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.