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Top Vendor: Alicia K Designs


       Alicia Falango of Alicia K Designs can almost be regarded as a San Francisco landmark when it comes to the wedding industry, since this SF native has been in the biz for so many years. Her expertise covers not only weddings but also corporate events, social gatherings, floral design, and calligraphy. Ariel & Sam of Bowerbird Photography visited Alicia in her contemporary, light-filled SF studio to get an in-depth peek into her wedding planning world. Alicia demos a table presentation she is about to give to a bride, who has just stepped off the plane from NYC for a special one-on-one design consultation.

Top Vendor: Napa Valley Linens

       Diana Cardenas of Napa Valley Linens is a bit of a celebrity in the Bay Area wedding world. She knows everyone, and is one of the most positive and happy people we know. When the most square footage of decorations at a wedding tend to be the linens, it's important to get them right. Acclaimed Bay Area wedding photographers, Ariel & Sam Soto-Suver, of Bowerbird Photography, interviews Diana and gets her to share all her best tips.

Top Vendor: Wedding Planner Chelsea Bowman Wonnell

       When looking for a wedding planner, you want someone you can trust, a professional with tons of experience, and a dependable ally who gets stuff done. That's Chelsea Bowman Wonnell for you. She gets our thumbs up for her wedding planning services. Besides professional integrity, brides and grooms look for wedding planners that suit their style and personality. Sam & Ariel Soto-Suver, acclaimed Bay Area wedding photographers of Bowerbird Photography, interviews Chelsea, so you can learn if she might be the right fit for you, and also gets some helpful tips for planning your wedding. 

Top Venue: Cavallo Point

       It's clear why Brides and Grooms have their weddings at Cavallo Point: it has unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the shimmering lights of San Francisco across the Bay. Coupled with its natural setting near the Marin Headlands, this wedding venue throws a one-two knock-out punch, earning it the much deserved reputation for being one of the most desired places to get married in the Bay Area.

          We went ahead and did some of the work for you, interviewing the Catering Sales Manager, Faustine Thomas, at Cavallo Point, so you can get a sense of what weddings there look like, and how the team there brings a luxury touch to their service, to make for an easy, elegant, and memorable experience. Featuring wedding photographs from acclaimed photographers, Sam and Ariel, of Bowerbird Photography. www.bowerbirdphotography.

Top Venue: The InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel

       Couples wanting an elegant wedding that pays homage to their love for classic San Francisco, "The City," are going to want to check out the historic InterContintental Mark Hopkins hotel, situated on the top of Nob Hill. We give you an inside look at this renowned landmark on the eve of their 90th anniversary, and talk to Chrissy Wolfman, the Senior Catering Manager. Features photographs from acclaimed SF photographers, Bowerbird Photographywww.bowerbirdphotography.com.

Top Venue: The Meritage Resort and Spa

       Some couples choose the city, others choose the country for their wedding. The Bay Area has something for everyone. When Napa Valley wines beat French wines in a blind taste test in the 1976 Judgment of Paris, garnering international attention to the Bay Area's wine country, this beautiful county suddenly got popular. 

       A frequent question we get from out-of-towners interested in coming to wine country to drink and get married, is "how do you make a destination wedding to Napa Valley work?" It all depends on where you want to get married in Napa. It is possible to find a venue that fits all your needs, making the rest of your planning a cinch. The Meritage Resort and Spa ranks high on our list for convenience, class, and beauty. We interview the good people at the Meritage, Ashley Butler and Jake Satrazemis, about how to make weddings in Napa Valley a success. Featuring photographs from acclaimed photographers, Ariel & Sam, of Bowerbird Photography. www.bowerbirdphotography.com