nine years later, Lauren and Alex, tied the knot this past June in a charming, intimate ceremony at the Waverley Country Club in Portland, Oregon. Lauren’s parents are longtime members of the club, and growing up in Portland, Lauren recalls many fond memories from her time there. Not to mention, her parents wed there over 30 years ago - it seemed like the perfect tradition to keep going.

As the bride shared with us; “it was a perfect day, we wish we could do it all over again.” Finding the perfect dress was just the icing on the cake during a trip to San Francisco with her mother. She chose to wear the Marie, a vintage inspired sheer lace V-neck trumpet wedding gown that complimented the charm and atmosphere of their venue effortlessly. Congratulations, Lauren and Alex! We wish you a lifetime of happiness and cheer. 


Classic San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Continued from last week, Finesse (yes, she's named after the shampoo) and Tim had the most creative proposal story ever. For their big day, they held the wedding ceremony at San Francisco’s City Hall with 60 of their closest family members and friends in attendance. In classic fairytale style, Finesse chose the Isabella, a long sleeve lace wedding gown with a tulle A-line overskirt. Congratulations to the gorgeous couple - we wish you all the happiness in the world!

Dazzling Outdoor Wedding At Carmel's Holly Farm

Sweethearts since their undergraduate days at UC Berkeley and throughout business school at the University of Chicago, Joanne and James married in a lively ceremony at The Holly Farm in Carmel, CA. Joanne wore the Angelina, a strapless sweetheart silk trumpet wedding gown. At their wedding, the former dean of the business school shared these words about the couple, "They playfully challenge each other not just in games but push each other to become better - better students, better in their careers, better sons and daughters, and better partners for each other.” Seeing the bride and groom celebrate with their friends and family, we’d have couldn't agree more. Congratulations Joanne and James! 

California Ranch-Style Carmel Wedding

We're thrilled to see the pictures of Casey and Chris' wedding in Carmel, California. The Quail Lodge & Golf Club provided the elegant and spacious ranch-style backdrop to their big day. For her wedding dress, Casey chose a custom creation combining two of our bridal gowns: the illusion back and cap sleeves of The Lady with the graceful silk crepe skirt of Nora. She accessorized her wedding dress with our Blushing Romance Lace Veil and the Chloe lace bridal jacket for the reception. In her own words, "I wanted a dress in which I could have fun all day," and from the big smiles throughout the photos, it looks like she did just that. Thank you to Larry Nordwick from Creative Images for capturing the day, and a big congratulations to Casey and Christopher! 

Sentimental Missouri Wedding At Wine Country Gardens

Wine Country Gardens in St. Charles County, Missouri provided the backdrop to Tracy and Kiff’s exuberant outdoor wedding. Tracy chose the Charlotte wedding gown, an elegant cowl neck silk crepe wedding dress by Trish Lee Bridal. She accessorized her gown with jewelry from the family. In Tracy's own words, “The ring was a custom rose gold setting using the diamond from his mother's ring - she passed away when Kiff was a teenager. His ring was custom made, using the gold from his mother's earrings and rings. Both are very special to us, and I know that he was happy to have a reminder of his mother with him everyday." The couple, who spent their first date looking for bald eagles, also brought the fun. Tracy matched her family jewels with a sparkling crystal bridal belt and hot pink satin heels while Kiff paired his tux with a bowtie made of feathers.

From the designer: Tracy is one of those women that makes a strong impression on you. She has hair the color of steel and a smile that will blind you. As we got to know each other better, I found out that Tracy works with Burmese refugees, which struck a chord with me since my family is from Burma. When Tracy came for her last gown fitting, she gave me a parting gift: a beautifully woven traditional blouse and sarong made by one of her Burmese students. I shared this with my mother and she was amazed and touched by Tracy's kindness. Tracy, I wish you and Kiff, a love everlasting and life full of joy.

xx, Trish