When we first heard from Christian that he wanted to marry his sweetheart, we were in awe of his positive and upbeat attitude. After meeting he and his fiance, we were convinced that these are two of the nicest people we’ve ever met. A very sweet couple who dated fourteen years ago, they ended up going separate ways. As luck would have it, Rehanna found Christian on My Space and they were soon reunited. Then in a flash, they were falling BACK in love, talking about marriage.
When Wish Upon a Wedding received his application, he was just weeks away from undergoing a kidney transplant, and was currently receiving dyalisis treatments three days a week, while fending off end stage renal failure.
It was clear how very much in love he was, and how important it was to him to make Rehanna his wife. There was no question that we would make their wedding wishes come true, and we had just three weeks to do it.
Three weeks may sound quick to plan a wedding, but we actually secured all vendors, including the venue and the catering within two days! When we asked Christian and Rehanna if they had a favorite venue, they immediately responded “1 Fort Mason“.
All it took was one simple phone call to the 1 Fort Mason event coordinator Pat Swan, who just as instantly told us she would love to help Christian and Rehanna’s dreams come true.
Some of the bay area’s top wedding professionals joined forces to ensure that Christian and Rehanna would experience the perfect day, while surrounded by fifty of their most cherished friends and family.
The inspiration for design came from some photos provided by the bride to be. She envisioned a blue and white color scheme, and lots of sparkles. She sent a photo of the necklace she was going to wear, (gorgeous!) encrusted with shiny blue crystals. The florist Leah from Flaxx Floral Design placed similar beautiful blue crystals in the center of the white calla lilies in her bouquet. I happened to be standing there when Rehanna noticed this extra special touch for the first time, and saw tears of joy come to her eyes. She later told me she has never in her life cried so much from sheer happiness.
Her bouquet was made of white miniature calla lily, blue muscari ,white and blue hydrangea, white freesia, and white ecuadorian Polo roses. The stems were encircled in white satin and embellished with two crystal bands and accented with many blue pearl pins. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar but smaller, made of blue Hydrangea, blue Tweedia,white freesia, and Polo Roses.
The ceremony was a rustic iron garden structure (donated by Greenworks) draped in pale blue, gray and slate with cluster of flowers on four corners. The flowers were predominately white with standard white Calla Lily, Polo roses, white dendrobium, orchids,trailing foliages. and Dogwood.
The fantastic escort card display was crafted from gorgeous white Dogwood branches spewing out of large glass cylinder vase with ribbons and little jewel holders for the cards.
The centerpieces were designed in white ceramic fluted bowls with blue and white Hydrangea, Polo roses, freesia, Tweedia,miniature white calla lilies,dusty miller,Viburnum geranium foliage. They were surrounded by crystal accented votive holders.
A cake that was as delicious as it was beautiful was donated by Marina Sousa of Just Cake, made to resemble an elegant quilting pattern. The top of the cake was adorned with a completely hand made sugar flower bouquet.
The chairs had clusters of coordinating flowers on every other chair. The flower girls had petal baskets, and they wore hand made hairgarlands with muscari, dendrobium orchids and baby white roses with blue and white ribbons streaming with blue crystal accents. These are his two adorable daughters from a previous marriage. They were so excited at the wedding, and I heard one of them delightfully exclaiming “Dady’s married! Daddy’s married!” Then she and her twin ran up and gave him the biggest and most beautiful hug! My heart melted!
Silver chivari chairs and blue moiree table linens from Hartmann Studios set the stage for the menu cards and table names provided by Marizette Paperie. The guests danced the night away on a glimmering all white dance floor.
All the flowers were generously donated by Flaxx Floral Designs’ vendors at the San Francisco Flower Mart: Americana,Torchio, Highlite and one other that wishes to remain anonymous. The beautiful embrodiered hankie is from L’il Inspirations,
After the wedding, I had the chance to speak to both Rehanna and Christian who were still floating on Cloud Nine. Christian said, “All the vendors were amazing, and we still cannot believe that Wish Upon a Wedding did all of this for us. To be able to marry Rehanna in such a beautiful setting was like a dream come true. We cannot thank you enough.”
Congratulations Christian and Rehanna, from all of us at Wish Upon a Wedding!
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