A Refined Black Tie Wedding in San Francisco With a Hint of Sparkle

Real Weddings

Jordan and David's first date was on David's 25th birthday in May of 2010. "I paid!" says Jordan, before admitting that it was definitely love at first sight for both of them. The couple parted ways for medical school, dating long distance until David decided to propose the day after Jordan's birthday in February of 2014. He gave her three gifts, claiming they were delayed in the mail: A "Mr." pillowcase, a "Mrs." pillowcase, and, finally, an engagement ring hidden inside a box within a box within a box. And there was one more surprise: Their families had flown in for the weekend to celebrate!

Jordan knew she wanted to get married in San Francisco, but had a hard time finding a venue that could accommodate their 200-person guest list. But when she found The Bently Reserve, she knew it was just the place. The couple's black tie wedding had a clean, refined palette with just a hint of sparkle. "Our planner, Duncan Reyes of F. Duncan Reyes Events by Design, worked with us for 18 months to bring it together!" says Jordan. Take a peek at the classic West Coast celebration, photographed by Clane Gessel Photography.

A gold folder held the couple's formal invitation, finished with elegant script. Jordan and her bridesmaids had a blast getting ready before they slipped into their floor-length black dresses. "It's the perfect thing to have in your closet for a formal event, so I do hope they'll have a chance to wear them again," says Jordan.

She opted for a stunning something blue, Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Jordan tried on what felt like hundreds of dresses over the course of eight months, traveling from Chicago and San Francisco to Virginia, Maryland, Los Angeles, and New York. "I wanted a fitted dress, and David wanted straps, which ended up being so hard to find," she explains. While in New York, she met designer Mark Zunino, who proposed that she go with a custom wedding dress instead. She worked with the designer to create a V-neck gown with illusion straps, gorgeous beading, and a full tulle skirt. "I loved being a part of the design process," she says.

David and his groomsmen kept their look classic in black tuxedos.

The couple had a romantic and personal first look, and took the time between the ceremony and reception to snap dramatic shots around San Francisco.

Gold Chivari chairs were arranged along a central aisle that was lined with floating candles. At the end was a chuppah covered in lush hydrangeas and roses. The bride and groom wed in a Jewish ceremony, surrounded by their parents.

Stunning arrangements of hydrangeas, pink roses, and orchids were arranged on either side of the aisle, then used as towering centerpieces during the reception. "It was a tight timeline to flip the space completely for dinner, but our team did an amazing job," says Jordan.

Tables were covered with candles, casting a romantic glow over the space. David and Jordan sat at a sweetheart table topped with rose gold sequined linens and draped with white orchids.

The venue's high ceilings created a dramatic setting for guests to dine on ahi tartare, chevre and caramelized onion tartlets, beef tenderloin, and pan seared salmon. "David's one request was to be in charge of the late night snacks. He chose Kobe beef sliders and petit grilled cheese!" says Jordan.

The four-tiered cake, decorated with fresh roses and the couple's monogram, had layers of vanilla cake with raspberry puree and citrus cake with fresh strawberries. David loves chocolate, so Jordan surprised him with chocolate fudge cake pops decorated to look like Green Bay Packers helmets and golf balls, a nod to the groom's profession before he entered medical school.

After a spin to "The Way You Look Tonight," the newlyweds' parents joined them on the floor to dance to "Isn't She Lovely." "We wanted them all to be included during such a special moment," Jordan says of the choice to use a single song (and to have her mom dance with her father-in-law!).

"My brother-in-law told me to pick a moment during the wedding weekend when I was going to let go," says Jordan. "So during the rehearsal dinner, I stopped planning and focused on the special, once-in-a-lifetime moments ahead. Everything was planned, decided, and scheduled, so I knew we were in good hands."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Bently Reserve || Wedding Planner: F. Duncan Reyes Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Hair & Makeup: Sherrie Long || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss || Groomsmen's Attire: Black Tie Tuxedos || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Douglas Jeweler || Florist: Tanjeeryn Designs || Invitations: Paper on Pine || Paper Goods: Mercurio Brothers || Custom Crest: Sarah Drake Design || Ceremony Music: Golden Gate Music || Reception Music: Dick Bright Orchestra; Gatsby Entertainment || Catering: Jane Hammond Events || Cake: Cake Coquette || Cake Pops: Sweet Lauren Cakes || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Napa Valley Linens || Videography: AVR Films || Photography: Clane Gessel Photography

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