black tie, elegant wedding {Lydia & Blair} old st. hilary's church & corinthian yacht Club, tiburon, ca

There's this quaint, white chapel--Old St. Hilary's Church--that overlooks the charming, seaside town of Tiburon--the perfect setting for a wedding. The lovely florals Lydia selected along with florist, Susan Barton, were a perfect balance of elegance and simplicity. Coordinators, Olivia and Wesley Baker, were able to put Lydia and Blair's vision into reality. An affair created as beautiful, elegant and sweet as the couple in celebration. The Corinthian Yacht Club was deck out with lights and white linens and florals and guests were dapper in black tie dress. The setting and decor, bride and groom, family and friends were a perfect recipe for a perfect wedding day. Lydia and Blair, what a gorgeous day filled with elegance and sweet love--a perfect reflection of you two. Enjoy! xoxo, Stacey


wedding day tips {tuxedo cummerbund} groom wardrobe

The cummerbund……the historical origin of the cummerbund is quite interesting.

 "It was first adopted by British military officers in colonial India as an alternative to a waistcoat, and later spread to civilian use.….Once it was adopted as civilian dress, beginning as a largely summer option with informal dinner jackets, such as Burmese fawn and white, it was restricted to the narrow range of colours which accompany black tie. These were predominantly black, sometimes midnight blue to match the trousers, and occasionally maroon (the normal hue for coloured accessories). The pleats face up because they were originally used to hold ticket stubs and similar items, explaining the slang name 'crumb-catcher'." Wikipedia

So all my grooms out there when wearing a cummerbund, wear it with the pleats facing up. Thank you Blair and Wikipedia for the the interesting information.

engagement {Candice & Ben} open space, walnut creek, ca

I love weddings.  But engagement sessions…. Strip out all the crazy fun of the wedding day and you are left with a couple in love.  Candice and Ben were no exception. Candice and Ben not only have the looks, they brains too. Ben, an attorney, and Candice, a med student, were so playful. If you could only see the behind the scenes photos. Their silliness is contagious. I can't wait for the wedding day in Napa this Spring.   Enjoy! xoxo, Stacey